Easy Pork Potstickers Easy Pork Potstickers

Bringing this recipe back to the front of my blog pages for all of your lovely eyeballs to see!! I made these back in September 2014 and are well worth the time to make. Plus, you can make extra to store in your freezer for those nights you need a speedy meal. Hope you all are having a lovely Tuesday!

Garlic Chicken & Kale Spaghetti Garlic Chicken & Kale Spaghetti
Nutter Butter Nutella Icebox Cake Nutter Butter Nutella Icebox Cake

Do you guys know the tight pants song from Jimmy Fallon?

{Gord and I are a little obsessed with that man. I actually gave Gordon his book for Father’s Day!}

Well in this house, we sing fat pants.

“Everybody’s talkin’ ’bout my fat pants. I got my fat pants. I got my fat pants on!”

We sing this for a number of reasons, but mainly because I make ridiculous desserts like this.

It all started with this Nutter Butter Nutella Pie. {Just, YES.}

All roads paved with nutter butters and nutella are roads I want to travel. AmIright?

So that was YEARS ago that I posted it {all you newbies will definitely want to click through to make THAT gem} but different variations of that recipe have always lingered around in my brain, ready to pop out at any moment.

Pan Fried Potatoes Pan Fried Potatoes

I’m going to make this quick because I’ve typed out this post once already and my lovely and endearing 17 month old has discovered the glowing power bar beneath my desk and has shut my production down more than once. THAT KID!! 

So, I put that sucker down for a nap and am working like the wind.

Pan Fried Potatoes! These are oh so good for so many reasons. 

Mexican Corn Salad Hot Dogs Mexican Corn Salad Hot Dogs

We are still loving New York City! We haven’t run out of things to do. I realize we have only been here about two weeks, but I take it as a good sign. Our movers still haven’t shown up with our stuff (insert all the angry emojis here…) so I’ve been forced to get creative with our dinners. Cooking without cookware isn’t easy. BUT! After a quick search on the NYC parks website, I was able to find all the parks in the city with free grills to use 🙂

So, last week we headed out on the most gorgeous summer day and cooked up some yummy hot dogs with a fresh corn salad to top. These are some of the photos I took throughout the evening. I love that wherever we go in this glorious city, the water is never too far away.

Southwest Guacamole Hummus Southwest Guacamole Hummus

This post was sponsored by USA Pulses & Pulse Canada

Two recipes in one week? WHAAATTT? My life must be not getting calmer and organized…or something like that. Ha! 

Yes, its been a while since I’ve posted more than one recipe in any given week because of this crazy move, but I am feeling up for the task! As long as there is no cooking required, I’m good.

Still no pots and pans or any word from our movers…that I’d like to murder in the night. But, I digress.

Anyways, PULSES!! Do you know what pulses are? Pulses are the delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods known as dry peas, chickpeas, lentils and beans. They are the part of the legume family but the term ‘pulse’ only refers to the dried seed. 

You learn something new everyday, right?

Firework Dessert Dip Firework Dessert Dip
The Best Zucchini Brownies The Best Zucchini Brownies
Lemon Cream Puffs Lemon Cream Puffs

We have finally made it all together again as a family!!

Yesterday, Gordon and I flew from NYC back to Ottawa to get our kids from Grandma and Grandpa’s house and oh, what a great reunion that was! Brooke and Blake were thrilled to have us back and wouldn’t let go of us at the airport, especially Daddy (of course). It took Eddie a few hours to warm up to him. But now, we are all used to each other and Gordon has wrestled and read and joked and wrestled again all three of our monkeys and we are in heaven!

Of course, reality will hit us HARD once we are back in the city and settled in our new place and Gordon starts the second phase of his training but for now, we are loving life together as a family again. Oh, how I love my husband. Things are so much better when he is around. *Sigh*

Funeral Potatoes Funeral Potatoes

Well folks, my nightmare is nearly over!! Last night we made it to my parent’s house and I almost cried when I pulled in…six days of solo driving 2600 miles with my 3 little kids. Finally FINALLY we made it! I’m so glad and relieved I’m here.

I never thought I’d see the day when I would never want to eat a french fry again. But here I stand in revolt. I’d be ok if I lived my life without fast food, but ask me again in about two weeks 😉

Bye Bye Boise Bye Bye Boise

Yesterday we said goodbye to our friends and neighbors in Boise. We got my van packed, had a picnic at Brooke’s school and hit the road.

Even though we were only in our home for 12 1/2 months, I will miss the big, beautiful kitchen, the two offices, the playroom, my walk-in closet, my huge bathtub, our not too big-not too small backyard and all the glorious room we had.

