Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

Last Monday about 3 pm I was reminded by my dear friend that we were in charge of lunch for about 20 people the following day.  Of course I freaked out a little, because that was a short amount of time, especially considering that was week 2 in our new house.  We divided up items and spent the evening slaving away in the kitchen :-) Ok, maybe not slaving, but I was in there for quite some time.

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I of course offered to bring desserts, my new favorite cookies and these brownies.  I also said I’d bring a side dish but I had no idea what.  Finally decided on Pasta Salad, and after searching for a good Italian Dressing…I found Krafts Italian Roasted Red Pepper Italian Dressing and threw some other ingredients in and off I went.

_MG_1184 This turned out far better than I expected, and I really like the flavor the Red Pepper Dressing brought to it.  This recipe is really easy and fantastic for Easter or any large family gathering.  Minimal work and optimal flavor.  One thing I can recommend is having extra dressing on hand, because after it’s been in the fridge a while it can dry out.  All you need to do is drizzle and toss a bit and you’re back in business!

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Easy 6 Ingredient Pasta Salad
 
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Easy quick and delicious 5 ingredient pasta salad!
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Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 12 Oz Bag Tri Color Rotini Pasta
  • ¾ to 1 cup of Kraft Roasted Red Pepper Italian Dressing
  • 2 Tablespoons of Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Cups Spring Lettuce Mixed (lightly chopped)
  • 4 Oz Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 3 Campari Tomatoes diced
  • Dash of Garlic Salt
Instructions
  1. Boil pasta per instructions on box or bag and drain well.
  2. Add to large bowl and toss with dressing, Parmesan cheese, lettuce, Feta cheese and tomatoes.
  3. For added flavor, I lightly salted with garlic salt.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
Notes
If pasta salad is dried out after staying in the refrigerator, additional dressing can be added and tossed.

 

 

Malvi S’mores Milkshake and Giveaway

A few weeks ago I saw some bloggers that I follow post pictures of some marshmallow treats I absolutely wanted to get my hands on.  I quickly searched and found them, ordered the sampler and it was at my door a couple days later.  Malvi makes homemade marshmallows, cookies and marshmallow sandwiches.  They are AMAZING, fair trade and all natural with no dyes, corn syrup or artificial flavoring. My favorite are these salted caramel cookie treats.  So I was excited to get the opportunity to try out some more products and create something in the kitchen.  (Make sure to scroll to the bottom for the giveaway!)

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New House Tour!

I apologize, as I have no “Friday Faves” for you.  My evenings have been spent unpacking boxes upon boxes and trying to get my kitchen set up.  I really cannot wait to get back to cooking and baking.  Especially in my shiny new kitchen with pretty new appliances! I still cannot believe we’re in honestly.  We’re still getting settled and unpacked, but it feels so good to call it ours.  Well, mostly.  The front and back yard is somewhat of a clay pit with several small ponds.  That will happen if it ever stops raining and dries out enough!  Our neighbors probably think we just decided to forgo grass to save on mowing duties.  Soon. I hope.

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Friday Faves

Guys.  Our house is almost done. I cannot believe it’s almost here!  We’ve got a big moving task ahead of us in the next few weeks, so bare with me as I probably won’t be very active.  I’m not abandoning ship again I promise!  Also..check out our floors! EEEEK!  Oh, and I am going to share a sneaker of the kitchen as a whole.  It’s my favorite. So. Close. Now.

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Loaded Baked Potato “Crack” Dip

Recently some of the girls in town started a new Bunco group.  Thankfully I was lucky enough to be included in the group, because I really enjoy it.  It’s a great group of girls, and a super fun time.  Plus I’m super competitive so even rolling dice and leaving things to chance gets me revved up for a “W”.  (Although I’ve yet to take a single penny home).  We always do potluck type snacks and everyone brings whatever their hearts desire.  This go round I decided to bring my “go to” dip.  _MG_1072 Continue reading

Snow Day and Friday Favs!

Happy Friday friends!  As I mentioned in my last post,  we had a beautiful snow day on Wednesday!  At least 4 inches here and we see that much maybe once every few years.  It was beautiful! Since Texans aren’t very savvy when it comes to driving in the snow, I worked from home that day and got to enjoy some snowman building and snowball throwing fun. I wanted to share some pictures for the sake of the memories we made.  (please ignore what our dryer did to the pretty “fur” around her hood)_MG_0982

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