Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cheesy Chicken Tetrazzini

Ever have one of those days where you just want to curl up in a blanket and have a nice bowl of a comforting warm meal? It seems like the best comfort foods come from a bowl, am I right? Soup, ice cream, and now you can add this dish to the list!

This is a great stockpile recipe, if you happen to be a couponer. If you're not a couponer, it's still a pretty awesome recipe with easy to find ingredients, you may already have them on hand. Easy, cheesy, creamy and dreamy!

2 1/2 cups pasta*, cooked and drained (I used Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta which is why you see a bit of green in the dish)
2-3 chicken breast, cooked, cut into pieces
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup sour cream
2/3 cup milk
2 cups (one bag) shredded cheddar cheese or cheddar blend-divided
ground pepper
dried basil

*Most tetrazzini calls for a stringy pasta, but I used rotini noodles because it's more toddler friendly, to me anyway.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil pasta until tender, drain. Cook chicken completely then cut into pieces. Combine pasta, chicken, cream of chicken soup, 1 cup shredded cheese, sour cream, milk, and a dash of black pepper to taste in a large mixing bowl. Pour mixture into 11x7 baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese, topped with a sprinkle of paprika and dried basil. Bake in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Allow a little time to cool.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Latest Accomplishments

Please and Thank you
I've gotten Kay in the habit of saying "please" and "Thank you". It's so awesome the way she says "pwease?" and "tank-oo Mama"! The only little problem is, she thinks she can get everything with the power of please. And, to me, that's part of learning manners and respect. Accepting the "no" from Mommy and continue to use her manners anyway.

Guy even has his way of saying thank you. When I hand him his milk or something he wants, he says, "Mmmamaaa" in his sweet, raspy little voice.

Big girl bed
Kay has graduated from her crib to a twin bed. :'( It was quite an emotional feat for myself and Eric. To see her jumping up and down, smiling sitting on her new bed and flipping through all of her "bookies", at the same time Eric was taking her crib apart and I leaned all of the pieces against the wall.

She is in love with her new room, we rearranged a bit to move her bed to an inside wall, it seems safer to me that way. I even put a growth chart up in her and Guy's room. Guy of course wouldn't sit still for me to measure his height. But, while I had Eric in Kay's room with me, I let him help with getting her measured. She is almost 3 feet tall!!! She has grown so much to where sometimes I swear she grows an inch or two over night. Seriously, I go in her room to get her up in the mornings and she seems taller than she was when she went to bed the night before! Haha!

I even got these stick-peel and re-stick alphabet wall decals for the kids' rooms (pic to come, I'm too tired to upload pics, sorry). To me, they compliment the fun style that I try to emanate throughout their rooms. These I found at Target and were on sale. I got them with the growth charts and received free shipping!