This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Newman’s Own. All opinions are 100% mine.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Things that I love, in no particular order:

Bacon.

Ranch.

Pasta.

If you haven’t noticed, I’m ALL ABOUT the pasta salads. It’s my go-to summer side dish. Mostly because I always over cook potatoes for potato salad and who likes mushy potato salad?

Well, my 3 year old. But that’s beside the point. 

Anyway, because I’m making pasta salad every weekend this time of year, I’m always trying to come up with a new version or new stuff to put in it. This one was a definite winner over this past weekend. It’s got bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, and black olives. So all my faves! And then it’s tossed with my favorite ranch dressing by Newman’s Own.

You guys know I love Newman’s Own products and you probably also know that I’m obsessed with the salad dressings. I am in a full-on relationship with the Lite Honey Mustard – I can’t remember the last time I had a salad without it. Husband and I also love the Balsamic, Olive Oil and Vinegar, Family Recipe Italian, and Creamy Caesar. Plus, Newman’s Own has a bunch more that I haven’t even tried yet.

This post is about the Ranch though! I’m pretty particular about ranch (as everyone should be) and Newman’s Own definitely makes my favorite. It’s great tasting, high quality, and made from the finest ingredients. 

Plus, you can feel good about buying Newman’s Own because all profits go to charity. For more information, check out the Newman’s Own Facebook page or the Newman’s Own BuzzFeed Page.

And next time you pick up a bottle of Newman’s Own Ranch dressing, you should definitely try this recipe. It’s perfect for a party, potluck, barbecue, anything!

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

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Happy Tuesday, guys!

I’m bringing you my new favorite pasta salad recipe the day after I decided to go completely Paleo for a week! Gahhhhh!

My husband grilled both nights over the weekend and left me in charge of side dishes. (He made this chicken with thighs instead of breasts and it was delicious and then he did the boys’ favorite smoked sausage with barbecue sauce.) 

I always go for the same couple side dishes with grilled foods. I always go for the same broccoli salad because we never get tired of it and then always pasta salad.

I tried this Southwestern Pasta Salad recipe because it seemed lighter than most pasta salad recipes. No heavy sauce, you know? This recipe uses salsa and then a light olive oil and lime juice dressing – it’s delicious! I’m obsessed with all things bean right now (conveniently not Paleo) and I was all about the combination of  black beans, corn, and avocado. 

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Pasta with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes - a light pasta recipe that won't weigh you down.

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend! Mine was spent mostly complaining about how I stayed up until midnight (I do anyway, let’s be real) on Saturday to get some #LillyforTarget stuffs and BEFORE IT WAS EVEN OFFICIALLY LIVE, it was all sold out.

Y’all. I had the dress I wanted in my cart and by the time I entered my card info, it was gone. 

The worst.

I got very little unpacking done because I was also busy watching all the shows I missed while hotel living. I am so into Younger. So good. 

Also, unpacking is annoying. 

You know how when you pack your own house, you fill a single box with all your blankets? And then you put all your dishes in a box and label it “kitchen”? And all your bathroom stuff goes in one box?

I think when we weren’t looking, our movers sprinted through the house, grabbing an item from each room, and then pulled a room out of a hat to label it. 

I found my bathroom scale in a box labeled toys, my favorite boots in a box labeled dog pillows (I mean, what is a dog pillow?!), and I still can’t find the part of my favorite lamp that holds the lampshade.

Why did they take apart a lamp and put all the pieces in different boxes, you ask?

Who knows.

Anyway, we did have this pasta over the weekend and it was absolutely delicious. It’s got three of my favorite foods: sausage, artichokes, and Parmesan! Plus pasta and sun-dried tomatoes and even some fresh basil mixed in. 

This is my idea of a good summer pasta since it’s light but still comforting. 

Pasta with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes - a light pasta recipe that won't weigh you down.

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Cheesy Pasta with Roasted Caulfilower is a hearty meatless meal filled with delicious veggies!

