If there’s one thing that drives me absolutely nuts, it’s the rush of a weekday morning. It seems like no matter how early we get up and how much prep I do the night before, we’re always hurrying to get out the door in time to get the kids to school. Someone’s always missing a shoe, someone always forgets to brush their teeth, I’m sure you know how it goes.  As much as that drives me crazy, it drives me even crazier when we are literally walking out the door and someone says, “But I didn’t eat breakfast yet!”  This happens at least once a week. Ugggghhhh. And at that point we’re already running late so I shove a sugary granola bar or cold toaster pastry in a tiny hand and continue nudging all the kids towards the car. I just recently discovered the Jimmy Dean Croissant Sandwiches. I’ve seen them in the store for years but it never occurred to me just how easy they would be for a quick weekday breakfast.
 

The kids and I have all been loving the Croissant Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Sandwiches recently. These sandwiches take less than 3 minutes to heat up (in the microwave) and I love that we get a weekend breakfast on a busy school day! These are absolutely delicious! I have weirdly picky kids (remember how one doesn’t like pasta cooked in water?) so it is a miracle when they all like something and they definitely all love these. And it makes my life so much easier when they all agree on something.  They are also portable which is important because it seems like I eat half my meals in the car, going from school to school or football practice to soccer practice. So I really appreciate something that I can take with me. Plus, it stops us from going through a drive-thru! If you are interested in learning more about Jimmy Dean or seeing a complete list of products, check out Jimmy Dean’s website. Also be sure to visit Jimmy Dean on Facebook for recipes and all sorts of fun things!
 

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Buttery Cranberry Orange Scones make the perfect breakfast! These are every bit as delicious as the ones from your fave coffee shop!

Cranberry Orange Scones - just as delicious as a coffee shop!

Prepare yourselves, I have a major complaint about the world.

Okay, so, I bought a car two days ago and spent hours filling out forms. Yesterday I spent a good portion of my day filling out rental applications for the move.

And here’s my complaint: it’s 2015. Why am I still filling out all these paper forms?

WHY?!

I did the online application so I could avoid printing and faxing. Why did I then have to go and fill out the same stuff on a piece of paper?! 

I run my entire business online. I sign contracts, I fill out tax forms, I do it all online. If you need me to print something and sign it, it’ll take weeks. Weeks. Because I don’t own a printer. And if you need me to fax something… it probably won’t happen. Ever. Is that even a thing? Like, do they still sell fax machines? Why do you even have a fax number? 

Get an email address.

I’ll print the form (it may take awhile) and then email it to you. It works, I promise.

Guys, I’ve been living on the internet since I built my first Geocities site in 1996. Complete with lava lamp clip art. I really thought that by this time in my life, I’d literally be able to do everything online.  

Sometime between printing all 12 pages of the rental applications and sending them off, I made some scones. Because buttery pastry is the only thing that soothes my soul when I’m aggravated that the world won’t just do what I want it to do. 

#onlychildproblems

When I was in the Los Angeles airport last week, the only food places close to my gate were a Carl’s Jr and a coffee place so for lunch I had french fries and a cranberry scone. And it was the worst cranberry orange scone ever. I’ve been wanting a good one ever since and finally made a batch. They’re so good – especially if you warm them up and smear a decent amount of butter on them. Mmm! 

Cranberry Orange Scones - just as delicious as a coffee shop!

Click for the full recipe

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Bacon Cheeseburger Rice - a family-friendly meal that's ready in less than 20 minutes!

Stay with me here. I promise there’s a reason I put pickles on top of rice. 

But first, I got a Jeep yesterday! Yeah, buying a new car wasn’t really in the plans 4 weeks before we move to Texas but it was either pay a ridiculous amount of money for a new transmission or spend a ridiculous amount of money for a new car. And since my husband’s gone for months at a time and our Durango has been less than reliable recently, we just decided to bite the bullet. 

Plus, I’ve been waiting for my kids to all be out of those annoying ginormous infant seats so I could get rid of my 3-row mom vehicle. (That had a Hemi. And I loved it. But still, it was a total mom car.)

My husband spent the night messing around with it. Like, it was snowing and he was out there in shorts, taking the top off, putting it back on, seeing how it looks this way, and then that way. We’ve just been waiting so long to get a Wrangler so we’re all a little excited. 

