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It's August!

This past week has been one of those crazy ones, so finding the time to sit down and blog has been a challenge! So, to make sure I found time today, I am blogging before breakfast. You know how food supposedly stimulates the brain? Yeah, this could be an interesting entry.

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Because things have been so crazy lately, I'll confess that I haven't been a good wife in the area of Dinner Prep. The last three nights we've had frozen pizza, frozen taquitos and mini corn dogs. And while all of those choices are super healthy (especially when combined with the desserts of choice: Nutter Butters and Oreos), I'm feeling like maybe I should try cooking tonight.

My mother tried to warn me about this part of marriage, but I don't think I paid enough attention to it. I love to cook, so before we got married, I thought coming up with an idea for dinner every night would be fun. And it was fun. For about the first 100 meals.

Now we're reaching close to around 500 meals and Mom, I apologize. You were right. It is exhausting coming up with something to eat every night! Not even counting then having to go to the grocery store, buy the ingredients and make it. And I only have one other person to cook for! Moms have become my heroes.

So, I'm going to start racking my brain for dinner ideas. If you guys have some, please leave a comment! :)

In an attempt to keep things fair, I'm going to post one of my favorite chocolate recipes since I posted a lemon recipe last time. :) This is Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and oh. my. gosh. It is the bestest bread on the planet! I've been known to eat this for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It's that amazing.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

2 cups canned pumpkin (16 oz.)
3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2/3 cup water

3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking power
2 tsp. baking soda

Mix wet ingredients, then add dry ingredients. Stir well. Mix in 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean).

Let it cool before removing it from the pan. When you do remove it, empty loaf on a wire rack to cool more. And even though it's hard, try to not cut into it until it's cool (I never last this long). It does cut better when it's cooler though. If you don't mind a mess, I say, dig in!

Okay, now I'm seeing that not eating breakfast has prompted this blog toward food thoughts... :)

Have a great day!

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