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Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in All, Desserts, Sponsored | 53 comments

Birthday celebrations don’t get much sweeter than this Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake! 

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

My little guy turns 9 on September 28th. Not sure how that happened, but it certainly calls for a celebration. Birthdays are a big deal in our house. We have several traditions in our family which get a little more meaningful every year, especially when one of them is that you don’t have to do dishes on your birthday. Now that the kids have more responsibility around the house, these treats take on a whole new meaning. The birthday boy also gets to pick his birthday dinner and dessert. I’ve talked before about how Charlie tends to go the nontraditional route on his birthday desserts. It used to always be this tart, but this year he requested a Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake, and I was more than happy to oblige.

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Heirloom Grain Salad

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in All, Main Dishes, Sponsored | 0 comments

Add variety to your dinner rotation with this nutritious and delicious Heirloom Grain Salad.

Heirloom Grain Salad
One of my many favorite things about fall is the ability to get back into a routine. Sure, I love the carefree months of summer as much as the next gal, but having a schedule is a good thing for this crew as it helps us readjust to our school rhythm again. 

(In case you’re wondering, I was definitely one of those moms where naptime and bedtime were not to be messed with when my kids were toddlers. Apparently my fanaticism served us well as my kids still need/want their sleep!)

But that’s not to say that new routines aren’t a bit of a challenge to get used to. The juggling act of school, sports schedules and homework can be dizzying. Meals need to be quick and easy to serve and packed with nutrients to get us through our busy days. Empty carbs just don’t fit the bill. Enter the Heirloom Grain Salad

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Cheesy Sausage Dip

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in All, Appetizers | 1 comment

This hot Cheesy Sausage Dip is made with just 5 ingredients. Appetizers don’t get much easier than that! 

Cheesy Sausage Dip

I’ve recently decided that I have a love/hate relationship with fall. Hate because I know winter is inevitably around the corner. Love because nothing beats snuggling in a sweatshirt in the morning and then lapping up the warm sun in the afternoon. I adore apple season and fall baking and those crisp, cool nights that make for great sleeping weather. I love college football and all the food that goes with it, which means I’m always on the hunt for new appetizers. I made this Cheesy Sausage Dip last weekend, and I’m not sure why it hadn’t hit my radar screen earlier. And just to make sure you don’t make the same mistake, I’m here to tell you that you should make this Cheesy Sausage Dip TODAY.

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Easy Pulled Beef Sandwiches

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in All, Main Dishes | 12 comments

Easy Pulled Beef Sandwiches have been a family favorite for years! Entertaining made easy.

Easy Pulled Beef Sandwiches

Fall is always a busy time in our house. Between back to school, sporting activities, college football games, and both of the kids’ birthdays, that’s a lot of fun packed into a few short months. It also means we have a lot of people at our house for weekend meals. So I tend to rely on a handful of dependable, easy meals to serve that don’t create a lot of prep work for me. You know those go-to meals you count on to feed a crowd? Easy Pulled Beef Sandwiches is one of those meals and fits the bill perfectly. The recipe involves 3 ingredients and about 5 hours of hanging out in the oven or slow cooker. The result is juicy, flavorful pulled beef that you can top however you want. Barbecue sauce, melted cheese or our favorite, horseradish sauce. I love that I can make ahead of time and serve it the next day or pop it in the freezer for later. 

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Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Meatballs

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in All, Appetizers | 7 comments

Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Meatballs may just be the perfect tailgating food around. Spicy and sweet, they pair perfectly with a nice cold beer.

Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Meatballs

Fall is my favorite season for a number of reasons, but tops on my list has to be college football. Football season is a time when eating appetizers for a meal becomes completely appropriate, and that, my friends, makes me happy. Let me introduce you to the MVP of tailgating season: Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Meatballs.

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