This is the first of two meatless recipes this week. Things are getting weird. 

So how was your weekend? Hopefully fabulous! I stupidly scheduled a vet appointment for Clementine at 7:15 yesterday morning. It’s never a good idea to make an appointment that early on a Sunday. Good news though, we only have this week and then it’s SPRING BREAK. And then the kids may or may not go back to school after that. Still waiting for papers to be signed so we know which day we can get the heck out of here. 

Yesterday I also officially started cleaning out the house. It’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate over the years. I found one of those cell phones with the pull out keyboard in our junk drawer – like, how old is that?! Why do we still have it?! 

I spent a good portion of the day just filling bags with stuff to either throw away or donate. I’m starting to panic because it just seems like so. much. stuff. and it’s stuff that we’ve just shoved into closets or drawers because we don’t even use it. I need it all out of here!

Aaaaand I started listening to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up while I cleaned. Mostly because I’ve heard that the author talks about your socks needing a vacation. My socks and I are pretty excited to hear all about that.

Today I wanted to talk about my favorite ways to unwind. I inherited the magazine gene from my mom so I loooooove to settle in with a good magazine. And I have different magazines that I use for different occasions. Like, I buy Real Simple® every month specifically to read at kids’ practices or when I’m waiting in the school pick-up. I picked these up at Target earlier in the month and devoured both of them one night. So relaxing. 

I also love unwinding in the kitchen. There is nothing better than putting earbuds in, blocking out the rest of the world, and cooking for the fun of it. I love when I have a solid block of a couple hours where I can just cook what I want and then I also love getting the kitchen all cleaned up afterwards.

I pulled this recipe from the March issue of All You® and the roasted cauliflower just drew me in. It’s pasta (recipe calls for penne – I have 7 boxes of weird shaped pasta that need to get used in the next couple weeks) with kale and the roasted cauliflower and then it’s all covered in a cheesy cream sauce. With more cheese on top.

Obvi.

It was so delicious. Roasted cauliflower is just so good. And then you add in two of my faves – kale and Parmesan – and you’ve got a perfect meal!

If you are like me and enjoy magazines, Target has an awesome deal going right now. You save $2 when you buy 2 participating magazines (All You®, Real Simple®, PEOPLE®). No coupon needed! This offer is good until March 28, 2015. While supplies last. 

You can also save 15% on select special issue magazines which include PEOPLE® Crimes of Passion, National Geographic® 100 Journeys of a Lifetime, TIME® Mark Twain, LIFE® Lincoln while using the Target Cartwheel app. This offer available until April 7, 2015. While supplies last. 

Cheesy Pasta with Roasted Caulfilower is a hearty meatless meal filled with delicious veggies!

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Crockpot Ravioli - an easy meal the whole family will love!

I am in major EAT ALL THE FOOD mode right now. Like, I want the freezer cleaned out, I want the pantry cleaned out, I want everything out.

Which is ridiculous because we still have almost 2 months left here. 

But for whatever reason, my brain says that we need to eat everything now and then buy just what we need to survive the rest of the time here.

And that’s never going to work because we are incredibly high-maintenance when it comes to food.

Also, I’m feeling super productive because I’m burning through all my candles and each time I finish one, I say “Yep, one less thing to take with us!”

As if a candle is going to make or break our household goods allowance. 

But anyway, I’m finding all kinds of things in my freezer. There’s a pint of opened dog ice cream (yeah, that’s a thing) from 2 summers ago that I won’t feed the dogs but I love the label too much to throw it away. 

There’s also at least 5 bags of ravioli. Because apparently I impulse buy pasta filled with cheese more often than I realize. 

Luckily, the kids love ravioli! This Crockpot Ravioli is so simple and it’s perfect for us right now because I’m crazy I already had all the ingredients on hand and I, you know, felt like I was actually accomplishing something by throwing away that empty bag of mozzarella. 

If only moving was as easy as eating all the food and burning all the candles, right?

Crockpot Ravioli - an easy meal the whole family will love!

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