This extra cheesy macaroni and cheese is ready in less than 20 minutes. It cooks in one pot and you don’t need to drain out the water.

One pot, no draining water necessary, and ready to eat in under 20 minutes. Are you as excited by this recipe as I am?

After making so many one pot pasta recipes, I decided to tackle macaroni and cheese. I actually made this two ways: one method involves cooking everything in one step and the other involved two distinct steps. Both take about the same amount of time and it really comes down to preference as which version you may enjoy better.

Today I’m sharing a twist on traditional scones and hosting a $100 Walmart gift card giveaway sponsored by BlogHer.

I’ve discussed my love of proper British scones ever since my trip to London last Spring. The tender crumb, subtle sweetness– I just enjoy everything about them and I wish I could do Afternoon Tea all the time.

But the reality is, most of us don’t have time for a leisurely cup of tea and scone on a daily basis. That pretty much only happens during vacation. I previously shared a recipe for traditional British scones, and while I adore them just the way they are, I thought I’d do something a little different. I’m always eating on-the-go, so I decided to make mini scone muffins. Perfect for a takeaway breakfast or a quick afternoon snack at the office, but also still adorable enough to serve as small bites for a proper afternoon tea.

The British brand Tate+Lyle® Sugars recently became available in the U.S., and is currently sold at Walmart. Tate+Lyle® Sugars has graced Britain’s finest tables, including those of royalty for over 130 years. I was immediately excited to make my scones with a British brand of sugar. They are available in Organic Pure Cane Sugar, Organic Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar and Natural Pure Cane Sugar.

GODIVA introduced a new product this summer: soft serve ice cream. I don’t normally like to write completely negative posts, but sometimes I feel the need to warn as many people as possible. So here it is.

First, let me be clear. It seems the quality of the product really varies depending on location. The reason I even went to check it out was because a good friend of mine had posted a mouth-watering photo of his cone from the Glendale store and highly recommended that I check it out. So I went to the one closest to me, inside the UTC mall.

The ice cream comes in three variations: White Chocolate Vanilla Bean, Dark Chocolate and Swirl. You also get three waffle cone choices: rimmed with chocolate, rimmed with chocolate and toffee, and rimmed with chocolate and nuts.

The soft serve is not cheap. It’s $6 a cone. But I’ve always enjoyed GODIVA chocolate and the ice cream is made with their chocolate, so I thought it might be worth it. Besides, take a look at my friends picture from the Glendale location he went to. Doesn’t the ice cream, especially the dark chocolate part of the swirl, just look ridiculously rich and delicious? I don’t normally even like chocolate ice cream, but this photo had me craving it.

Photo from Kungfoodpanda

Mr. K and I each chose a cone. When the cones were handed over to Mr. K, I heard him murmur quietly “oh these look sad.”  I was distracted at the time, fumbling with my purse, so I only quickly glanced over and I thought he just meant that the ice cream wasn’t piled nearly as high or as pretty as the promo photo ones.

However, once he handed me my cone, I fully understood what he meant.

White Chocolate Vanilla Bean with toffee chocolate rimmed cone

I took these photos seconds after we left the store. This is actually the prettiest angle: