Andrew’s out of town for a few days starting tomorrow–he’ll be spending a couple of those days in Texas with Silas and Heather (and Margaret!) to attend Silas’s graduation from pilot training, then heading over to Houston for a conference.
(I realize some of you are gasping at the thought that I would announce to–potentially- the whole world that I’ll be home alone without a big, strong, strapping man to protect me. In my defense, two things: first, my blog is SO not that popular, and second, we have a giant dog.)
Soooo….what does Holly do when Andrew leaves? She makes macaroni and cheese! Duh!
I’ll be making Cooking Light’s Sweet Potato Chili Mac, among other things that involve cheese, like Pioneer Woman’s Breakfast Bread Pudding. But first, I had to grocery shop! (It’s like crack to me, seriously.)
I went with a list (of course I did–have I ever NOT?), but allowed myself a few splurges along the way since Andrew wasn’t going to be home.
1. More bananas. If I run out, I get panicky. I used to only eat them when they still had a little green on them, but now I’m way less picky. Plus, if they’re too far gone, there’s always banana bread
2. Seltzer! I LOVE mixing black cherry and vanilla.
3. A mango.
4. An avocado–what better to add to a ‘southwest’ salad to go with my chili mac?
5. Two ORGANIC Pink Lady apples. Such a treat. Did you know apples are number 1 on the “Dirty Dozen” list?
6. Bow-tie pasta for my chili-mac… You do not even want to know how much time it took me in the past aisle to choose between elbows, spirals or the bow-ties. (All whole wheat, of course.) Actually, (and in the vein of journalistic integrity) I went to the store for elbows, doubting I’d find them in whole wheat, but when I did I wondered if I’d prefer spirals because I was making a “chili mac” and not a true macaroni and cheese (in which case elbows would DEFINITELY be preferred), and it was only AFTER I put the spirals in the cart I noticed the bow-ties. In wheat. For 20 cents more. I said “price be damned” (not really, and not out loud–thankfully–but you know what I mean) and grabbed the bow-ties.
7. Canned pineapple chunks. I’m also making a hawaiian pizza while he’s away. I have pizza dough, leftover pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella and deli ham in the fridge… I mean, is that a no-brainer, or what?
8. Cottage cheese. Buying pineapple (canned or fresh, but I prefer fresh) necessitates buying cottage cheese, and vice versa.
9. Bottled creamer. Confession to make: I’m back on the wagon, at least temporarily. I’d been trying out homemade creamers, then no creamers… Andrew’s mom sent me home with a bottle of “Warm Cinnamon Sugar Cookie” and I got hooked all over again. (Well, maybe not hooked, but it sure is convenient.) With cinnamon roll and butter toffee-flavored coffee at home right now, I figured the vanilla caramel flavor would go quite nicely. The truth is, until we make “good” coffee (a.k.a. NOT something from a ‘pod’) at home, I don’t care about dumping sweeteners and flavorings into it. Health-wise, I’m not thrilled, but I had to.
10. And in case anyone wonders if I love my husband… I got him some treats for the road. Funyuns (eeewww!), Combos (these are my mom’s travel food and they’re ours, too–please note the ‘Made with Real Cheese’ sign in the upper left corner of the bag…Andrew doesn’t seem to mind THAT real cheese), and orange gummi bears, all in their own box. Andrew loves orange anything, and these were definitely an impulse purchase if there ever was one: while waiting in the check-out line, a woman was next to me, already digging into her container of red (cherry) gummi bears, which piqued my interest. I was about to grab blue raspberry for my guy, when I saw orange. Done deal.
And check out what else I found:
We’re also white-cheddar fans, too. (Is that ‘too’ redundant since I have ‘also’ in the same sentence? Someone tell me…) We’ve had a Netflix DVD sitting on the coffee table for more than a week now since we’re HOOKED on Big Bang Theory–thanks a lot, Carolyn–and we have to watch it TONIGHT before he leaves!
(You also don’t want to know how much time I spent in the popcorn aisle, trying to figure out which kinds to get… Andrew likes extra butter, I like Orville Redenbacher’s “natural, simply salted” variety–can you blame me that I don’t like the FILM of grossness that coats one’s mouth after eating other kinds of microwave popcorn??? Anyway, I ended up getting Andrew his own ‘snack bags’ of the movie theater butter flavor, and figured I could always share mine with him.)
At least ONE of us will be eating well while he’s gone! Who am I kidding? Don’t even get me started on how much I’m going to miss all the awesome Mexican and BBQ I could have had if I was going to San Antonio with him…)
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