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It's so easy to get overwhelmed by the holiday hustle with shopping, cooking, decorating and hosting, I have been looking for a way to make my life just a little bit easier. This year I am enlisting the help of Nestle so I can spend less time in the kitchen and more time entertaining my friends and family. Recently while shopping at Walmart I discovered Stouffer's Mac & Cheese Party Size Entree and thought this would be a great time saver to help make this Thanksgiving an easy meal, not an all day showdown in the kitchen. Not only is their Mac & Cheese delicious, it comes in party size, perfect for feeding 6-8 people. But then I thought, how can I make it more interesting?
It's true, Mac & Cheese is delicious all by itself, but I wanted to make it even better by adding some delicious toppings to mix in. After I put the Mac & Cheese in the oven to bake for about an hour, I got started on the toppings. Within the time it took for the Mac & Cheese to bake, I cooked a couple packs of bacon until they were crispy, steamed some broccoli florets, sauteed some mushrooms and emptied a container of crispy onions into a bowl.
When it comes to decorating for Fall and Thanksgiving, I am a dollar store lady all the way. I love that I can turn a $1 bag of leaves and stickers into decorative food labels and also decorate my table with items from the dollar store too.
Everyone loved being able to mix up their Mac & Cheese to make it their own. I loved the broccoli and crispy onions, the kids really loved the bacon and I was able to sneak in some broccoli for them to eat. I was able to sneak in the broccoli since I had a surprise for them for dessert. (Yes, I am the mom who bribes my kids with dessert.)
It's so easy to get lost in the food and fun times over the holidays, so I wanted to make sure to put the word "Thankful" up for everyone to see and have a little reminder about what this day is all about. This way everyone can take a minute and remember what they are thankful for.
Here is a closeup of my bowl of Mac & Cheese. Although, I only used the crispy onions, bacon, broccoli, and mushrooms, we couldn't help but talk about what other toppings would work well. More veggies would be great, crumbled sausage, or even chorizo.
I love getting together with my family. Days and months and years go by so fast, it's so important to spend time together with the ones you love. It was great to be able to actually spend time with my family, rather than spending the whole evening cooking in the kitchen.
Here are some more tips for making the holiday gatherings easier.
- Roll out a blank sheet of paper for the kids table or find an activity table cloth like the one I found at Walmart, add a box of crayons or markers for the kiddos to entertain themselves.
- For dessert, you don't have to go crazy trying to bake something, grab a box of Nestle Drumstick sundae cones. There are so many varieties now, everyone has a favorite, including the new Peppermint and crispety, crunchy, peanut-buttery Butterfinger Drumstick.
Now that you're ready to plan Thanksgiving dinner, when you head out to do your holiday grocery shopping put Mac & Cheese Bar on the list. stop by Walmart and pick up the Stouffer's Mac & Cheese Party Size and Nestle Drumsticks to save yourself some time in the kitchen, and spend more time with the people you care about.
Need some more inspiration for Thanksgiving? Check out this Pinterest Board: