A Success and a failure

Tuesday was Henry’s birthday! We went to go see Neighbors, which was pretty funny and I would recommend to anyone who doesn’t think the movie looks stupid. And if it looks stupid to you, well then I guess Henry and I are stupid! After the movie we made Weight Watchers Cheddar Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta. It was really really good! Ours didn’t look like that picture that we found but it was still great! All of the directions we found were not very detailed, so we just kinda winged some of it.

Here are the directions we found (in parentheses is the directions we made up ourselves)

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 20 Min
Cook Time: 20 Min


1/2 lb whole wheat penne pasta
4 slice bacon, diced
1/2 Tbsp light butter
1 large chicken breast, boneless & skinless, cut into bite sized pieces
1 Tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 pkg ranch dressing mix ( 1/2 oz)
1 c fat free milk
1/2 c fat free shredded cheddar cheese
  salt & pepper to taste



 1. Cook pasta according to package directions in boiling salted water; drain, return to pot, and keep warm. (we waited to put the pasta in the boiling water until we started to cook the chicken.)

2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Drain all but 1/2 tablespoon of bacon drippings from the pan. (We didn’t have any extra grease to take out)
3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the butter to the reserved bacon drippings, then add the chicken to the same skillet. Cook until tender, no longer pink, and slightly browned. (In order to get the chicken to cook faster, we cut up the chicken before hand, then cooked it)
4. Sprinkle the flour and ranch dressing mix over the chicken, stirring to coat evenly. Stir in the milk, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and bubbly. Stir in the cheddar cheese and half of the reserved bacon; cook and stir until the cheese is melted. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. ( Our sauce became fairly thick, so next time we will try turning down the heat during this step. The sauce wasn’t really a spreadable sauce to put over the noodles.
 Serve each plate of pasta with more bacon sprinkled over the top.
Here is what ours looked like
This was our success. Our dessert on the other hand was a different story. I found a picture of a chocolate chip cookie dough sundae cup and thought those would be fun and easy to make. And while we were making them it seems just fine, but when we pulled them out we found that was not the case. Ours turned out to look like this
So we just ate ice cream instead. Over all he had a great birthday! For his present he is getting something that is related to his gift everyday until the 21st and he has been told to keep the 22nd completely free of plans. So far he got a bag or Air Heads, chalk, and a bag with dirt and grass. I don’t think he has any ideas as to what it could be yet! My plan is working! Stay turned to see what he gets!

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