One pot bacon and chive macaroni and cheese

One pot bacon and chive macaroni and cheese -the bacon makes this recipe extra yummy!

Bacon + macaroni and cheese were made for each other. I can’t even with this dish. This recipe is so simple, but so good. The best part? You can make it in one pot in 30 minutes. It doesn’t get better than that. This is the perfect meal for those crazy school nights. You can have dinner on the table in no time.

One pot bacon and chive macaroni and cheese

Did I mention there’s bacon? I know, pure evil…but so good.

One pot 30 minute meal

One pot bacon and chive macaroni and cheese

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 15

Total Time: 25

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 1/4 cup chicken stock (16.9 oz container)

2 teaspoons corn starch

1 1/2 cup elbow noodles

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon McCormick Bacon & Chive Seasoning

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon McCormick ground black pepper

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 1/2 cup sharp cheese

8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 Tablespoon chopped chives

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and stir for 1-2 minutes. Once the onions are translucent, slowly pour in the chicken stock. Then stir in the corn starch and stir until it is completely dissolved.

Next stir in the elbow noodles, tomatoes, Bacon & Chive seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then cover the pot and bring the heat down to low. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked. Once the noodles are cooked, stir in the cheese and bacon. Garnish with chives, if desired. Enjoy while it's hot!

one pot macaroni and cheese

I used McCormick’s new Perfect Pinch® blends Bacon & Chive Seasoning for the recipe and it added the perfect flavor. Next on my list to make with this seasoning is Bacon & Chive Easy Twice Baked Potatoes. Hello, yummy!

bacon macaroni and cheese

Enjoy!

This post was brought to you by McCormick. For many more delicious recipes make sure to check out their website or connect with McCormick on Facebook.

Printable birthday cards

By Heather Dalton of Chickabug for I Heart Nap Time.

Free printable birthday cards on iheartnaptime.com

I have a confession. I’m in the birthday business; my days are filled with invitations and decorations, and literally every single day I wish loads of people a happy birthday. I think more about birthdays than any sane person should. And yet… I always forget to buy birthday cards. What a crazy problem for someone like me to have!! So I know I can’t be the only one who has trouble with this. To help out my fellow forgetful gals, I designed a set of free printable birthday cards that will save your butt at the last minute. They’re perfect for your sassy and fabulous friends and family!

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“Age is not important unless you’re a cheese.” So true, so true. : ) And here’s a card for your favorite selfie-lovin’ friend:

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There are 3 fun phrases to choose from, and each folding card has a fun pattern on the back. I hope you (and your friends) love them!!

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Free Printable

Download the free printable birthday cards here.

For lots more free printables and party ideas from Chickabug, visit my blog. And for personalized paper goods and party printables, please come check out my shop!

30 back-to-school lunch box ideas

30 back-to-school lunch box ideas -quick, easy and yummy ideas!

Wow it’s hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of school (well I guess technically when you are reading this it will already be Monday). Today I thought it would be fun to share some lunch box and snack ideas. Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new lunch ideas. If my son could eat PB&J every day the rest of his life he would be a happy camper. We will be most likely making sandwiches 2-3 times a week, but I thought I better try and mix things up the other days. We usually eat a lot of hot meals at home, so I thought we’d try a cold version of some of them too. I’ve found it definitely helps when I let my son help pick what he wants for lunch.

I’d love to hear what your go to lunches are in the comments below.

30 back-to-school lunch box ideas

Here’s what my son wanted for his first day –bagel sandwich, carrots, apples and cheese. I even let him add some popcorn we picked up at the farmers market for his first day. I cut out the cheese with a cookie cutter and honestly it took me two seconds. Nothing fancy. I also added in a box of milk. I’ve partnered up with Horizon Organic and they are perfect for lunches!

We love these silicone baking cups for dividing the lunch box. Maybe it’s just me, but I love anything that adds color.

Then I printed one of these printable lunch box notes (you can download them for free HERE) to go in my son’s lunch too. Yes, I’m totally that mom. The one who walks their kid all the way in and takes pics all along the way. It probably won’t happen after the first day of school. I’m not making any promises. ;)

back to school lunch ideas

30 back-to-school lunch box ideas

1. The classic PB&J (my son’s favorite)

2. Bagel and cream cheese

3. Turkey and cheese roll up

4. Boiled eggs

5. Homemade pizza rolls

6. Pasta salad

7. Pita sandwich

8. Waffle

9. Tuna sandwich

10. Grilled chicken

11. BLT wrap

12. Thermos taco soup

13. Chicken salad on a croisant

14. Leftovers for lunch

15. Cheese and meat kabobs

16. Chicken soft taco

17. Penna pasta

18. Chicken nuggets

19. Ham and cheese sub

20. Homemade lunchable

21. Mozzarella and tomato

22. Mini corn dogs

23. Sandwich kabobs

24. Green salad

25. Pesto chicken rolls

26. Peanut butter and banana sandwich

27. Tortilla chips and dip

28. Vegetable soup in thermos

29. Egg salad sandwich

30. Pancake sandwich

Another great way to mix up lunches is to add a variety with snacks. I always try to add at least one fruit and vegetable. Here are some of our favorites:

