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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30+ Valentine's Day Recipes! Decadent treats to share with your Valentine!

Happy Monday!

I hope you’re enjoying a long weekend! I was so excited to have 3 days to sleep in and would you believe that I’ve been up before 6 all three days?

My allergies may actually kill me.

I got real spoiled living in Colorado with no trees or grass (my allergens) and now that I’m surrounded by green stuff ALL THE TIME, I’m losing my mind.

Seriously allergies, can I just sleep?

The good news is, I managed to watch most of The Jinx in total silence yesterday morning. And I’m obsessed. I think I may watch it again. Definitely better than Making a Murderer.

So Valentine’s Day is coming up real fast. And that’s terrifying to me because I haven’t even been to Target once to check out all the pink heart stuff that I no doubt need in my life.

Odds are, my husband will be gone for Valentine’s Day so I definitely plan on making myself something rich and decadent and probably filled with chocolate. And I’m sure I’ll find it on this delicious list of Valentine’s Day recipes!

This list has something for everyone and can’t get enough of all the cute desserts! I hope you find something delicious to make for your sweetie!

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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!

Who’s excited for football?! I cannot wait for the Broncos to win tomorrow. Can. Not. Wait.

I need to get myself to the grocery store sometime today so we have lots of snacks for the game. I’m thinking Sweet Lil Smokies and Avocado Feta Salsa. Two of my favorites!

This week’s family menu plan looks really good, right? We’ve got soup for meatless Monday, healthy meatballs, bacon mac & cheese, one of my fave chicken thigh recipes, and a super delicious looking gnocchi bake! Plus, doughnuts for weekend breakfast and a quick and easy dessert!

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

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Cake Mix Fudge Cookies - just mix chocolate cake mix with eggs and oil for delicious cookies! Mix in chocolate chips and walnuts for cookies that remind you of classic fudge! These are so easy!

So sorry if you’re still sticking to your resolutions.

I, however, am not.

Yesterday I had Ruffles for breakfast AND lunch and half a pint of Jeni’s Whiskey and Pecans for dinner.

I don’t even have an excuse. I just wanted to.

I swear I’m eating healthy today. Hopefully.

I could really go for some orange chicken and fried rice though.

Cake Mix Fudge Cookies - just mix chocolate cake mix with eggs and oil for delicious cookies! Mix in chocolate chips and walnuts for cookies that remind you of classic fudge! These are so easy!

Anyway, I cleaned out my pantry the other day (because my real resolution is to declutter) and realized I have a ton of cake mixes. It’s become the “just in case” thing I buy every time I’m at the store because I can never remember if I have white, yellow, chocolate, funfetti, etc. at home. I have somehow collected 15 cake mixes in the 9 months we’ve lived here.

No frosting. Just cake mixes.

Really, Amanda?

So one of my favorite things to do with cake mix is to make cookies. It has to be the easiest way to make cookies! You just need the cake mix, eggs, and oil! Plus whatever you want to mix in!

For this version, I started with a devil’s food cake mix for a rich chocolate cookie and then mixed in chocolate chips and walnuts, like classic fudge.

They are so soft and so delicious! Chocolate cookies are usually my last choice but man, these are good.

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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.

For more delicious recipes, visit the Jimmy Dean Family Table site. Also, share a story around your fave family recipe on social media and hashtag it #JDFamilyTable!

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

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