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Halloween versus Fall Festivals

Halloween versus Fall Festivals: My Take on the Debate | Mini Van Dreams

Halloween versus fall festivals – a hot topic this time of year.  Let me start this post by saying… I am a Christian and I believe in God.  I was brought up in a Baptist church and was raised “right” as my parents would say.  This post is about my opinion on the whole Halloween versus Fall Festival thing… and why it irks me to no end.  I don’t want anyone to take offense… and I am absolutely up for any civil and non-inflammatory debate concerning this…

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Smoked Sausage Penne Alfredo with Cherry Peppers

My smoked sausage penne alfredo with cherry peppers is a twist on traditional alfredo.  It combines the smokiness of sausage with the creaminess of alfredo sauce and the spiciness of cherry peppers.  If hot isn’t your thing, feel free to omit the cherry peppers or swap them out with cherry tomatoes!  Enjoy!

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My 40th Birthday

My 40th Birthday | Mini Van Dreams

Yesterday was my 40th birthday.  I have been dreading this day for about a month.  I was going to be 40.  What have I accomplished?  I have two amazing children, a Master’s degree, a great job, and a handful of great friends.  But, what about that bucket list I made when I turned 30?  I had several items left to do… ride in a hot air balloon, visit Las Vegas, get a tattoo…

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Homespun: Amish and Mennonite Women in Their Own Words Review

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love the Amish – the simple way they live and their deep faith and family roots.  When I was asked to review Homespun: Amish and Mennonite Women in Their Own Words, I was honored to do so.  I have enjoyed getting a glimpse into the lives of the authors and seeing how I can use their advice and ideas in my own home and life.

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Air Fried Chicken Legs

Air Fried Chicken Legs | Mini Van Dreams

People, go buy an air fryer right now.  I LOVE MINE.  I have never, ever, ever been able to make fried chicken… until now.  Grab your air fryer and make these healthier air fried chicken legs!  They are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.  Serve them with some mashed potatoes and dinner is done.

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Free Printable: School Planner Stickers

Free Printable Planner Stickers: School Time | Mini Van Dreams

School is almost back in session… and who wants to sit and write all those important dates in their planner?  Not me. Grab my free printable school planner stickers and save some time!  These cute pencils have events already filled in – from meetings, to picture day, to graduation day – there are even some blank ones that can be customized for your schedule!

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Swiss Cheese Rosti

Swiss Cheese Rosti Potatoes | Mini Van Dreams

Swiss cheese rosti potatoes is one of my favorite Swiss recipes.  Whenever we go to Amish country, we always stop at the Chalet in the Valley for a meal – and the first thing I order is Swiss cheese rosti to go with my schnitzel.  But, trust me… you can make it at home easy and quickly… without a trip to Switzerland!  Of course, my Swiss ancestors are probably spinning in their graves… but, oh well.

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Healthy Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Pizza | Mini Van Dreams #ticklemytastebuds #tastytuesday #recipes

Happy Tuesday!  Today, I am sharing my healthy buffalo chicken pizza.  Yummy!  This pizza is so delicious and easy.  If hot wings aren’t your thing, you can easily use a healthy barbecue sauce or a low-sodium marinade.  This amazing pizza hits the best of both worlds – wings and pizza.  How can you go wrong on your next family movie night?

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