Holiday Cheer Week 2 – Home Is Where Your Heart Is

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This holiday season I am thankful for my family.  This includes my work family as well as my personal family and I have been lucky enough to be able to mix the two.  I have 3 wonderful sisters and 3 awesome brothers.  Of the 3 wonderful sisters, I now have 2 working with me.  Diedra Summers’ joined our work family on Dec 1st this as our new Marketing Design Specialist and Holly Hoeger, Lead Management/Human Resources, has been with me for 3 years this past October. 
Both of these beautiful, talented sisters of mine make it easy for me to know someone has always “got my back”.  I am so blessed with my immediate, extended, and professional family and I always feel at home when I’m with them.  I guess home really is where your heart is.
This week I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes that Diedra makes.
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Di’s Mac & Cheese
(Naturally, this is an approximation as she normally just “eyeballs” the ingredients.)
8 oz elbow macaroni
½ brick of Kraft VELVEETA® (cubed)
2 c. shredded sharp cheddar (or any cheese you prefer)
¼ c. butter (diced or sliced into pats)
½ c. whole milk
Salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350°.  Boil noodles until just barely al dente.  Drain.  Combine cheeses and butter with noodles and add salt to your preference of taste.  (OPTIONAL – you could add real bacon bits at this point if you like.)  Transfer to baking dish (a 9x13 cake pan works great).  (At this point she might redistribute cheese and butter so they are spread pretty evenly thru pan.)  Pour milk over all (it will settle on the bottom – which is what it is supposed to do).  Cover with foil and bake for 45-60 minutes or until it is bubbly.  OPTIONAL – remove foil and sprinkle more shredded cheese on top.  Bake another 2-5 minutes until cheese melts.

**Warning – do NOT look up calories/serving for this dish.  It’s safe to say you might gain weight just by LOOKING at this Mac & Cheese.  ;)  Some things are just worth it, though.

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