Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mission: Organized Life #dreamfrosting

Imagine yourself, walking through the internet. You have numbers, letters, words, delectable pictures zooming past you. You are on a hunt. You can taste your prize in your mouth. You sense are on overload. You just.can.not.wait. to taste this in your mouth. What you ask? THE best frosting. Ever.

This recipe comes from my grandmother ((or so the story goes)) and after some of my own tantalizing hunt, I have discovered the 'proper' name(s) to be ermine, boiled milk, or butter roux frosting. Whatever you want to call it, it truly is a dream!

Before we get to the recipe though, is anyone working on their "Mission: Organized Life"? I am; it is definitely not easy with three little ones 3-and-under ((one of which goes to school 3 days a week!)) I am keeping my house mostly tidied right now, actually have done a lot this weekend but my main focus right now is getting my budget in order. If you don't have a sound budget in place, that you and your spouse ((if you are married)) have discussed and agreed upon, then - I truly believe- that you cannot succeed anywhere else in your home.      let me explain....

Each day we rise, and -if you have not noticed- the remainder of the day almost always reflects those first few minutes or so that you are awake. "Waking up on the wrong side of the bed" sound familiar? What worries you when you go to bed at night will worry you in the morning. If you are caught up worrying about, say, money problems, how can you accurately and attentively care for your home, car, property, or children!?

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.  ~   Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble.      1 Timothy 6:10 ESV~MSG

Put your mind at peace. Become proactive about your finances. God has given you a blessing and He calls us all to manage that blessing well. (Proverbs 3:9-10, Proverbs 10:4) There are many resources to help you on your road to "financial peace" {daveramsey}. You can get books from your local library, printables online, podcasts for encouragement, the list goes on and on. As I mentioned in my last post, I am a huge fan of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. However, for me, taking a class that does not provide child care is out of the question, unfortunately. So right now I am just working with what he offers free on his website, a book that I checked out from my local library (Total Money Makeover), and some budget worksheets that my in-laws shared with us from when they did FPU.

If any one has told you controlling your money is easy, well, they lied. Sorry to break it to you, but they lied.  It is very very hard!!  BUT! With hard work and perseverance (and the power of companionship and prayer) you can do it! Find a friend that you can go to the library with and you can work "together". They don't need to know all your nitty gritties but you can encourage each other and hold one another accountable.

Happy budgeting and now, onto the good stuff....your bonus frosting recipe!!! I love this frosting recipe because it is so versatile, you can change up the extracts, alter a few of the basic ingredients or add new ones for different flavors. Also, there is only 2 cups of sugar in this frosting. The milk roux thickens the frosting instead of copious amounts of powdered sugar and it holds up well (aside from direct sun/heat). I have even put less sugar in when serving to diabetics.

Dream Frosting

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 heaping Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Bring milk and flour to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat; whisking constantly until thick. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. You can place the pot in ice water but do not use refrigerator or freezer to cool- the consistency of the frosting does not come out right.

When your milk roux and cakes are cooled and ready, start by creaming the butter until light then incorporate the sugar until fluffy. Then add in the milk roux and vanilla extract. Beat. Like. Crazy. Until there are no more sugar grains. ENJOY

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mission: Organized Life

You wake up in the morning, you're groggy and reaching for your first cup of coffee ((or tea, like me)). As you fumble through the kitchen you cannot find a place to set down your cup and mix it up all delicious-like; you manage. Scrambling through breakfast and getting kids out the door for school. As you continue on with your day, you want to take a shower, but there are no more towels. Your office space is cluttered with miscellaneous who knows what that needs sorting - receipts, permissions slips ((oops!)), recipes, project ideas, lists.... Your kitchen table is cluttered with yesterday's project and this mornings breakfast. All you want to do is climb back in bed and enjoy the peaceful coziness of your bed, but when you walk back into your room you notice that it is just as crazy as everywhere else in the house.

Does this sound familiar to you? I think we all let the chaos of life control us, at least from time to time. Hear the good news, people, ((besides the gospel; that's THE good news)):

it does not have to be this way!

