Avril’s Baked Mac N Cheese

Food

There are so many different ways to do Mac N Cheese now!! I used to have a difficult time finding one that tasted just-so to me — until Christmas 2012 when Avril had us over for Christmas dinner, and we cooked together. Here is her recipe.

Ingredients: {Note – she and I pretty much eyeball our ingredients unless we have a recipe from a book; so use your own judgement for most of this.}
• Flour
• Butter
• Milk
• salt
• pepper
• elbow macaroni
• cheese (any type you would like but I use shredded Velveeta and sharp Cheddar); divided.

Directions:

1. Boil elbow macaroni as per usual.
2. Preheat oven to 325-350 degrees.
3. Put some butter in a pan; once melted, add flour to the butter to make a paste (about 2 tsps but just add a little at a time).
4. Add about 2 cups of milk to the paste and keep stirring until smooth to make the rue. Add more milk if it seems still too thick; salt and pepper to taste.
5. Once the rue is smooth, add half of the cheese, or as much as desired — depending on how much you would like on top.
6. Drain the macaroni and pour into the cheese sauce mixture and stir until combined; pour into a lightly greased, oven safe container/dish.
7. Sprinkle remainder of cheese evenly on top and put in the oven.
8. Bake until the cheese on top is melted and golden brown. (Keep an eye on it so the cheese doesn’t burn.)

Have some pals over and enjoy!

Crochet Slouch Hat

Art, Crafts

You likely noticed the awesome slouch hat in the photo in the sidebar. I crocheted this recently as I had the yarn for it. The pattern is free — I found it via Pinterest and Ravelry.

I’m uber excited about this hat; it’s quite literally the first one I’ve made that I can honestly say I enjoyed wearing after the first day. I usually make hats and find that the fit just isn’t right for me, which is frustrating. Not so with this one! I felt I walked away from the project with a new favorite cold-weather hat, and some additional knowledge on how to make one to fit me. I still need to learn actual basics of figuring fit properly, but per my usual I steamrolled over myself to get ahead to the project itself. I want to make the thing, not study on how to make it correctly for five hours — psh, where’s the fun there!? All that said and done, it is a very simple crochet hat, and I highly recommend for any beginner or intermediate crocheter.

Pattern Link: Live Love Craft

Yarn I used: Coffee Beenz {Color – 9000} by Plymouth Yarns

Also, if you’re ever in Hickory, NC, stop by Wildskeins Yarn and check out their awesome selection!

Enjoy!!