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Bacon Broccoli Macaroni & Cheese

Servings 4

Prep 5 Minutes

Total Time 25-30 Minutes

1 Box Auntie Annie’s Homegrown Organic Shells & Real-Aged Cheddar Mac N Cheese

8 ounces Frozen Broccoli Florets

2 Cups Shredded Cheese (We use Tillamook)

4 Strips of Bacon

1 1/4 Cup of  Whole Milk

Step One: Prepare Auntie Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese ( We use whole milk instead of the low-fat suggestion on the box )

Step Two: Cook Bacon, and set it aside (I bake it while cooking the Mac n Cheese)

Step Three: Prepare Broccoli, strain, and chop evenly so that it will blend well with the bacon and mac & cheese, set aside

*Because it’s frozen I put a little water in the pot and let that loosen up the ice, then I break it apart with a wooden spoon.  It’s an excellent stress reliever!

Step Four: Chop bacon into small pieces as well and set aside

Step Five: Add 1 cup milk, bacon, broccoli, cheese, two sprinkles of onion powder, and two sprinkles of salt all to Auntie Annie’s Mac & Cheese

*Mix well and cook on a medium  low temp until the milk is gone!



Growing at Home

A new year is coming and I have plenty to do. A lot of things have been changing in my home life and in my relationship with my future husband. There are always a lot of things a young couples have to talk about before uniting for life.

It’s good to understand what each one wants from the other, and so our deep and serious talks have begun. One particular conversation today has stuck with me and I have decided to incorporate into my entry tonight.

I am fairly young, and not the best cook or housekeeper. This truth does not match up to the ideal that my Future Husband expects me to meet.Which is good housekeeper and cook. This is where I am going to have to grow and in my growing  my daughter shall sprout !

I have decided to spend  2012 honing these new goals. I plan on accomplishing this by creating a cleaning schedule  and menu, practicing plenty of new meals, shopping  with a list, and having my little one learn right beside me.

We talked about other things a well, next year I’ll get into that a little bit deeper. For now though I list some of my goals for the New Year.

1. Learn to Keep House Better

2. Cook with Joy & Love

3. Blog Weekly

4. Run 2 Miles 3 Days A Week

5. Let God Guide Me

6. Have a Bit More Fun

Happy New Year Everyone

Growing Mama


The last few years have been financially difficult  for many of us. Christmas in our society (USA) is dominated by commercials, sales, and being a consumer.  We have learned to see Christmas for what it really is about, not for what advertising agencies and pop culture have taught it is.

Christmas is about Him, his birth, and the Gift of his life to us. In our home we also tie giving into our celebration of Christmas.

We do not go overboard. We give to those in need, we give to our child, and we give to each other. We send cards, we write letters, we give thanks, we give love. Christmas is about loving each other, loving our families, loving of friends, loving the world, and loving God.

Gratefulness, Thankfulness,  Love

Focus on Him & Love Today

Merry Christmas & God Bless

Growing Mama