Monday, November 15, 2010

Mac and Geez!

Each week just gets crazier and crazier. This week we have the announcement that we will have hologram TV soon (I, of course, am picturing the squirrel from Christmas vacation running through my living room), we get free pelvic exams from the TSA every time we fly, and some guy gets drunk and almost eats all the remaining members of an entire newly discovered species of lizard.

How in the world anyone could possibly ever feel bored in this country is beyond me. It only takes five seconds to find a completely crazy story.

I wanted to share some things with you this week since we are getting close to the holidays, and we are all about to lose our collective minds for a month or two.

First, a recipe for macaroni and cheese, which I consider one of my specialties, as you know if you've made what I call Crack & Cheese, recipe here.

However, I was intrigued by a recipe shared by Lee during our Hope You Can Cling To chatter for crockpot mac & cheese. Yes, I said crockpot.

I went and bought a crockpot to try this, and it was worth EVERY penny - this mac & cheese is DIVINE!!! Never in a million years would I have guessed that this would do well in a crockpot. I suggest you run out and buy everything necessary for this right this second, and then come back here and thank me.

Lee's Crack & Cheese (with a few mods)

* 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
* 1 stick butter, melted
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
* 1/2 c. half n half
* 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, Campbell's, undiluted
* 1 cup whole milk
* 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided into 2 C & 1 C
* 1.5 cups shredded asiago cheese
* 2 tsp salt


Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add butter. In a bowl, combine the eggs, evaporated milk, soup, milk, salt and 3.5 cups cheese (mix the 2 C cheddar with the asiago). Pour over macaroni mixture; stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for~ 3 hours. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cook 15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Whisper my name. :)

Next, in the animal department.... When Maddie gets crazy brain, she runs into my office, jumps and slides on my desk, and knocks everything on it down behind my desk, including her little furry thing she sits on. When I was at HEB the other day I saw these and thought I'd give them a try since they say they won't hurt furniture. Well dang it if it didn't stick the little furry thingie down on my desk and make me IMMUNE to crazy brain!! Highly recommend for those with animals with crazy brain. Or other people who need sticky stuff.

I saw this link on Splitcoast to Wal-Mart's Black Friday sale and wow - look at the price on that Canon Rebel! I also read that they were doing free shipping for online orders for the holidays, and I know everyone can use a break right now, so I thought I'd share.

This past weekend was Virtual Stamp Night - actually - you have until 10 PM tonight to upload your cards if you played - and it was amazing!! I didn't get to do all the challenges, but I sure had fun with the ones I did. The first one I did was a non-traditional Christmas challenge - no green or red. So I chose blue & orange, of course. I was inspired by the colors in the Travel Journal DSP, which is my background. The card base is Tangerine Tango. The ornament is the Heirloom Ornament Nestabilities shape, embossed in my Wizard, and sponged with Bashful Blue. I have seam binding and a Jolee's Angel sticker on top with some silver cord. The greeting is from Welcome Christmas.

I love that big bold JOY.

It's how I feel when I conquer crazy brain or have some really, really great Crack & Cheese. :)

Hope you have a JOYful Monday.


  1. YAY for Crack & Cheese! I shall report on my success with this new foodie love. THANKS!

    Oh, nice card, btw. Pthtth. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CHEEEEEEZZZZZZE!


    WV: farigh
    You have no idea how farigh would go for good mac & ch!

  2. Yay!!!! Thank you!!! I am trying this tomorrow for sure. My only lament is that it can't cook for 8 hours instead of 4 so I could leave it while I work.

    Oh and love your card BTW!! Dammit I'm sick of missing VSN!!!

    Crack n' cheese...sooo appropriate a name!!

  3. The ornament nestie rocks! (course it's loveliness is to your credit...) and that sweet lil angel is a great touch...

  4. Talk about crazy? This might be a little lengthy. I live in NY State. My daughter is a ticket agent for a major railroad here. She works in different railroad ticket offices but the job is the same in each office so she deals with the public every day. Not always fun but always interesting. This summert in August an exceptionally large lady came into the ticket office. She didn't buy a ticket. Just came in wearing her knit capri's which sat below her stomach and a knit sports bra top. Are you getting a visual? So, luckily nobody but my daughter and this woman were in the office at the time. When my daughter looked up the woman was sitting on a bench in the waiting room and had taken her top off. My daughter yelled at her what are you doing?!! Put your top back on!! She refused. Karen yelled at her again and finally, the woman took the top and covered her breasts but still didn't put it on. They were huge so the top really didn't cover much. A while later this woman went into the restroom. She was in there a long time but sometimes homeless people use public restrooms to wash themselves so Karen didn't think much of it. Just wondered what was taking so long. Well boys and girls she opened the door and when she exited the restroom she was completely naked. Not even wearing a pair of socks! I can't repeat what my daughter said but you can just use your imagination. She decided to put her shoes on and at the time her back end was facing the all glass wall where the entrance is. She bent over to put her shoes on and in affect, mooned everyone who may have been outside. When my daughter told her to get back in the bathroom and get dressed the woman said, "I'm hot, it's August". Oh Lordy! Can't have a naked woman in the ticket office just before rush hour, so Karen called the police. When they got there, they KNEW who she was so apparently this was nothing new for her. She still would not put her clothes on! The cops took her away - probably to a mental facility - and wrapped her in a bright yellow plastic tarp. You can't make stuff like this up - lol. Actually my daughter took pictures with her cellphone because she was so amazed lol. This is only one story. She's had some very interesting stuff happen working this job but this one takes the cake! We won't talk about the guy who was sleeping on the train platform with his parts not fully tucked into his clothes. Never a dull moment. So, this was meant to bring a smile to your faces and I hope it did that.

  5. OMG - can you imagine what I thought "the furry little thing she sits on" was???? I thought you were practicing animal cruelty! Then it dawned on me.

  6. hi Lydia!
    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!! Made it today and it was wonderful!! I do like to make home made mac and cheese, but you must stand over a boiling pot of cheese sauce, STIRRING CONSTANTLY, for like an hour....oh okay just 15 minutes, but it really feels like an hour! This was SO easy!! I told my husband we were supposed to whisper your name and he laughed! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Have 2 pot lucks to go to in the next two weeks and I will certainly take this!!
    Thanks too for all of your inspiration! I love to read your blog and love the way you think, kinda twisted, but in that special good way! :)
    My Great Grandmother was named Lydia and she was an amazing woman too!


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