Okay, guys. Two things. 

1. Red Velvet Oreos! They’re out. Go find them! I gave each of my children 2 and then I ate the rest. To be fair, it’s a much smaller package than the regular Oreos.

2. I’m so bored with The Bachelor. Is it Chris? Is it the girls? I don’t know. I’m not even recording it anymore. I just catch bits and pieces as I go about my business annoying my husband and pinning food that I want to eat.

Unrelated: I made pasta for dinner last night! Bacon Tortellini Bake to be exact.

It’s been a really long time since all 3 of my kids licked their plates clean. No one complained about the broccoli. No one complained that they don’t like pasta “made with water”. No one said that they don’t like bacon today but maybe they will tomorrow.

I thought it was really tasty too and I went into thinking it was be too alfredo-y for me because if there’s one thing I hate in this world, it’s alfredo sauce. Ugggghhhh. 

I would like to tell you that I skipped dinner last night to accommodate all the Oreos but the reality is that I grabbed a tortellini each time I walked past the casserole dish. And umm… I walked past it a lot. 

This was a super simple, 30 minute meal that I will be making over and over again. 

Bacon Tortellini Bake

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Happy Wednesday!

Can we first talk about how Kate Gosselin and all 23 of her children are back on TV?! Last night was the best. I love them. And I know everyone says Kate is crazy but I even love her. My new favorite show. 

I recorded SO MUCH last night that it’s embarrassing. Oh Tuesdays, you’re finally interesting. 

Anyway, I made Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup yesterday because it was really flippin’ cold and it wasn’t the fun cold that comes with lots of fluffy snow to go sledding in. It was the so-icy-that-my-husband-had-to-take-my-car-because-I-have-better-tires-and-four-wheel-drive kind of cold. And that’s the worst. 

I’ve always loved tomato soup – I used to have one of those Campbell’s drinkable tomato soups every single winter morning on the way to work. Because I needed something warm since my Camaro had no heat but there was no point in coffee since work was Starbucks. So I’d drink tomato soup at 4:45 am. You gotta really love tomato soup to do that. 

I still keep at least one of those drinkable soups in my pantry at all times. 

My kids have never really liked tomato soup though. So I passed it off as pasta with sauce and they totally dug it. And it literally took me 15 minutes to cook it from start to finish. Perfect lunch or easy dinner! 

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I had a cold over the weekend (story of my life – my kids get sniffles and I am on my death bed) so all of Saturday, I laid around and watched Food Network. I haven’t watched Food Network in ages but I got sucked into old Ina episodes and next thing I knew I was watching something called My Food Obsession.

Have you seen it? It’s quite weird but I couldn’t stop watching. I saw an episode about a girl who’s boyfriend broke up with her because she ate while she was sleeping. And then one about a guy who drinks 7 glasses of vinegar a day. Then there was a girl who was afraid of creamy foods. Yogurt, cheesy nachos, mac & cheese, stuff like that.

I mean, can you imagine?

Life without nachos and mac & cheese?

Coincidentally, I’d made this Slow Cooker Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese the day before. And it was awesome and I wondered how anybody could possibly be afraid of something so amazing.

I won’t lie, I was a little worried. I don’t really love gruyere to begin with and the one I used smelled like dirty socks. You guys know I love a stinky cheese but man, that gruyere was rough. Maybe I’m just not sophisticated enough to appreciate dirty socks gruyere.

It worked out really well though – the American cheese gave it that almost-Velveeta texture but not gummy like Velveeta. And the other two cheeses were delicious together.

And, of course, the best part is that it’s cooked in the slow cooker! It’s not something you can leave going all day while you’re at work but it’s great for parties or holidays when you already have 4 pots on the stove.

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Let me tell you about how productive I was yesterday.

I got so much done yesterday morning and then both kids that were home fell asleep around 11. Clearly, I couldn’t waste such a peaceful time on things like laundry or scrubbing the toilets. Especially when my DVR was calling my name. So I turned on Madam Secretary (obsessed) and starting searching for a neon geometric cardigan.

WHICH NO ONE HAS RIGHT NOW!

So my children finally wake up and I realize I’ve spent 4 hours searching for a cardigan. I also managed to somehow watch 4 episodes of Revenge.

And then since I’d spent most the day sitting around watching Netflix, I figured I might as well sit around some more and swatch all my nail polish onto fake nails. Because that’s what normal adults do on Mondays.

I did cry on the phone with my internet provider for about an hour. That’s something, right? You guys, I can’t handle the slow internet. I called them Sunday night and the guy reset a bunch of things and then concluded that it was my Macbook causing the issue. WHICH IT ISN’T. So I cried. Because I was so frustrated.

They’re sending a guy out today. I’m going to try not to cry.

Anyway, more pumpkin. Pumpkin all day, every day.

I posted this recipe originally back in 2008. I think that was probably the first year I was really into pumpkin. Probably because that’s the first year I was really into cooking. But we absolutely loved it then. My husband is kind of a pumpkin hater but he still talks about this pasta. And he was totally jealous when I said I was making it a few days ago.

It’s so, so, so good. The pumpkin and the sausage and the sage just work so well together. I’ve got leftovers in my fridge that are currently calling my name!

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One thing that always stumps me is when someone tells me that their kids love soup.

What?

My kids wouldn’t know what to do with soup. If they can’t stab it with a fork, it’s not happening.

I know, I should teach them how to properly eat.

I tried.

I also tried to teach them not to jump on the furniture, share popsicles with the dogs, or announce when they… ummm… make gross noises in public.

My husband says “they’re boys!” And I say they’re his boys and therefore more stubborn and obnoxious than all the other boys in the world.

So we don’t eat soup. If I want soup, I go by Panera for some French onion.

But really, is there anything more comforting that chicken noodle soup? Nope. And that’s exactly what I’m craving in this weirdly cold weather we’ve been having.

This Chicken and Noodles is like chicken noodle soup but without the soup. So it’s got the chicken, the noodles, the carrots, celery, even some peas. You make it like you’d make soup but at the end you thicken it with a milk and flour mixture. It makes a creamy sauce that really coats everything.

You can click through to the original recipe if you need instructions on cooking the chicken but in an effort to make my life easier, I slow cooked a whole chicken early in the week and then made Pioneer Woman’s chicken spaghetti with half of it and then used the rest for this. If you wanna make your life really easy, buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.

This is going to be a winter staple for us, especially after my husband gets home. I was sending him photos of the cooking process and eventually he just started ignoring me completely because chicken and noodles is his fave!

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