Top 5 Revolutionary Mac ‘N Cheese Recipes

I’m not a cheese fan typically, but a good old-fashioned macaroni and cheese does it for me every time.  My mother makes the most amazing mac and cheese I’ve ever tasted, hands down.  No matter the event or holiday, all of our friends and family clamor for it.  One day soon I’ll post a recipe here for you all to try!

I like to cook a lot, and I often think about having a signature dish like my mother.  In the meantime, I like trying variations on well known comfort foods, like these awesome recipes I found on the most amazing website ever, PINTEREST.  Seriously guys, Pinterest is my favorite.

Here are some recipes that I’d like to try, or have tried, from most classic to the most adventurous (at least on my saved “Dine” board):

5) Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

I think anything made in a skillet is an automatic improvement, and mac ‘n cheese is no exception.  All the edges get extra brown and crunchy and mmmmmm….

When I make this I use croutons for the top instead of breadcrumbs, and sometimes cut up a few hot dogs inside.  Classy?  Yeah, that’s me.  Five out of five cats for being delicioso Here is the recipe.

4) Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Kielbasa and Sausage

Baked macaroni and cheese with kielbasa and sausage

I think the cheapo version of this is to cut up a bunch of hot dogs-similar to the recipe above-but if you put in the effort to cook it with multiple versions of meat–like Kielbasa and spicy Italian sausage–it REALLY takes it to the next level.  Four out of five cats! Check out the full recipe here.

3) Macaroni and Cheese Muffins

Mac and Cheese muffins. Lunch box idea. Look at comments under recipe for variations :)

This is a recipe I have yet to try, but I cannot wait!  Link here.

2) Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites

This Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites Recipe is perfect as a party appetizer or a game day snack.

I’ve only ever made the frozen version of these, but let me tell you–they were UH-MAZING.  Especially with a nice cool dish of marinara sauce.  I can’t remember what restaurant I first had them in–it might have been The Cheesecake Factory, but don’t hold me to that.  My eyes were rolling back in my head, so I might’ve missed the name on the menus.  I give this 4 1/2 cats out of five for deliciousness (I take off a half a cat because the water runoff when they defrost might be a little much…it’s hit or miss in that regard, but still totally worth it!)

Here’s a recipe for the real thing.  I would love to try it one day!

1)Macaroni and Cheese Burger

Mac ‘n’ Cheese Burger | The 23 Most Perfect Foods In The Universe

Look at that.  Just look at it.  Gaze upon its glory.  Yes, that is probably hundreds, no, THOUSANDS of calories.  But could they be better spent?

I see this as the macaroni and cheese equivalent of the Krispy Kreme burger they serve at the state fair…sinful, delicious, and your one meal of the day.  I haven’t found a recipe for this yet, but one rainy day when I’m hungry and emotional…consider this my next palate project.

What are your favorite macaroni and cheese recipes?  Are there any twists on classics you consider to be your signature?




Greek Steak Salad French Bread with Soft Boiled Eggs & Feta

Hi everyone!

I know you all were anxiously awaiting the return of this blog after a year months of silence. So I have good news on that score…

We’re back. 🙂

And for REAL this time, not like we were before; halfheartedly, distractedly, one foot in the sea, one of the shore….I’m excited to see what lies ahead (ahem, regularity for one thing) and to see if there’s anyone out there who is following along with my and Shelle’s secret lives of intrigue (spoiler alert, there’s going to be lots of Netflix and pizza).

Today, I want to share one of my favorite recipies:

Behold, the most delicious salad on earth
Behold, the most delicious salad on earth

I discovered this recipe on a little traveled and remote part of the internet (I love you Buzzfeed!) and am now obsessed with it. It was created/posted by a blogger named Tiegan at halfbakedharvest. You can see her awesome blog . I don’t make it that often–steak is expensive!–but it is a treat I enjoy indulging in when I can.

Look at all that juicy medium rare beauty...
Look at all that juicy medium rare beauty…

This article comes with a recipe for it’s own salad dressing. It’s probably good, although I wouldn’t know….I’ve never made it lol. I took one look at the list of ingredients necessary and reached for the bottle of Caesar on my fridge door (#shortcutqueen).

