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Last week was a real crappy one for our house. It started Wednesday morning, when we discovered fraudulent charges on our bank account. When you’re on a super-tight-to-the-penny budget (like most folks these days), missing $300 unexpectedly is no bueno.

Thursday morning we lost power at the house. Not an issue, usually. But when you’re working from home and have a pile up of files to edit and get through production, it throws your entire day off. But not like getting in a car accident on your way to pick up your daughter from school. Yup, that’s what happened later in the day. And I was at fault. Boo. Thank goodness for car insurance and our $500 deductible. Ah, but remember our to-the-penny budget? We’re screwed now.

The end of this month can’t come soon enough. Or at least my office lottery pool needs to hit at some point. That would be all kinds of awesometastic goodness. One can dream, right?

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Olas & Chanclas | Pasta with Marinated Roasted Peppers and Bacon

My husband set me up for a challenge (sorta) yesterday when I asked what he wanted for dinner.

At this exact moment in time our cupboards are bare and the fridge is practically empty. We are definitely due for a big Costco run this weekend, so I didn’t want to go to the grocery store for just one or two ingredients. I hate wasting time. But he reminded me that we had bacon and joked we could make all 3 lbs. of it. I chuckled. He said to make pasta. I said we didn’t have anything to put into the sauce (we always have a bottle or two for a base sauce to which I add protein and veggies). We agreed we’d throw together some quesadillas for the kids (most times we go without at night — I know, I know, bad habit!). But when I was done texting him, I set out to use said bacon in a pasta dish.

And it just so happened that in the morning I found my leftover roasted bell peppers that I had made for a pizza topping the week before. I was planning on eating them for lunch and had whisked up a quick vinaigrette/marinade in the morning to boost their flavor. But I’m a giver, so I decided to skip those for lunch and instead incorporate them into the pasta dish. Now I was set.

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Olas & Chanclas | Sweet & Spicy: Dark Chocolate Chip Cayenne Cookies

After my disastrous roasted chicken fiasco last night (I will post about it because the flavors are amazing, but for some reason my chicken didn’t cook through and was pretty raw once we cut into it), I wanted to redeem myself. And it just so happened to be a torrential downpour today (yay, finally!), so I was hankering for some homemade cookies. Plus, just about every Friday the hubs has a meeting with his crew and he takes in something I’ve made for the guys to munch on and today he didn’t have anything, so I felt bad. I wanted to bake something and run it up to his office so they could indulge a little at the end of their day.

I’ve had this recipe pinned to my Sweet board for a while now and I gotta tell ya … if you like dark chocolate and spice, this little tasty nugget is for you.

Allow yourself some time, ‘cuz this spicy chocolatey goodness has to chill in the fridge for an hour before you can throw it in the oven.

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