Meet my current favorite soup.

I’ve made it twice in the last few weeks.

I don’t even like soup. But I could eat this every day for a month and not be sick of it.

It’s supposed to be like the Panera Chicken and Wild Rice Soup but I can’t tell you for certain. I’ve never tried that one because I’m too busy ordering the broccoli cheese soup. In a bread bowl. With an extra baguette.

Because I really want to gain 20 pounds before bikini season.

This is THE EASIEST soup you will ever make. I even buy a rotisserie chicken to make it even easier. And then you use a boxed wild rice mix (with the seasoning packet!) plus some fresh onion and carrot.

And then you stir in heavy cream at the end.

Because why not?

So good. So easy. I’ll probably make it again next week.

Double it if you’re feeding more than 3 or 4 people or want leftovers. It doesn’t make a ton but it does reheat really well. It’d be perfect for making on the weekend and taking for lunch during the week!

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Samoa Bars recipe - just like your favorite Girl Scouts cookies! And so easy!

Originally published on February 19, 2011. 

It’s that time of year. You know what time I’m talking about.

Girl Scouts have positioned themselves outside every grocery store, drug store, ballpark, everywhere you could possibly need to go. I try, I really do – I try to walk past them without making eye contact. It never works. This year was no different. I ended up with a box of Samoas (what’s the new name? Caramel something-or-another?) that my children demolished within seconds.

These bars, which are meant to be like my beloved Samoas, have been on my must make list for years now and I am so sad that I’ve waited this long to make them! They are so easy, so quick, and taste exactly like the Samoas. Please don’t be scared of the 3 steps. I’m telling you, there’s nothing difficult about this recipe.

If you wanted to take these one step further, you could dip the bottoms of the bars in melted chocolate. I’m not a chocolate fan so I skipped that part but if you wanted to, just melt a bag of chocolate chips instead of the 1/2 cup that this recipe calls for. Once it’s melted, dip the bars one at a time and then place on parchment (or wax paper) to harden.

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One of my many passions in life – along with things like reading and potato chips – is dogs. I’m obsessed with dogs.

Oh, you didn’t know?

You must be new here.

I thought since it’s casual Friday and all, I’d do a post all about one of my pups. You guys probably remember that time I impulsively adopted a little grey, bearded mixed breed pup named Sofia a month after we moved to Texas.

And by impulsively, I mean I stalked the rescue group’s FB page for a week to make sure no one got her and then finally convinced myself to just do it.

Definitely one of the better decisions I’ve made in recent years.

10 Reasons Why My Mutt is Awesome

1. Sofia has the fiesty-ness of a doxie and the sweetness of… whatever else she is.

2. No one’s ever come up to us and said, “OMG My cousin/neighbor/childhood friend has a dog that looks just like her!”

3. She can grow a beard better than most men I know.

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Reuben Brats - so perfect for football season! Grilled brats topped with thousand island, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut!

This recipe is inspired by my weird obsession with sauerkraut.

You guys, I can’t stop.

I don’t even want to tell you how much I go through in a week.

Yep, straight from the package. It’s a problem.

Reuben Brats - so perfect for football season! Grilled brats topped with thousand island, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut!

I picked up some Johnsonville Beef Brats recently in preparation of the big game. These brats are my go to because they’re fully cooked, perfectly spiced, and so delicious. I really wanted to come up with a unique way to serve them and, of course, my first thought was sauerkraut.

Are you a reuben fan? I think that’s where my sauerkraut obsession started. I’ve been obsessed with those sandwiches for as long as I can remember and sometimes I can go an entire week eating nothing but reubens for every meal.

Yep, for breakfast. I have no shame.

Anyway, so like the classic sandwich these Reuben Brats have thousand island dressing generously spread on the bun and then a slice of Swiss cheese melted on top while they are still hot and then they’re topped with a good helping of sauerkraut.

So good. My new obsession. I may be going back to the store before the big game to buy everything again because I don’t think I’ll have any left by then!

Reuben Brats - so perfect for football season! Grilled brats topped with thousand island, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut!

If you are entertaining for the big game, these Reuben Brats would be perfect. You could put a couple packs of the Johnsonville Beef Brats on the grill and people could dress their brats as they please.

Johnsonville is the number one sausage brand in the US and they believe that bringing family and friends around the dinner table shouldn’t involve complicated meal prep. And that’s why I love all their products. Especially the fully cooked sausages – they make dinner prep really quick and really easy!

Let me know in the comments if you plan on spicing up your game day with some Johnsonville sausage!

If you’re interested in finding out more about Johnsonville or want some yummy recipes ideas, visit their Facebook or Pinterest pages!

Reuben Brats - so perfect for football season! Grilled brats topped with thousand island, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut!

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Guacamole Tostadas - delicious meatless meal! Tostadas topped with guacamole, queso fresco, and fresh salsa!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pinnacle Foods Group LLC. The opinions and texts are all mine.

Happy Tuesday!

Can we talk side dishes?

I feel like we have this talk once a month. I’m so bad at side dishes. I don’t even plan them. I’ll plan our main dish for every day of the week and then for sides, I literally write “sides” on my grocery list. And then I stand in the middle of the grocery store wondering what sides I should make.

Why is it so hard?

I picked up a couple bags of the Birds Eye® Protein Blends at Walmart recently. I discovered these back in the summer and went through several bags of the California Style and Asian Style – it’s safe to say I was obsessed. I could microwave them for a quick lunch and I felt good about eating them. Lots of protein, lots of veggies.

And then recently, I realized I could use them as a side for, maybe, a meatless meal (or any meal really) and make my life really easy by just keeping the freezer stocked with them.

I tried the Southwest this past weeks as a side for these tostadas and it was so delicious. It has whole grains, black beans, corn, lentils, red bell peppers, and a zesty sauce. It’s an easy and yummy way to squeeze some extra veggies into your diet.

If you’re interested in trying the Birds Eye® Protein Blends, download the Ibotta app and look for $.50 off any of the 4 varieties : California Style, Asian Style, Italian Style, or Southwest Style.

Let me know in the comments which of the 4 varieties you most want to try!

If you’re looking for a meatless main to have with your Birds Eye® Protein Blends, you should try these Guacamole Tostadas. These are the easiest meal you’ll ever make. Guacamole (homemade or store-bought) is spread onto tostada shells and then topped with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, and queso fresco.

All the textures, all the flavors, it’s all so good!

Guacamole Tostadas - delicious meatless meal! Tostadas topped with guacamole, queso fresco, and fresh salsa!

Guacamole Tostadas - delicious meatless meal! Tostadas topped with guacamole, queso fresco, and fresh salsa!

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