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Cheesy Pasta with Roasted Caulfilower is a hearty meatless meal filled with delicious veggies!

This is the first of two meatless recipes this week. Things are getting weird. 

So how was your weekend? Hopefully fabulous! I stupidly scheduled a vet appointment for Clementine at 7:15 yesterday morning. It’s never a good idea to make an appointment that early on a Sunday. Good news though, we only have this week and then it’s SPRING BREAK. And then the kids may or may not go back to school after that. Still waiting for papers to be signed so we know which day we can get the heck out of here. 

Yesterday I also officially started cleaning out the house. It’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate over the years. I found one of those cell phones with the pull out keyboard in our junk drawer – like, how old is that?! Why do we still have it?! 

I spent a good portion of the day just filling bags with stuff to either throw away or donate. I’m starting to panic because it just seems like so. much. stuff. and it’s stuff that we’ve just shoved into closets or drawers because we don’t even use it. I need it all out of here!

Aaaaand I started listening to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up while I cleaned. Mostly because I’ve heard that the author talks about your socks needing a vacation. My socks and I are pretty excited to hear all about that.

Today I wanted to talk about my favorite ways to unwind. I inherited the magazine gene from my mom so I loooooove to settle in with a good magazine. And I have different magazines that I use for different occasions. Like, I buy Real Simple® every month specifically to read at kids’ practices or when I’m waiting in the school pick-up. I picked these up at Target earlier in the month and devoured both of them one night. So relaxing. 

I also love unwinding in the kitchen. There is nothing better than putting earbuds in, blocking out the rest of the world, and cooking for the fun of it. I love when I have a solid block of a couple hours where I can just cook what I want and then I also love getting the kitchen all cleaned up afterwards.

I pulled this recipe from the March issue of All You® and the roasted cauliflower just drew me in. It’s pasta (recipe calls for penne – I have 7 boxes of weird shaped pasta that need to get used in the next couple weeks) with kale and the roasted cauliflower and then it’s all covered in a cheesy cream sauce. With more cheese on top.


It was so delicious. Roasted cauliflower is just so good. And then you add in two of my faves – kale and Parmesan – and you’ve got a perfect meal!

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Cheesy Pasta with Roasted Caulfilower is a hearty meatless meal filled with delicious veggies!

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Crockpot Ravioli - an easy meal the whole family will love!

I am in major EAT ALL THE FOOD mode right now. Like, I want the freezer cleaned out, I want the pantry cleaned out, I want everything out.

Which is ridiculous because we still have almost 2 months left here. 

But for whatever reason, my brain says that we need to eat everything now and then buy just what we need to survive the rest of the time here.

And that’s never going to work because we are incredibly high-maintenance when it comes to food.

Also, I’m feeling super productive because I’m burning through all my candles and each time I finish one, I say “Yep, one less thing to take with us!”

As if a candle is going to make or break our household goods allowance. 

But anyway, I’m finding all kinds of things in my freezer. There’s a pint of opened dog ice cream (yeah, that’s a thing) from 2 summers ago that I won’t feed the dogs but I love the label too much to throw it away. 

There’s also at least 5 bags of ravioli. Because apparently I impulse buy pasta filled with cheese more often than I realize. 

Luckily, the kids love ravioli! This Crockpot Ravioli is so simple and it’s perfect for us right now because I’m crazy I already had all the ingredients on hand and I, you know, felt like I was actually accomplishing something by throwing away that empty bag of mozzarella. 

If only moving was as easy as eating all the food and burning all the candles, right?

Crockpot Ravioli - an easy meal the whole family will love!

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Okay, guys. Two things.

1. Red Velvet Oreos! They’re out. Go find them! I gave each of my children 2 and then I ate the rest. To be fair, it’s a much smaller package than the regular Oreos.

2. I’m so bored with The Bachelor. Is it Chris? Is it the girls? I don’t know. I’m not even recording it anymore. I just catch bits and pieces as I go about my business annoying my husband and pinning food that I want to eat.

Unrelated: I made pasta for dinner last night! Bacon Tortellini Bake to be exact.

It’s been a really long time since all 3 of my kids licked their plates clean. No one complained about the broccoli. No one complained that they don’t like pasta “made with water”. No one said that they don’t like bacon today but maybe they will tomorrow.

I thought it was really tasty too and I went into thinking it was be too alfredo-y for me because if there’s one thing I hate in this world, it’s alfredo sauce. Ugggghhhh.

I would like to tell you that I skipped dinner last night to accommodate all the Oreos but the reality is that I grabbed a tortellini each time I walked past the casserole dish. And umm… I walked past it a lot.

This was a super simple, 30 minute meal that I will be making over and over again.

Bacon Tortellini Bake

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Happy Wednesday!

Can we first talk about how Kate Gosselin and all 23 of her children are back on TV?! Last night was the best. I love them. And I know everyone says Kate is crazy but I even love her. My new favorite show. 

I recorded SO MUCH last night that it’s embarrassing. Oh Tuesdays, you’re finally interesting. 

Anyway, I made Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup yesterday because it was really flippin’ cold and it wasn’t the fun cold that comes with lots of fluffy snow to go sledding in. It was the so-icy-that-my-husband-had-to-take-my-car-because-I-have-better-tires-and-four-wheel-drive kind of cold. And that’s the worst. 

I’ve always loved tomato soup – I used to have one of those Campbell’s drinkable tomato soups every single winter morning on the way to work. Because I needed something warm since my Camaro had no heat but there was no point in coffee since work was Starbucks. So I’d drink tomato soup at 4:45 am. You gotta really love tomato soup to do that. 

I still keep at least one of those drinkable soups in my pantry at all times. 

My kids have never really liked tomato soup though. So I passed it off as pasta with sauce and they totally dug it. And it literally took me 15 minutes to cook it from start to finish. Perfect lunch or easy dinner! 

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I had a cold over the weekend (story of my life – my kids get sniffles and I am on my death bed) so all of Saturday, I laid around and watched Food Network. I haven’t watched Food Network in ages but I got sucked into old Ina episodes and next thing I knew I was watching something called My Food Obsession.

Have you seen it? It’s quite weird but I couldn’t stop watching. I saw an episode about a girl who’s boyfriend broke up with her because she ate while she was sleeping. And then one about a guy who drinks 7 glasses of vinegar a day. Then there was a girl who was afraid of creamy foods. Yogurt, cheesy nachos, mac & cheese, stuff like that.

I mean, can you imagine?

Life without nachos and mac & cheese?

Coincidentally, I’d made this Slow Cooker Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese the day before. And it was awesome and I wondered how anybody could possibly be afraid of something so amazing.

I won’t lie, I was a little worried. I don’t really love gruyere to begin with and the one I used smelled like dirty socks. You guys know I love a stinky cheese but man, that gruyere was rough. Maybe I’m just not sophisticated enough to appreciate dirty socks gruyere.

It worked out really well though – the American cheese gave it that almost-Velveeta texture but not gummy like Velveeta. And the other two cheeses were delicious together.

And, of course, the best part is that it’s cooked in the slow cooker! It’s not something you can leave going all day while you’re at work but it’s great for parties or holidays when you already have 4 pots on the stove.

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