This Creamy White Chicken Chili is the perfect alternative to the traditional tomato-based soup. Packed with spicy flavors, this hearty stew is the perfect way to warm up on a crisp fall night!
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Creamy White Chicken Chili

This Creamy White Chicken Chili is the perfect alternative to the traditional tomato-based soup. Packed with spicy flavors, this hearty stew is the perfect way to warm up on a crisp fall night!

This Creamy White Chicken Chili is the perfect alternative to the traditional tomato-based soup. Packed with spicy flavors, this hearty stew is the perfect way to warm up on a crisp fall night! Okay, so let's talk about this chili for a minute. It's not particularly photogenic, and in my rush to get this off the photography table and into my mouth, I forgot to garnish it with the additional chopped red onion and shredded cheddar cheese that it really deserves. All that aside, I'm here to tell you that you should absolutely make this Creamy White Chicken Chili. I first posted this … {click for more...}

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Grandma’s Pumpkin Snack Cake

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This Pumpkin Snack Cake is packed full of fall flavors, and topped with a easy cream cheese cinnamon-dusted frosting! Is it fall weather in your neck of the woods yet?  Here in the midwest, we're finally getting some cooler days - while we were still in the 90's at the beginning of the week, the high tomorrow is forecasted to be 58 degrees, with rain.  That's perfect fall baking weather, if you ask me.  Especially when that baking involves pumpkin. I swiped this pumpkin snack cake recipe from my grandma's recipe box, although I think it's a pretty standard/popular pumpkin cake … {click for more...}

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

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This quick and easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse is the perfect start to your day - it's packed with protein and is an awesome way to stay satisfied throughout your morning! I'm not really sure that Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse is the right title for this protein-filled snack. But "fluffy chocolate whipped Greek yogurt layered with creamy peanut butter Greek yogurt topped with chocolate and peanut butter granola" seemed like too much of a mouthful. Historically, I'm an oatmeal eater for breakfast, but every now and then I get bored and need to switch things up a bit.  But if I don't … {click for more...}

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Win a Blendtec!

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We are so excited to be teaming up with Blendtec and a handful of the best bloggers around to bring YOU a chance to WIN A BLENDTEC of your very own! The process is simple, just enter using the rafflecopter below for 22 chances to win this amazing blender! Oh and did I mention? Blendtec is throwing in one of their famous Twister Jars just to sweeten up the deal! With a Blendtec Blender and the Twister Jar you aren't limited to just smoothie making. Did you know that you can make peanut butter, almond milk, pasta sauce, muffin batter and a zillion other things with a Blendtec?! It's true! … {click for more...}

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Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

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These delicious Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins bake up perfectly light and moist, and are topped with an almond struesel.  Perfect for a weekend morning paired with a cup of coffee, or a quick grab and go breakfast. If you can't tell by all of the breakfast muffins on my blog, we really {really} like eating muffins.  I typically make them on Sunday mornings, so that I can indulge in one and send the rest to work with the Tall Boy for breakfast throughout the week. The cream cheese in the batter keeps these muffins nice and moist, with just the right amount of fluffiness.  If you like … {click for more...}

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Easy Lunch Box Ideas: Back to School

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It's only the second {full} week of school for us and I'm already struggling to think of fun and healthy lunch box ideas.  And truth be told, many days I'd sacrifice either the "fun" and maybe even a "healthy" lunch as long as it's something Doodle would actually eat.  But if I can pack a lunch that encompasses all three of these things, then I'm really in business. I have a tendency to pack the same items every single day.  And Doodle isn't much help unless he's presented with a list of options.  So, I put one together for both of us.  And maybe you, too?  Just choose one from the main … {click for more...}

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Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

These little Pepperoni Pizza Muffins are packed with pepperoni and cheese, and are the perfect lunch box food or after school snack!

These little Pepperoni Pizza Muffins are packed with pepperoni and cheese, and are the perfect lunch box food or after school snack! I've been thinking about these pepperoni pizza muffins for a long time.  But I live with a 7-year old, so it's pretty much a given that any recipe I suggest making is initially snubbed {i.e., "gross," "ewww," and "yuck"}.  He also says that about anything that's covered in cheese sauce {whaaaaa?}, so I don't usually put much stock in his opinion. I was convinced that Doodle would love these little muffins though, so I took a chance and made them anyway. … {click for more...}

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Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars

With a thick layer of caramel sandwiched between a snickerdoodle and white chocolate, these Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars are no friend of skinny jeans. But oh my goodness, how they're worth it.

With a thick layer of caramel sandwiched between a snickerdoodle and white chocolate, these Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars are no friend of skinny jeans.  But oh my goodness, how they're worth it. Earlier this summer, a new Sam's Club opened not far from our house. I have this love/hate relationship with Sam's - somehow I'm convinced every time I go that I need 2 jumbo containers of pretzels, 48 jalapeño poppers, 3 pounds of buffalo tenders, a giant container of hummus, and 96 taquitos {I don't even like taquitos}. I'm also drawn to the book and magazine aisle.  The absolute very last … {click for more...}

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Funfetti Granola Bars

Forget those boxed bars and make your own - these Funfetti Granola Bars are a fun twist on boring old granola!

Forget those boxed bars and make your own - these Funfetti Granola Bars are a fun twist on boring old granola! When Doodle gets home from school, he's always - always - ravenous. I'd like to chalk it up to the fact that he's growing like a weed and eating everything in sight, but the truth is that he's probably spending the entire lunch time talking rather than eating.  He's informed me on more than one occasion that talking is his favorite thing to do and eating ranks somewhere near the bottom of the list. Me, on the other hand...well, I'd much rather eat than talk. Anyway, this means … {click for more...}

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Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Dip

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This Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Dip takes just three ingredients, and mixes up in less than five minutes.  Send it in lunchboxes, serve as an after-school snack, or just munch on it anytime, like we do! We're huge fruit eaters at my house.  And while we typically eat it plain, every now and then we like to get wild and crazy and make fruit dip.  I especially enjoy making it at the beginning of the school year, when packing lunches is still exciting and fun to Doodle.  At this point in the school year {i.e., the first full week}, he's still really involved in choosing what he eats for lunch … {click for more...}

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