Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash Boats with Grilled Chicken

On a diet but craving some carbs and delicious Italian food? Well I’ve got a recipe for you. This is my go to when I’m cutting back but I still want all the delicious flavor!

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Ingredients:

• 2 small/medium ripe spaghetti squash
• salt and fresh pepper, to taste
• 4 thin chicken cutlets, about 3 oz each
• pinch garlic powder
• ¼ tsp oregano
• 2 cups quick marinara sauce, warm
• 1 cup part skim shredded mozzarella (Polly-o)

Preheat oven to 350°. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and fibers with a spoon. Place on a baking sheet, cut side up and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast about an hour or until the skin gives easily under pressure and the inside is tender.

If you prefer the microwave, cut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and fibers and place on a microwave safe dish and cover. Microwave 8-9 minutes.

Meanwhile, while the squash is roasting, season chicken cutlets with salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano. Heat a grill pan (or a George formal grill) over medium-high heat, when hot grill chicken on both sides until cooked through, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside on a dish.

Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven or microwave and carefully fluff the spaghetti-like strands on each half with a fork, leaving the squash in the shell. Season with salt and pepper, then spoon about 1/4 cup marinara in each boat.

Slice the chicken on the diagonal and place each piece on top of each squash half. Top the chicken with 1/4 cup each of remaining marinara sauce, then top with cheese and place back into the hot oven and cook until the cheese is melted and the sauce is hot, about 12 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil and serve with parmesan cheese on the side if desired.

10 Signs Your Mom is Your Best Friend

1. You think your mom is hilarious. You both share the same sense of humor and you love sharing funny stories or things you find online.

2. She’s the first person you turn to who can instantly make you feel better after a crappy day.

3. You bond over favorite TV shows or movies.

4. You admire her for her generosity, patience, and ability to love unconditionally.

5. Your mom is pretty much the perfect partner to do anything with.

6. You know your mom is your biggest fan. Even when other people have their doubts your mom is there to back you up.

7. You call her every day just to talk and tell her the little stuff that happened that day. If you go even a day without talking you feel like something is missing.

8. She’s the person you immediately call after something major happens like a promotion at work.

9. When you’re together you always know what the other is thinking and feeling without saying anything.

10. Your relationship gets stronger and stronger every year and you can’t imagine a life without her in it.

I love you mom.

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Looking for a crowd pleaser? Look no further.
Enjoy!

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Cooking Time: 45 min

What You’ll Need

3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 (16.5-ounce) rolls refrigerator chocolate chip cookie dough
What To Do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla until well mixed; set aside.

Slice cookie dough rolls into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices from one roll on bottom of prepared baking dish; press together so there are no holes in dough. Spoon cream cheese mixture evenly over dough; top with remaining slices of cookie dough.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden and center is slightly firm. Remove from oven, let cool, then refrigerate. Cut into slices when well chilled.
Notes

Keep cookie dough refrigerated until just before slicing.

The Joys of Boys

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This morning I awoke to two small feet jammed in my back, and a wild flopping hand, slapping me in the face every 2 seconds.

Then I hear, “It’s not dark. Get up!”

I roll out of bed, walk to the kitchen. Now me and Tristan are arguing because I made this chocolate milk and HE wanted to do it.

Whoever said “Atleast boys aren’t drama queens” are extremely mistaken. I mean they cry about everything.

Crying cause you can’t get your shoes on? No problem, I’ll help. –CRIES LOUDER!

Finally, we find a tv show to pacify him while I rush to get dressed for work.

And by getting dressed for work I mean picking the toys out of my bed, doing dishes, and throwing on the first outfit I lay my eyes on.

Eventually everything is set in place and we are ready to embark on today’s journey.

Before walking out the door he turns to me and says, “I love you mommy.”

Suddenly, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. The restless nights sleep, the temper tantrums, and the wild, overly hyper personality.

Oh, The Joys of Boys!

Throwback Thursday 90’s edition

In honor of throwback Thursday, I have chose to compile a list. you might have grown up in the 90’s if…

1.) Your future was determined by a simple game of MASH

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2.) You researched for a paper out of an encyclopedia not the internet.

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3.) You know what these are and how to use them.

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4.) Bill Nye was the best science teacher ever!

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5.) 25% of your vocabulary consisted of this phrase.

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6.) Any luck you had, came from owning a rabbit’s foot.

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7.) You owned a tamagotchi, and could never keep it alive.

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8.) The best movies were Disney original movies.

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9.) Your book collection consisted of Captain underpants, and the babysitters club.

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10.) You know we had the best shows to ever exist.

Catdog

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Even Stevens

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Doug

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11.) The only accessories you needed were these.

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12.) You had the original NOW CDs.

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13.) The way to listen to music was on your Walkman or your collection of hit clips.

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14.) “Be Kind Rewind”

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15.) Your favorite TV relationship to this day. Cory & Topanga.

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Compliments from a three year old

Before beginning this next dialog, let me set the scene.

This story begins last Saturday evening after a lovely service at Greenhouse Church with my sister, Tara, my mother, and but of course Tristan. What’s to follow you ask? Nothing but a few strange compliments from my three year old.

We were all saying our “see you laters” and exchanging hugs, when Tristan looks at my sister in all seriousness.

Tristan: “You have pretty eyebrows.”

He then looks at my mother.

Tristan: “You have pretty lips.”

As you probably guessed my turn was coming next.

Tristan: “You have… blue eyes.”

Of course mine wasn’t a compliment. Just a matter of fact statement.

I must say I truly appreciate my sister’s compliment most. I mean having pretty eyebrows in the age of permanent tattoo’d makeup, and drawn on masterpieces, well, that’s quite an accomplishment. Kudos to you Tara.

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5 simple ways to open your blog with a bang

Just Kidding- However, embarrassing as it is I did find myself researching how to write “Your very first blog post” (but what’s the fun in that). I’m just here today to introduce you to my world. A bit chaotic, rather amusing, and full of love.

I am a single mother to a rambunctious three year old named Tristan, the daughter of a half superhero half genius, and a lover… (of a good romance novel).

I am far from any sort of published author, in fact I probably never received higher than a “B” on any English paper. I just hope to share a piece of my real life sitcom, that I know all mothers can relate to.

I will close with a dialog from a child you will all become quite familiar with.

Tristan: “That DAMN car won’t go!”

Me: “What did you just say?”

Tristan: “nothing”

Sincerely,

A crazed mother, wondering if she is doing this right.

Just another mother blogger