Appreciate the Effort

In our house, I always do the dishes. I don’t mind to be completely honest, I always thoroughly enjoy the challenge of finding the best way to fit everything. A few weeks ago Zach did the dishes and I really appreciated it, even though I enjoy doing the dishes it is still nice when he does something like that for me. When I opened the dishwasher I couldn’t help but laugh, there were hardly any dishes in it and sink full of dishes. With a big smile on my face I thanked my husband for doing some dishes then told him he was fired from doing the dishes anymore. The other day at work we were discussing our significant others doing the dishes and I told my story and one of my coworkers said that’s what he wanted, to get out of ding the dishes. Clearly he is not the only one because most of my coworkers agreed with me, they just don’t do it the same.

Well the whole point of this story is I had a mountain of dishes tonight when I got home from work, I knew I had to tackle them before I could even begin to make dinner. By the time I was done with the dishes I was tired and didn’t particularly feel like putting a whole lot of effort into dinner. When I left work today I was talking to my coworker about what to make for tonight’s post and of course pasta was on my mind. After standing in front of our pantry for a while a package of egg noodles was calling to me, the recipe on the back for Everyone’s Favorite Buttered Noodles just called to me, and it hit the spot, so I had to share this recipe with you guys. I am sure most of you don’t need the recipe but it was just so darn delicious and easy.

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For this recipe you will need, egg noodles, chicken broth and butter.

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Bring the butter and the chicken broth to a boil and add noodles. Stir to make sure noodles are covered by broth and cook for about 7 to 8 minutes until tender.

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Everyone’s Favorite Buttered Noodles

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 (14oz) cans chicken broth
  • 4 cups wide egg noodles

Bring butter and broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add noodles. Stir to make sure noodles are covered by broth. Cook 7 to 8 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally. Almost all of the broth will be absorbed.

Easy to make, easy clean up, it doesn’t get much better and there are so many ways to modify this recipe, the package suggests adding 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder for cheesy garlic noodles, or 1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried parsley or dill weed, or serve with beef stew, pot roast or meatballs. So many possibilities!

Before I end this post I had to share this picture because someone wanted to “help” make dinner. She seemed convinced she wanted some uncooked noodles so I gave her one, she ate the whole thing, who knew, apparently my kitty likes uncooked noodles.

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Last night my mother in law, Mary and I went to see the production of Arsenic & Old Lace, at Stage Coach Players Theater. Arsenic & Old Lace is one of my favorite movies, but I do love pretty much anything with Cary Grant. It was thoroughly enjoyable, living up to Cary Grant is hard but the actor who played Mortimer Brewster did a fabulous job, and I was surprised to see Dr. Einstein played by my locker neighbor from high school, I hadn’t seen him since graduation!

The weather outside may not agree but summer is coming to an end, school started last week and labor day is next week. This summer just flew by, where did the time go?

During the summer it seems there are always displays in the store that supply you with all the ingredients to make s’mores. Zach and I can never seem to pass them up but after we get them home we always seem to run out of chocolate right away because someone likes to snack on it. Does anyone else have this problem?

Awhile back when I was browsing Pinterest and I saw this recipe for S’mores Bars I thought they were a perfect solution to our chocolate “problem.” They call for Mini Hersheys Kisses insead of chocolate bars and I always have lots of chocolate chips since I find baking relaxing and always have to have plenty of supplies on hand for when the mood strikes. To make summer last a little longer I felt like I had to make these bars!

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For this recipe you will need water, baking soda, butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, egg, flour, graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.

(Sorry I missed the egg for this picture!)

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Mix baking soda and water then set aside.

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Cream together butter and sugars.

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Add vanilla, eggs and baking soda/water mixture.

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Crush graham crackers into crumbs. I was excited I got to use my mini food processer!

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Gradually beat in flour, graham cracker crumbs and salt.

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Mix in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

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Spread dough into greased 8 inch square pan.

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Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove and turn on broiler.

