Happy FriYAY and welcome to my very 1st bi-monthly series called Friday Faceplants!  Twice a month I’ll be putting out some fun content for you to all enjoy.  After reading the results of my survey it looks like the majority of you want to see recipes, tips and tricks, and a bunch of family things.  And what better way then to put everything all together in one place for you to go and enjoy!  A lot of you also said that you only read newsletters if you have time or if the content is good.  Well I’m here to tell you that the Friday Faceplants content will be BOMB!  Sending this out only twice a month will hopefully give you all something to look forward to.

friday faceplants

Here’s what you will see on Friday Faceplants:

  1. A recipe:  This could be a new recipe or a recipe from the “vault”  (all guaranteed to be delish)
  2. Friday Faves:  This will be where I will share sweet deals with awesome companies that I work with, it may also have kitchen tips and tricks, things that I’m currently in love with, blogs I dig, and kid related stuff….
  3. Shoutouts:  You guys are really the best.  I love my job and I love creating content for you.  I really love getting tagged in pictures and all the sweet messages and comments that I receive. At the end I’ll post a few pictures of your grub (with permission of course) so we can all wish we were neighbors with you!!


I can’t wait to Friday Faceplant with all of you!!






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sheet pan moroccan chicken

Let’s take a quick moment of silence for this Sheet Pan Moroccan Chicken. Why? Because it is one of my kids absolute favorite meals that I have ever made. It’s kind of funny, because when I originally made this for Whole30recipes I was nervous that my kids wouldn’t like the Moroccan flavors of this dish.  Man oh man was I wrong. Like really really REALLY wrong. I should have made 2 pans of it because they blew right through this!

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Ain’t no party like a butternut squash and sausage bake party! (wait, what?!!) When I first made this, the thing that kept going through my mind was “I totally need to have some friends over so we can brunch so hard with this meal” It is SO good.  Even if butternut squash isn’t your thing, this quite possibly will change your mind!

butternut squash and sausage bake

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You know what should be under everyone’s tree this year…..this pork tenderloin with pomegranate sauce. Okay, okay, that may be a little weird; “here’s a big piece of meat mom! Merry Christmas!”  So perhaps you should just make it for Christmas dinner. You probably even have most of what this recipe calls for already at your house. If you don’t have any pork (or maybe you don’t eat pork) this is great on chicken, steak, and basically any type of fish out there!

tenderloin with pomegranate sauce

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The holidays are upon us and one of my absolute favorite things in the world during this time of year (other than snickerdoodles), is hot apple cider!  Hot cocoa is cool and everything, but nothing warms my heart more than sitting by the fire, nice and cozy, and drinking some homemade cider.

hot apple cider

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I know many of you have been scouring the internet trying to find appetizers, how-to’s, desserts, etc for the big get together!  But no need to fear!  I have put together a lovely little Thanksgiving Round Up so you don’t need to be searching high and low for recipes!  (BONUS: you can totally make any of these for the rest of the holiday season)

turkey round up

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I may be the only one that does this, but I’m always trying to one up my Thanksgiving game. In my mind, anything that is “fallish” is fair game come Thursday afternoon! I’ve come up with a fun little Thanksgiving-ie appetizer (or eat it as a side) with these Harvest Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce. And you are going to want to DIG.IN.

harvest meatballs with cranberry sauce

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