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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Football Brownies - a cute treat for football season! And so simple!

I know you’re probably tired of hearing about the big game from me but seriously, I can’t wait.

It’s all I can think about.

Well, that and brownies.

How cute are these brownies?!

In preparation of game day, I picked up several boxes of the Pillsbury™ Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix and a few flavors of the Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Frosting at Walmart over the weekend. These are my favorite boxed brownie mix and they’re inexpensive enough that I can stock up on them without breaking the budget. These are great to keep on hand for those times when a chocolate craving strikes or those times your kid waits until 10 pm to tell you that he signed up to bring treats to the class party.

That happens to everyone, right?

I wanted to whip up something super easy because you guys know I’m no fancy decorator but I also wanted it to be cute and football themed.

So I baked the brownies according to the box instructions which cut down the time it usually takes to prepare brownies. And then I just cut footballs out using a cookie cutter. Frosted those with the chocolate frosting and used a zip top bag to pipe vanilla frosting on top to look like little chocolate footballs.

So cute! And easy enough that my kids were able to do the bulk of the work!

Come back next week to see how I #MixUpAMoment using Pillsbury products to create a scrumptious Valentine’s Day treat!

Football Brownies - a cute treat for football season! And so simple!

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Still hanging in there with the New Years resolution? Finished with that Whole 30 but still trying to eat a cleaner, maybe paleo diet?  I have the perfect sweet treat recipe for you!

Earlier in the year, I got into a bad habit of buying pre-made paleo goodies. Which are super tasty but also super expensive. Especially when you go through a bag of paleo cookie dough macaroons in, like, 10 minutes.

It is definitely a problem.

So I have gone back to making our sweets in an effort to save some cash and we are back to loving having the homemade treats around!

I’ve been making a batch of these Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies on Sunday nights so that we have a sweet (but still paleo) snack hanging out on the counter all week. My husband loves them, even my kids love them! The only problem is that they seem to be disappearing within a couple days instead of lasting the whole week!

And it is probably my alltime favorite paleo recipe. I mean, it’s a cookie filled with chocolate so what’s not to love?!

If you’ve tried a lot of paleo cookie recipes, you probably know that most paleo cookies either have a grittiness to them or a weird oily feel but these are so beyond perfect. I’ve sent them to work with my husband several times and not one person guessed they were paleo. And then they all beg for another batch. They look, taste, and feel just like a regular non-paleo chocolate chip cookie!

This is also a really easy recipe with a really short ingredient list. They take no time to whip together and only bake for about 10 minutes! Serve them warm with a glass of your favorite paleo nut milk! I promise you won’t regret it!

I’m the Paleo Fanatic over at Food Fanatic! This Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe is one of many I’m sharing over there so make sure you check back!

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