Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom out there! I’m so lucky to have such a caring mother who, even in my adulthood, would bend over backwards to help me. She has showed me what unconditional love looks like. I hope that I can be as great of a mother one day.

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I am also lucky to have two wonderful grandmas! My grandma Wylie lives in Iowa and it was always a highlight of my summer to go up to grandmas for the week and play baseball in the front yard and make/decorate sugar cookies.

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And of course, my grandma Sandy is a grandma as spunky as they come! I spent every Saturday night at her house, doing everything from making forts out of boxes and blankets to jumping from couch to couch not touching the floor to eating the tastiest foods! I’m so grateful to have a grandma that has been so active in my life!

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In honor of Mother’s Day, my parents and grandma came over to our house for a BBQ. I made mac and cheese, Travis made hamburgers and hotdogs, and we also had grapes, potato chips, and iced tea. My mom made baked beans and dessert (brownies and fried ice cream) and my grandma made potato salad. Yum!! Here’s the easiest mac and cheese recipe ever:

Pour 2 cups of milk and 2 cups of noodles into a pan. Bring milk to a simmer (not a boil). Cook until noodles are done, it took mine about 10 minutes. Also, you must stir frequently! Milks burns, water doesn’t.

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Do not drain the milk! That’s the beauty of this recipe, cook the pasta in the same liquid used to make the sauce.

Optional: I stirred in 2 tablespoons of butter at this time. Since I used skim milk to cook the noodles, I wanted to add a little fat for taste. If you used 2% or whole milk, I probably wouldn’t do this.

Then, stir in 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper.

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Next, pour into a greased baking dish and top with more cheddar cheese and bread crumbs.

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I made this in the afternoon and refrigerated it until dinner time. I baked it at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. My mom likes the crispy edges on casseroles, so I waited until it was nice and golden before taking out.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there!

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