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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Skinne Pasta.

One Pot Cheesy Barbecue Chicken Pasta – easy weeknight dinner recipe, ready in less than 30 minutes! Everything your family loves: pasta, bacon, cheese, and barbecue sauce!

One Pot Cheesy Barbecue Chicken Pasta - easy weeknight dinner recipe, ready in less than 30 minutes! Everything your family loves: pasta, bacon, cheese, and barbecue sauce!

Okay, so, funny story.

Back in the summer, I did an Instagram post for this same pasta, my favorite pasta ever, Skinner® Texas Shape pasta and I have been obsessed with it ever since.

If I invite you over for spaghetti and meatballs, what I mean is Skinner Texas Shape pasta and meatballs. Baked ziti? Baked Skinner Texas Shape pasta. Macaroni and Cheese? Okay, you get it.

But yeah, I’d literally bought a bag of this pasta the day I got the cutest package from Skinner for this post (thanks for sponsoring!). I Instagram story’d it but I guess I didn’t screenshot it, which probably means you should follow me over there to keep up with all my Texas-shaped pasta dishes.

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Cheddar and Bacon Mashed Potatoes - the perfect side dish for every meal! These potatoes are loaded with sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions!

So if you follow me anywhere, you know I was in Austin at BlogHer Food all weekend. It’s a conference for food bloggers where we all talk about what annoys us about our job and then we eat everything in the city.

And, in case you’ve ever wondered, I am horrible at conferences. (Very good at the eating part though.)

I showed up for 3 things the entire conference. And only stayed the full time for 1 of those.

Sitting still is hard for me, y’all.

Also, I sat down with a group of girls I didn’t know for the closing keynote and they asked if I had a business card.

And I didn’t.

I mean, do I seem like the kind of girl that carries business cards?

Anyway, one of the girls said, “Aww, you must be a new blogger!”

So that was kind of how the conference went for me.

I did get to hang out with friends that I’ve only ever known over the internet which was honestly the only reason I went to begin with so that totally made up for the conference being… ahem… lame.

And also there was lots of food!

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I love getting to peek into other people’s Thanksgiving meals. Whether it’s via Instagram or a blog post or just hearing someone talk about their holiday. Thanksgiving is such a traditional meal and I think most of us tend to make the same things year after year. I love seeing other people’s menus for inspiration to change it up a little.

I never considered stuffed mushrooms a Thanksgiving dish but on the first Thanksgiving my husband and I spent together, I ate my weight in them at his mom’s house. And they have been a holiday staple in our house ever since.

I don’t think I’ve ever met a stuffed mushroom that I didn’t love but I like to make mine with sausage, a good cheddar, and cream cheese to give the stuffing that super creamy texture.

For these stuffed mushrooms, I used the Smoked Seaside cheese from Whole Foods. It’s a smoked cheddar and it’s super delicious. I love smoked cheeses so it’s no surprise that I’m now obsessed with the Smoked Seaside. And by the way, if you’ve never visited the Whole Foods cheese counter, I suggest that you do. I go about this time every year to stock up on enough Cranberry Cheddar to get me through the holiday season and I always end up talking to the person working the cheese counter for 20 or 30 minutes. They are so knowledgeable and can recommend the perfect cheese for whatever you plan on making.

I also picked up some of the Whole Foods Sage Breakfast Sausage to use in these. And then the usual suspects: mushrooms, cream cheese, and Parmesan. I already had the rest of the ingredients on hand so there wasn’t a whole lot to purchase for these guys.

These are so fantastic, I could easily eat the entire batch myself. That good. I like to put them out before the actual meal is ready as a little appetizer but you can use them as a side dish for the meal too. They work great both ways!

We’re having a Twitter party on the 12th to talk all about holiday food! There will be 10 $50 Whole Foods giftcards given away so go ahead and RSVP!

Make sure you check out the Whole Foods Holiday Guide which has menus, baking tips, brining tips, basically everything you could possibly need. They also have an e-store where you can order your holiday pies or your entire meal if you need to. And finally, check out Kitchen PLAY to see what a bunch of other bloggers cooked up for the Thanksgiving table.

Sausage and Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms


24 small white mushrooms, stems carefully removed and discarded
1/2 pound Whole Foods breakfast sausage
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup Smoked Seaside English Cheddar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a large, rimmed baking sheet with oil and place mushrooms in a single
  2. layer on it.
  3. To make the stuffing, cook the breakfast sausage over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain off fat. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add cream cheese and stir around until completely melted. Add Smoked Seaside, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Stir until the cheese is melted and mixture is fairly smooth.
  4. Spoon mixture into mushroom caps. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until mushrooms have softened considerably.

I was given the opportunity to work with Whole Foods thanks to Kitchen Play. This post is sponsored but if you know me at all you know I am obsessed with Whole Foods.



Today I brought you a mess of a dinner.

But it’s one that my kids LOVED so I figured I had no choice but to share it with you.

I’ve avoided these hobo pack recipes for years now because I assumed those guys I live with wouldn’t like them. But this one has cheese, ranch dressing, and bacon. All things my guys love! And it even has the only veggie they all agree on.

They’re super simple to make because you just put all the ingredients in an piece of aluminum foil and then bake until the chicken is done. And clean up is a breeze since the mess is contained in the aluminum foil and you can even skip plates when it comes time to serve it up.

Cheesy Chicken Hobo Packs


1 box chicken flavored stuffing
1 1/4 cups Water
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cups chopped broccoli
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 slices cooked bacon; crumbled
4 tablespoons ranch dressing


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Spray 4 large sheets of aluminum foil with oil. Set aside.
  3. Mix stuffing and water together in a mixing bowl. Spoon 1/4 of the mixture onto each aluminum foil sheet and set a chicken breast on top of each. Top each one with 1/2 cup of broccoli. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese, 1/4 of the bacon, and a drizzle of ranch dressing.
  4. Fold the sides of the foil up into a packet.
  5. Place all the packs onto a baking sheet and bake 35-40 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken.
  6. Let stand about 5 minutes before serving.


Cheesy Chicken Hobo Packets - stuffing, chicken, broccoli, bacon, and cheese all layered and cooked in foil packets. Easiest dinner ever!

So I guess the Superbowl is this weekend?

I stopped caring about the NFL when it became apparent that my teams weren’t going all the way. But I do care about Superbowl food! I care a lot about Superbowl food. I did a post last year with some of my favorite football snacks so I decided to skip that post this year. But I couldn’t let the Superbowl go by without sharing at least one snack idea.

I’m pretty obsessed with Texas Cheese Fries lately. I frequently request that we go to Chili’s just so I can get a gigantic plate of them but I’ve never made them at home. Because omg, so much work! Compared to going out, of course! ;) I’m pretty excited that I finally made some though because really, the only work you have to do is cooking the bacon and shredding the cheese. And if you buy already shredded cheese… well, you my friend, are smarter than me.

I loved them. I ate almost the whole plate by myself. No shame.

Nicole made the perfect Superbowl drink: Michelada Marias! They are kicked up Coronas with lime, salt, and hot sauce!

One year ago: Baked Chicken Taquitos
Two years ago: Kaiser Rolls

Texas Cheese Fries


1 bag frozen seasoned french fries
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 slices applewood smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 green onions, sliced thinly
pickled jalapenos (optional)
ranch, for dipping


  1. Cook the fries according to package directions.
  2. Once crispy, turn the broiler on and move an oven rack closer to the top.
  3. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar and bacon on top of the fries. Broil just until cheese in melted, less than 5 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with green onions and jalapenos if desired.