Or perhaps I should say "Why of why do I assume what works for one thing will work for another."
I read a great tip. Cook your noodles al dente. You can then place them in a steamer basket over hot water and keep them warm. I was using rice noodles and maybe that's what made the difference. Maybe wheat noodles are a more hardy breed.
I can say that they still "looked" like noodles but they turned into more of a mush. Oh well, live and learn.
I think I will go back to crock pot cooking. I had less fails with the crock pot.