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September 16, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes

What Phone Numbers Do You Have Memorized?

Admit it. How many phone numbers do you actually have memorized?

I started carrying a mobile phone in 1998. But it wasn’t until phones could easily transfer data between computers (thanks iPhone) that the need to memorize phone numbers started to disappear for me.

Recently, I asked on The Jenny Evolution Facebook page just what phone numbers many of you had memorized. Most people said they knew their spouse’s cell phone number and that was it! Some even said they didn’t have their own home phone memorized. (Just another reason to ditch those landlines, folks! Read why I’m mobile only here.) Thankfully, someone did admit that they had “911” memorized as well.

But there are two numbers I will always remember, even though it has been well more than a decade since I called it…. both of my grandmothers’. As data and schedules and things I have to remember for the kids gets jammed into my brain, the one thing that remains constant is I can recite their phone numbers at the drop of a hat.

What Phone Numbers Do You Have Memorized? Me? My Grandmothers!

My and my lovely grandmothers

After my grandmothers passed away, I found myself dialing them up sometimes… even unconsciously. I would have a split second where I forgot that they weren’t just a quick phone call away and I would reach for the phone.

These two women, who were very different, made an indelible impression with me. There isn’t a week that goes by where I don’t think of them and something they said to me.

And even though I can’t reach out to them, there is a strange comfort in knowing their phone numbers.


September 15, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes

Best Halloween Books for Toddlers (Board Book Editions)

Best Halloween Books for Toddlers – Board Book Editions! Find these books at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are mine.

Halloween is an exciting time for toddlers… dressing up, eating candy. Wait a minute — they do that all the time! Something else toddlers love year round? Halloween books! It’s true. The children at my son’s preschool simply adored Halloween books and asked for Halloween stories all the time.

While there are many terrific Halloween books out there, some can be too scary for toddlers. Plus, we all know how tough toddlers can be on books. Try out these wonderful Halloween books for toddlers, available in board book editions.

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Looking for more great Halloween ideas? Be sure to check out my collection of Halloween tips, ideas, activities, recipes and more for the entire family. Also, I write so often about books, I’ve put them in one central location and created a collection of all of my book lists! Find more great reading book lists here.

And for an extended list of fun

Halloween Board Books for Toddlers, CLICK HERE.

10 Trick-or-Treaters: Little do these ten trick-or-treaters know that they are the ones who will be frightened on Halloween night when a toad hops near, a skeleton tries to join their dance party, and a monster asks to share their candy. This not-too-scary Halloween counting book features the bright, bold artwork of Linda Davick and the comforting, lively rhythms of Janet Schulman’s story, making it the perfect gift for young trick-or-treaters everywhere!

Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? (Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books): In Karen Katz’s distinctive style, an adorable baby searches throughout the house for her pumpkin. Is the pumpkin under the leaves, behind the curtain, under the bed? NO! But Baby finds many other surprises as a ghost, a witch’s hat, cute-as-a-button bats, and candy apples are found beneath each flap. Finally after Baby finds her pumpkin, she’s ready to go trick-or-treating and the final flap reveals a Halloween extravaganza!

Here Comes Halloween!: With glitter, flocking and touch-and-feels galore, Caroline Jayne Church tackles a not-so-spooky Halloween! Help this little boy decide what to be for Halloween. Then find out what he chooses! Caroline Jayne Church’s sweet line and color make a not-too-scary Halloween! Glitter, flocking, and fancy touch-and-feels on every spread will keep toddlers enthralled.

Llama Llama Trick or Treat: Have a Happy Halloween with this sixth board book by Anna Dewdney. Time for Llama Llama to find the perfect costume, pick out a pumpkin for a jack-o’-lantern, and then go trick-or-treating with Mama and his friends!

One, Two…Boo!: The littlest trick-or-treaters can lift the flaps to count their way through a spooky old house . . . but they had better be prepared for a few surprises! With a die-cut cover, adorable illustrations, and a flap on every page, this sturdy little board book is the perfect Halloween gift for trick-or-treaters everywhere.

