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Beer Cheese Mac & Cheese & Head Scratchies

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In honor of our two year wedding anniversary, I thought it would be really fun to share my vows to Jason. Because I might be the only person you know who wrote their wedding vows in Google Documents which allows me to easily access them at any minute!

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Tripoding your own wedding photos makes for great outtakes, PS

I can still remember almost every detail of the first few times we crossed paths, down to the first moment I saw you at freshman year orientation. I never expected the kid with his head down and name tag hidden so all I could see was his major, who I only deemed ‘big headed digital kid’ would be with me where I stand today. I am just glad that you continued to pop into my life when we got back to school, showing up in your little green polo at the art store and then disappearing like a leprechaun. Fortunately, once we sat down and talked, it seemed like we could never stop. And it didn’t take me too long to figure out that you were the one and that I would do just about anything to be with you. I think the defining moment of our relationship for me, the one that said we were meant for each other, was only a few short days after we met. But, when I found a man that loves Disney as much as I do, wants to be a father, and thinks Star Wars is way better than Star Trek, I just knew.

our first new year's together
Our first new year's together. I think his head looks bigger here.

It’s been nearly five years since we fell in love, and there isn’t a day where I don’t feel that love. We may have changed, but the beauty is that no matter how we change, we change to love each other more. And you still love me no matter how crazy I get.You have always helped me through hard times when I thought I couldn’t keep designing or running or whatever it was, and you always push me to do my best. You give me the tough love I need, no matter what, and that’s more than I could ever ask for from you. I am so fortunate to have you in my life and I continue to fall deeper in love with you. Every time I see you with a dog I see all the reasons I love you. I can’t believe sometimes that I found someone who is as crazy, and that’s the only word to describe it, about dog’s as I am.

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This guy loves his dogs a lot. A lot, a lot.

Five years doesn’t seem like long enough, and I look forward to all the time we have together to continue building our lives together. Our life has been quite a journey already, and I cannot wait to see what is ahead of us. I will always have fun with you, even through stressful times, no matter what. I will always try to cheer you up on bad days and bring you Taco Bell when you need it. And I’m really excited to think of all the puppies we will have in the years ahead! I have already enjoyed our little family with the two we have now so much, and I am excited to see how we will add on to the family down the road.

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Back when we lived within walking distance of a grocery store and walked there all the time

And now, as we enter into marriage, I’m not nervous, and I’m not scared. Everyone has asked if we’re getting cold feet, and I never get the question because that has never been a thought to either of us. I have been ready for this for a long time, and I will be proud to be Katherine McAdoo. I promise to love you with all my heart forever, and I will even try to understand all the accounting my mom taught me and do our taxes. And I’ll continue to pay all the bills! And of course, I promise to give you the love you deserve, and I’ll keep cooking you things like beer cheese mac and cheese and giving you head scratchies before bed time. I know our marriage will be a wonderful mix of love, companionship, and more. So let’s do this!

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Labor day in the park we would get married in, 3 years prior to getting married

Two years later, I feel the same way. Though, beer cheese mac and cheese hasn't happened for awhile, so I thought in order to celebrate our marriage, it was time for a recipe! This is delicious, albeit a part of the reason Jason probably gained 50 pounds upon meeting me (I view this as awesome, by the by. Boy was too skinny back then.) So here we go! Beer cheese mac and cheese!

Beer Cheese Mac and Cheese
Some crazy adaptation of the recipe on the back of the box, my mom's beer cheese recipe, and my insanity.


Macaroni Beer Cheese
Ingredients

What You'll Need
1/2 Pound of Rotini Pasta
1 Tablespoon + 1/2 Tablespoon Butter
1/4 Cup Fat Free Half and Half
Light Sprinkling of flour (about a teaspoon)
1/4 teaspoon White Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
6 ounces Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
2 Tablespoons Light Sour Cream
4 Ounces Beer, a light ale is preferred
4 Tablespoons Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack Cheese Spread
1/2 Cup Cheez-Its

Butter 

Preheat over to 375 Degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a 8" x 8" glass dish. Cook pasta according to directions and drain.

Cheez It and ButterCheez It Crushed

While your pasta is cooking, place 1/2 cup of Cheez Its in a bowl with a 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Crush with your hands until finely crumbled.

CheddarShredded 
Shred 6 ounces of cheddar and reserve.

