October 14, 2018

Loaded Hashbrown Waffles

Breakfast all in one! 
These hashbown waffles are filled with all the breakfast faves including eggs, bacon, and cheese!
Perfect for breakfast on the go and busy weekdays.
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October 11, 2018

50+ Freezer Meals That Will Save the Day!

Recently I flew home to be with my family during my Dad's heart surgery. This was not a planned procedure and obviously quite scary for all of us. Since my parents were not prepared they did not have meals stocked up for the recovery time, which is both exhausting for the patient {my Dad} and the caregiver {my Mom}. Sometimes I truly felt helpless just sitting there waiting. I knew I wanted to help them as best I could and besides running errands I knew stocking up their freezer with meals would help them tremendously in the coming weeks. My philosophy has always been Food is Love and this was my way to show it.

I have put together this list of over 50 of my favorite Freezer Ready Meals for you to enjoy. Hopefully this will come in handy if you have a sick family member, friend in need, or even new parents that are too exhausted to cook! These meals can be prepared and frozen so all the recipient has to do it defrost and heat up. Easy peasy and super helpful!
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October 5, 2018

Bag of Bones Scary Snacks #HalloweenTreatsWeek

This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
Muahhhhhh! I've got a bag o' bones for ya!
My kids loved making these Bag of Bones Scary Snacks even more than I did. They are the perfect bite size treats for a goodie bag or party table. Plus how stinkin' cute are they?!


 Happy Halloween! We hope you're ready for a spooktacular event as we celebrate Halloween with the first annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear's Wife. This haunting week-long event is filled with fantastic Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways. 
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”

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October 4, 2018

Military PCS Photos: Lost in the Woods Moving Announcement

It's moving time again! 

Military life isn't easy and moving is something I seriously dread. But we have to take the good and the bad and stay positive! Part of being a military family means supporting your service member and understanding that not every duty station is the best. We had hoped for Germany or Georgia or even Colorado. But alas the Army wanted Ashton somewhere else. So after just one year in San Antonio {which I loved} we got orders to Missouri. I wasn't excited to say the least and honestly I shed quite a few tears but in the end I put on my big girl pants and made the best of it. 
We took these tongue in cheek moving announcement photos with the wonderful Jeni Marie Studios to tell our friends and family we got orders to Ft Leonardwood, Missouri aka Ft Lost in the Woods. Check them out along with our fun {and oh so tasty} cookies by my favorite Keichel Cookies.
Military Family: Courage, Strength, Sacrifice.

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October 3, 2018

Monster Rice Krispies Treats #HalloweenTreatsWeek

This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
I have another fun recipe for y'all for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I made Monster Rice Krispies Treats on a stick for my kiddos and friends to enjoy! They only take a few minutes to make and are a fun treat to eat! These silly monsters are more cute than scary and will be a hit with everyone this Halloween!


 Happy Halloween! We hope you're ready for a spooktacular event as we celebrate Halloween with the first annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear's Wife. This haunting week-long event is filled with fantastic Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways. 
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”
Image may contain: one or more people, text and foodFor our very first #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 30 talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week! There are going to be over 100 Halloween themed recipes shared during this year's #HalloweenTreatsWeek and we can't wait for you to see them all! Plus, don't forget that we have 5 (five) great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsors! Scroll down to take a look!
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October 1, 2018

Eye Scream Sundae #HalloweenTreatsWeek

This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
I've got a scary good treat to share with y'all today to start off #HalloweenTreatsWeek : this Eye Scream Sundae is monster green and covered in gooey red blood syrup then topped with eye balls, gummy mouths, and loads of festive candy! Dig in to this Eye Scream Sundae- if you dare!

 Happy Halloween! We hope you're ready for a spooktacular event as we celebrate Halloween with the first annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear's Wife. This haunting week-long event is filled with fantastic Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways.
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”
Image may contain: one or more people, text and food For our very first #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 30 talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week! There are going to be over 100 Halloween themed recipes shared during this year's #HalloweenTreatsWeek and we can't wait for you to see them all! Plus, don't forget that we have 5 (five) great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsors! Scroll down to take a look!
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September 30, 2018

Chocolate Chip Cookie S'mores

Y'all, it's true, I never met a s'mores I didn't like!
Now that fall is finally here I am ready to go camping and enjoy our favorite treat! 
We recently took fall camping themed family photos with Jeni Marie Studios and I decided to make a tasty treat to eat during our photos! I combined two kid friendly fall treats- chocolate chip cookies and gooey s'mores- to make these ah-mazing Chocolate Chip Cookie S'mores .
Check out the recipe and our fun photo session below! 
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September 24, 2018

Crock-Pot Honey Garlic Pork Freezer Meal

Freezer meals are my go to lately. My father had surgery last month and I stocked up my parent's freezer with these easy to make meals. Now with it being moving week here we are eating up our supply and it saves me so much time and cleaning! This Honey Garlic Pork freezer meal is all prepped and ready to  go with boneless pork and chopped sweet potatoes and apples mixed with honey and garlic sealed in a freezer bag. Just defrost overnight then pour into your Crock-Pot in the morning. Cook it on low and it is ready is 6-8 hours. Easy-peasy and just what this busy Mama and her family wants for dinner! 


