Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Stages of Life Through the lens of Macaroni & Cheese

I know, I know. It has been like forever. Life. That's all. But today I had a fun reunion lunch with some old friends and one mentioned that she missed reading the blog and I realized that in a lot of ways, I've missed it too. Then I went home and fixed a box of mac & cheese for the one remaining non-adult left in my home. She ate the whole box by herself. I remembered with a fair bit of melancholy that one box used to feed all four kids. That sparked this bit of ridiculousness...

The Macaroni & Cheese stages of life…

--Eat mac&cheese.

--Don’t eat mac&cheese.

--Make a salad for yourself and mac&cheese for kids’ lunch. Cut into small pieces for toddler. Serve leftovers everyday until it dries out. Throw the rest away. Be sorry for dumping $.88 down the drain.

--Make a salad for yourself and mac&cheese for the kids for lunch. Save the leftovers in previously unused wedding gift Tupperware. Secretly eat the leftovers before bed.

--Add hot dogs to mac&cheese and call it dinner. Serve with a side of baby carrots for color.

--Add hot dogs to mac&cheese and call it dinner. Throw away the rest of the bag of dried out baby carrots.

--Cook two boxes of mac&cheese for lunch. Feed roughly a half a dozen kids. Serve sliced apples and juices boxes on the side. Let them have a popsicle if they eat the apples. Pat yourself on the back.

--Make 2 boxes of mac&cheese for dinner. Place in fancy dish. Add real cheese and cornflakes to the top. Bake. Call it nouilles et fromage en casserole. Pat yourself on the back again.

--Tell the kids that fettuccini Alfredo tastes just like mac&cheese. Make them eat it.

--Add chicken and peas to the fettuccini Alfredo. Send the leftovers with hubby to work for lunch the next day. Go back to mac&cheese. Splurge for the fancy brand.

--Work your way back down to one box of mac&cheese for lunch until last kid goes off to school.

--Don’t fix mac&cheese.

--Wonder why there are so many uneaten boxes of mac&cheese in the pantry.

--Show the teen-agers where you keep the mac&cheese.

--Secretly eat the leftover mac&cheese out of the pot when you clean up after the teen-agers.

--Store cases of mac&cheese in case of emergency. Send a case with each kid when they leave for college.

--Don’t eat mac&cheese.

--Prepare 5 year old mac&cheese for kids when they come home on school breaks.

--Stock up on the expensive organic brand mac&cheese for grandkids. Avoid the temptation to eat the leftovers because of the carbs.

--Don’t eat mac&cheese

--Eat mac&cheese. Cut it into small pieces. Add too much salt. Chew with mouth open. Don’t give a darn.

Quote of the Day: “Keeping up the appearance of having all your marbles is hard work, but important.” 
― Sara GruenWater for Elephants


  1. I am a friend whose missed reading your blog :-) Wish I could have lunch with you.
    Also, you summed up my mac and cheese life perfectly!

  2. Yay, you're back! Up here we call mac&cheese KD (Kraft dinner). Even if it's a cheaper version not made by Kraft. Cases are the only way to go at my house. Comfort food, right?