Six Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

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If there is something I like more than Mac & Cheese, I don’t know what it is. It is a staple of our household. Tender pasta, creamy, cheesy sauce, and a crunchy, buttery top is a little piece of heaven for me, especially when it is fresh out of my own kitchen.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the stuff in the blue box. You’re never too old for that. But this six cheese version will change how you look at typical Mac & Cheese. I make it for holidays and sometimes just for dinner. It’s great with a side of peas.

Try it and let me know what you think!

Six Cheese Mac & Cheese

  • 1 pound of elbow macaroni or shells
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick of butter, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese
  • 4 ounces of Velveeta, cubed
  • 1 cup mild cheddar, shredded
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 cup Colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 12 Ritz crackers, crushed
  • Salt and Pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Bring 8 cups of water to boil and add pasta. Cook 10 minutes. Strain pasta and set aside
  3. Melt one stick of butter over medium heat. Add milk and stir.
  4. Add cubed Velveeta and cream cheese to milk and butter mix and stir until melted
  5. Add the mild cheddar, sharp cheddar, and colby jack and stir until melted
  6. Lightly beat the two eggs and add to the cheese mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat
  7. Butter a large casserole dish and add the cooked pasta
  8. Pour fully melted cheese mixture over the pasta and stir
  9. Melt two tablespoons of butter and combine with the mozzarella, parmesan and Ritz crackers. Sprinkle mixture over the pasta.
  10. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes

This Mac and Cheese is super cheesy, extra creamy, and absolutely delicious.

Fight Like a Girl Blog Hop – My Giveaway!

I’m so proud to be taking part in the Fight Like a Girl Blog Hop! This is a great group of ladies, and I’ve throughly enjoyed getting to know them!

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My giveaway for the Hop is fall themed. As much as I love warm weather, the sounds and scents of fall are wonderful. I look forward to the season when I can bring out my apple and pumpkin scented candles!

This giveaway will land you a Leaves scented candle, Cranberry Harvest hand soap, and a bottle of Honeycrisp Apple & Buttered Rum hand lotion (Retail Price $15.00) . The lotion is probably my favorite – it smells amazing!

I hope you enjoy it!

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To enter, just leave a comment on this post about what YOUR favorite fall scent is! If you like the giveaway and what you see here, please come like us on Facebook! The Happy Idiot on Facebook

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Up All Night BloggingWe are a community of bloggers that love throwing giveaways and bringing you amazing prizes! Each blogger on the list below has a minimum value of $10 but most giveaways exceed that limit! Be sure to “hop” along to each blog and enter to win some amazing prizes there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! please don’t forget sharing is caring! Let your friends in on the fun!

Thank you for stopping by and Good luck!

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National Coffee Day 2014

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It’s National Coffee Day!

That means you can pick up some of your favorite brews for a huge discount, or even free!

Check out these places!

Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Wawa, Kangaroo Express, Krispy Kreme and more!

Dinner Under Ten Dollars: Chicken, Cheese ‘N Peas Skillet

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One of our favorite meals is a throw back to my days in college. My roommate and I discovered this dish during our sophomore year of college, and it is still a favorite of mine today.

Kraft Deluxe Mac and Cheese is something you will find in any college student’s pantry, but it is SO MUCH better (if that can be believed) when you mix in some meat and vegetables. It is enough for four servings, so we could eat for two nights on this.

Now that I’m married, my husband and I like to make this on nights when we’re tired.

Chicken, Cheese ‘N Peas Skillet

One box of Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese

1/2 cup of canned peas 

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts. 

4 cups of water

2 cups of milk

1. Take a large saucepan and boil four cups of water. Add the macaroni and cook as per the box’s direction.

2. In another lightly oiled skillet, cook the two chicken breasts for about five minutes on each side, medium heat, until cooked through. Chop into cubes and set aside.

