As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about………more Snow Days!! While the first day of Daylight Savings Time (as in fall back, not spring forward) is my all time, most favorite day of the year, nothing compares to the gift of a whole extra day!! Don’t you remember being a kid and listening to the radio or watching WGN (no email, no texting, no tweeting, no internet), waiting to hear if your school was closed? Sure, it’s fun to know that you can sleep in when you’re heading to bed at night, but it’s such a special treat to get to climb back into bed in the morning and bury your head under the covers; dreaming about all the fantastic ways you could possibly spend your Snow Day.
Growing up in the city of Chicago is a far cry from suburban living. Our entire snowstorm existence was preoccupied with digging our car out of our parking place on the street, and then ensuring that after all of our sweat and exertion, no one else parked in “our spot.” It’s true; people would bring chairs and brooms out to the street to mark their spot. Heaven help the interloper that tried to park their car in a space of ill gotten gain. Suburban living is so much more civilized. We have a snow-blower, shovels and our very own driveway. In fact, snow removal is a neighborly and friendly affair.
Nicholas, Amanda, Wrigley and I are really looking forward to our Wednesday Snow Day. After they have big snow fun with all of our neighbor kids (the little’s play with the big’s), we’ll have hot chocolate, watch movies and I’m going to make our favorite homemade Macaroni Cheese. I’ll bet you already have all the ingredients necessary to whip up a batch for your family.
Dream-y Cream-y Macaroni and Cheese-y
This is so amazing and you can mix it all up a day in advance and just pop it in the oven an hour before you’re ready to eat. Kids love it (and the grown-ups do too).
Grease a 13” x 9” pan
Pre-heat oven to 350°
16 oz tubular pasta (elbow macaroni is a classic, but anything will do; penne, gemelli, farfalle, etc)
24 ounces of shredded cheese (let the cheddar fly solo or make it a combo of your favorite cheeses)
1 cup of milk
½ cup sour cream
1 stick of butter, cut into pieces
2 tsp hot pepper sauce
1 tsp salt
In a large pan, cook the pasta according to the directions and desired doneness
Drain and return to the pan
Add the cheese to the pasta while it’s hot
In a bowl, combine;
Whisk ingredients together until they are well blended
Bake for 35-40 minutes, until bubbly and golden
It’s beautiful served with a side of fresh fruit, chicken or garlic bread
More found time, more appreciating moments spent together, more outdoor fun, more mac n cheese…..