Hi guys, I don’t usually post on the weekends but I’ve been holding onto the photos for this Loaded Baked Potato and Cauliflower Soup for weeks now and wanted to get it post while the weather is terrible and we’re all freezing.

I had plans today, got all the kids in the car, and then immediately drove home after putting gas in the car because I literally couldn’t.

Too cold for me.

Everyone keeps saying, “Amanda, it’s February, of course it’s cold” but y’all, last February I was wearing sleeveless dresses in New Orleans during Mardi Gras and not complaining about it being too cold to have a Jeep.

Summer needs to hurry.

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Turkey, Potato, and Corn Chowder - rich, delicious chowder in less than 30 minutes!

Heeeey guys, happy first day of winter break!

My kids are already driving me crazy. Shocker, right?

It’s crazy cold right now and nobody wants to go outside and run off their energy. So far we’ve gone a movie, taken the dogs to see Santa, decorated cookies, watched Home Alone 4 times, and eaten 3 batches of my mom’s Christmas mix.

Please send ideas.

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Kielbasa and Potato Breakfast Burritos – easy make ahead breakfast idea! Kielbasa, potatoes, and peppers rolled into tortillas with cheese and eggs. 

Kielbasa and Potato Breakfast Burritos - easy make ahead breakfast idea! Kielbasa, potatoes, and peppers rolled into tortillas with cheese and eggs.

Heeeey guys, happy short week! Who’s excited?!

You know what I’m excited about right now? We’ve got a high of 80-something most days this week which means I can finally get back to hiking.

I haven’t gone for a hike since May. That’s a long time for me to stay out of the woods. It’s just been so hot even if I get up super early. The one time I tried to take the boys for a hike this summer, we ended up just sitting in a creek.

Like, actually sitting in it. Fully clothed.

ANYWAY.

The second week of school officially starts today for us. So let’s talk easy breakfast ideas.

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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!

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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Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole – easy weeknight meal! Ground beef or turkey in a delicious sloppy joe sauce topped with cheese and tater tots! Kids love this one!

Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole - easy weeknight meal! Ground beef or turkey in a delicious sloppy joe sauce topped with cheese and tater tots! Kids love this one!

Originally posted March 2014. Photos updated April 2016. 

I know. It’s way too early in the morning to be talking about things like tater tot casseroles.

I’m sorry.

I was sick all weekend – all weekend! – and didn’t have time to get a bunch of yummy things baked and photographed. I made this and it’s delicious and amazing but I couldn’t stop coughing long enough to take pictures. Being sick is the worst.

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