Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What's to Eat?? Homemade Mac 'n Cheese

Good 'ol Southern Comfort Food

Being raised in the South, you learn a lot about comfort food.  Comfort food is essentially greasy, fatty, buttery, creamy, yummy goodness all loved by your taste-buds, knowing it isn't the healthiest, but oh-so comforting. Who doesn't love mac 'n cheese?! Now, I'm not talking about the Kraft or Easy Mac versions where you pop it in the microwave with some water and powdered cheese and call it a meal; I'm talking about the real Mac n' Cheese, the one where you shred the cheese yourself, actually boil the pasta, and top it off with some breadcrumbs, aka, THE GOOD STUFF.  Today, you will learn how to make this cheesy, delicious recipe; you can even bring it with you to a Potluck or Thanksgiving feast! 

What you will need:: (to make 1 casserole dish worth)
  • 2 8-oz blocks of cheese:: I used one sharp cheddar and one extra sharp cheddar
  • Elbows or pasta of your choice
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 3 cups milk(the heavier/fatter, the better)
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of flour
  • Breadcrumbs to sprinkle (I used a blend between Panco and regular breadcrumbs)
  • Garlic Salt/Pepper to taste
Start by turning your oven on to 375 degrees.  
Shred both blocks of your cheese, cover, and then keep refrigerated until you need it. 

Add about half a box of your desired pasta and cook the pasta to a la dente.  Once boiled, keep to side.  Get another pot and add in your butter until melted.  Then add the flour and mix well.  You can add the garlic salt and pepper to taste now. 
Then add the cream cheese and milk and mix well.

You can now get your cheese from the fridge and add all of it in the pot.  Stir in well.

And now add your boiled pasta into the mixture.

Spray your casserole dish with Pam or a non-stick spray and then pour your creamy, cheesy, gooey Mac 'n Cheese into the dish.  

Sprinkle it off with breadcrumbs and gently put it in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. The trick is that you want your macaroni to be a nice golden color and bubbly.  Keep checking the pasta every 10 minutes for this.  Take it out and serve! You can easily warm up the leftovers another day for a stuffing snack or lunch later!

This recipe is BEYOND easy for anyone! Very little effort creates great results! Try it out for yourself!
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Mani Monday:: Thanksgiving Nails

Native American/Pocahontas Take of Thanksgiving

Want to be a bit more festive in time for Thanksgiving?? Wonder what Pocahontas would do if she painted her nails this holiday? This Thanksgiving, I decided to stray away from the usual cute turkey into another look of Thanksgiving, the Native Americans.  I love the boho-inspired look we've inspired from them, so this year I decided to follow a not so common trend and I am very glad I did! Today's Mani Monday's segment is traditional, yet modern, and I always love being a leader, a trend-setter, not a follower.  Don't get me wrong, painting a cute little Turkey is just as festive, but this Mani is just another way to celebrate!
Have a great week!
Check back tomorrow to learn how to make the best southern comfort food, Mac 'n Cheese! Perfect to bring along to your Thanksgiving meals!
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Sunday, November 24, 2013


Thank you, thank you! :)

I have been amazed, humbled, and filled with excitement knowing that my blog started shy of a little over a year ago, and has already pasted its milestone in reaching OVER 10,000 views this past week! I remember when my friends and family first started telling me to start a fashion/foodie blog with all of my tricks and tips and recipes and ideas so that they could follow it and learn themselves.  Today, it is a success! Countless people have called me, texted me, and even showed me how they style their outfits, how they recreated, and even became better with their nail arts themselves, in turn, saving buttloads of money going to the nail salon every so often, and even trying all the flavorful, delicious recipes they thought were too hard for them to do by themselves.  It makes me so happy to see others reach out of their comfort zone and try new things, and succeed! 
I wanted to give back now.  I told myself when I only had around 3-4000 views(which was crazy to me even back then) that once I reach 10,000 views, I was going to turn my hobby into something a bit more professional, design and content wise.  So stay tuned; in the next two weeks or so I'm going to be revamping my website and changing things around.  Feel free to email me(Poojated522@gmail.com) or comment below for any suggestions/ideas! I think yall as my readers know what I like by now and all, and I want you to know your opinions do matter.
Thank you so so so much to all my supporters and motivators who constantly check back,   give feedback and encouragement, and just with everything; you guys know who you are! I love yall!

 Best way to organize is with cute notepads and some Lilly planners!

Check back tomorrow for the infamous Mani Monday Holiday edition, and later this week how to make some yummy treats for your Thanksgiving dinner!
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