Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Bacon & Beer Macaroni and Cheese


Oh my word! First do not let the word "beer" turn you off this recipe. Second, wipe that drool off your face from the idea of bacon in your macaroni and cheese!


Ingredients
1 package of medium shell pasta (1 #)
1 pound of bacon chopped
4 oz Cream cheese
8oz of SHARP cheddar cheese Shredded
4oz of Colby jack cheese Shredded
4 to 6 oz of Velveeta
1 medium yellow onion chopped
2+cups of milk
1 16oz of Guinness beer
Celery Salt (1/2 tsp+)
Garlic Salt (1 tsp+)
Ground White Pepper (1 tsp +)
Ground Black Pepper (1 tsp +)
Chipolte Chili Powder (1 tsp+)
8 oz of cheese for topping

Directions
1. Boil Pasta to aldente as per directions on your pasta.
2. In a LARGE pot cook bacon and onions in 3 TBS Olive Oil until onions are tender and bacon is crispy. Take out and drain on paper towels.
3. Add in 1/4 cup of oil and 1/3 cup of flour. Whisk together and allow to cook for two minutes to cook the flour but no longer. You do not want to brown the flour.
4. Add in 2 cups of milk and bottle of beer and whisk until it thickens. Add in more milk if needed (I most likely used almost another whole cup but I didn't measure to be exact).
5. Add in cream cheese and allow to combine and be whisked in.
6. Melt in the remaining cheese (except for the amount for topping) and add seasonings as needed. I used quite a bit of each but we like flavor and a little heat. I wanted to add in some red pepper flakes but didn't. Next time I will.
7. What you are wanting is a luscious cheese sauce! If you need to add more milk, please do. Taste for seasonings. Add drained pasta and pour into a sprayed 13x9 casserole dish. Top with cheese.
8. Bake in a preheated 375* for about thirty minutes ~ checking to make sure that the top doesn't get too browned.

I served this for a main meal with Garlic Knots and cut up cucumbers with cherry tomatoes. I wish I had gotten some green onions to put on top!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Motivation for your Monday: A Swift Shift


In the last week, I have begun to see a swift shift in how I spend my mornings. Because my summer is just about over (one full week and a few days here and there until the 11th), this is a good thing. It has only been one week, but let me tell you seeing the neat little things that happened by this swift shift it is enough for me to begin perusing the new perspective that has been discovered.

For years I longed to have a different kind of morning yet I felt trapped in what I had defined for myself so many years ago. See as soon as my husband would leave, I often jumped in the shower and then found myself with my coffee in front of the computer. Usually stuck in the social media black hole Facebook and YouTube along with emails and blogging.

This week however, instead of that same ol routine I began doing some of my daily cleaning. It is nice to realize that my morning routine (and yes, even some of my afternoon routine) is done within 30 minutes. Thirty minutes! I have been holding myself back by the simple act of procrastination. Guess what ~ who cares if I do not get onto Facebook to say good morning before I take care of a few necessities here are home.

Cleaning for me is a way that opens my mind, and heart for the day at hand. Often times I am praying as I cleaning asking for guidance in the big and little things at hand. If I am honest, I can say that these moments mean more to me then any meaningless chatter on social media. Don't get me wrong, I find value in that as well or I wouldn't have held onto it for so long. I am just learning to move on to the better things for my day. Reflection is more important to me seeking acceptance or value in likes, shares, or comments.

It's kind of like why do I wear makeup if I am just staying home and no one will see me. The answer is simple. Sometimes I do it for me. I like it. I like how I feel when I take a bit of time and "put on my face".

So this week I challenge you to dig deep. Where are you spending your time and does it indeed match the true desires of your heart? Are the little habits keeping you from achieving the goals you long to see come into fruition? Are you indeed being your biggest hurdle in this thing called life? Stop procrastinating, and stop letting fear keep you from making the little changes that will lead to be BIG results!

I'd love to hear from you in the comments below! Tell me if what you want to do lines up to what you are actually doing, and if not what changes can you make to experience the swift shift in your own life?

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sweet Word Sunday: Fight Song


From the very first word of this song  I have been moved to a place of the boxing ring ~ which I have been in and out of for a year  yet know realizing what it was all about.
Like a small boat on the ocean
Sending big waves into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion
Sometimes I feel so small ... yet I know the huge impact of one.

And all those things I didn't say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice?
I'm singing "My Fight Song" by Rachel Platten at the top of my lungs with all that I am and I hope everyone can hear me! I'm in the fight of my life .. fighting demons although some of them are well meaning not realizing they are doing more damage than good and I have been allowing it.

This time this is my fight song
Take-back-my-life song
Prove-I'm-alright song
My power's turned on
Starting right now I'll be strong
I'll play my fight song
And I don't really care
If nobody else believes
Cause I've still got
A lot of fight left in me
I'm taking back my life .. the life that was tarnished and uglyfied when I was barely a breath on this earth. And here I am 41 fighting like never before.
Losing friends and I'm chasing sleep
Everybody's worried about me
In too deep they say I'm in too deep
And it's been two years
And I miss my home
But there's a fire burning in my bones
And I still believe yeah I still believe
I am done! Done trying to hide the horrific parts of my life that no one ever knew about ~ playing cover up to protect the guilty while my own innocence was stolen before I ever knew what it was to make a mistake. I am done feeling like the dirt under someone's feet because they have NO CLUE what my life has been like ~ only one and I haven't shared all of the ugly with him because he deserves something better!
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I'm alright song
My powers turned on
Starting right now I'll be strong
I'll play my fight song
And I don't really care
If nobody else believes
Cause I've still got
A lot of fight left in me
Now I've still got a lot of fight left in me
My boxing gloves are on ~ and I am not taking them off until the fight is done ..... and I have barely begun. Don't message me, call me, asking for details. You will get them ~ the world will get them when it's time. Until then.... I will play this song over and over and allow the tarnished places of my life, my heart, to be buffed and polished to perfection.

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Lyrics are NOT mine ~ but belong to Rachel Platten and were found here but not used for any copyright infringement. They just sang the song of my heart.
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