Friday, June 29, 2012

Creamy, Delicious Southwestern Mac and Cheese

Last night for dinner, I made probably the creamiest, cheesiest, most delicious mac and cheese that I have ever made! WARNING: this post contains a lot of yummy, mouth watering pictures that will make you crave some mac and cheese!
Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 Jar Salsa con queso (I used a jar and a bit)
  • 4 cups pasta of your choice
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup cheddar jack
  • 1/4 cup mozarella
  • 2 cups milk, divided
Step 1: Cook pasta in salted, oiled water until just under cooked. Drain into strainer.

Step 2: In pan that pasta was cooked in, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir well. Pour in half of the milk and reduce. When sauce is thickened, add other cup of milk and cook down until sauce is thick and creamy. Salt and pepper sauce.

Step 3: Pour in jar of Salsa con Queso and stir until it is well blended into the white sauce.

Step 4: Stir pasta and cheddar jack cheese into sauce. 
Step 5: Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on top. 
Step 6: Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
Step 6: Serve up in a bowl and enjoy!
(I am obsessed with black pepper, in case you were wondering what those specks on top are)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tackling those pins

Recently, I joined Pinterest and it has become a bit of an obsession for me. Currently, I have around 35 recipes pinned that I want to try and have tried none of them. So, Let's change that! I am going to try and make every one of these recipes eventually. Here is my list of recipes that I have pinned. I will post every time I try one of the recipes with a review, pictures, and an updated list!

  1. Jalapeno poppers with bacon and cream cheese in a crescent roll
  2. Healthy Baked French Fries
  3. Tie Dye cake
  4. Buffalo chicken rolls
  5. Vanilla bean cheesecake with chocolate crust and salted caramel topping (OH, YUM)
  6. Make ahead breakfast burritos
  7. Loaded potato and buffalo chicken casserole
  8. Garlic Parmesan pull apart bread
  9. Crock-pot apple sauce
  10. Homemade pizza pockets
  11. baked mozzarella sticks
  12. Shrimp, pesto, and goat cheese pizza
  13. Frosted soft sugar cookies
  14. Soft pretzel bites
  15. Buffalo chicken pasta salad
  16. Baked apples with oatmeal streusel topping
  17. Baked breaded mushroom caps
  18. crescent rolls with spinach and feta
  19. zucchini fritters
  20. S'more filled chocolate chip cookie
  21. crockpot mac and cheese
  22. baked pumpkin spice donuts
  23. cookies and cream filled chocolate cake
  24. bacon wrapped smokies
  25. Baked lemon butter shrimp
  26. mac and cheese casserole
  27. Chocolate chip oreo brownie cookie bar
  28. loaded potato rounds
  29. snowmen cupcakes
  30. nutella cookies
  31. Warm roasted potato salad
  32. mango lemonade
  33. waffle iron hashbrowns
  34. iced coffee concentrate
  35. baked strawberry donuts
  36. baked donuts
  37. pretzel chocolate chip cookies
  38. stuffed pizza
  39. mini meatloafs
  40. pineapple banana pops
  41. wonton tacos
  42. cinnamon chile roasted sweet potatoes
  43. shrimp and bell pepper quesadillas 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

BEST Chocolate muffins ever!

Last summer, I was craving some chocolate cream cheese muffins and could not find a recipe that looked like what I wanted! Finally, I came across this lovely recipe. It is so good! I didn't put the chocolate chips in the cream cheese but I bet that would be delicious, too!
NOTE: When I made these muffins, it only made 12. not 20 like the recipe says.

The Cooking Blog: Cream Cheese Chocolate Muffins Recipe

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer time! List of projects I must finish!

Last day of school today! (yessssssssss....) so now, here are some projects that I would like to finish over the summer.
  1. Quilt for Nola's baby
  2. Pennant banner for Sofi's birthday party
  3. Romper/ dress/ or skirt for Sofi
  4. Small fabric/thread waste basket
  5. More clothes for sofi (specifics to come!)
Also, I have recently discovered pinterest and it is great! I love finding new ideas on there and saving things that I have found on other sites!