I’m the Scariest Thing in the Castle: A little vampire bat takes stock of all the creepies in the castle and decides he’s scarier than all of them! But the creepies? They’re not convinced. When they play a trick to prove their point, the oh-so-boastful bat’s response is as unexpected as it is exuberant. It turns out the creepies may have created a monster- an absolutely adorable one.

Five Little Pumpkins: Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.”Get ready for some wicked fun as these five pumpkins run and roll! Toddlers will want to chant along with this popular rhyme again and again. Dan Yaccarino’s vibrant and bold illustrations bring these pumpkins to life with personality and style. Toddlers are sure to laugh out loud as these pumpkins roll out of sight!

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give…): Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he decorates all the pumpkins in the patch!

I Love You, Little Pumpkin!: This bestselling interactive novelty format features sturdy lift-the-flaps on each spread and blends Sandra Magsamen’s signature soft illustrations and heartfelt messages with a touch of Halloween. Babies will giggle at all of the adorably costumed little ones and squeal with delight when a surprise mirror reveals who is loved most of all!

Happy Halloween, Stinky Face: It’s almost time to go trick-or-treating, but first Stinky Face has just a few questions for Mama. As always, Mama lovingly addresses each and every one of her child’s concerns. A sweet and reassuring Halloween tale from Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore!

Mouse’s First Halloween: Join Mouse on a spooky fall night. He hears bats flying, leaves falling, and children singing, “Trick or Treat!” What can it mean? Find the answer in this sturdy board book edition of the best-selling picture book.

Who’s There on Halloween?: Who’s There On Halloween? encourages readers to play along and use the clues to name the holiday characters hidden inside. Featuring charming text by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp and adorable illustrations by Charles Reasoner, these two Halloween books are sure to delight and entertain.

 For an extended list of fun Halloween Board Books for Toddlers, CLICK HERE.


Looking for more great Halloween ideas? Be sure to check out my collection of Halloween tips, ideas, activities, recipes and more for the entire family.


200+ Halloween Tips, Tricks and Treats on The Jenny Evolution

September 12, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes

Join the Library Lovers! A Library Challenge to Parents

Anyone who knows me knows I am absolutely gaga for libraries. I definitely consider myself one of the many library lovers lurking out there. When I worked in downtown Chicago, there was nothing better than hopping on the L to Washington Library. I would spend hours just walking the stacks and making lists of all of the books I couldn’t wait to devour. I would easily scarf down two to three books a week.

Having kids, my reading has turned to the more sophisticated tastes of Curious George and Pete the Cat. The days of reading full grown-up books are not really gone but more on hold until the kids get older. But my love of libraries hasn’t waned, and I’m passing that love on to my children. We visit one of our local libraries about every other week.

There’s nothing better than hearing my kids cheer when I tell them we’re going to the library. Does that make them nerds? My goodness, I sure hope so! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some Mathletes. Having them be athletes would just be a bonus.

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When my kids were little, I even made it a game of trying out all of the local libraries one year to find the best in the area. It was fun to see how different libraries set up their children’s section and who had the best movie sections for the family.

And so I give you this challenge for the fall. Pick just five local libraries and visit them with your kids. You may surprised to find out what other awesome resources different libraries have and find an additional favorite one! But the biggest win? Exposing your kids to new places and encourage a life-long love of reading and books. Find your local libraries at

Because of my long-lasting love affair with books, I often write about them on The Jenny Evolution. Now I’ve put them in one central location and created a collection of all of my book lists! Find more great reading book lists here.

TELL ME: Are you willing to take the library challenge? As you take on the challenge, let me know about a new library you discovered or services you were thrilled to find.

September 12, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes
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GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Looks, Feels Like Real Underwear

This post is sponsored by GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign; however, all opinions are 100% my own.

When I heard about the new GoodNites* TRU-FIT*, I was ecstatic. My eight-year-old son still wets the bed every night, and he hates hates hates wearing nighttime protection. When he was younger, it wasn’t a big deal. But now that’s he’s older, he understands that many kids don’t have to wear nighttime protection. He just wants to be like all of the other kids.

When we received the product, my first thought was the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* really do look and feel like real underwear! I really love the idea of letting my son wear something that looks more like underwear so he feels less self conscious. They stretch and move just like underwear, but they have a place to insert a pad. The lining is also lightly coated to help keep leaks in.

