I’m not sure how it is in your home, but around here the routine is that I go to the grocery story roughly once a week. The meals change, the list varies from week to week, but there is always one constant: buy mac-and-cheese.
Not only is mac-and-cheese a constant, but the brand never, ever varies. Only one kind of mac-and-cheese leaves the grocery destined for the Six pantry, and it’s Kraft.
Mike is the die-hard Kraft loyalist, who made it clear that there is only one kind of noodle for this family. It was the first meal he ever learned to cook for himself. It was the first meal he made for me when I wandered over to his apartment in college after finding myself locked out, long before we were boyfriend and girlfriend (maybe it was the Kraft that brought us together!). It’s his comfort food, the first thing he craves when he’s worn out mentally or physically. We figured out the other day that in his lifetime, he’s probably consumed around 1750 blue boxes of noodles. Wait, make that 1751 … he just had a box tonight.
You can imagine how distressed he would be at the thought of using his precious noodles for anything other than delivering cheesy goodness to his belly. He’s all for the kids’ art that we proudly hang near our kitchen table, but macaroni noodle art? No! Macaroni in the belly with cheese and butter, not on the paper with paint and glue!
Thankfully the forward-thinking people at Kraft have found a genius solution that saves macaroni from a sticky fate while at the same time helping to fight hunger in America. The Kraft “Dinner, Not Art” application for both iPad and desktop allows you to make digital macaroni art without ever wasting a precious box of noodles. Until December 31, 2012, for every digital noodle used in saved art, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese will donate 10 noodles to Feeding America, up to 110,000,000 noodles.
In the spirit of the season, Elena made Olympic-themed macaroni art:
Shortly after, she did something that makes her dad proud: she made her own box of Kraft for herself and her brother.