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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall 2016 Wishlist - Erin Condren Planner [Plan with me]

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So I heard this rumor that tomorrow is the first day of fall. WHAT?! When did fall get here?!

Even though I have to say a tearful goodbye to summer, I'm VERY excited for fall. I love the cooler weather. Snuggling up with hot tea, leggings, and flannels just sounds amazing right now.

To celebrate the new season, I decided to write down my fall wishlist. I usually do this at the beginning of every season to keep track of all the fun things I'd like to do. I love to look back on my wishlists to see all the amazing things that I got to experience.

My wishlist stays in my Erin Condren planner, which I am completely in love with!! I've had an Erin Condren planner for about 3-4 years now. I am a planner and list maker at heart, so a planner is a must for me. I LOVE watching plan with me videos on youtube and seeing how other people decorate their planner. I decided to share my wish list to inspire my fellow planner addicts out there lol. Making a wish list is a great way to utilize the blank lined pages in the Erin Condren planner.  I usually write out my wishlist, then I use stickers, washi tape, and fun pictures to make it festive.
I'm so excited to get started on my list. I can already see a few things that I'll be able to check off soon!!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

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Here is a recipe in honor of National Cheeseburger Day. Yes, there is such a day and yes, it is in fact today! I have no idea who makes up these days, but I'm not complaining because I get to share this amazing recipe with you. You might be thinking that there is no way pickles on a pizza would taste good. In fact, it is probably one of the most amazing combos ever. And of course, I had to turn it up a notch by adding bacon and making it a BACON cheeseburger pizza. So delicious!!
Ingredients:
  • 1 can of Pillsbury pizza crust
  • 1/2 lb of ground beef
  • 1/3 cup diced white onion
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 lb of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp relish 
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • dill pickle slices
Recipe:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Press the pizza dough in the pan and bake crust for 8 minutes. 
  • In a large skillet, brown the beef and onion. Drain. Add Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a small bowl, add the ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and relish.
  • Remove crust from the oven and spread the sauce on evenly. Sprinkle on half of the cheese.
  • Sprinkle on the beef mixture and bacon. Top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 6-10 minutes or until cheese has melted and crust is golden brown.
  • Top with pickle slices  and serve.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Mango Salsa

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Summer completely flashed before my eyes, and I'm trying to get all my last summer recipes in before the cold weather hits. I'm not sure if you got the memo, but today was in fact national guacamole day. I was so excited to make guacamole! I went to the store to get all the ingredients and low and behold the avocados were hard! I went to two different grocery stores and I couldn't find ONE ripe avocado. SO I improvised, and made the next best thing, salsa. I spruced it up a bit by adding some mango (my fave!) and it was DELICIOUS.
Ingredients:
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1/2 of 1 red onion, diced
  • handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 of a lime
  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
Recipe:
  • Mix all ingredients together, and serve with chips!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Our Camping Trip

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Before it gets to be too late, I wanted to share with you some pictures from our camping trip over labor day weekend. We had the most amazing time. It was great to go up north for a few days and experience some of that cooler weather. We got to snuggle up in flannels next to the fire, and it was amazing. I am so ready for fall!
While we were there, we cooked the most DELICIOUS food. That smoky flavor from the fire pit just can't be beat. I also realized that I am missing something from my life, a castiron skillet. I know I've been saying that for a while, but I think its finally time to bite the bullet and do it. We basically cooked all our food in Ericka's cast iron skillet, from bacon and eggs to nachos, and of course my FAVORITE beer brats with a cheddar sauce. Unfortunately, it was too dark to get a picture of the brats so you'll just have to take my word on it that it was delicious.
The views while we were camping were unbeat. It was so great to just relax by the river or go hiking through the woods. It was such a nice and relaxing weekend. 
We also made this simple but delicious salmon. We simply wrapped it up in tin foil with some salt, pepper, butter, and a squirt of lemon. It cooked right on top of the fire pit grate, and turned out beautiful!

