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Middle Eastern Pasta Salad #Pastapalooza

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Middle Eastern Pasta Salad {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Middle Eastern Pasta Salad – put a spin on your traditional pasta salad with a chutney lime vinaigrette, chickpeas, cumin and sauteed onions.  It is great served hot or cold!

Middle Eastern Pasta Salad - put a spin on your traditional pasta salad with a chutney lime vinaigrette, chickpeas, cumin and sauteed onions.  It is great served hot or cold!

Today I am sitting in the middle of a park watching my son and his friend play tennis.  My son has been obsessed with tennis this summer, and is always asking if I will take him to the courts near our house.  Last night he had a friend spend the night, so this morning I brought them over here to play.  It is somewhat comical to watch, because neither of them are any good, but they are trying to play a real game.  We finally signed my son up for lessons that start next week, so we will have to see how that goes.  Next up, I am going to need lessons, so I can actually play with him.

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Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza

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Spaghetti & Meatballs Pizza {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza – turn pizza night into something new by topping it with spaghetti and meatballs!  

Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza - turn pizza night into something new by topping it with spaghetti and meatballs!

Do you ever get stuck in a rut with dinner? You have tacos one night, spaghetti one night, pizza one night and so on. You know what your family will like, you are short on time, and you just keep repeating the same things week after week. Well, it is time to switch things up! I was inspired by Ragú® to put an awesome twist on their classic spaghetti and meatballs recipe by turning it into a pizza! Definitely a #saucesome twist the whole family is going to go crazy for! What is Saucesome? Saucesome is like mealtime magic!

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Southwestern Chicken Pasta

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Southwestern Chicken Pasta - A creamy southwestern style pasta with black beans, corn, chicken and tons of flavor. All made with a gluten-free pasta (trust me, you would never know).

Southwestern Chicken Pasta – A creamy southwestern style pasta with black beans, corn, chicken and tons of flavor.  All made with a gluten-free pasta (trust me, you would never know).  

Southwestern Chicken Pasta - A creamy southwestern style pasta with black beans, corn, chicken and tons of flavor.  All made with a gluten-free pasta (trust me, you would never know).

I think things are finally back to normal around here, after being gone for 6 weeks.  The hardest part of me is getting back into meal planning. Seriously, planning what groceries to buy, and what I am going to make each day for the week has gotten nearly impossible.  I have no idea why!  I am usually pretty good at it, but I think I went to the store 5 out of 7 days last week.  Hoping this week is better, but considering I don’t have a menu written down, I don’t have my fingers crossed.  Baby steps, I guess.

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Cheesy Skillet Chili Mac

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Cheesy Skillet Chili Mac - Two comfort foods come together in a one skillet dinner the whole family will love. Plus it is ready in only 20 minutes!

Cheesy Skillet Chili Mac – Two comfort foods come together in a one skillet dinner the whole family will love.  Plus it is ready in only 20 minutes!

Cheesy Skillet Chili Mac - Two comfort foods come together in a one skillet dinner the whole family will love.  Plus it is ready in only 20 minutes!

I can’t believe we have less than a week left in New Zealand.  I thought six weeks was going to seem like forever, but there is just so much to see and do, I want more time!  My son’s birthday is on Saturday when we fly home.  He is so excited, because he gets his birthday for 2 days.  We have almost a full day in Auckland, and then get on a plane and cross the International Date Line.  So he gets a 2nd day, granted most of it is on a plane or in airports.  But still, by the time we land in Denver it will be dinner time on the 2nd day of his birthday.  So confusing!!

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Pizza Pasta Skillet

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Pizza Pasta Skillets {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Pizza Pasta Skillet – turn pizza night into a 20 minute, super easy pasta dinner that everyone will go crazy for. 

Pizza Pasta Skillet - time to turn pizza night up a notch!  Dinner is ready in just 20 minutes in only one pan!

Pizza night is a regular occurrence in most families.  It seems that most of the time though, pizza night involves picking up the phone and having it delivered.  As easy as that is, pizza pasta skillet is ready even faster.  Seriously, start to finish is 20 minutes!  Unless you live next door to the pizza place, you aren’t getting delivery that fast.  And I don’t know about your pizza, but whenever I get delivery; it is never hot and fresh when it arrives.

