Happy Hour

Happy Hour (9/4) Fried Mac & Cheese, Guinea Pig Costumes, Cheeseburger Mug, New Milky Way, Chicken & Waffle Earrings + More!

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to brush off the stress, negativity and blah of your week.  Enjoy some mid-week mixers with us without leaving the comfort of your home.  Uncork your favorite wine, pop open a beer, mix your favorite cocktail…. and unwind with us this evening.  And, if you’re feeling extra perky in the mornings, or need some help getting a jump on your day, join us for Morning Coffee weekday mornings, too!

Yummy treats and random chit-chat starts our Happy Hour together!  

Ohhhhh yes.  These Deep-Fried Mac & Cheese Shells might just be the PERFECT Happy Hour appetizer!  They are exactly as the name suggests – mac & cheese stuffed shells that are deep-fried!  Mmmmmm

Do you have a go-to mac & cheese recipe?

And for our sweet appetizer today – Peanut Butter Bacon Banana Bread!  I (Jeni) created this recipe with the inspiration of my favorite flavor combinations, and OMG it’s absolutely AMAZING!

What’s your favorite freshly baked bread?

This is HILARIOUS!!  If your kids have a guinea pig, they are going to freak out this Halloween! PetSmart Halloween costume collection – made for guinea pigs, bunnies and other really small pets. They are $3.99-$6.99, and there are 9 different styles from a mermaid to a superhero!

Do you dress up your animals for Halloween?

Hello Kitty was so big in the 80s, and really hasn’t slowed down!  In fact, we were just talking about the Hello Kitty movie in the works, a couple of months ago!  Anyway, this adorable Hello Kitty desk organizer totally caught my (Jeni) eye, and has me fawning over it!

What was or is your favorite Sanrio character?

Have you seen this on your Facebook wall?  It’s shown up on mine (Jeni) a lot lately! Look at the images.  Do you see animals or people? Now look again…do you see the same thing?  Pretty neat! At first, all I could see was animals. Now, all I see is the people and have to try to see the animals!

What did you see first?

Seriously, this might be the coolest mug ever! Hot chocolate season is coming up, for all of you non-coffee non-tea people out there 🙂  It’s a Cheeseburger Mug and looks pretty tasty, doesn’t it?

Tell us about your favorite mug!

Milky Way is finally coming out with something new… and it sounds DELICIOUS! Milky Way Salted Caramel is coming, and sooner than you might think!  Check it out and get the details HERE!

How stinkin’ cute are these Chicken & Waffles Earrings?!  They are hand painted, laser cut wood, nickel-free with stainless steel posts, and handmade in the US!  Plus – they are a chicken and a waffle.  AWESOME!

Do you own any silly jewelry?

Ok.  Take a few minutes to watch this video. It’s from McDonald’s – they  worked with a 3D animator to create several GIFs to show how an Egg McMuffin is made. This is all of them together –  and it’s seriously hypnotic! Who knew McDonald’s could be so relaxing!?

Did that relax you?

Try a fun, new adult beverage this week, or save the recipes for parties with friends!

My favorite drink is a White Russian.  I (Jeni) order one when I go out, for celebrations, and to relax and enjoy on Friday night.  My second favorite drink is a Colorado Bulldog.  When I heard what was in it, I honestly thought about Laverne & Shirley – and Laverne’s Pepsi and milk drink.  Gross.  But when I tasted it, I was HOOKED!  These are SO good and a great beverage for Happy Hour!

1 part Kahlua
1 part vodka
1 part cream (or milk)
splash of Coke or Pepsi

I (Sarah) like fruity, fluffy, fruffy drinks.  And this Strawberry Mimosa Float is EXACTLY all of those things!  Grab the super easy recipe and make one for yourself HERE!

If you could have any adult beverage right now, what would it be?

What’s Happy Hour without getting all that negativity out of your system? Get it out and let it go!

I (Sarah), love fall weather.  But I’m NOT a pumpkin spice fan at all. That flavor just does nothing for me. And I’m not begrudging anyone that loves it and wants to skip around, happily singing and sharing their love for pumpkin spice.  But personally, for me…. yuck.

I don’t mind it being around, but EVERYTHING is pumpkin spice now.  Why can’t we try another flavor? That way, we can have pumpkin spice AND something new and different that those of us who don’t like it could enjoy?   But noooooo… it HAS to be pumpkin spice and only pumpkin spice.

