Friday, January 23, 2009

MCLs and Mac N Cheese

So I slipped on the ice this week. The ice and I had a difference of opinion as to which way my leg from the knee down should point. The ice won and I have a strained MCL, the ligament that runs on the inside of your knee. Right now I am doing the elevation, ice, anti-inflammatories, tylenol, crutches and staying off of it as much as possible. O is home, helping with the beastie an generally taking care of me. For the record, I do not make a very good patient.

So yeah, O is taking care of me. Meaning O lives here now. Things didn't work out with him and his girlfriend. We are sad because we all loved her, but we are so thankful they figured it out at 20 instead of 30 or 40. Like I always say, "everything for a reason" -- although I'm not sure that he particularly wants to hear that right now.

The good news is that O can cook. Tonight we are trying a new recipe, Crockpot Mac & Cheese:

Crockpot Macaroni & Cheese

8 ounces macaroni, cooked and drained
1 tall can Carnation milk
1 1/2 cups sweet milk
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups sharp cheese, grated
1/4 cup melted margarine
1 egg, beaten
black pepper
2 tablespoons margarine

Mix macaroni with milk, salt, cheese, melted margarine, egg and pepper to taste. Put in crockpot which has been greased with the 2 tablespoons of margarine. Cut thin slices of cheese and put on top. Cook 3 hours and 15 minutes on low.

I'll give you an update on that tomorrow. For now, I am trying to appreciate the newfound knitting time on my hands. I'm making good progress on the Feather n' Fan Organic wrap. I cannot wait until it is finished because I am quite sick of knitting it at this point. Hopefully by the end of the weekend it will be off the needles. Pics soon.


Daniele said...

That sounds like a great recipe! I might have to try it.

So sorry to hear about your knee. Hope you'll be up and about soon. :)

Anonymous said...

I knew we were related a long time ago anyhow. Sigh. I sprained/ strained my right MCL when I fell down a few steps by being distracted and not noticing that I wasn't at the bottom yet. After a month, I went to the orthopod who said, oh, yeah, it's real, and at least you're early enough so you can do what you're doing (RICE) and then maybe some strengthening via PT. I can still feel it -- esp when I'm tired -- and this was a couple of years ago. At least you can knit, you know. Give your MCL plenty of healing time and just enjoy the rest since you get so little of it. You also have to change your expectations of yourself a little while you're down for this count.

Agree on everything you say about O -- glad he's available and helping out and agree that it's better now than many years later but it's still an understandable grief period.

Hugs to you all!