Recipe: Mac & Cheese

stove top mac & cheese

This recipe is for a easy STOVE TOP MAC AND CHEESE.  It calls for ingredients that are usually on hand in most homes.  This beats any box mix that you might have.  Makes a great side or even as an entrée for lunch.  Enjoy!!

Stove Top Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound dry small pasta, I used elbow
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups milk, I used skim
  • 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.       Drain and set aside.
  2. To prepare roux, melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for about 3-4 minutes until roux gets slightly darker in color. Slowly whisk in the skim milk, stirring continuously until mixture thickens, this takes about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in cheese until completely melted.
  3. Transfer the cooked elbow pasta to a large pot over low heat. Pour cheese sauce over top, stirring to combine.

Review- Murder by the Spoonful: An Antique Hunters Mystery by Vicki Vass

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Murder by the Spoonful: An Antique Hunters Mystery

Author: Vicki Vass

Website: http://www.vickivass.com/

Series: Books In This Series (4 Books)

  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (July 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2015
  • ASIN: B010TB0WC0

Source: I purchased this book for my personal use.  Loved the book and decided to review it on my own.

BOOK DESCRIPTION, FROM AMAZON

 

Anne Hillstrom is hunting antiques, a diet that works and her Great Aunt Sybil’s killer. This book tells the story of Anne and CC, two estate sale bloggers and antique hunters, who get more than they bargain for when they discover a killer who is hunting the antique hunters.

MY THOUGHTS

Anne had a love for antiques, just like her Aunt Sybil who passed away.  She was find of her aunt, but knew she could be a little rough around the edges.  Anne and CC, Anne’s best friend, hit the estates sales looking for a deal, but they found more then they bargained for when people were dying all around them.  they all seemed to have something in common, but Anne just couldn’t put her finger on it just yet.  With the help of CC will Anne find out her Killed her Aunt or will she end up a victim herself?

This is book one of a four book series, so far.  I was glad to read this book, I love the characters and I love hearing of all the adventures the antique hunters have, it makes me want to bargain hunt at aa estate sale.  A great cozy read, I highly recommend.

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Genre: Chick-lit Romance
Release Date: November 26, 2016
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Ten years ago Hope West left her hometown, attempting to outrun dissolved relationships, family secrets, and the broken heart caused by her first love, Samuel Mooney. When unforeseen circumstances force her to return, she realizes that her time away has done little to heal the pain of the past.
Never intending to stay in Woodridge, Hope slowly begins to understand that remaining there may be the only way to secure her future. Blossoming friendships and the discovery of a box of letters revealing the identity of her mysterious father all point Hope in the direction of reconciliation.
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Genre: British Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2016
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
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Elaine Gibbs has been defined by other people’s words for much of her life: autistic, shifter, adopted, genius, Royal Marine. She has spent a year having her entire world spun around and just when she hopes things have stabilised, a zealot threatens everything she holds dear, including her life.Alim Kader grew up knowing his family’s expectations and is required to fall in line. Life, however, threw him a massive surprise in the body of the most fascinating woman he has ever known. Now if he could only convince her that his sole desire is to stand beside her, not rescue her.

Will love be enough for two people from different worlds to brave a storm of evil and come through the other side unscathed?

 

An exhausted Alim had been bouncing from country to country, sorting out issues with several of their family businesses. He’d returned to London feeling utterly spent and decided to head out of the city to the estate he owned in Kent.
He’d missed Elaine. They’d been together steadily since their Christmas tea. Each date had further cemented his desire to have her in his life.
It had started out with meals after work or the occasional weekend excursion. Elaine disliked crowds, a fact that made dating complicated. He’d gone so far as to book out an entire convention as a surprise for Valentine’s Day.
The little quirks of Elaine’s tended to make others uncomfortable around her. Alim found them charming. It dragged him deeper into love than he’d ever imagined possible.
 Travelling for an extended period had only reinforced it for him. He hadn’t been satisfied with phone conversations, particularly when Elaine hated them. Their attachment to each other had grown until they were far too intertwined to be apart for long. His niece, Alicia, had escaped to his home, but she wouldn’t mind him returning there. The house itself was large enough to allow her whatever privacy she wanted. Alim had no doubts Josh Withers would be with her. The man never seemed to leave his niece alone these days.
Striding through the front doors the butler opened for him, Alim paused at what sounded like an immensely large animal racing through one of the nearby rooms. He frowned at his butler, then froze at the loud roar that echoed through the mansion. His heart started to race while he grabbed one of the hunting rifles from a nearby cupboard and ran in the direction of the roar.
“No!”
Alim stopped short when his niece darted in front of what had to be the largest panther he could ever recall seeing. “Alicia?”
“You can’t shoot him, Uncle.” Alicia rested a hand lightly on top of the animal’s head.
“Him?” Alim frowned at her with the weapon held tightly in his hand. “Did Minxie suddenly grow while I was away?”
Alicia laughed behind her hand for several minutes while the panther made what sounded like a grumbling sort of snarl. “Play nicely, Joshua.”
“Joshua?” Alim stumbled backwards as the dots started to connect in his mind. His arm fell to his side letting the weapon point harmlessly towards the floor. “How is this even possible? Is this a joke? I am not amused, Alicia.”

 

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Dahlia Donovan started out working in the insurance world. After ten years, she morphed her love of investigating accidents and studying people into writing about them. She’s a bit of a hermit and despises being in front of a camera. Her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.

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Title: Where Love Went: Holiday Special
Series: Sequel to Then Comes Love
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Genre: ChickLit
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With the holidays in full swing, it’s not long before the drama and hilarity unfold for Charlotte, Annie, and Ameila.Join the mayhem as this year’s festivities unravel.

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Recipe: Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosting

I love a good cupcake.  I usually make butter cream frosting, but sometimes I just want something different.  That’s when I make PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING.  This recipe makes a creamy frosting that tastes delicious.  Goes great with a vanilla or chocolate cupcake or any flavor you choose.

PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup butter (softened to room temperature)
1 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

DIRECTIONS:

Cream butter and peanut butter together.

Add half the powdered sugar and blend.

Blend in milk and vanilla.

Add remaining powdered sugar.

Stir until smooth and well blended.

TIP:  I use a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.  It makes a creamy frosting.

Enjoy!!!