It is possible to take control of your life. Can I get an "Amen!"? Wooh! Everyone is different. Their schedules, their homes, their lifestyles, their needs and desires, their personalities. It is this that makes us all so wonderful, ((God is good, isn't He?)) But that is also what makes this kind of tricky. What works for me, may not work for you. However, I hope that my experiences and experiments can inspire and help encourage you to embark on your own journey of empowerment! Say, "Yes, yes I can do this!" 

There are many factors that go into organizing your life, but for my family, step one absolutely must be organizing our financial lives. I love my parents to death, and yes they did show me the value of the dollar but they left me in a position of naivety when it comes to the real world on money. My husband came from his own background with his own issues ((bless his family)) so throw us together and we were a ticking time bomb of 'what the heck just happened??' No one ever showed me how to balance a check book ((simple, right?)) I mean, I get it. You have a starting balance, you spend-you subtract, you earn-you add. However the importance of knowing exactly, and I mean exactly what was going on in those numbers was never taught or maybe just never understood on my part. Well. Oops. Let's try again....

The way that my husband and I are going to embark on this portion of the journey is with Dave Ramsey's, Financial Peace concept. I rented the book, The Total Money Makeover by Ramsey from my local library and I have some forms that my father-in-law shared with me from the Financial Peace University when he went through the program. A lot of churches host FPU sessions, which are 9 weeks long. I have not been personally ((hence the rented book and borrowed worksheets)) but what I have seen in this is amazing. This man became a millionaire from nothing twice. ((I will listen for a moment...)) But what really matters is this, he is not afraid to tell the truth. He is not afraid to tell you straight up. Yes, having debt sucks. Yes, it is no fun to be broke. Yes, it is stressful. But what should we do if we don't like what is going on? Do something to change it!! My church is considering doing a FPU session and if they do, even after doing this mock-run on my own, I will definitely sign-up for the real deal!

The website,, has links to find a class near you, some free tools/downloads, as well as some tips and pointers. It is definitely a great starting point! My favorite concept so far is the motto of the book, The Total Money Makeover, which is listed at the bottom of every page and is a wonderful reminder and even a good prayer starter:

"If you will live like no one else,
                                later you can live like no one else"2

If you can sacrifice now and live like no one else is willing to, later, you can live like no one else can. Take these words and pray about them. How is God calling you this week? What is He seeking in you?

"Keep your life free from love of money,
                                   and be content with what you have,
                 for he has said,
                        I will never leave you nor forsake you."
Hebrews 13:5, ESV

1. James, Andre C. End of the road for the Benjamin. 8 Oct 2010. Web. 26 Sept 2013. 
2. Ramsey, Dave. The Total Money Makeover. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2003. Print.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Roasted Greek Potatoes and Poached Lemon Chicken

Sorry for the hiatus! My mother came to visit for Easter, we had a blast! It was the first time I had seen her since she and my father came to meet my youngest in October after he was born. I live 14 hours from my family and about 17 from my husband's family. I am very close with both of them ((my mother-in-law is like my best friend)) so being so far away is very hard!!

So, like all good intentions that suddenly fly to the wayside, I haven't been upholding my phone dates for my weekly goals. BUT, I have been taking my own time to set daily and weekly goals. Yay me! Being in control of your life is so, invigorating. I'm not talking about the absence of an outside controller ((addiction, significant other, etc)). I'm talking about proactive control of your own life. For me, that means using a planner to plan out each day. What phone calls I need to make, what chores are in line for that day, anything special I promises I made to my children ((I'd hate to let them down!)) I also keep track of my husband's classes ((and some assignments for him also!)), work schedule, and any other obligations so that we can be on the same page. As my children grow and begin to have their own schedules I will have to keep track of those as well. My next goal is to create a household notebook and personal planner. I am also going to design a canvas covering for a plain binder. Anything that looks nice is much more likely to be used!! When I finish this project, I will post the pages to the notebook up here for you to print at your leisure. I will probably post the pattern for the book. But for any of you not-so-crafty I will be offering it for sale. Keep your eyes peeled and prayers that I can complete this task!!

Now onto the title of this post!! Roasted Greek Potatoes and Poached Lemon Chicken. MMmmMmMmmm. It was yu-UM-my!! My husband missed out when I made it for dinner, he came home late, so I packaged it up for lunch the next day. In the middle of lunch, he sent me a text message: "...This is AMAZING. LIKE - BEYOND AMAZING!" My husband in the lemon man, too, so for him to say this is awesome! Here we go!