I’m also digging the colors. My personal favorite is the blue-striped pair.

GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Looks, Feels Like Real Underwear

Another thing I really like about this product is if my child does have an accident, I can remove the insert and just throw the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* into the wash. That’s it. No special action is required.

You’ll also be surprised at how easy it is to put in the insert. Your kid will figure it out quickly enough. Check out the video below to see how easy it is to put the insert in.

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The fact is, your kid isn’t the only one who wets the bed at night. It’s just that many moms aren’t talking about it. So be sure to join me for the Twitter Party. You’ll get loads of information from the folks at GoodNites as well as insight from other parents joining the party. And of course, I’ll be there!

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GoodNites* TRU-FIT* comes as a starter kit with 2 pairs of colorful underwear for either boys or girls and 5 inserts. They come in sizes S/M and L/XL. From there, you just wash the underwear and you can buy additional inserts as needed.

For more information about bedwetting solutions and advice from trusted experts, visit the Better Night Network at and the GoodNites Facebook page.

 Does your child wet the bed? Tell me how your child (or you) feels about it.

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September 11, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes

Friday Flash Blog No. 85 {Plus Features}

Friday Flash Blog is a flash mob of blogs, highlighting the best of bloggers from the week. Be sure to check them out (and the ones I’ve featured) as well as link up your own.

Weekly Thought: Amazing how my children attended one day of Kindergarten and within three days was sick from that nasty virus going around. If you need brushing up on Back to School Bugs, read my post as a refresher.

10 More Ways to Learn with Legos compiled by From ABCs to ACTs

What fun with LEGO! 10 More Ways to Learn with Legos compiled by From ABCs to ACTs

Chocolate and Blackberry Shortbread Bars. Recipe from Annie's Noms

Chocolate and Blackberry Shortbread Bars. Recipe from Annie’s Noms

What a great idea for crafts (for the kids and for your own). DIY Tutorial from Crafty Journal

Preserve Those Fall Leaves! What a great idea for crafts (for the kids and for your own). DIY Tutorial from Crafty Journal

Adorable Wodden Jewelry Boxes! DIY Tutorial from Titi Crafty

Adorable Wodden Jewelry Boxes! DIY Tutorial from Titi Crafty

DIY Frozen Costumes Round-up by Play 2 Learn with Sarah

Are you ready for Halloween? DIY Frozen Costumes Round-up by Play 2 Learn with Sarah

Baked Jalapeno Cream Cheese Wontons Recipe by Elizabeth Joan Designs

I bet this are scrumptious. Baked Jalapeno Cream Cheese Wontons Recipe by Elizabeth Joan Designs

25 Great Adventure Chapter Books for Girls from The Jenny Evolution

25 Great Adventure Chapter Books for Girls from The Jenny Evolution


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September 9, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes

The Power of Saying You’re Sorry – DiGiorno Twitter Mistake

Sometimes we make such a colossal mistake in our lives that it’s hard to see how on earth we could fix the damage. It can feel like a dark hole you will never climb out of. But there is one way… by saying you’re sorry. DiGiorno Pizza is learning this lesson the hard way. But the lessons DiGiorno is learning are the same lessons we should be teaching our children.

In the wake of Ray Rice punching out his then fiance out cold and being suspended by the NFL, women took to Twitter using the hashtag #WhyIStayed to share their domestic violence experiences. An employee(s) at DiGiorno apparently didn’t pay attention to the context of the tweets and sent out “#WhyIStayed You Had Pizza.” Oof.

Teaching the Power of Saying You're Sorry

As a former public relations professional, I used to work with companies that sometimes made blunders, mistakes and downright idiotic choices. And the professional advice I gave them is the exact same advice I give my own children (and myself) – say you’re sorry and really mean it.

So often, people want to hide from their mistakes, but that is one of the worst things you can do. Hiding doesn’t solve anything, and often the silence is taken as a lack of remorse and respect for the other person. Even worse, silence easily breeds even more hurt feelings, anger and contempt.