A year isn’t a long time to get to know very many people, but we got to know so many wonderfully kind, giving and selfless people. After Gordon left, I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage getting everything done that I needed to. But so many friends volunteered to take my kids, sell my stuff, help me clean, bring me diet cokes (my life blood these last four months), organize my garage and pack pack pack. I am so grateful for their friendships. I learned so much from all of them!

Double Decker Summer Burgers Double Decker Summer Burgers

Is it getting warm where you are?

This week, we have been having one lovely and glorious heat wave that has pushed us outside to the grill! Since my pots and pans are already en route to NYC, I’m sort of forced outside to use the grill anyways, so this recipe was a lovely coincidence.

Of course the most perfect dinner you can make with a grill is a burger! It never gets old and it tends to taste better the hotter it gets outside.

Over the *almost* 10 years I’ve been married, Gordon and I have been pretty big burger connoisseurs. We never turn one down. Even the super dry burgers my father-in-law makes 🙂

I’m confident everyone in the Brennan Family knows they are “very well done” but him.

Actually, for a time when Brooke was 2 years old, we lived with my in-laws for a few months and thats how we became familiar with the weekly “very well done burgers” my father-in-law made.

One week in August though, my mother-in-law approached me and said “could you grill the burgers tonight and not tell John that I asked you to?” So me, not being one to cause any trouble, grilled them with the excuses “I thought I’d grill them for you” and “I was hungry earlier in the day today”. What a nice daughter-in-law I am, right?

We had juicy burgers that night and all was well with the world.

Italian Sausage & Peppers Pasta Italian Sausage & Peppers Pasta
Loaded Carnitas Nachos Loaded Carnitas Nachos

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When a craving hits you at 10pm at night, you just gotta go for it sometimes.

Now that my husband has been gone for a solid two months, I can safely say that I stay up late at night and worry…and then crave foods.

I worry about everything and then crave everything.

It’s typically very manageable because I don’t ever have the items on hand to make what I’m craving. But the other night when this Mama wanted nachos, she opened up her laptop, navigated over to ClickList and made all her nacho dreams come true.

Incase you’re wondering, ClickList is an online grocery ordering service through Fred Meyer (a Kroger store) and it is glorious. Basically, I order groceries from my bed late at night and then I go pick them up the next morning. Read: I don’t have to get out of the car! They bring all my groceries to me and they load them up.

Creamy Ranch Chicken Casserole Creamy Ranch Chicken Casserole

I’m currently en route to New York City and I wanted to make sure I posted this recipe for you all! I love a good casserole and I always forget how easy they are!! This recipe is a Ranch version of my Swiss Chicken Bake, but instead of using homemade cream of chicken soup, I used the can because I’m trying to get rid of the food in my pantry before our move. I’ll probably have a lot more random recipes coming up soon involving sweetened condensed milk, creamed corn and pinto beans. (Not used together 😉 )

So, I was generous in saying this recipe would take 10 minutes to prep. It’s really more like 7. You’ll wait longer for your oven to preheat than anything else. We ate our casserole with roasted broccoli on the side, but rice or pasta would work as well….I think I’d like the rice more than the pasta, but use what you got!

I also love using chicken tenders because they cook much faster than an actual chicken breast. Be aware that your cooking time will increase if you’re using whole chicken breasts. Chicken cutlets would work well and have the same cooking time as listed below.

Anyways, here are some photos I snapped from making this recipe. Be sure to scroll down to get my printable recipe and make this asap!!

Nutella Hot Fudge Sauce Nutella Hot Fudge Sauce

Tomorrow I’m taking my kids to Utah to stay with one of my best friends so I can fly to NYC to find an apartment this weekend. That came up quick for me. Time flies when you’re going insane.

I’m excited and nervous and excited! Story of my life.

I can’t believe I’m moving to New York City. I keep typing it out and saying it to myself, but it hasn’t quite sunk in. Maybe once I sign my lease and hand over a check for 6x my mortgage payment (gulp), then it’ll get a little more real? PS- the cost of living in the city is borderline ridiculous. Have you heard the term sticker shock? Well, I have sticker RAGE.

Speaking of rage, I get to see my husband this weekend! (Ha! Just kidding, honey.) Only for 37 hours, but I’ll take it! I think it’s been 9 weeks? 10 weeks? Lots of weeks since we’ve seen each other. I’m going to be super awkward incase you’re wondering. I’m awkward in most social situations…that’s why I blog. So, it’ll be fun and weird. But mostly fun!

Big items from my to-do list getting checked off this weekend.

