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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Share What You Know

Welcome to another installment of Share What You Know. The years we’ve spent roaming this earth, offer ample opportunity to learn and share what you know. Recently, I shared this tip with someone and it was like a revelation to them, so it’s my pleasure to share it here with you.

I like to purchase substantial shower curtain liners instead of the thin, throw away type. They usually have metal grommets protecting the holes they hang from and are weighted at the bottom. The heavier liners are not very expensive and here’s how investing in a good quality one can save you time and money in the long run.

Depending on the frequency and how many people are using your bathtub/shower, the liner can begin to look gross rather quickly. The simplest way I’ve found to clean it is to throw it in the washing machine with some suds and bleach. If you have some old towels that need bleaching, throw those in the washer as well to help weigh the liner down. It doesn’t take a lot of bleach for this method and you don’t want to use to much because bleach will eat holes through the plastic.

Once the washing machine is done, grab a large bucket or storage container. You’re going to use this to place the shower curtain liner into to effortlessly carry it back to the bathroom without dripping bleach. Sit it inside your tub and begin hanging your liner. I do this a couple of times a year and haven’t had to buy a new liner in a long time. There’s one less shower curtain liner in our landfills. 🥳

Share What You Know

It was this time last year that I was walking though Wal-Mart when I cut through the grocery department and noticed two young girls, no more than 20 years old, walking toward me. They were squinting at a list that had been torn from a small notepad. No doubt handwritten and most likely in cursive. The vibe was they were exasperated trying to locate what was on the list. As our paths crossed, I heard one of the girls say through gritted teeth…

“Why do we need half and half? It’s just watered down milk!”

This was one year ago, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. I didn’t say anything at the time, but wish I had. You see my lovely reader’s…there are younger generations who need what we know.

My new neighbors still have their water hose connected to their outside spigot. The weather forecast is predicting below freezing temperatures later in the week. I’m not going to wait much longer before asking my neighbor if he knows what to do to winterize that outdoor pipe. They are young, so they may not know, but I don’t want to see water gushing out of that pipe and flooding his garage when I could have said something to prevent it from happening.

Share what you know.

And for the record….half and half is a combination of milk and cream.