Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream (No Churn)

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream (No Churn)

What do you do when the calendar says "Back to School Season" but the weather report says "Heat Index of 105 with Tropical Storm brewing" --- you think I kid, but this is really my life. (Yes, it's okay to feel bad for me).  Rather than mourn the fact that boots and sweater weather is months off (if it shows up at all), I did the next best thing and celebrated the season Florida style with a quick No-Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream.

This Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream is so easy to make and tastes like a creamy, light and fluffy pumpkin pie filling in ice cream form.  I topped mine with a few sprinkles and some caramel magic shell and was in Autumn heaven.  Some folks may suggest you simplify this recipe further by using pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice (and I won't come physically stop you), but I'm saying it now, this combination of spices much better.  So, do what you will.  So long as it's my way.  (See what I did there?)

Easy Chicken Nachos and Back to School Shoe Shopping

This is a partnered post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Copycat Alehouse Chicken Nachos

Two things I love (love, love love!) are cooking and shopping.  If I could spend my days in a haze of creative kitchening and consumerism, I would be a blissfully happy gal.  That said, two things I very (very, very, very!) strongly dislike are cooking and shopping when they're not on my terms.  Exhibit A: my five children whining at me that they're hungry (didn't I just feed them lunch???) and they don't want anything on the menu plan. Exhibit B: my daughter telling me her sneakers no longer fit as we're walking out the door.

I do not enjoy cooking out of obligation when I know the result, however delicious, will be ill received.  Sometimes you just can't please kids.  Amiright?  So, for days when nothing's going according to plan.  When we have to run out at the last minute to shoe the children.  When there are 14 after-school activities planned at 11 different locations.  Those days when I desperately want to throw up my hands in the air and take us all to a (sports) bar for dinner.  I have Easy Chicken Nachos.

These Chicken Nachos are modeled after a local restaurant that is a little bit famous for them.  Or maybe it's just my favorite thing on the menu.  Who can tell?  They're super easy to whip up, and are great fun to eat.  I like to make them piled high in a large skillet (which is how they're served at the restaurant), but you can totally do them in a roasting pan too.  So Monday (of course it was a Monday) after a mad dash to Target for new sneakers, we sat down together and dug into a heaping pan of Chicken Nachos served with fresh Pico de Gallo, Pickled Garlic Jalapenos, and sour cream.  It's basically what every Monday needs.

Pickled Garlic Jalapenos

Pickled Garlic Jalapenos

I'm on a bit of a pickling kick.  Nothing major, don't go calling the news.  But mmmmm pickles.  I bought a heaping bag of jalapenos for the pico de gallo and fish tacos, not realizing how few we actually needed (hint: not very many), so when I saw the giant pile next to a head of garlic in our vegetable bowl, I was inspired!  Pickled Garlic Jalapenos, yay!

I used the same brine as I was using for the Pickled Red Onions (hello, convenience) and these came out super yummy.  I'm not a huge spicy person, but I found myself munching on them while enjoying our Chicken Nachos last night.  Plenty of heat, but also lots of flavor.  My kids also had fun daring each other to try them.  I live in a frat house, seriously.

One Pot Chicken & Vegetable Curry Recipe

This One Pot Chicken and Vegetable Curry Recipe article was developed for Collective Bias and Sam's Club. Mama Loves Food has been compensated for time and work. Opinions and recipes are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #SamsClubMag 
One Pot Chicken & Vegetable Curry Recipe

I always tell myself that over the summer I'm going to slow down and take things a little easier.  And then I don't.  And we get to the fall rush and I'm all, "Wait! What?!" And there's soccer, and clubs, and piano, and math.  So. Much. Math.  And by the time dinner rolls around my head is spinning.  I can't even.  I just can't.  Sometimes I shrug helplessly at my husband as he rolls in the door and let him take over, and other times I whip out a one-pot.  This One Pot Chicken Curry Recipe is a personal favorite because it's so insanely easy, but tastes like you cooked all day.  

It's really easy to get stuck in the order-out slump where every night is crazy so you're having pizza, fast food, or cooking from a box.  But with a little planning (very little, I promise!) and the right recipes, you can keep on track with healthy meals.  This recipe is great over rice, zucchini noodles, or just as-is!

Mini Cherry Pie Pockets with Vanilla Sugar Drizzle.

Mini Cherry Pie Pockets with Vanilla Sugar Drizzle

Everyone raves about sliced bread being the invention to end all inventions, but I have to respectfully disagree.  Crescent rolls are where it's at.  They can be pie crust, or bread, or pizza dough, oh the list goes on and on.  And hello, they're crazy delicious.  Today we're making mini pies with them because mini! dessert! yes!!!

These Mini Cherry Pie Pockets with Vanilla Sugar Drizzle are such a breeze to make and so delightfully delicious, you'll probably vow to never make anything else ever again. Okay, okay, I might be exaggerating a little bit. I mean, you'll probably want something savory every once in a while. But I do suspect these will start making a regular appearance on the dessert rotation!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Marinara Sauce Recipe.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Marinara Sauce Recipe.

This Slow Cooker Spaghetti Marinara Sauce Recipe comes to my rescue when we (inevitably) run out of jarred marinara sauce on spaghetti night. Thankfully it's made from ingredients I always have floating around the pantry, it's super easy, and 'oh hey!' it tastes good too! Go ahead and make it a meal with whole grain pasta, or Zucchini NoodlesTurkey Meatballs, and Two Minute Garlic Knots!

The great thing about this sauce is that it's so customizable.  If you love black olives in your sauce, throw them in!  Hate garlic? Skip it!  Going paleo?  Omit the sugar!  Also, it makes your house smell amazing.  Mmmmm... 


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