September 4, 2015

Pampers Cruiser Diapers and Mac and Cheese Cupcakes


Mac and Cheese is no doubt the most requested food from my toddler, Ava and I'm sure when her baby sister Stella is older she will be a big fan too! So when I was brainstorming kid friendly recipe ideas last week I decided to create a fun twist on regular ol' mac and cheese- by baking them in a muffin tin and calling them Mac and Cheese Cupcakes! I even topped them with breadcrumb "sprinkles"! 
They were a hit with my little foodie {and Mom and Dad too}!
Before I share the recipe with y'all let me tell you about a product that we love for our little ones here in our home: Pampers Cruisers Diapers! We have been Pampers users for years, ever since Ava was born. Now baby Stella, at 5 months old, is rolling, scooting, standing, and sitting and I have had to switch her daytime diapers from Swaddlers to Pampers Cruisers.
New Pampers Cruisers Diapers on display at my local Target store.

Go from Sag to Swag with Pampers Cruisers! 

Pampers Cruisers is a diaper line geared towards active babies and toddlers (diaper sizes: 3 through 7). The Pampers Cruisers now feature three new Extra Absorb Channels in the diaper’s core which helps distribute wetness evenly so it stays drier and doesn’t sag like ordinary diapers. 
As a result, babies can move, play and explore their world with a comfortable, better fitting diaper.

Special Target offers this week!
August 30 – September 5, Buy 2 Pampers Giant Packs Get $10 Gift Card
    Giant Packs include: Pampers Cruisers and Pampers Swaddlers diapers and offer will be available in store and online.
    Aren't they the cutest diapers with the Sesame Street design?
     Forget getting her dressed up -her diapers are a fashion accessory! 
    I love that the Pampers Cruisers are comfortable for my little one with their flexible leg cuffs and 3 way fit and don't leak because of  new Extra Absorb Channels that help distribute wetness evenly.
     
    My little girl is so strong she has been holding her self up and standing {with our help} for a while now. I love the new Pampers Cruisers no sag diaper {because it stays drier longer} on my wiggly always moving baby!

    Ingredients:

    Makes 12 cupcakes
    • 8 oz macaroni pasta
    • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
    • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 5 tbsp butter
    • 2 cups milk
    • 1 tsp mustard powder
    • salt/white pepper, to taste
    • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp Parmesan, grated
    • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

    Directions:

    1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
    2. Grease a muffin tin or line with cupcake liners (I used silicone ones).
    3. Boil the pasta according to package directions, about 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    4. Over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons butter.
    5. Add the flour and dry mustard. Stir constantly over medium heat for about three minutes until darkened and a roux is formed.
    6. Whisk in the milk.
    7. Turn heat to medium low and let simmer until sauce thickens, whisking often, about 10 minutes.
    8. Remove from heat, and stir in 2 cups shredded cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan, stirring until melted. Season with salt and white pepper.
    9. Now add the cooked noodles and toss gently until all noodles are covered.
    10. In a small bowl mix together remaining 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, and 1 tbsp melted butter. 
    11. Spoon macaroni into the prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle the breadcrumb topping over the tops of the cupcakes.
    12. Bake for about 25 minutes, until lightly browned. 
    13. Remove from oven, let cool slightly before removing from the pan.

     I hope you and your little ones enjoy!

    Grease a muffin tin or line with cupcake liners (I used silicone ones).
    Boil the pasta according to package directions, about 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    Over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons butter.
    Add the flour and dry mustard. 
    Stir constantly over medium heat for about three minutes 
    until darkened and a roux is formed.
    Whisk in the milk.
    Turn heat to medium low and let simmer until sauce thickens,
     whisking often, about 10 minutes.
    Shred 2 cups cheese. I chose Cheddar and Mozzarella. 
    Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups shredded cheese.
    Then ass 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
    Whisk until all the cheese is melted. Season with salt and white pepper.
    Now add the cooked noodles to the pan.
    Toss gently until all noodles are covered.
     
    In a small bowl mix together remaining 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese and 1 tbsp melted butter.
    Add 1/4 cup breadcrumbs and stir together.

    Spoon macaroni into the prepared muffin tin.

    Sprinkle the breadcrumb topping over the tops of the cupcakes.

    Bake for about 25 minutes, until lightly browned.
    Remove from oven, let cool slightly before removing from the pan.
    Hope you and your little ones enjoy!

    I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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