Farro Salad with Cranberries, Feta, and Pecans – a great holiday side dish recipe! Farro tossed with dried cranberries, feta cheese, and pecans in a light lemony dressing.

Farro Salad with Cranberries, Feta, and Pecans - a great holiday side dish recipe! Farro tossed with dried cranberries, feta cheese, and pecans in a light lemony dressing.

Okay, I know it’s a little early to be thinking about Thanksgiving but I can’t help it. It was freezing last week in Texas and it got me all excited for the holidays and now we’re talking about Thanksgiving side dishes. 

If you want an easy, make ahead side dish option, this farro salad is perfect. The cranberries and pecans make it feel holiday-ish but it’s nice and light and healthy! 

Or, if you want to just make a batch for your lunches for the week, perfect for that too. Throw some grilled chicken on top to complete the meal! 

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Cole Slaw Pasta Salad – two delicious side dishes in one! Pasta, cole slaw mix, red onion, and sliced cucumber in a creamy sweet and tangy dressing. Perfect for barbecues and potlucks!

Cole Slaw Pasta Salad - two delicious side dishes in one! Pasta, cole slaw mix, red onion, and sliced cucumber in a creamy sweet and tangy dressing. Perfect for barbecues and potlucks!

Hi guys! We’re still doing summer food, right?

I keep getting emails about back to school shopping, my kid’s school is sending me vaccination reminders, and Bath and Body Works put their fall candles out.

Did I order 7 Sweater Weather candles? Maybe. But that doesn’t mean I’m okay with us acting like fall is right around the corner. We still have months of summer!

My kids are OBSESSED with this Cole Slaw Pasta Salad. The first time I made it I was worried there were too many veggies plus, you know, raw onion isn’t something kids usually like, but they loved it. I sent my mom a video of my younger 2 literally trying to steal bites out of the mixing bowl.

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Pineapple Baked Beans – a favorite side dish for barbecues! Beans with bacon, crushed pineapple, and brown sugar are baked until the sauce is thick and delicious.

Pineapple Baked Beans - a favorite side dish for BBQs! Beans with bacon, crushed pineapple, and brown sugar are baked until the sauce is thick and delicious.

Hi guys! Can you believe June is almost over? Summer is flying by and I’m not happy about it. I just want it to stay summer forever!

Like, I’m already signing kids up for fall sports and getting back to school emails and ugh, I’m not ready to be thinking about fall.

But we still have a lot of summer left and I have a great barbecue side dish for you today. If you love bacon and pineapple and baked beans, you are going to love these! 

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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad – the perfect side dish for all your summer barbecues! Pasta tossed with mini pepperoni, black olives, green bell pepper, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and Italian dressing. 

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad - the perfect side dish for all your summer barbecues! Pasta tossed with mini pepperoni, black olives, green bell pepper, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and Italian dressing.

Hi guys!

This is our first full week of summer break and after a crazy last month of soccer, 7-on-7, exams, giant projects, and school events that required me to put actual clothes on… I’m so happy it’s summer. 

My children have finally listened to my request to make friends with someone with a pool so we’ve been there every day for the last week. We’ve ordered pizza more times than I want to admit. I don’t remember the last time I got in my car.

I love summer. 

I also love this pasta salad that I’m sharing today! It’s everything you love about pepperoni pizza in a cold pasta salad and it’s perfect for all your summer barbecues or parties or just making and keeping in the fridge on days when you don’t feel like standing over a stove. 

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Root Beer Baked Beans – the best barbecue side dish! Beans with bacon, root beer, and barbecue sauce are baked until the sauce is thick and delicious. 

Root Beer Baked Beans - the best barbecue side dish! Beans with bacon, root beer, and barbecue sauce are baked until the sauce is thick and delicious.

Originally published June 2, 2014. Updated May 6, 2019. 

You guys.

It almost feels like summer has arrived in Texas.

People have finally stopped asking if I’m cold in my Jeep. (I have a heater, y’all. And a boyfriend that makes me take his truck if it’s too cold. I’m fine.)

I mean, it’s still raining buckets 5 days a week but it’s finally warm enough for sundresses and sandals.

And I’m so ready for lake days and the waterpark and snow cones.

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