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My favorite part of every day is that time before my kids and husband wake up, when I’m alone downstairs with my dogs and my coffee

I wasn’t even mad at Penelope (the husky) this morning when she woke me up at 4:45 because that just meant I had extra coffee time. 

I try to set my alarm a good hour before my kids and husband have to get up just so I can knock out emails and other computer work. And also watch the same 4 stories on CNN over and over again because for whatever reason, I find that entertaining.

But coffee is the most important part of my morning. And I am digging the  McCafé Premium Roast coffee. 

I attended the McCafé demo at my local Walmart last weekend. I love going to demos like that because you not only get to try the new product, you also learn all about it in the process!

The McCafé coffee is made from 100% Arabica beans and the beans are harvested from the rich soils and mountainous regions of the foremost coffee-growing areas of the world. 

There are 8 different varieties of McCafé coffee and they’re now available at Walmart. I found mine on the very top shelf with the rest of the coffee pods. It also comes in bags if the pods aren’t your style. 

And now we let’s talk about these muffins! What’s better than a banana muffin? A banana muffin with chocolate chips AND coffee. I used the McCafé coffee in these and it all works together so deliciously. 

You guys know I’m obsessed with banana muffins and I think it’s safe to say that these are my new favorites. 

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Pudding Cups #SnackPackMixIns #ad

We are just over two weeks away from Valentine’s Day so I figured it was time to share some easy to make desserts!

I not-so-secretly love Valentine’s Day because it’s an excuse to put up every sparkly heart decoration I have. Which thrills my husband, I’m sure. I also love it because I feel like it’s a free pass to eat chocolate. And what’s better than that?

So for my super simple Valentine’s Day dessert, I’ve got these fun Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Pudding Cups.

How cute would these be for a class party? 

I picked up a pack of vanilla and a pack of chocolate Snack Pack Pudding Cups at Walmart, along with some strawberries, Reddi Wip, and really cute Valentine’s Day sprinkles. 

The Snack Packs have a new Easy Open Lid which made it really simple for the kiddos to help me. They also contain the same amount of calcium as an 8 ounce glass of milk so it’s a treat your kids will love and you’ll feel good about letting them have it. 

Like I said, these are super simple to make. You just dip the strawberries in a Snack Pack pudding cup (I used chocolate but you can use whatever flavor you like) and then let them set in the freezer for a couple hours. Then you you put a chocolate-covered strawberry on top of the rest of your Snack Pack puddings cups, top with Reddi Wip, and sprinkle with your favorite pink heart sprinkles!

I did some strawberries with sprinkles and some without. You could dip half the strawberry in a chocolate Snack Pack and then the other half in a vanilla. There are so many ways to customize this cute and kid-friendly Valentine’s Day dessert! 

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Can I whine for a minute?

Tonight’s the ball. 

And I’m not going. Wahhhh.

We always miss the balls but usually it’s because my husband’s scheduled for something months before. But this time I got my hopes up. I bought a dress back in, like, June. We bought tickets, we found a babysitter, and we ordered my husband a new blue jacket thing about a month ago. And I was psyched because the blue jacket thing said 3 to 5 day shipping which left us plenty of time to get it tailored and get all his patches put on or whatever.

So 11 days after I ordered it and it still hadn’t shipped, I got on the live chat. And the girl told me that they have to special order uniforms from a uniform shop. And I said, “But this is the uniform shop, no?”

Long story short, the Army even manages to screw up online shopping. 

I’m really only sad because I love my dress and what if it’s totally out of style by the time the next post-deployment ball rolls around?

Can I just show up alone, take a few pictures in my dress, and then leave? 

Is that acceptable? No?

So tonight I’ll be drowning my sorrows in something chocolatey and delicious while I watch Scandal. There may be a pizza involved, too. I might even go for a canned Strawberrita. I’m classy like that. 

Anyway, have you ever made mousse? I was under the impression that it was a labor intensive, 3 day process but it’s literally melting chocolate and folding in whipped cream. 

I made this White Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sauce in less than 15 minutes. And it’s so rich and creamy that it really feels like something that should take hours to make. I think I’m obsessed with mousse now. 

If you need a quick, easy, but still awesome Valentine’s Day dessert, this is it!

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Burger and Fries Pot Pie - a kid-friendly meal that's ready in under 30 minutes!

Yesterday my kid came home and told me that they’d had a lockdown. It happens more than it probably should (#armylife) and thankfully it’s always nothing.

Really, it’s usually a parent threatening to punch the principal or something. 

And no, it’s never been me.

Yet.

Anyway, I asked what happened and he said, “There was a mountain lion! I saw it’s footprints on the playground on the way home!”

I was all, “Yeah….” and sent him upstairs to do his homework. So I went to my husband and said, “Hey, he said they had a lockdown because of a mountain lion.”

And he said, “Yeah, it’s possible. We see all kinds of things on the ranges.”

“What? Like they just come through the gate? That jerk wouldn’t let me through unless I took my sunglasses off the other day. But they’re letting mountain lions in?”

“Uhhh, a mountain lion could jump the fence. Pretty awesome, huh?”

And now I’m terrified. Of mountain lions. Hanging out in my backyard.

So in honor of the kid that may be telling me the truth or may be just trying to really scare his mother, I made something I knew he’d love.

Burger and Fries Pot Pie!

It’s really simple and my kids all loved it. It’s ground beef with some diced tomatoes and cheese and then it’s all topped with crinkle-cut French fries. How can that be bad? We won’t talk about how many French fries I stole off the top. 

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First up, I hope everyone in that gigantic storm’s path is safe and warm and hopefully just hanging out at home enjoying a day off. 

Second, I turned my a/c on yesterday. Because it’s ridiculously warm plus you know I always have the oven on. It was 80 degrees in my house. Penelope (the husky) was just following me around, panting loudly. She’s not a fan. 

My husband had some sort of tire flip competition yesterday morning which I didn’t know was a real thing but apparently they have to go back this morning because they made it into the finals of the bizarre tire flip competition. But anyway, he came home all muddy and hungry so I quickly made him some chicken and some Paleo Mocha-Bacon Brownies! 

All my favorites! Coffee and bacon and brownies! 

I have to warn you though: these are super Paleo. And by that, I mean you’ll probably only like them if you’re super Paleo. Like, if you’re used to Quest bars and Justin’s peanut butter cups (like me), you probably won’t like these. Buuuut, if you’ve managed to somehow give up sugar and be real Paleo (not like me), you will love them. They’re not bad, they’re just not super sweet like the Betty Crocker brownies that I know and love. My husband is obsessed and wouldn’t shut up about how good they are.

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