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Sprinkle mini marshmallows over the bars.

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Place under broiler for 30-60 seconds, to toast marshmallows. Turn off oven and remove bars. (Mine didn’t toast very well, guess I didn’t put the rack high enough)

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Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips and return to still warm oven for a couple of minutes to soften chocolate chips.

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S’mores Bars

  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 5 sheets)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix baking soda and water, set aside.

Cream together butter and sugars. Add vanilla, egg and baking soda/water mixture. Gradually beat in flour, graham cracker crumbs and salt. Mix in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

Spread dough in greased 8 inch square pan.

Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove and turn on broiler.

Sprinkle mini marshmallows over bars. Place under broiler for 30-60 seconds, to toast marshmallows. Turn off oven and remove bars. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips and return to still warm oven for a couple of minutes to soften chocolate chips.

It’s like summer in a bar!

Hope everybody has a great week!

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Don’t Knock it Till You Try it!

A few years ago Zach introduced me to a favorite snack of his dad’s, Fritos with peanut butter, I was skeptical at first too, but you have to try it, there is something about the crunchy chip with the smooth, creamy peanut butter. I have been planning this blog post for months, after I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest using peanut butter and Fritos, you see yesterday was a very special day, it was my father in law Dave’s 50th birthday!

When I saw this “cookie” made with peanut butter, Fritos and a few other ingredients I knew I had to make them for him! I will admit I was curious to see how these would turn out, I got mixed reactions when I told people I was going to make this recipe. Well they did not disappoint, I had to sample a few to make sure I wasn’t giving him something horrible, and I couldn’t stop, I told Zach under no circumstances was he to allow me back in the kitchen, for real I could not stop!

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For this recipe you will need Fritos, light corn syrup, sugar and creamy peanut butter.

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Spread chips on a greased or lined 15x10x1 baking sheet.

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Over medium heat bring corn syrup and sugar to boil, stirring frequently to dissolve sugar. Boil for about 1 minute then remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.

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Pour mixture over chips. Let cool.


PB Frito No Bake Cookies

  • 1 bag Fritos chips
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Spread corn chips on a greased or lined 15x10x1 baking sheet.

In a saucepan over medium heat bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil, stirring frequently to dissolve sugar. Boil for about one minute and remove from heat; stir in peanut butter until smooth. Pour over chips (careful it comes out faster than I expected) and let cool.

How easy is that?

Happy birthday to the best father in law!


Lazy Night

The title tells you so much about my day doesn’t it? I was not feeling making much of anything, so I decided to let someone else take care of that, but more on that later.

I am so excited to share some blog related news with you guys! The blog has a new home:! Everything has been transferred and if you visit the it should automatically forward you here. This was a big decision for me to purchase this domain name and I am so excited about it! Please let me know if you experience any problems and I will try to fix them.

After work today I was talking with one of my coworkers, I was telling her how I had no desire to make anything tonight even though I had a great idea for this post. So stay turned this weekend for that idea! Anyway she suggested that I blog about how sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking and I thought that was a fantastic idea. Thanks Mary Kay!

I had the day off on Monday and ended up at the dentist because of some issues that were causing me problems all last week, don’t worry all is good and my dentist was optimistic. I don’t know about you guys but I am never particularly excited to go to the dentist, so I decided to reward myself for going to the dentist I would go to Panera, well actually my dad treated me to lunch since he gave me a gift card there, thanks Dad! I went through the new drive thru and accidentally ended up without two of my items, it was no big deal, who hasn’t had this happen? So I ran inside to get the items I missed and I was blown away by the service, they insisted on refunding me for the items I didn’t get at the drive through and they replaced them, I could not believe it!

I quickly came home and emailed Panera to let them know how much I appreciated the service, I thought they really went above and beyond.

Well tonight I was thinking I needed some pasta and since Panera has some delicious selections so I ended up at Panera, I had to go back after my superb service on Monday.

