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Apr 9, 2008

Kindred Spirits - The Journey

The Journey Continues - Meet Rebecca:

"My name is Rebecca and I live in Canada. We have had a longer winter than usual but I think spring might be around the corner. I am a work-at-home Mom with two little ones. I decided to do daycare in our home because I wanted to be able to stay home with our kids but we needed some extra income. This allows me to do both and I really like it too.

Life is never dull when you're watching four children under the age of 5! I try to have some sort of structure in my day. We start out with free play time. Sometime mid-morning we gather for a healthy snack. Then, if it's nice enough, we play outside in the snow or hopefully, not in the snow soon! I try to make something that all the kids will eat for lunch. Their favorite seems to be my home baked macaroni and cheese. I love it too, which is making it hard to loose those last 10 pounds of after baby weight!

Oh well. More of me to love!'

Rebecca's Baked Macaroni and Cheese

1/2 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon powdered mustard
3 cups milk
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg
12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper


3 tablespoons butter
1 cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente. While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it's free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf. Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese. Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

Remember to save leftovers for fried Macaroni and Cheese.

Okay, now its me, Joanne again! Seriously how excited was I when I recieved my packet of Kindred Spirits for this launch? After all, Rebecca and I share the same occupation! (If you didn't know, I operate a home based daycare too!) Wouldn't this stamp make a fantastic card for your care provider, or sitter? Did you know that May 9th is Provider Appreciation Day? I swear I'm not making it up, go google it!!

Its also great for cards for friends, or loved ones with preschoolers at home. Always with their arms full!

These stamps will be made available at one minute past midnight on April 10th. The Kindred Spirits are sold as single stamps, deepley etched rubber on cling vinyl, ready to be trimmed and used with acryic blocks. The sentiment I used for this card is part of a set that can be used with all of the Kindred spirits and many other stamps they already have. It is sold separately and comes in a tin.

To see more Kindred Spirits, you can continue the journey, by clicking here.
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