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.


  • 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


  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.

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

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

Getting Dinner on the Table with Walmart and Coca-Cola

Yesterday was truly a Monday. Chaotic, busy and a bit stressful. And, it seems my inbox decided to explode over the weekend.

Suffice it to say, I didn’t get off until later then expected. Much later.

Oh, and did I mention I forgot to take something out for dinner? Not that there was something to take out since I’ve yet to go grocery store. (Did I also mention this weekend was busy as well?)

Instead of picking up takeout, I decided to stop at the local Walmart dive it was on the way home – and since I need (more than) a few staple items.

While there, I remembered they had their whole Effortless Meals program. What’s that, you ask? It’s a “delicious, easy and affordable meal solution for busy moms everywhere – located exclusively in the Walmart Deli.” You can choose a rotisserie chicken, side and 2-liter Coke product, a 16-inch take-and-bake pizza and 2-liter Coke product, or a sub sandwich, chips and a 20-ounce Coke product.


I called my guys to see which they’d prefer (the pizza, of course), made my selection and purchases, and was on my way home. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any pepperoni pizzas available, so I bought a one with just cheese, and threw a package of pepperoni in the cart.


Thirty minutes later, dinner was on the table. The pizza tasted much better than I expected (you never know, with take-and-bakes and frozen pizzas). And, as a bonus, I got to drink my beloved Coke (and we all know how much I love Coke).


Since Walmart has partnered with Coke for the Effortless Meals program, if you head over to the My Coke Rewards/Effortless Meals website, you can unlock 10 bonus points when purchasing Effortless Meals. All you have to do is enter the UPC code from any participating Walmart meal deal, then enter the MCR code from your Coke product. It’s that easy!

Disclosure: Though this is a sponsored post, all my opinions are my own. Thanks to The Coca-Cola Company for providing compensation for this blog post.

A Quick and Easy Meal with #Johnsonville Premium Sausages

As a working mom, I’m always on the lookout for easy, tasty meals to cook for my family. As such, I turned to Johnsonville for some of their premium sausages (less time, because it’s already fully cooked and so flavorful).

To start, I bought some Johnsonville Andouille sausage and mixed it with a box of store-bought jambalaya mix. So good! And, super easy to make.

Johnsonville Andouille Sausage

As I said, start with Johnsonville Andouille sausage:
  • Slice the sausages into bite-sized pieces (I sliced, then cut the slices in half).
  • Then, bring 2 ½ cups water to boil
  • Add a tablespoon of oil
  • Stir in sausage and store-bought jambalaya mix
  • Turn down the heat to low and cook for 25 minutes
  • Let stand for five minutes
  • Fluff with fork
  • Serve

It’s that easy and *so* flavorful!

Jambalaya with Johnsonville Andouille Sausage

It was a hit with the kid. In fact, his exact words were, “the first meal I ever cook, will be jambalaya.”

And, if jambalaya isn’t your cup of tea, Johnsonville offers 14 different flavors of meat, so you can easily mix things up.

I also bought some their smoked sausages and grilled them on the indoor stove-top grill and served them on buns with fries. Another quick and easy meal, using delicious Johnsonville sausage.

Grilled Johnsonville Smoked Sausages

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As always, opinions are my own.


A Yummy New Discovery [#Aioli]

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was provided a supply of Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes for the purpose of a review. As always, all opinions are mine all mine.

I want to take a minute to talk to you about a yummy new dish I discovered – aioli. According to Wikipedia, aioli is a “Provençal traditional sauce made of garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and usually egg yolk.” While that all sounds delicious, I have a different kind of aioli recipe…

You simple take a can of Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes (comes in many flavors), mix with mayonnaise and you have aioli. You can change the flavors of the aioli, by choosing different flavors of the petite diced tomatoes and adding extras like lime juice, hot sauce, pesto, mustard, etc.

Earlier this week, I made a delicious sandwich by paring garlic aioli and with cheese, on some toasted bread. I also made a BLT, using the tomato aioli recipe. It so, so good! Unfortunately, my camera’s SD card is on the fritz, so no pictures :(. However, the recipe I used is at the bottom of this post, so be sure to try it for yourselves!

Red Gold has come up with all kinds of recipe for the different types of aioli. Head over to their website, for some fantastic ideas.

Red Gold has been around since the 1940s, focused on growing local in the Midwest (mainly Michigan, Indiana and Ohio), where the climate, position of the sun and soil are perfect for growing tomatoes.

Red Gold is hosting a Facebook promotion, now through May 27, where you guys can win aprons or even a $250 prize pack that includes a Cuisinart Panini Grill and other great prizes. To enter, just visit Red Gold on Facebook, and select which aioli you are most like.



  • 1⁄2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES 8 slices bread, variety of choice
  • 4 large lettuce leaves
  • 12 slices bacon, cooked and drained
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Combine mayonnaise and RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES to make the Tomato Aioli.
Place lettuce on 4 slices of bread and then add three strips of bacon and top with Tomato Aioli and black pepper. Place slice of bread on top. Cut in half and serve.
Calories 320, Fat 15g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 30mg, Sodium 740mg, Carbohydrate 30g, Fiber 4g, Protein 15g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 25%, Iron 10%