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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Mexican Rice - an easy and delicious recipe that goes perfectly with tacos, enchiladas, and burritos!

We’ve officially been in Texas for 2 months. 

And that’s nuts. I simultaneously feel like we just got here and that we’ve been here for 10 years. 

Overall, I don’t hate Killeen like everyone said I would. Seriously, everyone I came in contact with told me how bad it would be. I still meet people that tell me that. At my last doctor’s appointment, the doc actually said, “Ugggghhhh, I’m sorry!” when I told him we’d just arrived from Colorado. 

But yeah, I don’t hate it. 

What I do hate (and don’t be mad at me) is the food.

I cannot find a good Mexican place to save my life. We’ve tried every place on the first page of Yelp. 

No. I won’t go back to any of them.

I tried to order a drink at the last one BECAUSE THEY WERE ON THE MENU and they looked at me like I was crazy and said, “Uhhh, we don’t have drinks.”

And I was all, “Waaaaaaaaiiiiiiit a minute, how is it possible to have chips and salsa without a margarita?”

I’m just not into it. I need to venture down to Austin soon but gahhh, who has time to drive anywhere?!

Anyway, I’ve been craving a really good enchilada since we had our last once at our fave Mexican place in the Springs. Last night I finally admitted defeat and made my own. 

I used to make this Mexican Rice recipe once a week years and years ago (had to track down my first blog to find the recipe!) and it was just as good as I remembered. And no, that’s not a pea, it’s a jalapeno.

(Texans, whyyyyy are there peas in your Mexican rice?!)

Mexican Rice - an easy and delicious recipe that goes perfectly with tacos, enchiladas, and burritos!

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie

Being paleo is hard. I mean, for the most part, I enjoy it and it comes easy but sometimes you want something sweet and you don’t want it to be an apple.

You know?

You want a paleo cookie because paleo cookies are delicious, but you don’t want to make an entire batch because hello! You can’t control yourself around an entire batch of paleo cookies.

Not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything. I am the picture of willpower. I am never tempted by an entire batch of cookies or a whole pan of paleo cornbread or box of Larabars. Nope, never.

Ahem.

But anyway, I have the perfect solution for when you need a sweet treat! A Paleo Mug Cake!

I, on more than one occasion, have complained and complained about how much I hate all those mug cakes and brownies and such because they always turn out spongy and dense and just not good.
But the cookie works! These totally have a cookie texture after microwaving and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I am so into the texture of paleo baked goods that are made with almond meal. Plus a tiny bit of coconut flavor comes through which is always a good thing, and you can’t go wrong with dark chocolate! I can’t even tell you how many times I have made this recipe over the past few months. It really came in handy during our stressful move.

This is also super simple to make since it is made in the microwave. Plus, I always mix all the ingredients up in the mug so there’s really not much clean up either!

This recipe does make two servings (I know, I am so sorry!) but that just means you can share it with your BFF! Or save half of it for an hour later if you’re having one of those days. 

Paleo Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie

I’m the Paleo Fanatic over at Food Fanatic! This Paleo Mug Cake recipe is one of many I’m sharing over there so make sure you check back!

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Homemade Caramel Corn Ice Cream Recipe

Second corn recipe this week! 

You guys probably had no idea that I was so obsessed with fresh corn. And yeah, this ice cream starts with fresh corn.

Weird, right?

I never talk about my love of fresh summer corn here because typically we just grill it, spray it with butter, and sprinkle some salt on it. Easy easy and so good. But there’s no need for a recipe when you’re doing that. 

My love of corn is coming out this week.

Back when I lived in Alabama, I made frequent trips to the flea market because they had (probably still do?) a stand that did roasted corn and then they had, like, this bar of different seasonings you could sprinkle on it. 

Omg, you guys. My favorite thing in the world. Last time we went home I told my husband we had to get some before we left and he was all, “You really want to spend your time at home at the flea market?”

Uhhh yeah, eat corn, look for Pyrex. Does he know me at all?

If you are into sweet corn like me, you are going to be obsessed with this ice cream. So the ice cream itself is just corn flavored. But then at the end, you mix in some caramel sauce. And then you can top it with some real caramel corn if you like a little crunch in your ice cream like me. 

It’s so good. 

Homemade Caramel Corn Ice Cream Recipe

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Grilled Corn Guacamole - an easy homemade guacamole recipe with some grilled corn mixed in. Perfect for summer!

Happy Monday! 

Monday feels a lot better when you don’t have to get up early, pack lunches, find shoes, etc, etc, etc. 

I hope you had a fabulous weekend. We are all sunburned and exhausted and that is a sign of a good weekend in my book. 

Yesterday I went on a crazy hunt for a beach chair. Like one of those that lays down flat – you know what I mean? I’ve been on the lookout for weeks and no one has them. I mean, I get that we aren’t near a beach but I can’t be the only one that likes to lay out in my backyard with a icy drink, right?

Anyway, I finally found one and spent the rest of the day outside, reading in the sun. It was amazing. 

I took a break and made this Grilled Corn Guacamole and then ate all of it. The entire batch. No shame.

Y’all know I love guacamole anyway but it’s extra amazing with some grilled sweet summer corn mixed in. 

Grilled Corn Guacamole - an easy homemade guacamole recipe with some grilled corn mixed in. Perfect for summer!

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