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I Need More Date Nights, We Live In A Scary World, & Cheesy Loaded “Nachos”

Happy Friday!  And Happy February!  Another month for new opportunities…and love, of course….it IS February after all ;). Did you know my posts for February are all about Project Heart?  Stay tuned for daily posts about everything ❤️ related. Love…health…you’ll get it all!

So, truth be told. The blog will be short this week. I’ve actually had a pretty awesome week. Busy!  But all good busy.  Last Saturday I got to spend the day with my hubby…ride to the cape to do a team WOD at Crossfit Hyannis, went out to breakfast, checked on the cape house and visited my in-laws. You know what we loved about this day trip?  We got to talk!!!  Yes…a few hours in the car, workout together as a team, eat in peace together, and another long car ride home. We caught up on life. It’s pretty sad when you realize how much life gets in the way of spending time together. I feel like Sunday night comes and at bedtime, it’s a “see you Friday night”. We see each other in passing. Long work days, carting the kids around to activities. Life consumes you. Don’t get me wrong…we have an amazing relationship. But….we don’t see each other much these days…lol!  It’s so important to sit back, breathe, and take time for each other. I really enjoyed our Saturday together.  I’m thinking date nights totally need to happen more often.  I’ll make this happen.

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So, basically the rest of the week was a blur, but all good!  Client meetings, conference calls with my amazing team, where I get to chat with people around the world, allergy appointments for the kids, other appts for me, and so on…you get the jist. And then all of a sudden it was Thursday!  At the blink of an eye it was here. And you know what I do on Thursday’s?  I write my blog!

But here was my Thursday….kids leave at 6:50. Eat breakfast and work until 8:15. Take the dogs to daycare (because I was going to be gone all day). Allergy appt at 8:45. Client meeting at 9:30. Errands from 10:30-11:15. Pick up kids from half day and head down to Arlington for dentist appts at 1:00 (grab lunch on the way). Leave at 3:30. Drop Emma off at dance at 4:15. Get home and work from 4:45-5:15. Make dinner for Kyle. Work more. Leave the house at 5:45 for a parent meeting at the high school at 6:00. Meeting from 6-7:30.  Not worth going home, so I drive directly to dance to pick emma up for 8:15.

And here I am. It’s 8:00pm, I was sitting in my car and thinking….I have to write my blog and it’s the last thing I want to do when I get home.  I just came from a pretty emotional meeting. It was a meeting about how the police department is going to teach our kids what to do if someone came into the school opening fire (new lockdown procedures). I listened to 45 minutes of stories of other school shootings…details. It was horrifying and made me sick to my stomach. Then I learned how my children were going to learn to defend themselves in that situation. I have to say…I was impressed with what they are going to learn. And I actually learned a lot myself. My children need to learn how to defend themselves. This is life now. But it saddens me that this is what our world has to come to. So, as I sit here in my car, I’m saying screw it. No regular blog tonight. Just whatever I can write in this car will be on the blog and then I’m heading home to just sit and relax a bit. Why?  Because…life is too short. All I really want to do right now after that meeting is go home and cuddle and hug my kids.

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So…Now I only have 5 minutes left. Let’s get to the food!!! Since the Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl this Sunday (?), I thought I’d come up with a healthy snack!  And who doesn’t love nachos?  There’s a few things you can prep the day before…the cheese and sour cream. And you can make it easy on yourself…buy the guacamole and salsa (or make it if you like). And throw as much of those toppings on as you want!  You can use regular sweet potato or white sweet potato for these. Or if you want to be lazy (like I did), use the already fresh cut you can find is most grocery stores now.

BTW….This cheese recipe is amazing!  I like to have a batch on hand now for all different uses. Another use is melting it with ground beef and salsa for yummy Queso Dip. I also use it for sandwich “melts”, using the siete wraps. Soooo good!  Anywhere you use melted cheese..you can use this.  Do it. Trust me.

Ok…I’m off. No more writing tonight because when I get home I still need to make school lunches and clean up what I know is probably a messy kitchen. Then to bed. Sleep is key these days.

Make nachos!!!  Go Pats!!!  See you next week!!! ?

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Cheesy Loaded Nachos
Serves 2-3 people for dinner...more as a snack. If making for a crowd, double the potatoes and meat, but you won't need to to double anything else 🙂
Cheesy Loaded Nachos
Servings
Ingredients
Nut Free Cheese (From The Paleo Kids Cookbook)
Paleo Sour Cream (from Fed & Fit Cookbook)
Nachos
Servings
Ingredients
Nut Free Cheese (From The Paleo Kids Cookbook)
Paleo Sour Cream (from Fed & Fit Cookbook)
Nachos
Cheesy Loaded Nachos
Instructions
Nut Free Cheese
  1. Prepare the cheese ahead of time. Combine all ingredients, except the gelatin, in a blender and puree. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and heat on medium-low. Whisk in gelatin, 1 tbsp at a time. Then transfer back to the blender to puree again.
  2. Pour the cheese into a container and refrigerate to set up. This takes about an hour or two.
Paleo Sour Cream
  1. Prepare the sour cream ahead of time by placing the two cans of coconut milk in the the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Scoop out the cream that has solidified to the top of the cans. Add the cream, lemon juice and sea salt to a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate until ready to use.
Nachos
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Peel and slice the potatoes into "fries". Alternatively, you can now find already fresh sliced fries in grocery stores.
  3. Place the fries in a bowl and mix with the melted ghee, sea salt and pepper.
  4. Lay the fries in one layer on a parchment line baking sheet and bake at 425 for about 45 minutes, until browned and slightly crispy (without being burned). You will want to flip them a few times during the cooking process.
    Lay the fries in one layer on a parchment line baking sheet and bake at 425 for about 45 minutes, until browned and slightly crispy (without being burned).  You will want to flip them a few times during the cooking process.
  5. About 15 minutes before the fries are done, brown the ground beef or turkey in a saute pan over medium-low heat until the meat is no longer pink. Then add the taco seasoning and 2/3 cup of water. Simmer until the sauce thickens.
    About 15 minutes before the fries are done, brown the ground beef or turkey in a saute pan over medium-low heat until the meat is no longer pink.  Then add the taco seasoning and 2/3 cup of water.  Simmer until the sauce thickens.
  6. Remove the fries from the oven and dice up about 1/4 of the cheese you made. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the fries and place back into the oven until the cheese is melted. No more than 5 minutes.
    Remove the fries from the oven and dice up about 1/4 of the cheese you made.  Sprinkle the cheese on top of the fries and place back into the oven until the cheese is melted.  No more than 5 minutes.
  7. This is what it'll look like coming out of the oven.
    This is what it'll look like coming out of the oven.
  8. Transfer the fries to a plate and top with salsa, guacamole (or avocado), jalapenos, cilantro and sour cream.
    Transfer the fries to a plate and top with salsa, guacamole (or avocado), jalapenos, cilantro and sour cream.
  9. Enjoy!!!
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