Mac & Cheese Bites

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So…my brother and I both really like mac & cheese bites.  If you have never experienced these deep-fried bites of cheesy goodness you have to try this recipe!  For those of you who have had the opportunity to try mac & cheese bites I think you will be very pleased with this homemade version.  I used this recipe that I found on Pinterest as a springboard.

Mac & Cheese Bites (Makes about 35 bites)

1 box Kraft macaroni and cheese

1/2 cup sharp Cheddar cheese

Batter:

1 egg

3 Tbsp milk

1/4 cup flour

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp paprika

salt and pepper

Instructions –

Begin by preparing the macaroni according to the directions on the box.  After it is finished add in the 1/2 cup of sharp cheddar and stir to combine.

Next line a 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper.  (You could use a slightly larger or smaller pan.)  Pour the macaroni and cheese in to the pan, then use another piece of parchment paper to press the macaroni down.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Remove from the fridge and cut into “bite” size pieces, mine were about 1 inch squares.  Now put in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Now it’s time to plug-in your fryer and make the batter.

In small bowl whisk together the egg and milk.  Then add all the dry ingredients and whisk some more.  That’s it, now you are ready!

Take the macaroni and cheese squares out of the freezer and dip each one in the batter before carefully placing in your hot oil.  I was able to fry 7 bites in each batch.

Fry at 400* for 3-5 minutes

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So good…I know you want to try one!

These really were simple to make and I’ve already been thinking of some add-in that might be yummy…bacon, pepper jack cheese, etc!  Let me know what you think if you try making these oh, so, good mac & cheese bites!!!

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Happily Ever After?

I don’t know about you but I am constantly coming across great articles either on Facebook or Pinterest.  Sometime they are articles that educate me, sometimes they speak to my heart and encourage my faith.  Today I came across one such article that I really wanted to share with you.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!

The author of the blog has this to say about herself…

Me in a nutshell? Soccer All-American. Football pioneer. YouTube hostess with the mostess. // Bulimia beater. Suicide survivor. Car crash overcomer. // Inspirational speaker. Aspiring writer. Jesus lover. // Curious to learn more?

Visit her blog at www.moisom.com

Our whole lives we’re sold “happily ever after”, time and time again.

In the movies. On TV. On Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube.

I’ve heard talk about Prince Charming, “The One”, my “soul mate”. Even in church, I’ve been told that God is designing the PERFECT man for me. That there is ONE out there who will complete me.

And while I’ve always rolled my eyes at these concepts, I failed to realize how much they were etching their way into my thoughts and heart.

Read the rest of her story here

Beautiful Lengths

Ever since I’ve been little my Mom and I have had this contest to see whose hair is longer…

It started when I was around 6 years old; two of my friends got their hair cut…and it was very short.  My Mom and Dad really didn’t want my hair that short, but I thought I really did want it cut like their’s.  So…my Mom decided to make it into a contest.  My hair was longer then her’s, but if I got it cut she would be winning!   The funniest thing about this story is that it worked!  I gave up my desire to cut my hair and didn’t get my first real haircut until I was 10.  In the many years since then my Mom and I have kept up our little competition (although it’s been mainly just for fun)!

As I have been preparing to leave for Senegal one thing on my to-do list has been to get a hair cut and not just a few inches.  A few months back I asked my Mom and my sister-in-law if they would be interested in us all cutting our hair together and donating it to “Locks of Love”.   They said, “yes”!  Once our hair is cut none of us will get it cut again until I come back from Senegal.

When they both said, “yes”, I looked up “Locks of Love” online to find out their requirements.  What I found was enough for me to look for other places to donate our hair…

So after doing some research we decided to donate our hair to Pantene’s “Beautiful Lengths”.  I was very comfortable with their mission and reputation.  Here’s some info from their website

Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene® and the American Cancer Society®, the largest nonprofit health organization committed to saving lives from every cancer and improving the quality of life for people facing the disease. The role of Pantene is to help women grow long, strong*, beautiful hair and provide the funds to turn this hair into free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer. So far, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country. To see if you are eligible to receive a free wig or if there are wigs available in your area, please call the American Cancer Society’s Wig Bank Line at 1-877-227-1596.

Here are pictures of our pre-cut hair:

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Here are the new looks:

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So far I am really loving my new hair and I’ve been having fun trying new things that didn’t work with long hair!

Leaving on a jet plane…

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Today a missionary friend posted a link to an article on Facebook, it was titled “You Take Yourself With You (And Other Important Things About Living Overseas)”.  The author did a great job on being transparent about what it’s like being a missionary, it’s not as glamorous as we sometimes imagine.  Even those of us who know it’s hard and have heard the real life stories tend to view a missionary’s life through rose colored glasses.

I wanted to share this with all of you so that you might have a window into what I will be facing in the not so distant future.  I know many of you are already praying for me…thank you! I hope this gives you fresh insight into how to pray for me and for other missionaries you know.

You Take Yourself With You (And Other Important Things About Living Overseas)

The call from the American University in Cairo came on a Sunday morning, a business day in the Middle East. I had worked the night shift as a nurse and arrived home in time to eat breakfast and  hug my husband and three children, sending them on their way to church while I got much needed sleep.

As I lay on my bed in the warmth of that August morning, the phone rang. It was an administrator from the American University in Cairo. I don’t remember much about that phone call but her final words to me were these: “Tell your husband that his future at the American University in Cairo looks very promising”

Two weeks later we were in Cairo with our youth, our passion, and our three little ones. 

And that’s when it got hard. Because there are some important things that we didn’t realize when we were on one side of the pond – the side where churches applauded us and raised prayers on our behalf; the side where Christian fellowship was easy to find and when I was tired I could open up a box of macaroni and cheese for dinner.

Here are some of the things I learned as I unpacked my bags and hung my heart.

Click here to read the whole article…