Monday, July 28, 2014

Meal Planning Monday #47

Panic is starting to set in.

There are only 4 more weeks left of summer for my kiddos.

Only 4 weeks left to cram everything fun into our days before we're a slave to a school schedule.  Four weeks left to fit in dentist appointments, have pool parties, go to the zoo, stay up late, sleep in late, wear pjs and swimsuits all day...someone hand me a brown paper bag to breathe into.

With all of the fun I need to fit into our remaining month of summer, we can't be bothered with fretting over dinner.  This week, we're making super simple recipes that will keep us out of the kitchen and into the fun action with our families.

Happy Monday!

We love these Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Joes!  This is a perfect meal for your family especially if you love ground turkey!

Buffalo Chicken people rejoice!  It's a burrito that tastes like your favorite wings :).  My Grilled Buffalo Chicken Burritos are a fun weeknight meal!

My kids love meatballs and pasta for supper!  I make these Ultimate Mini Meatballs and serve them with spaghetti and a little marinara...and they always make me suck noodles with them just like Lady and the Tramp :).

I love making my enchilada stacks because they're so quick and simple and always a favorite in our house.  This is my Tomatillo Spinach Enchilada Stack...and it's yummy!

We use fajita steak to make our Mexican Paninis and it's delicious!  You could also substitute your favorite fajita chicken too.

How cute are my little Hot Fudge Sundae Bundt Cakes?!?!  And they're really simple too!  My kids love anything with sprinkles and a cherry on top :).

And need to read this super simple recipe below... can mix and match this Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Cake method a million different ways!  Not a Key Lime Pie fan?  No worries!  Check out the recipe and make it your own!

And your bonus recipe for the week... Avocado and Shrimp Salad.  Enjoy!

Happy Monday friends!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bar #49: Salted Butterscotch Blondies

Butterscotch is the favorite ingredient at our house.  We love us some butterscotch.

We put it in our pancakes.

In our monkey bread.

In our whoopie pies.

In our Neiman Marcus Bars.

In our cobbler.

In our oatmeal.

And cookies too.

We cannot get enough of it.

So needless to say, these Salted Butterscotch Bars were a HUGE hit.  I bet they will be a hit in your house too.


Shopping List
1 box of yellow cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup light Karo Syrup
2 cups butterscotch chips, divided
1 tablespoon of coarse salt (sea salt or Kosher salt)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease (I used Pam) one 9x13 inch baking dish.  Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, veggie oil, and eggs with an electric mixer.  Spread batter over the bottom of your pan.  Bake 15 minutes.

Right before the 15 minutes is up, melt your butter, brown sugar and Karo syrup in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Allow to simmer one minute before removing from heat.  Immediately stir one cup of butterscotch chips into your butter mixture after you have removed it from the heat.

After 15 minutes, remove your pan from the oven and pour your hot butterscotch mixture down over the top.  Spread it out to cover and then sprinkle the remaining cup of butterscotch chips down over the top.  Sprinkle salt on top and then pop the pan back in the oven and bake an additional 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and let stand at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving into bars.

Salt and butterscotch are perfect together!  We just loved these little bars!


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Dinner Tonight: Nacho Night

Today's recipe is not a's an idea.

Sometimes, when we're looking for something quick and easy to pull together for dinner, we'll have nachos.

  I love Nacho Night because it's so simple and we can use whatever random mix of ingredients we have in the fridge.  I also love this because it's the perfect One Pound can use ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken.

For the Shull four, this is the perfect Friday night meal...nachos, popcorn and a movie with the it!

This version below serves four.

Shopping List
1 pound of ground beef
1 (1 oz) packet of taco seasoning
1 (10 oz) can of Rotel Tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
a few handfuls of your favorite tortilla chips
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Chopped green onion, chopped red onion, pickled jalapenos, and/or avocado to garnish

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Spray a pie plate or an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown your ground beef until nice and crumbly.  Stir in your taco seasoning, Rotel tomatoes and black beans.

In your prepared baking dish, layer your tortilla chips across the bottom (use as many as you like).  Pour your ground beef mixture down over the top of your chips.  Sprinkle cheese on top of everything and place the baking dish in the oven.

Bake about 10 minutes or until the chips appear lightly brown and the cheese is bubbly and melted.

Remove from the oven and garnish with your favorite toppings.

A quick and easy supper for your family :).

Happy Friday!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

If you're a Burger person!

I am such a burger person.  Like seriously...I could eat a burger almost every day of my life.  Cheeseburgers are one of my favorite meals in life (that and pasta).  So, if you're a burger person like me...then today is your day.  Here are my favorite burgers to make this time of year (because summer and burgers just go hand in hand).

I mixed and matched this burger into a Taco Burger!  It's like eating a taco and a burger at the same time :).

If you love a Caprese Salad then you'll love my Caprese Turkey Burgers...same fresh flavors but in burger form.

My Meatloaf Burgers have the same yummy sauce that I use on my's like a basic burger but way better than boring old ketchup! 

After we came home from Hawaii this spring, I was all about eating pineapple in my guacamole.  My Pineapple Guacamole Burgers are the perfect vessel for my new pineapple guacamole obsession.

For more of my favorite burger recipes, click here.

Summer is more than halfway over, and I have a lot of burgers to eat before the season ends! 

And to see all of my summer inspired recipes, click here.

Happy Summer!

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