Shells and triple cheese with brisket

I can’t really explain the scope of how awesome this dish is because you have to have amazing brisket in order for it to really soar. However, if you have amazing leftover brisket, prepare yourself. This is going to be good!


1/2 box of small pasta shells cooked according to package directions

1 tbs butter

1 1/2 tbs flour

3/4 cup milk

1 1/2 to 2 cups mix of gruyere and sharp white cheddar, grated

1/2 cup cooked peas

2 cups leftover brisket trimmings, heated

fresh parmesan to grate on top


Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat, then whisk in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in milk and let cook 3-4 minutes until it begins to thicken. Then stir in grated cheese. Pour cheese mixture over shells and the top to your liking with peas, brisket, and grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy this, cause it’s awesome.

Continue Reading

A parade, party, and Christmas preparations

This weekend we picked out a new Christmas tree, since ours was nine years old and the lights didn’t work in the middle…

After much deliberation we finally decided on the perfect one:

No, not that one…it was almost ten feet tall.

Then we headed to meet up with my sister, Mom, niece, and nephews to purchase items for shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child:

It was a little crazy with five kids, but we managed to get everything:

Then on Saturday I took A to march with the Cub Scouts in our local Veterans Day Parade:

Afterwards we ran by Starbucks:

And then headed to a birthday party:

On Sunday we took a lazy day, since J hasn’t quite gotten over his nighttime cough he’s been dealing with for a week:

And got ready for the up coming week! Happy Monday!

Continue Reading

Friday Favorites

What are you up to this weekend? We are shopping for shoe box items, getting our SUV serviced, going to a birthday party, and finishing up a rain forest diorama. We may do a walk through of our local galaxy of lights and purchase a new Christmas tree, since ours has a lack of working lights in the middle. Here are some of my favorites of the week!

1. My hair straightening method of the week.

2. The pink coat I ordered this week.

3. Open airy workspaces.

4. Ideas to update our master bedroom.

5. The best houseplants to purify your home’s air.

6. Learning to chill out during the holidays.

7. Soup on my list for next week’s dinner.

8. The book I added to my reading list after it was suggested when I was buying Orphan Train to read.

9. The cutest paper fox.

10. J would be obsessed with this polar bear Bluetooth speaker.

11. Mini turkey decorations.

12. On why your career should not be your identity.

Continue Reading

Cheeseburger pizza

I honestly went into this meal not knowing if the boys would like it, but how can you go wrong with cheeseburger pizza? I kept it simple with refrigerated pizza dough, and minimal toppings.


Refrigerated pizza dough crust

1lb ground beef

8 oz can tomato sauce

1 tsp each dried oregano, Italian seasoning, basil, parsley

1 8 oz block grated cheddar cheese

1 tomato, diced


Preheat oven for crust according to package directions. In a large skillet brown ground beef over medium heat and drain fat. Add in tomato sauce and seasonings to ground beef. Cook crust in oven according to package directions. Top crust with ground beef mixture, tomatoes, and cheese then place back in oven and bake until cheese is bubbly and brown (about 5 minutes). Let sit for five minutes before slicing.

Continue Reading

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

To be honest I was unsure how this dinner was going to go. Five princesses, three boys, and on the last night of our trip. However, despite A’s face above, the boys loved it. Let me preface, as other reviews have stated, this meal is really all about the princess experience. Our dinner meal was fine, but both B and I agreed that the appetizer buffet and desserts were the highlight. The appetizer buffet was mainly crudités, cheeses (the smoked Norwegian goat cheese was so good we are trying to find it at home), and rolls and honestly I could’ve just eaten that.

As for the desserts (my picture was blurry because the lighting was low):

They were very good, but my very favorite was the little apple brown butter cake in the middle. It was so good!

Other highlights besides food were the princess meetings:

And the Royal processional that all the girls seemed to know what it was about, but my boys were quite confused:

Overall, I was glad that we decided to go! I don’t know if we’d go there again because princesses aren’t high on the boys’ lists of characters to meet, but it was definitely worth it to at least experience it once.

Continue Reading

Roasted salmon and asparagus

This could be my new favorite way to cook salmon. The main thing is to make sure that the salmon is an even thickness or it’ll over and undercook. After the salmon was almost done, I threw the asparagus in with it for the last five-six minutes and it was perfect. We cooked a quick side of jasmine rice and it was all set! An easy weeknight meal!

Continue Reading