More Money and Macaroni Cheese

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This post originally appeared in my old blog, www.the-alice.co.uk

Yuck, I woke up at 5am this morning with a migraine and it has not let up all day. Yet another thing I can blame my hormones on; I had a couple of migraines when I was undergoing Prostap hormone treatment for endometriosis a few years ago and haven’t had one since then. Fingers crossed they’re not back for good.

One highlight of the day was that a pack of baby clothes I ordered from eBay came! I’ve discovered these ‘baby bundles’ you can buy – such bargains. 30 items for £9 inc p+p? Yes please. They are all lovely quality and I will be trawling eBay for more bargains in the coming months.

Mum also took a trip to her local NCT nearly new sale today for some bargains (like Mother like Daughter) and found Childbirth Without Fear for 50p, as well as a couple of toys. So in terms of baby H accumulating more things, it’s been a good day.

I’m trying very hard to get over my money worries. I think the issue is that I want to be able to spend the absolute maximum time with our baby without feeling the pressure to have to go back to work. I would rather not go back to working in an office at all and have been looking into freelance options so I can be WAHM, but what if nobody wants me and I don’t have a choice? I’m sure this won’t be the case but going from having a dual income to relying on one salary will be a massive shock to the system. About a year ago we reached a point when we’d paid off the majority of our debts and were able to live without money worries, it feels very strange to almost go back in time finance-wise.

Plus, I’ve been working for the last 7 years. How will I deal with losing such a big part of my life?

Anyway, I know I need to suck it up and get over myself. People raise children on a lot less money than we have, we are lucky to have a safe home, great friends and a wonderful family; we will never go hungry, cold or unloved and I need to stop my whinging!

Having spent the day in bed feeling sorry for myself I really wanted comfort food. Will’s working this evening so I needed something easy, and something that can be re-heated when he gets home at 6am. Macaroni Cheese had popped in my head earlier on in the day – I know it’s not the best diet food but it’s definitely delicious, and hey, I’m eating for 2! I use a roux-based cheese sauce and if I’m feeling virtuous I add tomato slices on top before baking, or even breadcrumbs for a bit of extra crunch:

Comforting Macaroni Cheese

25g butter
2 tbsp plain flour
250g grated cheddar cheese
300ml milk
250g macaroni pasta
300g bacon, pancetta or lardons
salt and pepper

Fry off the bacon until golden in a frying pan and drain on kitchen paper. Put to one side.

Cook the macaroni until al dente.

Melt butter in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over a gentle heat.

When it’s liquid, add the flour and stir in well. Add 1/3 of the cheese and 1/3 of the milk and stir in until melted and blended.

Add the rest of the cheese and milk bit by bit, reserving a small amount of the cheese to put on top before oven baking.

When it’s a smooth sauce, add the macaroni pasta and bacon. Pour into an oven dish and sprinkle the reserved cheese on top.

Bake in an oven at 180 degrees C for about 12 mins, or until crunchy on top.

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6 Comments
  1. The money thing is such a shock! For us it wasn’t even the big things that I thought it would be it was more about day to day spending like lunches/coffees, going to playgroups etc. Also I had no idea how expensive childcare is and by the time that would be paid for I’d only be getting such a feeble amount of money it didn’t seem worth it. I really hope you get some freelance stuff! I think a lot of that is about contacts so hopefully from your job you know some of the right people. X x

  2. Childcare costs have been really shocking! If I did go back to my day job full time, once we’ve factored in the childcare I think we’d be better off if I stayed at home. It’s such a tough situation!! x

  3. I spent all of what little money we did have when I was pregnant on ebay! It gets rather addicted watching & bidding on those little baby things! Sounds like you got such a great deal! :D
    I <3 NCT sales! I'm signed up to be a volunteer with them so I can grab all the good bargains before all the crazy hers of women go storming in with black bags to fill!!
    I cant remember the last time we just didn't worry about money , it plays such a important/big role in our lives – it sucks!
    Family , friends & freecycle have been our biggest providers since being pregnant & having Oli. :)
    Just seen your comment above – That's why im currently a stay at home Mum , childcare would just swallow all my wages so better off staying home and spending quality time with my son! :D xx

  4. I LOOOOVE Macaroni cheese, nothing beats it when you need somethinig really warming and filling. It’s like having a big hug on the inside!!!

    Emma – I am still crossing fingers for a lottery win…

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