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Pull Apart Pizza

Pull Apart Pizza

YOU GUYS. I’ve created a monster: Pizza night Fridays.

It’s a tradition that started out of annoyance. Me being the annoyed, my kids being the annoyers. “What’s for dinner? Can we have pizza? Puh-leeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaasssssseeeeeeee??????” Of course NO was the answer every single time because I test freaking recipes for a living, so generally its new stuff they try but with familiar flavors that I’m 84% sure they will eat. So, I thought I’d raise the bar and get a little smarter than my kids and make a pizza tradition for Friday nights forever more.

ANYWAYS. Can you guess what they ask me now?

“What day is it?

“It’s not Friday today?”

“When’s Friday?”

“Can we have Pizza today, even though it’s Tuesday?”

“Why can’t today just be Friday?”

“No, Mom, I just want cheese pizza. Not chicken”

Children who ask endless questions who ignore my responses are…how shall I put this…my nemesis?! The merry-go-round of questioning, particularly with my 3 year old son, is straight up ridiculous. HE HAS NO CONCEPT OF TIME. ALL HE WANTS IS PIZZA.
So, to sum up, Pizza Fridays: still reluctantly happen, but I am now bitter the whole week leading up to it because I have this conversation 5/6 remaining days that are not Friday.

I bring this whole situation up because I promised two kiddos stellar pizza on a Friday and ‘normal’ pizza wouldn’t do.

What can I make using pizza ingredients, besides an actual pizza? Pull apart pizza! Also known as the lazy Mom’s pizza. Maybe also quite possibly known as bubble pizza? I don’t fully know what bubble pizza is and I’m too tired to google it but, whatever you call it, you just cut the pizza dough into pieces instead of rolling it all out and top it like a normal pizza and bake. It’s SO much faster to make this way and super fun to eat.


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Ok, you guys. Do you remember this recipe for Roasted Jalapeno Queso that I posted waaay back in November because I mayyyybe may had a pregnancy craving for it? WELL folks, that craving came back with a vengeance. And before I get too far into this story, let it be known that I am NOT pregnant again…I just happen to be ravenous because, well, breastfeeding. So, instead of just having queso with chips, I made a dinner out of it by adding chicken, onions, jalapenos and an extra can of tomatoes. I swear, this recipe doesn’t get much easier than cooking a little chicken and then throwing in a few cubes of velveeta. I know I know!! I used velveeta in this recipe and proud of it. Also, did you not see the part about the craving? IT HAD TO BE VELVEETA. I really don’t use velveeta a lot. If you follow me on snapchat [email protected]} then you would have seen me and the baby walking around the grocery store looking for the velveeta because we didn’t know where it was kept. That was a fun 30 minutes. ANYWAYS, my point is..….um…..I eat velveeta on rare occasions. Also: this dinner
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Lemon Butter Cake

Lemon Butter Cake

Any fellow readers out there who also grew up on Raffi and Sharon, Lois and Bram? My Canadian side is starting to show when I start dropping THOSE names.

If you grew up in Canada in the 80’s, you will know exactly who I’m talking about.

Why do I bring up obscure Canadian folk singers who specialized in children’s songs? Because this damn song has been in my head for DAYS and it basically sums up my life.

I think I’ve complained talked about this before. Maybe on last Friday’s post? I’m too tired to read it through at this point. I’ve got a zillion and one things to do before we leave for Hawaii and the to-do list just keeps on coming.

Things like fix the fridge, fix the microwave, get a new stroller, get my husband a consult with a surgeon {nothing serious} and take the baby to the doctor that weren’t on my list last week have gotten put to the top of my list this week. Isn’t it great when you already have a busy week planned and then ALLTHETHINGS get shot to hell?

You love it when that happens too? Oh you guys. You really are my people.

So, yeah. The ‘I am slowly going crazy’ song is my literal reality.


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YOU GUYS! I did something so fun this week for Beauty Tuesday 🙂 I went to Nordstrom and got styled! It’s an absolutely FREE service that gave me one on one time with the stylist of my choice. I got so many good ideas on cute outfits, what would work well on my post-pregnant-now-nursing-body type and tried on several outfits as well. I told her I wanted to get out of my rut of not feeling cute and she was ON IT.

You can watch the video to get the whole story and more details, but I’ll try to type out all the info I can think of.


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Backyard BBQ

Backyard BBQ

A few weeks ago, my friend Jessica helped me throw a BBQ in our backyard for some friends to help celebrate Blake’s birthday slash help load our first U-haul of stuff to take to our new house in Boise! These are some of the photos from that day 🙂 Oh what fun it is to have talented friends to make your work look cuter than it actually is! {Thanks, Jess! What am I going to do without you?}

It was an overcast day {oh, Portland} and rain threatened to ruin our evening, but alas, we stayed dry.


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Since we’re moving in the very near future and going to Hawaii in the…more nearer future {?!}, my life is insanity. Meaning, it’s filled with suitcases and boxes and a cranky baby that doesn’t nap.

