Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bacon Pasta Salad Recipe.



BBQ season is upon us and chances are, you're going to need a yummy side to bring to at least one of those BBQs this summer.

Look no further.

I just discovered this recipe and it's my new fave.



Bacon Pasta Salad
{Adapted slightly from Life in the Lofthouse}

1 package tri-color rotinia pasta
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
1 package dry ranch dressing mix
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup milk
8 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1 can of black beans, rinsed
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste

Boil noodles for about 8 minutes. Rinse and set aside.

In a small bowl whisk together the mayo, sour cream, ranch, garlic powder and milk.

In a large bowl add the pasta, tomato, cucumber, black beans and shredded cheese.  Toss with dressing. Salt, pepper and season to taste. Chill before serving.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2fer Tuesday.


2 QUESTIONS FOR MY BLOG READERS:

1. I need BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS.
I'm going on a 12 hour car drive 😳 and need a good book or three that makes the time fly by quickly. 

Not anything to deep or depressing.

If it's a true story? Even better!

2. I need yummy RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS {for dinner} in Salt Lake City.

We are heading there for a wedding and are going out with some of our favorite friends to dinner one night.  I want something GOOD! Thanks to some blog reader recommendations a few years back - we discovered THE RED IGUANA which we LOVED! We've been back twice! Now I'm wanting to try someplace new.  

Any ideas?

2 ARTICLES WORTH READING:


Article HERE
Chick Fil-A just got a whole lot better - as if that's even possible! 





Grasshopper Article HERE




Sunday, April 23, 2017

This Weekend:

* Friday morning I finished up a wreath for a silent auction taking place this weekend for a friend's brother. 


Doesn't the trunk of your car always have a stash of caffeine in the back and is always covered in crumbs? 😅

* I met 2 of my favorite lady friends at a new place for breakfast...


Yum-a-Lish!
I'll definitely be back.
{Locals: it's right next to the Costco at San Tan}


I asked our waitress what the most popular dish on the menu was and she said the 'stuffed hashbrowns' so naturally, I went with that.  Obviously...it was super healthy, too. 😆
Regardless, it did not disappoint!

* I ran a few quick errands afterwards.
One of them being a stop at Goodwill...
{Seriously guys, I have a problem!}


I CANNOT resist their books for my kids!!!
They are the best bargains around! 


This one was mandatory because we call Cubby 'the farting dog' as well.  No joke people - - his farts REEK! Like...take our breath away REEK! 


Then I spotted this one {but didn't buy it} and I was completely intrigued because....Cubby sometimes eats his poop TOO and it totally grosses us out. {Hence, the smelly farts}. This is probably WAY more information than you cared to know about my dog, right? 

* Friday night Grant had a double header with his basketball games...


They lost the first game and WON the second!
So much fun to watch...Grant scored NINE points the second game! So proud of him. {And yes...that shot went in!}


* Saturday morning was grocery store/donuts time.
My boys insisted that they did NOT need a lid for their ginormous Coke. It was sort of an 'I told ya so' moment.

* Saturday matinee with fun friends.


You guys! This movie was SO funny and SO cute.
It WAY exceeded my expectations.
My kids died laughing thru it all!

* Satuday night we hosted a BBQ at our house for my family.


It was in the high 90s so...swimsuits and water on the tramp with cousins was mandatory.


We feasted on burgers and brats, my mom's potato salad, pasta salad, chips, veggies, dip, watermelon and chocolate cake for dessert.  We were STUFFED afterwards!

Loved eating outside.  There aren't too many more nights where we'll be able to do this.  It hit 100 degrees already today!!!

* Sunday looked a lot like this...


Poor London had the barfs.

I stayed home with her from church and ended up scrubbing my bathrooms because EW. Praying no one else gets it now and that she's on the mend tomorrow.

Poor muffin.