Let It Go

Have you guys seen Frozen yet? Zach took me to see it in theaters for our 10 year dating anniversary and he bought me the DVD for our first anniversary. I love this movie! The reason I bring this up is as I was typing the title of this post I started singing the song to myself, I will admit Idina Menzel sings it much better than I do, surprising I know.

I had a hard time deciding what to write about tonight, don’t get me wrong I have a notebook filled with ideas for blog posts, but I was all over the place picking a topic tonight. So far I have definitely been recipe heavy, so tonight I am bringing up a completely different topic. The theme at work today seemed to be let it go. There are so many things in life that are frustrating but letting things go is often easier said than done.

As someone who definitely holds on to things, this past year I have been learning how important it is to let things go. I was having headaches constantly and brought it up to my Doctor, he ended up sending me to massage therapy for tension, and believe me I had tension everywhere. My massage therapist kept telling me she couldn’t believe how much tension I had for my age. After many conversations I realized I really needed to change things because she could work the tension from my muscles, but only I could keep it from coming back. After being this way for most of my 27 years this is clearly something that is going to take time.

Browsing my favorite website, Pinterest, I found lots of good quotes that I am constantly revisiting, most had to do with letting go of things I have no control over. I have put these quotes everywhere to try to retrain myself, they are saved on my phone, on their own Pinterest board, in my blog notebook as ideas for posts and so many more places.2014-05-23 23.22.27

Even though it is so easy to tell myself I have to let things go actually letting go is so much harder. I will say though I am making progress because although I did dwell on a few things for awhile that happened today as I sit here blogging it doesn’t bother me any more. It’s a little progress, I will take it.

Do you have a hard time letting things go, or do you move on easily?

Clearly I have a hard time letting go, but I am working on it!


Warm and Tasty

Today was a cold day in July, yes you read that right cold. Ok I will admit it wasn’t cold like the middle of January, but it certainly did not feel like the first week of July. As I write this blog I am enjoying a Chai tea latte, snuggled under my warm blanket. On top of it being cool outside our office was freezing today, this is not new for the summer, however on most normal summer days you can go outside and warm up. So since I was cold all day all I could think of was what can I make for dinner tonight that will warm me up? Cheesy potatoes!

Now as I have said before I Love cheese, so obviously I had to make something with cheese to warm myself up. When I first started brainstorming what to make for dinner I considered making my newest discovery grilled cheese with hummus. Seriously, try it. Obviously in the end cheesy potatoes won.

I have several recipes for cheesy potatoes, I actually have two different ones from Zach’s grandma alone, not even considering what is on Pinterest, so the hardest part was definitely picking which recipe to make. I opted to try a new one from Pinterest, since I already know I have two delicious ones, I wanted to try one that said it would take less time and had less butter, you never know until you try right? Well I will admit, new is not always better, they were not horrible, but also not my favorite. I know for a fact there are better versions out there.

So since this recipe was not a winner I will instead share the tried and true recipe Zach’s Grandma Kathy shared with me when she gave me a note book to keep my favorite recipes in.2014-06-11 18.48.25

(Yes it is open to my Mac & Cheese recipe, not that I need that one anymore, I can do it by memory.) When she gave it to me she had written several of her favorite easy recipes in it to start me off, this was one.

Hash Brown Potato Casserole

  • 1 pound frozen hash brown potatoes (I use the shredded)
  • 3/4 stick of butter – melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (can substitute any cream soup)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes (I always use Ritz crackers instead)

Mix all ingredients (except corn flakes and 2 tablespoons of butter and pour into casserole dish. Top with corn flakes that have been mixed with 2 tablespoons of butter.

Bake at 375 for 1 1/4 hours. Uncovered.

Easy right? The finished product is delicious and I could probably eat half of it in one sitting.

On a side note this week was an exciting week for the Blog, not only did I get my first follower yesterday, today I got my first comment! Thank you both! You have put a huge smile on my face!thank you

Meal for a Champion

My Husband has a slight obsession with whiffle ball, seriously, the morning we got married he woke up at 5:30am to get in a few games. He gets together with anywhere from one friend for some one on one, to a whole group. This is serious stuff, they have even made a mound and “players” for the field, and there is even a website with stats. I will admit I have made a few appearances in these games, usually I only play when it is just Zach and I (I am not particularly athletic) but he makes special rules just for me, I know he loves me.