Drain the pasta and return to the dish. Over the lowest heat, mix in 1 tablespoon of butter, 1/4 cup half and half, and a light sprinkling of flour. Mix well. Add in white pepper, garlic powder and seasoned salt.

Cheddar Cheese Added

Slowly add the shredded cheese in. Once all cheese has been melted, add in 2 tablespoons sour cream and stir.

Shock Top Pour

Add in 4 ounces of beer (about a little less than half a bottle)

Cold Pack Cheese

Next add in the sharp cheddar cold pack cheese by the tablespoon. Mix well.

Mac and Cheese In Dish

Pour the macaroni and cheese sauce into the dish. Top with crumbled cheez it and butter mixture.

Beer Cheese Mac and Cheese 

Bake in over at 375 Degrees for 20 minutes. Remove and serve!

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25 comments:

  1. Awww, your vows are adorable!!! I love the picture of you guys kissing where you would later get married. I'm being really mushy today, and this post brought tears to my eyes!! Haha.

    <3 Kelsey
    Be Like The Fox

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  2. That is adorable, I love your vows. I love when you post pictures from your wedding day, you look so beautiful! I love your dress.

    AND I need to make this- looks so good!

    Sara :)

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  3. What sweet vows and great photos. It really shows your journey together.

    I'm staying far away from that mac and cheese. It looks addictive.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  4. What an incredibly sweet post. Happy Anniversary to you both!

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  5. Love your vows! You guys are seriously the cutest couple ever! Your pictures together are wonderful! Happy anniversary!
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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  6. Okay, this is the sweetest post ever. It's so cute that you saved your vows on a Google Doc so you can always have them! You too are adorable, thanks for sharing! Happy anniversary and can't wait to follow along with you two for many, many more years!

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  7. This is so so sweet. Congratulations on two happy years! You guys remind me of Dominick and me. <3

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  8. Such an adorable post, and congratulations!!! You look gorgeous in those wedding photos. You guys are definitely meant for each other. And this recipe looks prettttty amazing. :)

    xox Sammi
    www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

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  9. Very cute vows - thanks for sharing :) You guys are wonderful together.

    And YUM, this mac and cheese looks amazing!

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://awriterinlove.blogspot.com

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  10. Happy Anniversary! Have a wonderful time celebrating!

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  11. Your vows are just so adorable! Hope that you have an amazing anniversary together!

    Also, I have to try that recipe - it looks so yummy!

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  12. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful picture of you two in the park. These are the sweetest vows!!
    -Annie

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  13. happy anniversary! such a lovely photo, that dress you are wearng in the first photo is SUCH A DREAM! xx
    Alice Barton ♥ TheMowWay

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  14. Happy Anniversary! Your vows are really taken from your heart. So true and deep! And funny :D It's good to see a love like this one! :D
    Kisses
    Sofia G

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  15. Congratulations on your anniversary!

    Bevin
    www.magnoliareverie.com

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  16. oh my <3 you are so cute together <3 congrats on your anniversary ! :)
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  17. Happy Anniversary to the both of you!
    I loved all of the little details of your wedding. Your captured them all so beautifully!
    Loved thissmall insight into your marriage, thanks for sharing...May you be blessed with many happy years to come!
    Jen@madeinminch

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  18. love you two!! burst of happiness right here in this post :) happy happy anniversary! here is to many more!!

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  19. vows that include star wars mentions, beer mac n cheese, head scratches, a and puppy babies? if he didn't marry you i would have. haha happy anniversary you crazy kids you!

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  20. Oh, your vows are great!

    I really...struggled writing my vows and hope they are good enough for the boy!

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  21. You two adorable and so were your vows! I love how unique your vows were.
    Also this mac and cheese looks delicious. It looks like exactly what I want to eat after a night out downtown, actually. That's a good thing.

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  22. You are so so sweet to dedicate this post to your love and your relationship. It's really important for us to reminisce and think of the sweet moments to get through tough days. I'm glad you are one that count your blessings =)
    Cheers to more years to come!

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  23. I loved reading your vows, and I love that they are on a Google Doc, very you! I'm impressed that you were willing to share something so personal. It really covers a lot of your relationship, and I enjoyed learning about it!

    Also, I'm thinking this recipe could score some points with the bf...bookmarking this one!

    perfectly priya

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