Thoughts From a Noble Woman: M.A.’s First Entries

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I’ve been hard at work deciphering the scribblings of our mysterious M.A., and I’m happy to report I have a few entries to present today.

I’m giving you the first two I found, therefore I’m calling them the First Two Entries. (Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?)

Please keep in mind nothing was dated, so let’s not get too concerned whether they were actually M.A.’s first writings, hmm?

In the same way, don’t worry about whether I’m making all this up or not. There’s much to be said for losing yourself in story.

There are far worse places you could find yourself.

MA 2M.A.’s Meditations

For what shall we say of a woman? Is she not a noble creature, full of grace and intelligence, capable of great deeds and worthy endeavors?
If so, why do you stand in your closet for a full half hour every morning? Why is there a looping question of ‘What shall I wear?’ clouding your thoughts?
No more!
Purge your thoughts and your closet! Simplify, simplify! Rid yourself of all the things that distract you. Give honor only to the that which is worthy of your attention: Philosophy, Science, Politics, and What to Have for Dinner.

When circumstances arise that cause you to fret, whether you break a nail or a gust of wind messes your hair, return your thoughts to where they should be. For it is in such returning that your spirit is fed and strengthened.
Yes, of course, trim your nail and tidy your hair. You’re not a savage. But spend no more time on them than need be, for you are a woman and your goals are much loftier than hair or nails.
Remember that, and move on.

From M.A.’s Recipe Drawer

Mac-n-Cheese for Dinner

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: If you can manage a simple sauce, you're good to go
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Who doesn't like macaroni and cheese? No one I ever met. Even better, this one includes smoky bacon and a gets a slight bite from jalapeños.



  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 to 3 cups shredded cheese*
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni or shells
  • 2 Tablespoons minced pickled jalapeños
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped in bits
  • bread crumbs
  • grated Parmesan**


Preheat oven to 375°.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the onion and cook until soft. Add the flour and stir in milk slowly, whisking to combine. Add the cheese and stir well as it melts slowly. Sauce will thicken as it cooks. Add salt and pepper to taste, stir in jalapeños and bacon.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well, add to cheese mixture and stir to fully incorporate. Divide mixture into six individual serving dishes. Top each with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 10 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for about two minutes until bread crumbs are browned and crispy. Serve with salad and crusty bread.

M.A. didn’t specify what cheese. I used 1 cup sharp cheddar, 1 cup swiss and 4 ounces of cream cheese
**I didn’t have Parmesan so used Feta cheese instead. It worked great. I say use what you like.

16 thoughts on “Thoughts From a Noble Woman: M.A.’s First Entries

  1. I’m already completely enraptured by M.A. And she comes with a menu? Life is grand. A small part of me yearns for some reference dates, just to put things in perspective. Then again, true wisdom doesn’t need a calendar…

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  2. You know her sentences and wording remind me of Thoreau, especially the one with, simplify, simplify. I’ll bet she was into Thoreau, Emerson, and Hawthorn and also Walt Whitman. This is so cool… jc

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    1. Hmm. Well, beings how I was a history major in college, and the Progressive era was my absolute favorite time in American history, I’d say… YES, YES, absolutely that is the time frame we’re looking at! Thank you so much for uncovering the truth! 😀


  3. My husband. He doesn’t eat cooked cheese. Can’t. It’s an olfactory thing – big Gaelic nose – the smell turns his stomach. He therefore does not love Mac n Cheese. When he is away I do not think of my hair, I do not dwell on my nails. I dwell on thoughts of all the cooked cheese meals I am going to devour in his absence and then pretend I ate salad and quinoa the entire time. I start with mac n cheese. It’s a ritual. This is my confession. Please keep it to yourself. I value my marriage 😉

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    1. No worries, I’ll never tell. And since I’ve not met him, I can still claim I don’t actually know anyone who doesn’t like it! 😉
      I have a few dishes I save for when the husband is out of town. Spaghetti is one of them. (I know! Who doesn’t like spaghetti?!)

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