Happy Saturday y’all!

What are the plans? I’m not doing anything. The first week of school nearly killed me. It’s just not normal to wake up that early. And it doesn’t help that the jerk half-wiener I live with still wakes up in the middle of the night to go outside.

This week’s family menu plan looks extra delicious! We’ve got Taco Tuesday, Pizza Friday, and lots of yumminess on the other days. Plus pancakes for the weekend because what’s a weekend without pancakes? And COOKIES! Every week needs cookies!

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My husband came home with a box of bananas the other day.

I don’t know why or how he ended up with a box of bananas. I don’t even ask anymore.

But I love when we have a ton of bananas because that’s the only time I can make banana bread. You ever lived with 4 guys? Food goes fast. Bananas disappear well before they’re ripe enough to use for baking.

So yesterday I made these Sour Cream Banana Nut Muffins and a loaf of paleo banana bread for the husband. Which he then covered in very much non-paleo cinnamon raisin peanut butter. But whatever.

I made these muffins while the kids were at school and most of them were gone by the time they went to bed.

They’re really yummy and really easy! The sour cream keeps them moist and the nuts (I used hazelnuts because I’m obsessed but you can use walnuts or pecans!) give them a nice crunch.

I highly recommend making them if your husband ever comes home with a giant box of bananas. Or, you know, you just have a couple super ripe bananas hanging out on your counter.

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Something you may not know about me is that one of my favorite foods is pimento cheese. I don’t know how or why but I have loved it for as long as I can remember.

Almost every week when I do my big grocery shopping trip, I buy a tub of pimento cheese and a bag of those long pretzel rods and then I dip the pretzels in the cheese and that’s all I eat until it’s gone. I mean, is that not one of the weirder things for someone to be obsessed with? Pimento cheese on pretzels? And not just pretzels, it has to be the pretzel rods.

(One the rare ocassion that I don’t feel like cheese, I get Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and then dip the pretzels in that. We’re not even going to think about how many calories that one is, mmkay?)

So when my dear friend Kita asked me to participate in Burger Month again this year, I knew Bacon and Pimento Cheese Burgers were happening.

This was my first time making pimento cheese, if you can believe that. I had it in my head that it was something I could only buy at the store since that was my tradition and all. But it turns out that it’s really easy. It’s just shredded cheese, diced pimentos (in a jar), and mayo. Seriously easy.

I did a simple beef burger with just salt and pepper, grilled for a few minutes on each side. And then I topped it with the homemade pimento cheese, some crispy bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

Also, I learned that I’m really, really bad at making burgers. Normally my husband does any burgers for me but he was in the field so I attempted these and they ended up fat and not wide enough for the bun. Which means that I need to make burgers more often, right?

There’s a fantastic giveaway to go along with Burger Month so make sure you check out the Rafflecopter widget below! There’s a long list of prizes being given away:

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  • 1 Cabot Cheese Legacy Gift Box – 2 each Farmhouse Reserve, White Oak & Alpine Cheddar  – 1 each New York Vintage & Seriously Sharp & 1 Wine Bottle Opener
  •  1 Spiceologist 4 Pack of Grilling Rubs (Smoky Honey Habanero Raspberry Chipotle Greek Freak Black & Bleu)
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A huge thanks to all of the creative bloggers who were just as inspired by a month of burgers as I was and the awesome companies that have donated prizes to #burgermonth, Char-Broil, Cabot Cheese, Le Creuset, Dreamfarm,Spiceologist Woodbridge Wines

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Maple Bacon Bread - perfect for toast, sandwiches, or just as a side with dinner!

I have a giveaway for you on this lovely Tuesday morning!

But first, I have to tell you what I did for my first day of freeeeeeeeeedom (aka the day all the kids went to school).

The husband is actually home right now which is a first. I’ve had kids in school for 4 years now and he’s never been home for it. So he was able to walk the kids to their classrooms with me and then we went and sat at Starbucks for coffee. I don’t think I’ve sat down in Starbucks and had coffee in… well, probably since I worked there. In 2006. Then we ended up having froyo for lunch together.

I know this is, like, regular everyday stuff for normal people but I’ve spent a lot of time alone with kids these past few years (thanks deployments!) and it’s weird to be like a real person who gets coffee and is able to hunt for Pyrex without saying “STOP TOUCHING THAT!” over and over again.

Thankfully, the kids all loved their first day and are looking forward to going back today. Fun fact: Fat Baby (who’s not a baby) said his favorite part of the day was “sleep time”.

Did you notice the gorgeous cutting board under this Maple Bacon Bread?

Yeah, that’s the giveaway! Get excited.

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I was lucky enough to receive the Teak Cutting Board and it is absolutely perfect. When I’m not using it, I’ve been displaying it on my dining room table because I just want to look at it all the time. It’s extra large at 24×18-inches and peak is naturally resistant to water which makes it easier to clean and maintain.

And just look at how pretty it is! I can’t get over it. Enter below using the Rafflecopter widget so you have a chance of winning your own board from CuttingBoard.com!

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About the bread?

It has maple and bacon so of course it’s delicious! And I love yeast breads that are supposed to be rustic looking because you really don’t have to pay a lot of attention to shaping and slashing and all that. Just form it into a ball and let it do it’s thing.

This loaf would be perfect toasted with jam, great for sandwiches, or just on the side of dinner.

If you are looking for recipe & entertaining inspiration and would also like to see the cutting boards that inspired them, plus earn additional entries for the giveaway, check out the recipes for Pulled Pork Pizza, BBQ Chicken Puffs, Ancho Smoked Pork, Easy Macaroni Salad, Chipotle Chili Fish Tacos With Peach Pineapple Salsa, Maple Bacon Bread, Chicken Cordon Blue Pizza, Casual Entertaining / Cheese Board, Grilled Sweet Corn & Zucchini Panzanella Salad and Buffalo Chicken Salad with Spicy Ranch Dressing.  

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Nutella Brownies - fudgy brownies with hazelnuts and a rich Nutella frosting!

Happy Monday!

Happy first day of school for my kids! You guys, this is the first year that all three of my kids are off to school. I’m going to be ALONE. All by myself. With no one asking questions. All day long.

I have so much to do but I really just want to lie on the couch and watch everything on my DVR. Just because i can.

And let’s be real, I’ll probably stress eat some of these Nutella Brownies, too. My youngest hasn’t even been to daycare since he was a year old so this is kind of a big deal and I’m a little nervous that the first day will be rough.

Nutella Brownies - fudgy brownies with hazelnuts and a rich Nutella frosting!

I needed major comfort food over the weekend and ended up whipping these up. I love a thick, fudgy brownie with nuts in them and since I’m having this thing with hazelnuts recently, I went with those. And nutella frosting, of course. Because why have brownies without frosting when you can have brownies with frosting?

They taste like my favorite Ferrero Rocher candies! So good. I could easily eat the entire pan of these. I’m not going to because I’m hoping for froyo tonight to celebrate a successful first day of school buuuuut know that I totally would.

Nutella Brownies - fudgy brownies with hazelnuts and a rich Nutella frosting!

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