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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Happy Saturday!

I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you an awesome giveaway for TWO FitBit Flex Activity + Sleep Wristbands – one for you and one for your man, BFF, etc. Plus, a 3-pack of colored bands for both! 

If you are like most of the internet, you’ve made some sort of commitment to be healthier this year whether it’s eating, working out, sleeping better, drinking more water. The FitBit Flex will help! 

So basically, it’s a cute little bracelet that you wear 24/7 that tracks your calories, the distance you travel on foot, and your sleep! It’s seriously cool and I’m totally going to be jealous of whoever wins.

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Trader Joe's Must Haves

Welcome to the 2nd week of this weird Friday thing I’m trying to make happen! I thought today we could talk about my Trader Joe’s faves because I’m still not over having a TJ’s here. Ours opened in October and I still get excited for grocery day each. Plus, my favorite way to procrastinate doing anything is searching for new Trader Joe’s hauls on Youtube. 

You guys, I could waste HOURS watching people talk about what they bought at the grocery store. 

I do most of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s but these are the absolute, must haves that I buy every single week. 

Also, our Trader Joe’s doesn’t sell wine (Colorado is so weird, y’all) so that’s why there is none here. Trust me, it would be at the top of the list. 

Cruciferous Crunch - I’m so over salads right now so in an effort to eat my greens, I cook this mix of kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli just until it starts to soften. It’s delicious and I just feel super healthy eating it. 

Sliced Mango – Judge me if you want. I hate hate hate cutting mango so I stock up on the sliced stuff whenever I go to TJ’s. I go through a package a day. It’s becoming a problem.

Honeycrisp Apples - TJ’s is the only place around here that has small Honeycrisp apples so I always buy at least two bags when I’m there. I’m going to be so sad when the Honeycrisps go away!

Serrano Salsa Fresca – I love all the TJ’s fresh salsas (especially the pico de gallo) but this one is my husband’s favorite. It’s got a good bit of heat without being overwhelming. 

Medjool Dates - These are one of my favorite snacks and I’ve ever got my husband hooked on them. I just take the seed out and then fill them with Sunflower Butter. 

Organic Carrots - Let’s be real, I just buy these because they’re fun colors. My kids love eating purple carrots!

Mini Heirloom Tomatoes - I found this after I’d already taken the other produce photo. Whoops. These are one of my favorite TJ’s buys because they’re only $2.99! And so delicious!

And now the frozen stuff.

Sweet Potato Tots – Because I have myself convinced that they’re good for me.

Mandarin Orange Chicken – I always have this on hand for easy meals for the kids. A bag lasts them two meals and they all love it. I may or may not sneak bites when no one is watching. 

Macarons – Duh. I’m obsessed with their macarons. I’ve now tried them all and can 100% say that the chocolate & vanilla box is the best. I have two every night while watching TV  or reading or whatever – for only 90 calories!

Mahi Mahi Burgers - These are my go-to protein for when I’m rushed or just don’t feel like cooking. So good and they only take a few minutes to cook. 


Coconut Oil Spray and Coconut Oil - Just for everyday cooking and baking. They’re less expensive at TJ’s than they are at other stores. 

Coconut Milk – I used this in most of the Paleo recipes that I make for my husband. Most call for full fat coconut milk but this stuff works fine. And it’s only $.99!

I also love the Coconut Chips but I can’t buy those because I’ll eat the entire bag at once. They are addictive. 

Coconut Flour – The grocery store closest to my house sells coconut flour for $8.99 a bag. Trader Joe’s has it for $2.99. I go through it like crazy so I always buy at least one bag.

Nuts - I buy a TON of nuts each week. I get a few bags of the boring raw, unsalted nuts for my husband and then I alternate between these Coconut Cashews and the Honey Sesame Cashews for me. Both are awesome. 

Sunflower Seed Butters - We don’t do peanut butter since it’s not Paleo but neither of us like almond butter much (unless it’s the sugary Justin’s maple or vanilla almond butter) so we go through about a jar of Sunflower Butter a week. 

Raw Honey – My husband uses this for his tea and for other snacks. It’s $5.99 compared to the $9.99 Whole Foods one I was buying. 

And finally, treats! 

