Apple Cheddar Chicken Salad Apple Cheddar Chicken Salad

Finally a salad recipe!!

After going to Disney World and eating everything in sight, it’s about time I got my act together and put something green in my mouth (besides lime sour patch kids).
There were a good two months where I was doing really well with my eating habits…sort of. In December, I got a bad cold then the stomach flu and then another bad cold which brought be 3 pounds below my goal weight. Then January came and so did my well-meaning resolutions. I was doing so well!

Now we’re half way through February and I’ve lost the will to cook/exercise/drink water/go to bed early/anything else on my ‘get healthier’ to do list.

Anyone else in the same boat as me? Someone out there better raise their virtual hand.

I don’t know if it’s the winter weather, my sick baby, my lack of sleep or my love of bread that has me in this funk.

Did I mention Eddie has a double ear infection? I took him to the doctor a few days ago and turns out he wasn’t being cranky because he hates me. That little guy was literally miserable. Poor baby 🙁

So, my body/eating habits are obviously not my current priority. Eddie-man is. And trying to catch up on my sleep. And eating this donut bread. (It’s addicting. Don’t make it.)

I’m not going to get on the scale again until another stomach bug hits.

Roasted Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Alfredo Roasted Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Alfredo
How to Make Stromboli How to Make Stromboli
Fail-Proof Pizza Dough and Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks {just like in restaurants!} Fail-Proof Pizza Dough and Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks {just like in restaurants!}
Pimiento Macaroni and Cheese Pimiento Macaroni and Cheese

Dear Pimientos,

Where have you been all my life?

In the south?

I guess that explains a few things since I grew up in Canada.

But, I have found you and I’m never letting you go.

You are delicious on just about anything. Particularly anything that involves cheese. I am in love with you.

So dear, sweet, dainty jars of pimientos, never leave my pantry. I promise to keep you warm and happy. Or at the very least, turn you into something delicious that *technically* could be considered to be warm and happy. Like this recipe.

I promise you’ll stay on the 3rd shelf, away from small hands that could drop you and palates that would under appreciate you.

You’ll like it here.

Sincerely,

Lauren

PS- I know you’re not used to getting talked to, but I’m a little…passionate when it comes to my food. You’ll get used to it.

Parmesan & Garlic Linguine {Super Easy!} Parmesan & Garlic Linguine {Super Easy!}

Hi Friends!

I finally got around to updating the photos from this post that originally went live August 1st, 2011! Crazy!! Here’s the original post below. 5 years later and I still make this recipe 🙂 So easy and so good! Enjoy!

Four Cheese Texas Toast Four Cheese Texas Toast

My kids are trying to kill me.

I’m pretty sure we’ve discussed this before. But this time I really mean it!

In the last five days, I’ve gotten 19 hours of interrupted sleep total. Maaayyyyybe 20 if I round up. Because I’m paranoid and keep track of my sleep, I know this is an unfortunately low, yet accurate number.
F word.

You’d think by now my two older ones SHOULD know how to sleep through the night. They SHOULD know how to use the bathroom. They SHOULD be able to go back to sleep on their own. But does any of this register with them at 2am, 3am AND 4am? No.

I thought I had brainwashed them enough to know to call out for DAD up in the night, not MOM.

But alas. A Mom makes the bad dreams go away at 2am, takes the toddler to the bathroom at 3am, feeds the baby at 4am and then is up packing school lunches a few hours after that.

I am a Mom. A very very tired Mom who rarely sleeps longer than 3 hours at a time. And I happen to make my family’s world go round with my 10 minute Texas Toast recipe, my semi-clean house, my IV drip of Diet Coke and the large bags under my eyes.

Ultimate BBQ Chicken Pizza Ultimate BBQ Chicken Pizza

The Pizza Friday tradition rages on.

I wasn’t going to post this recipe…as it seems with most recipes I put on Instagram.

But then I put this picture on Instagram last Friday after I made it for our Pizza Friday and everyone wanted the recipe.

I thought BBQ Chicken Pizza’s were pretty common-place {?!} but apparently not.

So, this is my *loose* recipe for BBQ Chicken pizza. I guessed at the amounts because I make this so frequently that I don’t measure. Plus, like I mentioned above, I wasn’t planning on sharing this recipe. We like a lot of toppings and that is seriously what makes this pizza so amazing.

What makes my BBQ Chicken Pizza so special:

Taco Sloppy Joes Taco Sloppy Joes

I have a love-hate relationship with messy dinners.

I love that:

>they are really easy to throw together

>they are completely non-fussy

>my kids go crazy for them and

>generally they are really hard to screw up.

I hate that:

>they’re messy.

My table, my floors, my chairs, sometimes my walls, my kids’ clothes and my kids. All dirty in a matter of minutes.

So everyday around 5pm, it’s a battle between happy kids, dirty everything or cranky kids, clean everything.

Can you guess what I usually choose? If I gave you a tour of my house, you’d know exactly which camp I’d fall. Actually, scratch that. You don’t need a tour. Just walk in my front door. You’ll see. We are the messy house dinner people. Yippee?

Tacos are a messy dinner. Spaghetti is a messy dinner. Anything involving rice or quinoa tends to be a messy dinner. Soup also falls into this category as does {you guessed it!} Sloppy Joes!

I’ve kind of just accepted the fact that I need to do dishes and wipe down the table, the chairs and the floor after every meal.

At the end of the day, I’d rather clean up after the delicious dinner than fight my kids all the way through the meal over something they don’t want to eat.

If I’m being completely honest, at the end of the day, I’d rather eat chocolate and watch Friends and pay someone to clean up dinner but, alas, Mama gotta save for our next vacation. A girl can dream.