First things first, the ingredients! Potatoes, chicken stock, fresh parmesan cheese, garlic, oregano, lemons, paprika, grape seed oil, and, salt and pepper. My tools that I used are the cutting board, measuring cup, microplane and a sharp knife ((I don't have very good knives so yes that's my sharpest!))  Also, a roasting pan, and a pan with high sides and tight fitting lid.

 To start, make the dressing for the potatoes. Zest the lemons, and juice them. As you can see in the picture below, I used my microplane to catch the seeds of the lemon. We don't want those in our potatoes. Yuck. I also used my microplane to grate the garlic and parmesan cheese. I use the microplane for garlic to get it nice a small, so that you get some in every bite and so I do not get that sticky garlic juice all over my hands. As much as I love garlic it is not a very feminine smell on the hands.

Add in the oil, oregano, salt, and pepper. ((I used EVOO in the potatoes for flavor and grape seed in the chicken just for healthy-color))

Toss the dressing all over the potatoes and sprinkle some paprika on top. I am Hungarian so any chance I get I add paprika. It adds a nice color when its all done and a remarkable flavor that is oh-so-subtle but super delicious! ((My mother always told me it had no flavor it was just for show--so NOT true)) Try it with Hot Paprika if you wish but my little munchkins have sensitive palates; unfortunately.

Next for the delectable chicken! Season the chicken with the same as the potatoes. Lets keep the greek theme rolling! Salt, pepper, garlic (granulated), and paprika. Heat up the pan over medium-high heat with a little grape seed oil in it. Be careful, grape seed oil has a lower smoking point!!

 Not really sure why I took this picture... But it looks pretty cool, so I kept it anyway. =)

Oh! I remember now; This is the measuring cup I used. I use it for sauces and stuff that I don't need to actually measure because after I washed it at max 5 times all the labels washed off completely. So product review: don't buy; go with Pyrex instead.

Brown up the outside of the chicken so it looks nice and pretty. See that nice color? That's from two things. The oil and the paprika. The pan I used is an uber great non-stick but if you don't put any fat in the pan you won't get a great color. The paprika boosts that awesome color.

Next, add the chicken stock to pan and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Poaching the chicken gives you a moist and tender piece of chicken. I put too much stock in mine but have corrected the amount in the recipe below. 

Serve it up some yummy garlic parmesan broccoli or a greek salad and you'll have your family silent through dinner as they stuff their mouths full of this delicious-ness!! ((And yes my children slaughtered this delicious-ness with ketchup! -.-))

 ((Like my mickey mouse plate arrangement!?))

 Happy Hump Day and I hope this meal can brighten up your week!!

Roasted Greek Potatoes and Poached Lemon Chicken


  •  1/4 C Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Oregano
  • 1-1/2 tsp Salt
  • zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 cloves of grated garlic
  • enough potatoes to fill a 9X13 pan
Measure the oil into a cup; add the remaining ingredients and whisk together. 
Dice up the potatoes and place in roasting pan.
Dress the potatoes and toss to coat.
Bake in the oven at 400* for 40-50 minutes. Halfway through check to make sure they aren't sticking too bad but try to make sure that you don't really disturb them too much.



  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Grape seed oil
  • 4 Chicken breasts
  • 1/3 - 1/2 C Chicken stock
  • Lemon juice/zest
Season the chicken on one side while you preheat the pan. Place the chicken seasoned side down once the oil is heated. Season the second side. 
Brown on each side, then add the chicken stock, lemon juice and lemon zest.
Cover and let simmer, not boil, for 15-20 minutes until done.

Enjoy your meal!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

2 Weeks, 1 Post

Wow. As of today, my family and I have been back on the east coast for exactly 2 weeks. ((Well technically at about 11:30 tonight but who's counting?)) Well...I'd like to say I got so much done in those two weeks and that I'm going to tell you all about all of my stellar accomplishments! But, sadly, I didn't really get much of anything done.

