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Mac & Cheese

My mom made some mean mac and cheese growing up.  I don’t think I even knew that you could buy it until I was 6 or 7 years old (same with jam – it was a total surprise when I found out you could just hop over to the store to buy it and didn’t have to slave for hours over a hot stove top).  She would put kalbosa sausage on the top.  Everything is better with Kalbosa. Am I right?

However, the hubby is not fan.  He thinks it’s too bland (just for the record – he’s a weirdo).  But I won’t give up.  If I see a recipe that I think might get him on the homemade-mac-and-cheese bandwagon I always give it a try.  I have yet to convert him, but I have found another great recipe to share with you all.

Macaroni & Cheese by Pioneer Woman

It has mustard in it people.  Mustard!  I love mustard!   Other than the mustard, though, it’s very similar to my moms recipe. So delicious.


I think next time I’ll try getting the best of both worlds by doing PW’s mustard with my moms kalbosa.  That, my friends, would be heavenly.

And since my picture didn’t even get close to doing the dish justice, I’ll leave you with a parting shot by the Pioneer Woman herself.



S’more Please {lovelies via pinterest}



Summer nights mean camp fires.  And camp fires mean S’mores, naturally.  I’m a fan of s’mores in all forms.  Put some graham, marshmallow & chocolate all together and I’m going to love it.  And probably won’t be able to stop eating it once I start.  We don’t have a fire pit so I decided to find a few recipes that I could make.  I’ve tried this first one and it is super good.  And I’m sure the other two from Love From The Oven just as yummy, too. They sure look amazing.

S’more’s Snack Mix from Real Mom Kitchen via Me on Pinterest

S’more’s on a Stick from Love From The Oven

Stuffed Rice Crispie Treats from Love From The Oven

What’s your favorite S’mores treat?



Cucumber Raita {yummy steak topping}

I am a huge fan of the grill.  I would grill everyday during the summer if I could.  And when we grill steaks I have a very favorite thing to put on top – Cucumber Raita.  It is so yummy and so so easy!

I made it the other day and thought I would snap a few pictures to share along with the recipe.  It’s my first time trying to photograph food, so excuse the embarrassing total lack of styling :)

While the steaks are on the grill I just run into the kitchen and grab a few ingredients and mix them all together (this is not an exact science so most amounts are total approximations – I usually don’t even measure):

8 oz carton of plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup shredded or julienned cucumber – I leave the peel on
1 tsp chopped red onion
1/4 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

I think the original recipe had fresh mint in it too, but I found it just browsing through books at the library a few years ago and have no idea what book it was in so I can’t go back and check for sure.  I usually just leave it out, but I bet it would be good.

Once the steaks are done, just garnish with the raita!  So easy and it’s so fresh, light and summery.  I love it!

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