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This “Microwave Mug Mac and Cheese” is so easy to make, my kids were able to make it all on their own! Like with no help from me! Just my directives. And I didn’t even have to be there to give directions. How, you ask? Well, I can’t wait to tell you! Let’s just say it involves some technology.
But first, let me explain something. You guys, I have four kids. This means I get to enjoy lots of snuggles, hugs, and milestones. But it also means a constant barrage of questions, requests for help, and even tattles. But the questions are the worst (for me) because many have been asked and answered over, and over, and over.
There is the repetition of questions, but there is also the constant repetition of directives. Like every single thing I say, I have to say ten times. Twenty times. A zillion times. Please tell me I am not the only one who gets so sick of asking (telling?) my kids to do things a billion times? Like seriously. So tired of it.
But, I recently found a fun way to let my kids know what chores I want them to do, what I expect them to do after school, and how to do certain things, like make their own after school snack (including clean up), without EVER having to repeat myself. EVER. And my kids can tattle all they want, and I only have to listen to it when I want to, or when I actually have time.
I am not joking. So now I am going to spill the beans on how…Remember how my hubby and I got our kids a phone for Christmas? (Read about it here) Well, believe it or not there is an app for that. That being getting kids to listen.
It is the Intel Pocket Avatar App. I use it to send my kids messages with directions for what I want them to do after school, and other things to help my kids be a little more independent. They use it to tell me things, which I can wait and view when I am ready. It is so nice. They can’t pretend they didn’t hear me. And they can watch it over and over if they forget what I said. And I can have interruption free work time while allowing my kids to express grievances and ask questions. Win-win!
Here’s a little peak at how I use it to give my kids cooking directions so they can do a few simple things themselves, like make this totally easy and tasty Mac and Cheese. For some reason me being a talking ice cream cone is so much more engaging to them then me just talking. Sad but true,… hey, whatever works.
Warnings and Reminder:
This is a FREE app you can install on your smartphone. It is really easy to use, I have included a little tutorial so you can see how simple it is to get in on the fun and “Chat Funner!”
- Download the app
- Check your welcome message for some tips!
- Find and add your friends. You can block unwanted contacts, and you can invite new ones.
- Choose avatars and start creating personalized messages.
- Explore your options in the menu, where you can save messages, manage your settings, manage coins, and more.
So head over to the iTunes store or Google Play to download the Intel Pocket Avatars App for FREE. Select any of the free avatars, or buy one, and start making your regular chats with friends and family so much more fun! Who knows, maybe your kids will respond to it as well as mine did.
- 1/3 cup large elbow macaroni
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup milk 2%
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Put water and macaroni in a large microwave safe mug
- Microwave on high for 2 minutes, then stir
- Microwave for another 2 minutes, and stir again.
- All the water should be absorbed, or close. You can microwave again for 1-2 minutes if needed, depending on the strength of your microwave.
- Noodles should be soft.
- Remove mug from microwave, add in milk and cheese
- Microwave another 45 seconds, stir, season, and enjoy!
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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