Ya know, I’ve come to realize a lot of things recently.  Most of them are things that we all already know (or things that we should know), but as I get older these life lessons take on new meaning…

Anyone ever read the the book “All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum?  I suggest you check it out-nice easy read.  I remember receiving a copy of this book in high school, the summer after ninth grade I believe.  But I digress…

Lately I’ve been in a period of deep introspection-what else is new?  So in looking through some old things I came across this book and skimmed it again.  While all of the points he makes are relevant, one in particular stood out to me: PLAY FAIR!

The older and wiser I get, the word fair takes on new meaning and sometimes it gets lost in the shuffle of life for a lot of us, including myself sometimes.  I’d like to think that I lead a pretty balanced life, especially being a Libra 😉 but in all fairness, I don’t always meet this standard, and I know you don’t either so don’t you dare judge me! 🙂 I guess this is resonating with me because right now, I feel as though I’m in a particularly unfair position on my job.  The fact is that because I set certain standards for myself, that I try to always meet or exceed in all aspects of my life including my career, I’m at a certain point that a lot of people twice my age haven’t reached, and for that, I am truly grateful.

With that being said, recently I’ve been placed in a position on my job that I find to be particularly unfair that is being justified under the guise of my higher pay grade and my credentials.  Now, what you won’t do is mistreat or misuse me and justify your blatent manipulation or wrong doing.  Cunning people are so…blah!

But that’s neither here nor there…  Somehow, I still believe in all fairness, so I have to continue to put forth my best effort to play fair!  I will continue to show these heaux how to move in a room fulla vultures 😉 aaaaaaaand while I’m doing that, you all can try this on for size:

by special request…

Baked Macaroni and Cheese!

I have also become aware of an epidemic that some of my friends who dwell from the Northern part of the United States find to be acceptable; macaroni and cheese that is stirred and not baked!!!  Ugh!  The travesty!  It’s almost insulting that this is ok for some of you.  Now, if you prefer your macaroni and cheese to come out of one box and to stir it in a pot on the stove them fine, do you boo!  But as for me and my house…we shall eat baked macaroni and cheese-the way they make it in the souf…where I come from 😉

Here’s one recipe that I’ve always held tried and true.  I’ll try my best to be as accurate as possible with the measurements because I don’t really cook from recipes unless I’m baking as that is a must.

1  16oz (1lb) box of elbow macaroni

(I prefer Meuller’s wherever possible)

1  tsp of salt

1  tsp of oil

3  tbsp unsalted butter

1/2 to 1c  milk or cream

1  egg

1 1/2 to 2lb of cheese

(I usually use a mixture of mild/sharp/extra sharp cheddar, but if I’m feelin fancy I’ll use some smoked gouda or some havarti or sum).

So here goes…

Preheat your oven to 350°F
Meanwhile, add the salt and oil and bring some water to a boil to cook the macaroni until al dente– you can follow the instructions on the box for this.
Strain the noodles thoroughly and return them to the hot pot, away from the heat.
Add the butter, milk or cream and part of the cheese and stir to combine.  Add the egg and stir thoroughly to combine before adding the rest of the cheese.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the contents into a baking dish and bake at 350°F for about 45 mins, peeping at it until the top starts to turn golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow it to rest for at least 10 mins (if you can) and enjoy!

Until next time… stay classy!