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Dinner Divas Weekly Menu Plan - Week 20

The #DinnerDivas weekly menu plan features (mostly) healthy, seasonal foods that don't take all day to prepare.
Happy Friday! Who's ready for the long holiday weekend? I know I am! This has been the longest week ever. So busy at work, so busy getting my boys ready to get back to school, and my firstborn turned 21 a few days ago. Crazy, huh? I honestly can't figure out how my baby is 21 years old already! I will be welcoming the long weekend with open arms and can't wait to spend some time with my family relaxing.

This weeks' menu plan is filled with plenty of tasty food and I know I'll be kicking off my weekend with one or two of the Pastry Chef Online's amazing Top Shelf Margaritas. Saturday breakfast will definitely be Comfortably Domestic's Huevos Rancheros Savory Oats. And for dessert? I can't wait to make a batch of our favorite Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream! Let's dig in, shall we? 

#AD Chicken Fajita Pasta

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Loaded with tender chicken, lots of veggies, and a flavorful sauce, this one pan
Chicken Fajita Pasta is incredibly delicious and super simple to make!
Loaded with tender chicken, lots of veggies, and a flavorful sauce, this one pan Chicken Fajita Pasta is incredibly delicious and super simple to make!
I can't believe it but school is almost back in session! So tell me, are you excited that the kids are headed back to school? Or are you sad? In talking to my friends I've found about a 50/50 split between those that are ready to get back to their routines and those that want to keep the kids home. Now that my youngest is starting college it feels a little different this year. Although it's not a standard 8 - 3 day and he's no longer playing sports, we are still busier than ever. He'll be taking classes four days a week plus working, and my full time job is keeping me on my toes. That's why I love to have simple and delicious meals like this Chicken Fajita Pasta at the ready to get dinner on the table fast!

Frisco Melt Burgers

These juicy and delicious Frisco Melt Burgers are easy to make and are a family favorite!
These juicy and delicious Frisco Melt Burgers are easy to make and are a family favorite!
It's hard to believe it's already mid-August and school is starting in a few short weeks. I don't know about you but it seems like summer goes faster and faster each year. It's so much different now that both boys are in college. My mom asked my youngest the other day if he wanted some new shoes this fall and he didn't know what to think haha. I guess since he's not in high school anymore he didn't think anything about getting new clothes! 

Dinner Divas Weekly Menu Plan - Week 17

Happy Friday, friends! I know I haven't been around much the last couple of weeks and I apologize for that. I've been so busy with work, trying to enjoy summer, and getting my kids ready to go back to school. I honestly can't believe how fast the summer has went by. Like how are we already two weeks into August?! Even more disturbing is the fact that both of my boys are in college now. My baby will be a freshman and my oldest a senior....mama is about ready to have a breakdown over here!

So before I have that small mental breakdown, let's switch gears and talk about food. This weeks' menu plan is filled with plenty of delicious dinners. From grilled steak to kebabs and even stuffed peppers, these are meals that the whole family all love. We've also got muffins that are perfect for snacking or breakfast, and a delicious homemade ice cream recipe! Let's dig in, shall we? 

Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream

This rich and decadent Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream is the perfect balance of salty and sweet and is so easy to make!
This rich and decadent Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream is the perfect balance of salty and sweet and is so easy to make!
There are so many things to do during the summer in Michigan. Not only do we have the Great lakes, inland lakes, beaches and sand dunes, but we have a ton of other outdoor activities to enjoy. From concerts in the park to amazing zoos to baseball games, there is plenty to do to keep your family busy. There are also some hidden gems, like MOO-ville Creamery and farm. Not only can you stop into the store for scoops of your favorite creamy ice cream, but there's a petting zoo, large children's playground, and tours of the farm. You can choose a self-guided tours as well as public tours, which is much more in depth, which is what my mom and I did a few weeks ago. I just couldn't wait to check the farm out for myself!

Dinner Divas Weekly Menu Plan - Week 14

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you all had a great week. It's been pretty busy around here and I'm really looking forward to a little downtime this weekend. Do you have any plans? I'm hitting up our local farmer's market tomorrow morning and then prop shopping for the blog...two of my favorite things!  

I hope you stopped by hungry because this weeks' summer menu plan theme is Breakfast for Dinner, and who doesn't love that? Every couple of weeks I do this and we have homemade waffles or pancakes, sometimes French toast. My family loves it and it's so easy to make! This week you'll find recipes for delicious omelettes, cinnamon rolls, a casserole, and even homemade English muffins. Let's dig in! 

Lemonade with Frozen Watermelon Cubes

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This Lemonade with Frozen Watermelon Cubes is a deliciously refreshing drink 
that is perfect to cool off with on a hot summer day!
This Lemonade with Frozen Watermelon Cubes is a deliciously refreshing drink that is perfect to cool off with on a hot summer day!
Summer, summer, summertime | Time to sit back and unwind....name that tune and who sings it! Sorry, I got a little carried away with my summer tunes. 😂 We're about halfway through summer and it is HOT! It's been in the upper 80's here but with the humidity it's felt like 95. I can deal with the heat to an extent, but the humidity is a killer! Regardless, I've been trying to soak up the sun and enjoy the summer as much as I can.