You guys. I have had a week.

And I know that technically the week isn’t over but I’m done with blog posts after I hit publish on this and I’m done with sports practices. My only obligation is getting kids to and from school. After that, I’m free to get in my PJs and afternoon-drink.

Not that I’d ever do that.

I know I said I’d never mention Stove Saga 2014 again but… I’m mentioning it again. Because guess what? Now my stupid oven is stupid.

When I preheated the oven to make these Sweet Lil Smokies yesterday, it never preheated. Like, it didn’t light or whatever it is that ovens do. So I kept turning it off and on until it finally did.

And two hours later it finally passed 300F.

Ugggghhhhh.

Yeah, I really waited almost 3 hours for my oven to get to 375 degrees so that I could make these.

These lil smokies are one of my favorite things in the universe. The first time I made them was my now 7 year old’s first birthday. Since then I’ve made them at least twice a football season and any other time I’m required to bring an appetizer or snack.

And I know you’re probably thinking “Ewww, why would I want my pigs-in-a-blanket to be sweet?” You just do. The butter and the brown sugar and the honey and the pecans – it just works.

Fun fact: I had this recipe on the blog years ago but hated the picture and eventually just deleted the whole post because I couldn’t stand having it on the internet. That says a lot because I have some pretty horrendous photos on this little blog. But it’s back now. And you should make it.

PS. Two more weeks until NFL games start!

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I’m going through this weird sandwich thing right now.

I don’t eat sandwiches often, I’m just really not a fan. Like, twice a year I’ll crave a Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki but that’s basically it. And y’all know I’m addicted to Jimmy John’s but since I get the lettuce wrapped sandwich, I consider that more of a portable salad.

A portable salad with mayo oozing out the sides but a portable salad nonetheless.

In the past two weeks, I’ve had Subway, Jimmy John’s with actual bread, and Schlotzsky’s. Because I want ALL THE SANDWICHES. I even plotted out a route for this week’s Pyrex search that takes me right by a Firehouse Subs since we don’t have one in my part of the city.

It’s bad.

And it gets worse.

On Monday, I walked the kid to school, put the other two in the car and drove straight to Walmart for bagels, chive & onion cream cheese, and…

Spam.

And then I came home and fried the Spam and made a bagelwich.

Something has happened to my brain. That’s the only explanation.

Today’s recipe is a not a sandwich but don’t be shocked if you see me instagram a BLT or something equally weird on this PB&J Banana Bread soon.

So yeah, the bread is a delicious peanut butter banana bread but you swirl some jam into the batter and top it with a streusel topping. It may be my favorite banana bread recipe yet. I just loved the little pockets of jam in the bread and who doesn’t love a streusel topping?

Aaaaand, the best part! It’s not one of those annoying recipes that only fills up half a loaf pan! This one was nice and tall!

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Is bacon still cool?

Bacon’s always cool, right?

I feel like I can’t keep up with the trends anymore. I’m getting old.

Years ago I told you guys about the time I made those awesome bacon cookies for a football party and none of our guests were brave enough to try them until they saw someone else eat one first. (There wasn’t a cookie left at the end of the night, for the record.)

I don’t understand that reaction. It’s BACON.

If I see something with bacon in it, I want it. I want 10 of them. Because, duh, bacon.

I made these shortcakes and I’m almost positive I’ll get at least 4 “EWWW!” comments but you guys, they are so good. There’s bacon in the cakes and then you make a sauce of caramel, sliced bananas, and more bacon. And then you top it off with peanut butter whipped cream.

Which btw, peanut butter whipped cream? Quite possible the greatest thing on earth. I feel like I had that exact reaction the first time I made peanut butter cream cheese frosting so I don’t know why it took me so long to make peanut butter whipped cream. But it is perfection. Now that I know this, I probably won’t be fitting in my ball dress come December.

You should make these. And when your friends walk in and say “Ewww, bacon shortcakes?” just eat them all yourself. It’ll be more fun that way anyway.

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I kind of mentioned last week that I’m in the middle of a major power struggle with one of the kiddos over food.

I think part of it is normal and then I think part of it is just because he just really loves to aggravate me. He’ll say things like, “I don’t like chicken. Except McDonald’s chicken nuggets.”

Oh, well isn’t that convenient!

Or, like on the night I made these Slow Cooker Aloha Pork Chops, he informed me that he doesn’t like pork. And I told him that I guess he won’t be having bacon anymore and bacon is his FAVORITE.

It took him about an hour but he eventually said that maybe he does like pork after all and he agreed to give it a try. And he loved it! Because what’s not to love about pork chops cooked in pineapple juice?

These were a huge hit with all the kids and a bigger hit with me because I had to do basically zero work. They cooked all day and then I simmered the sauce for about 10 minutes just to get it thickened up a little bit. I served it with mashed cauliflower in an effort to be healthy but the kids were not a fan and next time I’ll definitely serve it with rice. The extra sauce would be delicious on rice!

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As much as I resisted back-to-school, after over a week of it, I have to say that I’m pretty happy.

I get into bad habits every summer of staying up well past when everyone else on Twitter goes to bed, then sleeping late, then sitting on the couch drinking 3 or 4 cups of coffee. And then next thing I know, it’s 11 am and I haven’t worked out, cooked anything, or even gotten dressed.

So it’s nice to have a routine again. I know I need to be out of the house at a certain time to get both kids to school on time and then I know that from there, I have less than 3 hours until I have to pick up the preschooler.

You guys, it’s amazing what you can get done when you only have a couple hours. The other day, the fat baby (he’s actually 3) and I hit Walmart, Target, and 3 thrift stores before we had to pick the kid up!

The problem I’m having is breakfast. Because I am cheap thrifty. I only buy 2 boxes of cereal a week and if you have boys you know that a box of cereal = a meal. And I am not a morning cook, especially when it has to be done in less than an hour. So I made this Amish Breakfast Casserole for this week and I’ll just heat some up in the mornings for the boys!

I’m not real sure how or why this is Amish but it’s shredded hashbrowns mixed with bacon, onions, cottage cheese, cheddar, and Swiss. I always say that Swiss is my least favorite kind of cheese (I think it’s stinky – which is interesting because I can eat my weight in blue and goat cheese) but I seriously loved it in this. It really stood out and made the whole dish.

My kids gobbled it up, which is always important.

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