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Teach Your Child How to Say Sorry

As parents, our job isn’t just to teach our children how to treat others right. It’s also to teach our children how to behave when they don’t. I try to teach my children to say they’re sorry. But forcing a child to say the words “I’m sorry” doesn’t mean they actually believe the meaning. How can you help your child learn the true meaning of sorry?

1. Don’t have them just say they are sorry. Have them say what they are specifically sorry for. (Example: I’m sorry I pulled your hair and screamed at you.)

2. Have them say out loud how their actions must have made the other person feel. (Example: That must have hurt. And my screaming at you must have been very scary.)

3. Have them say what they will do differently next time. (Example: Next time, I will remind you with my words that it’s my turn to have the doll.)

4. Have them ask if the other child will accept their apology. If the other child says yes, they usually move on. If the other child says no, have your child ask how they can make things better. It’s also okay to explain that the child may still have hurt feelings and that we should respect that.

For younger children, feel free to prompt them with questions, such as “How do you think that made Julie feel?” or “If someone did that to you, how would that make you feel?”

DiGiorno Fixing Its Blunder

Unlike many companies that choose to ignore or hide from their mistakes, DiGiorno is taking the offensive in owning it’s serious snafu and publicly tweeting every single person an individualized and sincere apology. I’ve seen many companies try to say they’re sorry, but I have to say this is the first time I’ve really seen one use social media as a way to reach out to each and every person they offended. You can see some of their apologies here.

While it’s inexcusable that DiGiorno didn’t take five minutes out of their day to figure out what the hashtag #WhyIStayed was for, the fact is we all make blunders. Some are small. Others are major doozies. The difference is how we own our mistakes after they happen and try to repair the damage caused.

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September 9, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes

Listening to Your Instincts Will Never Steer You Wrong

“Motherhood is supposed to be hard, but it’s not supposed to be this hard,” I used to think to myself. Yes, parenting is probably the toughest job anyone can take on. Babies and toddlers are demanding little ones, requiring your undivided attention all of the time. But I still remember thinking to myself that it wasn’t supposed to be this hard and this miserable. I should have listened to my instincts.

Before Vman was born, I had read that babies often cry a little within the first two weeks but then really find their lungs and voice after that. When Vman was born, he was born crying the moment he hit the air. And, honestly, he just didn’t stop.

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Because I had an unscheduled C-section, we spent five days in the hospital. On the last night, my husband and I decided to have the nurses take Vman so we could try to eek out a few moments of sleep before going home. That night, as we lay in the dark, we both heard the faint cry of a baby off in the distance. As we later learned, we both thought to ourselves, “I wonder who the sucker is that’s getting that baby delivered to their room.” The crying got a little louder. And well before Vman even reached our hallway of the hospital, we knew… we were the suckers! At this point, we had heard Vman cry SO much that we actually knew the sound of his voice.

The nurse entered the room declaring that they couldn’t get Vman to stop crying. Ummm… isn’t that why we asked you guys to keep him for the night? Because we needed the promise of some sleep! So while the other parents on our floor slept, my husband and I desperately tried to get our little man to calm down. We had no idea we would spend a number of years doing this.

Why Does He Cry So Much!

From the get go, it seemed that something was off with Vman. The crying was so over the top that it seemed ridiculous. Oh, babies cry, people told us. That’s just what they do. But I kept thinking to myself that babies aren’t supposed to cry this much. Finally our pediatrician said she thought he was colicky. Translated, we have absolutely no idea why your baby is crying all the time but he just is. Babies generally cry for a total of two hours a day. Vman would cry for two hours at a time.

In the haze, I managed to listen to some of my instincts. We naturally turned off all of the lights and lived by natural daylight or low-set lamps in the evenings. The TV, radio or anything else that produced sound went silent. These were just a few of the first steps I took toward listening to my instincts and changing our home environment to fit what I thought Vman needed. I had no idea why the rooms needed to be darker, I just did. I had no idea why the house had to become quiet, I just did.

Even though my gut told me that something wasn’t right with Vman, it took almost three years before we finally figured out that he has Sensory Processing Disorder. Suddenly, all of the pieces of the puzzle began to fit. I began to understand why he reacted negatively to clothing, touch and even hugs the way he did. I understood why he had a physical meltdown to noise.

