Paula Deen’s Crockpot Mac n Cheese


Mac n Cheese is one of those foods I love to eat, but hate to make.  It’s just a huge pain to me to make it from scratch.  And any time I’ve tried to make it, it hasn’t turned out great.  I like a creamier mac n cheese and the recipes I have tried in the past have been too dry for my liking.  Therefore, I was super excited to find Paula Deen’s recipe on Pinterest!

I knew if it was a Paula Deen recipe it was going to be great!  However, I was concerned about the calorie count.  She isn’t known for her diet food.  I checked around on Pinterest some more and found this version via  She substituted some full fat items for low fat and declared it just as good.  I mixed my version with low fat and full fat, because I haven’t found a low fat cheese that I can stand yet!

As soon as I read this recipe, I was in, it is just much easier, at least to me, than the other versions I have tried.  It is not something you can make and leave for the whole day, because it only stays in the crockpot for about 2 1/2 hours.

Paula Deen's Crockpot Mac n Cheese

Paula Deen’s Crockpot Mac n Cheese (slightly adapted)


2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

4 tablespoons butter

2 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

3 eggs

1/2 cup sour cream

1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup whole milk

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon black pepper



  1. Boil the macaroni in water for six minutes.  Drain and put aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese.  Stir until cheese melts (approx. 5 mins)
  3. In the crockpot, combine the melted cheese mixture and all other ingredients (I skipped the eggs).  Add the drained macaroni and stir everything together lightly.
  4. Set crockpot to low and cook for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

As I noted above, I skipped adding the eggs and I don’t think it changed the integrity of the dish.

Paula Deen's Crockpot Mac n Cheese

How did it go?

We really liked it.  It was very reminiscent of Stouffer’s mac n cheese.  I am not a huge fan of sharp cheddar, so I felt it was a tad too sharp for me and my husband agreed.  I think I will use a mix of mild and sharp the next time I make it.  It was really easy to throw together and I think we probably could have eaten it at 2 hours versus 2 1/2 hours.  Overall, I think it was a win and I loved that I didn’t have to turn the oven on.  I used a crockpot bag (I do every time I use the crockpot) so clean up was super simple, one pan!

I would like to substitute some more of the ingredients to make it lower in calories next time too, though not sure I’ll ever be a fan of low fat cheese!

I’d love to hear if you try it!


Super Bowl Party Food

I’m back with Super Bowl party food ideas today! Of course, these are great ideas for any party, not just the Super Bowl.  There were so many great ideas out there, it was hard to narrow it down!  I added the rest of them to my Pinterest Food board, check it out here.

Super Bowl Party Food

Seven Layer Dip Cup

Seven layer dip is a staple at parties but blogger Spend with Pennies put it into individual cups to make it easier to carry at parties.  Love this idea!

Super Bowl Food Ideas

Corn Dog Fritters

These bite sized corn dog fritters are a more grown up version of the football game corn dog!

Super Bowl Party Food Ideas

Fruit Football Helmet

I am nowhere talented enough to make this, but I have some friends who I’m sure can!  There’s even a video via the link above.

Super Bowl Party Food Ideas

Jalapeno Popper Dip

I haven’t made this recipe from Spend With Pennies yet, but I think it would be a winner at a party!  Full recipe via the link.

Super Bowl Party Food Ideas

Mashed Potato Puffs

This recipe is a great use for leftover mashed potatoes any day, but makes a nice bite sized option for a party.  Full recipe via the link.

Super Bowl Party Food Ideas

Football Face and Field Cookies

I love the field cookies and the fact that the fans are sprinkles.  You could customize based on your team colors.  Cutest thing I’ve seen in awhile.

Super Bowl Party Food Ideas


I am leaving you with this epic Snackadium created by Still Learning in this Life blog, it’s pretty epic.  And actually not that difficult to recreate.  The walls are made of Rice Crispie treats! She has full instructions via the link.

