Snow days are good for the soul; sometimes they're the nourishment most needed. I may often wish for one, but I prayed hard for yesterday's, and no sweeter words were ever spoken than those that let me know my respite was really happening. It was a mid-week break much needed after working from home much of last weekend, and putting in 11-hour days Monday and Tuesday. Another one of those is menacing me today...and tomorrow won't be a picnic. There's a three-day break before the next two weeks of high stress, pressure, 14 hour days, noise and endless demands, but maybe you can see why yesterday was a gift-wrapped present. I used it wisely...we lingered in bed with coffee, watching the snow fall and perusing seed catalogs--dreaming, not planning (that happens later in the Winter); pondered privets and lusted after lilies as we ate the last of our local farm eggs by the fire. I began my first crochet project in decades (not sure I ever finished one back when I tried to crochet a bond between my mother and me)--a striped throw for Linda in heathered brown, rust and cranberry. And I made my favorite Weight-Watchers-be-damned snow day meal....my version of decadently delicious comfort food:
Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
1 16 oz box elbow macaroni (don't cook!)
1 64 oz bottle tomato juice
~12 oz sharp-sharper-sharpest cheddar cheese, grated (or cut into very small cubes if you're feeling unmotivated)
Preheat oven to 375. Spray a large casserole or glass baking dish w/ non-stick spray. Combine uncooked elbows, cheese, and about 48 oz of the juice, stir gently to evenly distribute. Cover the dish with foil. To save potential mess, place on a baking sheet to catch spills, bake for 45 minutes.
Remove pan, stir, test doneness of macaroni. If not cooked to your liking, add a dribble of tomato juice, return to oven without foil for 10 minute increments until macaroni is cooked through but not mushy. To reheat leftovers, add a small amount of remaining tomato juice and microwave.
It may not be everyone's cup of tea, and they'd banish me from Top Chef, but I can't imagine a true snow day without it. Worried about the caloric guilt? If you save it for snow days, relax! You'll burn off some of those calories shoveling snow!