Sensory Parenting & Instincts

As a sensory parent, you learn how to listen to your instincts. Once we finally had a diagnosis, I was able to fully embrace what my instincts were telling me. I wasn’t a bad mom who couldn’t figure out my child. My kiddo had extra sensory challenges that he needed help with. Once I started understanding what was going on, I found that if I listened to my instincts, we managed to avoid some of the multiple daily meltdowns.

By embracing my instincts about what to say yes to for my son, I found I better served him and the family as a whole. The family and friends around us didn’t necessarily understand or believe what we were dealing with. (And some of them still don’t.) But as the core family, we were happier making the right decisions for our kids based on what they needed and not the expectations of others.

Follow your instincts on what you think your family needs and not what others expect. Your instincts are the best tool you have as a sensory parent.


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September 8, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes

Colorful Colorado Wordless Wednesday

Colorful Colorado Just as beautiful in B&W | The Jenny EvolutionThis summer we got to visit the San Isabel National Forest in central Colorado. Colorado’s slogan is “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” but I think this state is just as gorgeous and striking in black and white.


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September 8, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes

10 Books About Football for Elementary Students

Books About Football for Elementary Students: Find these books at your local library or use the affiliated links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are my own.

With fall comes Autumn leaves, back to school and (in some people’s opinions) the most important time of the year — football season! For kids who just can’t get enough of football, check out these 10 books about football for elementary students. They will surely spark your children’s incentive to get reading.

I write so often about books, I’ve put them in one central location and created a collection of all of my book lists on The Jenny Evolution! Find more great reading book lists here.

10 Books About Football for Elementary Students | The Jenny Evolution

For an extended list of books, visit my list of Books About Football on Amazon.

The Dog That Stole Football Plays: Mike’s telepathic dog Harry is able to tell him what the other football team plans to do on the field, but Mike wonders–is it cheating? Can he win the game without Harry’s help?

Kickoff Blitz (Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels): Tou Yang is the smallest kid on his football team, but he plays like a giant. Tou’s job is to dash down the field and smash the ball carrier on kickoffs and punts, and he does it well. When the Bandits come to town, an old enemy on the other side of the line goes out of his way to bring Tou down. Darren cuts corners and plays dirty. Will Tou be able to overcome his gridiron bully, or will Darren send him to the sidelines?

Goodnight Football: From the opening kick off to the final whistle, Goodnight Football will bring the excitement of a football game to the youngest fan. The rhyming text, vibrant illustrations, and gentle ending will capture the love of the game through a child’s eyes. A celebration of football, friendship, and family. This book is sure to be a touchdown for every football fan!

Sports Illustrated Kids 1st and 10: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Football: Get everything you ever wanted to know about America’s most popular sport in 1st and 10. Presented in the format of Top 10 lists, this book is a comprehensive yet fun look at the greatest aspects of the game. From the top Super Bowl moments to the best-looking uniforms, SI Kids ranks 50 different topics from the gridiron. Readers are guaranteed to love the big, exciting action photos from the Sports Illustrated collection and the insider knowledge of SI Kids. Filled with trivia and information, this dynamic book will be the definitive kids book on football.

Kick, Pass, and Run (I Can Read Book 2): Young sports fans have cheered Kick, Pass, and Run for thirty years. Now Leonard Kessler has reillustrated his classic I Can Read Book in full color, bringing this popular tale to a new generation of beginning readers.

Dino-Football: The Greenblades and the Redscales face off in the Mega-Bowl! Sacks and hand-offs. Touchdowns and interceptions. When dinos don shoulder pads, the action is sure to be epic. But as the clock ticks down, will the Scales make a goal-line stand or will the Blades break through for the winning TD?

Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Who: Football: From the editors of Sports Illustrated Kids comes The Big Book of Who: Football, a 128-page collection of the brightest stars in America’s favorite sport, past and present. Profiles, facts and stats will bring the best players in pro football history to life with all of the classic touches that Sports Illustrated Kids is famous for – terrific, age-appropriate writing and exciting sports photography. Gridiron greats such as, from Sammy Baugh to Cam Newton, Jim Brown to Emmitt Smith, Dick Butkus to Ray Lewis will be profiled.

