Frugal, Yes. Dangerous, Definitely.

Not gonna lie…I’m a weeee bit excited about dinner tonight.

I just finished doing a bunch of prep work so by the time our guests arrive, all I’ll have to do is throw it in the oven. I swear, that is like, the best way to entertain in my book.

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Do you guys recognize what’s up there on the left?? Ooooo boy, am I excited for later. Smile

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Of course, I managed to forget one item at the store yesterday so I had to head back out again this afternoon. Thank goodness I did though because, my gosh, it is a beautiful day out there today.

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But good lord that’s a lot of leaves.

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Blech. I hate raking leaves. <—And I forgot how funny the end of that post was. Winking smile

As far as eats go around here today, I’ve been doing a whole lot of snacking…thanks to my decision to make some homemade trail mix.

Why. Do. I. Do. This. To. Myself.?

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While I was at Target yesterday, I was *this close* to buying a bag but then I kept thinking, “well, I have those at home, and those, and…” so I nixed the purchase and decided to make my own. Frugal, yes. Dangerous, definitely.

I used a bag of mixed nuts that came in one of my bags from this month’s Nature Box, some extra almonds and cashews, a mini bag of pistachios (which I found lying around randomly in the pantry), dried cranberries, raisins, and some Love Grown Foods granola. It’s suuuuper good you guys. Super good.

Luckily, I have managed to throw a few other nutrients in there other than mixed nuts and dried fruit.

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This afternoon I made a “salad without the lettuce,” (aka, a bowl of veggies) with a mini cucumber, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, avocado, feta cheese, and hummus. Sort of random but it tasted great.

I also snacked on another one of Chelsey’s granola bars while putting together tonight’s dinner. Mannnn, these things are good!

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Now I’ve got to finish up cleaning a bit around the house and change out of these cozies before our friends arrive.

Catch ya later, gators!

Surprise Visitors

Man, surprises are happening all over the place – I love it!

First we had Kathryn’s big surprise last night; now today, Jay and I were lucky enough to get some surprise visitors…

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Mi familia! Open-mouthed smile

Turns out, they actually came at pretty much the perfect time, on the perfect day, because I was just taking dinner out of the oven when they arrived, and I had more than enough to feed everyone. YAY for dinner guests!

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Earlier today, I was skimming through some of my dinner recipes to try and get an idea on what to make for dinner. Originally, I thought it’d be a good idea to make a bigger meal that would give us plenty of leftovers for during the week so I went with an old favorite, the Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole. Even though we don’t have any leftovers, I’m still totally glad I made it.

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On the side, we had some fresh garlic steamed green beans, but since there wasn’t enough of those for everyone, I quickly cooked up a can of peas.

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My family loves their peas…and their casseroles, too. Smile

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We all ate in the living room since our kitchen table is a little too tiny (yeah, Thanksgiving will be interesting…) and even had it a full family-affair once Cody decided to come and grace us with his presence.

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He was obviously totally annoyed by tonight’s surprise company. Winking smile

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Shortly after dinner, it was time to dig into dessert which I have been waiting alllll afternoon for. Oh yes, there was a little baking happening in the kitchen today…

cranberry apple crisp

I have been craving my favorite Apple Crisp recipe ever since I last posted about it, so today was finally the day to make it happen. I switched things up a bit by adding in about 3/4 of a bag of fresh cranberries to my original recipe to make for a decadent Cranberry Apple Crisp.

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And of course, you can’t have apple crisp without a little vanilla ice cream on top now, am I right?

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I am in my glory right now.

Question for the Evening:

Did you have any surprises of your own this weekend?