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The Not-Elvis Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Elvis didn't invent the peanut butter and banana sandwich, but he sure did make it famous. This version includes bacon, and is a family favorite!

Elvis didn't invent the peanut butter and banana sandwich, but he sure did make it famous. This version includes bacon, and is a family favorite!

This sandwich has been a long time in coming. I've posted it on my personal Facebook wall several times. Every time, my friends ask "What is it?" and "How do I make it." So I've decided to share it here. Finally!

Peanut butter and banana sandwiches were not invented by Elvis. 

You've probably seen it around the Internet before, in various versions with Elvis Presley's name attached to it. I almost want to roll my eyes every time I see that

You see, I'm a Southerner. I grew up eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches. We never even knew Elvis Presley ate them. When Elvis died, an interview with his cook revealed he loved fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

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Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet

Quick, easy, and delicious, this Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is an easy go-to dish. It'll be your family's new favorite!

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Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is the go-to dish everyone loves!

On days when I just don't have the time for a big dinner production, this is the dish I go back to. It's perfect after a day of hiking, or a quick meal after Lorelai's dance class. Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet recipe requires only a few ingredients you probably have in your kitchen, and is on the table in about 30 minutes!

I first made this recipe about a year and a half ago. It was planned for three people, but I ended up feeding three of my kids, plus a son-in-law, and the grandkids. It was a hit! All of them wanted seconds and thirds. I regretted not making twice the amount. Since then, it's been requested countless times.

In fact, I sometimes forget all about it - for weeks! That's when Lorelai requests it.
tex-mex beef and bean one pan meal

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Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is great as leftovers!

What's especially good, for me, is that Lorelai loves this so much. This kid, who won't eat the same thing twice within a month will eat this dish three days in a row if it's in the refrigerator. In fact, she did that this week. I made it for dinner on Sunday. She went to the bento boxes for lunch on Monday and Tuesday!

That brings me to another benefit - meal prep! Packing up leftovers into bento boxes is my thing. If I can make a lunch out of dinner, I'm all for it. Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is just as good on Day 3 as it was on Day 1. You could also just make use it as a lunch prep in the first place.

35 Delicious Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipes You Need to Try

No more mushy oats! These 35 delicious steel cut oatmeal recipes are so good, they'll turn oatmeal haters into oatmeal lovers! Plus, you can make many of them ahead of time for quick and easy breakfasts.

35 steel cut oatmeal recipes

Earlier this year, I really wanted to try overnight oats. I'm a social media manager for food bloggers, so I see all the trends and delicious recipes, and oh, those overnight oats looked so good! Then I tried them. Nope. I just couldn't do it. So mushy!

Recently, I discovered steel cut oats. 
Overnight oats made with steel cut oats? Now, that's something I can do! They've got more chew to them than rolled oats, so when they're soaked in milk overnight, they don't turn into a jar of goo. No mushy goo, for the win!

Of course, discovering steel cut oats meant I had to scour the Internet for recipes because, well, fixating is what I do. I have tried several recipes, and made up a few of my own over the last few weeks.

30+ Easy Fall Recipes

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Fall is my favorite season of the year.

Granted, in Florida, it's a weird season that's mostly sunny and warm, but when the cooler temperatures finally do visit, it's nice to have warm foods to come home to, isn't it?

I've asked my friends to share a few of their recipes with me. I'm sure you'd like to try new things, too, so I'm re-sharing them with you today.

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The Richest, Chocolatiest Hot Chocolate Ever | I Love My 5 Kids
Decadent Chocolate Pumpkin High Protein Shake Recipe | Annie & Everything

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie | Family Fresh Meals


The Best Pancake Recipe | I Love My 5 Kids
Pumpkin Spice Scones | Adventures in Mommydom
Apple Muffin Recipe | Adventures in Mommydom
Fantastic Fall Flavors to Spice Up Your Oatmeal | Family Style Homeschooling
Pumpkin Spiced Apple Muffins | Starts at Eight


Easy Broccoli Potato Soup and Curried Pumpkin Soup | Pat and Candy
Cool Weather Chicken Soup | Pat and Candy
Minestrone Soup | Susan Evans
Perfect Hearty Chili Recipe | The Heart of Michelle
Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup | Faith with the Little
Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup | Pat and Candy
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup | Happy Brown House
Broccoli Cheese Soup | Happy Brown House
Grandma's Crockpot Ground Beef Stew | The Heart of Michelle

Get ready for winter
with these soup recipes!


Super Simple Lasagna Recipe | Practical by Default
Turkey and Rice Casserole | Susan Evans
Easy Sausage Vegetable Bake | Family Fresh Meals

Desserts and Treats

Crockpot Pumpkin Pie | Family Fresh Meals
Lee Anne's Tiramisu Balls Recipe | The Heart of Michelle
Cranberry Apple Cookie Cobbler | I Love My 5 Kids
Quick and Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing | The Kennedy Adventures
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies | Faith with the Little
Pumpkin Spice Thumbprint Peanut Butter Cookies | Happy Brown House
Apple Walnut Wonders | I Love My 5 Kids
Easy Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats | The Kennedy Adventures
Pumpkin Turnovers | Happy Brown House
Apple Crisp | Susan Evans
Gluten Free Dairy Free Cake | Layered Soul
Honey Pumpkin Pie | Faith with the Little
Homemade Wheat Flour Pie Crust | I Love My 5 Kids

4 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins | The Kennedy Adventures

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25 Scrumptious Ice Cream Pie Recipes

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25 ice cream pie recipes

While ice cream is great all year long, August is certainly the perfect month for this cool, delicious treat. In honor of August 18th, National Ice Cream Pie Day, I bring you 25 scrumptious recipes.

Over 25 Delicious S'mores Recipes

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S'mores are a traditional campfire treat, but why be limited to campfire moments? Enjoy this delicious treat all year with these 25 recipes!

Vegetarian Philly Cheese Sub Recipe

A delicious vegetarian Philly cheese sub with all the texture and flavor of a 'regular' Philly cheesesteak sandwich. #recipes

I'm not big on sandwiches. I never have been. I do, however, enjoy the occasional sandwich, one  of which is the Philly cheesesteak. 

To accommodate Alexis' vegetarianism, I try to make as many vegetarian meals as possible while staying within our grocery budget. When I can, I try to convert 'regular' meals to vegetarian meals.

That's what I've done with the Philly cheesesteak sandwich. 

16 Crockpot Recipes for the Autumn Season

This collection of crockpot recipes is perfect for cooler autumn weather.

I love cooking in the fall. I don't enjoy cooking at any other time, but for some reason I'm OK with it during the autumn season.

One thing I appreciate, during these busy homeschool days, is the ability to use the crockpot. There's something so wonderful about coming home from a day of activities, nature studies or field trips to find dinner is ready and waiting for us.

With that in mind, I have gotten together with some friends to put together this collection of crockpot recipes for the fall season. These foods are sure to warm your bones when the temperatures drop.

Grandma's Crockpot Ground Beef Stew

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Also known as hobo stew, mulligan stew and beggar's stew, this delicious, slightly recipe is great for fall and winter days.

You may know this dish by a variety of names: Hobo Stew, Beggar Stew or Mulligan stew are of few.

My grandma, who raised me, used to make this on Sundays. I always enjoyed entering the warm house from the brisk fall or winter air, to be welcomed by the smell of this stew. 

Ahhhh... memories.

I like making this crockpot meal because it's fast, easy and affordable. In today's recipe I didn't include potatoes, but I usually do and you certainly can.

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