Back to School Cooking; Mac -n Cheese

9 days!
In 9 glorious days the kids go back to school.
Today, I did my back to school Costco run.  The first of a few.
Let the freezer cooking begin . . . .

With school and work and soccer and marching band and … and…. and…. it’s way easier to have awesome homemade dinners ready to go in our freezer.  Today I made mac -n- cheese.  This recipe is also perfect for sports banquets, graduation parties, and tailgating.

Macaroni -n Cheese for The Team


  • 3 1 lb boxes macaroni noodles
  • 56 ounces shredded cheddar cheese ( 1 1/2 Costco bags)
  • 14 cups milk
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 cup flour
  • 8 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika



  • Boil water in large pan and cook noodles for 7 minutes
  • In very large saucepan on medium heat melt the butter. Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add seasoning and flour. Stir until it is stiff.
  • Add milk.
  • Stir until it almost boils
  • Add cheese slowly and stir until it is melted
  • Put noodles in giant pan or multiple cooking dishes
  • Top with cheese mixture
  • Stir until noodles are coated
  • Bake at 375 for 45 minutes

Sober September

The sobering fact; I’ve put on 14 pounds since this time last year.

At a business meeting Friday someone said “LT you’re looking thick“!  I know he meant it in a good way.  I’m sure of it.  But, for my type A self, it troubled me.

On the flip side, 14 pounds lighter, a different friend said “LT, you’ve got a great looking body . . . for an 8 year old boy“. Ouch!

Somewhere in between “thick” and “boy body” is the answer.
 How this happened?  A year of indulgence.  A beautiful new house, more time on the golf course, and … the wine cellar pictured here. Try a bottle, store a bottle, try a bottle, store a bottle. Repeat.

Each Fat Tire on the golf course – 160 calories
Each glass of red wine – 125 calories

Munchies afterwords – priceless

I resolve to find that in-between-ness by breaking up with Fat Tire and Red Wine for 30 days – Sober September.

Does anyone else have a goal this month?  Share it in the comments section below.

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