Baked Macaroni and Cheese

If you’re looking for a non-meat Monday dish that will please your spouse and kids, look no further. I  serve this with a vegetable side dish and call it a day. The pasta combined with the cheese is a complete protein, so you’re not even slacking on nutrition! This recipe is from the food blog Spend with Pennies.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese


  • 12-ounces whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup Half and Half or Heavy Cream
  • 1  teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly shredded
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, freshly shredded, divided


  1. Cook macaroni noodles until al dente (under cook somewhat, they will continue to cook when baking). Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes.
  3. Gradually whisk in milk and the half and half. Season with salt, pepper, dry mustard, and onion powder. Cook, whisking occasionally until thickened. (Don't let the sauce get too thick, it will cause the baked macaroni to be dry.)
  4. Remove pan from heat and add shredded Parmesan cheese and 3 cups of the shredded sharp Cheddar cheese. Stir until blended.
  5. Pour in macaroni noodles. Combine ingredients.
  6. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 13 X 9 (3 quart) rectangular Pyrex baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese on top.
  8. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes to set up.



Beauty Pie

Marcia Kilgore is the brainchild behind Beauty Pie. If that name sounds familiar, think Bliss Spas. This lady has always been a go-getter, and several years ago she came up with a novel idea.

Ms. Kilgore spoke of her revelation as she was leaving a lab with armfuls of product that she was taking home for free to try. She thought of how much those same products would be marked up before hitting retail shelves. There would be few who would be able to get their hands on what she thought were some fantastic products.

Shen began thinking – What if there was a beauty buyer’s club for luxury products from the world’s leading labs? Charging a fee for access to member prices, allowing members to purchase directly from the labs that make the products. No middle-men, no mark-ups. Operating income would come from memberships.

She has done just that, and I for one am so glad! Membership to Beauty Pie is open to everyone. The members of Beauty Pie have the same collective buying power as the big brands. Even though the headquarters are in London, members can get products shipped to the mainland US for a nominal fee ($8.27 per order, no matter the size!).

I’ve been a member pretty much since the beginning. You can either pay $99 a year or $10 a month for membership which allows members to buy $100 worth of products a month (based on the products regular retail price value).

For instance, let’s look at a member buying the lipstick featured at the top of the post. The regular retail price value is $25, so a brand new member could purchase four of them (4 x $25 = $100) but would only pay $2.46 x 4 = $9.84 plus shipping at $8.27, and any taxes due. Do you get it?

They could do this each month with any combination of products, or they could allow their monthly allowance to roll over so that when they order they only pay one shipping fee and have a much larger allowance to work with. This is what I do. When I do order, it’s so fun, and when the order arrives it’s like Christmas!

Speaking of Christmas, or any holiday or birthday. A Beauty Pie membership would make the best present. It would enable your loved one (or you) to receive $1200 worth of luxury beauty and skincare yearly at incredibly low prices (less than the drugstore!).

In case you’re wondering why there is a spending limit imposed on members, according to the Beauty Pie website monthly shopping limits have been calculated and limited based on what will make Beauty Pie viable. Your unspent monthly allowance rolls over to the next month as long as your membership is still active. If you cancel your membership, you forfeit any unused shopping limit.

Over the last couple of years, since I’ve been a member, I’ve received several large orders. At this point, the product range has grown large enough that I can order exactly the kinds of makeup and skincare that I want. Personally, I prefer skincare without fragrance, and I like cream makeup products as opposed to powder. I’m able to buy just what I need without making any compromises to save money.

I highly recommend Beauty Pie. I realize membership sounds a little confusing; however, I will say the learning curve is short!




Ulta 21 Days of Beauty (expired)

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Ulta has begun it’s 21 Days of Beauty event. Each day between 9/2-9/22 there will be special pricing on many of your favorite brands.

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Coldwater Creek Annual Jeans Event! (expired)

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Coldwater Creek is having their annual jeans event going on now through 9/3. Head over here as they have some wonderful styles that fit boomer bodies terrifically. No code necessary.

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A few months ago I was visiting the Hip2Save site. Every once in a while some of the ladies that are part of the Hip2Save team share items they can’t live without. I always enjoy those posts because knowing that these gals are frugal means they must really love something to shell out money for it, especially if it’s expensive.

Well, this post was about Jamie’s love for her newly purchased bidet. I’ve always been curious about just what exactly a  bidet is and being from the states, we just don’t see many! After reading Jamie’s strong recommendation, I went over to Amazon to check out ratings and to get more information. Continue reading “My Bidet”

Save 50% on Dorco Shai Soft Touch Cartridges! (expired)

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For a limited time get a 4 pack of  Dorco Shai Soft Touch Razor Cartridges for 50% off the regular price of $9.65, which makes them $4.83 per box. That’s unheard of for a 4 pack of women’s razor cartridges! Use code SHAI50AUGUST at checkout. Offer expires 8/25, and a limit of three boxes of cartridges per customer. Each customer may only use the coupon code once .

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Chico’s 40% off Your Purchase! (expired)

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Chico’s is offering 40% off sitewide. Use code 85372. Passport members take an extra 5% off. Free Passport membership, join here. Shipping is free for Passport members. Offer expires 8/26 at 11:59, PST.

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