Friday, October 26, 2012

Growing in the Winter

Well, hello dear reader(s),

It's been a while since an actual entry and a lot has happened. :)

The thing highest on my mind today is our ultrasound appointment yesterday :) I'm sitting at just 20 weeks, and the tech is going through all the measurements (baby is big! Not in a bad way, just above average. Measuring up to a week bigger in the legs and head) (Gets the watermelon head from Auntie Sam) As she's doing the scan, she asks if we would like to know the sex :) We say yes and she finds the cutest little bum and legs...and right there for all to see...Itty Bitty is definitely a BOY!

Either way we were happy :) The theme will still be jungle. Just not pink or purple bows on the animals ;) We still have all the kid toys and all the things that Brian and I saved from our collections from childhood. I just hope I get all the fun things done before he comes :)

I have a great group of people to talk to for boy advice ;) Not to mention an amazing husband that wants to be involved in everything his child(ren) do. :)

We're also almost to our annual church Halloween event. It's two hours of trunk or treat, games, bounce houses and snacks. I can not even express how much this event makes me smile. I enjoy doing everything that we do for the community and this year, we have more banners, more Quest Bucks...more everything :)

I am so ready for it!

I've also taken on some hours at the game store and am so excited to be able to help this wonderful business go even farther with some new marketing and ideas :) 

We've got my cousins' wedding in early November and then Thanksgiving with my Uncle and Aunt. Christmas in LA with the rest of the family :) Busy time busy time. I'm ready to go :)

So, saying all that, there will be more updates coming with patterns for animals and blankets as well as recipes from my family favorites :)

What are you doing with the rest of your year?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cookbook: Comfort Mac and Cheese

This is a favorite of mine. I'm fairly lactose intolerant, so I REALLY have to want it. There are ways to change it up to make it with fewer calories. This is a take off of the recipe my grandmother makes, which happens to be from my great grandmother. If there's one thing these ladies know, it's comfort :)


3 tbsp fat (I like to use butter here, you can use margarine, or olive oil if you like)
3 tbsp flour
3 cups milk (I've used soy milk and almond milk, they do just fine)
3-4 cups shredded cheese (many people cube their cheese, I shred. I also use Colby/Jack like grandma, feel free to use straight cheddar)
2 cups uncooked macaroni
6 cups water
1 tsp chili powder (don't be scared, it's not hot)
Pepper to taste


1. Bring water to a boil, add uncooked noodles, cook 8 to 10 minutes. (this is a good time to shred your cheese if you didn't buy it shredded :) )
2. Drain pasta, return pot to stove over medium heat. Add butter (or your fat option), melt/heat.
3. Once the butter is melted, start whisking in flour one tablespoon at a time. It will get crumbly, make sure you cook it a little while whisking to cook out the "flour taste"
4.Once you have the flour totally absorbed into the butter, start adding milk, slowly. Your butter and flour mixture will absorb the milk fairly quickly to begin with. Add slowly, this will help keep lumps down. You want to add milk to a point that gives you a liquid consistency for the cheese.
5. Add pepper and chili powder.
6. Start adding the cheese one small handful at a time. Still using the whisk mix the cheese into the pot. You want to make sure it has melted all the way before adding more. You may need to add more milk or some olive oil if you see that the cheese is not mixing is evenly.
7. Add cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce. You can bake the mixture at this point if you like. I don't. I usually need to add more pepper at this point. I'm not quite sure why, but it's just part of what makes it taste like Grandma's .
8. Remove from heat and let stand to thicken slightly. You can add more shredded cheese to garnish or for that stringy texture some people like.

Enjoy! :)