Virginia Special Macaroni and Cheese

I’m going to reblog some posts from my other sites occasionally, as I did with the dress modification. I feel like I have four loves but they are fragmented onto four sites, so this might be the best way to bring them all together. Cheers!

Gram's Recipe Box

Virginia Special Mac and Cheese


Macaroni and cheese with sugar in it isn’t exactly what I was thinking with this one. However, maybe it adds a gentle sweetness to an otherwise cheesy, gooey, casserole. Having a 6-year-old, we tend to eat a lot of macaroni and cheese. Maybe I will try this one. Without the tomatoes of course. I like catchup on my mac & cheese, but there is where I draw the line. :-) I don’t know the vintage of this recipe. It was clipped from a newspaper of unknown origin and date.

Virginia Special Macaroni & Cheese

1 7 oz package elbow macaroni

1 1/2 cup milk

1 cup evaporated milk

2 well beaten eggs

2 T sugar

1/2 t salt

1 8 oz package sharp Cheddar (or process American cheese), coarsely diced

Tomato slices, halved

Cook macaroni in boiling salted water til just tender; drain. Blend milk, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar…

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100th day of school

Today Melody’s school is celebrating the 100th day of school. That seems so odd to me. When I was a kid we celebrated the last day of school, but never celebrated actually being *at* school. Anyway, her teacher was given a theme for the kids to dress up, and her theme is “dress like you are 100 years old.” Had it been “dress like it is 100 years ago” I’d have that licked without even thinking! But dressing like a 100 year old really stymied me. All the 100 year olds I have known dressed like everyone else.

A friend suggested curlers, glasses and knee highs with a skirt. Here’s what we came up with:

Hello, dearie!

Hello, dearie!

Yeah, she’s way cuter than any of the 100 year olds I have seen, too. I checked with my parents – they live in a senior community – and they haven’t seen any cute 100 year olds either.



Melody did oblige in losing her second top front tooth this morning, so she’s pretty close to gumming her food, right?


Melody and another “centenarian”


What’s that? Speak up, don’t mumble!

Site update at Gram’s Recipe Box

New layout, whee!

New layout, whee!

A really wonderful thing happened over at my site Gram’s Recipe Box. I found the perfect theme. You might not realize how difficult it can be to find a great theme for your website. With a site like WordPress, they offer themes designed to integrate with your existing content to enhance and showcase your work. You know how much work you put into the content on your site, but if like me you aren’t a graphic designer, you also know how frustrating it can be to not express the vision in your mind of how your perfect site looks. Well as I was browsing the various available themes for this site, ironically, I found the vintage kitchen theme and I knew, I had found The Perfect Theme for Gram’s Recipe Box. The theme is clean, inviting, and yet still modern in a vintage-y way. I can’t say enough how much I like it! For now, Notes will stick with the existing floral theme since I don’t really love too many of the available themes right now. Perhaps as WordPress adds themes in the future, I’ll find that elusive perfect theme for this site too.

Uncategorized category

I was just thinking about the way things are organized in a blog. You have the post, pictures, categories, tags/keywords, comments…. It all works together to publicize your blog and/or help your readers find other interesting posts on your site. The one that bothers me is the category “uncategorized.”

By the very nature of the “uncategorized” category, WordPress is making it a category and therefore, categorizing it! It’s a conundrum I cannot resolve.

My brain hurts.

New year, new blog host

For quite a while I have been meaning to move this blog to because, well for many reasons, primarily because we want to get out of the website hosting business, but also because WordPress is now more advanced than the editing software my husband wrote for me five years ago. He designed the original website and after a friend very kindly commented that it looks a bit nursery, I realized that as Melody is growing up, so must this site. Besides, it has hardly been about her for a long time.

So, here we are. I might change the theme until I find one I like, or I might just keep this one forever. Who knows. The thing about hosting a blog at WordPress (or other blog hosting sites) is that I can do that, pretty much at will.

Things I plan to do in 2013

  • Blog more
  • Post pictures
  • Continue the Each Mommy Matters feature
  • Find other interesting topics
  • Not worry too much

The catch about a blog is that if you post a lot, you send out more tweets and RSS updates, and so more people possibly find you, your readership grows, and one day you are writing a book from your blog. The reality of a blogging, working mom is that I really don’t have the time to blog every day. At best I was blogging a few times a week. I took a couple months off (sorry about that) but I enjoyed it thoroughly. I doubt that I will ever have a massive following, but if I have a few people who read and comment from time to time, that is a huge boost for my sense of self.

I am also looking into cross pollinating from my other blogs. Since all are on WordPress now, I could probably pretty easily import a post that is particularly interesting from another site. Especially when they pertain to this site somehow, it might be fun.

I might never get around to moving the old pictures from the old site, and that isn’t ideal. John won’t like it, but honestly I just need to prioritize my time here. I will do my best, folks, and that is all I can do.