 

    • grapes, apples slices, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, bananas, apple sauce

 

    • carrot sticks, celery, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, snap peas

 

    • pretzels, wheat thins, string cheese, granola bar, trail mix, gold fish, fruit leather, yogurt

 

30 lunch ideas for back to school

I’m also thinking it would be fun to make a magnetic lunch chart like this one to keep us organized. I know my son would love this.

lunch chart

My friend Mique at 30 Days Handmade also has a free printable planner you can download HERE.

Free printable lunch box planner

So there you have it 30 back-to-school lunch box ideas …what works for you?

Connect with Horizon Organic on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for coupon and fun ideas!

This conversation is sponsored by Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

20 DIY Home Decor Ideas {Link Party Features}

 20 DIY Home Decor Ideas

Hello everybody! Thanks to everyone who linked up at this week’s link party!

Link party palooza every Friday on iheartnaptime.com

Abbey, from The Cards We Drew, will be helping me round up the top 20 this week and we both agree we have some super talented readers out there!!! If you’ve been featured, please make sure to grab a button!

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Today we’re featuring 20 fun DIY Home Decor projects that were linked up this week! Enjoy!

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Fall Flannel and Denim Wreath from The 36th Avenue

Reading Nook Title 1Book Caddy from Hawthorne and Main

1 copper pipe shelvesCopper Pipe Shelves from Delineate Your Dwelling

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Coastal Embellished Frame and Seashell Art from An Extraordinary Day

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Handpainted Pumpkins Crate from Mabey She Made It

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Dark Blue Wood Plank Wall from The Golden Sycamore

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DIY Accent Runner Rug from For the Love Of

diy brass himmeli hanging planter

DIY Brass Hanging Planter from Nalle’s House

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DIY Rope Mirror from Restoration Beauty

Burlap Vovered Monogram uncommon 2012 final

Burlap Covered Letter from Uncommon Designs

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Tin Can Painted Cork Vases from View from the Fridge

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Master Bedroom Makeover from Echoes of Laughter

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DIY Pallet Wood Welcome Sign from House by Hoff

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String Star Art from AKA Design

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Modern Bookends from Setting for Four

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DIY Bucket Light from The Summery Umbrella

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Kitchen Update from The Little Farm Diary

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DIY Painted West Elm Inspired Rug from Upcycled Treasures

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Egg Crate Pendant Lamp from Refresh Living

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Entertainment Center Makeover from Crafts by Courtney

Thanks to all who linked up this week! Be sure to stop back next week for another chance to be featured on Link Party Pallooza!

Easy Breakfast Muffins

Easy Breakfast Muffins on iheartnaptime.comBy Jen Nikolaus from Yummy Healthy Easy

Hi Nap Time readers! Jen from Yummy Healthy Easy here, back with another easy recipe for you! I am a huge breakfast fan, and so are my boys. I love making big breakfasts on the weekends for them. Whether it’s a coffee cake, baked donuts, or my fave peach muffins, my kids give me huge brownie points for making it for them.

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My mom was the breakfast queen when I was growing up. She always made something delicious for us kids before school or on weekends. These muffins are one of her favorite quick and easy breakfasts. She’s been making this recipe for years.

Back when she was a young college student, she would make these muffins for her roommates for breakfast. They’re a favorite because not only are they absolutely delicious, but they have only a few ingredients and use one bowl and spoon! Double score!

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This recipe is so basic, anyone can make it! I bet you have all the ingredients already in your pantry. These are the best muffins to make on a busy morning because they only take 5 minutes to put together and throw in the oven.

You can put the extras in a sealed container and then for a super quick breakfast, heat them up one at a time in the microwave for a few seconds. Breakfast to go! These seriously are so easy and a family favorite. Enjoy!

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Easy Breakfast Muffins

Yield: 1 dozen muffins

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1/2 cups sugar

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

2 beaten eggs

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup milk

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400º F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray each cup with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and stir together. Add in eggs, oil and milk and mix only until combined, don't beat or overmix!

Scoop into prepared muffin tin and bake for 15-20 minutes or just until golden and tops spring back when you press on them. Keep in sealed container . These are great served with butter and jam for a quick breakfast!