November Haul + Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower Mac N Cheese

I was still very much addicted to online shopping in November and couldn't help placing orders left and right but I only ended up keeping two things - a scarf that I've been wearing daily ever since and a shirt to wear for our Christmas family photo post-pregnancy.



I wish I took more bumpies throughout this pregnancy - here's just the 2nd one I ever took:

Cardigan: Old Navy Open-Front Cocoon Sweater for Girls. Top: H&M Peplum Top with Smocking. Pants: ASOS Design Petite Ultimate Jersey Harem Pants (I have been living in these since the waistband can be unfolded to go over the belly!)
I did feel a little guilty that I hadn't been putting as much effort into recording my progress throughout this pregnancy but I had less time and energy since I wanted to spend as much quality time as I could with little A before baby B would change our family dynamic.

Speaking of little A, here's a recipe of Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower Mac and Cheese that she couldn't get enough of, though she really only ate the pasta part, while I gladly ate her leftover veggies. :)


ROASTED BROCCOLI AND TOMATO MAC-AND-CHEESE
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Ingredients:
1/2 head broccoli, cut into small florets
1/2 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 pint cherry tomatoes
Kosher salt
black pepper
6 oz pasta shells
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups low-fat milk
4 oz. low-fat Cheddar, grated (about 1 cup)
2 oc thinly sliced pepepr jack cheese
Directions:
1. Preaheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Toss the broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of the oil, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, tossing once, until tender, 14-16 minutes. Remove from oven.
3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to pasta directions; drain.
4. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking for 30 seconds. Slowly whisk in the milk. Cook, stirring occassionally, until thickened, 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the Cheddar, vegetables, and pasta.
5. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart baking dish. Top with the pepper jack cheese and broil until golden brown, 2-3 minutes.
Serves 6.

I also just wanted to share that my Burberry rain boots (old, similar here) have miraculously turned black (at least one always had white marks on it!)

Meet my new snake plant, which I hear is great for clean air! :)

Leaving you with the fortune of the day, "You will soon be the guest of a person you admire."

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