How to Make Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese with Easy Clean-Up

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At all family gatherings I am always asked to bring the macaroni and cheese. Seriously, I think they would not allow me to come if I didn't have a BIG pan of it in tow. So you can imagine I make it a lot!  My traditional Macaroni & Cheese recipe requires making a bechamel sauce and then baking it in the oven. We do love it so but sometimes I just need a helping hand when the family is begging me to make it. Here enters the Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese. 


I have made several slow cooker macaroni and cheese recipes trying to get it just right. With each one, there was just something that just didn't hit it out of the park for me. But that has all changed with this recipe. It is the perfect blend of creamy and cheesy and will certainly tame your cravings.


So let's get real here for just a minute. Do you see all that baked on cheese around the edges?  That can be such a pain to clean up. The house that we live in is a rental and unfortunately there is no dishwasher. Say what??  Y'all, I mess up a LOT of dishes testing out recipes and have to HAND wash EACH and EVERY one of them AND to top it off I can be a super messy cook. Like I said, I am just keeping it real!! Washing dishes has to be my least favorite chore around the house. Please tell me I am not alone in that?


Since I do SO many dishes I need a dish cloth that will stand up to the job. (And trust me, I have tried quite a few) When I came across these Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths in Walmart I knew I had to give them a whirl. The best part, I had a coupon to save $1 on any two Scotch-Brite Products (Scrub Sponges, Lint Rollers and Scrubbing Dish Cloths). 



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They come in a 2-pack in a 5 different colors. I grabbed the coral color because I like colorful things. Colorful things just make me happy. If I have to wash dishes, I need it to brighten my day and this coral color was perfect for that. They are new so if you don't see them in your store yet, get that manager on board and have them ordered!




For more inspiration, check out these other great recipes and cleaning tutorials here. Some of my friends that have dishwashers say they hardly use them. What??  I would be rocking that dishwasher all the time.  Inquiring minds want to know, what is your least favorite chore to do around the house?  




Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese

3 cups of cheddar cheese, grated ( I prefer sharp)
12 oz evaporated milk
3 cups of whole milk
16 oz macaroni (uncooked)
8 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated

Combine all ingredients into your slow cooker. Stir and cook on high for 2 - 3 hours. Periodically stir the ingredients as it cooks to combine. Some slow cookers run hotter than others so make sure to check this around the 1 1/2 hour mark for doneness.  Enjoy! 

*For this recipe I used the Casserole Crock Pot but you can use any slow cooker for this recipe.


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Happy Friday!  Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving full of all things to be thankful for. We decided to take a week off so that all of you could enjoy your families. Hope you didn't miss us too much!  


So now that we are all tired of turkey it is time to shift gears to the most joyous time of the year. We are so behind this year and haven't put up our tree yet BUT that will change this evening. We will pop in our traditional Christmas movie "National Lampoons Christmas Vacation" and have fun as a family decorating the tree. I always enjoy pulling out all the ornaments of Christmas past. The kids first ornaments (sigh) , our first Christmas together (1992!!), and all the ones my babies made for me over the years. My cup runneth over!  


Ok, I know its time to get to the recipes!  We had some delicious features this week that I can't wait to get in the kitchen and make. Creamy Broccoli Casserole looks so comforting. (I may just eat it all by myself)  Ambrosia Fruit Salad has all the things I love in it and Pecan Cream Pie (need I say more) This week it is my turn to be the hostest with the mostest and I am sharing my Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake Dip. Y'all, this stuff is so ah-mazingly delicious, you just have to make it.  So kick your feet up and grab a plate because we have lots to share today! Have a wonderful weekend friends! 

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Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

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The holidays are such a wonderful and magical time of year. A time when all the ovens rev up and pump out all the sweetness of the holiday. These Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are sinfully delicious and the perfect treat to start off your holiday baking. 