The kid's and I left right after Christmas, and I don't know about you but my house seems to always be complete chaos for at least a week after Christmas. No matter where I am, everyone seems to have the same issue. SO, after I came back from a month-and-a-half long trip, it miraculously wasn't clean and the Christmas stuff was still up! Somehow those little elves forgot to come back and clean up for me! My husband was home, and he did do some stuff, but he also works full-time and was taking a condensed 3-week course for his Masters as well. Plus, I know full well the lack of motivation to clean when your down and missing your family.

Well, on the plus side, my mother-in-law is a certified Well-Coach and since I have been back we have been doing "phone-dates" together to set some small goals and work towards them; you know, to keep me motivated. The first week I only set 3 small goals. I knew that I would definitely be able to accomplish them, but I also knew if I set too many goals the task would be daunting, intimidating and they would never get done. My first two goals were part of a 3-month long term goal to loose 15 lbs. My littlest peanut is 4 months now and I'm ready to fit back into my old clothes. So as part of my week, I said, "I will replace breakfast on Monday AND Wednesday with a super smoothie, and I will eat by 9am." Notice the language, "I will". Not, "I want to", "I will". ((that looks really weird written out and I do not have a clue how it should be typed!!)) You can encourage yourself just with the language you use. I also set a very specific time table, well, as specific as you can be with 2 littles and an infant that is still nursing. Otherwise you could set a specific time. So last Sunday, I set some time to look at some smoothie ideas. I knew I wanted one with green tea; I did find one but it wasn't awesome. And I also wanted to have one using the protein powder I already have. And that was an awesome one that I will share with you! ((later))

My third goal was to spend some time in my closet. My other long-term goal that I have set is to get my bedroom clean and rearranged if needed to be a functional room. Right now, we live in a small 2-bedroom apartment on campus ((that is all that is open right now)). That means, the older two peanuts share one room and the larger room is a master bedroom // nursery // office // craft supply area. Kinda crazy, right? It doesn't really serve anything other than sleeping, and for me it is really stressful. So, my baby step was to start purging my closet so that I only have what I need in there, then hopefully that will start a chain reaction to a functioning area!!

The BEST part? I accomplished my goals 100% BUT, I also did some other things. I cleaned the kids' room and the bathroom, I also did what I needed to do in order to gain access to the "gym" on campus. It's for women only, just an old curves gym that was donated, but, it is better than nothing. Additionally, I went and worked out up there twice this week. Getting up early to work out also gave me an opportunity to spend some "me-time" with God. That is definitely something that has been missing from my life lately. I don't know why it isn't always priority number 1. When I have it, my life is good and positive. Conversely, when I don't have it, I'm really down and dreadful. So, say your prayers!! 

It was so encouraging, refreshing, and uplifting to accomplish my goals and so much more this week. So, it is my hope for you this week, that you may find time to set some goals, and that you may find time for yourself. Encourage yourself. Love yourself. Honor yourself. Don't overestimate yourself and don't underestimate yourself. To take a note from Pastor Sterling (of Remix Church in Salem, Ma) you are more than just a name; and with His name, you can do anything.

"Be Strong and Courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you."  Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV

Oh yes, that super smoothie, too.

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

1 C Almond Milk
1/2 - 1 C Spinach, stems removed
1 Serving Vanilla Protein mix (Mine calls for 2 scoops)
1 C frozen Blueberries

Toss it all in a blender and voila!! My kids even ate this! The blueberries out-color the spinach so it doesn't look weird and you can't taste the spinach either. This really truly does taste like a blueberry muffin!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Pulled Pork with Cherry Barbeque Sauce

So, tonight is my last night at my in-law's house. I am very disappointed; my mother-in-law is like my best friend and my brother/sister-in-laws are truly close, close family to me. But, my children and I have been here for a month and a half so I suppose it is time to go home. While I was here, we cooked up a massive 7 pound pork roast and then topped it with a glorious cherry barbecue sauce. I was a little nervous at first. I guessed that the sauce would be good, but the rubs I was making up entirely from some corner of my wacky brain. I was definitely very, very pleased-- as were all of my guests that night!

The first thing was making up the rub. I make my pulled pork in the crock pot. No, it is not as wondrous as actual barbecue with the nice bark and all, but, it's what works for me and my family. My basic recipe comes from Cooks Illustrated. ((why do I not get this magazine anymore?)) It uses both a dry and a wet rub.

