Thursday, July 5, 2012

Things I Love: Mac-N-Cheese

Confession: I buy my kids the blue box Mac-n-Cheese.

What can I say?  They love over-processed, powered chemical cheese and I love that lunch is ready in 10 minutes.

The problem is I feel guilty every time I whip up a batch of blue box magic because I love these two little people and I want them to be as happy and healthy and well fed as they can be.  Blue box Mac is not my best and it's not the best for them (though it is better than letting kids starve).

So I'm changing my ways and I'm starting slowly with Mac-n-Cheese.

The blue box is out.  Homemade Mac-n-Cheese is in.

Honestly, the kids don't love the switch.  They miss the sodium heavy, bleached noodle blue box Mac-N-Cheese but I am their mother.  I understand and care about their health in ways they won't appreciate until they are adults.

Although they'd still prefer their powered cheese addiction, the kids are slowly warming up to this recipe.  And I love it because lunch is ready in 10 minutes.

What's that?  Homemade mac-n-cheese with whole wheat pasta and freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese ready as fast as the blue box variety?  You bet your biscuits!

Seriously, you cook your pasta in milk for 10 minutes, stir in a dash of salt and some cheese and wa-la--lunch you don't have to feel guilty about!

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FYI--I follow this recipe to the T EXCEPT I do not add in mustard or paprika and I use whole wheat noodles.

Finally a quick Mac-n-Cheese I love.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What I Think About: The Fourth of July

I'm sure this will get me in heaps of trouble but whenever the Fourth of July rolls around I think of this scene from Dazed and Confused (I was in high school with this movie came out.  I own in on VHS).

Watch the scene:

So if you don't want to watch the scene (which means there is something clearly wrong with you) here is what the teacher tells this class of high schoolers:

Okay guys, one more thing, this summer when you're being inundated with all this American bicentennial Fourth Of July brouhaha, don't forget what you're celebrating, and that's the fact that a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, white males didn't want to pay their taxes.

Some people see this scene and read this quote and blow off this sentiment as women's lib b.s. Others attack this viewpoint as revisionist history.  Another select group grab hold of this as The truth.

Is it true?  You betcha.  This nation was founded by slave owning rich men who didn't want to pay their taxes.  Is that all there is to it?  Not a bit.  Those people gave up everything--even their lives--for what we are celebrating today.

I love this quotation not because I'm anti-patriotic but because I love this country so much that I'm not afraid to talk about inconsistencies of its dark past, its present, or its future.   I love living somewhere that we can read that quote, see it many different lights, and still get a long (or at least not publicly stone people to death for disagreeing).

Happy 4th of July.

Now go grill something.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Music Monday: Alex Clare

Have you met Alex yet?  No? Well then, let me introduce you.

Where is the ME in Mommy? reader, Alex Clare.

Now those awkward introductions are finished you can move right into awkward, forced conversation.

"So Alex, what do you do?"

I'm a singer and songwriter.

"Oh ya, and where are you from?"


"Goodness, I love London.  Except for the hotel rooms.  What's up with the twin beds?"

I hardly know.

"So, what kind of music do you write/sing?"

Soul, dubstep, a bit of electronica.  You know, all sounds awesome.  Why don't you just give me a listen?

(P.S.  I totally took creative license with Alex's role. I don't really know him or what he'd have to say but I'm certain he'd love me.  And you.  But mostly me.)

Too Close (my fave!)

Up All Night (don't blame me if you're up all night listening to this one!)

"Geez, that was so great.  Where can I learn more?"

You can check out my webpage