January 6, 2014

Preparing for the feast...

Tonight we will go to church and again tomorrow morning to celebrate Christ's Nativity, the incarnation of God, out of His love for mankind!  ♥
We have been preparing by reading spiritually uplifting literature, fasting, confessing our sins and will partake of Holy Communion on the feast.  Our girls have requested homemade macaroni and cheese (they've missed that MORE than meats) and so I will bring that to church and will share that with everyone in a potluck celebration after the church service:

Homemade macaroni and cheese (from my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, with a few of my own changes, like adding nutmeg & using cheddar cheese, I doubled this recipe)
  • 8  ounces  dried elbow macaroni or desired-shape pasta (2 cups)
  • 2  tablespoons  butter 
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion 
  • 2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • a dash of nutmeg 
  • 1 1/2 whole cups  milk
  • 12  ounce package cheddar cheese, shredded
Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, for cheese sauce, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and add onions. Stir in flour and pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Add cheese, stirring until melted. Stir macaroni into cheese sauce in saucepan, stirring to coat. Cook over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through, stirring frequently.  Makes 4 servings.

*I've done the above and will bake it at church:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and heated through.
Some wine, ingredients for a delicious salad with feta and macaroni...
My sister and her husband and 1 year old daughter (and his younger brother and their mother) in their beautiful church in Ottawa, Canada on Nativity.
My dad with almost all of his granddaughters. 
Juliana got a china doll for Christmas!  And new socks.  Olivia picked those out for her.
 And Olivia dancing with Natasha in my parents home after the Nativity Liturgy...


Anna@stuffedveggies said...

Merry Christmas! Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Xenia Kathryn said...

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! Have a lovely celebration with your family!!

GretchenJoanna said...

Christ is born!! God is with us!

elizabeth said...

Christ is born!!! We need to make this too!!! I use a recipe out of Joy of Cooking! :)