Eric, Zach, & Billy The Whiffle Ball Boys


Last night I was recruited to play whiffle ball with Zach and two of his friends, Eric and I teamed up against Zach and Seth, we took the name “Team Pink Bat” (because Zach got me a special pink bat for Easter). Team Pink Bat won 9-4! A win like that deserved a special treat!

When we got home knew I had to make my favorite meal to celebrate winning! Drum roll please! Mac & Cheese! I love cheese and pasta so combine them and I am a happy camper! Boxed mac & cheese has never hit the spot for me, I am a homemade kind of girl. I have tried many recipes thanks to Pinterest but none of them were ever quite what I was looking for until I stumbled across this one on Back on Pointe, of course I had to make a few changes to make it exactly what I wanted but I had found the perfect mac & cheese, I could eat this cheesy goodness everyday! (I am going to apologize now for the photo quality.) The recipe is included at the bottom of this post.

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Let’s get started! To make my Perfect Mac & Cheese you will need pasta, cheese, butter, flour, salt and milk.

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First cook the pasta. When pasta is done and drained, in the same pot over medium low heat melt butter.

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Mix in flour and salt and stir until it is a thick paste (about 30 seconds)

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Add in milk and let heat for about 1 minute.

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Add cheese, stir for about 2 minutes until it is completely melted and has become a thick, creamy sauce.

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Add drained pasta into sauce and stir until pasta is evenly coated.

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Perfect Mac & Cheese

  • 1 box Rotini Pasta (I have also used Penne)
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheese (I use a little more – I like it extra cheesy)
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Slightly less than 1 cup Milk (I use 1%)

Cook pasta. When pasta is done and drained in the same pot over medium low heat melt butter. Mix in flour and salt and stir for about 30 seconds until it is a thick paste. Add in milk and let heat for about 1 minute. Add in cheese, stir for about 2 minutes until it is completely melted and a thick creamy sauce has formed. Add drained pasta to sauce and mix well until evenly coated. Enjoy!

For this recipe you can also pour the cheesy noodles in a greased baking dish, sprinkle with a little more cheese and bake at 350 for 25 -30 minutes.

Try it both ways!

What is one food you could eat all the time and never get sick of?

First Post!

Welcome to Koalafied Wife!  My blog about my adventures as a semi-newlywed, I hope to document my trials learning how to cook, clean, fix things I didn’t even know I could and learning all kinds of life lessons along the way. You can learn all about my koala obsession that inspired the name of the blog on my about page, I am sure you will hear about it more in future posts.

Zach & I

Zach & I

The idea for this blog hit me when we were having a rough week with our house, we had a mommy raccoon and her babies living in our attic, and every time we showered we ended up standing in a few inches of water because the drain was clogged.

After a week of not sleeping because those furry creatures had set up camp directly above our bed I needed to be able to fix SOMETHING.  Clearly the unwanted houseguest would require professional help so I combed Pinterest (only my favorite website) looking for a solution to the problem I could solve. I found a few suggestions that looked easy enough and I went to raid our kitchen to try using baking soda, vinegar and boiling water. Yeah that didn’t help…our clog was determined to stay.

I wish I had pictures to show you of what came next…I was done with this clog, I was going to win.  I took our plunger to the bathtub drain and let me tell you what came out of the drain was disgusting, but we took it as a good sign.  After plunging the drain several times we finally un clogged that drain! I have never been more proud of us in our entire lives! After we finished cleaning out the tub I had to give my hubby a big kiss and to celebrate our milestone he took us out to dinner!

Since our accomplishment I have shared that story with most of our family and friends, it seemed most people understood how proud we were that we fixed it ourselves and I realized most people have been in our shoes and I loved hearing other stories like ours.

What was your first accomplishment like ours? Share in the comments below!

He's Koalafied

He’s Koalafied