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Paleo Zucchini Meatloaf

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My husband has recently discovered that he is allergic to a ton of foods, so we have basically been eating paleo or primal since he has to be on a new diet. I concocted this meatloaf last night and was very happy with how it turned out. We served it with spaghetti squash and some leftover sweet potatoes and it was delicious! It makes about 6 adult servings. It fed our family of 2 adults and 2 kids for 2 nights. Win!

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Ingredients

-1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

-2 small zucchini (shredded and slightly squeezed of moisture)

-2 eggs

-1/3 cup of almond flour

-1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

-1/4 teaspoon pepper

-1 Tablespoon minced onion

Directions

-Mix all ingredients in large bowl and then place in a greased pie plate. Top the meatloaf with a raw piece of bacon that has been cut in half.

-Bake for 35 minutes or until cooked through.

-Remove bacon pieces and serve.

Gossip

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(Necklace: instagram shop  Shirt: Old Navy Maternity  Shorts: GAP Maternity  Boots: HandMeDown)

The other day, I was sitting behind my desk when one of my seventh-grade boys walked in. With a very concerned look on his face, he says to me, “Mrs. Frey, I think you should know there’s a rumor going around that you’re pregnant.” I couldn’t do anything but just stare at him. I saw this kid last week?! Was he serious? I looked at my other student in the group sitting at his desk and he just rolled his eyes and said, “Yeah, I’m pretty sure she told us that a while ago.” Ha!! We’ll just say this particular student is in his own world sometimes. When I stood up and showed him my belly he yelled, “What?! When the heck did that happen?!” Oy. At least the gossip about me going around is actually true. And at least my students care enough to talk about me. ;)

Cookie Butter Rolls

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What is it about stress and eating crappy?! Why do they go hand in hand so darn well?

The other week we were going to a party where there would be food, but it was late enough that I needed to eat a snack. So, instead of going for a banana, yogurt or some other healthy choice, I decided to make these delicious goodies. Because sometimes…okay, every time you’re having a bad day, eating some buttery bready creation warm out of the oven always makes it better. ALWAYS.

(Recipe adapted from this recipe.)

INGREDIENTS

-1/2 cup white sugar

-1 teaspoon cinnamon

-1 can Pillsbury Grands Jr. Buttermilk Biscuits (10 biscuits)

-approximately 1 cup Cookie Butter (from Trader Joe’s) *could use cream cheese, peanut butter or any type of jam/jelly as an alternative

-1/4 cup of butter

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a round 8-inch cake pan.

2. Stir the cinnamon and sugar together in a separate bowl. Melt the butter in another bowl.

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3. Flatten and roll each biscuit into a 3-inch round. Put about a tablespoon full of cookie butter into the middle and fold each side up and pinch the edges to seal.

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4. Dip each biscuit “ball” into the butter, then roll in the cinnamon and sugar. Place into the cake pan.

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5. Pour any extra cinnamon sugar mixture over the uncooked biscuits. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

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6. Take out of oven and let cool a little before you consume one or five. (I won’t judge you.) ;)

ENJOY!!!!

10 on 10: April

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10 on 10 April 1

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1. A day starting with cuddles is the best.

2.Walking to work helps me wake up.

3. Coffee and strawberries at my desk.

4. One of my students locked my iPad with a secret password. Grr. Fortunately I got it unlocked.

5. Such a big helper. So thankful for his thankful spirit.

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6. Spent some time at our local park.

7. Made these super yummy biscuits for dinner.

8. We found a caterpillar and we plan on watching it to see if it becomes a butterfly.

9. No nap for this guy means he was asleep by 6:10pm. Yowza.

10. Liam helped me chalk my hair. Find out more this Friday.

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Add “Become A Common Criminal” To Bucket List

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(Earrings: Plato’s Closet  Shirt: Goodwill  Skirt: Thrifted  Shoes: Thrifted)

Today my sister locked my parents’ office door and the key is nowhere to be found. Having always wanted to pick a lock, I rushed up there with a bag of paper clips in hand. After watching five YouTube videos on how to pick locks and many failed attempts later, my husband and hungry children insisted we head home. I am determined though to figure it out and cross that skill off my bucket list, so if you lock yourself out, please give me a call BEFORE the locksmith. ;)

Any expert lock pickers reading this blog that wanna give me some tips?

Cream Cheese Bars

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I found this recipe on pinterest and knew I had to make it.

I mean with croissants, cream cheese and cinnamon sugar, how could you go wrong?!

It took about two minutes to make and even less than that to completely consume the entire pan.

So good.

INGREDIENTS:

-one roll of croissants (12 count)

-one bar of cream cheese (8 oz)

-cinnamon sugar (enough to cover top, we keep it on hand, so I just shook it over)

DIRECTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Roll croissants out and cut in half. Put half in 8 x 8 pan and pinch seams together.

2. Take cream cheese and spread entire amount of croissants. We used strawberry cream cheese.

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3. Cover with remaining croissants and pinch seams together.

4. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.

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5. Put in oven for 20 minutes.

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This recipe has so many other options. I’m thinking Cookie Butter instead of cream cheese. ;)

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Pumpkin Pancake Muffins

I feel weird even posting this recipe because it’s so simple.

But I love me some simple recipes.

Only three ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix 2 cups of pancake mix, 1/2 of a 15 oz. can of pumpkin, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice and 1 1/3 cup of water.

Stir together until well incorporated.

Scoop into muffin cups. Have you ever used these scoopers before? I got mine from Pampered Chef. If you don’t have one, I suggest running out to the store to get one immediately.

We topped ours with mini chocolate chips because they make everything cuter.

Ready to bake for 18-20 minutes. Be aware that they might not appear ready when checked with a toothpick because of the pumpkin, but they will be ready. Don’t cook longer than 20 minutes.

They are DELICIOUS!!!! And if you are doing weight watchers, they are only 3 points each! Woot!

Makes 1 dozen. Good luck not eating all of them. ;)

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