3. Add the cheese sauce and two cups of milk to the cooked pasta. Stir until coated and take off the heat.

4. Stir in the canned peas and chicken and serve!

We also love this meal with bacon thrown in as well! Try it with your favorite meat or vegetable. It’s a great way to slip them in if you have some picky eaters in your house.

My favorite part of this meal is the price.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese: $1.50
  • Canned Peas: $0.79
  • 6 oz Chicken Breasts: $2.00

That’s a grand total of $4.29. or $1.07 a serving!

60 Calories and 61 Cent Coffee Frapps

Today I am bringing you one of my favorite things in existence – frozen coffee beverages!

The fantastic blog Peanut Butter and Peppers offers weight loss recipes and a whole lot more, and I was lucky to stumble on to this recipe on Pinterest. I tweaked it a little, but please go visit PB & P when you get a chance

http://www.peanutbutterandpeppers.com/2012/06/18/skinny-vanilla-mocha-frappe/

Anyway – how does a giant 60 calorie, homemade frozen coffee beverage sound to you?

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Look at this massive glass of frozen, caramel chocolate coffee goodness!

Wanna make one? Of course you do. Here’s the scoop:

60 calorie Frozen Coffee Frapp recipe – It is super yummy, easy, and you can add whatever you like!

1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals (more or less depending on how you like it) OR 1.5 cup of strong coffee
1/4 cup coconut, almond, soy milk – using regular milk doesn’t change the calorie count, but non-milks are zero points for me :)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon flavored coffee creamer, your choice (I like chocolate and caramel)
1.5 cups water
1-2 Splenda packets, more if you like sweeter

Mix the coffee into the water and put it in an ice cube tray. Freeze for at least four hours. Add the milk, vanilla, flavoring and Splenda in the blender. Add ice cubes and blend!

Know how many of these you can make with one can of instant coffee?

24!

Now, this wouldn’t be a money saving blog if I didn’t tell you about how much you’ll save with these little beauties.

Here’s the breakdown:

Coffeehouse Frapp: It varies from shop to shop, but we normally see these for about $3.00 each

MYOM Homemade Frozen Coffee Frapp:

Instant coffee (4.99)

Milk (2.99 a gallon)

Coffee Creamer (2.50)

Splenda (3.99)

That comes to $14.47

You can make 24 frapps for that price. That’s .61 cents each!

If you bought them at about 3.00 a drink at a typical coffee shop, that would come to $72.00. For 24 of these, you save $57.36. That’s nearly six months of once a week coffees.

Great things to spice up your drinks:

Hot chocolate mix! Don’t feel like coffee? Dissolve one packet of hot chocolate mix in your water for a frozen cocoa! Or add it with the coffee and enjoy a yummy Café Mocha taste.

CoffeeMate and International Delight have fantastic flavors like Girl Scout Cookie, Coldstone Creamery Ice Cream, Hershey’s Chocolate, and everything inbetween

Like some spice? How about a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice? Celebrate fall early with a frosty drink!

Torani Syrups – these are available in specialty stores and come in EVERY flavor imaginable – Tiramisu, Hawaiian Macadamia Nut, Salted Caramel, and even BACON. They come in sugar free, too!

Dessert Syrups – check the baking aisle for ice cream toppings like crushed cookies, sprinkles, and cherries!

Add a squirt of Reddi Whip or Cool Whip free for about 5 calories or 0 WW points.

Melissa’s Comments: Giant coffee drinks for .61 cents and 60 calories What else do you need me to say?

Special thanks to Peanut Butter and Peppers!

Looking for Featured Friends! That means YOU!

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I’m looking to make connections out there in the blogging world.

I plan to create a database of buttons and links for my Featured Friends page. 

All bloggers are welcome and none will be refused! I will sort them by type of blog – recipes, mommy blogs, etc. 

Every so often I will spotlight a Featured Friend on both this blog and social media in the hopes of getting more traffic and exposure for both of us!

Interested? All you need to do is let me know! Your blog’s name, and a button code if you have one (it’s okay if you don’t!)

Looking forward to making many friendships!