Juicy strawberries and fresh basil make the perfect pair in this delicious Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash. 

Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash - juicy strawberries and fresh basil are the perfect pair in this bourbon cocktail recipe!

Happy Friday!

This week flew by. The month flew by actually. How is May almost over?! My kids’ last day of school is next week and I’m gonna be real honest with you, I have no clue where they’re going to school next year. Like, I don’t even know what state they’re to go to school in. That’s where my life is right now.

So the end of the school year is exciting because you know I love summer and all the fun that comes along with it but it’s also super stressful because… I really just need someone to figure out my entire life for me so I don’t have to make any more decisions.

That’d be great.

I’ll talk about it all eventually, don’t even worry.

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Change up taco night with Cubano Tacos! It’s everything you love about a Cuban sandwich but as a taco!

Cubano Tacos - everything you love about a Cuban sandwich as a taco! Perfect way to switch up Taco Tuesday!

Okay.

Let’s address it.

Yes, I put pickles on tacos.

But stay with me.

You like a Cuban sandwich, right? Who doesn’t love a Cuban sandwich?! So this is a Cuban sandwich. But as a taco.

Eh? It’s a good idea, right?

I had 4 the night I made them.

A few more the next day. I’m a little obsessed.

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Creamy vanilla pudding pops with crushed cookies and sprinkles! These Birthday Cake Pudding Pops are the perfect way to cool down in the summer! 

Birthday Cake Pudding Pops recipe - creamy vanilla pudding pops with crushed cookies and sprinkles! The perfect way to cool down in the summer!

You guys.

I think I love Texas.

I never thought I’d love anything as much as I love the mountains in Colorado buuuuut I’m super into Texas right now.

I finally took the top off the Jeep this morning.

Which means in exactly 2 1/2 days it will rain and I will need someone to help me put the top back on the Jeep.

Look.

I am tiny and it is heavy.

I don’t need your judgment.

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Weekly Family Menu Plan - 5 dinners, a weekend breakfast, and a yummy dessert!

Heeeey guys, happy weekend!

How was the week?

I finally felt well enough to take the husky for a quick hike yesterday. I didn’t feel like driving far so we did one of the trails at Dana Peak. You guys, it’s taken years and years and years but I can finally let her off leash (when no one else is around, of course) and she doesn’t take off.

I get asked a lot if she hates Texas and uhh, I think she loves it.

Anyway.

This week’s menu plan is super summery and delicious. Enjoy!

This meal plan brought to you by:

Fake Ginger | Diary of a Recipe Collector | Cooking and Beer | Melanie Makes | The Grant Life

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Cajun Shrimp and Grits is perfect for brunch or a date night in. Spicy shrimp on top of cheesy grits with a little bacon thrown in – and it’s all ready in less than 30 minutes! 

Cajun Shrimp and Grits - spicy shrimp with cheesy grits! Super simple recipe that feels very decadent. Perfect for brunch or a date night in!

Can you believe it’s already Mother’s Day weekend?!

My kids are with their dad this weekend and I love them dearly but a weekend alone is exactly what I want for Mother’s Day.

It’s no secret that this year has been tough. It’s been me and the boys for most of it. Just us. In Texas. Far from our family.

But we’ve made the best of it and spent a lot of time adventuring around. We’ve had beignets in New Orleans and then went back again to catch beads at Mardi Gras. We went home and spent some time at my favorite beach and then spent 4th of July at my parents’ house. We’ve hiked all of Central Texas, we jumped in Lake Charles when it was way to cold to be jumping in Lake Charles, we’ve had tacos in every city we’ve traveled through, and they even had their first Uber ride when the Jeep died on us once last summer.

It’s easily been the most fun year of my life but also the most difficult.

I have had many a nervous breakdowns when, for example, I’m an hour away for work and I get a call saying that somebody needs a change of clothes and if they don’t have it in 30 minutes, they have to notify so-and-so. I was full-on sobbing into the phone and the poor girl took pity on me and found clothes from around the school for my kid to wear. He looked like a mess but whatever.

Then there was that one time the MPs brought one of my kids home for throwing mud.

I’ve cried in the school counselor’s office more times than I can count on all my fingers and toes.

And we won’t even talk about how much I’ve spent on babysitters this year.

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