Thursday, October 4, 2012

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

While this post doesn't come with pictures (my apologies), I promise you that this recipe doesn't disappoint. Our family didn't have a go-to recipe, and one 4th of July we decided that a big pan of yellow, delicious macaroni and cheese would pair perfectly with grilled ribs. We knew that we didn't want anything too complicated, or a recipe that had eggs (pure preference, we just don't like eggs in our mac and cheese). So to Google we went. This seemed to be the winner right away; 3 different cheeses, no eggs (yay!), and ingredients we already had on hand. My father-in-law raved about this dish, and now we make it for nearly every occasion where large groups of people are involved. Mac and Cheese may not be your typical Thanksgiving, Easter, or Christmas side dish, but it's ours now. I hope you try this and love it, and if you do, let me know what you think!

 Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
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3 tbsp. butter
1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 1/2 c. milk
2 c. Cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese
1 c. Mozzarella cheese
1 (16 oz.) box elbow macaroni
In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour, salt, mustard and pepper until smooth; take off heat. Little by little, stir in milk until smooth. Stir constantly for 10 minutes on heat until thick; take off heat. Stir in 1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese, Velveeta cheese and Mozzarella cheese until melted.Put cooked macaroni in a greased casserole dish, pour cheese mixture over and mix well. Sprinkle *paprika and leftover Cheddar cheese on top.
Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes.
Recipe can be halved.

*Paprika isn't on the ingredient list, but if you have, it, certainly sprinkle it on top. We've skipped it before and it comes out just fine, too.


Monday, October 1, 2012

One year ago today... An anniversary post.

One year ago today, I sat in a chair getting my hair and makeup done, surrounded by cousins, my sister, and one of my very best friends.

On that same day, Corey was in a hotel room trying to figure out a bow tie, and showing off his purple argyle socks to a photographer.

At 3 pm, my Dad took my arm and walked me down the aisle to the other man in my life that I love so dearly. That same sweet man that surprised me late last night by telling me he had taken the day off from work to spend it all with me. I love him.

I won't make this long, so I can spend all the time I can with him before dozing off later tonight, but I'd love to share some photos...In no particular order.

Church of The Blessed Sacrament in Rochester, NY
Just being happy at the altar, Father Bob was probably saying something witty. : )

County Office Building in Rochester, NY

Lovely and tasty wedding cake!

 My Dad and I.

 My Nana, my mom's mom.

 Ready to be married!

Corey and his mom, Jan during the mother-son dance.

 Corey and his groomsman, Nick.

 Corey and the groomsmen - on a local elephant statue : )

The sweetest ring bearer ever, Jackson.

Corey's parents, Jan and Dave.

My parents, Earl and Sherry.

My father hired a bagpiper in honor of my grandfather, and our amazing photographer caught this moment as I was tearing up.

 The t-shirt I wore early in the day to get ready in. I may wear it to bed on occasion : )

Hope you enjoyed reminiscing our wedding almost as much as we are today.

<3 Chelsea