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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I'm addicted to coupons and every penny counts. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your success stories with me as well.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This might just be my new favorite pasta salad recipe!  I have a feeling this is going to become one of our favorite meals this summer.  

Ingredients
One box of large pasta shells
1 package of bacon
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped spring onion
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 packet of Ranch dressing & seasoning mix

Directions
Cook pasta according to box directions. Rinse in cold water and drain.  Fry bacon extra crispy.  Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, and ranch seasoning mix into a small bowl.  Add vegetables and cheese into a large bowl.  Add pasta and bacon.  Add the sour cream & mayonnaise mixture and combine until all the pasta is coated.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.

Options:  This is a very versatile recipe allowing you to add in your favorite veggies or take out anything you don't like.  You can also change up the pasta by using your favorite shape.   My 4 year old son absolutely loves this recipe and it's a great way to get him to eat some veggies without him realizing it...since he's hit the phase of "I hate vegetables."

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