I have been traveling recently for about 2+ weeks straight for work. Like a true road warrior my bags and I went back and forth to Los Angeles twice and then to Florida. At the end of my last trip I checked my calendar and remembered with a audible choice expletive that it was my youngest son's Family Visit the next day at school.
What's a Family Visit you ask? It's when the entire family comes in and gets interviewed by twenty 5 and 6 year olds. The goal is to learn about everyone's family differences and similarities. You then break off into 4-5 stations where each family member demonstrates different aspects of the family dynamic--LAWD! We opted for a reading corner, an art station, a red carpet/event production station as well as the mandatory snack station. Of course that meant me making his favorite meal, macaroni and cheese.
I had learned from my daughter's previous Family Visit to keep the snack simple and not fussy- it was kids after all. That memory of fresh lemonade all over the floor will be cemented in my memory forever (plus I was beyond tired). With that in mind, I decided it would be easier to make individual cups of mac & cheese vs. an entire tray. This way the kids could pick it up and handle the portions easily and the clean up would be basically nothing. #smartmomswin
It was so easy I made it that morning before school and guess what?! It was a super hit this time (see the finished cups above). Below I've included my recipe plus a few other variations that I found on Pinterest including two great ones that include vegetables.
1 Can of Carnation's Evaporated Milk
1 Box of uncooked macaroni noodles
1 Tablespoon of butter
3 Bags of your preferred shredded cheese (buy the pre-shredded cheese. It will save you lots of time). I use Sharp Cheddar, Mild Cheddar and Monterrey Jack
Secret ingredient: Half of a medium sized onion cut in four (you will need a food processor of some sort for this. I use my Magic Bullet). Don't worry the flavor is not overpowering and kids will love it.
Salt & pepper to taste
1 Muffin pan and cupcake cups
Roasted Veggies and Mac & Cheese Cups. Click here for the recipe
Mini Mac and Cheese Cresent Cups. Click here for the recipe
Spinach and Mac & Cheese Muffins. Click here for the recipe