Bacon Cheddar 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 Fort Hood 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.


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Creamy Dill Cole Slaw - the best homemade cole slaw recipe! Serve as a side dish or on top of your favorite BBQ sandwich!Heeeeey guys! On our road trip home a few months ago, we discovered that my 4 year old absolutely loves coleslaw.

I don’t know that he had ever tried it before but we were at a seafood restaurant in Orange Beach and he pointed to a bowl of coleslaw on someone else’s plate and said, “I want that.” Ate the whole bowl. Asked for more.

A few days later, on our way back to Texas, we stopped at this gourmet hot dog place in Houston and he ordered the slaw. Ate all of it. Asked for mine.

He is obsessed. Who knew a 5 year old could love cabbage so much? But it is totally fine with me because it is also one of my favorite foods and really, is there a better side dish for barbecue? And you know I am all about the barbecue right now.

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

Happy October 1!

Can you believe it’s already October?! CRAZY. I’m not ready for the holidays. Make it stop!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend and here’s this week’s plan!

Don’t forget to print your grocery list before you head to the store!

This meal plan brought to you by:

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

For more weekly family menu plans, check out the archives!

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