You've all had those days, where all you wanted to do when you get home is get a shower and something cold to drink.But in all the madness I had to make a sidetrack for Barkley as he'd been at Rangebuddy's while the Realtor showed my house.
I'd come off a long week. I can't say I was a walking biohazard, but I definitely needed a shower after being out in the field. Now.So a simple request. Mind if I take a shower and change? I've been in the man's bathroom before. I can find what I need. I think. OK. . shampoo. Everyone has shampoo right. Oh there it is. It's utilitarian. It's efficient. It smells like someone just cut down a tree. With nothing but testosterone, a pocket knife and some muscles. Unfortunately it's the kind of shampoo made for guys that work really hard and have a military haircut. My hair is long, down my back and it's fine. There's a ton of it, but it's fine as frog's hair and shampoo like that will have it a snarled mess. Hmmm. Maybe there's something else under the sink, left by a girlfriend or something. Ah AH. There under the sink. A big girly looking white bottle that said "extra conditioning shampoo". It smells all tropical. Yes! So I ignored the "Lava Soap For Your Head" shampoo in the shower stall , grabbed it and showered up. It smelled wonderful, and my hair was really soft after. I even used the a blow drier to get all the curls out and make it all smooth. I'm all dressed and Rangebuddy walks though, laughing. "So", he says. Why did you use the dog shampoo??? That's right. Did I say it was a long day? I think, after that, it's time to just give up and make some comfort food.
Easy Baked Mac and Cheese. I love the "just like Mom made" stuff with ham and onions and homemade roux, recipes like I have on the sidebar from really good cooks. But some days you just need EASY. This one is. But is also delicious and unbelievably creamy. You can assemble it in 15 minutes, if you get out the ingredients ahead.You start with some Cabot extra sharp cheddar, and (don't faint) a little bit of Velveeta to make it creamy and a can of Campbell's Cheese soup.
It's the perfect bowl of comfort food.
Toss in the rest (not pictured, some Penzey's Northwoods seasoning for the most subtle of bite).Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle a little more cheddar on top and bake a bit more.
click on photos for the full effectThis really is intended as a side dish for ham or pork or meatloaf, other comfort foods, but on a plate, solo, it holds its own. As many of us do on those occasional "Mondays".
My stomach is full, and a clean Barkley is happy to see his "Mom". Yet, for some strange reason I have an urge to go out and chase a car. . . . .