Rich and delicious Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting! Perfect for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day!

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting - perfect for Valentine's Day! These are so pretty and so delicious!

What do you make on Valentine’s Day?

I don’t know why but I always go for something super rich and decadent and full of chocolate. And usually Chipotle before that. But for dessert, it’s always flourless chocolate cake or brownie pudding or something that would be too rich for any other day of the year.

This year I’m in the mood for red velvet.

Because what says Valentine’s Day more than bright red baked goods?!

Also, have we ever talked about how much I love conversation hearts? I’ve been through 4 bags of them this month. FOUR! And the last bag I bought was the gross, kind of sour ones that are pretty awful! And yeah, I still ate the. entire. bag.

I am a conversation hearts addict.

Like, I’m seriously considering stocking up on them for later this year when I’ve run out of all the Cadbury eggs I plan to buy and am going through serious holiday candy withdrawals.

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting - perfect for Valentine's Day! These are so pretty and so delicious!

Back to red velvet!

I made these Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting recently when I was desperate for chocolate but also wanted something with frosting. But I didn’t want chocolate cake with frosting.

Because I like to make things difficult on myself.

So these aren’t, like, your typical red velvet recipe where there’s cocoa powder and vinegar for that classic red velvet taste. These’s are made with melted chocolate for that fudge brownie texture we all know and love!

They turned out great, especially with that frosting! Make them for your Valentine, your bestie, or your office! They will definitely be a hit with everyone!

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Chicken Marsala Quinoa Bowls are light, healthy, and so scrumptious! Perfect for a weeknight meal the whole family will love!

Chicken Marsala Quinoa Bowls - chicken, mushrooms, and spinach in a delicious marsala sauce. This is light, healthy, and so delicious!

Happy Monday!

My kids are off school today and I am SO EXCITED. I still got up stupid early but whatever, I don’t have to take anyone to school! Yaaaaaaay!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I’m pretty stoked that the Broncos will be at the Superbowl this year! Actually, really, really stoked. I only wish I was back in Colorado to witness my fave grocery store put Broncos stickers all over everything in the store.

I’m obsessed with these Chicken Marsala Quinoa Bowls. They are the perfect light lunch or dinner! Lots of veggies, some chicken thighs (you could use breasts but thighs are so good!), and a delicious marsala sauce! All over fluffy quinoa!

It’s also really quick to put together and in the time it takes the quinoa to cook, you can be almost done with the chicken and veggies!

I made a batch of this and had it for lunch for several days in a row and it was just as fantastic the last day as it was the first!

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Weekly Family Menu - featuring 5 dinner ideas, a weekend breakfast, and a delicious dessert!

Happy weekend!

Finally, right?!

I feel like for a short week this one just dragged on and on.

I will be spending my weekend counting down the hours until the Broncos game. I AM SO EXCITED.

This week’s family menu plan is looking delicious, as always! Some cheesy nachos, Taco Tuesday, a healthy way to do comfort food, a fun twist on meatloaf, and yummy slow cooker sandwiches! Plus breakfast and a rich chocolate-y dessert that would also be perfect for Valentine’s Day!

For more weekly family menu plans, check out the archives!

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Grapefruit-Ginger Bourbon Sour - the perfect grapefruit cocktail! And so easy!

We’re having cocktails today.

Happy Thursday to us!

So. You know how recipe videos are all the rage on FB right now? I’ve been avoiding it thinking it was just a trend that would disappear and then I noticed all my friends starting to make videos and then I noticed all of them chattering about how much fun they are.

A few days I woke up and thought “You know what?! I’m gonna make a video today!”

And then I decided I’d make a cocktail so that if it was a total fail, I’d at least be able to ease pain afterwards.

You guys, don’t expect videos from me.

I am so bad at them. I wanted to use my phone to film it but I didn’t have a tripod for my phone so I constructed one out of a seat from my husband’s drums, a selfie stick, and a ponytail holder.

Somehow it worked. But then I had to edit the video and… it was just…

I’m officially retiring from making recipe videos.

Grapefruit-Ginger Bourbon Sour - the perfect grapefruit cocktail! And so easy!

This Grapefruit-Ginger Bourbon Sour was the star of the recipe video and I was so happy to have one (or 2) of these when I was done.

I told you guys that I’m obsessed with grapefruit right now. I’m buying bags and bags of grapefruit every week and then running out within 3 days.

I can’t get enough.

This recipe was so delicious. The tart grapefruit with the sweet bourbon was perfect and the homemade ginger syrup (super easy, don’t be scared!) made it even better.

This got me really excited for summer cocktails. Anyone else ready for pool days and icy margaritas?

(PS. I keep getting questions about the ice in these photos! I use these trays to get cute little squares!)

Grapefruit-Ginger Bourbon Sour - the perfect grapefruit cocktail! And so easy!

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An easy way to get some veggies! Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is creamy and delicious – you won’t even notice the squash!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - creamy and delicious! An easy way to get some extra veggies in your diet. This recipe is amazing!

My squash obsession continues!

I’ve even changed my grocery store because the HEB right by my house never has winter squash. So now I drive to the next city (about 3 miles away – ha!) to the HEB that does have squash.

Yesterday I was feeling particularly lazy and just went to the one close by and yep, I am squashless this week.

Whyyyy?! Why can’t they have squash?

And what is a girl supposed to eat for breakfast if she has no acorn squash?!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - creamy and delicious! An easy way to get some extra veggies in your diet. This recipe is amazing!

My husband’s ultimate favorite food is macaroni and cheese so I tend not to mess with it too much. But he’s been eating mostly paleo so I figured I’d make this for the kids and make him something else for dinner and then he couldn’t complain that I RUINED HIS MACARONI AND CHEESE!

And then guess what.

He ate over half of that dish.

He is obsessed.

He’s already asked me to make it again.

He kept telling me how light it was and how he didn’t feel disgusted after eating it. It has significantly less cheese than my usual mac and cheese recipe so it really does feel a lot lighter.

I didn’t tell the kids there was squash in it and they happily ate it for dinner and asked for more.

It’s really easy to make too. If you are pressed for time, look for already cubed butternut squash near the salad mixes and chopped broccoli in your grocery store. I haaaate cutting squash and feel no shame buying the already cut stuff sometimes.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - creamy and delicious! An easy way to get some extra veggies in your diet. This recipe is amazing!

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