Baking is my therapy. I tend to do a lot of baking around the holidays, cookies, cakes, brownies, treats, you name it. So I get super excited when all the holiday baking ingredients start showing up in our local Walmart



Whenever the mood strikes to bake I like to have a stock of baking ingredients in the pantry. These NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels and NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Holiday Morsels make the perfect cookies without a lot of fuss.  And fudge is not fudge without the NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk. It adds just the right amount of creaminess.  With all those pumpkin and cranberry bread loaves I plan to give away, Libby’s® 100% Pure Pumpkin is a must to keep on hand. 



Every year during the holidays I have a long list of cookies and treats that I intend on baking. I am some what an overachiever when it comes to the holidays. Us moms tend to do that, don't we? Each year gets busier and busier making that list even harder to complete. I am striving for balance this year and will take the time to just breathe. Because spending time with my loved ones is more important than crossing something off my list.  



These Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars could not be any easier to make. Using a boxed brownie mix and those NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Holiday Morsels allow me to whip up this sweet treat and spend more time with my family instead of all day in the kitchen.  These are ooey, gooey, and oh so good! 

Do you do a lot of baking during the holidays?  I would love to know how you bake holiday goodness in your kitchen. 



Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars
1 box Nestle Toll House Brownie and More baking mixes
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp butter, softened
1 tbsp cornstarch
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Prepare brownie mix according to directions on package. Pour batter in the baking dish.  Beat the cream cheese, butter, and cornstarch until fluffy. Gradually beat in the sweetened condensed milk, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the holiday chocolate chips. Pour cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter. Bake for 45 minutes. Allow to chill in the refrigerator. Allowing to cool allows for better slicing. 




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Shepherd's Pie

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Gravy soaked beefy goodness with peas and carrots smothered in creamy, cheesy mashed potatoes, did I get your attention?  This Shepherd's Pie is to die for good!


I was in charge of the mashed potatoes and the macaroni & cheese for Thanksgiving. And anyone that knows me knows I like to feed people so I made a ton. What on earth was I going to do with all those leftover mashed potatoes?  



So I was on a mission to figure out what to do with them (other than just eat them all myself!!) I wanted something filling, something comforting, and something amazing!  

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Have you seen these Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Containers yet?  They have a leak proof airtight seal, are crystal clear, stain resistant,  and they stack perfectly so I can grab them easily to store leftovers. I can not tell you how many times I took food to family and friends and had it spill all over the place in my car. When I found these at Kroger, I knew I had to give them a try. To sweeten the deal, I grabbed this limited time offer of $2 off an individual container and $4 off a set. But y'all need to hurry because these are going fast. The set I had my eye on had all been snagged!  



The coolest thing about these containers are those latches on the side. They have vents in them so when you heat up leftovers in the microwave all you have to do is unlatch and the vents are there. Makes for splatter free reheating. Can you tell I am sold on these containers? 


Life seems to get super busy for families around the holidays so getting supper on the table can sometimes be a quite a hassle. I always lean towards meals that are comforting and filling at the same time. 


This Shepherd's Pie could not be any easier to make and it gets rave reviews all around the table. Plus, it makes great leftovers for lunch or another quick supper on a busy night. 


The beef mixture is packed with a ton of flavor and then those mashed potatoes topped with cheddar cheese , my goodness, it just brings this dish over the top! 



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 I would love to know, how do you reinvent leftovers? 





Shepherd's Pie

3 lbs ground beef
12 oz bag of frozen peas and carrots
2 packages of brown gravy mix
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 cup of beef broth
1 cup of water
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
4 cups of leftover mashed potatoes (You might need to heat them up to spread them easily)

Cook ground beef in a large pan. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.  Drain off any excess grease and then add gravy mix with the broth and water. Stir. Add in the peas and carrots and simmer for about 5 minutes. Pour the meat mixture into a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish. Spread the leftover mashed potatoes over the top as best you can. Spread the cheese all over the top. Bake in a 350℉ oven for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy! 




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