Chicken Bacon Ranch Pinwheels - ranch cream cheese, deli chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onions are wrapped in a flour tortilla! Slice them up for a delicious kid-friendly lunch!

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

Hey guys!

Is everyone adjusted to school now?

We pretty much are but I feel like I’m forever looking for ways to really streamline to lunch making process.

So I’m trying to find things that I can either make ahead of time or that are just easy to grab and put in a lunchbox without much fuss. But I also want things that are going to keep my kids full throughout the day.

Part of what’s making my life super easy when it comes to lunches are these Yoplait yogurts. The Yoplait multipacks recently got a makeover that includes an easy open top so you (or your kids) can see which flavors are left and easily grab them from the fridge.

I picked up the Strawberry and Peach package and a package of all Strawberry at Walmart to get us started this school year. My kids love both flavors and they’re super quick to pop in the lunchbox with an ice pack to keep it nice and chilled.

They also make great snacks after school when your kids need something super quick because they cannot wait longer than 2 minutes to get outside and play with their friends.

I’ve made these Chicken Bacon Ranch Pinwheels several times since my kids went back to school. They are super easy to make ahead of time and then I slice them and store them in the fridge so that all I have to do is pop 5 or 6 slices into a small container and toss it into the lunchbox with the yogurt and the ice pack and a couple other things.

I know that making a sandwich in the morning isn’t a huge deal but man, at 6:30 in the morning it’s just nice to have something already prepped and ready to go.

My kids love them. The boyfriend even comes home from work and swipes a couple slices whenever I have them in the fridge.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pinwheels
  • 1 8-ounce block cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • cup green onion thinly sliced
  • 8 burrito size flour tortillas
  • ½ pound deli sliced chicken
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk, beat cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, and milk until combined and smooth. Beat in bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onion, just until everything is incorporated.
  2. Spread a heaping tablespoonful of the cream cheese mixture onto each tortilla. Lay 3 or 4 slices of chicken on top and roll tightly. Refrigerate for an hour before slicing and serving.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pinwheels - ranch cream cheese, deli chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onions are wrapped in a flour tortilla! Slice them up for a delicious kid-friendly lunch!



(This post originally published in 2014. Photos updated on February 18, 2017.)

Can we talk TV for a minute? I have to get this off my chest.

We finished Breaking Bad last week. I have heard so much about it over the past few years so I just knew we were going to love it. We kind of hated it. Well, we hated the first 3 seasons. It took us 3 months to get through them. I finally got really into it in the last episode of the 4th season. Like, really into it. Like, WE HAVE TO WATCH ALL THE EPISODES RIGHT NOW into it. And then when we finally made it to the very last episode? That everyone said was perfect? That everyone said they cried over?

It was stupid. And I hated it. And I wish I’d never even started the show.

Ugh. It was like LOST Part 2 for me. Super frustrating ending where nothing was really wrapped up.

I’ve given up on TV. Except I’m currently marathoning The White Queen (again) because I’ve been sucked into The Cousins’ War book series by Phillippa Gregory (again).

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Layered Ranch Taco Dip – layers of refried beans, sour cream with ranch, tomato, olives, cheese, and more! No cooking involved!

Layered Ranch Taco Dip - layered of refried beans, sour cream with ranch dressing mix, tomatoes, olive, green onions, and more! This is such a delicious dip recipe!

Happy almost Friday!

I am having one of those weeks where I can’t seem to catch my breath because I have so much going on and I am SO EXCITED for Friday afternoon to get here. We’re almost there. We can do it.

The good news is that Big Brother is finally over (Uggggghhhhhh!), Survivor is back, and football is on tonight!

My Broncos have been making me nervous so far this season. I actually turned it off in the 4th last week because I’d just given up.

Somehow they pulled it off but man, too much stress! I don’t like it!

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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad – perfect for cookouts! Pasta salad with bacon, olives, tomatoes, avocado, and ranch dressing! 

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - perfect for cookouts! Pasta salad with bacon, olives, tomatoes, avocado, and ranch dressing!

Things that I love, in no particular order:




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.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad!

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.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - perfect for cookouts! Pasta salad with bacon, olives, tomatoes, avocado, and ranch dressing!

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!

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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - perfect for cookouts! Pasta salad with bacon, olives, tomatoes, avocado, and ranch dressing!

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
  • 1 pound small pasta
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup black olives sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 small avocado diced
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese cubed
  • 1 cup Newman’s Own Ranch dressing
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and let cool.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the pasta and toss to combine, making sure all the elements are covered in the dressing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Things you may need for this recipe:

Want more cookout side dish recipes?

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Creamy Dill Cole Slaw

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Carrot Apple Salad

Carrot Apple Salad

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



Let it be known that I have officially failed Paleo Week. 

Guys, I hate to be a Debbie Downer but I am so frustrated. I’ve been throwing myself pity parties and the best way to do that is with pizza, wine, and a giant bag of Sour Patch Kids. 

My allergies have just been awful since we got here. I lived all my life with horrible allergies so when we moved to Colorado and they disappeared, it was the best thing ever. And now they’re back and worse than ever. And I hate everything. 

My husband thinks I’m nuts because I cry at least once a day because omg, my eyes won’t stop itching. And the Zyrtec stops working about the time I have to pick the kids up from school so I talk to their teachers as a big snotty mess.



Anyway, I’m blaming allergies for my Paleo-fail. If you see me this summer sitting by the pool in jeans and a sweatshirt, it’s the allergies fault.

That’s the official story.

I made these Crockpot Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs recently after seeing them go around the interwebs for years. I don’t even like pesto that much but one of my favorite Youtubers raved about the recipe so I had to try it. 

I  was shocked by how much my family loved this one. I will definitely be making it frequently. Feel free to use whatever chicken pieces you like – we pretty only eat thighs these days so I used those but breasts would work as well. 

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