What American family does not love the classic Macaroni and Cheese recipe? Noodles and cheese are a wonderful combination! But what’s even better than bought mac ‘n cheese? Making it yourself of course – and producing something healthy and homemade.

You might groan and think that making homemade dishes takes more time and effort, and many times you would be right. But this tasty slow cooker recipe is both easy to throw together and effortless. If you have a slow cooker, you’re all set! Watch below as the One Pot Chef shows you how it’s done!

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 18 ounces macaroni (uncooked)
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar
  • 9 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 13 ounces evaporated milk
  • salt/pepper

So as you can see it’s not difficult and the results are scrumptious! Cooking in the crockpot or slow cooker can save busy families a lot of time. You can visit The One Pot Chef’s site for more information and more recipes. You won’t be disappointed!


Does your kitchen need a remodel? I always have little projects in store for mine but they rarely get going. I never want to bite off more than I can chew or will have time to finish with the kids underfoot. So that basically means it doesn’t change much. Except for some strategically placed contact paper and fun gadgets. These backsplash ideas, featured at Diply, will transform the way your kitchen looks and not break the bank or take hours of your time. Win!

The vintage rustic mirrors look great and I love everything that involves pennies and DIYs. I love number 5. Having maps in your kitchen would guarantee you never getting lost again. It would be helpful if you lived in a big city with mass transit. The DIY Network has some before-and-after kitchen makeover pictures that should help give you some added inspiration. These, along with the backsplash ideas… your kitchen doesn’t stand a chance.

Here’s the link to all 16 unique ideas…

Diply: 16 Unique Kitchen Backsplashes That Will Turn Your Kitchen Into Something New


Cooking is great fun and it is so great to hear the oohs and aahs while you put the days (or past 20 minutes) spectacular creation on the table. (Even if it is macaroni and hot dogs. Hey you’ve got to know your consumer.) Between skinned knees, soccer practice and sibling rivalries, who has the time to put together a nutritious and delicious meal for the whole family every single night? I know I need to cut corners as much as possible in order to get it done. Here are some amazing kitchen hacks, most of which I had never heard of. I don’t think you have heard of many of them either. Enjoy!

Pancake batter in a bottle. This is brilliant, especially for my family where every time I ask what everyone wants to eat it is something different. For instance just yesterday I asked the hubby and he responded with, “I want pancakes.” Well guess what? In the time it took to warm the pan I had pancakes cooking. Beat that Betty Crocker! I was completely onboard with this entire post until I got to number 10. Chilling wine with frozen grapes is a good idea in a pinch. But, who chills red wine? Shame!

Here’s the link to all 19 tips and tricks…

Diply: 19 Surprising Kitchen Tips And Tricks


Brilliant! That’s what this roundup from Viralnova is. You can never have too many tips and tricks for making life in the kitchen easier. There is no reason that cooking delicious dishes has to be full of arduous effort; cooking should be a lot of fun! Eating too. Especially the eating. I bet Martha Stewart and Julia Child have fun in the kitchen. I also bet that they have a lot of hacks and shortcuts up their sleeves.

These hacks are perfect for the lazy chef. That’s me! Fresh whipped cream in 60 seconds, fresh mayo in 30, instantly ripen fruit for baking, and frost 12 cupcakes simultaneously! Yes! Number 8 looks crazy. Do you think it works?

I am so glad that I stumbled across these ideas and I am happy to pass them on to you. You’re welcome! I want to try the buttered corn first! We are having that with dinner tonight!

Here’s the link to all 18 brilliant hacks…

Viralnova: 18 Genius Cooking Tips (tutorials)


Staying organized means getting creative; especially in small spaces! My kitchen is the worst and definitely needs the most help. Here’s an awesome roundup of tips and tricks for those of you who feel like your kitchen is closing in on you! Diply has 14 fabulous ideas that will absolutely amaze you. Hello spacious kitchen!

Hopefully you find some storage inspiration here. I know that I did! I need to ‘remodel’ my cabinets. There is so much space there that I’m not using. I need to use the inside of my cabinet doors and use racks on the underside of the shelfs and not just the tops. I really love #8 too. My pantry needs almost as much help as my kitchen! Any of these stand out to you? Let me know!

