Please accept my apology for the tragic neglect and lack of involvement I've given you all and myself over the past few months. I would love to give you the simple version and say "I told you I was a Foodie with Little Thyme" but I feel I owe you and me more than that. I'll try to be brief and still give you the full run down. I think the best way to tackle this pile is with bullet points just like I would a recipe. So here goes...
- Lost my camera.
- Bake Sale
- Stitches, Ear Trouble and the loss of Noel.
Our 4 year-old was deaf at birth and we have been battling his ear structure ever since. He can't hear unless he has tubes to create an opening to his ear drum and his little body does not like to keep the tubes in. You guys may remember he had ear surgery a few months ago and already he is losing his hearing again. The good news is that we will stay on top of the issue and find a way to keep him hearing.
Our 12 year old greyhound Noel passed away after a long and mostly happy life. If you ever have an chance to know a greyhound, enjoy it. They are such sweet and gentle dogs. Their life on the track is hard and they are left with a life time of track related illnesses that they handle with such grace and elegance.
Noel is missed. I long to hear her toe nails tapping on the wood floors.
OK, now back to the blog. I have been following your blogs. I have read about all your vacations, puppy up dates, street work, new jobs and new recipes. I have made many of your recipe and have some new favorites too. I will get back to posting my monthly blogger finds to feature them. Thank you for your encouragement as I started back swimming. We are back on track! I even have a new camera.
I will leave you with a easy comfort food recipe. I've debated sharing this with you but if the big guys can do it so can Foodie with Little Thyme!
Not your Mama’s Mac and cheese
This is my Mama and my two-year old.
It’s seems to me that every cookbook and professional chef has a macaroni and cheese recipe. So I’m jumping on the bandwagon and my soapbox, and sharing my macaroni and cheese with you guys. I’ll go on record to say that as a child I never had Mac and cheese from a box and my kids have never had it either. I have never understood the mass appeal of boxed pasta. I cook macaroni and cheese using fresh ingredients in the same amount of time that it takes to cook the boxed kind. The great thing about making fresh/non-boxed is you can use and add all kinds of different ingredients with none of the additives and yucky stuff. You can use homemade pasta, fresh or frozen veggies and even leftover meats. The possibilities are endless.
Here is how I make Mac and cheese at our house.
Cook pasta in salted water until al dente.
Any pasta will work but I stick with the smaller pasta for the simple fact that the kids can feed themselves.
When the pasta is finished, drain the water from the pan but leave the pasta in the pan.
Return to the burner (burner on or off, it doesn’t matter), add milk, butter, cheese, salt and pepper to the hot pasta and stir until you have a nice smooth, creamy and cheesey macaroni and cheese.
The key to success is to have fun and get creative. OH! and use shredded or grated cheese. This whole meal takes 20 minutes and always turns out perfect. You can use any cheese and it’s always yummy. Come on people just say NO to the box!