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One Pan Cajun Shrimp Pasta

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Wow, what a busy week it has been already! 

Lately, my to-do list has felt like it stretches on for miles and miles, and my morning alarm clock has been set earlier and earlier as the week goes on (countless deadlines to meet, errands to make at Walmart, etc). We're thankful to be so busy and have work to do, but the last few weeks or so, it seems as though Adam and I have not had a chance to sit down and enjoy a meal at home together. Whenever we are at home, we are both working on our separate projects and hardly have any time to eat a meal together (let alone prepare one!) 

The last couple of nights I have had to rely on leftovers. Which is fine, don't get me wrong, but sometimes it is nice to be able to find a little bit of time even on the busiest of days to prepare a delicious homemade meal my husband and I can enjoy together, even if it's for just a few minutes before we return back to work. 

Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite one-pan dishes--Cajun shrimp pasta! This pasta dish features delicious shrimp seasoned in Cajun flavors and it is simple enough to make all in one pan with some of our most common pantry items we almost always have on hand at home (including traditional Prego® Italian Sauce). Whip up this pasta dish when you're in a pinch and forgot about dinner--it's perfect for back to school time and last minute weeknight dinners! 

12 One-Pan Chicken Dinner Recipes for Summer

Enjoy your summer without the hassle of having to spend your night cleaning a bunch of dirty pots and pans! Try any one of these delicious and convenient one pan chicken dinner recipes!

Summer nights may be long, but that shouldn't mean you should spend your evening doing the dishes. Save yourself the hassle of a massive cleanup after cooking dinner with any one of these convenient, one pan chicken recipes! 

We are no strangers to one pan dinners--in fact, they are usually our go-to recipes during the week and often times on the weekends when we do not feel like spending our time after dinner going through and cleaning a kitchen's worth of dirty pots and pans. There is a reason we have a section on our blog dedicated to  our favorite one pan recipes! They are especially perfect when we're craving a hearty dish of chicken and pasta! 

Today, I am sharing twelve one pan chicken dinners we have hand picked from some of our favorite fellow foodie bloggers (including this sheet pan Mediterranean chicken and potatoes recipe from  The Rustic Foodie blog shown above!)

Celebrating our 6th Anniversary with Mountain Shadows

Today, I am sharing all of the travel details from our hosted, luxurious wedding anniversary staycation at the newly renovated Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley, Arizona!

Sometimes it is hard to believe that it has been six years since we said "I do," but sure enough, 2017 is here and it's been quite some time since I married my best friend in front of all of our friends and family! 

This past weekend, Adam and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary in style and enjoyed a luxurious staycation! The first day, we spent a  quick overnight stay at Hotel Valley Ho (which is also where we spent our 4th wedding anniversary) and then we checked into Mountain Shadows. When our friends from Mountain Shadows agreed to host us for our anniversary, we packed our bags and took an Uber across town to enjoy a few nights away from the clutter of our apartment and our insane to-do lists.

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 133

Good morning!

Last weekend, we kicked off our anniversary staycation with a night at the Hotel Valley Ho before spending the next few nights at Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley. Adam and I have enjoyed our time at Hotel Valley Ho throughout the years, and we actually celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary there just two years ago. This weekend was an exceptional staycation, and we had a great time at Mountain Shadows celebrating another year of being married (we'll be sharing details on the blog very soon). 

This week, I'll be out of the office for the most part while I handle some personal matters. But I have a really fun idea to share with you this week that I have finished and scheduled to go live on the blog in a few days, so definitely check back later this week for more updates!

5 Must-Haves for Sushi Night at Home

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After a whirlwind of complications and insane deadlines to meet, Adam and I finally managed to enjoy a date night after what seemed like far too long! 

Work has been quite rigorous lately for the two of us, and as much as we are happy we have the ability to work and save up our money, it has been frustrating when we find that we either do not have the time to go out for a date or the ability to muster up enough energy to try to  have a nice dinner at home together. Last week, I went out to Fry's and picked up a few items for us to have a sushi night at home. We had both been craving sushi from our favorite restaurant in town, but neither of us had the time or patience to get ready and leave the house to enjoy a night out. I figured what better way to bring date night home than by running out and grabbing everything I needed for a sushi date night at home.

Today, I'm sharing our sushi date night at home essentials! 

Best Spots in the East Valley to Grab an Ice Cream this Summer

Did you know that Sunday is National Ice Cream Day? That means this weekend is actually the perfect time to grab an ice cream treat! Today on the blog, we are sharing our adventures exploring the valley with the 2017 Toyota Prius in search of the best ice cream in the area!

Escape the Phoenix heat of summer and grab something delicious and cold to eat! 

Whether you prefer soft serve, gelato, ice cream sandwiches, froyo, or shaved ice cream (yes, that is a real thing I promise) there are a number of mom and pop businesses around the valley you can support with your business. Adam and I aspire to shop #azlocal whenever we can, and we enjoy having our date nights out of the house when we can afford it and want to leave our home office. Last week, we spent our date night scoping out spots around the valley on Yelp for some tasty ice cream treats to enjoy and drove our 2017 Toyota Prius to a few of these locations to share a few desserts from their menus!

With so many spots around the valley to grab an ice cream, it can be overwhelming to decide where to go. Today, I'm sharing a roundup of a handful of my favorite spots in the East Valley to grab an ice cream cone or ice cream sandwich!

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 132

Happy Saturday!

Good morning! Today is our 6th wedding anniversary! 

It is so hard to believe that we got married today exactly 6 years ago! It just goes to show you that time really does fly when you are having fun! ;-) 

We have plans after today to enjoy our anniversary away from our offices, but for the remainder of my morning, I'll be plugging away at my last-minute to-do list to get myself prepared to step away from the computer for a few days to enjoy my anniversary time with Adam. Be sure to check back on all of the tutorials and posts I shared this week--there are loads of new summer ideas for you to enjoy and use for the rest of the season (I mean, it's already partly through July but we still have plenty of summer left to enjoy!) Two of my favorite posts I shared this week include this  sparkling watermelon lemonade recipe, as well as this tutorial for  grilled ginger sesame chicken wings

Celebrating National Ice Cream Day!

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a free cone from McDonald's! Thanks to our friends at McDonald's for partnering with us to get the word out about this fun foodie holiday freebie!

Monsoon season is finally here, and with it comes the triple digit temperatures and intense humidity. Some days the heat is too much to bare and Adam and I wonder why we haven't decided to take our summers up north where it's cooler like in Sedona or Payson, but then we remember that any time we feel too hot and want to cool down we can always pump our air conditioning a little bit more and drive down to McDonald's and grab a cold soft serve or chilly McFlurry to enjoy while we beat the heat! 

Earlier this week, I learned that this Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! And we thought, what better way to enjoy this foodie holiday than to head down to our local McDonald's for some free cones!

In celebration of National Ice Cream Day, McDonald's is giving away a FREE soft serve cone this Sunday, July 16! 

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