Friday, January 30, 2009


Oh bloggy peeps!  I have questions.

Yes, questions.

I know you have answers. 

First, I have a couple of iTune cards that I need to spend. I want to buy a few upbeat songs that are motivating for my work out, and a few worship songs that are motivating for my spirit.

...What songs is your fave work-out song? (I am open to non-christian tunes in this genre, although runnin' and praising is always good.)

...What worship song are you hitting the repeat button on lately?

All-righty, switching gears...

Let's talk macaroni and cheese. 

I need a delicious homemade macaroni and cheese recipe. My kids LOVE the blue kind from a box, and I just have the worst time making it for them. I let them have it for a treat (my mother is rolling her eyes right now) but it kills me to think of all that fake cheese and processed ickiness that I am letting them shovel into their faces. The only thing good that I can say about it is that its cheap.

I know the kids are wanting hot lunches right now because it is so cold. I am thinking if I could just make a big ol'e batch of mac and cheese, and then freeze it in single serving sizes, it would save time and make me feel more inclined to serve it to them. 

I tried a recipe out of an old Cooking Light Recipe and it was called for Worchestshire, and the kids ate it, but said they didn't think they'd want it again.  I agreed with them. So, if you have a good recipe (and it doesn't have to be "light") send it my way. 

So, here is a chance to freely give two-cents, without hurting your wallet. Talk to me.

Happy Friday!


Michele said...

I am so with you with the boxed mac & cheese, and my kiddos get it for a treat too. The only thing that stuff does is make you feel full -YUCKO! No nutritional value whatsoever. I wish I had a good mac&cheese recipe, but my kids don't like the homemade kind. If you find one you like, will you please post it?

On my ipod right now is Chris Tomlin's "Love" CD. It is awesome! It has fast and slow songs. . . but I need the slow songs in my workout since I run long distances. Very, very good though. You definitely get a "spiritual workout" with it. I also like Hillsong.

Hope you get some good ones!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I'm so with ya'll on the mac and cheese. It's a treat around here too. I do buy the Annie's kind which I think is slightly better...

I'm hoping someone comes through with a good recipe for you.

I can only think of two songs for you to try--both are fast/worship.
One is Barlow Girl--There is No One Like You
The other is Be Glorified and I think it's Chris Tomlin?

Anyway, search and listen for those two.
I'm a huge fan of Selah and lately keep hitting repeat on "Wonderful, Merciful Savior" and I also really love my Desperation Band cds.

lisa@littlesliceoflife said...

I just tried this mac n cheese recipe last week. It was awesome!

Megan O. said...

A good upbeat workout song--Kirk Franklin, he's got some good ones that get me pumped up again in the middle of a workout. (have you read bigmama's blog lately? she had a post recently where she listed the songs on her workout playlist, it was hilarious. maybe you can get some ideas from her)

Some awesome worship music--pretty much anything by Travis Cottrell or Watermark. I love "On Christ Alone" by TC and "The Purest Place" by Watermark.

As for Macaroni and Cheese, I just bought one of those huge variety packs of Annie's organic mac and cheese from Costco. It's boxed stuff but at least its better than the blue box. Oh, and in this month's edition of RealSimple, they're featuring healthier versions of your favorite recipes and mac and cheese was one of them. Maybe you could look it up on their website.

Tiffani said...

Well, maybe I'm gross or unhealthy but I actually like the box mac and cheese! :) I mean it's not my fave in the world but if I make it for the kids for lunch I eat it too!

Okay...I LOVE the songs from Mamma Mia to workout/walk/run to and I also love BarlowGirl suggested by Mer, there's a song by Martha Munizzi?? called "Dance" that is an awesome upbeat praise that my kids and I love to lift our hands and it's good for working out too.

Lindsay said...

oo I have a Mac n' cheese recipe for the crockpot.. I will send it to you when I get home from work :-)

meh said...

Make a medium white sauce and when it thickens add chunks of velveeta and stir it in (to taste-I use about 1/3rd of the rectangle usually) and then pour it over the cooked noodles. My kids love it! Probably isn't healthy but it tastes way better then the box powdery stuff. I would be so interested in seeing the crock pot recipe...

Jackie said...

I've tried this mac and cheese before - a little more work than the boxed mix, but we thought it was good...

Let us know what music you end up getting...I need some new suggestions myself!

Anonymous said...

I am loving "Hope Now" by Addison Road and Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns.

Looks like you got some great links to Mac&Cheese recipes. I might just look those up myself.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I was never a fan of bakes macaroni and cheese because it was so dry; however, this ain't that kind. I haven't had any compaints over this one--it is killer!!! Here goes..

8 oz. macaroni, 2 cups cottage cheese, 8 oz. sour cream, 1 egg slightly beaten, 3/4 tsp. salt, dash of pepper (optional), 2 cups (8 oz)shredded cheddar cheese. Cook the macaroni and drain. Mix the balance of the ingredients together and add the cooked macaroni. Mix well and place in a lightly greased 2 qt casserole. Sprinkle with paprika (optional) and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the recipe. i can't wait to try it!

jen said...

I totally agree with Meh - I would like to see the crock pot recipe, and to make homemade mac and cheese I make a white sauce, then add Veleeta. (If you want directions on making the white sauce, just drop me a line.)

Running music: Are you familiar with Andrew Peterson? We have all of his cds and love, love, love them. It's folk-sy (not necessarily fast), but he is such a good story teller that I often get lost in the song and come to a mile later - great music! Also like Margaret Becker's newest cd, Air, and today I ran to Third Day's latest.

stephanie j. said...

I have to laugh at your Mac N Cheese plea...I have the same prob. My girls ADORE the blue box. I'm a 95% granola mom, but I do let them have it...way more than I should. So let me know, Kel, when you have hit the jackpot. As to exercise music...exercise????? Ha! But when I do exercise I usually jump on my spinning bike which is situated in front of our computer in the office/library/workout room/storage area/blah blah blah area. I just put on a stream of a TV show. How lame is that!!??