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I am switching things up today.

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Instead of the usual recipe, I am giving you guys a little round-up and a little peek into my super boring (but kind of chaotic) life.

If all you want is the food, just skip the last part of this post. If all you want is the life talk, skip down to the bottom. If you want both, well yeah, just read the whole thing! First though, let’s talk food. FYI, the food is my comfort zone, the life talk – not so much.

January is an odd month. It’s the start of a new year, people get the idea that they need to eat super healthy to lose the holiday pounds. But at the same time it is the height of the football season and game day is a big deal for a lot of people. Of course a large part of game day is the food. In my book, healthy eating should be part of your lifestyle, as should exercise and the occasional indulgence. Compensate for those indulgences by walking a little farther or adding a plank or two. Anyway, if I am being honest, the only reason I am loving football these days is solely because of the football food. Well, that and my dad? He loves football and it gives me something to ask him questions about when he sometimes comes around after work to help with the dishes  (lately he’s been helping out a lot, since the dishes have been piling up way past my elbows). Yes, you read that correctly. I have got my dad helping me with dishes. I like to call it father daughter bonding time since I never, ever, see anyone else during the ‘the cleaning hour” which happens almost everyday after the sun sets. So anyway, I am liking football these days and I thought it might be extra nice if we could do football food in a healthy way – and we can! Here are twenty-eight (I think – I tried counting twice and then just gave up and went with twenty-eight) healthy recipes for game day!

Oh, and maybe one or two are not so healthy, but geez live a little.

The Snacks + Dips + BBQ Sauce:

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Fiesta Guacamole (make this in 5 minutes)

Loaded Greek Goddess Pita Chip + Quinoa Nachos

Roasted Cauliflower White Pizza Dip

Blue Cheese Guacamole Stuffed Mushrooms with Buffalo Sauce

Buffalo Oven Fried Goat Cheese

Homemade BBQ Sauce……Just Like Sweet Baby Rays (The best BBQ Sauce and SO easy)

The Burgers + Sandwiches + Pizzas (+ a quesadilla and maybe a taco too!)

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Epic Quinoa + Sweet Potato Fry Burgers with Beer Caramelized Onions

Teriyaki Chicken Sub Sandwiches

Hawaiian BBQ Quesadillas with Mango Guacamole

Hawaiian BBQ Salmon Burger with Caramelized Pineapple

Roasted Garlic Chipotle Cheddar Sweet Potato Burgers

Loaded Crockpot Carne Asada Tacos

Buffalo Shrimp Sandwiches with Spicy Avocado Ranch

Thai Salmon Burgers

Spinach and Artichoke Melts (they are lightened up and one of my most popular recipes!)

Green Olive Pesto Pizza with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta Stuffed Crust

The Soups + Salads + Wings (and a stuffed sweet potato):

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Smoky Chipotle Chicken Chili

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad

Crispy Buffalo Quinoa Bites Salad

Healthier One Pot Cincinnati Chili

Zucchini Crusted Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

Sweet and Sour Sticky Thai Boneless Baked Wings

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

The Desserts:

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Healthy Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bars (Idiot Proof)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Special K-Bars

Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Roasted Almond and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites

The Questionable (I really just love these):

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Homemade Soft Pretzels with Buffalo Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Soft Pretzels

Now let’s talk a little life. Honestly, my life is so boring. I cook, clean, edit pictures, rack my brain for recipes until it hurts and do it all over again the next day, but I have been told that I should share more about my everyday life. I mean, it is not that I do not agree, but seriously I am just not one to talk about myself or my life. I have alway been shy and pretty private, so it is actually a miracle that I started a blog that anyone around the world can read.

Whatever, I am going to try and give it my best shot. It is one of my New Year’s goals. Luckily, it should not be too hard this year since I have an exciting project ahead of me and from the comments on this post it sounds like you guys want to know all about it. Ah yess!!

Everyone meet my very first house.

Also being referred to around here as Tieghan’s Barn.

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Yes, right now it is still currently a barn and completely not livable. Well, livable for people anyway. If you are a horse, you are good to go!

