Once Upon A Time, My Kids Got Along

My kids did something shocking tonight, they helped in the kitchen without arguing! For 30 glorious minutes, they worked together effortlessly to create magic in the kitchen. Too bad the cohesiveness didn’t carry over after dinner. It’s okay, this post will serve as evidence that they occasionally get along.


This is the look I get when I suggest they be best friends

A couple of hours before we all joined in the kitchen my daughter volunteered, nay insisted on making the pasta noodles for our chicken and spinach Alfredo. She did it all. By. Herself! She did a fantastic job too! If you want the pasta recipe, I posted it on my blog titled “Gordon Ramsay is my hero.” Here is the link if you would like to visit Kaylasfootprintsinflour.com


When making noodles, it is essential to know that if you don’t cook it right away, be sure to let it dry for 30 minutes to an hour before storing. This prevents the noodles from sticking together.


By the time my kids were ready to actively cook they had razor sharp focus. My daughter was in charge of the pasta while my son was learning how to make Alfredo sauce. It had turned into an episode of Master Chef Junior! I was surprised at how quickly my son caught on and amazed that my daughter required no help with cutting and cooking the pasta.

When dinner was complete we all sat down to eat, I was floored by all of the flavors. I could not believe that my 12-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter put this fantastic meal together! Now that they have shown me their talent, I think that they should cook more often.


There is my ugly bowl again



  • 1 pound Chicken breast tenders
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Heat up olive oil in pan
  2. Season chicken on both sides with basil, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper
  3. Cook chicken for approximately 20 minutes or until done, then set aside

Spinach Alfredo Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Melt the butter over low heat until melted
  2. Slowly turn up the heat to medium and add the spinach cook until it wilts
  3. Add the garlic and cook until it becomes aromatic about 5 minutes
  4. Gradually mix in the heavy cream, let simmer for 5 minutes
  5. Add Parmesan a little at a time, stirring constantly, remove from heat once melted
  6. Slice the chicken tenders and add to the sauce
  7. Serve over noodles



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My name is Kayla, I am 35, married (celebrating 15 years on July 4), and have two beautiful, smart, talented, whiny, needy, and sarcastic teenagers. When I am not working I am usually reading a book, going to the gym (mostly I'm just thinking about going to the gym), cooking, or bribing my kids to do their homework/chores. On the weekends, I enjoy spending time pulling my kids out of their electronics so they can complain during our walks through one of the urban forest we have in our community.

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