Monday, March 7, 2016

Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

Spring is in the air and I am absolutely loving it!
You know it's funny, you get so excited about summer break when you're a kid.  Warm school-free days, swimming pools, friends...then you grow up.

Once you're in the work force summer break loses some of it's luster- regardless of the changing weather the work week is pretty much business as usual.  Those beautiful sunny days have you working for the weekend but that's about it.

I'd really forgotten about the joy of summer break until I had my second child and we decided that it made sense for me to stay home.

I'm so blessed.  Seriously.  I count my lucky stars every day that we are in a position where I can be home with these kids.  Anyway, I quickly re-discovered the joys of warm weather and school breaks when I quit my job to be a stay at home mom.  Don't get me wrong, I stay plenty busy with popcorn but overall I have a lot more time for sleeping a little later, playing a little harder, and adventuring a little further with the kids over their breaks and I find myself looking forward to their time off just as much as they do.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ridiculously Easy Chili Cheese Dip

Sunday afternoons are often when I find myself playing around with fun recipes.  Maybe it's a holdover from football season or maybe it's just because Sunday afternoons are a bastion of easy-going restfulness post-church and pre-Monday.  Whatever the reason, regardless of the season they tend to be a time for dips, wings, and all things fun.

We always have tortilla chips around the house (Mission brand, triangle shaped- no exceptions) because my son and his weird food issues demand them.  Because of this dips are kind of a no-brainer when looking for fun lazy Sunday foods.  When I was faced with a list of delicious-looking recipes from Hormel as part of their Allrecipes partnership recently I immediately went for the dip- though I must admit, those Super Loaded Chili Potato Skins really tempted me and might just have to be in my next Super Bowl snack lineup!