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Creamy Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Another recipe to try.

The Happy Endings Cafe

Mac & CheeseMy mom taught me this basic recipe when I was about ten years old. I’ve been making it ever since.

Creamy Baked Macaroni & Cheese

(Prep time 30-45 min. Bake time 45 min.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 8 oz bricks Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (16 oz total), shredded
  • 1 – 8 oz brick Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 Cup shredded cheese blend (I use Mexican but 4 or 6 cheese blend will work)
  • 4 1/2 Cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 5 Tablespoons flour
  • 5 Cups milk
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1/2 sleeve of Saltine Crackers, crushed (10-15 crackers)

Prep:

Shred all cheeses, place near your stove-top

Chop half of a small onion until it is finely diced

Crush saltines into uneven rough crumbs and chunks, set aside

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Directions:

Boil macaroni until almost done (it should…

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Chocolate Madness Cheesecake

This sounds amazing! I’m definitely going to have to try this.

The Happy Endings Cafe

This recipe came to me via an old friend. I don’t know where she got it. I think it’s a fairly common recipe so I’m not taking any credit for it. However; it’s very rich, very decadent chocolate fudge cheesecake.

Use Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips and Sweet Ground Baking Cocoa? You just took it to the next level. If your friends start moaning, don’t blame me.

Chocolate Madness Cheesecake

Prep Time: 30 mins | Cook Time: 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup 10X (Powdered) Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Sweet Ground Baking Cocoa
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Butter (1 Stick)

Cheese Cake:

  • 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 3 8 Ounce Packages Cream Cheese
  • 1 14 Ounce Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Crust:

Melt butter. Combine with other crust ingredients and press firmly into bottom of 9 inch spring-form…

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Steel Magnolias and Sweet Tea is now on Facebook!

Steel Magnolias and Sweet Tea is now on Facebook!

I know it’s been a long time since I posted on this blog. I’m sorry for that. School has been ridiculous this last semester and I have been busy with making art and have neglected to post any. I started a fan page for my art on facebook at the suggestion of my best friend. There’s not much there at the moment, but there will be more coming. I hope you will check it out.

 

Ashley

Latest pages

 

This page spread was done for Connie’s 21 Secrets workshop.

And I dyed my hair.

I’ve done a couple more pages but haven’t taken pictures of them yet.

School

School has started back. I’ve only got two classes so I’m not that busy but somehow I find that I don’t have much to say. I’ll post a recent journal page later though, because it turned out really cool. 

Note to self:

When you are intimidated by art materials you’ve never used before and aren’t quite sure how to use them, draw a 3×5 rectangle in your journal and experiment with the new material in just that spot. When you do this, you’re not afraid of screwing up a whole page.

I used fluid medium with my acrylics for the first time today. I have to say, I like that it because it helps me get the look of watercolors without bleeding through the thin paper of my moleskine. Also, adding a few drops of it to my paint means I can use less paint. Which means I don’t feel so guilty about buying the stuff that’s $8 a tube instead of just buying tons of the cheap craft paint.