I don’t really like to talk too in depth about my kids on this blog – mostly because there was a time in my life when I would’ve been absolutely mortified if someone had googled my name and stumbled upon my mom telling the story of the time I bit a hole in her shower curtain.

But I had to share this one.

Okay, so, we have 4 sports practices a week. They’re all early evening which… is rough. I have 3 kids, we’re on month 6 of deployment – you’re lucky if I show up anywhere after 3 pm. I’m pretty much done by then. So I’m easily aggravated at these practices and yesterday one of my kids was just driving me insane. Purposely, of course. Because he enjoys it.

It was bad. It was one of those fits that causes you to get close to their face and whisper, “If you don’t cut it out RIGHT NOW, when we get home I’m going to take all your stuffed animals outside and set them on fire”.

So after an hour of that, we were driving home and I asked them if they’re ready to have this Cheeseburger Mac for dinner. Two of the kids were all “YEAH!” and then my trouble maker said, “Uhh, did you make it with water? Because I don’t like things made with water.”

You guys, I’m surprised I didn’t crash the car.

The rest of us really enjoyed it, despite the water. It’s supposed to be like Hamburger Helper but it’s a million times better than Hamburger Helper. And it’s all cooked in one pot so you can spend your night watching Dance Moms reruns instead of washing dishes!

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Cheeseburger Mac
from Food.com
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups small pasta
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet until it's completely cooked. Drain and return to pan.
  2. Put in hot water, milk, pasta, cornstarch, paprika, onion powder, garlic, salt, and sugar; stir to combine.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes or until pasta is almost tender. Stir in the cheese, recover, and simmer another 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let stand about 5 minutes before serving. The sauce will thicken as it stands.



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