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BLT Pasta Salad

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BLT Pasta Salad - Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing. Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.

BLT Pasta Salad – Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing.  Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.  

BLT Pasta Salad - Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing.  Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.

April is here.  I am always behind on food holidays.  I never know about them until I see recipes online mentioning whatever day it is.  Well, this time it is different.  April is National BLT Month.  I love a good BLT, so I am all over this one.  And I am sharing this recipe with you early in the month, so you have plenty of time to make this amazing BLT pasta salad and celebrate with me!

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Creamy Pasta with Ricotta, Mint and Garlic Sauce

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Creamy Pasta with Ricotta, Mint and Garlic Sauce - a quick and easy creamy pasta dish, with garlic, mint and walnuts that is perfect any night of the week.

Creamy Pasta with Ricotta, Mint and Garlic Sauce – a quick and easy creamy pasta dish, with garlic, mint and walnuts that is perfect any night of the week.  

Creamy Pasta with Ricotta, Mint and Garlic Sauce - a quick and easy creamy pasta dish, with garlic, mint and walnuts that is perfect any night of the week.

You guys are in for another treat today!  Kate from Diethood is taking over for today.  She is absolutely amazing, and one of the sweetest people I have ever “met”.  Kate and I entered the blogging world around the same time, and have been supporting each other since.  This summer Kate and I will both be in Chicago and actually get to meet in person for the first time.  I am super excited for that!  So grab some paper towel, so you can wipe the drool off your key board, and check out this amazing pasta!

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Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

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Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta - turn the famous bang bang shrimp appetizer into a main dish with this creamy pasta.

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta – turn the famous bang bang shrimp appetizer into a main dish with this creamy pasta.

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta - turn the famous bang bang shrimp appetizer into a main dish with this creamy pasta.

I hope that you had a great Valentine’s Day weekend!  We had a nice and relaxing weekend after my husband being gone last week.  We almost never exchange gifts, or I should say I almost never get my husband a gift.  I try to think of something, but he isn’t much into sentimental time things, so it isn’t always worth the effort.  Well, this year I came up with something.  It wasn’t anything special, but it was a book he mentioned a few months ago.  I actually remembered, and got it for him!  Not romantic in any way, shape or form.  But he was excited, so that was enough for me!  Now his birthday on Friday, so I have to think of even more things for him!  This is so not what I am good at :(

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Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Shrimp Pasta

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Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Shrimp Pasta - a super easy pasta dish with shrimp, and a super creamy delicious sun-dried tomato sauce.

Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Shrimp Pasta – a super easy pasta dish with shrimp, and a super creamy delicious sun-dried tomato sauce.  

Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Shrimp Pasta - a super easy pasta dish with shrimp, and a super creamy delicious sun-dried tomato sauce.

 

Is anyone else over winter?  I kind of feel bad complaining, but I am really tired of it being so darn cold when I go to run errands.  And the snow!!  They do not plow our neighborhood streets, so after all the freezing and thawing it is just a mess of ruts and not easy to drive on.  We are supposed to get into the 40’s for the next few days, so I am really hoping the roads melt quickly.  And then if spring wants to arrive in January, I am good with that too.

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Cheesy Skillet Gnocchi

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Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet is a one pan, quick and easy dinner. A healthified version of pure comfort food.

Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet is a one pan, quick and easy dinner.  A healthified version of pure comfort food.

Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet is a one pan, quick and easy dinner.  A healthified version of pure comfort food.

Looks like the holidays are over and it is back to work.  My son doesn’t actually have school today, but for the rest of the world, it is back into routine, schedules, work, and school.  I am so ready to be back.  I loved being home with my family for the last two weeks, but the lack of structure gets to me.  Over the last few days my husband and I, cleaned out closets in our house.  We have so much stuff it is incredible.  So much work to go through everything (I am talking days), but it feels so good to get rid of stuff and de-clutter.  Now to see how long we can keep it that way!

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