Happy Friday guys!

What do you think about when you think comforts from home? Something yummy? Chocolate cake? Maybe something your mom made growing up? Or maybe a specific recipe that you make every time you’re feeling a little under the weather?

Any kind of casserole made with rice is my go-to comfort item. I hardly ever eat rice, unless I need something comforting. And it has to have a yummy sauce and be covered in melty cheese! I also go for regular (non diet!) soda, on lots of ice, from a fountain. Weird, right?

This fall Marie Callender’s is relaunching their Comforts From Home Project which aims to bring a little home sweet home to our US military serving around the world. To participate, share a photo on Food Network’s Facebook page, HGTV’s Facebook page, or Travel Channel’s Facebook page of what home means to you! Make sure you tag the Marie Callender’s Facebook page and use hashtag #ComfortsfromHome. Scripps Network will donate $1 for each photo received, up to $10,000! Submitted photos may be featured on Kitchen Crashers on DIY Network and HGTV (airing 11/9 and 11/14), Hello/Goodbye on Travel Channel (airing 11/10), and Guy’s Grocery Games on Food Network and Cooking Channel (airing 12/14 and 12/19). Marie’s has also teamed up with the USO to support USO Operation Celebration™, a program that helps our troops celebrate holidays all year long. Super simple to participate in this one too! Each time you enter a code from specially marked meals and desserts, Marie’s will make a donation to the USO in support of USO Operation Celebration™. You can visit Comforts from Home for all the specifics.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

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BBQ Ranch Popcorn recipe - a fun way to jazz up a plain bag of popcorn! And so easy!

Happy almost Friday!

Ugh, guys, I’ve had a week.

Let me tell you what happened on Monday. I think I may have mentioned that Fat Baby (who isn’t a baby) couldn’t find his shoes one morning last week and after searching the entire house, I gave up and we went to Target to buy new ones.

So he was about an hour late to school. The first time he’s ever been late. Whatever. Not a big deal.

Except apparently it is. Because on Monday, I get a letter from the school saying that he has lunch detention the next day for being late a total of 60 minutes for the school year.

He’s 4.

A four year old in detention.

Have you ever heard of anything more ridiculous?

BBQ Ranch Popcorn recipe - a fun way to jazz up a plain bag of popcorn! And so easy!

So I immediately got in my car and drove the school and told them they could kiss my you-know-what.

Just kidding! I should have though.

I kept it together until they told me he’d sit in in-school suspension through lunch AND recess. Ohhh heeeeeeck no.

Long story short, first thing the next morning I got a call from the assistant principal telling me that they’ve since changed their policy (since yesterday? really?) and he will not have to serve lunch detention.

I mean, seriously? I wanna know who decided detention was a good idea for preschoolers. I have a few things to say to that jerk.

I had popcorn and wine for dinner that night. Because duh.

I am absolutely obsessed with this BBQ Ranch Popcorn! It’s so easy – you just toss freshly popped popcorn with a packet of ranch mix, paprika, and brown sugar. I know it sounds like a weird combo but it is so delicious!

BBQ Ranch Popcorn recipe - a fun way to jazz up a plain bag of popcorn! And so easy!

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PAM Cooking Spray sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola - crunchy and delicious! Perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack!

Heeeey guys!

I have some delicious Pumpkin Spice Granola for you today because yep, I’m still not over pumpkin spice.

I also have a bunch of PAM Cooking Spray hacks because it literally my most used ingredient in the kitchen. I use it for everything from spraying a bowl for rising dough to prepping a baking sheet for chocolate chip cookies.

To illustrate how often I use it, I kept a tally one day of how many times I reached for it.

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Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies - the most delicious pumpkin cookies recipe! A must make!

Are you still loving pumpkin?

Okay good, me too!

Today I’ve got these yummy Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies! Pumpkin and white chocolate is one of my favorite combos in the fall. Something about the earthy pumpkin with the super sweet white chocolate just makes my mouth happy.

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies - the most delicious pumpkin cookies recipe! A must make!

For the cookies, I tried out the Monk Fruit In The Raw® for the first time. You guys know I love the In The Raw® family of sweeteners for my coffee every morning and I’ve really enjoyed trying all of them in baked goods this year.

Monk Fruit In The Raw® is made from delicious vine-ripened monk fruit. It has 0 calories and it’s perfect for coffee or tea. And since it measures cup for cup like sugar, it’s perfect for baking!

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies - the most delicious pumpkin cookies recipe! A must make!

The cookies are fabulous. I made them on a Saturday and my kids immediately started claiming them for their school lunches. As if they were going to last that long!

It’s a really simple recipe and thanks to the Monk Fruit In The Raw®, the sugar content is really low compared to other cookies. I did use 1/2 cup brown sugar but only because it makes the cookies a bit chewier than they would have otherwise been.

Seriously, you have to make these before fall ends!

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies - the most delicious pumpkin cookies recipe! A must make!

To find a store that sells Monk Fruit In The Raw®, use the store locator. There are also coupons available!

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Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies - the most delicious pumpkin cookies recipe! A must make!

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies - the most delicious pumpkin cookies recipe! A must make!

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 cup Monk Fruit In The Raw® Bakers Bag of 24 Packets of Monk Fruit In The Raw®
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Beat in pumpkin puree. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, sift together flour, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda. Slowly add this mixture to the butter mixture and beat until just combined. Fold in white chocolate chips.
  4. Drop the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of In The Raw via RhythmOne. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Weekly Family Menu Plan - featuring 5 weeknight dinner recipes, a weekend breakfast, and a yummy dessert!

Hey guys, happy weekend!

I hope you have lots of fun planned for today and tomorrow. We’re under all sorts of weather warnings right now so I think we’re just going to hang out around the house and wait for the storms to pass. Laaaaame.

This week’s family menu plan is looking extra delicious. We have my favorite soup, a couple slow cooker recipes, a delicious pasta, and Friday pizza night! Plus muffins for the weekend and a chocolate dessert for whatever day you need it!

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

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