Two Timin’ Pasta Bake

Here is a quick and easy recipe to throw together on a busy day, or to put together and freeze to pull out when you need it! Always a handy thing!

Two-Timin’ Pasta Bake

1 box of penne pasta

1 15oz jar of alfredo sauce

1 24oz jar of marinara sauce

2 cups of shredded mozzarella (I add more because I LOVE cheese)

1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Cook your pasta according to the directions on the box, then drain.

Mix the sauces in a separate, large bowl. Combine the mozzarella with the sauce.

After, toss in the pasta and mix well.  Pour into a 9×13 pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.


My kids devour this every time I make it! Make some garlic bread as well for an extra bonus!


Making Crystals!

The kids and I did an experiment over the weekend that they absolutely loved! You can find a video for it here on Youtube by emmymade.  She walks you through it step by step which is very helpful, because with 2 kids trying to help and do it at the same time, it can get a little crazy! She mentions that she had originally gotten the info from the blog Dans le Lakehouse.  In the blog post, Tanya (the blog creator and DIY enthusiast) talks about how you can also make your crystals bigger and better! You can never go wrong with bigger and better.

Here are the things you will need for the experiment:

  • Powdered Borax
  • pipe cleaners (either white or the color of the crystal you are making)
  • Heat proof glass container (we used regular Ball brand canning jars)
  • measuring spoons
  • scissors
  • pencil or skewer
  • string
  • food coloring

first, We made a form with the pipe cleaner.  We just twisted them around a few times and I let the kids form them however they wanted.  secondly, I tied a piece of string around the pipe cleaner, long enough for it to be suspended into the borax solution, with enough room so that the pipe cleaner doesn’t touch the sides or bottom.

Third I boiled water in a separate pot.  After that was boiling, I poured it into 2 separate jars, filling them up about a cup each.  We then added 3 scoops of borax to each jar and stirred vigorously. Then we added the food coloring. My daughter added pink and my son used blue, their favorite colors!  We then let them sit over night.

This is how they turned out. Well, my daughters. My son won’t let his out of his sight for a second so trying to take a picture wasn’t really working out!

We are definitely going to try it again like she suggests with her round 2 attempt! So glad we found this and we tried it out! The kids loved doing it!

Go check out emmymade‘s youtube channel and the Dans le Lakehouse blog as well! Both have awesome DIY crafts and things that I am definitely adding to my list of things to make, not like it wasn’t long already!

Chip off the old block… Darn it!

Have you ever found yourself disciplining your child, only to remember that you did the same thing as a child? I have found myself in this position quite a lot lately. Both of my children have always been fearless.  Apparently that function did not quite develop fully in their little minds. Between that and the fact that they usually have a fairly high pain tolerance, things get pretty interesting around here.

The other day, I had to repeatedly remind my son that sliding down the banister of our stairs is not safe, especially with a 50 gallon fish tank right next to it! I can only imagine the scenarios and how they would play out ending with fish flopping on my living room floor and a pool of nasty fish water dripping through my wood floor into the basement and me in tears having to clean it all up!

Later that night as I sat down on the couch, the kids in their beds and a glass of wine in my hand, I thought back to when I was a child growing up in the same townhouse complex we live in now.  I remember doing the EXACT same thing that I had just disciplined my son for doing, and how much fun it was!

I also have had to have quite a few talks with my daughter about how antagonizing her little brother and getting him in trouble was not nice at all and that, if she doesn’t knock it off soon, that she will be getting twice the punishment that her brother gets.  The other day, they were screwing around and my little guy wound up getting hurt.  I could hear her say, “wait, no, don’t go tell mom. Do it to me. Really. Do it to me. You can. I promise.” I suddenly had a flashback to playing with my sister and how I used to say that any time she got hurt, which, with us and our lack of gracefulness, was quite a few times!

Needless to say, I sat there and drank my glass of wine and thought back to growing up and what my mother must have felt like having to deal with all of it and how my kids have turned out like me! God help us!