Dark Chocolate Honey Mints - My husband loves these! Technically, they aren’t Paleo but they’re close enough that he’s okay with them. The ingredients are literally honey, chocolate liqueur, and peppermint oil. They taste like the York Peppermint Patties but not so strong peppermint. They’re really good.

Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups  – What do I ever say about these? They’re like peanut butter cups but with cookie butter. So good. I keep them in my nightstand so I don’t have to share. 




I’m back with my choices for the year. I hope you guys have a safe New Year and I’ll see you soon with more food!


January: I make these Pineapple Upside Down Biscuits at least one a month these days. They’re so yummy and they start with canned biscuits! 

February: I’m embarrassed to admit how many of these Sweet Pork Tacos with Cilantro Ranch Dressing I ate. And yes, I remember each one. Mostly because I was trying to lose a few pounds and totally failed once I tasted that dressing. 

March: I love a chocolate cupcake especially if it has booze like these Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes!

April: This Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream got me absolutely obsessed with putting sour cream in fruit ice cream. 

May: Cauliflower Pizza Crust has become my Friday night tradition since making it the first time. And I don’t share with anyone because I love it so much.

June: Chili Cheese Dog Fondue is one of the weirder things I made this year but one of my faves. Dipping pigs-in-a-blanket in chili cheese dip kind of made the entire month of June for me.

July: Summer is better with Peach Margaritas, right? My favorite!

August: I discovered the awesomeness of peanut butter whipped cream with these Bacon Shortcakes with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream. So good.

September: My favorite football food this year was Loaded Totchos. We won’t talk about how many times I made them.

October: This Breakfast Stuffed Acorn Squash became my go to Paleo meal – except I’m usually too lazy to stuff them so I just mash everything together and top it with an egg and a ton of sriracha. 

November: Peppermint Oreo Balls are one of my favorite things ever. So simple but so delicious.

December: I love Sparkling Winter Sangria! I’ll probably make this every Christmas now.


Hey guys! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is ready to tackle the new year. I’m pretty stoked. I love a fresh start and what’s fresher than a brand new year?

I do these posts every year – this post will be the most popular posts based on pageviews, comments, pins, etc. And I like to go month-by-month because I feel like sometimes recipes I’ve forgotten about (and you probably have to) show up. And because I have major number OCD and month-by-month sounds better to my brain than picking the top 10 of the year or whatever. 

On Wednesday, I’ll have a post of all MY faves from the year so make sure you check back!

January: If there’s one thing I know about you guys, it’s that you love a quick and easy dinner and this Chicken and Wild Rice Hot Dish definitely fit the bill.

February: I made this Chocolate Shortbread Cake for Valentine’s Day and if it wasn’t on the list of your faves, it would’ve been on my faves. I loved it and I’ll probably make it again this Valentine’s Day. 

March: Linguine with Garlicky Kale and White Beans was just the light pasta dish you were looking for in the spring. I was obsessed with this recipe for weeks!

April: I love biscuits, you guys love biscuits! These Honey Ham Biscuits are a breakfast fave around here and hopefully at your house, too! 

May: Chicken Parmesan Baked Pasta is another super simple but super delicious dinner. We ate this at least a few times this year and I need to make it again now that my husband’s home. I know he’ll love it!

June: Probably my fave drink of the summer: Pineapple Lemonade Sangria! Write this one down so you remember to make it once the weather turns warm. It’s so perfect for a day by the pool.

July: Who doesn’t love a slow cooker meal? This Slow Cooker Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken is a favorite my kids. 

August: I love doing “football food” recipes every fall so I’m always excited when you guys love them, too. Restaurant-Style Queso is one of my favorite foods and one of my most popular recipes of the year!

September: Taffy Apple Pizza is probably the prettiest thing I’ve ever made (is that a weird thing to say?) so I was obviously thrilled when you guys loved it, too. It’s the perfect fall treat!

October: There’s nothing better than popcorn coated in melted marshmallow and cookies. Am I right? This Cookies and Cream Popcorn is ahhh-mazing. 

November: You guys appreciate a festive cocktail as much as I do. Thank you for that, it’s why I like you. Cranberry Ginger Cocktail is delicious and perfect if you’re like me and don’t like the creamy cocktails that are popular this time of year. 

December: I took everyone’s favorite saltine toffee and added peanut butter for the Peanut Butter Saltine Toffee. What’s not to love?