Welcome to my kitchen and “Life, Love & Lasagna”.
I am making a comfort food
because it’s the week before Christmas and
I want some comfort.
2020 has been such a roller coaster ride, up and down,
and here we are at the holiday season and not everybody feels like celebrating.
Or maybe they don’t feel like celebrating in the usual way.
I know that my family is not celebrating as we usually do
and I’m sad about the changes.
So I’ve got this big ol’ hunk of cheddar cheese
and I’m grating it up to make
one of my Dad’s specialities:
Grando’s Mac and Cheese.
I love to make this.
Mac and Cheese is a staple on our holiday table.
Now this is my DAD’s recipe
He makes it like my Grandma made Mac & Cheese
so when I make this macaroni & cheese,
I’m transported back to Thanksgiving and Christmas at my Grandmama’s table
with my family and cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents there.
It just really makes me feel good.
And I need that.
I want comfort food.
It helps me cope with the stress of the holidays.
It really is okay to NOT feel like celebrating.
Celebration gives us this idea of pumped up, excited energy.
That may not be the feeling that you have at the end of the year during December of 2020.
It’s not the feeling I have
And that’s fine.
It’s okay to want comfort more than you want excited celebration.
It’s okay to want to feel peace,
to be peaceful,
to be centered,
to have calm through this season.
It really is okay.
Find the things that bring you comfort.
Whether it’s eating macaroni and cheese or
snuggling with your dogs on the couch or
sitting quietly for a few minutes and breathing deeply.
Whatever it is that brings you peace,
find those moments during this season and
bring peace and calm into your holiday season.
Peace and comfort, my friends!
Recipe for Grando’s Mac and Cheese
- 16 oz box uncooked macaroni noodles
- 2 eggs
- 1 lb sharp cheddar cheese, divide between grated and small chunks
- 1 cup Milk
- 1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper