Cooking For One (Maybe 2)

I recently streamed a movie entitled ‘Adam’ and it was very good. Adam is a grown man with Asperger’s Syndrome and at the beginning of the movie the camera showed how infinitely organized his flat was. In his freezer he had a row of frozen Amy’s Macaroni and Cheese, so Adam is basically my soulmate.

I love Mac and Cheese, but prefer homemade. Cooking for one can be challenging, which nowadays recipe sites offer an option for one, but this was before that. I’ve been toying with this recipe to where it’s nailed down to one person and if you love Mac and Cheese as much as me it never disappoints. I use a variety of pasta and my favorites by far are Bronze Cut Rigatoni, Penne, or Tortiglioni.

Cook the pasta until done to your liking and let drain in a strainer. While the pot, or pan is still hot, drop the butter in to melt and turn heat to low to add heavy cream along with cheese. Stir well and add cooked pasta stirring to combine thoroughly with cheese sauce. If you cook the recipe as listed here it will serve 2 people, but you can alter the serving to one on the recipe website. If there happens to be any leftover it’s delicious heated up the next day for a lite lunch!

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A Full Tank

Being a single Mom and financially stable, may not coexist at first, but it was the most rewarding season of my life. It’s been a long road, but rest assured the road will lead to greener pastures.

The journey of the single Mom offers a continual concern over money. We lived in the country and drove 30 minutes to the nearest grocery store. I’d become dependent on my truck’s gas gauge to be accurate and indicate when gas was needed, until that one time we ran out of gas. It’s unnerving to break down on a country road with your daughter, but we called for help and it came. That was the last time I depended on a gauge in my truck and from that day forward I kept at least half a tank of gas in him.

Time rolls by and you figure out how much you can spend each week. You ask for a raise at work and take side jobs for extra spending like Christmas and birthdays. You’ll pile pillows on the floor and lay down side by side only to stare at the ceiling fan. A conversation begins as light-hearted giggling, but becomes deeper until you realize your voices are now a whisper and tissues are needed. You’ll take turns cooking so they can be creative in the kitchen, knowing full well you’re going to clean up afterwards. Those are the most memorable meals.

Over time you make more money, or want fewer things, but somehow time and money line up. My truck has gone from having half a tank to a full tank, but he’s not the only one. My daughter grew into a young adult and moved into her own home this year, but thinking about everything we went through to get to this point has me writing this with a full tank.

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The Right Amount

One evening I was craving macaroni and cheese.

I looked at my favorite recipe, and went to the kitchen to see if I had what was needed. It looked promising.

As I was pouring each ingredient into the pan, I was amazed by having the right amount of each. This wasn’t planned by be, but it was obviously planned for me.

That’s how God works in my life.

I realized if He could give me the exact ingredients for mac and cheese, He surely had all of the ingredients measured out for a spectacular life.

He wants me to trust Him.

And I do.

A spectacular life sounds like the right amount.