I found another fun tutorial that shows how to install pull-out shelves for kitchen cabinets. Knowing you want to do it and knowing how to do it are two separate things so I thought this would come in handy someday.

Here’s the link to all 14 ideas…

Diply: 14 Space-Saving Hacks To Maximize Your Small Kitchen


‘FYI, your kitchen is probably dirtier than a toilet seat.’ What?! Hey, don’t shoot the messenger. That is the title of an article published by Food and Wine and it is thoroughly disturbing. The sponges and dishcloths, sink, cutting board, countertop, and bottom shelf of the refrigerator need some help.

One way we can clean those germy areas is with disinfecting wipes. Germs be gone! The problem with those is that they can get spendy, even at Costco. Lucky for us that there are DIY versions. This is a fabulous tutorial! I think adding an essential oil would be nice. Maybe lemon? Just for a nice clean smell.

NSF (Public Health And Safety Organization) has some tips on how to clean those germy places. We want to keep our families healthy and safe and getting rid of germs is one way to do that. Check out their helpful tips here.


An important part of cooking is having the right tools. Once you have them, proper upkeep and maintenance is important. I know that I am guilty of neglecting my appliances, especially my knives. They need to be sharp to be efficient, but how to sharpen them? I don’t want to buy any special tools. Don’t worry. You don’t have to. This video will show you what to do.

This is a great trick to know! You can sharpen knives on a ceramic mug! Or plate. Most complete sets come with sort of sharpening thing; called a honing rod I think. But this method seems easier and is great to know if you don’t have a sharpener.

P.s. You should cut a tomato with a serrated knife, not the one used in the video. Different blade styles have different uses. That’s why knives come in sets. Kitchen Knives has a list of how each should be used. Really interesting!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

kitchen charts

Whether you are new to the kitchen or a very experienced cook, everyone can benefit from some handy cheat sheets in the kitchen. Who can remember how to convert all types of volume, or what all those spices can be used for? The link below will lead you to a post that lists 20 kitchen charts which cover these items and much more!

These diagrams are so helpful and can take the guess work out of several tasks in the kitchen. Whether you are chopping up veggies or measuring ingredients, these charts can come in handy. You’ll be wanting to print out more than a few by the time you review them all. A great idea is to display them on the inside of your cupboard doors. Out of sight, but close at hand!

Here’s the link to see all 20 cheat sheets…


If you’re like me then I’m sure you don’t make messes. Haha. Well, I clean then as I go and I bet you do too. After dinner I do the dishes, wipe down the counters and table, and clean up the stove. You don’t have to be an ambitions cleaner to fit that much into your routine. Neat freak or lazy cleaner, dirt and grime build up. Especially on the stove! This trick from DIY Super Mom will help you clean your stove burners in no time at all! I’m really excited to feature it and even more excited to try it.

Who has time to scrub each individual burner until they sparkle? ‘Not I,’ said the already insanely busy wife and mother. This method using ammonia and plastic bags takes care of it. This trick will be really good to hang onto for spring cleaning! I think spraying the ammonia should be done outside. Probably opening the bag too. No house should smell like that nasty stuff. Phewee.

Common Sense Homesteading has an alternative to the above method. It is all natural and uses no harsh chemicals. Everyone has different preferences so be sure and check it out here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Vintage Kitchen

You won’t believe this fantastic house, featured over at The little Things. It hasn’t been lived in…ever! Built in 1965 it has been waiting for the right owner and finally has found one. The best part about that is that now we can see inside.

I love it! It’s pink and perfect and patriotic. Yes that’s right. In the 50’s the color wasn’t seen as girly at all. At the end of WWII the color was seen as joyful and patriotic because of the First Lady. It was the First Lady Mamie Eisenhower’s favorite color. Bathroom and kitchen decor was inspired by her and this particular shade was even named after her. As many as 5 million houses might have had a pink kitchen like this! What? I need to ask my Grandma about it! So cool. I love learning new things.

I couldn’t even recognize some of the appliances. It took me a minute to figure out the dishwasher and what the buttons on the stove did. I loved the fridge. It’s so amazing that all the manuals are there.

Want to learn more about Mamie? I know I do! The Miller Center has a lot of really great info.

Get the full tour inside here…

Little Things: Original 1950’s Kitchen (photos)