Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful.

I just can’t be more ecstatic that the holidays are here. I can’t handle the love, cheery feelings, rushed shopping, baking, smiles, and of course the Christmas decorations. Thanksgiving is the kick-off to all the eating of starches (I’m a vegetarian, so I have an excuse to overfill on mashed potatoes and stuffing). :) If it wasn’t for Nate really wanting to make sure we don’t skip over Thanksgiving, I would already have a Christmas-decorated apartment. I can’t wait for tomorrow, Christmas will look like it threw up in my apartment (hopefully).

This year I decided not to bake since we usually have a million pies. So of course, I offered to make some HOMEMADE macaroni and cheese. Nate, Lisa, and I had a grand time at the grocery store last night trying to pick out the ingredients. And it came out W O N D E R F U L.

Ingredients:

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Macaroni shell noodles (I didn’t put a specific quantity because it depends on how many people you’re feeding.

2lb Velveeta cheese

1 stick of butter

Cheddar sprinkle cheese

Dash of milk

First, you boil the water. Then pour in the noodles when the water is boiling. Boil for 8 minutes. You don’t want to boil any longer because they’ll finish processing through the process.

Drain with a *tiny* bit of water left in the pot.

Pour in the dash of milk, stick of butter, and one half of block of cheese. Stir relentlessly, while the heat is on medium. I put a couple of dashes of Ms. Dash seasoning (no pun intended, ha. )

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I always have time to pay attention to my presh dog whose so curious when I’m in the kitchen. He’s a turkey :)

When the cheese starts to melt, put more in. And then some more. (I wouldn’t use the whole block, it might be a little much.

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Pour into a dish and sprinkle a half bag of cheddar sprinkle cheese. Put in the broiler for 3 mins. And the finished result is kind of really amazing. :)

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I know this is a making and baking blog, but I have some shout-outs to make…

I’m thankful for…

  • My AWESOME family who I couldn’t live without.
  • My great boyfriend whose one of the best people I’ve ever met who makes me smile everyday. (sappy:)
  • My ridiculous friends who are these great people I’m privileged to have as cheery additions in my life.
  • My precious brown dog who I’m pretty sure God made for me.
  • My health
  • My career that couldn’t be more suited for me.
  • And of course, the hobbies that keep me sane.

There are a lot of stresses in this life. Thank God for holidays that make us step back soak all the blessings in. I feel so overwhelmed with gratitude. God Bless! Now go and make some mac and cheese! :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Homecoming and Football Season…

Oh how I truly love the fall and holiday season. The warm fuzzy feeling that comes with warm weather and sweaters really does it for me every year. And I cannot even talk about Thanksgiving and Christmas time without smiling and getting giddy. I’m currently listening to the Pandora Peaceful Holiday music station with my pumpkin spice candle burning and my new Anthropologie Catalogue sitting close by, I could not feel more relaxed.

With that said, the other part of fall I love is the football. I got a much-needed break from football last season, and I’ve fallen back into my love of the sport and season. Not to mention, dating a football coach has fully immersed me back into watching it consistently (by consistently, I mean at least 2 high school football games a week not counting tv games). Being a high school teacher and volleyball coach (and former athlete!), I really love the high school athletics sports scene. There’s just something about high school sports that gets me every time. And football season just brings feelings of nostalgia and the innocence of high school that I simply love.

To make fall even more wonderful, there is Homecoming. Again, I love mum/garter day and love when students show me pictures of their gorgeous dresses at the dance. The spirit days are a blast and there’s a buzz around the school that encompasses what high school culture is all about.

Out of the 4 years I’ve taught, this is the first one where I dressed up for some of the spirit days. The kids got into it and a theater student helped me with ideas. This is me dressed up for “Old Folk’s Day”. Let’s just say the kids didn’t recognize me. :) I’m on the left with my fellow speech teacher buddies….

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This is me and my friendy dressed up for “Greek Day”. We were Greek Goddess’s. I had the students refer to me with the mythological name of Marthia all day. Ha.

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*Slight subject Change* Back to Homecoming…

So last year I did two of the volleyball players’ hair for the Homecoming dance. I am a girly girl to the core so I truly enjoy making others feel pretty by curling and primping. This year I had one of my favorite Varsity players ask for me to do her hair and make-up. Of course I said yes! I just love her and her family. Good people. :)

I was a little nervous on the make-up since I usually do hair, but she liked it so I took a sigh of relief! She looked great (which isn’t hard when you’re 16 and gorgeous!) It was too much fun and I hope I have girls when I have kids. Here is the final project…

So I curled, and then we did some strategic pin backs… her hair is perfect to work with because it’s so great. Girls dream of hair like this. :)

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Thanks to Tay for letting me come over and play!…

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Here’s to the holidays and fall season!