Check out my newest cooking video here!
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Dinosaur Rawr Pasta Salad #MovieMonday

This dino shaped pasta salad has all my kiddos fave ingredients including chicken,  bacon, cheese, and peas. Mix it all up and toss qith creamy ranch dressing for an easy meal. Inspired by our favorite monster movie, Jurrasic Park! 

On the last (or fourth) Monday of each month, a group of bloggers participate in a #MovieMondayChallenge, hosted by C'mon Get Crafty! We decide on a topic, genre, or specific movie to use for inspiration and everyone gets free reign to create something wonderful!

This month's challenge was. . . . MONSTER MOVIES! Everyone was allowed to choose their own favorite film so long as it was inspired by the Monster challenge. I chose my kid's favorite monster: dinosaurs! So I immediately thought about the scariest movie I saw as a child and that was 
Jurassic Park!

Ingredients: 


  • 1 10z box dinosaur shaped pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 2 thin chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup cubed cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese 
  • 1/4 cup or to taste ranch dressing (add more before serving if chilling)

Directions: 

  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl.
  2. Toss to combine.
  3. Serve right away or cover and chill.
  4. Add more dressing if needed.
I found this fun dino pasta at our local Central Market and knew my kiddos would love it! 
Cook pasta according to package and drain.
How cute is this pasta?!
I cooked 2 thin boneless chicken breasts and 5 slices of bacon then chopped it up.
Add all ingredients to a large bowl.
Now add ranch dressing. I used honey bbq flavor.
Start with 1/4 cup ranch and add more to taste or if the pasta soaks it up.
Toss to combine.
Serve right away or cover and chill.
Hope you love this Rawr-some pasta as much as my little monsters do! 
Now let's see what everyone else was inspired to create for this month's #MovieMondayChallenge! If you'd like to join our Facebook group click HERE.

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September 21, 2018

Pumpkin Bacon Waffles with Cinnamon Syrup #PumpkinWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
These savory, soft Pumpkin Bacon Waffles are drizzled with warm cinnamon syrup and are so good they will be devoured in minutes! Check out the recipe below along with all the other bloggers' recipes on the last day of PumpkinWeek!

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September 20, 2018

Pumpkin Spice Dessert Hummus #PumpkinWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
This festive sweet Pumpkin Spice Dessert Hummus is a delicious dessert or appetizer for a fall gathering.
Check out this recipe below along with the other tasty #PumpkinWeek creations!
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is a 1,000 farm family dairy co-operative with members in New England & upstate NY making all natural, award-winning cheese & the "World's Best Cheddar". 
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September 17, 2018

Pumpkin Pecan Pie Dump Cake #PumpkinWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

It's #PumpkinWeek and boy do I have a winner for you today! This Pumpkin Pecan Pie Dump Cake is a combo of two of my favorite desserts, pumpkin pie and pecan pie, but in cake form. Once you try it, I promise it will be your new fall dessert for every occasion!
Scroll down for the recipe!

Welcome to #PumpkinWeek 2018 hosted by Love and Confections and A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures! This year is even bigger and better than ever with a giveaway! Thirty nine bloggers from around the country are showcasing their best pumpkin dishes. Get ready for Fall with over 130 pumpkin recipes throughout the week including cocktails, main courses, pizzas, pastas, pastries, breads, muffins, and plenty of desserts! Our PumpkinWeek Sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you so much, Sponsors, for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and we’d love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!

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September 15, 2018

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Recipes For Fall

My heart is happy- Pumpkin Spice season is here!
I have gathered some of my very favorite sweet and savory Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Recipes to share with y'all! If you love the fall season and the cooler weather, festivals, hayrides, holidays, and of course, Pumpkin Spice everything, then you will love these recipes! 
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September 10, 2018

Lunch Lady Meatloaf Muffins and First Day of School Memories

In honor of the first day of school, I am sharing this kid approved recipe for Lunch Lady Meatloaf Muffins. These "muffins" are filled with cheese and BBQ sauce and topped with mashed potatoes. I bet the Lunch Lady would love them too!
This time a year ago my baby started preschool here in Texas. Now she is an official kindergartner.  Time seriously flies y'all and I am trying not to cry all day long! Part of me wants her to grow up but the other part wants her to be my sweet and sassy little girl forever and ever. 
Last year Sept 11 starting preschool.
This year....KINDERGARTEN. Say what?!
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September 3, 2018

Chick-fil-A Polynesian Chicken Casserole

Winner, winner chicken dinner! I won a small nugget tray from my local Chick-fil-A. I thought I would think out of the box- er tray- and turn them into a family friendly Hawaiian casserole!
Anyone who knows me, knows Chick-fil-A is my #1. I not only love the food but I love the company too. Their family values and excellent customer service along with their darn good chicken have made me a very loyal customer over the years.
Two years ago I was asked to join the Chick-fil-A Moms Panel. This corporate run group did surveys on new items, gave feedback on experiences, and just simply shared our Chick-fil-A love on social media. Well my friends, all good thing's must come to an end and the Chick-fil-A Moms group is no more. Scroll down to see some of my favorite Chick-fil-A memories from this past year in San Antonio and check out my recipe remake featuring Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets and Polynesian sauce. 
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