Sweet and Salty Pudding Cookies – soft cookies filled with coconut, pretzels, and M&Ms! The pudding mix keeps them soft for days. 

Sweet and Salty Pudding Cookies - soft cookies filled with coconut, pretzels, and M&Ms! The pudding mix keeps them soft for days.

 

I am so, so, so ready for summer.

We’ve reached the point of the school year where we have standardized tests and giant projects due and award ceremonies every other day.

Which means summer is right around the corner.

We’re even pretty much done with soccer and the other parents are all, “You wanna get together and practice this summer?”

NOPE.

Anyway. I made cookies!

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Blackened Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salsa – delicious, healthy 15 minute dinner! Spicy shrimp in crisp lettuce wraps with mango salsa on top! 

Blackened Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salsa - delicious, healthy 15 minute dinner! Spicy shrimp in crisp lettuce wraps with mango salsa on top! #paleo #lowcarb

I have been wishing for summer since last summer.

All winter long, I missed summer weather, summer activities, and most important, summer food.

As usual, the windows never even went on my Jeep.

I feel like putting them on would be inviting winter to stick around a little longer. Okay, so maybe I had to wear 8 layers of clothing a couple days, but it’s okay because it’s finally almost summer!

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Pineapple Cheesecake Bars – creamy cheesecake filled with pineapple on a graham cracker crust. An easy recipe that comes out perfect every time!  

Pineapple Cheesecake Bars - creamy cheesecake filled with pineapple on a graham cracker crust. An easy recipe that comes out perfect every time!

 

I never really had an opinion on pineapple until Nicole and I got matching pineapple tattoos while we were in Salt Lake City almost 3 years ago.

We’ve both been kind of obsessed with all things pineapple since then. We send each other pictures of anything pineapple we see in stores, anything pineapple we see on menus, anything and everything pineapple.

I got the idea of pineapple cheesecake bars stuck in my head weeks ago and bought all the ingredients and have been seriously procrastating.

I finally got them made this week and omg you guys, I’m so thrilled with the results and I can’t wait for you to make them.

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Parmesan Pasta with Bacon and Peas – easy 30 minute weeknight meal! Creamy cheesy pasta with bacon, peas, and carrots. A great way to get picky eaters to eat veggies!

Parmesan Pasta with Bacon and Peas - easy 30 minute weeknight meal! Creamy cheesy pasta with bacon, peas, and carrots. A great way to get picky eaters to eat veggies!

We’ve reached the point of absolute end of the school year chaos.

Between end of year projects and exams and soccer and 7-on-7.

I’m done.

I’m ready to not have to worry about who needs a Benjamin Franklin costume and who needs a terrarium. I’m over stressing out about 2 soccer practices on the same night at the same time in 2 different cities.

I need a vacation.

I’m really relying heavily on no fuss 20 minute dinners like this Parmesan Pasta with Bacon and Peas.

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Root Beer Baked Beans – the best barbecue side dish! Beans with bacon, root beer, and barbecue sauce are baked until the sauce is thick and delicious. 

Root Beer Baked Beans - the best barbecue side dish! Beans with bacon, root beer, and barbecue sauce are baked until the sauce is thick and delicious.

Originally published June 2, 2014. Updated May 6, 2019. 

You guys.

It almost feels like summer has arrived in Texas.

People have finally stopped asking if I’m cold in my Jeep. (I have a heater, y’all. And a boyfriend that makes me take his truck if it’s too cold. I’m fine.)

I mean, it’s still raining buckets 5 days a week but it’s finally warm enough for sundresses and sandals.

And I’m so ready for lake days and the waterpark and snow cones.

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