Don’t Miss These Delicious Mac and Cheese Muffins
Remember those rainy days when you had a stuffy nose and just wanted to stay home with your mom? She'd take care of you with all sorts of good home cooked comfort foods like mac and cheese and freshly baked muffins. So this Mother's Day, combine the two to show mom how much you appreciate all those rainy days.
Bonus nostalgia points for replacing the traditional bread crumb topping with some of your favorite cereals and snacks from childhood. We went with Rice Chex, Corn Flakes, Sun Chips and pretzels.
Ingredients (yields 12 muffins)
– 4 cups cooked rigatoni, macaroni, fusili
– 2 tbsp butter
– 1 tbsp flour
– 1 cup milk (reduced fat, skim, whole)
– 3 egg whites
– 1 1/2 cups gruyere + 1/4 cup reserved
– 3/4 cups sharp cheddar
– 1 cup "bread crumbs"
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then, get those noodles cooked and set aside. We used rotini.
While the noodles boil, get everything you need for the cheese sauce ready. Grate your cheese, measure out the milk, flour and butter. Crack the eggs and separate the whites.
To create the cheese sauce, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour slowly, making sure the consistency stays uniform. Add the milk, and bring to just under a boil.
Now it's time to start adding cheese. Add slowly and keep stirring. Reduce heat if it starts thickening up too quickly. You want it to be around the same consistency as a traditional alfredo sauce.
Once all the cheese has been added, remove from heat. Add in the egg whites and whisk together.
Add the cheese egg white sauce to the pasta and mix together evenly. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you want to throw greens into the mix, we recommend broccoli, asparagus, or spinach.
Spoon the macaroni mix into a muffin pan.
Now, time to top those muffins!
For the cereal and chips, you can crush with your hands on a cutting board. For the pretzel rods, you'll need to use a ziploc bag + hammer. For each topping, you'll need about 1/4 cup for three muffins.
We topped three with Rice Chex, three with Corn Flakes, three with Sun Chips, and three with crushed up pretzels.
Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of gruyere and a sprinkle of parmesan if you have it on hand. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the tops have browned a little bit.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes, so the muffins can bond together.
Serve for brunch, lunch, dinner, or for a tasty midnight snack!
We'd love to try making a batch of these topped with tortilla chips, rice krispies, and other bits of crunchy goodness.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)