I never seem to have time for a "real" post, so today you get a recipe.
My kids love mac 'n' cheese, but on the one hand cheese is expensive, and on the other, I'd like them to eat more vegetables sometimes. So I came up with this sauce, which can go on pasta or chicken or perhaps some spaghetti sauce. Whatever you like.
First, you melt some butter -- about 2 Tbs -- and completely mix in an equal amount of flour. Then pour in about a cup of milk and bring to a simmer while stirring to make the cream sauce. After it starts to thicken, put in half a can of pumpkin -- 1/2 to 1 cup. Then season with garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, and sage .... just a little pinch of each. If you want to really gild the lily, you can put some parmesan in. And then pour it all over your noodles.
It's ridiculously good. Even the kids think so, and they think they don't like pumpkin.