How is everybody doing today? We are all doing well so far this week. Everybody is healthy and FULL of energy at our house (meaning the two little boys… my husband and I can’t seem to muster up half the energy that is bottled up inside those two! ) My boys are the ages of 3 and 4 (almost 5) and we are just now getting to the time in our lives that we can actually go out to dinner on a Friday night and then come home to play games before bed. It’s just wonderful! And I honestly thought these days would never come. We still have to play it safe though and go to dinner early (like 5 o’clock or so) and then be home winding down by 7. And then my husband and I can enjoy a movie night or just go to bed early because these little guys wear me out! We are not into late nights yet. 😉
So this past Friday night we went to a place in San Antonio called Bigz. It’s a hamburger restaurant and in the back they have this huge yard where all the kids just run and play, throw Frisbees, and footballs. My kids love it! I love that there isn’t a play scape and they can just run and make believe however they want. Kind of like when I was kid and you just ran and chased each other around and had the best time!
My older two step children went through a Lego phase and built all these really cool planes, trucks, and buildings. Well over time they each got destroyed and we now have buckets of Lego’s. Now our 4 year old is starting to show a huge interest in Legos and creating things. I kept all the old manuals and we sat down the other day to put some trucks together and quickly realized that it would take us FOREVER (and way too long for a 4 yr olds attention span) to find all the pieces to just build one truck. So I had the genius (not so genius idea once I got started) to sort through all the Legos and divide them up by color so it would be easier to find pieces. OMG there are SO MANY LITTLE pieces!! We did it though after several days and have almost completed our first airplane that my step daughter had assembled years ago. I’m not sure who is prouder of the airplane though me or my son. The airplane is what we worked on as a family once we got home Friday night. We can’t wait to start another project to add to our little collection.
OK! Let’s talk about this delicious little salad I have in the picture of below. It is a BLT Pasta Salad that is light and perfect for a warm spring day! I love eating salads this time of year as the days are getting hotter. I just want something fresh and not really heavy in the evenings. The pasta has a homemade ranch dressing on it that is so perfect! When you make the dressing it is really thick and like a paste. But it goes on the pasta well and adds a ton of flavor. We love it!
- 2 cups uncooked shell pasta
- 1 (1oz) packet Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix
- 1/4 cup bacon bits
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 cups cut-up cooked turkey or 1 1/2 cup chicken
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut into fourths
- 1/2 cup julienne strips cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup green olives
- 1/4 cup green onions for garnish
- 4 cups bite-size pieces lettuce
- Cook your pasta according to package instructions.
- Combine the Hidden Valley Ranch, onion powder, and mayonnaise and set aside.
- Wash and shred your lettuce. Set aside.
- Toss together the pasta, chicken, tomatoes, olives, cheese, and ranch dressing.
- On each plate lay a bed of lettuce and top with your pasta salad and a sprinkle of green onions.
Have a blessed day everyone!