I want to start this off by saying that I’ve spent 20 minutes trying to figure out if it’s “cheese ball” or “cheeseball”. I assumed it was like basketball. But then I thought about soccer ball.

There is no real consistency when it comes to balls, apparently.

Today we’re talking about this Everything Cheese Ball. Because it’s football season and cheese balls are my favorite thing to show up with at football parties. Who doesn’t like cheese balls?! Especially when it’s cheese mixed with fun stuff like bacon and then covered in “Everything” bagel seasoning.

(You can find Everything seasoning on Amazon for a really good price!)

This turned out delicious and it may be my new favorite cheese ball. Plus, cheese balls are so simple to make and you can make this one ahead of time and store it in the fridge (without the seasoning on it) until your party starts. Or until dinner. Or until your kids go to sleep and you can finally have a peaceful moment with the cheese.

Whatever, I won’t judge you.

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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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Do you want to know how sad my life is? Yesterday I took a nap (don’t judge me) and dreamt that I was on weather.com and saw snow in the forecast. And I woke up so excited. Like, it wasn’t even snowing. It was just the weather forecast. In my dream. And I was excited.

Another more real life thing that has been exciting me recently is apple recipes. It’s quite weird because I really don’t like apples much.

I think I’ve eaten two apples this year and both times I covered them in chocolate PB2. Which is one of my favorite things on earth and if you aren’t covering your apples in it, what are you doing with your life?

But yeah, I’ve been pulling apple recipes out of magazines like it’s my job. Cakes, bars, battered and fried.

I made these Apple Fritters over the weekend, because I figured I could get away with serving them for lunch. I mean, apples. Healthy! Fiber! Stuff like that! And then flour which is basically bread. So an apple sandwich.

Right?

No?

Anyway, my kids loved them and I had a lot of fun making them. Plus it gave me an excuse to buy an apple corer. And that’s always a good time.

If you aren’t a fan of the smell that lingers after frying things, I’ve heard that putting a capful of bleach on the counter will get rid of it really quickly. Let me know if you have any other tips because you know I never remember to put bleach on the grocery list!

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Happy Monday! I hope you guys have the day off and get to enjoy an extra day of relaxation and fun.

I have to tell you though, I totally hate post office holidays. On a normal day, I know that even if my day is horrible, I still have hope that maybe there will be a fabulous pyrex dish or a bottle of nailpolish or a magazine in the mailbox. Today, I just have to hope that the day doesn’t suck.

Deployment. It does weird things to your brain.

To update you, I only cried at one of the school conferences. And to be fair, it had absolutely nothing to do with school. I was just a mess.

We did go to the grand opening of Trader Joe’s afterwards. WHICH WAS AWESOME. The checkout line wrapped around the store twice but really, we weren’t there more than an hour and a half. And then I ate nothing but pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin cornbread croutons, and pumpkin salted caramels the rest of the weekend.

Hmm, what else?

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been really annoyed with our internet service provider. I cannot deal with slow internet but I’m stuck with this provider since we live on an army post and it’s our only option.

Anyway, I literally called them 7 times last week to have them reset my modem and a guy even came out once to look at it. So Saturday night the entire network on Fort Carson went down. And stayed down for 12 hours.

Do you know how badly I wanted to call and sit on hold for an hour just to say “I TOLD YOU SOMETHING WAS WRONG!” and then hang up?

No internet issues since they got it back up and running.

Next time, maybe Baja Broadband will listen to the resident internet addict when she says that something is terribly wrong.

Ugh, I love being right.

I also continued my butterscotch obsession by making a butterscotch glaze. And since I needed something to put the glaze on, I made pumpkin cinnamon rolls! They turned out so yummy and I may or may not have had a couple for dinner one night. Oops.

I have a pumpkin cinnamon roll recipe that I’ve used for years and years (it’s our usual Christmas morning breakfast!) and it actually uses a butterscotch pudding mix so check that one out if you’re crazy about butterscotch like I am!

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Today starts 5 days off school for all my children.

Who decided this was a good idea?

Someone should’ve consulted me before such an important decision was made.

On the brightside, I don’t have to go anywhere today. I will change into workout clothes and then right back into pajamas after my workout. And a shower, of course.

Tomorrow, however, is parent/teacher conferences. The reason the kids have 5 days off. Uggghhhh. I’m always so nervous going into those things. You guys already know that I’m prone to crying when I’m aggravated and there’s nothing worse than crying in a meeting with your kid’s teacher.

Because then you’re that parent the rest of the year.

Another good thing about today (and Thursdays in general this time of year) is that we get football! And you should probably make some Sloppy Joe Fries to eat while you watch football. Why have a boring dinner when you can have fries covered in sloppy joe meat and cheese?

I had my doubts about sloppy joe meat on fries but you guys, it was so good. Especially with all the melted cheese on top! I put green onions, cherry tomatoes, and jalapeños on mine but you can leave them plain or pile on whatever toppings you like!

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