Stuffed Pumpkin

     I loved making this Stuffed Pumpkin. It was fun, it turned out nicely and it tasted good as well. Wow dont you love it when everything goes so well.The hardest part was cleaning out the pumpkin. The 3-lb pumpkins are small and I found mine at CVS pharmacy for .99 cents each. At… Continue reading Stuffed Pumpkin

Banana Bites

Going light and healthy this week with these little snacks. They are easy to make, very flavorful and something the whole family will enjoy. They are moist, chewy and naturally sweet. During the week it’s all about running out the door, no time for me at a sit down breakfast so these are easy to… Continue reading Banana Bites

Mac n’ cheese soup

Soup

I have a party coming up and I want to make a comfort food soup. Something pretty easy that everyone would like. It is a all girl party so I was thinking something kinda light and healthy.

Part of my plan came thru with the comfort, but the light and healthy went out the back door. Made this, loved it, so we are having it with Buffalo Chicken Strips. Figure if we are gonna get comfty lets go all the way.

Mac n’ cheese soup

  • 1 1/2 c. dry elbow macaroni 6 oz.
  • 1/2 c. minced onion
  • 1/4 c. minced celery
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp.cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar( I bought a good brand pre-shredded) 4 cups is a lot to grate 🙂
  •  1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Cook macaroni in a pot of salted water according to package direction, drain and set aside.

Sweat onion and celery in butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes.

Stir In flour to coat and cook 1 minute. Deglaze with wine and simmer until nearly evaporated. Stir in broth, mustard, nutmeg and cayenne. Simmer until slightly thickened, 5 minutes, then whisk in milk and warm through. Do not let boil or base may become grainy.

Add cheddar, 1 cup at a time, allowing it to melt completly before adding the next cup. Stir in macaroni, lemon juice, and salt, remove from heat.

This is where I put the soup into a crock pot on warm for 2 hours because I was not ready to serve it. When ready to serve I had to thin down a little with some chicken broth. You could also use some milk or just left it thicker for a not so soupy Mac n Cheese side dish.

There are a lot of choices for add in’s to this soup to make it your own with veggies or meats ( ham, bacon,pulled pork). Sprinkle with your favorite herbs (thyme,parsley,cilantro,chives).A few pickled jalopeno’s on top makes me happy.

♥ So I can make this ahead of time and stick in the crock pot. Buy some of those frozen Buffalo Chicken Strips and we will be set for dinner during our Bunco mania.

Corn Salad

Corn season is among us, but time will be running out soon to get that fresh from the crop Corn. Last week I saw it “10 for $1.00” That’s almost FREE. So brings me back to this awesome Corn Salad. I discovered it this year and it’s now in my FAVS. If you make anything… Continue reading Corn Salad

“Be My Valentine” Shake

Here are the ingredients I used for the shake: ♥Cherry 7-up ♥Maraschino Cherries ♥Vanilla Ice-Cream ♥Whip Cream Assemble as you would for a milkshake,pour a little Maraschino cherry juice down the sides. Whip it and top with a cherry. I used the red straws and tall spoon. I bought the Red Vines to use as… Continue reading “Be My Valentine” Shake

Halloween Treats

These are this year’s Halloween Treats. They were easy, different and I think really fun. The first one is a S’more Treat- Plastic bag filled with one graham cracker, mini chocolate bar and a ghost peep. Instant S’mores. Love It ! The second treat is a Scary Hand- Plastic Dr. Glove ( you can buy… Continue reading Halloween Treats

DIY Beach Hair Spray

This is REALLY good spray and it REALLY works. I think most of us love that wavy, tousled hair we get at a day on the beach. I do and I can kind of get that look with hair spray (lot of it) and crunching my hair as I blow dry. But it never stays… Continue reading DIY Beach Hair Spray

The Office Eggs

I saw this in a magazine and thought this would be great to fix at work since in my office all I have is a microwave.It  really works and taste good. I think I will teach this to my Grandkids. What You Need 2 EGGS 2 Tbsp. milk 2 Tbsp. shredded Cheddar cheese Salt and… Continue reading The Office Eggs

Your next favorite Superbowl Snack

Fly away Hot Wings and run along little Doggies, Texas Bites are riding in: The Best Man in my wedding brought this recipe from his home town and made them for us and we have been in love ever since. I have often thought of renaming them “Havasu Bites” since I have made them for… Continue reading Your next favorite Superbowl Snack