10 Jan

Tonight was pretty uneventful.  I decided from now on that the kids will be surprised by the dinner choice, giving them no time to sit and think about how good or bad it is going to taste.

Even though I had a dinner meeting, I prepared dinner and got them started on eating before I left.  So I sent the kids downstairs with Jerry while I made dinner, just so they would not see the can of tomato puree that went into it!

The Menu: Simple Macaroni with Beef and Cheese, garlic cheese bread and pineapple

The Mac dish was adapted from  I, as usual, adapted it to suit our Picky Fam, so below is my version:


3/4 pound ground beef

1/2 box elbow macaroni

14 oz can tomato puree

1 3/4 cup shredded cheddar

3/4 cup shredded mozzerella

pepper, salt and garlic salt


Brown beef in pot. 


Add tomato puree and bring to a boil.  Then bring heat down to low and let it simmer for 45 minutes.

While beef/tomato is simmering, cook noodles according to package.  Drain noodles and add to beef/tomato mixture.

Add 3/4 cup shredded cheddar and 1/4 cup shredded mozzerella and stirl into mixture.  ( I added the cheese ahead of time to help mask the color of the tomato puree and it worked like a charm!)

Pour mixture into baking dish ( I used an 8×8 glass dish).  Top with remaining cheese.

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 or until cheese is melted (the original recipe wants you to broil until the cheese is pretty, but my kids freak out at the site of brown or blackened cheese – go figure).

We had a few ups and downs, but definitely none of the drama caused by the infamous green bean.  Kole started to refuse trying the pinapple, but after flashbacks from last night, started taking the tiniest bites you could possibly imagine.  If he continued to keep eating his piece of pineapple in that manner, he would still be trying to finish his tiny chunk!  He sucked it up and put the whole thing in his mouth (of course, causing a slight gag).  He says that he doesn’t like it, but how the heck can you not like pineapple?!?  He moved onto the cheeseburger mac and even had seconds!

Kennedy, on the other hand turned out to be a bit more troublesome.  The word “hamburger” was a cause for tears.

After some gently coaxing, she tried it.  I actually can’t tell whether she liked it or not.  She ate several more bites, but I think the idea of hamburger just being there freaked her out! 

Sweet Kinlee had another rockstar performance at gobbled it all up! 🙂

So as they finished dinner, it was time for me to head out.  I gave Jerry the instructions for the craft and left him in charge.

Tonight, they were making homemade bouncy balls.  Apparently, they did not turn out so well – no bouncing.  I am going to assume that Jerry just went ahead and screwed things up and that user error resulted in the defective balls.  Right?

He said the kids had fun and that is all that matters (except to say that his craft night didn’t work, hahahaha).

Here is the recipe (taken from, if you want to see if you can make it work and a few pics of the process! 

You will need:

  • 1 Tbls. glue (Elmers glue, NOT craft/tacky glue. Just trust me on this!)
  • 1/2 tsp. Borax
  • 1 Tbls. cornstarch
  • 4 Tbls. warm water
  • food coloring


  • Put the glue and food coloring in one cup. Mix it up.
  • In another cup mix the Borax, cornstarch and warm water. Stir.
  • Add the water mix to the glue mix and stir it up!  It’ll be a gooey blob at this point.
  • Dump the liquid out of the cup and roll into a ball. You’ll have to do this for awhile. It’ll be pretty mushy and a little gross feeling at first. Keep rolling. If it seems too “wet” roll it on a paper towel to get some of the liquid off.
  • Keep rolling and there you have it… homemade super balls!


(Sidenote, Jerry said they kept flattening right away and definitely no bouncing – again, this could definitely be chalked up to user error! 🙂  )

Happy Tuesday and one week from now I will not be blogging, I will be sitting on a beach!  YAY! 

PS… a quick shout out to my three followers – Jen, Jerry, and Megan, thanks so much!!


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