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Who says macaroni and cheese has to be boring?

"Orange Macro Macaroni" and Cheese by D Sharon Pruitt

Yesterday, my friends and I went to a small restaurant in Monroe, Connecticut called Mac Daddy’s. If you live in the CT area, I highly recommend checking it out. Here’s what it’s like:

The entire menu–other than cookies and potato chips– is only macaroni and cheese. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no selection. For the little kid in you, you can get mac n cheese mixed with hot dogs. If you want an adult twist on the child favorite, try it mixed with spinach, mushrooms, onions, or even lobster. Really, this place is ingenious.

It was my second time there, and I opted to get the same option as last time, the pulled pork mac n cheese. My friend, who’s tried about six of their flavors, said this was probably the best one so far, and I love it–a perfect blend of BBQ sauce, cheese, meat, and noodles.

I mean, mac and cheese is awesome anyway. Most kids love it, and even if they won’t eat anything else, you can always rely on this staple. College kids eat it because it’s quick and delicious. In fact, whenever I had to go to a potluck dinner, I usually prepared this dish, because it’s so yummy and so easy!

But then you add in some crazy ingredients, creative combos, cute names such as “Mac Gobble Gobble”, and you’ve got a great business idea. Yes, the instant Kraft stuff is cheap and easy, and these prices range from $5 to $13 for a small–but it’s worth it. Great novelty idea, and good to return to try other flavors. And don’t let the small “snack size” fool you. It’s enough…and comes out actually in the pan for you to eat right away. mmmm.

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Does this undermine the whole concept of my blog?

I love cracked.com. Great humor, generally great writing, and random-but-interesting topics. When I read  5 Scientific Reasons Your Idea of Happiness is Wrong, I couldn’t help but both laugh and  agree with much of the article. Basically, the article is saying that “happiness” is just a human invention, and don’t bother focusing on it–because the more you try to be happy, the less you’ll be.

If you’re looking for an answer to “How can I be happy?” then the response from the experts is, “You’re asking the wrong question.”–Kimmy Dee, cracked.com

There’s a lot packed into this article, and some really good advice. One of the tips I liked was:  if you’re going to spend money on happiness, spend it on an experience, not on material goods. I definitely do this. Many posts in my blog are about memories, times with friends, or holidays.  The money I do spend is usually going out to eat, catching up over a cup of coffee, going to a concert, or on trips. Experiences last longer in your memory, after all.

But then, my last post is a quote, supposedly from John Lennon, where he says that happiness is the key to life and success. This cracked article completely disagrees with this point, basically saying, hey, it’s not possible to be happy all the time, so living a life trying to be  is not going to be rewarding. First, once you reach a goal, then you must move on to the next hurdle. Second, if it comes a time where you’re not happy, you’re going to feel like a double failure.

So, then, why have this blog, right? Obviously, I’m kind of focused on being happy.

Should we really just forget about the concept altogether? I don’t think happiness really has to be this perfect ideal that we will never reach, and I don’t believe we can always feel it. Maybe it’s more about a peace of the soul–accepting the hardship that comes along with life–but still striving  to overcome the obstacles and working to positive relationships and other goals. And overall, focus on the positive, not the negative. That’s the point of this blog. No, I’m not always happy, but if I look to the moments, people, and things that are positive, I can stick it through even in the tough times.
What do you think? Do you agree with the cracked article? What does happiness really mean?

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Just do what makes you happy

“When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.” (By John Lennon, according to this source)

 

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