For the dry rub, I started out with a large amount of black pepper, added some paprika, garlic, salt, pepper, and allspice. Next- the wet. The main ingredient is mustard; I used both dijon and yellow. Added in some worcestershire sauce, and maple syrup. You can see why I might be a little nervous! I cooked it on low for about 8-10 hours.

For the sauce I melted some butter to sauté some onions and garlic. Added some ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar and frozen cherries, simmered that for a while. It wasn't quite right so I added some molasses and honey. Perfect! This sauce wasn't enough for a 7# pork but would be plenty for a 5-6 pounder. The whole inspiration for this was a salad I wanted to make. I had it this past summer in Door County, WI: mixed greens, pecans, goat cheese, dried cherries, and a cherry vinaigrette. It'd be nice with some celery and green onions, too. The dressing I use is one of Rachael Ray's ((Yumm-o!))

Welp, here's the write out of the recipe; enjoy!!

Dry Rub
2 Tbsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Garlic
1 tsp Allspice
Salt and Pepper

Wet Rub
1/2 C total, dijon and yellow mustard
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp maple syrup

Rub the dry on, then the wet. Cook in a crock pot on low for 8-10 hours.

Cherry Barbeque Sauce
2 Tbsp butter
3/4 C onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 C frozen cherries, chopped ((you could use fresh, but frozen are pre-pitted!))
1 C ketchup
2/3 C packed brown sugar
1/4 C cider vinegar
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/3 C molasses
1/4 C honey ((this is really to taste))

Melt butter in a sauce pan.

Saute onion and garlic until translucent.

Add in the remaining ingredients; simmer until cherries are soft and mushy.

Using an immersion blender, puree the sauce.

Pull the pork and toss in the sauce! Enjoy!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Super Bowl....was yesterday

So I had wanted to get this post to you last Friday so that it was in advance of the Super Bowl. Apparently, however, my life had other plans for me. No pictures-- yesterday was a very hectic day. Kiddo #1 ((still trying to think of some cute nicknames for my children)) was very, very...rambunctiously antsy and restless. To say the least. Well back to the post.

A few years ago, when the Pittsburgh Steelers were in the Super Bowl ((only to fall pathetically to the horrid Green Bay Packers)), I decided that I wanted to create a new tradition in my family. Every year, our menu is based upon the teams who go to the Super Bowl.

That first year, we had a slew of yummy treats ((mostly because there were 9 of us)). For Green Bay we had: Macaroni and Cheese and Cheddar Beer Brats ((I'm sure this will make it onto the blog one day)). For Pittsburgh, we had Pierogies with Haluska ((not really, just the cabbage)). Then we had a bunch of little finger snacks like chips and dip; you know, regular football foods.

Last year, it was just my husband the ((then)) two littles. So, for New York, we made homemade NY style pizza and for New England ((which is in Massachusetts)) we had Apple Pie. I know it isn't really New England, or Boston, but my husband loathes anything filled so I couldn't do Boston Creme Pie. Or else I would have. My thought process was, Americana--Apple Pie.

THIS year, we had the "Harbaugh Bowl". For San Francisco,  we had some sourdough bread with spinach dip ((all store-bought)), and I made a Nappa Cabbage Salad and Pot-stickers ((when I hear SanFran I think China-Town)). For Baltimore, we had Pit Beef Sandwiches, and a Lady Baltimore Cake. I'll share the cake recipe although it isn't mine. I can't stand to actually watch her show ((lets drone on, and on, and on, and on, and.....)) but Martha Stewart has some pretty good recipes.

We did the filling a little differently. We soaked the cherries in Tazo Focus tea. omitted the figs and replaced them with chopped chocolate. The cake itself was awesome, but I did not care for the frosting. It left a very strange feeling on my teeth, I had to brush them right away. Not sure if we did something wrong or what. It could also be that I am a huge fan of my Grandmother's "buttercream" frosting.