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day: The notorious Miss Swamp reappears at the Horace B. Smedley School, this time to shape up the football team and help them to win at least one game.

Two-Minute Drill (Comeback Kids): Chris Conlan is the coolest kid in sixth grade?the golden-armed quarterback of the football team and the boy all the others look up to. Scott Parry is the new kid, the boy with the huge brain, but with feet that trip over themselves. These two boys may seem like an odd couple, but each has a secret that draws them together, and proves that the will to succeed is even more important than raw talent.

The Everything KIDS’ Football Book, 3rd Edition: You’re sure to go from rookie to Pro Bowler in no time with this dynamic guide to the gridiron. Whether you’re new to the sport or have been a fan for a while, this book has it all! Filled with thirty sporty puzzles, this pass-rushing book gives you all the ins and outs of the game.

T is for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet: The sounds of autumn include the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot and the thump of the kickoff starting the first home football game. Sleeping Bear Press is proud to continue our bestselling sports series with Tis for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet. Sports writer Brad Herzog’s easy-to-read-aloud rhymes engage even the youngest of readers, while hardcore fans can devour the detailed expository that covers the sport of the pigskin, from A-Z and end zone to end zone.


For an extended list of books, visit my list of Books About Football on Amazon.

September 5, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes

Yummy Gooey Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe vs. Cascade Platinum

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review; however, all opinions are 100% mine.

When the makers of Cascade Platinum told me I could pop my dishes right into the dishwasher without scrubbing off all of the food, I was a bit skeptical. And just to prove their point, they asked me to host a party, make a seriously gooey homemade mac and cheese recipe and pop that pot right into the dishwasher. Again, without scrubbing. Game on!

Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

If you want to see if something cleans dirty dishes well, then a yummy gooey homemade mac and cheese recipe should do the trick. (And a special thanks to The Pioneer Woman who shared this recipe for this challenge.)

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  • 4 cups Dried Macaroni
  • 1 whole Egg Beaten
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 Stick or 4 Tablespoons) Butter
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2-1/2 cups Whole Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Dry Mustard, More if desired
  • 1 pound Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Optional Spices: Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Thyme


Cook macaroni until very firm. Macaroni should be too firm to eat right out of the pot. Drain.

In a small bowl, beat egg. In a large pot, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Whisk together over medium-low heat. Cook mixture for five minutes, whising constantly. Don’t let it burn. Pour in milk, add mustard and whisk until smooth. Cook for five minutes until very thick.

Reduce heat to low. Take 1/4 cup of the sauce and slowly pour it into beaten egg, whisking constantly to avoid cooking eggs. Whisk together until smooth.

Pour egg mixture into sauce, whisking constantly. Stir until smooth. Add in cheese and stir to melt. Add salt and pepper. Taste sauce and add more salt and seasoned salt as needed.

Cascade Cleaned Off the Cheese Sauce in the dishwasher without me even rinsing.

This recipe adds a spicy kick to your mac and cheese. If you prefer a more moderate taste, tone it down with less seasoned salt and ground pepper.

Pour in drained, cooked macaroni and stir to combine.

Mac and Cheese Mixture After you Add Cooked Macaroni

Serve immediately (very creamy).

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Gooey Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe vs. Cascade Platinum

Cascade Platinum Cleaned this Pot without me rinsing!

Here’s what my pot looked like before I popped it into the dishwasher *without* rinsing or scrubbing off the gunk. Will Cascade Platinum clean it?

And now for the test. Did Cascade Platinum take care of the mess? Yes!

Cascade Platinum cleaned my pot *without* rinsing or scrubbing.

Look at how shiny Cascade Platinum got my pot! Absolutely no food or residue left.

Cascade Saves the Party Clean Up!

Lesson learned from this experiment? Skip the pre-wash. Cascade Platinum works best when food soil is left on the dishes because its special enzymes latch onto food, brekaing it down so it can wash away. And don’t worry about food left on the dishes damaging your machine or pipes. There is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost all dishwashers that works exactly like the disposal in your sink. Bet you didn’t know that!

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How do you end a fun party? With a nighttime lightsaber fight, of course!


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