Roasted Veggie Pasta Salad or Pasta Dinner (Gluten & Dairy Free!)


I love pasta. There is something so comforting and homey about a meal of pasta. Perhaps it’s that the carbs are sending happy signals to my brain, maybe it’s the bit of Italian in me that remembers big pots of spaghetti and meatballs with sauce when we visited Grandma’s house. All of my cousins sitting at the kids table giggling and sucking up our long spaghetti noodles in the most unbecoming of ways that only a child, not yet fully aware of manners, can muster. This recipe for Roasted Veggie Pasta Salad is really versatile– It can either be enjoyed …

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Links I Love 7/20


This post is brought to you by meat and veggies with rice, Ranger the dog, and road construction. Did you have nice weather this week? We did! Aside from a couple days with severe thunderstorms the weather was gorgeous. It was nice enough on Thursday to open up the windows and let the fresh breeze blow through the house. Naturally, this was also the day that the city decided to start road work on the street right outside of our house so I eventually had to shut the windows to get some peace and quiet. I’m talking about a giant …

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Old-Fashioned English Pea Salad with Pimientos


When I was little, one of my favorite places to go out to eat with my family was Ponderosa. Most kids aren’t a fan of vegetables but I definitely was. No cheeseburger or chicken nuggets for me, no thanks, I’ll have the salad bar. That’s what I loved about Ponderosa. I remember crying once because when the waitress came to take our order my mom ordered a kids meal for me– I really wanted the salad bar. But she was smart and frugal– If you ordered a meal you could add on the salad bar for an additional dollar, or …

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Mixed Berry Fruit Salad with Jalapeño Mojito Sauce


One of my favorite things about summer is the delicious abundance of fruit and berries that are available fresh from the farmers market or in the locally-grown section of the grocery store. I’ll often make a lunch out of a bowl of fruit and a cup of my favorite soy yogurt. (Whole Soy, I’m talking about you!) I tend to graze on much smaller meals when it’s really hot out and fruit always seems to hit the spot. This Mixed Berry Fruit Salad is really special because it has hints of mojito flavors from lime and mint it’s also laced …

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Links I Love 7/13


I can’t believe it’s almost halfway through July. I’m feeling a little bit pout-y this morning as I realize that Summer is almost half over. The weather here in Maryland has been a bit unpredictable and this week it has stormed or threatened to storm almost every evening which has put a major wrench in my regular date with the pool after supper. (Which really sucks during a heat wave!) The major silver lining in this storm cloud was the most gorgeous rainbow I’ve ever seen. It shone fully from end to end, with a second rainbow visible at the …

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Amish Five Bean Salad


I’ve mentioned previously that I grew up in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania, which is next-door neighbors with Amish country and heavily influenced by their cooking styles. This includes using a lot of foods that have been preserved or canned from the fresh produce grown on local farms. I’m not normally a connoisseur of canned foods, however I do have a fond place in my heart (and stomach) for Amish Five Bean Salad. When I was little, my mom often let me help with the preparation of this Amish Five Bean Salad. It’s probably the picnic salad we had most …

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Marinated Carrot Salad- The Perfect Picnic Recipe!


We made a batch of Marinated Carrot Salad for our Fourth of July picnic on Friday evening with friends. It’s a dish that not many people have heard of before and when we serve it for a picnic everyone always asks for the recipe. I originally posted about marinated carrots a handful of years ago but it’s such a great recipe I thought it deserved a second look. My mom says that this recipe is from my Gram B, who was my dad’s mother. I honestly can’t remember having it as a child but Mom says we did every few …

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Fourth of July weekend & Links I Love 7/6/14


Happy Independence Day, everybody! How was your Fourth of July weekend? On Thursday afternoon hubby and I made picnic salads for a little impromptu(ish) picnic on Friday with a couple of friends. Friday was such a gorgeous day and we spent the evening roasting marshmallows over the fire bowl after enjoying our picnic dinner. The weather has been perfect all weekend– most days hovering in the low 80′s with lots of sunshine and summer breezes. Yesterday morning was the annual Fourth of July parade– we found a nearly perfect viewing spot under the shade of a large maple tree. The …

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Smashed Blackberry Lemonade Spritzer


A few summers ago my husband and I hosted a picnic at our house for which I decided on the great idea to serve hand-squeezed lemonade. There really isn’t anything more refreshing on a hot summer day than hand-squeezed lemonade, is there? The answer is yes. Yes, there is. I got a lot of compliments on the delicious lemonade that day, but after two hours of hand-squeezing pounds upon pounds of lemons to make multiple gallons of lemonade, my back ached and my hands felt as large and stiff as King crab claws. I know I didn’t enjoy the picnic …

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Weekend Update and Links I Love for 6/29


Looking back at what I did this week I’m drawing a huge blank. I feel like I have settled into such a routine of work-eat-swim-watchNetflix-sleep. That’s been pretty much it. Aside from my new logo I can’t think of anything particularly noteworthy. Sad, but true. This week I have two birthdays and the Fourth of July, a visit to my new ENT doctor, (who has not one, but two TED talks– say what?) and somewhere in all of there I need to put in some (more) major time getting ready for my Pop-Up shop event happening on July 27th. Because …

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