Friday, September 19, 2014

Red Gold Slow Cooker Spicy Macaroni and Cheese {And a Giveaway!}

This post has been sponsored by Red Gold Premium Tomatoes.  The views and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. To read my disclosure statement, click here.

The weather is getting cooler and you know what that means? Time to break out the Crock Pot! To help you get off to a warm and savory start, my friends at Red Gold are hosting the Red Gold 2-A-Day Crock Pot Giveaway! Everyday, between September 17th and October 8th, Red Gold will be giving away two Red Gold Crock Pots on their Facebook page!

Now you know that I love Crock Pot recipes. So I'm sharing one of my favorite Red Gold slow cooker recipes--Slow Cooker Spicy Macaroni and Cheese--and giving away a Red Gold Tomatoes apron to one lucky reader! (Scroll down to the bottom to enter). 

You're going to love this recipe. You don't even have to cook the pasta before putting it into the slow cooker--just throw in your ingredients and forget it. The Red Gold Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies add the perfect amount of heat. Want to turn it into a full meal? Just add 1 pound of browned and drained ground beef! Here's what you need:


2 c. pasta of your choice, uncooked 
3 Tbsp. butter
8 oz. American processed cheese, cubed
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 c. milk
1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 (14.5 oz.) can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, drained


1. Spray the bottom of the slow cooker with cooking spray. Place the uncooked pasta in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

{Easy} Glitter Pumpkin Craft

Adding a little sparkle to your front porch or living room for fall couldn't be easier thanks to this simple glitter pumpkin craft. You can use any color you want and if you have a glitter-obsessed child like I do, they will love helping with this craft! Here's what you need:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chalkboard Lettering {That Anyone Can Do}

I am a lefty. A stereotypical lefty. So the idea of trying to do lettering on this chalkboard made me laugh. Between smearing the chalk with the side of my palm and just terrible penmanship in general, I was totally fine getting one of my friends to do it.

Luckily, I didn't have to! My sweet (and crafty) neighbor happened to stop by for a visit and showed me a much easier way to do chalkboard lettering. Here's what you need:

computer paper (with desired wording printed out on it)
damp paper towels


First, decide on the font and wording you want for your chalkboard and print it out on computer paper. I made this one on PicMonkey but you can use MS Word too.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall Porch Chalkboard {Mirror Upcycle}

I found this great mirror two years ago at a thrift store for $3. It was perfect for a chalkboard upcycle, but I just never got around to it and basically forgot that I even had it. 

Then I started making plans for my fall porch decorations and was so excited to find the mirror tucked away in the garage! Making it over was not hard at all. Here's what I used:

Valspar Satin Hubbell House Golden Maize spray paint
Krylon Black Chalkboard spray paint
Painter's tape
Sand paper (I used fine grit)


First, I covered the mirror with painter's tape and paper. Without using primer, I spray painted the frame with the Valspar Hubbell House Golden Maize (it took two coats).

Once the frame was dry, I removed the tape from the mirror and taped off the frame. I spray painted the mirror with the Krylon Chalkboard paint. It took about 5 thin layers to cover the mirror completely and evenly.  (Good news is, the chalkboard paint dries quickly!)