WHOOSH...it's some kinda hot around here. The fan's going, the boys sprawled underneath it to use every centimeter of cool linoleum underneath. If I had a permanent fur coat on, I'd be taking advantage of it, too...
Moolany has a great post on making your lifestyle a homemade one, including detergent and other helpful products...some really good ideas here.
Tiger Woods did NOT make the cut on the British Open! (Poor guy.)
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And the Rockies taco special is still good at Taco Bell, if you live in Colorado. Whenever the Rocks score 7 or more, you can get 4 tacos for a buck, provided you order a drink, too. The Rocks won last night, with a score of 10. Guess who's munching on tacos tonight?? (But the special is only good from 4-6 p.m.)
Speaking of munching, giant squid seem to be starting to get interested in People Food: "Scientists are not sure why the squid are swarming off the Southern California coast, but they are concerned." Yeah, me too.
And also in its own special place on the food chain, one of the best Mac & Cheese recipes ever. Cooks in a crockpot and is one of the creamiest versions we've tucked into. Frugal Upstate, bless her heart, gave me the original recipe, but I've changed it a bit.
ALL DAY MAC AND CHEESE
16 ounces cooked pasta (until barely al dente)
4 cups cheese (I use cheddar, plus whatever's leftover in the fridge)
1 can evaporated milk**
1 1/2 cups milk (2 cups make it slightly more liquid)
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry or jarred mustard
salt and pepper
**if you don't have evaporated milk, substitute this -- 1 1/2 cups warm water, 1 cup powdered milk, 1-2 tablespoons butter. Heat until butter is melted, mix, then use or store.
Spray your crockpot with nonstick cooking spray. Dump the ingredients in, mix. Cook on 'low' setting 2-3 hours. (Frugal said 2-5 hours, but ours got too brown around the edges after 4 hours.) Stir and serve. That's it!
Frugal Upstate will throw in a bit of wheat germ; a few tablespoons of sour cream, stirred in just before serving, are a good addition, too. If you're gone all day, try setting the crockpot on 'warm' instead of 'low' -- it should weather a 5-7 hour period nicely.
Yum. And doesn't heat up the kitchen too badly, either. Have a great weekend!