Not your mama’s mac & cheese recipe (because it’s my mama’s).

Happy early Thanksgiving, everyone! I’m about to log off, and start cooking, so I thought I’d post my mom’s macaroni & cheese recipe. As we’ve gotten older, my cousins and I have been assigned various side dishes, to cook, for the holidays. My assignment is the mac & cheese.

(I’m cooking for two houses, so there are twice the ingredients.)

I normally use a 9 x 13 pan.

Ingredients:

  • 1-16 oz box of elbow macaroni
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of Velveeta
  • 1 ½ cups of shredded cheddar or Colby jack cheese (I use ¾ cup of each)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • Seasoned salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Boil noodles
  3. Heat butter& milk in a pot
  4. Add Velveeta & 1 cup shredded cheese
  5. Let mixture melt
  6. Stir in (beaten) egg
  7. Add seasoned salt, pepper & onion salt to taste
  8. Stir mixture
  9. Pour enough mixture to coat bottom of pan*
  10. Put in ½ the noodles
  11. Add in more sauce & ½ of the left over shredded cheese*
  12. Add in the remaining noodles, sauce & shredded cheese*
  13. Bake, uncovered, for 35 – 40 minutes, at 350 – 375 degrees

 *Make sure mixture is all distributed evenly.

So, there you have it. If I remember, I’ll edit this post, to include a picture, of the final product.

Hope you all have an awesome Turkey Day, filled with laughs & love.

Finding the Perfect Gift for your Spouse and Kids

Christmas is just under five weeks away. Have you started shopping yet? If you’re anything like me, that would be a loud “NO.” But, don’t fret my friends. Here are 10 awesome gift ideas for your spouse and kids.

For the Kiddos

Kid Christmas

  • Skylanders are still as popular as ever. And, Toys R Us has a great deal right now, where you get three for $35.
  • Anything Frozen related is always going to be a big hit. Target has a huge selection at some great prices. If you can only chose one, I recommend the Disney Frozen Anna and Elsa of Arendelle 2-Pack of Dolls. It’s a great deal at $22.99.
  • We love board games in our household – especially ones that promote strategic thinking and encourage the knowledge of useless facts. Amazon has the Pictopia-Family Trivia Game: Disney Edition for only $15.99.
  • Old-school toys are making a comeback. You know the ones we grew up with like Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys? They’re all back in rotation. One of my favorites is Simon Says. Amazon has the Simon Swipe game for $14.76. Not a bad price to share one of your childhood favorites with your little ones.
  • What’s a Christmas list for kids without any video games? A huge thing among the kid’s friends is Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Wii U. It releases on Nov. 21 and Amazon has it for $59.96.

For the Spouse

Spouse Christmas

So, now that you have some great ideas… who’s going shopping on Black Friday? See you there!

 

An Easy and Delicious Thanksgiving with HoneyBaked Ham + a $500 Giveaway

I’m not sure if you know this, but I love ham. No seriously, it I could, I just might marry ham. That said, nothing is a good as a HoneyBaked ham. Except for maybe a HoneyBaked turkey.

HoneyBaked Turkey Breast

The best thing about HoneyBaked is its selection of yummy meats and side dishes. They have ham (bone-in half, quarter, boneless, whole and slices), whole turkeys, and roasted or smoked turkey breasts. They also have tons of Heat & Share Sides to choose from including garlic roasted mashed potatoes, green beans almondine, sweet potato soufflé, potatoes au gratin, and much more.

Earlier this week, my family and I sat down to an early Thanksgiving meal of ham, turkey breast, green beans almondine and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. For dessert, a pumpkin pie – with Cool Whip of course.

HoneyBaked Thanksgiving

Unfortunately, getting all the food on the table wasn’t as easy as I’d hoped. Last Saturday, the kid and I went to HoneyBaked Ham in Livonia. We shopped around and debated which sides to get, as well as which dessert would be best. After many conversations and much back and forth, we finally made our decision. We piled our haul on the front counter and the nice woman rang us up. Then, it happened… I tried to pay for our meal, with the gift certificate I’d been sent by the lovely folks at HoneyBaked only to be told that their machine was down and they couldn’t accept the gift certificate because they wouldn’t be able to print one for the balance. Whelp, there goes my Sunday dinner plans. And, the kid was really looking forward to that pumpkin pie.

