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Best Blackout Cake #WeekdaySupper

The darkest of chocolate cakes, a rich chocolate syrup, and a creamy, dreamy bittersweet chocolate frosting come together to make one rich and decadent Best Blackout Cake! This is one dessert your family and friends soon won’t forget.


Best Blackout Cake | The Chef Next Door #WeekdaySupper

My son started his senior year of high school this past Monday. Yes, you heard that right. My baby is a senior! It seems like just yesterday he was starting his high school career, and here we are almost to the end. I’m proud, excited, sad, stressed…I’m just a mixed bag of emotions right now. I know this is all part of parenthood, but it sure isn’t easy.

Ever since my boys started school many years ago, I’ve always had a tradition of doing something special on their first and last days of school. Usually it’s a celebratory lunch or a fancy dinner out, and sometimes it’s a special sweet treat. Since I love to bake, I really enjoy making them something homemade, that’s from my heart.

Sweet and Salty Popcorn Snack Mix



This Sweet and Salty Popcorn Snack Mix is perfect for lunchboxes or as an after school treat! 
This Sweet and Salty Popcorn Snack Mix is perfect for lunchboxes or as an after school treat!

It's that time again...time for the kids to go back to school! I don't know about you, but for me the summer flew by. I mean REALLY flew by! It seems like just yesterday summer started, and here we are at the beginning of a new school year. This year is a tough one for me. My youngest started his senior year of high school, and my oldest will be moving into his first apartment and starting his junior year in college. Where are my babies??? That's what I want to know!

Well regardless of how old my kiddos are getting, it's still very important for me to feed them nutritious meals and snacks. They are still growing boys you know! My high schooler still packs a lunch most days and I love to include a fun treat or sweet snack for him to enjoy at the end of his meal. I've been a massive fan of SkinnyPop Popcorn for quite some time {and I can wolf down a bag in no time at all!}, so I created a fun snack mix for him to take to school. Let's be real though, it's really for the whole family to enjoy!

One Pot Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Alfredo

This rich and creamy One Pot Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Alfredo cooks in one single pan and 
can be on the table in 30 minutes, making it a perfect weeknight meal!
One Pot Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Alfredo | The Chef Next Door
It's hard to believe but school is starting soon! How did the summer go by so fast? Wasn't it just June? I'm having a hard time grasping the fact that school does in fact start next Monday, AND my baby is a senior. Seems like just yesterday he was a freshman! My oldest will be starting his junior year in college in just a few short weeks, and suddenly I feel old. Very, very old. My babies aren't little babies any more!

Anyway, sorry for getting all sappy and what not. I'll pull myself together now, simply because I've been dying to share this recipe with you. One Pot Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Alfredo is creamy, full of flavor, hearty, and just plain delicious. If you've got one big pan and about thirty minutes or so to spare, then this meal is for you!

BLT Bread Salad #SundaySupper

This delicious and hearty salad is a deconstructed version of the classic BLT sandwich. The good news is 
that this is a healthier version, so you can feel good about it feeding it to your family!
This delicious and hearty salad is a deconstructed version of the classic BLT sandwich.

I ate a lot of BLT's growing up and it's still one of my favorite sandwiches today. What could be better than toasted bread, crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes and soft lettuce? In my mind, not much! To be honest, everything is just better with bacon, am I right? My family eats bacon often, whether it's served with pancakes for breakfast, on a sandwich, or in this salad. I can't seem to get enough of it!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

This creamy, dreamy, and delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt is the perfect 
treat for your family and friends. Bonus, it's super simple and quick to make!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt | The Chef Next Door

Just in time for the weekend, I'm sharing this refreshing and delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt recipe. We all know how much I love my ice cream, but frozen yogurt is another one of my favorite things. It's light and creamy and healthier than ice cream, and it's super simple to make. 


Back to School with HP Printers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. 
All opinions are mine alone. #CreateWithHP #CollectiveBias
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I know this isn't my typical post. And I know it must feel weird that there is no food or recipe involved here. It feels strange to me, too! But the truth is, whether we want to admit it or not, school is just around the corner. Only two weeks away for my youngest son! (He will not like hearing that) As our thoughts start to turn to back to school books, supplies and clothes, we also need to be prepared at home. When I say prepared I mean extra supplies at the ready, a quiet place for the kids to do homework and study, and, of course, a reliable printer for all of our school and household needs.

Grilled Cheese Angus Burgers with Caramelized Onions

Grilled cheese and a juicy burger combined? YES! These Grilled Cheese Angus Burgers with 
Caramelized Onions are flavorful, hearty, and perfect for your next summer BBQ!
Grilled Cheese Angus Burgers with Caramelized Onions | The Chef Next Door

I love a good, juicy burger, and so do my boys. One thing I’m trying to do more of is to make different burger recipes. Not just a traditional burger or slider with your favorite toppings, but something a bit out of the box. I like to be creative, but I also need to be sure it’s something my kids will eat as well. My oldest has a palate like mine and will try anything, but my youngest is picky.

Luckily for me this burger creation was loved by both kids. I mean, this is a pretty fabulous burger, if you ask me. Two of my favorite things – grilled cheese and cheeseburgers – are combined to make one amazing dish. Topped with some melt-in-your-mouth caramelized onions, this meal is pure perfection.