Tech Savvy, I Am Not

Okay -  here’s a glimpse into what I’m usually like (my friends and family can vouch for this).

I turned on my computer to start blogging dinner and wanted to check my email so I clicked my Firefox icon.

When the internet browser popped up, it said I had no connection! Of course, I start getting antsy thinking that the connection is down because of the weather here or that our router is acting up/unplugged…I close Firefox and try reopening 5 times before realizing that my wireless switch on my computer was just flipped off.


I may have book smarts, but I have always been a little lacking in the “common sense” department. :)  At least I have funny stories!

I loved hearing your goals! I’ve read a lot of yours already, but it’s always nice to just write them down or say them again. Plus it’s fun seeing how many different goals people have for this coming year.

Lunch today was boring + leftovers: Nick and I each had some of the leftover couscous and chicken, and I ate the rest of the green beans from the other night. And a clementine to finish out lunch.

I was pretty excited for dinner, though!

Easy + Cheesy.


I made us some Annie’s Mac’n’Cheese tonight and mixed these two boxes together so we could have some leftovers and/or lunches.


To pump up the macaroni, I sliced up 2 artichoke/garlic chicken sausages and crisped them up in the pan while the water was boiling.


Then once the pasta was almost done cooking, I added 4-5 cups of broccoli to the pasta water and 1 bag of mixed veggies (corn, green beans, carrots, peas) to cook the veggies.

Drain the pasta + veggie mix and then add the cheese sauce and sausage!


Couldn’t be easier :)


I topped mine with a little crushed red pepper, garlic, and salt.

Even after Nick and I ate our bowls and had one more scoop, we have plenty leftover for lunches or another dinner this week.

We’ve been playing with Maggie – she’s doing great with “sit” now! –and trying to see if her and Roxy can be friends :\ That’s not going so well yet…I just hope they can kind of get along once Maggie is out of the “puppy phase”.

And now for dessert – I was hungry tonight, and no wonder! I sort of totaled up the calories for today in my head just to see where I was, and I needed more food.

For some reason, I just haven’t been hungry lately for afternoon snacks, and that’s messing me up. I didn’t really have any snacks when we were out of town for vacation so I got out of my normal routine.

Luckily, I had just enough ice cream left in the freezer for a little mug of dessert :)


The last scoop of the german chocolate ice cream, a couple of crushed pretzels, and a few chocolate chips.

Salty, sweet, creamy. I’m sad there was only 1 scoop!


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  1. I had annie’s macaroni today, too! But I used less than 1/2 a box. I love that you made that much for leftovers–smart idea if we didn’t have 1/2 a meatloaf to gobble down

  2. I have done the exact same thing. I started freaking out that the internet’s not working, then, thank goodness I live with IT guy, he just flipped that little switch and ta da.. all is well with the world again, and I feel like a big spazz :p

  3. I’m a little afraid for Maggie’s safety. I feel like Roxie might try to eat her. :-)

    Also, dinner looks delicious.

  4. mmm chocolate ice cream + pretzels sounds good!

  5. Brandi, you are just so cute. You and I both! I lack common sense in the techy area, too.

  6. I’ve never had Annie’s Mac & Cheese but I really want to. I think that will be on my list for lunch for tomorrow or Friday. I finally picked up a box.

  7. Hey! Just discovered your blog and am really enjoying it! Those chicken sausages sound delicious!
    PS…I’ve TOTALLY done that with my internet before ;)

  8. Hello
    Hey it sound good easy+cheesy.Well I like your recipe of pasta with broccoli.It is something different recipe and I will try it for sure as pasta is my favorite.Thanks for this colorful recipe.

  9. Mmm yummy, you made me want some mac and cheese for dinner now!

  10. I love the idea of pretzels on your ice cream! I love salty and sweet together :)

  11. Ice cream with pretzels is the best!

  12. I love the way you “dressed up” the mac n cheese! It sounds and looks delicious :)

  13. I am the same way with tech stuff, I make the silliest errors. Like when I went on vacation I set all my guest posts to post in January 2009 and I could not figure out why they weren’t showing up on the blog. Duh Kacy!

    Dinner looks great! I love mac and cheese.

  14. I love building on Annie’s mac and cheese recipes!

  15. Pretzels and chocolate look amazing!

  16. I love Amy’s mac and cheese, one of my favorite things to eat! Have you tried the whole wheat version? Pretty good, and I am not a big fan of whole wheat pasta.

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