I never really use any dressing–I read Nutrional Facts tab on a bottle of Ranch one day and had a heart attack–so a few dribbles would do. Especially for this salad, where the steak itself and the garlic butter spread on the toasted bread provide plenty of flavor.

Also, in terms of the salad itself, I am not an olive fan, so I left those out. Also, don’t really care for avocado or feta cheese, so I only add a little of both of those, but they are surprisingly good in this! (at least to me).

Anyway, here’s the link to the full –along with a host of other deliciousness!



In Which Noelle Discusses Her Top 10 Favorite Candy Bars


Right now.

I feel you judging me for the title of this post.  And for having a whole post about candy in the first place.  But if we are to be friends (and I hope we are), you must understand something.


Okay now on to the list.*

10) Rock Candy

Now a very sad story accompanies this choice.  I first had rock candy in science class in fifth grade.  Years later, I remembered it as being sweet and delicious!  So a while back (I won’t say how long, because it was too recent to be appropriate), I was playing the piano when I heard my sweet tooth calling me.  I looked up at the top of the piano and saw a whole bowl of rock candy just sitting there, invitingly.  I got a fingerfull and tossed it back.  Immediately I felt my sinuses clearing, my throat fill with fumes, and my brain ached like someone had taken a Brillo pad to it.  I hastily spit out the candy imposter.

What’s the lesson here?  Sniff before you suck!  It just might be potpourri.

9) Cotton Candy

Most of us have been to the circus at some point in our childhoods..and screamed with horror when some clown came up to us waving a rubber chicken, juggling balls, or squirting a fake flower. (Now that I think of it, a lot of what goes on in a circus sounds a little sketchy and dirty).  And I know I can’t be the only one who would cry with fear, only to be soothed with the sweet comforting plasticky taste of cotton candy being shoved lovingly in my mouth.  Aaah….meeeeeemorieeees! Like the corners of my–sorry, NEXT!

8) Gumballs

*sigh* I remember going to the grocery store when I was a child, sneaking away from the register when my mom was checking out, and desperately turning the handle of the machine, hoping some clueless (aka stupid) child by some miracle had left a quarter in the machine and that when I would turn it, unicorns and rainbows would fill the heavens and a gumball would drop into my shaking, waiting hand.

I’m still waiting for that day.

7) Smarties

There is a certain way you have to eat Smarties, that all professional Smartie eaters know.  Lightest, least flavorful colors to darkest, most rich flavor.  That’s it.

6) Skittles

Skittles are like the hipster M&M! Rainbows and quirkiness!

5) Payday

Nuts AND caramel!!!! Oh glory!  Although, the day they make this with candied pecans…let me stop, I’m drooling on my keyboard.

4) Gummy Bears

First you eats the head, then you eats the feets, then you gobble them all up, cuz they’s sweet!

3) Sour Gummy Worms

Look! There’s an N hidden!

Now the less educated candy connoisseur might think that this is too similar to gummy bears…you know…all the gumminess. But there is a HUGE difference–the least of which being the tart flavor.  Now there are two schools of thought, one of which says you should suck off all of the sugary tart flavor before consuming, then other that you should pop it all in your mouth and make the classic tart face of ecstasy while you chew.

She just learned how babies are made

Either way, you will enjoy them.

2) Werther’s Original Caramels

Have you seen those commercials where those grown women eat a Werther’s and have fantasies (supposedly) of their childhood, going into a candy shop that sells nothing but caramel’s and is run by a chipper individual I like to call Skinny Santa.

This shop is real.  I visit it nightly.

In my dreams.

1) And the winner is……..

Tom Hardy!!!

And before anyone raises their eyebrow at me, look at that man and tell me you wouldn’t like to have him as YOUR after dinner treat.




*Those who know me might be blown away by the fact that there isn’t a hint of chocolate on this list.  This is for a reason that ALL chocolate would be number one if I included it.  It just wouldn’t be a fair competition for the others.