I know, I said the “S” word. The good news? September is the perfect month to get re-organized, start anew and get your groove back! During the school year my girls run me ragged. From School to Dance classes. From Volleyball practice to Cheer events. I am not exaggerating when I say there is “something” every single night of the week. How do I survive? With the almighty calendar a little bit of help from my very pretty Hamilton Beach Programmable Right Size™ Multi Quart Slow Cooker!
At least once a week I try and create a meal that is not only easy to prepare, but one I know will be well received and can be grabbed at different times of day as children, and adults, are running out the door! My Programmable Right Size™ Multi Quart Slow Cooker makes this easier than ever.
Equipped with so many smart features like temperatures that automatically adjust to the quantity of food being cooked and an auto shut off from cooking to warm, this small appliance makes it so you can’t help but have wild success in the kitchen.
- 3 sizes in 1 crock – 6, 4, or 2 quart – eliminates the need for multiple slow cookers
- Temperature automatically adjusts to the quantity of food being cooked
- Stoneware is marked for easy measuring
- Easy-to-use control panel – LED display counts down the remaining time, then shifts to warm
- Dishwasher safe removable stoneware and lid
- Full-grip handles make carrying easier
As we run from activity to activity I’ve had to develop some go to family favourites. One that screams comfort and love? Creamy Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese. Friends, meet the easiest, creamiest, most sinful mac and cheese you will ever eat.
Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (or medium cheddar if you prefer)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Boil the elbow macaroni in water for five to six minutes, drain and set aside. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Heat over medium high heat and stir until the cheese melts. Watch it carefully. You want these ingredients to just melt, not cook! Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Combine cheese mixture, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper in your slow cooker. Add the drained macaroni and stir again. Cook on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally (I cooked mine for about 2 hours, checked it three times and stirred it twice and it was perfect).
Stir, serve and enjoy!
Want to really wow them? Crumble some cooked bacon on top. YUM!
This recipe has been adapted from: Repeat Crafter Me
Note: When I’m in a rush (aka forgot to get dinner organized) I can crank up the heat to high and have the Mac and Cheese ready in about 1 1/2 hours. More organized than me? Brilliant! Make it ahead of time and then this fancy small appliance will shift to warm to keep dinner hot until you are ready!
I love smelling a roast simmering all day, get a kick at pulling off home made meat balls with some cheater spaghetti sauce, and have even tried my hand at some oatmeal, timing it so it’s ready just in time for breakfast! The possibilities are endless with a slow cooker. Huh, who knew you could be so excited about dinner?
As if sharing my secret to success in the kitchen and my fave Mac and Cheese recipe isn’t enough, I have even more good news! It’s a giveaway! One lucky reader of How To Survive Life In The Suburbs is going to win a Programmable Right Size™ Multi Quart Slow Cooker of their very own! Woot!
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach Canada. In exchange this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.