Well, friends. It’s almost time to start a brand new year again.

I don’t quite feel like 2016 is already gone, but 2017 is literally right around the corner. This year flew by, and I’m still not any better at meal prep than I was on day 1! One of my goals is to get back into a good routine with meal prep and planning and this time of year seems like the perfect time to get back into the practice.

spiced roasted turkey tenderloins

A few years ago, I had a great weekly routine of prepping dishes and snacks on the weekends so we were stocked during the week, especially for busy weeknights or mornings.

But over the past few years (and after having a baby), I fell out of the habit. And every weekend, I kind of plan out some things, but I’d love to really get back into the routine. I see posts from other bloggers and friends and am so jealous of their weekend set ups and all the things they’re able have ready and waiting during the week.

apple pecan monkey bread

Ah, the holiday season.

Tis the time for long, leisurely breakfasts (one of my favorite things in the WORLD!). And this Apple Pecan Monkey Bread seriously needs to be on your holiday table this year.

apple pecan monkey bread

Our Christmas morning tradition growing up was to get up super early and open stockings and then bigger gifts at home, pop in a holiday movie (and probably have some candy at 7 am) and play with our stuff while my mom worked on her breakfast casserole to take over to the Lowell’s house. My parents have known the Lowell’s since before either of them had kids, and our families have been close ever since – even living just 4 minutes apart.

Once everything was ready, we’d pile in the van – usually still in our pajamas – and head over to their house to eat my mom and Jill’s breakfast casseroles, fruit, and monkey bread. A little sweet, a little savory, a little coffee or juice. We’d sit and eat and then exchange gifts with each other.

apple pecan monkey bread

wild rice salad with turkey, sweet potato, and currants

~ It’s the most wonderful time of the year ~

I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE. I love the colors on the trees, the crunch of the leaves under your feet, the crisp morning air and chilly nights that are perfect for sitting around a bonfire.

wild rice turkey salad

It’s not so cold that it’s actually winter, but you’re finally out of the summer heat. PLUS, we get to eat together with friends and family and take time out to really, truly focus on all the good things in our lives. I think this practice is something we could put to use every single day, but if one day is all some people can do, it’s better than nothing.

Being grateful and thankful for all the blessings we have is one big way to curate happiness and contentment in your life – regardless of the bad things happening. Life is life – good and bad – but focusing on the good makes each day better.

wild rice turkey salad

fried chicken and honey mustard hummus sandwiches

It’s finally fall! It’s finally football season! And that means, it’s fun sandwich season!!

Are we the only ones that eat more sandwiches in the summer/fall than any other time of year? Summer is all about the BLTs, and fall opens up more fun ideas for football watching parties, tailgates, and just-because-we’re-bored combos.

fried chicken and honey mustard hummus sandwiches

As someone who grew up loving chik-fil-a, fried chicken sandwiches have a permanent soft spot in my heart. But is there a way to make a friend chicken sandwich even BETTER?

Because, let’s be honest: I love pickles, but I do NOT love pickles on sandwiches. I pull them off of everything. Pickles on their own? Yes, please. Pickles on a burger or any other kind of sandwich? Nope.

So I wanted to take my favorite things about a good fried chicken sandwich – minus the pickles – and amp it up a little more.