Now, my goal is to post every Friday. Hopefully, I can one day accomplish that, Haha!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bacon Mac&Cheese

So the flu bug rolled through this house like the Tasmanian Devil! It took a week-and-a-half for it vacate the premises and let me tell you, it is not welcome to return. My oldest two children have been at my husband's grandmother's (Gigi) house since Wednesday and today they return. At first I felt a little guilty at how excited I was that they were gone but then I remembered that it is just important for me to have some time to myself as it is for them to have time to themselves. I did enjoy having a little more ease to go out and do things (as I'm sure my youngest enjoyed all the extra attention) but I miss my babes a lot.

So, onto the glorious-ness. Ooey-gooey-yummy-in-my-tummy....Bacon Mac & Cheese.

First, we have the line up: Bacon, butter, flour, whole milk, white cheddar cheese, pepperjack cheese, cream cheese, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, nutmeg, mustard powder and pasta.

Alright. This is one of my fav-or-ite kitchen tools. You peel up some garlic, trim it up, pop it in this little gizmo and roll away. Open 'er up and, voila! Minced garlic!!

So, for whatever reason I have come to call chopped up crispy bits of bacon, chitlins. I looked it up before typing out some ridiculous "definition" as to what they are and 1. boy am I glad! and 2. These are NOT chitlins!!

Apparently, chitlins are the intestine of the pig whereas these are just some glorious, crispy bacon bits, yumm!!

Spoon out the bacon to drain ((above)). The pour out the drippings reserving about 5 tablespoons in the pan. ((If you don't get enough drippings make up the difference with butter.))

Toss in the garlic and onion, when those are nice and aromatic and starting to brown add in the flour. ((sorry no picture of that step; it goes fast!)) You should cook the flour until it looses it's raw smell and no longer. Probably about 3-5 minutes. 

Slowly whisk in the milk. ((warm milk is easier than cold but plenty of times I've had to use cold due to improperly planned mise-en-place)) Let this cream sauce thicken some while you prepare the crispy, crusty, delicious crumb topping.

In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, paprika, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix it all together and then stir in some melted butter.

Once your sauce has thickened slightly, it is time to add the cheeeeese!! It works best if you cube up the cream cheese so that it melts in quickly and easily for a smooth and creamy finish! If you're concerned about the pepperjack making things too spicy you can always sub in Monterey Jack cheese.

Final work going into the oven...

Annnnnnnddd, once again I manage to burn the topping. I. Am. Excellent at burning the bread-crumb-topping. Unfortunately. However, do no let these results deter you, it was still an excellent dish. My kids thought it was a little spicy but nothing that a little ketchup couldn't fix.

Bacon Mac & Cheese

1/2#-1# Bacon ( I did 1/2 and it could have used some more)
Butter, as needed
1/2 C Flour
4 C Whole Milk
1/4 tsp Mustard Powder
A pinch of Nutmeg
Salt and Pepper, to taste
3 C White Cheddar Cheese, grated
1 C Pepperjack Cheese, grated
4 oz Cream Cheese, cubed
4 cloves of Garlic
1/2 small onion, diced
1# pasta

  • Cook pasta to 1-2 minutes less than what the package directions say.
  • Chop raw bacon up into small pieces and crisp up in a pan with deep sides; set aside.
  • Measure out 5 tbsp of bacon grease adding butter if needed.
  • Saute onion and garlic in hot grease; add in flour and cook until fragrant but not changing colors.
  • Slowly whisk in milk. If you do too much/too fast you can end up with a lumpy sauce.
  • Season sauce with nutmeg, mustard powder, and s/p. 
  • Let sauce simmer and thicken slightly, then add in the cheeses.
  • Whisk until the sauce is smooth and thick-- the oozy-gooey part!!
  • Prepare a 9X13 dish with cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350*
  • EIther combine the sauce and noodles and then dump into the prepared pan or layer it in the dish. Top with the breadcrumbs.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until bubbly and brown. Do not, I repeat, do not attempt to speed up cooking time by turning up the temperature. You will get burnt breadcrumbs. And nobody wants burnt breadcrumbs!!

Mmmm, I just want to make this again now!! I started a tradition a few years back for the Super Bowl. Whatever teams are in the game, you base your menu around what they are known for. This year it is the San-Fran-49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. I will be posting my menu this friday, so stay tuned!!