First I ordered a frozen caramel, which as someone who doesn’t really like coffee, I can’t get enough of these!

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Look at that deliciousness! (Don’t worry I wasn’t driving, I was sitting in the drive through.)

To go with my dose of caffeine I ordered mac and cheese and tortellini with alfredo, I couldn’t decide between the two, I figured Zach can have leftovers when he gets home from work or I can have leftovers later.

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Oh I was in pasta heaven!!

When I finally got my order the girl working the window apologized for the wait, I wasn’t in a hurry so it didn’t bother me in the least, and even if I had been it wasn’t too bad of a wait. I thanked her and put the bag next to me when I heard someone say hold on, I turned back to the window and a manager handed me a bag and again apologized for the wait, I told him it really wasn’t necessary, but he insisted. I called Zach and told him Panera is my new favorite restaurant, when I got home I looked in my little bag and found this huge cinnamon roll!

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Guess what I am having for breakfast in the morning! I can’t wait.

Hold on, it doesn’t end there, when I opened my large bag with my pastas, I found another little something, I laughed to myself and took a picture that I immediately sent to Zach.

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That’s right an oatmeal raisin cookie! I told Zach they must have known and gave him a little something too, you know since I refuse to put raisins in the cookies I make.

These days I don’t think we do enough to appreciate when we have a positive experience, I hear way more about negative experiences, so I think when you have an exceptional experience, like I did, it should be acknowledged. Thank you Panera!

Wow this was a long post just to say I got take out for dinner because I felt lazy but I just had to gush about how awesome Panera is, seriously if you are in the DeKalb and are hungry, I can’t say enough good things about our Panera. Now I guess I better go do something productive and finish up some laundry.

Where is the last place you had fantastic service at?

On a side note today is someone special’s birthday! Happy Birthday Judge Brady! I have clerked for Judge Brady since I first started my job 7 years ago and he also is the one who officiated Zach and my wedding last year!


Easy Peasy

First things first, as you guys may notice I have a brand new banner! My fabulously talented Mother in law Mary made it, the adorable koala is courtesy of Stampin’ Up! Yay! I hope you guys like my banner as much as I do, it makes me feel like this is the real deal! Over the next week or so you may notice some changes to the blog, I am changing the address for the blog from to When I first started this blog I picked my web address before I fully decided on my blog name. I believe in the long run having my address match the blog name will be beneficial. Please let me know if you experience any problems, you shouldn’t have to change anything if you subscribe and if you visit the original web address is should automatically redirect you to the new one with all the same content!

Now on to the good stuff!

About a year ago I came up with an easy and delicious recipe one night when Zach was working and I wanted pasta but a little special. I find that when Zach isn’t home I tend to try new things, some work, some not so much. This was definitely one that worked! It is so easy to make and only has three ingredients. As I have covered before I love pasta and cheese so of course I loved it, but the real test was Zach, and he actually likes this dish too!

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For this recipe you will need pasta, alfredo sauce and cheese.

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Cook pasta.

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Drain pasta and put in greased 8×8 pan and pour sauce over pasta and mix well.

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Sprinkle with a little pepper and spread cheese over dish.

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Bake for 30 minutes until cheese is toasted.

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Enjoy! (I also made some cheesy bread with Rhodes Rolls.)

Alfredo Bake

  • 1 box of pasta (I like Farfalle)
  • 1 jar Alfredo sauce
  • Shredded cheese to sprinkle on dish
  • Can also add chicken if desired

Preheat oven to 350.

Make pasta according to directions. Drain and pour cooked into greased 8×8 baking dish. Combine pasta with alfredo sauce and mix well. Sprinkle a little pepper and handful of cheese over dish. Bake for 30 minutes until cheese is toasted.

How easy is that?

What is an easy recipe that you came up with?

On a side note my In laws celebrated 28 years of marriage on Saturday! I feel so lucky that Zach and I have them to look up to and hope that after 27 more years we are as happy as they are!


Happy Anniversary!