Are you a pumpkin spice fan?

Ok.  This is my (Jeni) remote collection. The boyfriend insists on having all kinds of speakers and junk around the TV, so, of course, we have to have all kinds of remotes.  I literally cannot turn on the tv in our living room. I’ve put stickers on the backs of the remotes I’m supposed to use…however, it doesn’t seem to ever work. I just found out that he changed up one of the speakers or woofers or whatever they are. Yet, neglected to notify me of this change.  UGH! It’s really frustrating.

What happened to the days of having ONE remote to turn on the TV and turn it off!?  We even have one of those universal remotes…. but he doesn’t use that. Go figure.

Oh, by the way, there were 2 other remotes that I found that aren’t in the picture. That makes a total of  8. EIGHT REMOTES.

Do you have an out of control remote issue at your house, too?

Your drink should be kicking in by now, so let’s have some giggles together!






Ok, friends, it’s time to shut down Happy Hour and get back to reality! But first, grab that last bargain drink, and check out some limited time deals and treat yourself this week to something special! You deserve it!

Treat  yo self! 🙂


This color-changing Unicorn Mug is awesome!  It’s $15.87 and would make a great addition to your unicorn collection 🙂

The brand new LEGO Flintstones Set is on sale!!  It’s only $47.99 (regularly $59.99) and currently the lowest price anywhere right now!

Score The Addams Family/Addams Family Values 2 Movie Collection for only $12.99 on Blu-Ray, and just $6.99 on DVD! Hello Halloween movie marathon! 🙂

This adorable Halloween advent calendar is just $6.95 and would make a great new annual tradition, too!

Have a great rest of your week!  See you tomorrow for Morning Coffee!



  1. I love these roundups. They are so many intersting things that you have here. I had to bookmark the page to go back and check out some more stuff.

  2. I never thought of peanut butter and bacon but I am willing to try it. Love the Colorado Bulldog for a change from my usual happy hour cocktail.

  3. The deep-fried mac and cheese shells would be the perfect appetizer for my next family gathering. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. I need to have that deep fried macaroni. Yum.

    Also, we have two guinea pigs and I want those costumes, but they are out of stock online, ugh. I keep checking!

  5. Sarah, we can create a pumpkin spice-free zone! I’m not a fall flavor fan in general – pumpkin or sweet potato anything – ew. We always have pecan and apple pies at Thanksgiving.
    I’d love to try those fried mac and cheese shells. I think my daughter would love it!
    I remember taking my sister to shop at the Sanrio store in the local mall. She has very fond memories of that store and i think still has some of the Hello Kitty stuff.

  6. I had some fried Mac and cheese last time I was in Orlando and it was divine. I’m glad I don’t know how to make it because that would be bad for my waistline lol

  7. I like your happy hour. SO much to read and take in. I am all about mac n cheese, that looks soooo yummy.

  8. Pam Wattenbarger Reply

    I want to try that new Milky Way bar. And I love that quote about the algebra x and y. I feel the same.

  9. Shelley King Reply

    You had me at Fried Mac! I love the hamburger mug. I have to get one of those for my son. That would be an awesome Christmas gift. There’s nothing I don’t love about this article!!

  10. Peanut butter and bacon bread! Sounds like an interesting combo I never knew I needed to try! 🙂

  11. Wow, that fried mac and cheese looks amazing. I will certainly have to make that sometime soon. I also really want that burger mug. I love it!

  12. The first pic I zoomed in on: those deep fried mac and cheese nuggets! I’ve had a variation of them before and boy, they are OH SO tasty! I am totally craving them now.

  13. Gervin Khan Reply

    Your post makes me feel so relax while reading it. I like the way you talk about food and some other things that other people will definitely love. I love the unicorn mug and the hello kitty’s stuffs perfect gift on this Christmas day.

  14. Those chicken and waffle earrings are so darn cute! My niece would love them. I also like the unicorn coffee mug. It’s so darn cute!

  15. That cheeseburger mug is all kinds of cute. Just the kind of mug I’d buy my sister for a just-because gift.

  16. I have heard that deep fried Mac and Cheese is the bomb! It looks delicious – and I think I have some shells at home.

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