This Household Needs Cheese & Chocolate, Stat!

This Household Needs Cheese & Chocolate, Stat!

Mar 03, 2017

"No one has been sick in our household this year, and it has been so long I can't even remember how long it has been!" Yes, these words came out of my mouth on several occasions as I would sympathetically offer a tissue to the poor individual coughing and sneezing or chatting with a friend about someone whose entire family was out with the flu. I had become so sure that this was not going to change I didn't even do the expected "knock on wood" after saying it.

Earlier this week I started to feel a tad under the weather. I was pretty sure it was just the beginning of something I could nip in the bud. I upped my vitamins and did not miss a single noon workout class. This lasted for three days. The same day my cough and chills reached their worst, both of the boys got a stomach bug, at 5am. I will spare you the details because this is a food blog. That is when the tables turned from powering through to limping through it with two visits to two different walk in clinics and a prescription for an ear infection in one afternoon.

Where I am going with this is - sometimes no matter how much we believe we can avoid something, we just have to surrender to it and do the best we can. I canceled all of our events for that day. We watched movies that night and we all took a deep breath. I think often times when you are moving a hundred miles an hour, eventually your body revolts and forces you to just stop. We needed that time out, however brief.

When you aren't feeling well, or you have other people in your household under the weather, simple comfort food can be just what you need. That is what I went for this week: a simple and easy dinner that works great for leftovers when you have even less energy than normal to cook a meal.

So this week I am focusing in on baked macaroni and cheese and no-bake cookies. So to bake or not to bake? You have two options this week:

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Find ingredients and recipe HERE

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 Depending what you have on hand you could add in veggies, cubed ham, chicken, or top with breadcrumbs.  PICKY EATER ALERT: If you have picky eaters you could easily do half and half in the casserole dish, kind of like you would with a half and half pizza. I served garlic bread and applesauce on the side. 

No Bake Cookies

We LOVE No Bake Cookies. How many other cookies can you just dump stuff in a pot and pour in a dish and eat? We tend to also eat it warm like oatmeal. Try it, it is good!

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups white sugar                                          1/2 cup butter                               1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk                                                        4 tbs cocoa powder                         3 cups quick-cooking oats

1/2 cup butter                                                     1/2 cup peanut butter                                                                                                                                                                                                        

In a saucepan combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes.  Remove from heat and then stir in the peanut butter, oats, and the vanilla extract. Pour into a casserole dish and cut into squares when it has cooled (or drop onto wax paper and cool in the fridge. OR scoop the warm chocolate into a bowl and eat with a spoon. It is not weird!)

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I hope that everyone in your household is well and will enjoy a nice night at home with some classic comfort foods. And if you are in the Oprah giving mood there is plenty of macaroni and cheese for everyone you want to invite over, "You get macaroni! YOU get macaroni! Everyone gets macaroni!" Same goes for the cookies.

- Maureen

 A Marketing Mom Striving to Get Out of the Fast Food Lane and into the Grocery Aisle!

 

 



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