Monday, October 24, 2011

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This is my probably my most requested dish that I make.  Family events, potlucks, whatever, I am told that I have to bring this along.  I really have no choice in the matter.  So, this time I'm trying something new with this post and I have pictures to show the process of how to make it, in all it's deliciousness.  

 So here are all the ingredients you'll need to make baked mac and cheese:

1 lb large elbow macaroni
1 stick of unsalted butter
2 slices of bread to make bread crumbs with
2-3 cloves of minced garlic
1 teaspoon of mustard powder combined with 1 tsp of water
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
6 Tbsp of flour
3 1/2 cup of whole milk
1 3/4 cup chicken broth (I used water and chicken                       bullion)
4 cups shredded colby cheese
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

First, set a large pot of water to boil, and place noodles in after it boils, the take the 2 slices of bread and put them in a food processor and pulse to make bread crumbs.  Melt 2 Tbsp of butter in a bowl and then toss with breadcrumbs and set aside.
Add remaining butter to pot and cook over medium heat

Drain noodles in colander and wipe pot dry


Melted butter

Add garlic
Add cayenne pepper and mustard mixture
Add flour
Add milk


Stir and cook until golden



Add chicken broth and mix until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes
Add noodles back into pot and stir until combined

Off heat, whisk in shredded cheese until combined and melted


Put in oven at 350 degrees with bread crumbs on top and bake for 25-30 minutes

When you are done, it will be a bubbly and hot, let cool for a few minutes, serve and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What's for Dinner?- Meatloaf

Now I know that somehow meatloaf in general has got a bad rap, but I do have to say that mine is delicious!  It's so good even Sidda will eat it (she is my picky eater).  My secret is in the sauce that you put on top.  It's a mixture of ketchup, brown sugar and vinegar that really  makes it stand out.  Michael loves it when I make meatloaf; it's one of those meals the whole family gets excited about. It's ok to be jealous of my meatloaf.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Rolled Page Letter

So I found an idea similar to this on Pinterest a few weeks ago and couldn't wait to try it out.  Being a book fanatic this absolutely appealed to me.  I love the thought of taking old books that I am no longer using and re purposing them for something awesome.  All it took was tearing pages out of the book that I wanted to use rolling them up tight and using Mod Podge to glue them to the wooden letter that I got from Hobby Lobby today.  I'm very happy with the results, the only thing I wish was that I had found a bigger letter.  If I ever do, I will end up making another one I am sure.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Job

Oh, Job, Job, Job.  Poor Job. He was a good guy.  He followed God's law.  He stayed out of trouble, offered sacrifices for himself and his children to God and what does he get?  Everything taken away from him.  God stepped aside and let Satan put his hands on Job.  He took away all of his animals, his children, his servants and then the devil covered him with sores from head to toe.  They were uncomfortable and he used a broken piece of pottery to scrape at himself.  So not cool.

Poor Job.  He spends his time speaking to his friends asking what he did to deserve this punishment.  His friends sat and told him he must of have done wrong for God to punish him, though his friends seem wise in all their talk they were not.  They were convinced of Job doing something wrong.  But through it all Job stayed faithful.  He still believed and trusted in God.  In the end God returned everything to Job twice over what he had had before.


I guess what you really have to get out of it is that God can and will sometimes let satan do things to us to test our  faith.  Life isn't all good, there is always trials and suffering, it's how we react to the bad that happens that really matters.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Esther

I love reading Esther.  It's one of those things where you can see how much one person can truly make a difference for everyone, and many of them probably never realized what she did for them.

Esther became queen of Persia because of her beauty and humbleness.  She found favor with the king so he took her for his queen.  At the time he was not aware that she was a Jew.  Esther had a cousin named Mordecai who had helped stopped an assassination attempt on King Xerxes.  But there was the right hand man of the king names Haman who did not like Mordecai, but getting rid of him was not enough so he decided that he would talk the king into getting rid of all the Jews (sound familiar, ummmm Hitler, much?  Just goes to show you there is nothing new under the sun).  So Haman picked a time of the year which was a few months away and sent letters to all the governors in Persia so that on the same day they would all slay the Jews.  When Mordecai discovered what Haman was planning he sent a message to Esther, asking her to speak to the king and save their people.  This is not something that is done.  You don't just go talk to the king, the king has to call on you to appear before him.  She would be risking her life just to be seen before him.  And Esther replied like this

"Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me.  Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day.  I and my maids will fast as you do.  When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law.  And if I perish, I perish." Esther 4:16

She fasted and asked others to fast with her in order to have favor with God before she went to the king.  When she did appear before him the king was pleased to see her.  She invited him to a banquet that she a had prepared for him, and asked him to not follow through with the slaughter of her people.  King Xerxes asked who wanted to slay her people and when she told him that it was Haman he was promptly hanged.

