easter and mini mac & cheese.

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After church on Sunday, we celebrated Easter with a few close friends at Lesley’s house. We barbecued and scattered Easter eggs around the backyard, which were responsibly filled with animal crackers and magnetic letters instead of candy. No cavities in this group! Everett had no clue what to do with the plastic eggs so he just tried to eat them whole.

He’ll get it next year, I hope.

Lesley and I took this opportunity to put a few of our favorite Bread & Wine recipes to the test, including mini mac & cheese, Nigella’s flourless chocolate brownies, goat cheese biscuits, bacon-wrapped dates, and dark chocolate sea salted butter toffee. No doubt, the goat cheese biscuits were the hit of the day. I think I speak for everyone in attendance when I say that our table was equally blessed with good community and good food.

If you missed my original review of Bread & Wine, you can read it here, and don’t forget to order a copy of the book for yourself! Head over to Lesley’s blog today for more pictures and the goat cheese biscuit recipe.

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“Holiness abounds, should we choose to look for it. The whisper and drumbeat of God’s Spirit are all around us, should we choose to listen for them. The building blocks of the most common meal—the bread and the wine—are reminders to us: “He’s here! God is here, and he’s good.” Every time we eat, every time we gather, every time the table is filled: He’s here. He’s here, and he is good.” – Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine

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Mini Mac & Cheese

Ingredients to Serve 8

1/2 pound elbow macaroni (or 4 cups cooked)
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons butter, plus more for pan
1 tablespoon dijon
2 dashes Tabasco
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Smoked paprika

Directions

In a pot of boiling water, cook the macaroni to just al dente, which is just a touch firmer than how you’d like to eat it. About 5 minutes. Drain.

On medium-low heat, warm butter and cheddar cheese, whisk till smooth.

Add Dijon, Tabasco, egg yolk, whisk again.

Add macaroni and mix until well coated with cheese.

Brush mini muffin pan with melted butter, then sprinkle grated parmesan into each cup.

Spoon into muffin pans, making them slightly rounded and packing them gently. Top with grated Parmesan.

Bake at 425 for 12 to 14 minutes, until bubbling and golden on top. After removing from oven, sprinkle with smoked paprika.

Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving, because they will set as they cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Mini mac & cheese | where my heart resides

Enjoy! If you have leftovers that don’t fit into the muffin tin, the mac & cheese is good on its own and makes a fabulous afternoon snack. Everett loved it.

How was your Easter?

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13 Responses to easter and mini mac & cheese.

  1. Jacki says:

    Looks like lots of fun! Everett’s outfit is too cute. Our Easter was very low key but fun – our little guy found some eggs and his basket in the morning, then dinner with his grandparents, and a little visit with my folks too. It was a great weekend!
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  2. Josie says:

    Oh I do love that little green cardigan!
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  3. Katie B. says:

    So great, Ashlee! Everett could not look cuter, and you, as always, look beautiful. What a fun Easter. Trying those goat cheese biscuits out of B&W next!
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  4. That mini mac n cheese looks so cute and delicious. Happy Easter!
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  5. Claire says:

    So cute! I am dying to try those brownies now! I am reading the Tangerines book and every time I do, I think, “Get OUT of my head!”
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  6. His little Easter outfit is SOOO cute!! And that mac + cheese looks delish!!
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  7. Cara says:

    Look at all those little ones! What a great season in your life. Happy Easter!
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  8. Everett was such a little Easter cutie! Love the photos!!
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  9. Ana says:

    Adorable! The mac’n’cheese idea sounds super fun!
    Ana´s last blog post ..Easter weekend.

  10. Meg says:

    what a great easter it sounds like you had. i will have to try those brownies. those goat cheese biscuits sounds yummy and i will have to try those mac and cheese bites
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  11. Kaylan says:

    So cute! Ev totally rocked that cardi. We had a striped one picked out for Finley but I went with flannel and suspenders instead…couldn’t resist 🙂 I think I’m definitely going to buy a copy of B&W for a friend- that quote you posted got me hooked!
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  12. michelle says:

    What a stunning family photo, love the color coordination too 🙂
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