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What’s for Dinner {October 30, 2014}

If you’re new here, read my first What’s for Dinner post to get filled in on what’s going on. If you’ve been to this rodeo before, let’s get to business.

Tonight I made a yummy recipe that I needed to remake and take pictures of so I can post it on the blog. They are Sausage and Pepper Lasagna Rolls ups.

Sausage and Peppers Lasagna Roll UpsI chopped the red and green peppers and the onion up really tiny before sauteing it with the sausage and my kids didn’t even notice them in the filling mixture….I have one child that is picky about chunks of red peppers….that particular child (Conner) at three helpings.

Since I had to take a quick picture before we could eat, I thought I would show you how glamorous that whole endeavor is.

whats for dinner october 30. 2014In this house the spot with the best lighting especially at 5:30 is in front of the front door. I use a white science fair project board to reflect light back on the food and a large wooden cutting board to put everything on. Most food bloggers have tri-pods and other special things that help them take great pictures but those things don’t fit into my “real life” so this is the best I can do. I take about a thousand pictures and hope that one turns out semi decent.

I also always wonder the whole time I am taking pictures if the old man that lives across the street sees me out there taking pictures of food all the time and if he thinks I’m crazy.

There is usually one child climbing on my back or sticking their fingers in the food while I am trying to take pictures (Charlotte), or one child begging to take a picture of the food (Thatcher). Today however everyone was playing outside and didn’t even know I was taking pictures until I was done and I told them to come and eat.

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Can you see the white board and the food by my husbands feet. Super glamorous I tell ya!

Thatcher always wants to eat the “picture plate.”

Sausage and Peppers Lasagna Roll UpsThatcher is one of my biggest fans and after taking a bite of almost everything I make, he says, “MMMmmm, put it on the blog mom.” Tonight was no exception, he loved it and wants me to put in on the blog ASAP.

Putting recipes on the blog didn’t happen this week because guess what…..my computer crashed on Monday. Boo. I actually just got it back tonight.

And because it is Halloween Eve, I have to share the pumpkins my husband and kids carved last night. (I hate to carve pumpkins and try to make myself scarce when it happens.)

pumpkins 2014Thatcher chose to do a Minecraft pumpkin and Conner wanted to make one that looks like it is throwing up. Interesting……

Keep it Real!!!

Maria

Reese’s Swig Cookie Bars

Make sure to follow Real Life Dinner on Facebook and Pinterest! You don’t want to miss any of these fantastic recipes!Food Recipe Reese's Swig Cookie Bars

About a year ago I fell in love with Swig Sugar Cookies. Swig Sugar Cookies have a distinctive texture and flavor that make them irresistible.

Turning the tasty sugar cookies into sugar cookie bars is fun and easy. I’ve made several versions, some with frosting and some with different types of candy.

This version with the mini Reese’s Pieces candies is really fun and looks the part of the perfect fall goodie. The Reese’s candies add a very subtle peanut butter flavor that pairs nicely with the cookie without making them overly sweet. I love it!

Food Recipe Reese's Swig Cookie Bars

If you’ve got 30 minutes you have time to whip up a quick batch of these cutie pies.

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What’s for Dinner {October 23, 2014}

If you’re new here, read my first What’s for Dinner post to get filled in on what’s going on. If you’ve been to this rodeo before, let’s get to business.

We’ve been trying to eat more fish around here. I shoot for once a week, but the price of fish is pretty painful. So for dinner tonight I decided to try something we’ve never tried before. Salmon Patties. I used a can of canned salmon which is significantly cheaper but still has all the fish oil benefits.

Salmon PattiesI was really nervous it was going to bomb and everyone would hate it, but to my surprise everyone said they would vote to have this dinner again.

After dinner, Thatcher had a complete breakdown when he saw that one of his school papers had been thrown away. That kid is a hoarder.  We had a nice little talk (the same one we have every time he finds his school work in the trash) about how we can’t keep everything……..

MeltdownA friend gave us a Jonny Jump-up today and Trever was so excited to play in it after dinner. He was born to jump and I foresee many hours of jumping time in his future….the trick will be keeping Charlotte form pushing him in it like it’s a swing….He already had two minor incidents where his head collided with the door frame due to his sisters over zealousness with “trying to help him.”

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Jump JumpAnd earlier today Charlotte, Trever and I met up with lots of our friends from church to visit the pumpkin patch. It was a chilly and windy day but we still had a great time.

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Pumpkin Patch……speaking of pumpkins, can I just say how excited I am for Halloween. I love love love that my kids are still so little they don’t notice when I raid their candy stash and take all the good stuff.

Keep it real!!!

Maria

Awesome Double Chocolate Cookies

Absolutely Amazing Double Chocolate Cookies

When you’re looking for a special chocolate-y treat that will speak directly to your soul…..look no farther, I’ve got you covered. Chewy, chocolate-y, soft, perfect!

I have my niece Aurora to thank for introducing me to these magical cookies. She made them for a reunion this summer and I innocently grabbed one not knowing how amazing they were. I should have grabbed the entire container and saved myself the multiple trips back to get just one more….

Who knew an innocent chocolate cookie could be so delicious!

Out of this world double chocolate cookies

These cookies have the power to make even the most annoying child look cute again, the dirtiest house to just look lived in, and they can even make an eight year old practicing their recorder sound like Mozart. Seriously there isn’t anything that won’t look 100 times better when you have one of these cookies in each hand. [Read more...]