Thursday, January 31, 2013

today

The crazy weather has been getting to me lately.  It's 60 degrees and raining down in sheets one day and the next it's snow and wind chills in the zero range.  Crazy Chicagoland weather!
But I was happy today to see that with the snow the little Junco birds were eating from our bird feeders.  This made me, the kiddos, and Zeeb the cat very happy!
bird in the middle behind the snow
Zeeb the cat




Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Using leftover mac n cheese...

My kids love mac n cheese.  My hubby loves mac n cheese.  I love mac n cheese.  However, no one likes mac n cheese leftovers.  It's a dried gooey clump of nasty!  You know, it doesn't even retain its cheesy taste.   But I hate throwing it away!

So, I came up with a recipe to use that leftover mac n cheese, it makes a thick soup:

one can of diced tomatoes
one large container of chicken stock (32 oz)
one jar of Bertolli's brand Four Cheese Rosa sauce
leftover mac n cheese any amount - if you have a very large batch, double the other ingredients
Heat it in a large pot and break up the mac n cheese while it warms.


That's it!  If you want even more flavor, you can add chunks of chicken, white beans, and spinach.  I do occasionally, spice it up with red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, and minced garlic (or powder). 
It tastes good and everybody seems to like it.  And I don't have to throw away food!  :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My favorite Christmas gift I received

So, I love feeding the birds in the winter.  I adore how they visit the bird feeder throughout the day, looking for seeds to throw about.  This is my home bird feeder that hangs right outside our patio door.  It provides constant amusement to the kids & cats as well!
This Christmas, my mother, knowing how I adore the birds, purchased for me this wonderful window-mount see-through bird feeder!  It's from Plow & Hearth. 
So far, no birdies.  But it's only been up for a day.  It can be purchased at their website here: