Pasta with Peas, Beans, and Bacon – Back to School Easy Weeknight Dinner

Yesterday was the first day of school in these parts.  We planned every. single. detail. out.

Shelbi informed us she would set her alarm for 5:45 a.m., get dressed, and then wake Bella up at 6:15 a.m. so they wouldn’t be late.

Bella informed Shelbi that she was crazy.

Lunches of pudding, juice, and cheese and meat sandwiches were gathered and placed in their appropriate lunch boxes.

Fancy shoes were worn, and hair was curled and tied.

Warwick took the entire day off to chronicle the event.  We thought we would have a nice relaxing day, dreaming about how much fun the kiddos were having at school.

Until. . . . . .we remembered. . . . . . . OUR homework . . . . . . that was due in 4 hours. That took 4 hours and 1 minute to complete. All this chaos so that my kid could enter a contest with 1 million other little girls in hopes of winning a trip to see the Jonas Brothers. 

Have I ever made a music video? No.
Did I even know I had video editing software on my computer? No.
Is this how I wanted to spend my first day of 2 kiddos out of the house, and two kiddos napping? No.
But did I do it anyway? Yes, and with 59 minutes to spare.  Uh. My life.  It’s never dull.

So, without further ado, I bring to you – Shelbi and her friend Christy Jammin’ to the Jonas Brothers “LA Baby”.

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This is a great recipe for back to school.  Loaded with vegetables, good whole grains, and a cinch to make, you’ll have plenty of time to spend catching up with your kids after a long day of work and school.

Fettuccine with Peas, Lima Beans, and Bacon


1 1/2 cups of lima beans, frozen
14 oz. whole wheat fettuccine or your favorite pasta
1 bouillon cube (vegetable or chicken)
1 cup peas, frozen
6 Slices Turkey Bacon
1 TB olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup Parmesan
salt and pepper


1. Bring a large pot to boil.  Add lima beans and bouillon cube. Return to boil, add pasta, and cook according to package directions.  Add peas to the pasta during the last 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet until slightly crispy and cooked thoroughly. Remove from skillet and chop roughly.

3. Add olive oil to skillet, and add onions.  Cook until soft about 5 minutes. Add the cream, and cook until thickened, about 4 minutes. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

4. Add pasta to the skillet and toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan, and serve.

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