All posts by Melissa

Creamy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese

I have all kind of macaroni and cheese recipes on the blog and today I have a Creamy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese to add to the collection. This is a great recipe to make for lunch when your kids are in the mood for something simple but hot and filling and you need something that comes together in without any fuss. This recipes is so easy and we loved the extra creamy results.

This recipe is extra easy because you cook the macaroni right in the milk that helps to make the sauce. There’s no water to boil or noodles to rinse, you just cook it all in one pan and it’s done in about 15 minutes. This is literally just as easy as that blue box stuff but it tastes like real food and doesn’t have a fluorescent orange glow to it. Trust me, that fake mac-n-cheese is just gross once you start making your own.

Creamy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese
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Currently: Mouse in the House

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Thinking… that laying down in the afternoon has its perks. Sure my house is messier than normal, I'm making a lot of grilled cheese for dinner, and I'm behind on emails, but it also means I take a little more time to slow down and enjoy my kids. On the afternoons Henry goes to preschool, Kimball makes sure we have "quiet time" in my bed. We normally tell each other stories, look through our picture album, or read books, but on this day he fell asleep. I don't know how long he'll ask me to hold his hand while he Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Tortellini Soup with Spinach

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I put a picture of this Quick and Easy Tortellini Soup with Spinach on my Instagram feed the night that I made it and the crowds cheered! I thought I better post the recipe sooner than later so that you all could get right to making it! This soup is really simple, comes together in under 30 minutes, and is the perfect match for my Super Simple No-Knead Bread recipe. Have you tried that bread yet? It's amazing. My kids like this soup because it was full or cheese tortellini, and I loved that they ate it because it's full of Continue Reading →


Healthy Whole Grain Tamale Pie

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Warm, filling, and healthy dinner on the table in about 30 minutes is my kind of meal. If you love all things Mexican like we do then this will really be a hit with your family. Healthy Whole Grain Tamale Pie is one of my favorite comfort foods from my childhood, and I know it will become a quick favorite in your house too. My beautiful mom made a simple version of this dish using a Jiffy cornbread mix and a can of chili. I've recreated this favorite with a homemade whole grain (and naturally sweetened) cornbread recipe that takes 5 Continue Reading →


Super Simple No-Knead Bread

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Even if you think you fall in the "can't make bread" category, you have to give this super simple no-knead bread recipe a shot. I discovered this no-knead bread maybe 3 years ago and have been making it since with great success. I dare say this is a never fail bread recipe even you non-bakers out there can make. The secret is in the resting period. You mix 4 simple ingredients together and let them sit for anywhere from 8 to 24 hours. The gluten develops while the dough rests which means you don't have to do any kneading. The bread Continue Reading →


5 Simple Ways to Combat Depression

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I've been struggling with depression caused by pregnancy the last few months. Having to deal with this very complicated issue has given me so much empathy for people who struggle on a daily basis with chronic depression. It's so very real and it's so very hard to understand if you've never been there. My midwife gave me some very practical advice on things that I could change to help relieve some of my depression symptoms. This advice was very sound and I really want to share it. Of course I'm not a doctor (though my midwife is very seasoned and I Continue Reading →


30 Minute Stir Fry with Crispy Shrimp plus this Week’s Meal Plan

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30 Minute Stir Fry with Crispy Shrimp was a huge hit with my family and it will be with yours too. Here's a little secret though, it's super easy! I saved myself a whole lot of time and effort by using frozen SeaPak Butterfly Shrimp. It's super nice to have a few things in the freezer like this for busy nights. A rice cooker takes all the work out of rice, Meal Prep Monday takes all the work out of the stir fry, throwing everything in a jar and giving it a shake takes all the work out of the sauce, and Continue Reading →


Cold Killer Smoothie

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Have a bug floating around your house or want a great recipe to help nip something in the bud if you start to feel it coming on? This Cold Killer Smoothie from Emily at One Lovely Life is just what you need up your sleeve. Enjoy! 'tis the season for every cough, sniffly nose, and bug out there. We were hit with a round of colds over December, and I felt like it took us a month to recover! It's so hard when no one can taste or smell anything and doesn't have an appetite. Since you can only eat so much Continue Reading →


Help Us Name Our Farm Contest!

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We bought some property last summer and we have stewed and stewed over a name for it. We had just about given up hope of thinking of something when Thomas suggested we ask all you guys! Hello! I should have thought of that. You all are the smartest people around. Our first little lot that we discovered our love of hobby farming on has a little dilapidated house on it and we call that property The Shanty. It fits perfectly. We'll say, "I'm just headed over to The Shanty to feed the chickens", or "Could you swing by The Shanty and Continue Reading →


Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Vinaigrette #eatseasonal

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Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Vinaigrette sounds way fancier than it actually is. This simple recipe takes about 10 minutes to prep, 15 minutes to cook, and tastes like a dream. It's so easy to stuck in a vegetable side dish rut, but this recipe my friends, is here to save you from that. Roasting is one of my all time favorite ways to cook just about any vegetable, but cauliflower is the true roasted vegetable star in my book. It is so very good. I use roasted cauliflower as "noodles" when I want to enjoy a rich alfredo sauce or use Continue Reading →