So now, pickles on rice? Whaaaaat?

I found this recipe on Pinterest the other day and then immediately added the ingredients to my grocery list. I am obsessed with bacon cheeseburgers lately (#sonotpaleo) and I knew I’d be into it.

It’s instant rice which makes for a really quick meal and then ground beef (or turkey!) with barbecue sauce, a little mustard, and other burger-y things. And then it’s all topped with crispy crumbled bacon and chopped pickles.

I loved it. My kids were all “Ewww! What’s the slimy green things?!” but ummm… there wasn’t a speck left on any of their plates. 

Bacon Cheeseburger Rice - a family-friendly meal that's ready in less than 20 minutes!

Click for the full recipe

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I have been thinking about Oatmeal Raisin Cookies for a solid week. 

Which is weird because I’m much more of a french fry or Doritos person. I very rarely can’t stop thinking about a cookie or other sweet. But oh em gee, thoughts of oatmeal cookies have taken over my brain.

And by the way, I don’t even like raisins. (Unless they’re covered in mayo and tossed with broccoli and bacon! Duh.)

 Yesterday I finally made my dang cookies. And guess what!

First batch was a fail. Huge fail. They were like hard little nuggets of oatmeal with random raisins throughout. 

Typically, I would give up at that point. Move onto something else. Eat all the kids’ Little Debbies. 

You know. 

But I needed these cookies in my life. 

Thankfully these turned out well. Chewy with lots and lots of raisins. I ate more than I’d like to admit and may even make another batch today. 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Oh man y’all, when I left San Francisco on Friday, I was in a sleeveless shirt. And then I stepped off the plane into 3 degree weather. It was painful.

And yeah, that move to Texas isn’t looking so bad right now.

I was in a soup mood all weekend because of the weather so I thought I’d put together a list of my favorite soup recipes across the interwebs. I divided them into chicken, beef/lamb/pork, seafood, and meatless because long lists without categories makes my brain go all fuzzy. 

Chicken

1. Texas Tortilla Soup (Fake Ginger)
2. Chicken and Andouilli Sausage Gumbo (Table for Two)
3. Chicken Pot Pie Soup (Shugary Sweets)
4.  Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Soup (NeighborFood)
5. Verde Chicken Soup (She Wears Many Hats)
6. Crockpot Black Bean Taco Chili (Baked By Rachel)
7. Curried Coconut Chicken Soup (Garnish with Lemon)
8. Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Taste and Tell)
9. Crockpot Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup (Fake Ginger)
10. Chipotle Chicken Corn Chowder (Cookies and Cups)

Beef/Lamb/Pork

11. Pasta e Fagioli (Hip Foodie Mom)
12. Crockpot Beef Burgundy Stew (I Am a Honeybee)
13. Lamb Meatball Couscous Soup (Nutmeg Nanny)
14. Beef and Barley Stew (Fake Ginger)
15. Split Pea Soup with Smoked Gouda (The Food Charlatan) 
16. Crockpot French Onion Soup (How Sweet It Is)
17. Kale, White Bean, and Sausage Soup (Cooking Classy)
18. Creamy Leek and Potato Soup (Joyful Healthy Eats)
19. Old Fashioned Beef Vegetable Soup (Call Me PMc)
20. Crockpot Big Batch Chili (Pass The Sushi)

Seafood

21. Easy Lobster Bisque (The Suburban Soapbox)
22. Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque (Fake Ginger)
23. Roasted Poblano Crab Chowder (This Gal Cooks)
24. Seafood Bisque (Cooking and Beer)

Meatless

25. Butternut Squash and Apple Soup (I Am a Honeybee)
26. Crockpot Lentil Chili (Jeanette’s Healthy Living)
27. Broccoli and Cheese Soup (Peas and Crayons)
28. Tortellini Minestrone (Fake Ginger)
29. Tuscan Bean Soup (The Wanderlust Kitchen)
30. Sweet Potato Apple Soup (Not Just Baked)
31. Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup (Two Peas and Their Pod)
32. Roasted Carrot Soup with Spicy Chickpeas (A Cookie Named Desire)
33. Lentil and Collard Soup (Fake Ginger)
34. Quinoa and Cauliflower Chowder (Foodie Crush)
35. Smoked Corn Soup (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody)

What’s your favorite soup for a cold day?

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