Baked Mac and Cheese

Baked Mac and Cheese

Every great dinner needs plenty of great sides, this side is easy, cheap and a hit with everyone!

What you need


Equipment:

  • Pot for boiling pasta.
  • Baking dish (No smaller than 9 X 9, you will most likely also serve in this dish.)
  • Measuring cups / Spoons.
  • Strainer. 
  • Spatula / Serving spoon.
  • Knife.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb pasta (any kind, I like bowties or shells.)
  • Salt.
  • Half box of Velveeta cheese. 
  • 1 tbsp butter.
  • 1/8 cup milk.

(Optional)

  • Ricotta cheese. 
  • Parmesan cheese.
  • Sour cream.

The Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook entire box of pasta in salted water until al dente. 
  • While pasta is cooking, cut the Velveeta into chunks. 
  • Drain pasta.
  • Pour pasta into the baking dish with the 1/8 cup of milk. 
  • Melt the butter and pour into pasta. 
  • Salt to taste. 
  • Stir.
  • Place the Velveeta chunks throughout the pasta.
  • (Optional) Dollop ricotta and/or sour cream into pasta and stir. Sprinkle parmesan over the top.
  • Bake until cheese is bubbly and edges are slightly browned.

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Easy Roasted Potatoes

Easy Roasted Potatoes

An easy, filling side that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

What you need:


Equipment: 

  • Large cookie sheet. 
  • Knife.

Ingredients:

  • 8 – 10 small potatoes.
  • 2 tbs. Salt
  • 2 tbs. Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil 

*Potatoes can be seasoned to taste with any spices you like.


The Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Wash potatoes.
  • Cut potatoes into chunks.
  • Coat potatoes with oil.
  • Season potatoes with salt and pepper. 
  • Cook potatoes for 45 minutes or until tender. 

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Hatching Chick Deviled Eggs

Hatching Chick Deviled Eggs

As most of you know, Easter was last Sunday. I spent two days with my aunt working on a dinner, this recipe was definitely my favorite thing that we made and it was well received by the guests. I had been scrolling through Tumblr looking for things to add to my queue for the next two days  (I knew that I’d be busy visiting family and preparing for the get together) and that’s when I saw it. There was a picture of the eggs and I thought they were absolutely adorable, but sadly there was no link. That’s when I went to Pinterest, my go to site for mystery recipes. I found them, tons of hatching deviled egg recipes. I’d reached my goal. After looking at at least six I realized that they were basically all the same, only with different recipes for filling and slight differences in the cutting method. Once I started to see a pattern I decided to just wing it and to use my aunt’s filling recipe. This is my tutorial for hatching deviled eggs.

What you need:


Equipment:

  • Large pot (for boiling eggs.)
  • One large serving platter.
  • Cutting board.
  • Small knife.
  • 2 Small bowls (for capers and carrots.)
  • Three plates (to separate egg pieces.)

Ingredients:

For Filling – (Note: you can use any recipe for filling that you want, this is just the one I chose to use.)

  • 24 hard boiled eggs. 
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip 
  • 1/2 Cup Sweet pickle relish 
  • 1 tbs mustard

For Decoration –

  •  Capers (about 48.)
  • Shredded carrots. (Use either whole carrots or buy the smallest bag you can find of pre shredded carrots.) 

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