Monday, October 27, 2008

A few updates

Oh my goodness, I have been so busy and so not wanting to get on the computer. But I realized that I miss all my friends when I don't see what is going on in their lives. I have many things that I will be blogging about later, but I thought I would give a brief update on things with me.

I took the typing test and failed it. I was supposed to do 50 wpm with 5 errors. The best I could do was 48 wpm with 3 errors. Oh well, that shot that out of the water, no interview there for me. I guess I will stay where I am at until the economy gets its act together.

I had mentioned to Johanna about a mac and cheese recipe that I have been using for years. Well, instead of me just emailing her and Elaine, I might as well share it with everyone. I love this stuff, so does the rest of the family.

Thanks to the Creamette Ziti Box, I found a staple in our family

Baked Ziti and Cheese Casserole

1/2 of a 1 lb package of Ziti, uncooked
2 Tbsp butter (and those of you that know me, I only use butter)
2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp dry mustard (got to have this to make it right)
1/2 tsp salt
2 3/4 cup milk
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375. Cook ziti as package directs; drain. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter; stir in flour, mustard and salt. Gradually stir in milk; cook and stir until mixture thickens slightly and bubbles. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup of cheese; stir until melted. Add ziti. Spoon into a greased 8 inch sq baking pan. top with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Bake uncovered 25 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Refrigerate leftovers.

This is what Eric brought home last week :

Do you see that???? 6 A's! Count them, there are 6 of them there! He missed honor roll though, that C caused him not to get on the honor roll. I don't mind, this is the best that he has ever brought home! As for PJ's, well, the school system changed the grading system for the elementary school and it is really messed up. They are scoring on 1, 2, and 3. Meaning that if you get a 3, you mastered the topic covered. So why bother teaching that anymore? A 2 is that you will master it before the end of the year and a 1 is you need lots of help. PJ got mostly 2's and 3's, he did, however get four 1's in math. He goofs off a lot, trust me, he can do better. But when you don't know what kind of grade you are getting, well, why bother.

Chuck is off having an MRI done on his shoulder today. Looks like he will be needing surgery in the coming year. I do think that he will be waiting until after the holidays though. So that way he won't miss work and he can still help out through the holidays. He has an impingement on his right shoulder, basically it is a tendon that is knotted up and they have to go in and untie it. Recovery will be about 3 weeks, he can go back to work and then he will be on light duty until further notice.

That is it for the update. I will have some more blogs later on today. I have some work funnies that I have saved up to blog about, some pics that I took on some back roads of town, and a few more little things.

Stay tuned, there will be more.


Johanna said...

Thanks for the recipe. Sounds yummy and I'll have to make it soon.

Yeah for Eric! Sounds like he's doing very well in school. And what's up with the scoring in PJ's class? Wouldn't that type of scoring system be more teacher's opinion rather than actual graded testing? Seems odd to me.

Yucky! I hate to hear Chuck will have to have surgery. And men are such babies after surgery. You'll need to stock up on some Prozac for yourself! HAHA!

Elaine said...

I was going to stop at the store after work for milk, but I think I'm going to get the rest of what I need to make your ziti recipe. It sounds wonderful! And way to go to Eric for a great report card! The Iowa City schools do the same thing with their grade school grades, but they get grades on tests, so go figure.
Thanks for the recipe!