Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love garlic mashed potatoes? Rich and creamy, melting in your mouth, trying to resist going back for seconds and thirds. School starts, fall begins, Thanksgiving is on the horizon, and it’s the garlic mashed potatoes (not that turkey) that I begin to crave. That carb-loaded, buttery comfort food usually reserved for special occasions because you simply can’t hold yourself back from eating the entire bowl. Treat yourself on more than just the holidays with this delicious recipe. And if you’re looking for a little less guilt, try the equally delicious lower carb option.

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Sugar Addiction: This Is Harder Than I Thought

Sugar Addiction: This Is Harder Than I Thought

Halloween is just around the corner, and as much as I look forward to it, I also dread it. Helping choose the perfect costume for each of my kiddos, getting them dressed, doing their make-up, the excitement of trick-or-treating in the air. And knowing that after trudging through our neighborhood on a crisp fall evening, there will be an abundance of hard-to-resist, sugar-filled treats lurking in every corner of my house. A giant bowl of sweet, gummy candies and rich chocolatey goodness that probably won’t last a week.

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Pan Seared Boneless Pork Chops

Pan Seared Boneless Pork Chops

When the weather turns colder and my cooking comes back indoors, I am always in search of easy one pan meals. This pork dish is a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and a lot tasty. Plus, pork chops are such a great, healthy alternative to chicken breasts. And I don’t know about you, but we eat a lot of chicken in my house, so I am constantly trying to mix it up a little. This dish is super easy and quick to prepare. The kids love it, and it reheats well for next day lunch leftovers. The pork chops pair perfectly with my Sweet Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

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Night Shift: Parenting Through Exhaustion

Night Shift: Parenting Through Exhaustion

Dragging myself in the house at 8:00 in the morning, dry bloodshot eyes, headache, sick to my stomach, barely able to remember how I made it home…you’d think I was back in college having just come home from a particularly wild night at the bars. But the squealing from my kiddos getting ready to hop on the bus to school tells me I am just another mom on the night shift. From nurses, doctors, and firefighters to police women and journalists, everyday there are thousands of women juggling families while working in the wee hours of the night.

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Pot Roast: The Ultimate Comfort Food

Pot Roast: The Ultimate Comfort Food

Does it get any better than pot roast for dinner on a chilly autumn day? This recipe couldn’t be any simpler. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare in the morning. Then, just “set it and forget it.” You’ll have a delicious dinner waiting for you and your family to eat. For a low-carb option, you can substitute parsnips for the potatoes.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes: Two Ways

Mashed Sweet Potatoes: Two Ways

Are you looking for an exciting and flavorful alternative to traditional mashed potatoes? One your entire family can get behind? Try mashed sweet potatoes. Besides the fact that they are delicious, versatile, and beautifully rich in a color perfectly suited for fall, they are also healthy. There are more than a few benefits to including them in your family’s diet. Since my family loves them so much, I have created two equally delicious recipes. The first is sweet enough to feel like dessert but without all the sugar, and it pairs especially well with pork dishes. The second recipe is savory and a bit spicy. I keep it milder for the kids, but you should feel free to crank up the heat if you so desire.

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Devil’s Triathlon: I Should Have Beat Him!

Devil’s Triathlon: I Should Have Beat Him!

The Devil’s Lake Triathlon, what can I say? I have been thinking about completing this particular triathlon for 13 years. When I was pregnant with my first child, I watched my husband as he crossed the finish line, and I was more than a little intrigued. A seed was planted that day, and though it took quite a long time to bloom, I finally made it!

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