Foodie Friday ~ Tasty Baked Ziti

 

  • 1 pound dry ziti pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Directions

1.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.

2.In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.

3.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
4.Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Faux Stained Glass Fall Pumpkin Window Art

 

Perfect for ages 5 and up

  • Yellow and orange tissue paper
  • 1 sheet heavy weight clear self-stick laminating film (recommended: Con-Tact paper)
  • 1 sheet black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • 12″ length of yarn
  • Suction cup window hanger
  • Glue stick
  • Pattern (on Kaboose.com)

How to make it:

  1. Tear tissue paper into strips, then cut or tear into squares.
  2. Peel back half of the backing from the laminating film, leaving the other half still protected. Fold over the backing to keep out of the way.
  3. Place tissue paper squares onto sticky side of laminating film, making about an 8-inch circle. Be sure to alternate colors and keep them close together, overlapping is fine too.
  4. Carefully peel the backing off the other side of the laminating film, then fold that film over onto the exposed tissue paper pieces, sandwiching them between the films. Press out any air bubbles. Trim any overlapping film off.
  5. Fold construction paper in half cut out pumpkin shape. This should yield two identical pumpkins because the construction paper was folded.
  6. Place the construction paper pumpkin onto the tissue paper-decorated film. Trace around the pumpkin with a pen and cut out shape with scissors, trimming the film about ¼” smaller than your tracing.
  7. Fold the yarn in half creating a loop. Use a glue stick to attach the open ends of that yarn onto one of the black paper pumpkin stems. Cover the rest of the pumpkin shape with glue stick.
  8. Place the tissue papered film onto the pumpkin, pressing down to secure, then run a glue stick around the second pumpkin shape and press down on top.
  9. Hang in a sunny window.

Tuesday Thoughts ~ Toddlers, Tantrums and Timeouts

 

Temper tantrums…honestly, my children rarely ever suffered from these often cry-inducing (for mom!) fits on the floor.

I remember my mother in law telling me about my dear, sweet husband when he was young, and the tantrum he decided to throw at her one afternoon. He decided he wanted a delicious chocolate chip cookie an hour before dinnertime when he was around four years old. When he initially asked, he was of course, told no. Not being satisfied with that answered he proceeded to stamp his foot and demand, “I WANT a cookie, now!”

My mother in law turned around and told him he better shape up, or there would be no cookie after his dinner was eaten. He took it one step further, falling to the floor, kicking and screaming for that cookie as he wailed at the top of his lungs.

Instead of yelling, my mother and law gently laid down on the floor next to her then, flailing four year old son and kicked and screamed along with him. To his surprise he stopped his ranting, eyeing his mom cautiously. Why was she throwing a fit? She didn’t want a cookie, he did! After a moment or two, she rolled over and glared at him. You know that deep mommy stare…I know you do!

Her words were honest and raw, “See how annoying that is? You don’t like me kicking and screaming and I don’t like you kicking and screaming. Don’t do it again, ya hear? No cookie for you after dinner either.”

She got to her feet and went back to cooking dinner. My husband apparently laid on the floor for another half an hour in complete wonder of what his mother had done. And you know what? He never threw another temper tantrum ever again. True story!

Temper tantrums…do you deal with them or have you? If so, what’s your remedy to dry the tears of the little one who desperately wants his or her way? Share with us!

Monday Motherhood Moments

This is the new blog format for us several Monday’s a month! We name a topic, and you weigh in with your thoughts, ideas and comments with the rest of the mommy world!

*Remember, this is a safe haven, meaning no back talk, harsh words, bullying or simply being a “meanie” to a fellow friend who leaves a comment. We don’t tolerate hate wars on our page, so keep it clean and informative! We love each of you, and want you to love those around you back, even if you have differing views on a particular subject. We all have opinions. Let’s respect and protect.

Healthy Breastfeeding Diet

If you are a nursing mom, did you notice that your little one reacted to a certain food(s) that you ate? Perhaps suffering from a tummy ache, diarrhea or a sense of uneasiness after eating?

If so, what food was the culprit and how did you manage to cut it out of your diet? Share your thoughts with us, Mom!

Foodie Friday ~ Simple and Delicious Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees). Grease and flour an 8 inch pan. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add flour mixture, alternating with coffee. Beat until just incorporated.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees) for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Tuesdays Thoughts ~ The Art of Mothering

 

The art of mothering…motherhood is an art, did you know that?

When a woman becomes a mother for the very first time, it’s like an artist sitting in front of a blank canvas picturing something beautiful to paint.

When your child is placed in your arms for the very first time, he or she is a blank canvas waiting for you to paint with love, understanding, protection and trust. As your child grows, so do you. As you “paint” your child’s world, they are also painting yours.

There is nothing more beautiful than the colorful portrait of a child gracefully reflected in the eyes of their mother.

 

M-O-T-H-E-R

“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold;
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER,”
A word that means the world to me.
–Howard Johnson (c. 1915)

Welcome to our new home!

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Not only are we sharing countless new, super fun posts with tasty recipes, money saving ideas, and gorgeous photos of motherhood, you can still visit our old posts that have been neatly placed into our new blog home. You can also order our IntelliGender Gender Prediction Test from our blog, contact us with ideas and simple sweet notes of saying “hello!”, and visit our other informative pages about who we are and what we love sharing.

Some of you may be wondering where the popular, emotional novel The Glass Castle Dream has disappeared to. It has been removed to be edited and eventually published. We will keep you informed on its publishing progress! Don’t forget, you can still purchase the necklace inspired by this amazing story here.  And, you can stay in touch with the author of this novel (who is also the mind behind the IntelliGender social media community!) as well. Here is a link to her personal author website.

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