February 10, 2012

Fun Noodle Macaroni and Cheese

Thanks, everyone, for your kind words and advice yesterday.  All I can say is:  God knows our struggles and answers our prayers.  School was canceled because of ice yesterday.  Miraculous works, indeed. 

Has anyone ever seen the movie Labyrinth?  You know, the one with David Bowie in the tight pants, and the girl with the long hair (Jennifer Connelly, you can do SO much better), and the baby brother, and weird creatures, and the nonsensical EVERYTHING, and the scary 80's music, and....

Remember that one?

Yes.  Well, I think I saw it for the first time when I was about 3.  Maybe 5.  I was pretty young.  My cousins owned the videotape of it.  "Why?" is definitely a legitimate question there. 

I had nightmares for years about that movie.  YEARS.  I can't even really talk about it all that much.  Just that it was, and still is, the WEIRDEST, SCARIEST, and MOST INAPPROPRIATE movie of all time.  Enough said.  In fact, I feel a little weird linking the title to the IMDB page.  Even that seems inappropriate because I'm pretty sure this movie should just be burned, discarded, and never re-produced again.

Thankfully, I am able to move through my day-to-day life without the scars and suffering that have befallen me showing.  I've learned to get over it and function.  For the most part anyway..

Until...a student asked me about it.

A girl asked me if she could bring in Labyrinth to share with the class.  I nearly broke into tears and a cold sweat when she said that title.

Needless to say, I will not be scarring the future generation by allowing them to watch such cinematic gibberish*.

We'll be sticking with cooking rats, martial arts practicing pandas, and surfing penguins in Room 210.
None of that has anything to do with macaroni and cheese, except for the fact that a student gave me these adorable macaroni noodles for Christmas.  I was quite excited to try them out with my VERY favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.

Everyone knows that macaroni and cheese tastes best when made with noodles of shape and character. 

This is a quick dinner, tastes great as leftovers, and uses no butter or flour but is still incredibly creamy.

Stove-Top, One Pot, Macaroni and Cheese.

*If you're a fan of Labyrinth, I'm sorry if I've offended you.  Seriously, no one likes their favorite things to be made fun of.  Maybe you can tell me why you like it?  Or share a traumatic movie-viewing experience from your own childhood?  Also scarring me from the 80s?  Alf and clowns.


  1. haha I'm pretty sure I watched that movie with you all and was too young to understand a single thing, so luckily I don't remember. I do, however, remember seeing Pan's Labyrinth (I'm seeing a trend here..) and it was horrifying. The whole thing was in Spanish with subtitles so I couldn't look away when something gross was happening, and this creature had eyeballs growing out of its hands or something...I HATE eyeballs

  2. I did see Pan's Labyrinth. It wasn't nearly as scary to me, but I wasn't crazy about it. I think the weird 80s music is what pushes me over the edge!


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