Sausage Stuffed Manicotti - pasta filled with sausage and cheese and covered in sauce and more cheese. Total comfort food!

In the early years of my marriage, my husband worked down at the shipyards in Bayou la Batre. It was a good 45 minutes from our tiny apartment and every day he was gone well before the baby and I woke up and didn’t get home until well after the baby went to bed.

Back then, alone in the apartment all day with just a baby and Desperate Housewives marathons, cooking dinner was the highlight of my day. I loved any recipe that required multiple steps and a bunch of different pans.

I was, like, a weird sense of accomplishment if I managed to dirty every pan in the kitchen.

Plus, I loved having something “wow” worthy on the table when my husband finally got home and manicotti was one of my faves.

Sausage Stuffed Manicotti - pasta filled with sausage and cheese and covered in sauce and more cheese. Total comfort food!

Buuuuut, I’ve tried to cut down on the number of pans in this recipe because I no longer have time for… well, anything.

This is a current favorite in my house. I can throw it together quickly and everyone loves it. I think the key to making it super flavorful and delicious without a ton of work is the Jimmy Dean Roll Sausage. It already has tons of spices and herbs in it so you really don’t have to do much.

I made a quick filling with the Jimmy Dean Sausage, onion, garlic, and mozzarella. Filled the manicotti noodles with the mixture and then covered them with pasta sauce (jarred or homemade works!) and cheeses. After 20 minutes in the oven, it’s ready to go.

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Sausage Stuffed Manicotti - pasta filled with sausage and cheese and covered in sauce and more cheese. Total comfort food!

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Healthy and delicious Granola Cookies! Filled with flax seeds, cranberries, sunflower seeds, oats, and chocolate chunks. No guilt required with these cookies!

Granola Cookies - healthy and delicious recipe. Filled with flax seeds, cranberries, sunflower seeds, oats, and chocolate chunks.

I’m currently doing that annoying thing I do at least once a year. You know, where I decide I’m over buying boxes of cereal, crackers, cookies – fun packaged food that my kids go through like crazy, in other words.

So I’ve decided that I am just going to make everything.

I mean.

Why do I do this to myself? WHY?!

I swear it was only a few months ago that I did this same thing and by the end of the week I was at Target buying a cart full of goldfish, pizza rolls, and Cap’n Crunch.

But we’ll go with it for now.

Granola Cookies - healthy and delicious recipe. Filled with flax seeds, cranberries, sunflower seeds, oats, and chocolate chunks.

I have also decided that the kids aren’t buying lunch anymore after the school allowed one of my kids to spend NINE DOLLARS on lunch one day.

Yeah, nine.

On a school lunch.

So they’ve been taking super boring (super healthy) lunches because I’m not buying granola bars and their other lunchbox faves and – surprise! – I don’t have time to make homemade crackers and fruit snacks.

Because who really does?!

I finally got my life together enough this weekend to make these yummy Granola Cookies for them!

The school is weird – like, you-can’t-send-a-chocolate-granola-bar-for-snack-but-sure, bring-a-couple-dozen-chocolate-cupcakes-for-your-kid’s-birthday weird. But I think these cookies are healthy enough that I won’t get into too much trouble

They’ve got oats, ground flaxseeds, cranberries, sunflower seeds, chocolate – everything you love about granola but portable! They’re so soft and delicious! And the salty sunflower seeds were perfect with all the sweet components!

Granola Cookies - healthy and delicious recipe. Filled with flax seeds, cranberries, sunflower seeds, oats, and chocolate chunks.

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Orange-Balsamic Chicken Thighs are ready in under 30 minutes and will quickly become a family favorite!

Orange-Balsamic Chicken Thighs - a family favorite! This chicken recipe is seriously delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

Happy Monday!

This is the first day in weeks I don’t feel like total garbage so I am so excited for the day. Also, can we talk about how I’ve been sick more in the last year than I have been my entire life?

Is this what getting old is like?

I don’t like it.

Now let me tell you all about my new favorite chicken recipe. I made this twice last week. Which is unheard of for me. I rarely repeat recipes in a month, but especially never in a week!

I made it the first time and decided not to take photos and then kicked myself when everyone loved it and there wasn’t a single piece of chicken leftovers. So two days later, we had it again. And no one complained!

Orange-Balsamic Chicken Thighs - a family favorite! This chicken recipe is seriously delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

It starts with chicken thighs which are my favorite. They’re so much tastier than the breasts and usually a lot cheaper.

Once the thighs are cooked, you make a yummy sauce out of orange marmalade, balsamic vinegar, and sage. And then wilt some spinach in the same pan and top everything with chopped walnuts. Serve over rice for a 30 minute meal that I guarantee the whole family will love!

Orange-Balsamic Chicken Thighs - a family favorite! This chicken recipe is seriously delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

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

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

Happy weekend!

I hope you are having a great one!

This week’s family menu plan has so many delicious recipes! Meatless Monday, a healthy burger, the prettiest salad, a twist on biscuits and gravy, and pizza Friday! Plus muffins for the weekend breakfast and the most scrumptious looking brownies for dessert!

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

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Grapefruit Pound Cake - the perfect spring dessert! Bright and delicious and really easy! Perfect with fresh fruit and whipped cream!

Happy Tuesday!

I feel like now that the holidays are behind us, I’m in full on spring mode. Which is ridiculous because I’m sure we still have several months days of cold ahead of us here in central Texas.

I put up all my winter candles and brought out my hoard of watermelon lemonade – they just smell like summer! I am buying watery strawberries at the grocery store and pretending they don’t taste awful. I’m even getting aggravated when I have to go back into the house for a hoodie.

For whatever reason, citrus-y baked goods just feel like spring to me so, of course, I’ve got a mile long list of cakes, bars, and cookies that I want to make RIGHT NOW.

I’m obsessed with all things grapefruit, all the time. Sometimes I buy those ginormous tubs of precut grapefruit and I kill it within 24 hours. It’s a problem.

I got the idea of grapefruit pound cake stuck in my head weeks ago and finally had to go for it. Paired with some freshly whipped cream… perfection. It’d be great for potlucks or parties because who doesn’t love pound cake?

Grapefruit Pound Cake - the perfect spring dessert! Bright and delicious and really easy! Perfect with fresh fruit and whipped cream!

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