Thanks Katie at Almost a Fairy Godmother for the great article on me and my work. So appreciated!
Homemade Macaroni and cheese is my favorite! My grandmother taught me a super easy way to make as a kid over 40 years ago - and I still have yet to find a better way to make. Here are the basics. . .
Mac and cheese
Cook ½ box pasta - slightly under cook. In a casserole dish add cut up 8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, squirt of any mustard, salt/pepper. Pour in cooked pasta. Add milk to almost cover pasta.
Cook in oven uncovered for 30-45 minutes- 350 degrees.
Now if you want the crispy top - you mix 3/4-1 cup bread crumbs/panko with 2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle over the top of the casserole after it has cooked for 20 minutes.
I love making it with really sharp cheese and Dreamfields lower carb pasta. This serves 4 full adult portions or 8 side dishes. Easy peasy - right. . and great leftovers too!
As promised I will show you how I get my toothpaste, mouthwash, etc. usually for free from Rite Aid. A week to two weeks ahead of time I go to the Iheartriteaid.com site to see the ads. They usually have the ads for 2-3 weeks in the future. If I know it is going to be a big sale - I will go to Raise and order a gift card at a reduced price to get an even better deal. In the Buffalo area you can go to this site or this site for the national audience. The sites are amazing and do most of the work for you. They give you what is on sale, a link to a printable coupon(or date it is in the paper), etc. It has saved me huge amounts of money over the years. I also supply my grown sons and friends with extras too. This week I got juice at a great deal(stock up for holiday drinks), 4 candy bars for Easter baskets(from inserts my friend save for me from the newspaper), toothpaste and mouth wash. The total came to $8.43 with tax and I will get $3 back on my card. Not bad for around $5!
Today's tip is so easy and helpful in the pantry. I love Parmesan cheese and go thru it quite a bit. When I am done I keep the top and use in my pantry with my Ball jars. They screw on easily! They work great for spices, baking soda, or anything that you use often and have more of than your standard spice. The other spices that I use less of I put in recycled baby jars. I paint the lids of the baby jars to hide any manufacturers wording. My kitchen is tiny - so I use shelving to my best advantage to display useful items. It's my favorite part of the kitchen!
I buy gift cards on Raise for between $60-$80 to use for a few months to support our coffee addiction to TIm Hortons in the cold Buffalo winters. I see that TIm Hortons and Dunkin Donuts cards are 25% off now. They only last for a bit at that discount. They are guaranteed to work - and I have never had an issue. Free shipping too. Go to Raise and get $5 off your first order. Anything helps and it saves me money buying something we love! Good idea for Easter gifts!