4 Your Mind

January 2016 Newsletter!

Happy New Year!

We wish you all the very best for 2016! As we enter into another promising calendar year, we look ahead to all of the potential learning experiences we have to look forward to. Field trips, new books, changing of seasons, all bursting with opportunity!

A new year brings new beginnings or simply a renewal of spirit. It's an opportunity to try new things, and forget past struggles. Everything feels fresh and vibrant (well as vibrant as possible blanketed in snow!). As we settle from the high of the holidays, we begin a new routine and find a new rhythm.

In this time of transition and renewal we hope you are blessed with renewed energy, excitement, and good health. You are on day four of your 365 day book, may you write a good one.

Wishing you all good things for the coming year!


Big image
Click Here To Enter!

Enter our monthly contest for your chance to win!

Check Us Out!

All of our operating hours, appointment dates, and daily information can be found on our website calendar! Add your own homeschool related events or join the forum to share with other homeschool parents! These new options are available to make your homeschool journey easier. See you soon!
Big image

Consignment Corner!

Do you have current curriculum, Christian interest, or reading material that you would like to pass on to another family to enjoy? Make money while helping others using our consignment opportunity! Check out all of the details HERE!
Big image

Crowd Favourite Macaroni And Cheese

YIELD Serves 12 ACTIVE TIME 40 minutes TOTAL TIME 1 hour


  1. For the topping:
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
    • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 ounces finely grated Parmesan (about 1/2 cup)
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  2. For the macaroni and sauce:
    • 1 pound dried elbow macaroni
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
    • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 4 cups whole milk
    • 3/4 cup heavy cream
    • 16 ounces coarsely grated extra-sharp cheddar (about 6 cups)
    • 2 ounces grated Parmesan (about 1/2 cup)
    • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard powder
  3. Special equipment:
    • 9- by 13-inch baking dish


    1. Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in the middle of oven. Butter the baking dish. Set a large, covered pot of salted water over high heat to boil.
    2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, heat butter and oil until butter foam subsides. Add panko and garlic; cook, stirring, until crumbs are golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer crumbs to a medium bowl, stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan and salt, and set aside.
    3. Add macaroni to boiling salted water and cook until just al dente (avoid overcooking). Drain macaroni and set aside. In a large wide pot over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Sprinkle flour over butter, whisking to incorporate and make a roux. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until roux is light golden, about 4 minutes. Gradually pour in milk and cream, whisking constantly to incorporate and make a béchamel sauce. Raise heat to medium-high and bring sauce to a low boil, whisking constantly. Reduce to a simmer, whisking occasionally, and cook until béchamel sauce is thick and coats the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes more.
    4. Add the salt, pepper, and mustard powder. Add the cheeses in three batches, whisking until each addition is completely melted before adding more. Remove from heat.
    5. Add the drained macaroni to the pot with the cheese sauce and stir well to coat. Transfer macaroni mixture to the buttered baking dish and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle topping evenly over macaroni and bake until golden and bubbling, 18 to 23 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe Credit: Epicurious (www.epicurious.com)