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Maple Pecan Baked Brie - an easy and impressive appetizer recipe!

I am so excited for this post today!

Remember a few weeks ago how we talked about creating a boo kit full of candy and other fun stuff? This version is even more fun!

It’s called… Hallo-WINE!

So instead of the basket of candy, you make a basket of wine and other goodies. Drop if off with one of your friends and tell them to pay it forward by making a Hallo-WINE basket for someone else.

I live in this weird world where everyone I know is currently missing a husband (gone for training) and I know that every single one of them would LOVE a basket like this to show up at their house on Halloween night.

It’s got everything you need for a perfect night in. All alone or add a few more wine glasses to the basket for a fun girls night!

The basket starts with a bottle of Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay and then I added a yummy candle, a cute throw blanket, the wine glass, and a bottle of fall-colored nailpolish.

And finally, I added in all the ingredients for this Maple Pecan Baked Brie! The round of brie, some pecans, sliced baguette, graham crackers, and sliced apples (tossed with lemon juice to make sure they don’t brown).

So when I drop this basket off with a friend, all she has to add is maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon and I’m just assuming she’ll have it on hand.

I printed out the recipe and popped it in the bottom of the basket so she’ll be able to have a delicious and easy dinner to go with her wine!

Maple Pecan Baked Brie - an easy and impressive appetizer recipe!

This baked brie is so delicious! I’ve made this recipe every New Years Eve for as long as I can remember and every time, it’s gone within minutes.

If you’re interested in the Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines, keep an eye out for the special “You’ve Been Hallo-wined” neck hanger tags! They also have instant redeemable coupons and mail in rebates through November 30, 2015.

Maple Pecan Baked Brie - an easy and impressive appetizer recipe!

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

Happy weekend guys!

I hope you had a great week and have lots of fun plans for the weekend!

This week includes lots of delicious recipes! We’ve got a meatless soup, a twist on Taco Tuesday, a couple delicious chicken recipes, and the most beautiful pizza I’ve ever seen. Plus, a super easy breakfast recipe and a fabulous fall dessert! Let me know which ones you end up adding to your plan for next week!

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

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One Pot Pizza Pasta - quick and easy dinner recipe! Sausage, pepperoni, and lots of cheese!

Who else feels like life has been insane since school started? Some days I look up and it’s 5 pm and I have no idea how it happened. It’s like, I’ve been busy all day and I haven’t had a single minute to think about dinner and maybe we’ll just have PB&Js and potato chips. But gahhh, the guilt! So I’ve been trying to plan more easy meals. My new favorite thing is one-pan meals.

I know, I’m so behind the times! But the one-pan meals I’d tried in the past just didn’t do it for me. And then I found this Barilla® Pronto™ pasta which is meant for one-pan meals! It cooks in 10 minutes, there’s no draining required, no boiling before adding it to the sauce – you do it all in one pan! So for this One-Pan Pizza Pasta, I cooked the veggies and meats in the pan and then I added some tomato basil pasta sauce and water and then stirred the Barilla® Pronto™ Rotini right in. I let it cook for 10 minutes, stirred in some cheese, and it was ready to serve!

One Pot Pizza Pasta - quick and easy dinner recipe! Sausage, pepperoni, and lots of cheese!

The entire family loved this meal. It’s everything we love about pizza – sausage, pepperoni, sauce, cheese! – in a delicious and easy pasta dish! Serve this with a salad and a loaf of garlic bread and you’ve got a quick and delicious dinner!

One Pot Pizza Pasta - quick and easy dinner recipe! Sausage, pepperoni, and lots of cheese!

One Pot Pizza Pasta - quick and easy dinner recipe! Sausage, pepperoni, and lots of cheese!

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Hi guys! Happy almost Friday!

I’ve been having a thing with sangria recently. I think I’ve made more sangria since we moved to Texas than I’ve made in the last 5 years. I’m blaming the heat.

Speaking of the heat, it’s the middle of October. Why is it still 100 degrees? I don’t like it and I need it to change immediately. There are sweaters that need to be worn.

This Pear Pomegranate Sangria is definitely my favorite for fall. The pears have been so good lately and I just couldn’t resist throwing them in some wine with pomegranate juice and brandy. You could totally add in some pomegranate arils too but I just don’t dig them in sangria.

If you are the kind of person that requires a drink or 4 on Thanksgiving (are there really people who don’t?), this is it! Prep it the night before and it’ll be ready to go as soon as the crazy relatives start showing up.

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BeyondSnacks#CollectiveBias

Hey guys! Happy fresh start of the week!

How’d your weekend go? I spent mine watching chick flicks and making DIY indestructible dog toys from old t-shirts! In other words, my perfect weekend!

I decided to share this quick DIY today because I know there are probably a lot of crazy dog ladies like me who also have a habit of buying bright colored t-shirts that they won’t ever wear because they only wear black, white, and grey.

Yeah? You too?

So not only is this the easiest dog toy DIY but it also cleans out your closet a little bit.

You simply cut your t-shirts into thin strips. I used 3 shirts and cut 6 strips from each. And It doesn’t matter if they’re all the same size – I promise your dog won’t care.

Gather all the strips together, tie a knot on one end, and braid to the other end. Tie another knot and get ready to play.

And guess what! This is basically indestructible for your dog. My dogs are the kind of dogs that get a new toy and immediately try to destroy it. They want the squeaker out, they want to scatter the stuffing all over the house, they just want it dead.

But with this, they can’t tear it and they can’t unravel it.

The husky and the schnoxie spent hours over the weekend running around the backyard and playing tug of war with it. Which was nice because it’s still way too hot in Texas for long walks and dogs need to be active to stay healthy, just like we do.

On top of exercise, I think healthy snacks are important to my dogs overall well-being. I love these Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets because they are grain free, chicken is the first ingredients, and this may sound crazy, but I love that when I open the package, it actually smells like chicken.

That just makes me feel good about giving the pups a treat.

They are also made in small batches in Arkansas, contain no poultry by-product meal, or artificial colors, flavors,or preservatives.

The dogs love them!

If you head to Target now through October 31, you can use the Cartwheel app to receive 10% off the Purina Beyond snacks! It’s a great deal and I’ll be stocking up before the Cartwheel offer ends!

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