Last week I returned after being gone almost a full week at SNAP in Utah. I’m not one of the moms that was frantically calling home in between sessions trying to check up on the
husband kids. I’m a pretty stinkin’ lucky lady, because that stuff doesn’t even need to cross my mind. My husband’s pretty fantastic every day around here- doing laundry, dishes, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming. I think I could stand to step it up a bit. So he had it down pat with me being gone for the week.
So I staggered in Monday morning around 2:00 a.m., because I’m so cheap that I named my own price for a flight on Priceline and got a crappy midnight landing time. The alarm went off at 7:30, and I rolled out of bed to see my 11 year-old son standing there dressed like he was from the Colonial time period. He had his khaki pants tucked into some knee high soccer socks so they were all bunched up around his knees. He had a big poofy, white shirt with a scarf coming out of the top. The kid was ready to go for Colonial Day at school.
Except Colonial Day wasn’t until Thursday. He was 4 days early. I was thiiiiissss close to letting him go. Then I remembered that he’s a 5th grade boy and that might not be as funny to him as it was to me. I cracked up all day, but he was very grateful that I didn’t send him in dressed like that on a regular school day.
At dinner that night, we were all catching up from my week away and I mentioned to my husband how he was dressed that morning and how I almost let him go to school like that. Oh the look on his face! His response, “Well you should have, because this stinker came downstairs last night at 8:30 p.m. and told me he needed a Colonial Day outfit for the next morning! I made it the whole week with nothing going wrong and he threw that at me right at the final bedtime!”.
Guess what I did?? Laughed and laughed and laughed…
But dinner was good!
Kielbasa Macaroni & Cheese
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp butter
6 oz. cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
10-12 ounces dry pasta (I used penne for this recipe but normally use shells)
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 package turkey kielbasa, cut into slices
1/2-3/4 cup vegetables (corn, peas, broccoli)
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package. If you are using a frozen vegetable, you can add it to the noodles for the last 2 minutes of cooking.
While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the milk, egg, black pepper, and salt. Set aside. Melt butter in a skillet and cook kielbasa, onion and garlic until it is heated through and starting to brown. Set aside.
Drain the pasta and return to pot over medium-low heat. Pour in the milk mixture and cook, stirring constantly, for about 2-3 minutes, or until it starts to thicken up a bit. Add the shredded cheese in small increments, stirring constantly, until it is all added and melted. Stir in the kielbasa mixture until it is evenly coated. Serve and enjoy!