I'm hoping we can get out another camping trip before it gets TOO cold, but even if we can't, this trip was certainly one for the books.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cheesy Crescent Dogs

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It's finally football season which means lazy Sundays watching the game and eating yummy football food with my main squeeze. Usually, I'm the one in the kitchen cooking during the games, but this past weekend, I was able to just sit and relax. Kyle was craving hot dogs and got in the kitchen to make these super easy crescent dogs. Basically, they are just pigs in a blanket on steroids. You only need THREE ingredients for this recipe, and it takes maybe 15 minutes to prep. It makes the perfect dish for a party or a football snack. And just so we are clear, Kyle deserves all the credit for this. Best. Boyfriend. Ever. Hopefully, this butters him up enough to cook for me again next weekend!!  
Ingredients:
  • 8 hot dogs
  • cheddar cheese, cut into 8 strips
  • 1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls
Recipe: 
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Slit hot dogs down the middle and place cheese into the slits
  • Seperate the crescent rolls into triangles
  • Wrap each hot dog with a piece of dough
  • Place hot dogs on a greased sheet
  • Top with extra shredded cheese if you like
  • Bake for about 15 mins

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Weight Watchers BLT Pasta Salad

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Sometimes its the little things in life that mean the most, like picnics in the park with your best friends. Today was such a beautiful day. It was warm and sunny, and besides my zebra-like sunburn that I came home with, things were just as perfect as these pictures.

My friends and I relaxed, talked, went for a beautiful walk in the park, and enjoyed this yummy (and healthy!!) pasta salad. We set up our picnic right next to the water, and had the most beautiful view.
The park also has great walking paths, and the scenery is just GORGEOUS. I'm so blessed to live five minutes away from this place. It's a great place to just come by yourself and clear your mind, or enjoy it with friends like I did today.
Now back to what you probably came here for...THE FOOD. For lunch, I made us ham and cheese sandwiches, fruit salad, and this pasta salad. I didn't want to make anything heavy so this weight watchers pasta salad was just PERFECT. It was super yummy, and if I didn't make it myself, I would have NEVER known it to be "diet" food. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound of pasta, cooked
  • 3 large tomatoes, diced
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 cup lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup scallion onions
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 cup low fat mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup light sour cream
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
Recipe:
  1. In a small bowl, mix sugar, vinegar, mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Mix the mayonnaise mixture with the pasta and tomatoes. 
  3. When ready to serve, mix in the lettuce, and place a scoop of the pasta salad on the plate. Sprinkle with bacon and scallion onions. 
Note: You may want to double check these weight watcher points yourself. I did slightly alter the recipe (aka I added more bacon!), which I'm sure altered the points.
  • Weight Watchers Points: 3 points per ½ cup
  • SmartPoints: 4

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Game Day Cuban Sliders

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If you are unfamiliar with cuban sandwiches, you are missing out. Normally, a cuban has ham or shredded pork, cheese, mustard and pickles. Then, it is pressed on a panini grill. So yes, this recipe isn't authentic by any means, but it is super fun and delicious. It is SO easy and fast to put together and is great finger food so it is perfect for a potluck or on game day. We ended up having it for dinner with a side, which was also great. No matter when you make it, I'm sure everyone will love it. I'm definitely going to be saving this for game day. I get so excited for football season for the sole reason of getting to make yummy and fun dishes like this, and I already have SO many recipes saved. I can't wait!!

Ingredients:
  • 8 small hamburger buns
  • 1 package of ham
  • 1 package of sliced swiss cheese
  • dill pickles
  • half of a white onion, chopped in small pieces
  • dijon mustard
  • 1 stick of butter
Recipe:
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Grease two baking dishes (or one depending on how big your baking dishes are)
  • Place the bottom buns in the baking dish.
  • Layer two slices of ham, one slice of swiss, and a few pickles on top of the bottom buns, then place the top of the rolls on top. 
  • Whisk together melted butter, dijon mustard, and onion.
  • Pour butter mixture on top of sandwiches.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes.
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