What are you serving at your Super Bowl party? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Friday Finds

Friday Finds from

It’s been awhile since I’ve featured a Friday Finds post and I have some great stuff to share!  For those of you who are new to the blog, Friday Finds are the things that have caught my eye over the past week via the internet.  I try to post them once a week, mainly to justify my Pinterest obsession!  If you want to see how bad that obsession is, check out my boards here!

Crown of Leaves


Photographer Lori Frederick has a super easy tutorial to make this fantastic crown of leaves.  Use it for dress up or a styled photo shoot.  I can imagine it being used in so many cute ways! Click the link under the photo for full tutorial.

Pumpkin Pie in a Glass


This Pumpkin Pie in a Glass shot from Kitchen Meets Girl is yum!  Made with Kahlua and who doesn’t love pumpkin?

Five Little Pumpkins


Did you leave your Halloween treats until the last minute?  Never fear, Balancing Home has a printable on their site for this Five Little Pumpkins treat bag topper.  Freaking adorable!  No one will know you waited til last minute!!

Bow Bag


How beautiful is this leather Bow Bag by Etsy seller Stacy Leigh? This may need to go on my Christmas wish list!

Eloquii Capelet Jacket


I’ve been stalking my mailbox waiting for this black capelet jacket to arrive and it finally did!  It’s even better in person.  Well made and fits beautifully!  I got mine from Eloquii, for 50% off.  They frequently have great pop up sales and I try to always post them on the blog Facebook page.  If you aren’t following me on FB yet, like my page here, so you don’t miss out.

What are you obsessed with this week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Easy 4th of July Desserts

Easy 4th of July Desserts

Just in case you are in the same bind I am, remembering you have to bring a dessert to a 4th of July party tomorrow, I rounded up six super easy 4th of July dessert ideas.  All of these use easy to find ingredients and can be whipped up tonight, with no one the wiser tomorrow!  Stop by the store on your way home from work tonight and you are set!

Easy Fourth of July Desserts

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Hope these work out and enjoy your Fourth!

Mad Men Series Finale Viewing Party

Mad Men Party Ideas


Have you recovered from the plot twist from last week’s Mad Men?  I have to say I did not see that one coming.  I really thought something like that would happen to Don, not Betty.  And how about Pete and Trudy? I like how each week we are seeing each character wrap up their arc and see where they are going to land.

Just in case you missed any seasons, the marathon leading up to the end started Wednesday night.  Needless to say, I am anxious to see the series finale this weekend.  Similar to the end of Sex and the City, I thought a viewing party might be in order.  I rounded up a couple ideas in case you were thinking the same thing!

You can’t have a Mad Men party and not pay tribute to the party foods of the Sixties.

Lipton Onion Soup

Lipton Onion Soup Dip

1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix

1 container (16 oz) sour cream

Blend and chill.  So easy it hardly counts as a recipe, but definitely evocative of the sixties!


Jello Fruit Desserts

Again, not really a recipe, mix jello and add fruit and refrigerate.

Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker

Cheese Fondue

Fondue was around, but really took off in America in the Sixties and early Seventies.  Even better if you have a fondue pot!


Cream Cheese and Pimento Stuffed Celery

Recipe found here.

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

Recipe found here.

Mad Men Cookies

These Mad Men inspired cookies are awesome, but the link I have is a dead end.  If you know the original link, please let me know, so I can credit.

And of course we can’t forget the drinks!  Brandy Alexander’s, Seven and Seven’s, Bourbon on the Rocks, Tom Collins, Whiskey Sours, Old Fashioned’s the list goes on and on!

How do you think the series is going to end? I’d love to hear your guesses in the comments!

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Single Serving Peanut Butter Cookie

Single Serving PB Cookies


This recipe is definitely going to be the death of me! came up with a recipe for a single serving peanut butter cookie.  This is perfect for when you just want that one warm peanut butter cookie!  AAAAGH!!!

I love all the single serving recipes out there.  Pinterest is awesome! Right?

To see more recipes like this, check out my Food board on Pinterest here.