The Macaroni Melee

6 Jan

Okay, after a beautiful afternoon at the park on this awesome January day, the evening definitely took a turn for the worse.  Dinner was a DISASTER!!  Not because the food tasted bad, but because I have the most picky, spoiled, stubborn children around.  Even though, there was “green” on the menu, I really had high hopes for our meal choice tonight.  Hopes that were squashed with crying, yelling, pouting and name calling.

Notice the Attitude in the Background

The Menu:
Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
This was inspired by (which I found on Pinterest), but I changed it up a bit to try and accommodate the Picky Pack.  So, here is my version:
  • 12 oz elbow macaroni
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup fat free vegetable broth
  • 8 oz (2 cups)  shredded sharp cheddar
  • 4 oz (1 cup) shredded mild cheddar
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets


  • Cook pasta and broccoli together in a large pot of salted water, according to package directions for al dente (or slightly under cook 2 minutes).
  • Strain noodles and broccoli and set aside
  • In a large, heavy skillet, melt butter. 
  • Add flour and cook another minute, or until the flour is golden and well combined.
  •  Add milk and vegetable broth and whisk, raising heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil; cook about 5 minutes or until the sauce becomes smooth and thick.
  •  Season with salt and pepper
  • Once the sauce is thick, remove from heat,
  • Add cheese and mix well until cheese is melted.
  • Adjust salt and pepper to taste,
  • Add cooked macaroni and broccoli and mix well.


I have to tell you, it smelled fabulous!  Jerry tried it and loved it.  Kennedy tried it for her 2 points.  She ate about three or four bites and called it a day (then did a little crying on the couch).  Kole, now this kid created some trouble.  He refused to look at it, smell it, or try it.  He threw a major tantrum and said he refused to eat “that slop”.  I had Jerry start snapping some pictures of his antics and we told him that we were going to post them for all to see!  Well, of course, that really riled him up and he TOLD me not to put them on Facebook.  Nope, no Facebook, just a little blog of which I have sent the address to his friends’ moms.  With my fine parenting skills, I told him that I hope his friends’ moms share the pictures with their sons so they can see how Kole acts over a little bit of broccoli.  Needless to say, he was none too thrilled with me.  Oh, well. 

So, for the first time EVER, we are not letting the kids eat anything else.  We are trying the tough love approach of “you will eat, what we put on this table”!  I am trying not to cave, but knowing how picky I am, I feel horrible doing this to them.  I will not MAKE them eat it, but I also won’t give them anything else.  Is this wrong?  I hope that I am not causing years of therapy.

So, after the drama, we moved onto craft time.  Kole wanted to politely decline participating tonight, but, of course, I said, “not an option.”

Tonight we made cute little scorecards for their food points.  I saw a cute idea for a napkin holder on Pinterest and thought we could use it for our points holder.  All you need are some paint samples and super glue!  So simple!  I also picked up some mini clothes pins, glitter glue, and ribbon from Michael’s.

Using the paint colors of their choice ( they picked them out at Lowe’s on the way home from visiting Great Grandpa in the hospital), they superglued the long sides and the bottom of two samples together. Leaving one side open to form a pocket.

 Then, using the glitter glue, they each wrote their name on the holder.

Finally, we stapled on some ribbon to create a way to hang the scorecards and voila!  Scorecards!  Kennedy pinned on five for her score and here is the finished product.

Obviously, the scorecards will not fit 50 pins, so when they reach 25, they will take them off and put them in the pouch to make room for the next 25! 

There is no picture of Kole’s scorecard because he actually has -4 points.  I forgot to mention one of the most critical parts of the scoring system.  If they refuse to even try the food, they automatically lose 5 points, which leaves my sweet, little Koley in the red.  When he earns some points I will post a picture of his card!


Here is the link to the napkin holder that inspired the idea…


2 Responses to “The Macaroni Melee”

  1. Jennifer January 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Nothing wrong w/ not giving in and letting them eat something else. You need to show you mean business and won’t cave. Good for you. BTW the food loOked great!

  2. Andrea January 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    The dish looked great! Tell Kole I just read this with Alex and we were cracking up! He said he’s going to tell Kole about it at the soccer game tonight. Love the glare he’s throwing your way from the chair!

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