The weather outside is definitely frightful.
We are snuggled up inside, drinking hot cocoa and eating comfort food, trying to keep warm on a cold winter night.
I had high hopes for today. So many projects I want to get done and today was to be the start of the year of simplicity - by tossing things out of the house, either to Goodwill or the garbage.
But my train got derailed by K. And a shopping trip to Anthropologie.
So the year of simplicity will start tomorrow. After I put away my new purchases.
I got obsessed this afternoon, when the snow first started falling, with finding teeny, tiny snowflakes.I don't know how they stand up on one leg.
Out of the bosom of the Air,
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow
Descends the snow.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And the teeny tiny snowflakes got gobbled up into bigger piles.
I went inside and made mac and cheese.
Perfect winter food.
Homemade Mac and Cheese
1 box cavatappi
7 tbs butter, divided
4 tbs flour
2 1/4 cup milk
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
3 oz American cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbs bread crumbs
Cook cavatappi according to package directions, drain. Place in a baking dish and set aside. In a saucepan, melt 6 tbs of butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes; reduce heat. Stir in cheeses, salt, and pepper until cheese is melted. Pour over cavatappi, mix well. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter; add the bread crumbs and mix together. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.