Homemade Spaghetti-Os recipe!

The problem with summer- I mean, besides the 3 year old creating giant mud puddles in the backyard and then rolling around in them in the 5 minutes it takes me to do dishes – is that my kids start asking for lunch at 9:30.

Which is usually about an hour after they eat breakfast.

The amount of food we’re currently going through is blowing my mind. I’ve been to the grocery store 5 times in the last week.

So I’ve been trying to come up with easy lunch options that don’t include an entire loaf of bread and half a jar of peanut butter.

They love canned pasta. You know, ravioli, spaghetti-os, macaroni and beef, stuff like that. Who can blame them? I’d eat that stuff if I could.

But c’mon, I have 3 boys. If I split a can of spaghetti-os between the 3 of them, they’d laugh at me and ask where the rest is.

I’ve made these Homemade Spaghetti-Os twice now and both times, we’ve got two lunches out of each batch. Major win! And they love them. I put meatballs in it the first time (just frozen turkey meatballs that I baked and then added at the end) so you can add them if you want or skip them if you’re a Spaghetti-Os purist.

Homemade Spaghetti-Os Recipe

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Peanut Butter Party Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack!

Happy Monday! I am SO ready for a fresh week. Although I’m simultaneously hating how fast summer is going. I am most definitely not ready to be getting up early for school again.

So, good news! Sofia (#schnoxie) got her cast off last Thursday! Two weeks early! Because the cast was causing these nasty sores on her leg and she kind of smelled like garbage that had been sitting in the sun for 7 weeks. She’s technically on “kennel rest” which translates to “my bed rest” because I’m that kind of person.

And the bad news. My Macbook completely died on me the same day. After a year and a half. How do you people keep macs forever?! Mine’s been dying since day 3 when it had to have it’s keyboard rebuilt. RIP Macbook.

It sadly took most of my photos from November 2013 – present with it. I took it in to Geek Squad, forked over a ridiculous amount of money for them to recover 15k photos and then got the dreaded call that the harddrive was unreadable.

Yep.

I’d been working on uploading all my photos to the cloud storage I use but that dang computer was just so slow. Gahhhhh.

Anyway, I lost my next 5 blog post photos so I’m starting from scratch. Kind of. This is one of the posts I lost buuuuuut I was happy to remake it!

I don’t love popcorn. It’s just not my thing. Unless it’s covered in something! I can eat BOXES of that caramel popcorn with nuts. And I looooove those Christmas tins of popcorn – but only the cheese and caramel sections.

So of course I love this Peanut Butter Party Popcorn since it’s coated in a mixture of white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips with vanilla instant pudding mixed in. And then it’s all covered in sprinkles because everything is better with sprinkles!

Peanut Butter Party Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack!

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We are officially two days away from one of the biggest grilling holidays. How excited are you? Hopefully as excited as I am.

We’ve already talked about how much I love the 4th of July but what I haven’t told you is that I’m approaching the holiday with a game plan. Because I have s’mores on my brain and I cannot even wait to roast a million marshmallows over the grill and then smush them in between graham crackers with all sorts of chocolate.

The best.

So my game plan is to cook healthy for our cookout to save calories/stomach space for the s’mores.

Enter this salad. I’ll be making this Blackened Chicken and Quinoa Salad because it’s healthy and filling and it has tons of flavors, textures, and basically all my favorite things.

So the base is quinoa and it’s tossed with a cilantro lime dressing. And then on top of that you put your Blackened Chicken. This grilled chicken is SO perfect. I used thighs because we prefer it over breasts but use what you like. The chicken is rubbed with a delicious mixture of spices and herbs and then it’s grilled until blackened. We’ve been grilling thighs like this every weekend to throw over salads and such during the week.

And then on top of the chicken, you layer avocado slices, mango, grilled corn, blueberries, feta, and more cilantro. I’m telling you, so much flavor going on here.

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It should come as no surprise to anyone that I’m obsessed with bacon. I mean, I’m always obsessed with bacon but right now, I’m super obsessed.

One day last week I had bacon for every meal. There was a sweet potato and bacon hash for breakfast, I fried up some bacon for my lunch salad, and then for dinner I had bacon in my brussels sprouts. #paleo

I will put bacon on anything and everything. Even cake.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy bacon is on pizza. If you’ve ever seen any of my pizza Instagrams (they happen frequently), you know that I order my pizza exactly the same way every time. Barbecue sauce, ham, pineapple, tons of jalapeños, and BACON.

No one ever wants to share a pizza with me and I can’t figure out why.

Anyway, I’ve been switching things up recently and have found myself in love with Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza.

Except no one does a good cheeseburger sauce so I’ve been making this myself.

Cheeseburger sauce?

Yeah. Just ketchup and thousand island dressing. But it’s so good.

I’ve been using Wright® Brand Bacon for all my bacon needs. It’s so delicious and a great value at Walmart. Wright® Brand Bacon is a bigger better bacon so it’s perfect for lunch, dinner, or hey, even cake. I won’t judge you.

So this this pizza I used the cheeseburger sauce, the Wright® Brand Bacon, some ground beef, shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack, and topped it off with pickles.

This pizza is so delicious. My kids loved it, I loved it, there was none left for my husband to try. You know how we do things around here.

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Caprese Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing - bacon makes everything better!

Yesterday I mentioned that our summer had been nutso but didn’t really tell you why.

So now we’re going to talk about Hurricane Sofia.

Yeah, the dog.

Less than two weeks after we adopted her, she broke her leg. Having a dog with a broken leg is, like, one of the most horrible things ever.

And no matter how many times the vet says, “It happens! Puppies are just like little kids – they break their limbs!”, I still cry “I’M AFRAID HER SPIRIT IS BROKEN!” every time we go in there.

Which, if you follow me anywhere, you know is a lot.

She’s on her 5th cast.

This is only the 3rd week of having a cast.

She ate the first one. She also ate the cone I put on her to keep her from eating it.

The second one just fell off. Literally just fell off.

While she was at the vet to replace the one that fell off, she chewed up the 3rd cast before they could get a cone her on. So they put another on.

And then she needed a bigger size last week.

5 casts.

The ironic part is that I totally sold my husband on the idea of another puppy by saying “We only have to pay the adoption fee! She’s already fixed and everything! She will be so cheap!”

Wrong.

So that’s taken up a good portion of the summer. I’ve seen the vet here more in 2 months than I saw our vet in Colorado in 4 years.

The summer hasn’t been all vet visits though. My husband’s sisters and their families came to visit last week which was a lot of fun. I had a delicious caprese salad one night when we all went out and fresh mozzarella has been on my mind ever since. I made this Caprese Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing for a late Sunday lunch/early dinner and it was so perfect. My husband and I just stood over the counter, sharing the serving plate. And lucky for me, he’s not eating cheese so I got all the mozzarella!

Caprese Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing - bacon makes everything better!

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