Please welcome Lena Hart to the blog! We’re a stop on her virtual book tour to promote Because This is Forever. Not only is she sharing an exclusive excerpt just for RNIC readers (yay!), you don’t want to miss this great mac and cheese recipe, right on time for Thanksgiving.
A Thanksgiving Treat—Mac & Cheese Recipe
With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I’m looking forward to the trip down to Florida where I get to once again hang around my mom’s kitchen and make our favorite staple side dishes, which of course includes macaroni and cheese.
But this isn’t just my family’s favorite. Mikey (aka Mouse), my heroine’s son from Because This Is Forever, is in love with all things cheese and has a special fondness for macaroni and cheese. If you’re looking for a recipe to try this Thanksgiving, here’s a twist to the classic dish that you will be sure to love—just as much as Mikey does.
Mouse’s Favorite Mac & Cheese Recipe
16 oz package small shell macaroni
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup butter
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. ground black pepper
½ cube (or ½ tbsp.) of chicken bouillon
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
12 oz can evaporated milk
8 oz Mild Cheddar cheese, cubed
8 oz Colby & Monterey Jack cheese, cubed
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and boil for about 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente (i.e. still firm). Drain
2. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Sauté minced garlic. Blend in the pepper and chicken bouillon until well mixed.
3. Slowly stir in the milk then flour, mixing until well blended. Add cheese cubes and stir constantly until cheese is melted and sauce is thick and smooth.
4. Stir cooked macaroni into the cheese mixture. Mix until well coated then transfer the mixture to the casserole dish.
5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until top is a golden brown.
This family favorite makes a great side dish to any holiday meal. Feel free to adjust the seasoning to your taste, i.e. sharp cheddar for mild, low-fat milk, etc. Just remember to enjoy! ♥
The decision that tore them apart…
Former hopeless romantic, Mia Trent, is crushed when the love of her life, Nate McArthur, reveals that he doesn’t want to get married—or have children. But it’s too late. Mia is already pregnant and her dream of “happily ever after” is sharply put to an end when she decides she’d rather keep her pregnancy a secret then to force Nate into a life he doesn’t want.
The compromise that made them a family…
Five years later, Mia must reach out to Nate for help or risk losing her home and shelter for their son. Stunned and outraged by the sudden news of his child, Nate proposes a compromise: give him the summer to get to know his son and he’ll save her home. Yet with Mia back in his life, Nate isn’t willing to lose her—or their son—again. What starts off as a temporary arrangement soon becomes a chance at rediscovery. Only Nate must convince his jaded dreamer that his love for her is true… and will last now and forever.
“May I come in?”
His low whisper held all the seductive qualities she remembered. She slightly shook her head, breaking the hypnotic spell she found herself under and steeling herself against the cosmic effect he still had on her and, this time, she had to make sure her heart was protected from him.
Without a word, Mia stepped back to let him in. The motel room wasn’t spacious and with his presence, it appeared even less so.
Nate stopped in the middle of the room and stared down at their son, who was also looking up at him with newfound curiosity.
Mia didn’t know what to say to break the heavy silence as father and son stared at each other, but the tension was killing her.
“Mikey, baby, come say hi.”
He scrambled off the bed and walked toward them. Mikey wasn’t normally shy but for some reason, he wasn’t exhibiting his usual brazenness. When he stood directly in front of Nate, he held out his small hand. “Hi mister,” he murmured.
Mia’s heart broke a little at the awkward situation she had placed them in. This is my fault. A son should know his father but because of her selfishness, her son was now greeting his father like a stranger.
With a gentle smile, Nate crouched down and took the small hand offered to him. “Hi Mikey. We spoke on the phone earlier. You remember?”
Nate leaned over and whispered something in his ear. Mia couldn’t hear what he was saying but she picked up something about dirt. Whatever it was, it made her son scrunch his face and nod. “I told you,” Mikey said, giggling.
“Yes you did,” Nate agreed, his eyes softening as he regarded their son. “Why don’t you go finish drawing while I talk to your mom?”
Nate rose to his full height as Mikey ran back to the bed.
“How old is he?”
Mia didn’t look at him when she replied, “He turned four this January.”
Nate continued watching Mikey then said in a deceptively mild tone, “He’s mine, isn’t he.”
It was more a statement than a question. He turned to face her when she didn’t respond and she was taken aback by the rage and…hurt that simmered in his dark eyes. There was nothing she could say, nothing she could do, that would soothe those raw feelings.
She simply looked back at their son and nodded.
Here’s the information on the giveaway!
Prize: There’s a scavenger hunt and the winner will receive a “Forever Care Package” valued at over $100, which will include a $25 Visa gift card, favorite items from the characters, and exclusive author swag. The contest is open to international entrants, but due to shipping costs, if the winner is international he/she will receive a $50 Amazon gift card in place of the care package.
Deadline: December 1, 2013 at 11:59pm EST
About the Author
Lena Hart writes sensual romances with a hint of mystery and suspense. Her bestselling debut novel, BECAUSE THIS IS FOREVER, was released October 2013. To learn more about Lena and her work, visit www.LenaHartSite.com or find her musing out loud at www.scatblogging.blogspot.com.