Monday, April 27, 2009

Naughty Girl

Not surprisingly by the name of this blog I found myself still at work at 5:30 p.m....exactly when my Norwegian class starts on Monday nights. I took it upon myself to declare it, uhh, a vacation day and went straight home.

I thought "if I'm already naughty by taking an (uhh...) vacation day from class why not add to the deviance and eat something totally unhealthy, totally heart stopping - totally American - for dinner"? And this is what I came up with:

Kraft mac & cheese! Kraft mac & cheese! Kraft mac & cheese! In my opinion totally worth the early grave it will surely put me in. The color is blinding! Gotta love it.

It's nothing short of a miracle (or testament to my terrible memory) that I haven't yet eaten a bag since I've been back over the past 2 weeks. Note I say "bag", not box. Here is a clever tidbit of advice given to me by my boss, who has been subsisting on Norwegian variety with an American pallet for the past 2 decades: save your luggage weight and space by smuggling only the cheese packet. The macaroni is easily and cheaply available in Norway.

A huge bag of macaroni cost me 13 kroner (under $2) and didn't cost me so much as an ounce or inch of luggage allowance. The cheese packets were removed from full boxes of mac & cheese and left in the U.S. (Sara: enjoy). Just add a 1/4 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of milk (I think, I guessed those were the right amounts but wound up dumping about 1/4 of the butter I added). I have 11 servings left before my next American goods smuggling trip in July! Can they all be eaten by then?! Absolutely not...what kind of hog do you think I am?

Here is a shot of all my precious, precious loot:

That's a lot 'o mac & cheese [packets]!

As a believer in irony I should mention I sat down to eat this meal in front of the tube (of course) and Oprah was hosting overweight teens. Like, super overweight teens. Like, age 16 and weighs 375 pounds overweight. Yikes! So in their honor, and the sake of seeing my 50th birthday, I gladly trashed 1/4 (if not a little more) of the finished product. The other 3/4 was dumped...straight into my belly!

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