Baked Ziti & Cheeses

So yea, normally i would just whip up a box of Velveeta Shells and Cheese and call it a day. My husband stated that he had the taste for a cheesy homemade Mac and Cheese. I really like pasta but I’m not a huge Mac n Cheese fan. I’ll eat it, it’s jyst not one of those things i absolutely have to have.

For this dish, I’m substituting the traditionally used elbow macaroni for Ziti. It’s all pasta, yet i prefer it. This is sort of like a “junk” recipe. As long as you get the foundation set, you can pretty much use every or whatever cheeses you like.


  • Asiago
  • Chedder
  • Fontina
  • Monterey Jack
  • Colby
  • Provolone
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Swiss
  • Asadero


  • 1 pkg Ziti
  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 4tbsp Flour
  • Couple shakes of Paprika (optional)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 2tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt or Garlic Powder (your preference)
  1. Prepare Ziti according to package directions.
  2. Melt butter in saucepan.
  3. Once butter is melted, add flour and whisk until smooth
  4. Add Half and  Half and Heavy Whipping Cream and whisk until thick

Create your own Special Occasion Photoshoot with your Mobile Phone

For Mother’s Day 2018 I planned a totally amateur photoshoot with my son using my iPhone 8. I really wish I had waited for the X because i dislike this camera, but oh well.

Anyway… Currently one of the hottest tracks out is ‘PROUD’ by rapper 2 Chainz featuring YG and Offset. I pulled the lyrics from the hook of the song to add to my son’s shirt-

I’m just tryna make my mama proud

I wanted to find a really cool mural to use as a backdrop so I performed a Google search for murals in my area. I came across this really amazing mural by Angela Davis Johnson. The mural is located at The House of Art in North Little Rock, Arkansas. I went digging a little deeper to find out the name of the mural and the story behind it. I found this article at

Here’s what you’ll need to pull off a simple DIY Special Occasion Photoshoot-

  • your phone’s camera
  • a cool background
  • someone to snap the photo or an inexpensive tripod
  • a custom t-Shirt by #CustomFlair

Using a TRIPOD:

  1. Purchase a tripod that can accommodate a mobile phone. I promise if i could remember where I purchased mine from I would tell you, but they’re not hard to find.
  2. Most cameras come equipped with a shutter timer that will allow you time to set your camera in focus and get back in position to pose before the picture is snapped.


Cropping – this feature is key to making photos work. Use the cropping tool to remove unwanted areas of the picture. Once excess areas are removed the picture will zoom in closer.

Filters– Some people like to use filters to highlight and enhance photographs while others may prefer their photos natural and honest. This is totally your choice to make.

Adding Text– There are a million photo editing apps out there and most, if not all, will allow you to add things such as text, shapes, frames and stickers to your photos.

I think I may have these put on canvas to hang on his bedroom wall. If so, I’ll update you on it!!

So, I hope you’ve been inspired to start planning your own personal special occasion photoshoot now that you have the basics that you need to start sharing great shots!

Basically the same thought process was in place when we took a family photo for Christmas 2017. I would love for you to check us out in our matching PJ’s!! We had a blast!!

DIY Matching PJ’s Family Christmas Postcard