Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fast, Easy, &...

I present you with a new series I'm calling "Fast, Easy &..." Tips. These tips will be little things you can easily do with little to no extra effort, but will save you time, money and/or frustration. The ellipse will be filled in with whatever adjective best fits.


Today is "Fast, Easy & Frugal"-- and by easy, I mean head-slappingly "holy crap! I should've thought of it ages ago" easy.


My boys LOVE mac & cheese. LOOOOVE it. I have yet to find a recipe for homemade, without Velveeta, mac & cheese that doesn't turn out gritty and "off" tasting, so until I do, boxed mac & cheese it is.

Don't judge me, Judgy. It is Annie's Organic Deluxe Mac & Cheese. The organic deluxe part proves I'm a mom who cares. It is ORGANIC. It is DELUXE. It shows I only want the best for my bambinos. (Don't you dare tell me "organic crap is still crap!" I will not have it!).

I digress.

The deluxe style mac & cheese comes with that sauce pouch, so you don't have to waste time mixing milk and butter into electric orange "cheese" powder, but the sauce to noodle ratio always seemed to be off. Too much cheese, too little mac. We have solved this problem, and made one pricey box of organic deluxe mac & cheese stretch by adding more plain noodles-- today it was an entire 10 oz box of whole grain animal shaped pasta. By adding more noodles, we get about twice the amount of mac & cheese per box, but don't sacrifice on taste. There is more than enough cheese coverage. And the added noodles mean the mac & cheese lasts for at least a week of little boy lunches.

And that, my friends, is my Fast, Easy & Frugal tip for the day. Enjoy!


This post is featured on The Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Wednesday Blog Hop

8 comments:

  1. Ha ha, you said organic crap is still crap! That's all I read...sorry.
    Guy

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    1. Glad you liked that! I remember thinking that one time when I was watching Jon & Kate +8 and she was all excited about finding ORGANIC marshmallow fluff. Okay, so it doesn't have pesticides in it and that is great, but it is STILL marshmallow fluff. You aren't exactly feeding your kids health food when you slather on the fluff! :)

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  2. Thanks for following A New (England) Life. I love the fast, easy, &... tips idea, its just the little blip of information we need sometimes :)

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    1. Thanks! I love following blogs of people who are on a similar journey to what I am trying to accomplish (plus, having lived in New England at one point, I have a soft spot for almost all things New England!)

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  3. This post cracked me up. I am going to add you to my blogroll!

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    1. :) This post is much more in keeping with my actual voice & personality. Trying to transition to that without losing the messaging or the content area! Glad you're gonna add me to your blogroll!!! That makes me so happy!

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  4. I actually prefer the regular Annie's Mac and Cheese with wholewheat noodles. I tried the Deluxe a few times and found it left a bit of an after taste. I do add extra cheese to the regular one though.

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    1. Yeah, Diesel and the boys like the deluxe better. I'm not really a HUGE fan of boxed mac & cheese, so it is 6 of one, half-dozen of the other to me. :)

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