Queen Esther had courage and saved thousands from death because she was willing to risk herself.

Another awesome tidbit that I learned while reading through Esther, the word God is never mentioned within any of the chapters.  It's kind of interesting but you can see as you read that God just pours out of the pages.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ezra/Nehemiah

When I told Michael that I would b combining Ezra and Nehemiah for my next blog post he said that I should call it "kicking it old school" because way back when the books were combined but have been separated in to two books for hundreds of years.  I know, Michael is kind of a dork.

I decided to write about them together because as I read through the books were easy reads but very boring to me.  It was all about rebuilding  the temple and repairing the wall of the city.  It was full of lists and names and such.  I know that reading it and knowing about these things is very important and it's there for a reason but as I read through this time nothing was really catching my eye, spurring my thoughts or making me want to inquire more about what I was reading.  It took me longer to read it then it should have but it was because every time I sat down to read it my mind would wander off and I would lose focus.  But now I am on to Esther, which is a pretty awesome book and hopefully I will have more to write when I finish up.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Getting Crafty

Finally, finally I have I done something crafty.  I've been feeling the itch that I want to work on something, be creative and make something, but I really wasn't feeling like working really hard to get it done, so this past Sunday, Michael's mom, Selina, and I made this beautifully awesome frame.
We were testing out Selina's cricut at cutting vinyl and it worked out great.  The only thing was that we didn't have transfer paper, so I laid each and every letter by hand, so it's not as even as I would have liked but I think that it came together fabulously.  I found the phrase on pintrest and loved it and Michael wanted it up somewhere in the house.  I will probably be changing out the pink background soon for something with more texture to it, but this works for now.  Yay for crafts!

2 Chronicles

We begin off with Solomon and all the great things that he did as king of Israel.  The greatest thing that he does though, is build the temple that David had planned.  The first few chapters are dedicated to the building of the temple and all the measurements and the work that went into it.  And it was a lot.  I felt like I was reading about the building of the tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant all over again.  It's difficult for me to read things describing how to make and build things, especially since I don't fully understand the measurements for me to picture it but I am sure it is all very amazing.  But when they had finished building the temple and were bringing the Ark in this is what happened in 2 Chronicles 5:13-14

"The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the Lord.  Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instuments, they raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:
     "He is good; his love endures forever."
Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their services because of the cloud for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God."

And as I picture it, God's presence was so thick and so tangible in that moment that everything stopped.  Nothing could be done except for focusing on the Lord.  There wasn't even a way to continue the songs of praise because God was there and the His awesomeness just froze the room.  They were in awe of Him.

How amazing would it be to be in such presence that it stops you.  That there was nothing you could do other than just be there.  This is something I would love to do.  Be so wrapped in the Spirit that it keeps my mind from wondering or even thinking at all.  That it would just let me be with God, without all these human things getting in my way.  This is the way I want to be in worship of God.  This is what I desire and pray for.  For a mind that would let me go and just experience without getting in the way.  I think way too much, I'm sure, and it gets in the way of being with God fully.  I just can't seem to shut off.  I let myself get distracted and I won't let go of myself and just be.  I have control issues, I know.  These are also the same things that keep me from getting too close with people other than Michael.  I am aware of the problem, I just lack in the area of solving it.

Wow.... So I didn't expect to go into all that on my blog about 2 Chronicles, but it's ok.  Out of the whole book, this spoke to me the most.  The rest was pretty much 2 Kings all over again.  It's funny how much a verse can speak into your life, especially when you felt like the Old Testament didn't really apply to your life.  I think I'm starting to see things differently.