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Saucy Turkey Burger with Pico

Saucy Turkey Burger with Pico | Mini Van Dreams

Oh my!  You have to try this Saucy Turkey Burger with Pico.  This delicious burger is on the table as quick as it takes you to cook the turkey burger!  Really.  I was walking through the grocery store and stumbled across a bottle of chili sauce in the condiment aisle.  I had never had it before, and it was on sale… so I thought “why not?”  My next thought was “what can I make?”  I came up with this saucy turkey burger with pico.  This one comes in at 445 calories per burger (with bun and toppings).  You could lower these totals by using 93% fat-free ground turkey and low or no-fat Swiss cheese… However, the deliciousness of this burger made those calories worth it in my book.  Pair it with some delicious broccoli or cauliflower, and you are good to go.  Oh my.  Enjoy.

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Bacon and White Cheddar Pork Chops

Bacon and White Cheddar Pork Chops | Mini Van Dreams

You know how some days you just get tired of chicken?  And plain pork chops are so boring!  I decided to kick it up a bit and came up with these Bacon and White Cheddar Pork Chops.  I mean… bacon, tomatoes, and white cheddar cheese… how could it be wrong?  These are perfect in the oven, but you could easily throw these on the grill also! Enjoy.

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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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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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Oven Baked Ravioli

Oven Baked Ravioli | Mini Van Dreams

I’m not going to lie – I love quick meals that I don’t have to baby sit while they cook.  We love Italian food, but we get so tired of eating spaghetti each week (or some other variation) and lasagna takes too long to make on a week night.  But, this quick oven baked ravioli fits the bill!  You can throw it in the oven and in less than 30 minutes have a delicious Italian meal that goes perfect with a salad and garlic bread.  Enjoy!

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