We got together with some friends today to celebrate another cold, rainy June day in the midwest. I decided to cook my oldest son’s favorites for our lunch.

These are two simple recipes that my kids and most of their friends love! (My friend’s kids were actually asking me to give their mom the recipe, so here you go!)

Bow tie pasta with chicken and bacon

Da-da-da… None other than:

Bow tie pasta (one box)
Chicken (two cooked chicken breasts, cut into small pieces)
Bacon (one pound, cooked cripsy, cut into small pieces)

I toss this together with olive oil and serve it just like that for the kids.

Then, for the adults, I add basil, chopped tomatoes and top with Parmesan cheese (feta would probably be really good, too!).

For dessert, S’mores Galore:

Oops! I forgot to take a picture until we had eaten half of them.

This is a great way to make S’mores without a fire. I love taking these to cook-outs in the summer. And everyone seems to love them!

20 whole graham crackers
6 Hershey bars
16 ounce bag of mini marshmallows
6 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons milk

Arrange about 12 graham crackers in a single layer on a large bar pan. Toast in the oven for 2 minutes at 350 degrees.

Combine three cups of marshmallows, three tablespoons butter and three tablespoons milk. (Isn’t that easy to remember? 3-3-3.) Microwave for one minute. Stir until smooth.

Now add… guess how many?… yup! THREE Hershey bars. Mix until melted.

Spread the chocolatey goo on top of the graham crackers.

Melt another 3 tablespoons of butter. Coarsely chop about eight more graham crackers and toss with the butter. Add the remainder of a 16-ounce bag of marshmallows. Coarsely chop three more Hershey bars. Toss it all together.

Spread mixture on top of chocolatey goo. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 350.


Now go try it! You can thank me later.

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