If you are a little lost, before Christmas I had shared that my family had moved to a new house. One of the reasons for buying this house was because of this barn. For a while now I have been trying to find a place to live that is close enough to my family that I can still give them most of the food I make every day. I mean, I make a ton of food. More than just what you see on the blog (I have been doing a lot of recipe development for companies as well). If I were to live far away, I have no a clue how all the food I make would ever get eaten. So I wanted to find something close enough to home where it would not be a huge pain to hand over food, but something that was all my own. I honestly thought that nothing would ever come up. Living in a small ski town, tiny apartments are crazy expensive and honestly the perfect one is rare to come by, but then somehow we found this house. Actually pretty weird how it all came about, but you’ve Probably read enough for one day. Anyway, my dad had the idea to convert the barn, that we otherwise would never use, into a house. A house for me to rent, that I get to re-do and design. Meaning I get to design my own kitchen with everything I have always wanted, like a ton of counter space with an island that has nothing built into it except space, a giant farm sink and the most perfect windows. I know, it is honestly my dream coming true and it may sound totally cheesy, but come on! It is so true!

So here are two pictures of the barn. I am going to give you a whole boat load of the before photos, including the inside sometime very soon. Then I will probably be updating you guys with lots of photos + ideas I have on Saturdays. I would love to hear any ideas you guys have or any links to kitchen’s you love! I may just have to start a home pinterest board to pin them to. So if you follow me on pinterest, send me your links. Otherwise leave them in the comments area below.

And I am done. Longest post ever.

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Lots of snow!

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  1. Way cool! Can’t wait to see you transform that awesome barn into your home!! Congrats!

  2. WOW! Congrats!!! Love your recipes and your blog – can’t wait to see what you do with this awesome new space.

  3. Whoa, Tieghan, you just knocked my socks off! That is so crazy cool – having your own place to bake and photograph that is next door to your family?! I’m thinking it couldn’t get any better. All your pins make a lot more sense now 🙂 Wow, I am so so so excited for you! And all your recipes look incredible. I’d forgotten some of those! You are amazing!

  4. Wow, you live in an extremely pretty place and can’t wait to see more pics! But let’s talk about that eggy burger…good grief T, that looks criminally good!

  5. Jealous doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings right now. That setting is absolutely gorgeous! Sounds like such a FUN projects, I can’t wait to see the results! Also, it looks like your brother can do some killer double roof drops 🙂

    1. Haha!!

      Both Brendan and Red (the younger snowboarder) have already been on the roof and there is already a jib park set up on the hill. LOL!

      Thanks Julianne!

  6. Oh my goodness, I love this post!
    I can’t believe you live/are going to live in such a beautiful place!
    Can’t wait to get the updates!

  7. Congrats on your new house! How fun to get to design and start from scratch. Where are you from? The mountains look familiar – I am in Fort Collins, CO

  8. Tieghan congrats the house looks PERFECT for you! That is soooo amazing and man now you get to have your own space to cook, sooooo awesome! What a beautiful life! You truly deserve it with all the hard work on your blog! Recipe development as a job too, LUCKY! Sooo cool, but your recipes are SPOT on! Best of luck! XOXO! (not for real kisses and shit, that would be weird, LOL)

  9. I love your life talk and I’m so excited for you and the barn! 🙂 Great round up of football food too – I know just where to look for ideas!

  10. I read the whole thing! Lol… because I am interested in the food as well as the life talk 😉 So… a) your food is amazing and I’ve told you that so many times you are probably sick of hearing it, and b) that is such exciting news and I am so super happy for you!! It must be meant to be for everything to just fall into place so perfectly. How totally amazing for you! Congratulations, Tieghan 😀

    1. Thanks for reading the whole thing!! 🙂

      So happy you are enjoying my recipes and are excited about the barn. I cannot wait to share more!

  11. Congrats Tieghan!! What a fun adventure you have ahead of you. And wow, just so gorgeous. The views — breathtaking. So excited to hear all about the process!

  12. Don’t sell yourself short by calling your life super boring! Running your blog, working on recipe development for companies, designing your dream kitchen and spending time with your family are all exciting things, especially to fellow foodies!