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day 78: cooking it up/ crock-pot dessert mac and cheese? A bad attempt, not the recipe…me :(




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• Project: day 78: day 78: cooking it up/ crock-pot dessert mac and cheese? A bad attempt, not the recipe…me 😦
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1 (yes, it actually was easy, even though I messed it up!)
• Would I do it again? well I might have to since I totally botched this one up!
• What I would do differently: ok, so let me serve to remind you that I cannot cook (only under direct supervision from my husband). So obviously he wasn’t here, and I thought I could substitute sweetened condensed milk for evaporated milk (yes I know now). So not only did the end result turn out a touch too sweet for a savory mac and cheese, but it also ended up not a bit creamy or cheesy as you would expect it to. Now I can’t blame it on the recipe since I totally messed this one up, so I’ll have to do a redo soon to see if this one was a keeper or not!
• Items used: below is the recipe from: http://whiskandaprayer.blogspot.com/2010/08/magazinecookbook-monday-slow-baked-mac.html

1 1/2 cups milk
One 12 oz can evaporated milk (I used skim, evaporated milk keeps the egg and milk from curdling)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled to room temp
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups (12 oz) shredded cheese (I used an Italian blend, recipe calls for Italian fontina cheese)
1/2 pound elbow macaroni or mini penne tubes, par cooked and drained (this means cook them for about five minutes until tender but not completely cooked)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Spray the inside of your slow-cooker with cooking spray or grease it with olive oil. Combine milk, evaporated milk, eggs, butter, and salt in slow-cooker and whisk until until smooth (or you can use an immersion blender to do the whisking for you).

Add the shredded cheese (not the Parmesan) and macaroni, sprinkle with black pepper (and whatever other spices you want to use). Stir gently with a spatula to coat evenly.

Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top. Cover and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, reduce the temperature to LOW and cook for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until custard is set in the center and the pasta is tender. The macaroni and cheese may sit in the cooker on the KEEP WARM setting for 30 minutes before serving. Before dishing it up, I sautéed some bread crumbs with olive oil and sprinkled them over the top to make it a little fancier.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 63: crafty kiddo/ 20 questions to ask every year on (or near) your child’s birthday!



20 questions* : answered by Morgan Elle Johnson, February 1st, 2012

1. What is your favorite colorpink
2. What is your favorite toy? Elmo
3. What is your favorite fruit? Apples
4. What is your favorite tv show? Despicable Me
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Mac and Cheese
6. What is your favorite outfit? this one (black shirt, paisley print leggings, flower clip, and silver flats)
7. What is your favorite game? playing with sister Hayden
8. What is your favorite snack? how about treats for a cracker
9. What is your favorite animal? little giraffe
10. What is your favorite song? Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
11. What is your favorite book? Arthur’s Family Vacation by Marc Brown
12. Who is your best friend? Mora from Preschool
13. What is your favorite cereal? Rice Crispies
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? play with flower experiments
15. What is your favorite drink? applesauce
16. What is your favorite holiday? playing in snow with a Snowman (Christmas time)
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? usually Hayden wakes me up at night-time
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Rice Crispies
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Rice Crispies
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Cinderella 



Source: reavespartyofthree.blogspot.com via Karie on Pinterest

• Project: day 63: crafty kiddo/ 20 questions to ask

every year on (or near) your child’s birthday!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2 (we did about 3 different takes since Morgan was a touch distracted… wanted a sucker, wanted to do each thing I was asking her in the video, you name it 😉
• Would I do it again? I will definitely do this every year, unfortunately I didn’t think about this for Hayden at age 3, or Pinterest wasn’t available to spark my creativity, but hey, I’m staring now! I will be making an album/scrapbook with some photos from her birthday as well as these questions and answers, hopefully soon!
• What I would do differently: nothing that I can think of quite yet!! 😉
• Items used: flip video camera and my sweet little Morgan who just turned 3!
Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