Mac “N” Cheese for One or Two

This simple recipe is quick to make and will make a creamy side dish for two or a meal for one.  As a variation, you can add some finely diced ham when you add the macaroni.

Mac “N” Cheese for One or Two

2 TBS butter, divided
1 TBS all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
Pepper to taste
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup diced cheddar cheese (add a little more for extra cheesiness)
1/4 tsp prepared mustard
1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp chopped onion (option)
1/3 cup elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
2 saltines, crushed

Preheat oven to 350º. Following the directions on the package, cook the macaroni. In a separate saucepan, melt 1 TBS of butter; stir in the flour, salt and pepper until incorporated into the butter. Whisk in the milk until smooth. Cook and stir for a couple of minutes while it thickens. Add the mustard, worcestershire sauce, onion and cheese; stir until the cheese is completely melted and blended. Drain the water and add cooked macaroni to the sauce.  Transfer to a greased small baking dish. Sprinkle with the crushed saltines and dot with the second tablespoon of butter.  Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through.   ☺


Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

2 Tb sugarice cream
1 cup half & half (or light cream)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
freezer style gallon-sized ziplock bag
freezer style quart-sized ziplock bag
1/2 cup coarse salt or table salt


Put the milk, vanilla and sugar into a quart-sized freezer bag. Squeeze out the majority of the air and seal well. Fill a large, gallon-sized freezer bag with ice. Add the salt. Put the smaller bag into the larger bag and seal. Now shake and mix until the ice cream thickens, about 10 minutes.  Fun for parties, or kids.  You should use gloves or a towel as the bag gets pretty cold.

You can also do this with a large coffee can. Put the quart sized bag inside of the can and surround it with the ice and salt. Great for kids to roll around and shake.

Makes 1 serving

Smart Shopping Tips for Small Households

file9631308287997Ever notice how the grocery shopping experience seems specifically designed to entice us to buy more? With all of the family-size packaging, buy-one-get-one sales and better deals for bigger quantities, food shopping can be particularly challenging for small households. Those of us who live alone or with one other person often end up buying and cooking more than necessary. The result? We either throw food away or get tired of eating leftovers for three days straight.

How can singles and couples manage their grocery purchases so they don’t buy more than they need? Here are a dozen ways to downsize your food shopping—and your food waste…

Read more at Spark People.

Double Chocolate Brownies

ImageThis  brownie recipe, designed for the smaller household, are incredible.  This recipe is a keeper.  Adapted from Taste of Home’s Cooking for One or Two

Double Chocolate Brownies

  • 1 square or 1 ounce packet of unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 TB butter (do not substitute)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a loaf pan (8″x4″).

Melt butter and unsweetened chocolate in small saucepan or in the microwave. Stir until smooth (don’t overcook!).  In a mixing bowl, combine the egg and sugar, stir in the chocolate mixture and the vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) and gradually add to the chocolate mixture. Stir in the nuts once the mixture is fully combined.  Spread in a loaf pan and sprinkle with the chocolate chips. . Bake for 350º F for about 17 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Cool. Makes about 8 wonderful brownies.

I am ready to make another batch!

Baked Custard

Creamy, delicate, comfort food! I made this last night and my hubby didn’t eat his… but I am surely tempted to finish his custard still waiting in the frig… nom, nom!


Baked custard for two
One large egg
1 cup of milk
1 1/2 TB white sugar
1 1/2 TB brown sugar (dark preferred)
1/8 tsp salt
dash of ground nutmeg (optional)

In a mixing bowl, beat the egg. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well (I prefer an egg beater but don’t whip as you don’t want it to foam). Pour into two ungreased 6-oz custard cups. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Place cups in a baking pan. Fill pan with hot water to a depth of 1 in. Bake, uncovered, at 350ºF for approx. 50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Tuna Salad


A recent blogger asked, “What Is Your Favorite Frugal Food?” and the first thing that came to mind is the tuna salad I just whipped up this morning.  It is inexpensive, tasty and simple.

Tuna Salad

1 1/2 cups of pasta
1/2 cup celery chopped
1/4 cup onion chopped
1/2 cup light mayo
1 can or pouch of tuna

Cook pasta as instructed. Mix celery, onion, mayo and tuna. Drain pasta and rinse pasta in cold water. Add salt and pepper to taste (I used seasoned salt and seasoned pepper).

Ham Timble for One

Ham Timble for One

  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 2 TBSP bread crumbs
  • 1/3 CUP milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped or ground ham
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Heat oven to 350º.  In a saucepan, melt butter and add bread crumbs and milk. Cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly. Add ham, parsley and slightly beaten eggs. Turn into an individual mold or custard cup. Set in a dish of hot water and bake for 20 minutes or until a table knife comes out clean from the center.   You can double the recipe for two. Reheats well.