Friday, November 5, 2010


DNA is a funny thing. I had no idea little girls come pre-programmed with fashion sense. Wednesday afternoon I told Gillian she and I would be going to the Moms Talk meeting at church on Thursday morning. Knowing how she gets nervous about being separated from me, I started reminding her of all the friends she knows that would be in the play room with her. She looked perplexed. Then, disgruntled. I kept talking, trying to bring up the mood, but it wasn't working. Finally I said "what's wrong?" The answer:

"But what will I wear??"

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mac and Cheese revolution

Sooo tired of feeding my kids junk lately. And I'm starting to put my foot down. Starting with the macaroni and cheese. How much of that can these kids eat before their muscles atrophy from lack of protein, their little bellies swell from the carb overload, and their teeth turn orange from that icky "cheese" powder? Gross. Last night - super fast, natural, 5-extra-minute mac and cheese was a big hit. Here it is:

Put salted water on to boil, and have 12oz pasta ready to pour in at the boiling stage.
Then, on the next burner, create the sauce:

3 Tbl butter
3 Tbl flour
Melt butter in saucepan, whisk in flour and continue whisking for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.

Then add:
1.5 cups milk
generous sprinkle kosher salt
dash white pepper - optional (my kids won't eat black pepper. it freaks them out.)
Whisk continuously as you pour the milk in to eliminate lumps. Continue to cook on low for 4-5 minutes, whisking occasionally, until thickened. While that's cooking, grate some cheese.

1 cup grated cheddar
When sauce is thickened, pour cheese in and stir to combine.

The pasta should be about 2 minutes away from finishing at this point. Drain when it's done, and pour into your sauce. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of grated cheese on top.

This took me 15 minutes from start to finish, and I didn't feel one bit of guilt at feeding them this, with a salad and apple slices. Somehow, it didn't feel like a give-up dinner, but it only took 5 minutes longer than a box mix. And YUMMY!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Back for another try

It's been what, 10 months since my last entry? Let's try this again. Talked to my friend last night about blogs and it reminded me that I actually have one. hmmm. Life intrudes sometimes. I've been pretty dizzy lately.

Yesterday was Halloween. Gabe was Harry Potter. Seriously, I have been waiting to dress him up as Harry Potter since he was 3. He's a dead-ringer. Gillian was a ballerina. (Thanks, baby, for making it easy on Mama. and you are a beautiful ballerina!) Marshall was a Chilean Miner. Hard hat, glasses, work boots and....escape capsule. I'm to blame and credit both. We thought it was uproariously funny when I suggested it, but was it tasteless? not sure. They were freed, in fact, not still trapped down there or anything. That would just be rude.