Graham Streusel Coffee Cake Graham Streusel Coffee Cake

I’ve made it though another week!!!!! Yes, that sentence does need five exclamation point.

I’ve been a little radio silent these past few days because my children can’t get enough of their mother (read: they won’t leave me alone) and I can’t seem to stay awake long enough to write a cohesive sentence or edit a picture once they are all in bed. This solo parenting business is rough.

I thought I’d get smart and hire a babysitter to watch my kids so I could work in my office yesterday….I should have known better! Blake was banging on the doors with all sorts of questions (Does this monster truck come in blue? Did you get it from Target? Can I get a fire truck toy in New York City? Will we have a house in New York City? Are we living in Canada or New York? Can I have a yogurt?”) and Eddie would hear the sound of my voice and start whaling from across the house. So, that went on for a good 4 hours and I accomplished….nearly nothing. Well, I edited these photos in those 4 hours. That counts for something? I was hoping to post this recipe yesterday afternoon and obviously, that never happened. Sunday it is!

Monster Truck Cake Monster Truck Cake

Since I posted all about Blake’s birthday party, I’ve been getting lots of questions and emails about how I made this cake!! I was surprised because for me, this is nothing special. Super easy cake without fancy structural tricks. The glorious thing about having a boy is boy birthday cakes can look messy and you can totally get away with it!! I didn’t need any special piping bags or equipment for this cake, which I LOVE.

You can still make a lovely, delicious, nice looking finished product without having to spend money on things you’ll use once. My methods mean you don’t have to try too terribly hard to get fun finished results 🙂

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Brown Butter Alfredo Baked Ravioli Brown Butter Alfredo Baked Ravioli

My days are getting all mixed up! Between the move and the box packing and the cleaning and the sick kids (yes, my kids are sick again because the universe likes to play cruel jokes on me) and the waking up 6 times in the night because of the sick kids, I thought I was posting this recipe on Friday because that’s usually when I post new recipes. BUT, here we are on Saturday morning.

Just when I think I have my life together, surprise!! I definitely do not.

Also, yesterday I was so tired/out of it/delirious that I forgot to buy tape to wrap Blake’s birthday presents. It was written on my list and I still forgot. So I sat down to wrap them last night and could not find scotch tape I didn’t buy anywhere. Thankfully, I have two huge rolls of packing tape that worked great 😉

So the gifts got wrapped and he’ll never be able to open them. Score.

Simple Chili Simple Chili
1-Hour Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls 1-Hour Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls
Healthier Egg Salad Healthier Egg Salad

Oh egg salad, how I love thee. Let me count the ways.

You guys, happy belated Easter! How many of you have already made your egg salad sandwiches and I’m late to the party?

Well, in typical Lauren fashion, I am a wee bit late on posting this recipe, but who’s to say we can’t enjoy egg salad year round? Not this girl. I love salads of every kind, egg variety included.

Normally, I use up all my colored, hard boiled Easter eggs, regular mayo and a variety of finely diced vegetables in the egg salad I make the week after Easter. This year has been no exception, except I changed my recipe up a bit:

Liquid Sunshine Liquid Sunshine

I meant to post this recipe a few days ago because its what I’ve been CHUGGING…trying to get rid this cold (and subsequent man voice.)

Did you know that Portland got me hooked onto juicing? That city certainly knows their health food.

That city also knows their pie. I’m talkin’ about you, Tilt. But I digress.

There are lots of little juice bars and health food stores in and around the downtown area that made amazing concoctions, but when it came to recreating them at home, my husband was and continues to be the real professional at juicing. But since he’s gone until June, mama had to take the reins.

Butter Drop Biscuits Butter Drop Biscuits

My cold rages on.

My immune system left my body weeks ago and went on vacation or something. Things are not within homeostasis levels in really any part of my life. I got a cold then just as I was getting over that one, I was hit with another! Jerky germs. GET OUT OF MY BODY!!

My boys caught something too and it is not pretty. I think they have minor versions of what I have. (Thankfully its not the full-blown version!)

Since I seem to have this illness the worst and I’m the Mom and in charge of three little people and there is no Dad around to help, I haven’t been the normal ray of sunshine that I usually am. Shocking!

So, what is my answer to this problem and the rest of life’s problems? CARBS! (And Diet Coke.)

I’m not much of a stress eater, but I’ve been known to eat large quantities of anything when I’m not feeling well, emotionally or physically…or pregnant, but that’s another story.

So, I made a version of my Mom’s biscuit recipe the other day in hopes it would make me feel better and I fell in love all over again.