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Despite an actual rat in my kitchen (UGH!!!), as opposed to that catchy UB40 ditty, I managed to spend a good amount of time in there.  (After it departed, obviously.) I had a very productive month and really planned out our weeks well.  True confession time:  I love (love, love, love!) it when school starts and we are all back on a normal schedule.  It is so much easier to plan and frankly, it is kind of a drag to get ready for work when your kiddos are still sleeping or relaxing in their jammies.

Anywho, on to the recipes that I am filing away this month!

I felt the need for dessert early this month and was trying to channel fall with these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping. So good!

Nutty Coconut Granola – another yummy variation with coconut oil and  maple syrup.

I’m still exploring my vegan options and was intrigued by these Pulled BBQ Carrots.  So delicious and intriguing.  Really liked these sandwiches!!  I served them with crispy cooked Roasted Asparagus.

Next up was an easy Baked Salmon (from Goop, but I couldn’t find the recipe online).

I made mustard the first time from scratch.  Coarse-Ground Mustard with Honey and Tarragon was pretty good. It had a sharp mustard flavor that mellowed after a few days.  Not sure I need to repeat this recipe…

I made Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo for the Misses.  I knew it would be an easy sell because it is not a far departure from regular alfredo and as a bonus, it is from Cooking Light.  They really liked it and it was a quick weeknight dinner for them!

Orzo Pilaf with Peas

Orzo Pilaf with Peas was a great side dish and we love some orzo around here!🙂

I made Mediterranean Salmon Cakes with Cucumber Sauce for D and I but they were just ok.  The cakes fell apart, but the sauce was good…

Red Beans and Rice with Salsa.  Yuck.  Gross.  Apparently this is from “In the Kitchen with Rosie” and it was so bad.

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Up next, I made Ferrell’s “Unfried” Chicken for the girls. Meh.

I made Cool Ginger Sesame Noodles for a quick weeknight dinner and was so happy with it.  Vegan, quick, and flavorful.  (The recipe is from a website link that has been removed.  I should post it…)

Coconut Rice was a delicious side dish.  We loved this.  I used faux/vegan bacon in lieu of real bacon.  Mistake.  Will skip the bacon entirely next time.  :)

With some peaches brought from our vacation, I made Peaches and Cream Frozen Pops for the Misses, who did not like them.  I did though, so more for me.

French Toast PB&J

Breakfast for dinner for the Misses is always a hit so I made French Toast Peanut Butter and Jelly.

Another dinner for the Misses – Creamy Bacon Mac & Cheese.  They didn’t love the rosemary in the recipe, so we won’t be repeating this one as is.

Tuna Melts with Avocado

I made Tuna Melts with Avocado as another quick weeknight dinner and they were delicious.  Budget-friendly too!

I felt the need for a little fall goodness and apparently I have a hoard of canned pumpkin to use up…  Killed two birds with one stone with Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake.  Tastes like pumpkin pie with a thick chewy crust.  Yums.

Love beets.  Love soup.  Didn’t love this Pureed Beet Soup.  Tasted like beets, but I was hoping for something better…

I made Quick Tomato Sauce and Turkey Meatballs for the Misses and they really liked them.  I liked the sauce!  :)

Pleasantly surprised with Rotini with White Beans and Escarole. I love beans with pasta and this was garlicky and a little spicy and delicious.

21 cards for a grand total of 113!  Progress made!  :)