Office Space

I have these visions of what my office space would look like if I had one. I don’t work from home – I work in an office full-time but I would still like a designated space in my home.

Chances are half of the room would be overcome by toys, stuffies and baskets of laundry; but so does every room when you have kids, right?

Here is what I envision when I think “home office”:

A clean white desk with a decent desk lamp, in the middle of the space on a simple print rug. I LOVE these condiment stands from IKEA; they are clean looking and great for storing small items away from little hands. Perhaps mounted on a wall painted one of these two Benjamin Moore colours?

Obviously these are just the basics and there are a lot of other things I would add, but it’s all just a thought. For now my home office is usually my kitchen table or my bed and I’m fine with it.

I’ve linked all the items below.

IKEA Besta Bursk Desk, High Gloss White $229.00 CA
Wayfair Wade Logan Alessandro Desk Chair in white $218.99 CA
Pottery Barn Arcadia Flatweave Rug (3×5) $395.00 CA
IKEA Fintorp Condiment Stand $14.99
Barometer Work Lamp, Brass Colour $39.99

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Creamy Mac & Cheese

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I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have asked the kids what they want for dinner and they respond with “Kraft Dinner”. I get it, there is something good about it, I used to eat it out of the pot in university but you have to draw the line somewhere…

I have a delicious non-traditional Mac & Cheese recipe that I will share another day but for now I am going to share this traditional recipe.

If you’re looking for comfort food, this dish is for you!

Boil elbow noodles and while they are boiling you will prepare the cheese sauce. If you decide to use cream, you won’t have to cook the butter, flour and cream for very long. If you choose to use milk, it will take closer to 10 min for the base to thicken.

The types of cheese you use is up to you but I used an old white cheddar and a sharp orange cheddar. I also decided to add some breadcrumbs on top before tossing it in the oven.

Full recipe below!

Creamy Mac & Cheese

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Total Time: 35 min
Servings: 4

Ingredients

8 oz elbow noodles
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup all-uprose flour
1 cup 2% milk (use 2 ½ cups if not using cream)
1 cup heavy cream (35%)
3/4 cup old shredded old white cheddar cheese
3/4 cup shredded sharp orange cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp himalayan salt
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder

Topping (optional):
1/8 cup bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Boil salted water for the elbow noodles. While the water is heating, prepare the cheese sauce
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and continue whisking for 1-2 min or until combined and smooth
  3. Slowly add the cream, whisking the entire time. Slowly add the milk, and continue whisking. Continue cooking and whisking until mixture thickens. (It will take longer to thicken if you chose to use milk and not cream.)
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the salt, chili powder, garlic powder and both cheeses until the cheese has melted. Place the saucepan back on low heat if the cheese hasn’t melted
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F
  6. Place elbow noodles in boiling water for a few minutes. Do not fully cook noodles as they will continue to cook while baking in the oven
  7. Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and stir until well combined
  8. Spoon the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish (the dish I used was a ceramic dish) Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs if desired. Bake on the middle oven rack for 25 min

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(Feel free to substitute the old white cheddar with something else if you don’t like strong cheeses.)

This recipe is quick and easy, even on a weeknight!

Enjoy!

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A Few Favourite Items from 2017

I wanted to share a few of my favourite purchases from 2017 with you. I will do a few of these types of posts throughout the year, with different themes and specific ones around the Holidays. If you want to see more or less of these, let me know!

  1. Minnetonka Alpine Sheepskin Moccasins in Tan. I found these at Marshalls just before Christmas for $39.99. They are so soft and comfortable and my feet don’t sweat in them! I have worn them both with and without socks. They are genuine sheepskin and the sole on them is rubber, which grips well to the floors – no slipping while chasing kids around! I am normally a size 8 shoe so I went with an 8 and they fit to size.
  2. Oh these Kate Spade blankets – how I adore them. I purchased these from Costco (I actually bought these this year) and absolutely love them. These are a hot item so if you see one, grab it! Costco sells the Queen size for $19.99. I have a King size bed but I bought the Queen and it is more than big enough. I keep one downstairs for the couch and use the other one as a throw on my bed.
  3. I have been eyeing these Hunter boots for a while but the price of them was out of my budget. Luckily Softmoc had an amazing Black Friday Deal and I couldn’t resist. They are super comfortable and I plan on living in these while outdoors come the Spring. I purchased them in flat black.
  4. I had been hearing a lot about the Instant Pot for months and thought I would wait for a decent sale before purchasing one. On Black Friday I snagged the 7-in-one from Walmart for $49.99. They were a door crasher and gone within minutes. I have tried out a few recipes with it and am so impressed with the results. I will be sharing a few favourites recipes with it on here as well.
  5. I love these pants! These are the Cozy Cinched Leggings from Abercrombie and I got these before Christmas for under $20. They are regular $54 but watch for them to go on sale. I bought them in mauve but they also come in grey or navy. I find they fit to size. They are very soft and I love the cinched detail at the ankle.
  6. I scooped up this easel for the kids from IKEA for $24.99. I love that it has a whiteboard, chalkboard and you can purchase the mala drawing paper roll that attaches right to it. The kids love it!
  7. My old laptop finally saw its last day and I needed to find something quick. I loved the look and idea of an Apple MacBook but the price of them are WAY beyond my budget. Luckily I scored an amazing deal on the MacBook Air 13.3″ and I LOVE it. I am familiar with Apple products so I found it easy to use. If you have never used an Apple product before, you may find it challenging in the beginning, but with time you will discover it is user friendly.

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pink & blue

Hi everyone! Welcome to my first post over here at pink & blue!

I am sure some of you know me from Mama’s Baby Steps (thanks for moving over with me), and for those of you who don’t, welcome!

This has been in the works for months years, and I finally decided on name that fit and sounded right aloud. I’m sure you can figure out the meaning behind the name – pink & blue…my son and daughter – it seemed to just fit. Although this blog will be more encompassing than Mama’s Baby Steps was, becoming a Mom was the inspiration behind starting my blog and I wanted to stay true to that. Feel free to read more about the inspiration behind pink & blue here.

I have so much planned for this new adventure and I cannot wait to share this exciting journey with all of you. Follow alongside me on Instagram, Facebook and sign up for post updates so you don’t miss out!

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