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Mac & Cheese Muffins

Mac and Cheese Muffins Mac & Cheese Muffins

If your family has only had Kraft macaroni and cheese, you’re missing out. While no one can argue that the bright orange stuff isn’t yummy on occasion, it does not even hold a candle to homemade macaroni and cheese–especially to this baked macaroni and cheese recipe.

I know what you’re thinking–but Kraft is so easy! Well, don’t worry, this is an easy macaroni and cheese recipe too. Except that this one is much healthier for you and you can mix the ingredients a little bit ahead of time and then just bake it when you are ready. It’s pretty convenient, really.

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Are you wondering why I bake my Mac and Cheese Muffins into muffins instead of just making a casserole? I’ve made mac and cheese casserole too, and it’s also very yummy, but I prefer the muffins a little bit more. They are quicker to make, they are easier to eat, and plus–muffin tin recipes are just plain fun!

Another thing I love about this easy macaroni and cheese recipe is how easy it is to add in extra veggies. If you have picky eaters who only want macaroni and cheese–it’s okay! Make these Mac and Cheese Muffins, but sneak some small veggies into the mix as well. We love adding corn and green beans (I know. It sounds weird. But trust me–it’s yummy). Broccoli and peas both make great additions as well.

Next time your kids are clamoring for macaroni and cheese–skip the box stuff filled with who knows what and make these Macaroni and Cheese muffins instead!

How to Make Macaroni and Cheese Bites in Muffin Tins Mac & Cheese Muffins

Mac & Cheese Muffins
Recipe type: Pasta
 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz Elbow Macaroni
  • 8 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp melted Butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Place liners in a muffin pan and spray with cookng spray.
  3. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions.
  4. Drain and return to the pan.
  5. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
  6. Whisk together the cornstarch, egg and milk, pour over the macaroni and mix.
  7. Fill each cup with macaroni mixture.
  8. Combine the butter and breadcrumbs and mix well.
  9. Divide crumb mixture evenly over each muffin cup.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes.

Mac and Cheese in a Muffin Mac & Cheese Muffins

 

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The Five Rules of Regifting During the Holidays

The Five Rules of Regifting During the Holidays The Five Rules of Regifting During the Holidays

With Christmas coming up, you may plan to do a little regifting. Whether your reason is because of budgetary constraints or simply because you have a number of gifts that were not useful to you when you received them and you want to pass them along to someone else, there is a certain etiquette required to regift. Check out these tips to help you keep it simple and classy.

Don’t Regift In the Same Circle

If you received a gift at your work party and want to regift it, don’t do it at this year’s work party. If you’re going to regift something be sure to give it to someone outside of the group you received it in. Don’t take that gift back to Granny’s Christmas get-together if that’s where you got it.

Feelings are likely to be hurt if the person who gave the gift to you finds out you regifted. So to avoid the chance of that happening, make sure you regift in a different group of friends, family, or acquaintances.

If In Doubt, Don’t

If you are not exactly sure who gave you a gift, you are better off not regifting to avoid any hurt feelings. If you received the item as a gift last Christmas or before, you may have left the gift tag on it, which would be helpful. If you didn’t, though, you will need to try to remember where the gift came from. If you’re not sure, then skip the regifting and just donate it to a thrift store and find another gift to give.

Use New Gift Wrap and Bows

Some people may think regifting is tacky while others think it is a part of being frugal. Either way, regifting a gift in its original gift wrap really is a little tacky. Don’t do it. Use new gift wrapping for the gift. You will be saving money by regifting, but gift wrapping really isn’t very expensive and you’re just better off using all new wrapping.

Try to Match Up Useful Gifts With Recipients

Don’t just throw a regifted item at someone because you want to get rid of the gift. Try to match up an item with someone who could really use and appreciate it. Just because the gift doesn’t quite work as something you want to keep for yourself doesn’t mean someone else won’t love it.

Understand when others regift

When it comes to regifting, be sure to keep the right attitude. In short, don’t view regifting as something that only cheapskates do. Look at it as though you were a short-term caretaker for a useful item and are simply passing along that item to the person who is really the rightful owner. Regifting makes use of something you don’t need and gives it to someone who will think it’s great.

Do you have any additional rules of regifting you would like to share?

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