Cajun Shrimp and Grits is perfect for brunch or a date night in. Spicy shrimp on top of cheesy grits with a little bacon thrown in – and it’s all ready in less than 30 minutes! 

Cajun Shrimp and Grits - spicy shrimp with cheesy grits! Super simple recipe that feels very decadent. Perfect for brunch or a date night in!

Can you believe it’s already Mother’s Day weekend?!

My kids are with their dad this weekend and I love them dearly but a weekend alone is exactly what I want for Mother’s Day.

It’s no secret that this year has been tough. It’s been me and the boys for most of it. Just us. In Texas. Far from our family.

But we’ve made the best of it and spent a lot of time adventuring around. We’ve had beignets in New Orleans and then went back again to catch beads at Mardi Gras. We went home and spent some time at my favorite beach and then spent 4th of July at my parents’ house. We’ve hiked all of Central Texas, we jumped in Lake Charles when it was way to cold to be jumping in Lake Charles, we’ve had tacos in every city we’ve traveled through, and they even had their first Uber ride when the Jeep died on us once last summer.

It’s easily been the most fun year of my life but also the most difficult.

I have had many a nervous breakdowns when, for example, I’m an hour away for work and I get a call saying that somebody needs a change of clothes and if they don’t have it in 30 minutes, they have to notify so-and-so. I was full-on sobbing into the phone and the poor girl took pity on me and found clothes from around the school for my kid to wear. He looked like a mess but whatever.

Then there was that one time the MPs brought one of my kids home for throwing mud.

I’ve cried in the school counselor’s office more times than I can count on all my fingers and toes.

And we won’t even talk about how much I’ve spent on babysitters this year.

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Your new favorite cocktail: the Spicy Salty Dog! This twist on the classic grapefruit cocktail is so simple and so delicious!

Spicy Salty Dog - a twist on the classic grapefruit cocktail!

Guuuuuys.

Bad news.

I’m sick. Again.

Whyyyy does this happen to me?

And it’s extra lame because the only thing I want to do right now is spend all my time in the woods and I can’t do that when I feel like death.

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Peach Blueberry Crisp - quick and easy summer dessert! Fresh peaches and blueberries with a crunchy topping!

Hiiii guys, happy Monday!

How was the weekend? Mine was fantastic. The boys were gone with their dad and I had every intention of working all weekend and taking the husky for a forever long hike buuuuut that didn’t work out. I did, however, have this Peach Blueberry Crisp to pick at while I caught up on everything last night so it wasn’t too bad.

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Weekly Family Menu Plan - Week 5! Five weeknight dinners, a weekend breakfast, and a yummy dessert!

Hey guys! Happy weekend!

This week’s menu plan is ready to go. We’ve got a couple slow cooker recipes, easy pasta. pizza night, and some burritos that I’m pretty excited about. Plus, a few sweets and a couple side dishes!

Enjoy!

This meal plan brought to you by:

Fake Ginger | Diary of a Recipe Collector | Cooking and Beer | Melanie Makes | The Grant Life

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