Leftover Makeover – Mac and Cheese edition

A few nights ago, I made of SUPER MOMS mac and cheese. It was delicious:

But there were leftovers. The Husbeast mentioned fried mac and cheese. Because I’m always game to fry something, Fried Mac and Cheese had to happen!

First, the supplies! I let the leftover sit in the back of the fridge for a few days. From what I read on the interwebs, fried mac and cheese works best if the mac is cold and firm before the breading.

The breading process was nothing special. I used the standard flour, egg, panko x 2 breading formula. All the breading happened while the oil was heating up:

This is where I started to breathe heavily. It smelled awesome and these little gems fried up so nicely.

Look at that golden brown exterior and tell me you don’t get excited. If that didn’t do it for you, here’s the Plate PrOn:

The mac was gooey and delicious while the crust was crunchy and delightful. I’m a BBQ sauce with my fried mac kind-of-girl. The husbeast is a Ketchup man. This was good enough to eat plain, but I like having the option of sauce.

If I had enough leftovers, I wonder how these would freeze par-fried. I would love to be able to have these when I wanted without all the dirty-ing of dishes. Hmmm, I’ll have to think on that one.

Stay tuned…

FO Friday – The Replacement Sweater

This is the sweater you chose! (well kinda, you chose the yarn.) It’s finished!

Well, kinda. It’s blocking and I still need to sew on the buttons BUT I’M DONE KNITTING!

It’s perfect! I want it to finish drying so bad so I can wear it! I think it will be too warm to wear while apple picking but at least it’s finished. I spend a big chunk of last night spelunking for the perfect buttons while watching Project Runway. I found a set of iridescent brown buttons that in some light look blue-ish gray and tan.

These buttons are probably 40 years old and they have been waiting for this sweater. The picture doesn’t do it justice, they seriously perfectly match the “Whiskey Barrel” colorway. Neat-o!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go clean up my mess from the Button Jar spelunking!

Stay tuned…

Pumpkin Shenanigans!

Another year, another pumpkin to go crazy on! Since Spawnbeast is too young to play with sharp things, Husbeast and I decided on pumpkin fun should wait until after bedtime.

Cue the gin & tonics and the matching aprons:

Someone was way too excited about the sharp things…

Before the carnage:

(mini pumpkins for scale)

Husbeast was the keeper of the sharp things and I was keeper of the seeds. Just as I had hoped, this pumpkin had quite the yield of seeds. I think I’ll get at least three batches of roasted seeds out of this pumpkin!

Cleaning the seeds is always a bitch. My two colander approach seems to work the best.

Note to self: a salad-spinner is not a short cut to drying seeds. As my Facebook/Twitter followers saw, it ended badly. Thankfully no seeds were harmed. These bad boys are drying until tomorrow:

Back to the husbeast. We took inspiration from a whippet friend who posted a picture of a whippet jack-o-lantern. Husbeast free-handed the design and then sat with a pairing knife and carved out the design. Here he is, mid-carve:

And here is his hard work:

But here’s the real test! I had to dig out a votive candle out of the deep depths of the junk drawer. Out go the lights and….

Ta-da!!! If it wasn’t so yucky out, I’d put it outside right now! Husbeast and I had fun making a complete mess of the kitchen and then sitting in the dark looking at a dissected pumpkin. We of course cracked the “now we have three demonic whippets” joke. Enza gave us the stink eye and trotted off to a cavebed.

Off to go scrub pumpkin guts off my face. This week it’s pumpkin, next week: apple.

Stay tuned…

Blog Announcement: A Month of Thanks

November 1st is just around the corner!

Every year, in honor of my favorite holiday, I do my best to express my thanks during the month of November. In past years, I’ve had jobs or other commitments that have kept me from going all out on thankful posts. This year, thanks to my sweet gig at home and a little pre-planning, The entire month of November will be full of Thankful posts!

I encourage you to read along and share what you’re thankful for!

Stay tuned…

Brrrrrrrrrrrrr-Monday!

Frost! There was frost this morning! This morning’s walk was a bundle fest. Mittens, sweater and Calorimetry came out on the walk this morning. I looked like a mismatched knitting bag-lady. It was good to get inside and knit by the fireplace…even if I didn’t get the seat I originally wanted…

Furniture hog.

I’m gonna finish a sleeve today, no matter where I sit! *sips hot cocoa*

Stay tuned….

P.S: Keep an eye out, I’ll be making an announcement on my November Blogging plans!

Not-Really-FO Friday

I have discovered the amazing ability to knit while a child quietly entertains them self in the same room. My yarn does have to be hidden behind the couch to ensure it doesn’t end up a tangled mess in the toilet, but still.

I finished the body and button band of my replacement sweater and I started the sleeves!

That’s means my list of WIPS are 66.66666% percent sleeve. I’m hoping to finish this before I go apple picking or before the next yarn fest. We’ll see!

Enjoy the weekend! Especially all you lucky Rhinebeck-ers! Happy knitting!

Stay tuned…