What a week! I have been so busy I haven’t really even had time to think!
This year I am a Junior Class sponsor at the high school I teach at. That means that we get to plan and pay for the Junior/Senior Prom. Each year our town has a little festival in October and the Junior class usually does a bake sale as a fundraiser. Last Saturday was PecanFest! I spent Thursday and Friday night baking dozens and dozens of cookies. Friday after school, a bunch of the students came to my classroom and we packaged and priced all of the goodies and got the drinks on ice so they would be ready in the morning. At 7:30 Saturday morning, Richie and I met the other class sponsor (Pam) at my classroom to load up all the food, coolers and tables. We drove down to Main Street where we set up a canopy and our booth. We had lots of kids signed up to work in one hour shifts. The day went really well. The only bad part was the heat! It was in the 90’s!!! We ended up raising almost $350.00 so that was really great!
Saturday night our neighbor, Gunner (who is one of our HS students) and his friend Johnny came down to play Halo 3 with Richie. They were at the house from 6:00 until about 11:00. I went to bed before they left! They had a really good time though.
Sunday, Richie and I both didn’t feel well and were REALLY tired! (We’re OLD!) We ended up missing church and sleeping til about 11:00. I took another nap around 3:00 for about 2 hours!
Monday and Tuesday were pretty normal days for us. Tonight I had 3 of the Junior Girls down for supper. I made homemade Mac and Cheese, my famous Pretzel Chicken, steamed broccoli and steamed asparagus. It was SOOOOO yummy. We played Catch Phrase and hung out in our “outdoor room” after dinner. It was REALLY fun!
*NOTE: I highly suggest reducing the amount of bread crumbs to 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup! It was too much bread crumb!
|1/2 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon powdered mustard
3 cups milk
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg
12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup panko bread crumbs Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.
While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.
Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.
Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.
Remember to save leftovers for fried Macaroni and Cheese.
On top of all of this I have been busy starting a new blog! I am a memeber of the Bees Without Borders Farmgirl Chapter. We are a virtual chapter of Mary Janes Farm (www.maryjanesfarm.org). Our main objectives are sewing and charity. We have kind of informally adopted cancer research as our main outreach. Anyway I have been busy getting the basics of our blog setup so that we can all post to it. A few of us have already posted bios and there is some other neat info there. You should check it out! http://beewswithoutborders.wordpress.com!