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Slow Cooker Pork and Butternut Squash Stew - a bowl of comfort! Quickly brown the pork and then toss everything in the slow cooker!

Okay guys, real talk.

I broke the driver’s side window of my car.

“How’d you manage that one, Amanda?”

Well, it’s a Wrangler so the windows unzip and the zipper broke.

Okay, fine, I broke both zippers. Which is okay most of the time since I normally have at least the back windows off anyway. But y’all, it’s cold in the mornings and at night in central Texas now. I was shivering on my way back from Austin last week.

An hour and a half at 75 MPH with the window down at 10 pm?

It was cold.

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Mummy Oreo Truffles are a spooky twist on the classic Oreo Truffles. Use Pumpkin Spice Oreos and white almond bark to create these little mummies! These are the cutest treats to bring to Halloween parties!

Mummy Oreo Truffles - use Pumpkin Spice Oreos to make the cutest Halloween treat!

Heeeeey guys! Happy Wednesday!

Can you believe how close we are to Halloween? I haven’t even put out decorations.

Well.

I got them out. And put them all on a table in my living room. Weeks ago.

And they are still on that table.

I haven’t even switched my Pyrex wall to fall colors and you know that is the highlight of every season for me!

Life has just been so crazy lately! Maybe I’ll have sometime this weekend to get it sorted out. Or maybe I should just decorate for Christmas because who know when I’ll have time for that!

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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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Autumn Squash Soup (Panera Copycat) – this is the best fall soup and so easy! Vegetarian and full of butternut squash and pumpkin!

Autumn Squash Soup (Panera Copycat) - this is the best fall soup and so easy! Vegetarian and full of butternut squash and pumpkin!

Heeeey guys! I feel like I haven’t talked to you in forever.

I’ve been in a weird funk the past month and haven’t been cooking or blogging or anything.

And then that post I put up Monday was written months ago. Which is why I shared a cole slaw recipe in fall. It’s fine, cole slaw is delicious all year long! Especially with barbecue!

Speaking of, I had the best barbecue over the weekend at Black’s BBQ down in Austin.

I was down there on Friday morning for a work thing and then when it was time to come home and get the kids, I realized I wasn’t ready to be back in Killeen so I grabbed them and we drove back to Austin and had barbecue and ice cream and stayed out way past bedtime.

The brisket was seriously spectacular. And the mac & cheese? Uhhh-mazing.

And then the ice cream was from Spun Ice Cream which I’ve been dying to visit for months. They do the liquid nitrogen thing and I think it is the coolest thing ever. Plus, they use local dairy and only the best ingredients.

I had the horchata ice cream (I’m obsessed with horchata right now) with peanut brittle. So good. And they gave me a punch card which means I now have to stop every time I’m down in Austin.

Right?

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