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June 22, 2019

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! This has been an exciting week in our house. It was a long time coming, but I am so excited for you to meet Oscar. I was so nervous - I’ve never had a dog before! And we’re all completely in love with him.

If you’re hanging out with me on Instagram, you’ve been flooded with photos this week, as I’ve only become more obsessed with this guy every day. We adopted him last weekend and I already can’t imagine our life without him in our home.

ON THE BLOG this week: Bacon and Egg Taco Salad is a game changer if you’re bored with traditional taco salad. The Chipotle Ranch Dressing makes it absolutely perfect. (And you’ll want to make extra because the dressing makes a great dip for raw vegetables too.)

Frito Pie {a.k.a. Walking Tacos} is one of those recipes that everyone needs to have in their pocket. Whether you’re feeding a giant crowd, camping in the summer, or just want a fun and simple weeknight dinner, this is the meal everyone enjoys.

What I’m CRAVING: So much CHOCOLATE! These Chocolate Lava Cakes will absolutely be happening this weekend because they’re basically the answer to all chocolatey sweet cravings.

My friend Joan had a serious thing for chocolate and her Devil’s Food Cake is perfection. Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate - who could say no to that?. And THIS Death By Chocolate Icebox Cake by Lindsay at Life, Love, and Sugar is about as dreamy as chocolate daydreams can get.

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are all the dog things! (all the links are HERE) You guys have been a terrific resource on your favorite dog-related items. Oscar loves this fuzzy blanket - I bought the medium size and it’s perfect, these chuck-it balls, this lavender and mint buddy wash, and these grooming gloves - they work so well!

Side note: I am so bummed that I told all of you about that screaming deal on jetstream pens! Turns out it was a mistake and the seller did not honor it. I have a return in progress, but still, apparently too good to be true actually is too good to be true sometimes. If you received just ONE pen instead of TWELVE, please return that to Amazon for a full refund!

What I’m READING: Winners by Danielle Steel (link HERE) I just started this one, but I’m already hooked. I tried reading a few different Danielle Steel books years ago and just couldn’t get into them. This one though? I was hooked pretty quickly. Here’s hoping the end is as good or better than the beginning. I’ll keep you posted!

“Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.” – Caroline Knapp

Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!

Mary

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