Our Baby is Back

We got our car, we got our car!!!


Sorry for the gritty picture – I took it through the window before I forgot! We are so happy to have her back – everything is fixed, it is running well, and we are psyched. Hooray!

Before our car-picking-up excursion, I drank a green monster at work:


  • 1 cup Almond Breeze
  • 2-3 cups spinach
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tsp pb2

Meh – I really did not want to drink this, but I was hungry and needed a snack. I think I just didn’t want a smoothie? It tasted good – I just didn’t want it. I’m glad I had it though! It held me over until dinner was ready.

We left work at 4:30 so we could get to the auto shop before it closed and pick up the car. I know we are so lucky to have more than one car, and not having this one really didn’t change our schedule since we ride together every day anyway, but we both really missed having the car. We drive this car every day because it gets the best gas mileage of the cars we have, plus there’s enough room for us, our bags, computers, and whatever else we’re carting to and from work.

Once we got home with our baby, I went in to start working on dinner / breakfast tomorrow and Nick worked on the car and getting all the stuff back in it (floor mats, cds, etc).


I had a bunch of veggies I wanted to use in dinner tonight, as well as in breakfast tomorrow, so I worked double duty tonight.


Since I knew I wouldn’t have time to prep / cook this breakfast in the morning, I made it easy on myself and diced all the veggies I needed for dinner and breakfast.


You’ll have to wait until the morning to see breakfast, but dinner turned out really well!


Very Veggie Mac

  • 1 box whole wheat macaroni (mine was 13 oz)
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 lb. asparagus, chopped
  • 4 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup fat free evaporated milk
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • salt, pepper
  1. In large pan, cook peppers and mushrooms until softened. Take out of pan.
  2. Fill pan with water and bring to a boil. Add in pasta.
  3. In the last few minutes of the pasta cooking, add in asparagus and cook until crisp tender.
  4. Preheat oven to 350.
  5. In smaller sauce pan, add in milk and 2 slices (or use shredded) cheeses. Mix together and let cook over low-medium heat until melted together.
  6. Stir in salt, pepper, and dry mustard into cheese mixture.
  7. Mix macaroni, veggies, and cheese sauce together and pour into baking dish.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining cheese (slices torn or shredded) and bake 30 minutes.


We had ours with more veggies ( broccoli ) and some smoked turkey Nick’s dad brought us this weekend.

I loved all the veggies in the pasta! I think I would make a little more sauce next time, but it still had great flavor.

I’m thinking about having a slice of that tart….but we’ll see if I actually am hungry enough for it tonight. It may have to wait until tomorrow – good thing we have plenty of it for this week!


  1. omg…that mac and cheese look chock-full of goodies…DELISH!
    Maybe you could have added some Laughing Cow cheese instead of the cottage cheese, since that can be a bit bland. Or hot sauce!
    And yay for getting your car back! It’s so inconvenient not to have a car!

  2. Great to see you got the car back, and us old folks are not on face book, but we do have email, be good and tell nick we said hi, dinner looked great.

    Love ya,
    Mom & Dad

  3. Woah, that max n chz looks outta sight. Brilliant recipe idea.

  4. That looks delicious!!! I am definitely putting that in my “to cook” list!!

  5. Mmm, that veggie mac and cheese looks delish!

  6. Mmmmm the mac and cheese looks WONDERFUL! So nice to be able to have comfort food while still getting some veggies and nutrients. Glad your car is home safe and sound!! :)

  7. I’m glad you got the car back! And that veggie mac looks FABULOUS! I love how it’s bulked up with the veggies. Great recipe!

  8. Awesome mac and cheese! Love how you added so many veggies to it!

  9. Holy crap, that mac and cheese looks awesome! I’m trying that one, and linking back to this post!!

  10. yummm i like the addition of ricotta and the veggies!

  11. That very veggie mac looks phenomenally healthy, but so comforting and yummy. I will have to make this next time I’m in the mood for mac and cheese, which is prob really soon. Have a fabulous day my dear!

  12. Glad your car is back!! What kind of car is that?

    Holy cow, I’m in love with that mac and cheese!! So colorful!

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