Easy Mac and Cheese

I recently used this recipe for mac and cheese. My older one, who used to love cheese, but has since decided he’s too good to eat it, didn’t event try it. But my younger one devoured both his share and his brother’s. Kid-Friendly Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe I bought a butternut squash pasta from Trader Joe’s a while ago and it paired beautifully with this cheese sauce. Image copyright Amazon The pasta might be still available on Amazon, or you might have to wait until this fall for it to come again. Getting back to the cheese sauce, I used about 60% cheddar, 25% mozzarella (and my that… Read More

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Gulab Jamub

I made gulab jamuns! I got this recipe from Aunty Renuka, a very nice aunty who, among other things, is an awesome cook. Ingredients: 1 cup self rising flour 3 cops milk powder heavy whipping cream that makes 80-90 balls 1) mix ingredients for tight dough 2) make into balls 3) deep fry in low heat Syrup: Ingredients: 2 cups sugar 4 cups water cardimum/saffron (optional) 1) boil sugar water 2) blot oil from balls 3) put balls in syrup Filling Ingredients: chopped cashews, raisins, apricots, pistachios too. Paneer (see other section) 1) mix w/paneer 2) mix w/nuts + roll into small balls 3) use regular gulab jamun dough for… Read More

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Gulab Jamub

I made gulab jamuns! I got this recipe from Aunty Renuka, a very nice aunty who, among other things, is an awesome cook. Ingredients: 1 cup self rising flour 3 cops milk powder heavy whipping cream that makes 80-90 balls 1) mix ingredients for tight dough 2) make into balls 3) deep fry in low heat Syrup: Ingredients: 2 cups sugar 4 cups water cardimum/saffron (optional) 1) boil sugar water 2) blot oil from balls 3) put balls in syrup Filling Ingredients: chopped cashews, raisins, apricots, pistachios too. Paneer (see other section) 1) mix w/paneer 2) mix w/nuts + roll into small balls 3) use regular gulab jamun dough for… Read More

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Eggless Chocolate Chip Mini Cupcakes

My 3.5 year old found a pack of mini-cupcake wrappers in the cabinet and wanted to make cupcakes. I made a deal with him: we can make it and put it in the oven. But then we have to eat breakfast, and we can eat the cupcakes after. Surprisingly, he did it! A quick Google search led me to this recipe, which was a hit. My son had a lot of fun making it, and he ate it too (which is saying something). I did tweak the recipe, so I wanted to share that with you. First, the recipe calls for all purpose flour. Instead of 1 cup of all… Read More

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Cosmetics

I don’t talk about makeup very often and I wear it even less. The last few years I’ve been (trying) to be conscientious about which brands I buy. I’d like it to be cruelty-free and generally a good company. Other bonuses (here come the buzzwords) include made in the USA, vegan (or at least vegetarian), and eco-friendly. Here are some cosmetic companies I like. Mommy Makeup –¬†https://www.mommymakeup.com Makeup for busy moms. All my makeup brushes (aka the 2 I have) are from this company. They aren’t very long — just long enough to fit in my tiny makeup bag. Physicians Formula –¬†https://www.physiciansformula.com AKA the one I randomly found at CVS.… Read More

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Disney Princesses as Villains

Here are some Disney Princesses as villains. The thing I found most interesting is how easy it might have been for some to get there. For example, what if someone came by and “rescued” her from Mother Gothel, before she got to know the truth? She might have snapped. And so forth … (I don’t want to dive too far into the abyss, after all). https://www.thegamer.com/good-disney-princesses-as-villains/

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DC Comic Book Heroes

I was recently reading this article about comic book heroes. This one struck me as particularly funny: Batman power is basically lots of money. On the flip side, it reiterates the point that being a superhero isn’t about powers. It’s about choosing to put yourself in harm’s way to help others. Powers not required, but they help. https://www.thegamer.com/dc-logic-comics-hilarious-funny-superhero-fan/6/?v=6

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