Macaroni Pie

Macaroni Pie

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 225 g macaroni noodles
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups grated cheese preferably cheddar
  • 1.5 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper


  • Boil macaroni
  • Preheat oven 180°C/350°F
  • Beat eggs
  • Drain macaroni
  • Combine macaroni, eggs, cheese, milk, salt, and pepper in the pot and stir until creamy consistency
  • Put mix in a greased baking dish and bake for 30 minutes

Introducing Leonidas!

Leonidas Birth Announcement Photo

Liebe Kollegen,

Am 06. August 2018 wurde unser Sohn Leonidas Alexis-Leber geboren. Hagen und ich freuen uns sehr über den Nachwuchs, und genießen wir die Zeit zusammen.

Viele Grüße,

Sherise Alexis-Leber


It is great that the baby seems to be so healthy and active!

But I am over the weird scratching and punching down low.

Running Behind

Went on maternity leave a week ago and I feel like I managed to miss everything…

I don’t have a nursery set up.

We have a 1 bedroom apartment, so it is a bad idea to stock up on anything, since we don’t have space. We are starting with a place to sleep and bare minimum basics and getting things as they are needed.

But nesting has not quite kicked in…

I don’t have a midwife.

There is a shortage in Frankfurt. I found that out 3 months in, and at that point most were booked/on vacation until well after my due date. Honestly, I could have tried harder, but after 3 emails responses telling me they were booked, I decided that I wasn’t in the mood to stress myself out by calling 20+ (not even exaggerating!) different midwives and begging in broken German. Plus, I was travelling to Hamburg for work at my new job at that time and frankly had no time for all of that.

I wish I had a personal assistant for those kinds of calls.

I found out last minute that I could have gotten my glucose test reimbursed.

My health insurance decided to send me a congrats on being pregnant booklet in week 33…

There was quite a bit of useful info that I could’ve used sooner! 😑

I don’t have a birthing prep course.

I finally was back in Frankfurt. We weren’t planning on doing the course since I heard that so much of it was obvious. However, then I went to a presentation at the hospital about pain management during later, and he showed a graph about how the reported pain was consistently lower for women who took a childbirth class.

That freaked me right out!

I am due in less than 4 weeks and all classes seem to be booked.

People keep telling me YouTube, but they don’t look very good.

I started listening to Expecting Better on audiobook

I missed out on some nutrition brain bonuses from fish.


The nice thing about Germany is that there is PAID parental leave for working parents. However, the notice period is 7 weeks, and my husband hasn’t done it yet.