Garlic Knot Hot Dogs Garlic Knot Hot Dogs
Amazing Chicken Enchiladas Amazing Chicken Enchiladas
Tostada Bites Tostada Bites

So, I’ve talked about this before and I think it’s worth mentioning again: I ONLY WATCH SPORTING EVENTS IF THERE WILL BE FOOD.

Food is the only reason I will:

watch the super bowl
go see a baseball game
get lured into watching basketball
try to play tennis, golf or anything that involves a ball
Did I ever tell you about the time my grandpa took me golfing and after one hole he was like “Yeah, this isn’t the sport for you. Go drive the cart.”

So that’s fun.

ANYWAYS.

Summer Corn Avocado Basil Salad Summer Corn Avocado Basil Salad
Country BBQ Chicken Pizza Country BBQ Chicken Pizza

Get ready to add another recipe to your Pizza Friday repertoire!! Get those fat pants on because I got a good one today.

Remember when I was in the middle of my move and I was driving across the country and I shared a photo of a pizza I ate when I got to Salt Lake? I vowed I would create a copycat and you guys, I did it. (I might even say my version is better. Wayyyyyy better. I’m so….humble.)

Anyways, my husband and I are a little BBQ Chicken Pizza Obsessed. In the past, we have come to realize that we like: rotisserie chicken, bacon and cilantro on our BBQ Chicken pizzas. But this version I had in Utah blew my mind because they added: (1) corn!! (2) red onion!!  and (3) smokey ranch!! It had a lot going on that blew my mind.

So, I recreated this beauty at home last week, smokey ranch, bacon, corn, chicken, red onion and sweet baby ray’s included. I am hopeful that you will be converted to my Country BBQ Chicken Pizza ways.

Crock Pot Italian Chicken Pasta Recipe Crock Pot Italian Chicken Pasta Recipe
Homemade Ice Cream Crunch Cake Homemade Ice Cream Crunch Cake

For those of you wondering or asking about Gordon’s birthday cake from this past weekend, here it is! Of course I made it homemade, and this year I switched things up with a double layered ice cream cake! It was so so good and way easier than I originally thought.

So ice cream cake is made up of a few different parts:

Better than Paris Crepes Recipe Better than Paris Crepes Recipe

My love of food and cooking has always been with me, but didn’t really blossom until I went away to college and had to cook for myself. At first, I’d eat out a lot {hello freshman 15 25} but then I started copying my Mom’s recipes to have copies in my recipe box so those semesters away, I could make good food. Crepes was at the top of this list.

When I made them for the first time in my Sophomore year for myself {and by default for my roommates too} one of my roommates and best friends, Amy, insisted these were the best crepes she had ever had. She was the one who deemed these better than Paris crepes because she had just spent a semester studying abroad in Europe.

Surely she has been mistaken I thought. There is no possible way these could be better than the crepes you get is Paris. It’s PARIS.

But then I went to Paris last Fall and tried them for myself and by golly, I think she was right.

Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders

I was going through some photos on one of my memory cards yesterday and I came across a bunch of pictures of recipes I created back in Idaho before we moved! Whaaaat? HOW did I forget I have some extra recipes just waiting to be shared?

If you ask my kids, especially Brooke, they will all tell you their mother is forgetful. It’s no secret. When Daddy isn’t home, Mommy gets to pick up the slack and her plate is overflowing…hence the forgetfulness. Actually, who am I kidding? I was forgetful before he left. I assume its an overworked-youngish-mother-of-three thing?! Anyone else “suffering”?

I’ve heard the term mommy brain several times, but I think there’s something to it. Plus I just googled this news article saying science proves its a real thing! So, I’m self-diagnosing.

By the way, does anyone else go onto Web MD with a cough and come away with the fear of God in your heart? At least once a month I navigate away from their website thinking I have cancer, diabetes and a heart murmur.  So there’s that.

50 School Lunch Ideas {healthy & easy!} 50 School Lunch Ideas {healthy & easy!}
Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing

Let’s start our Friday off with a bang, shall we?

Way back in June I went to the DMV to switch my Idaho license for an Oregon one….since I live in Oregon. So, off I went and to my surprise, shock and horror I had to take a written test. The lady at the counter said “don’t worry it’s easy”. Do you see where this is going? YEAH. I failed that sucker. By one lousy question.

The lady at the counter then said “you should of skipped all the questions you didn’t know! You should have used the skip button!”

The Best Steak Marinade The Best Steak Marinade

Soooo, this recipe is based on a recipe I got from my mother-in-law. Well, actually, I remember her making it once or twice and this is me recalling what went into it. I think I added in a few extra items that I thought would add great flavor and mama mia, I was right! Super tender, salty yet slightly sweet meat that got a little smokey from the grill. This was actually the meal I made for Gordon for our belated Father’s Day dinner after he returned from his Army training. That man loves his steak. {I made this for dessert too.}

Anyways, there’s a rhyme and a reason I cut up the ribeye steak into cubes and used every.single.ingredient for this marinade. And guess what, crazy kids? I’m going to break it down for ya right now:

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. 

Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe
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
*Perfect* 3-Minute Mug Brownie *Perfect* 3-Minute Mug Brownie
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 😉