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Diary of a Stay-at-home Mom, motherhood and beyond

Dad’s Easy Cheese Mac November 1, 2007

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Here is a recipe I can take no credit for, it is my dad’s Easy Cheese Mac. It is very easy and I think fool-proof because I put it in the oven a little runny and it came out perfect.

8oz Elbow Macaroni (I used whole grain)

8oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded (you will need a little extra cheese to top the dish, about 1/4c to 1/2c.)

3 tbsp butter (I used smart balance)

2 tbsp flour

2 c. milk (I used skim)

Cook the pasta according to directions and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium size pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted add the flour and cook about 2 minutes. Once the flour is dissovled pour in the milk, when milk thickens, take pot of the heat and add the cheese.

Mix the cheese mixture with the cooked pasta.

Pour into a baking dish, top with remaining cheese and heat for 20-30min until bubbly.

This is the easiest recipe (well, of course other than box cheese mac). I made it with a 9mth old and my 2 1/2 year old causing a ruckus in the kitchen. Even my son ate it and he is a picky Cheese Mac eater.

Here is my dad and his usual pose. I am sure he will enjoy having his recipe on my blog (as if his head isn’t big enough!)



The Perfect Day, ending in the 2 year-old way October 23, 2007

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I hope some of you out there will enjoy this. My son has a Thomas the Train obsession. When he can’t find Thomas the Train, any train will do. On drives to my parents house we pass train tracks maybe 4 or 5 times. He remembers them all. Anyway, it was a nice fall day and we were taking a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo. It’s usually great. We have a membership, and we only live like 10 minutes away, so you can’t beat it. The Zoo has a nice train ride for kids. My husband keep telling George we were going to go ride the train. That was not a good idea. Once he heard the word train, that was all he wanted to do. We looked at the monkeys, the Tigers, the soon-to-be-gone Elephants and he wanted nothing to do with it. To my surprise he remembered where the Train ride was and keep walking in the direction of the train. So we gave in and took a train ride. He erupted in tears when we got off . To make a long story short, he rode the train 3 times and cried about how he wanted to go back to the train the whole time we were there. You gotta love it!

Here is the visual:

Mommy and George on the Train


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George wishing he were back on the train


Parting shot…