Since HoneyBaked isn’t open on Sunday, I had to wait until Monday to try again. We called first, of course. Wouldn’t want a repeat of Saturday. Luckily, I had the day off, seeing as they’re only open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – not very working mom friendly. This time, it was the hubster who accompanied me. While he waited in the car, I went in and gathered my selections again. This time, everything went off without a hitch.
When I went to pick the kid up from school, first thing he asked me was if I’d gotten the food from HoneyBaked. He was very excited to find out I had.

Once we got home, I prepared everything. It was so good. The meat – both the ham and turkey – was so juicy and the green beans almondine so crisp. I bought some gravy to add to the mashed potatoes (which were really, really good) and turkey. All in all, it was wonderful meal. Perfect for those who celebrate Thanksgiving with just a few. And perfect for those who celebrate with a lot of people.

HoneyBaked Thanksgiving Dinner

And, bonus! We finished everything off with that delicious pumpkin pie.

HoneyBaked Pumpkin Pie

HoneyBaked Ham is giving away $500 in Gift Cards to some of your favorite places! You can enter below!

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 Some HoneyBaked Goodies

From now until 1/11/15 you can enter to win a $25,000 HoneyBaked Kitchen Makeover when you buy a Ham and Turkey Breast bundle.

Check out this amazing limited time coupon for $8.00 off any Bone-in Ham and Turkey Breast or Boneless Ham and Turkey Breast from HoneyBaked Ham to help you make your holiday dinner easy and delicious! (This offer is valid only at the following locations: Rolling Meadows, Orland Park, Villa Park, Morton Grove, Naperville, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Mesquite, Hurst, Lewisville, Houston, Austin, Spring, Clear Lake, Sugar Land, Indianapolis, Ferndale, Grand Rapids, Roseville, Birmingham, Troy, West Bloomfield, Livonia, Flint, Dearborn Heights, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Ann Arbor, Canton Township, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg, Monroeville, San Antonio, Bellevue, and Lynnwood. For store addresses click here.)

Disclaimer: This is a compensated post, however all opinions are my own.

Giveaway: $50 Gift Certificate to Church’s Chicken

church's chicken

Dinner on the Go with Church’s Chicken

By now, you all know I’m a working mom and sometimes getting dinner on the table, on time, is a struggle. In fact, I have five events planned at work, this month. Earlier this week, I worked late and we still needed to get the kid to practice, AND I still needed to figure out the dinner situation. We would have to eat dinner, on the way to practice. I knew that I didn’t want to do burgers or pizza (too messy in the car), so I decided to go with chicken – Church’s Chicken to be exact. Until Monday, I hadn’t had Church’s since I was in my early 20s (and since I turned 37 yesterday, that was a looooong time ago).

From what I remembered, I really liked their food. I am so glad to say, I remembered correctly – it was delicious. The breading was just as crispy as I remembered and the cole slaw was the perfect level of sweetness.

Since there are only three of us in the Glenn household, I decided to get the 10 piece meal with two sides – mashed potatoes & gravy and cole slaw. In hindsight, I probably should’ve gotten fries and corn, for ease of car eating. (The hubs also asked for some fried okra so he could try it.)

Because I didn’t think the sides through, I ended up stopping for paper plates & plastic ware from the drug store.

[This is where I would’ve put the photo I took of the kid eating in the backseat, if my SD card hadn’t gone missing.]

While the hubs and definitely loved everything (except the fried okra), the kid loved the chicken and thought the sides were only so so – except the fried okra, he didn’t like that either. Most importantly, he wasn’t hungry during practice.

To make up for the lack of photo, here’s a video of his review:

The Giveaway

The good folks at Church’s Chicken have provided $50 Church’s gift certificates to give away to TWO of my readers.  For a chance to win, enter using the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: This is a compensated post, however all opinions are mine and the hubs and the kid.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Today is my 37th birthday. To honor this momentous occasion, I decided to give myself a gift.

What kind of gift you ask? A swift kick in the butt, with a side of reality check.

For too long, I’ve been crawling through life unhealthy – both physically and mentally. I woke up today with a renewed spirit. You know the phrase, “Sick and tired of being sick and tired?” That’s where I’m at right now.

I’m committing to myself, that I’m going to take better care of me from the inside out.

My #1 goal is to take care of myself so I can be at the top of my game for, well, life. And I believe simplifying my life is the best way to go. That means I’m cutting back on things that take time away from what I value most – these two:

These two. ♡♡

A photo posted by Bree Glenn (@breeglenn) on

I’ll still be hanging out here, and in my usual online spots just not as much. I’ll just be out enjoying life more and writing/posting about it less. I don’t want to miss out on something important because I’m trying to figure out a way to capture it all in 140 characters or less.