(If you gave us a nice gift for the birth/baptism/pregnancy - thanks. I loved it soooooo much!) However, one of the best gifts anyone gave us during the pregnancy/baby was frozen meals. We still have some of them in the freezer - they're the gift that keeps on giving! When Nat is dog tired from battling the babe all day and I have class, so I don't get home until 10 pm, these are saviors. We had tacos, enchiladas, chicken and salads and even chicken tetrazzini (although it wasn't frozen!). While I'm certain Nat enjoyed all the "onesies" and such that our friends and family showered on us, I really appreciate the care that goes into the frozen meals. These came from Nat's mom and my sister Vic. Two moms who can appreciate the importance of prepared food during the first few weeks of your baby's life.
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Use one to two tablespoon butter to thickly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Combine uncooked noodles, (all but 2 cups of) grated cheeses, cottage cheeses, milk, spices, mustard and setting aside those two cups of grated cheeses for topping.
2. Cut tomatoes into quarters and stick them in the dish wherever you like.
3. Crumble a sleeve of saltines in a bowl, and add 1 stick of butter. Melt in microwave.
4. Sprinkle reserved cheese mixture on top, top with butter/saltines mix and bake, covered for 30 minutes. Raise heat to 400 degrees and bake 15 to 20 minutes more uncovered, until crusty on top. Might take longer depending on your oven.