It’s like a dream come true. So, not a whole lot of stuff to report…or stuff that you’d want to know about. I would tell you, bur it would be a total buzz kill.

In other news, do you all want to come to my house and pack a few boxes or hold a baby that may or may not scream in your face? That would be GRAND. 😉

Anyways, my love of honey mustard rages on. I used to hate it. Now I love it. Whole story here. Try to contain your excitement while you read.

Now, perhaps I have taken this h.m. thing too seriously, but YOU GUYS–>these sandwiches are legit. They should run for president. They are soft, sweet, a little spicy from the mustard and oh so cheesy too! It’s my new favorite thing to make for lunch and my least favorite thing to work off at the gym. SO easy and SO yummy!


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Pull Apart Pizza

Pull Apart Pizza

YOU GUYS. I’ve created a monster: Pizza night Fridays.

It’s a tradition that started out of annoyance. Me being the annoyed, my kids being the annoyers. “What’s for dinner? Can we have pizza? Puh-leeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaasssssseeeeeeee??????” Of course NO was the answer every single time because I test freaking recipes for a living, so generally its new stuff they try but with familiar flavors that I’m 84% sure they will eat. So, I thought I’d raise the bar and get a little smarter than my kids and make a pizza tradition for Friday nights forever more.

ANYWAYS. Can you guess what they ask me now?

“What day is it?

“It’s not Friday today?”

“When’s Friday?”

“Can we have Pizza today, even though it’s Tuesday?”

“Why can’t today just be Friday?”

“No, Mom, I just want cheese pizza. Not chicken”

Children who ask endless questions who ignore my responses are…how shall I put this…my nemesis?! The merry-go-round of questioning, particularly with my 3 year old son, is straight up ridiculous. HE HAS NO CONCEPT OF TIME. ALL HE WANTS IS PIZZA.
So, to sum up, Pizza Fridays: still reluctantly happen, but I am now bitter the whole week leading up to it because I have this conversation 5/6 remaining days that are not Friday.

I bring this whole situation up because I promised two kiddos stellar pizza on a Friday and ‘normal’ pizza wouldn’t do.

What can I make using pizza ingredients, besides an actual pizza? Pull apart pizza! Also known as the lazy Mom’s pizza. Maybe also quite possibly known as bubble pizza? I don’t fully know what bubble pizza is and I’m too tired to google it but, whatever you call it, you just cut the pizza dough into pieces instead of rolling it all out and top it like a normal pizza and bake. It’s SO much faster to make this way and super fun to eat.


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Hi Friends 🙂

I’ve been feeling under the weather {again…UGH!} so I haven’t been super diligent about getting ready and feeling awesome about my car and makeup situation. BUT! I have been paying more attention to my skin care.
Here are the products mentioned in the video:

Lavender Oil from Doterra; really helpful for stress and it just smells nice 🙂

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleanser from Amazon…currently under $10 when you have Amazon Prime! It’s seriously awesome.

Philosophy Resurface- The Microdelivery Dual Phase Peel…great for a weekly or bi-weekly skin refresher! I really like this product.

What products do you use when you’re feeling under the weather slash don’t have the energy to go all out on your hair and makeup?

Have a great day!


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We’re Moving!

We’re Moving!

That’s right, you crazy kids! Come summer, the Brennan Family will be MOVING to….wait for it….Boise, Idaho!

We’ve had to explain our reasons behind this move to lots of people who don’t understand the whys so hopefully this will give you a little insight as to WHY we are heading to Idaho of all places.
Why are you moving?

We have quite a few reasons why we felt this was the right decision for our family. The main reason was actually because of this wee little blog that has blossomed and grown into our full time jobs! Paying for this blog in a state that is really unkind {tax-wise} to small businesses was our biggest reason. We’ve done everything we could to maximize our deductions personally and for a small business with the help of our accountant. Though that has helped, this last tax season really was the last straw to break the camel’s back. Comparing how much we pay in Oregon to the four other states we were thinking of moving to, it was literally painful to do a few quick calculations to see how much money we could have saved if we lived there instead of here. We’re talking thousands, people. Do you know how many outfits I could buy with that?

Another big reason to move was to get all the sweat equity out of our small 1400 square foot home that we’ve put into it over the last 3+ years of living here. With the housing market going CRAZY in Portland, we’d be foolish not to. Crunching a few numbers and selling our house meant that we could pay off ALL of our debts, get my husband a newer car {he was driving a janky, rusty old honda!} and have more money in the bank for retirement and stock up our emergency fund. Another pragmatic reason to leave.
I suppose another reason could be it just felt right. We love Oregon and it kills us to leave some of our wonderful friends that we’ve made here, but we felt it was time to move on, get a bigger home {one that we wouldn’t have to move out of for a long long time} and make the switch now, before Brooke got older, into those higher school grades.


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