Pasta Salad is a perfect warm weather staple… (***update on weekend drama at the end of post 🙂 ***)
And hopefully, here for those of us experiencing a cold spring, it’ll warm up soon!
Today I’ve got another recipe to throw into your mix of warm weather favorites…it’s delicious with cherry tomatoes, black olives, chunks of mozzarella cheese…add grilled chicken and you’ve got dinner!
*** I have used Mariella Pasta –It’s the gluten free pasta that Maggiano’s restaurant uses and it’s perfection…BUT recently I’ve tried Barilla Gluten Free Pastas and they are AMAZING!! And the Barilla is easy to find at your local grocery!***
16 ounces of spiral pasta…use Gluten Free if you have Celiac or Gluten Sensitivity
3 Cups Cherry tomatoes halved
1/2 lb Mozzarella Cheese – Cubed
2 packages (real) Bacon Pieces
1 Green Pepper cut into small pieces
1 (10 ounces) Can Black Olives–drained
1 (4 ounce) jar pimentos–drained
3/4 (16 ounce) bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing ***make sure it’s GlutenFree***
Boil salted water…add pasta and cook according to directions- If you’re using GF pasta DO NOT overcook…(you may want to undercook by a minute)
Drain pasta and rinse briefly with cold water
In large bowl combine all ingredients –except for dressing– when the ingredients are mixed, pour salad dressing over pasta and toss…
***If you like a milder taste, use only 8 ounces of dressing…we like it zesty so I used 3/4 bottle of the 16 ounce dressing***
Now for the drama…
***If you guys are following my blog page on Facebook you might already know that on Friday I had an accident with a steak knife…
I’m going to tell you about it but before I do, if you’re on FB and haven’t hit the LIKE button on All Things Heart and Home, would you consider doing it? Here’s why…Facebook is so frustrating–they keep my posts from 80% of my buds because they want me to pay for every post…BUT Facebook is the way I can connect with my friends (almost) in real time…
I share photos that inspire me…we can chat, you and I, throughout the week…it’s what I think of as micro-blogging and I love the feeling that we, you and I, are hanging out…if you do follow All Things Heart and Home however…the only way to get my posts is to COMMENT on them, LIKE them and/or SHARE them. That ensures the the powers-that-be at Facebook will show you my posts.
if you’re squeamish …don’t read on…
Here’s how I hurt my hand…I was (stupidly) making holes in the bottom of small cans so the little ones at our Easter party could plant seeds…in a hurry, when I couldn’t find my hammer, I (STUPIDLY) used a steak knife to stab holes. You can see it coming can’t you? Picture a serial killer…stabbing over and over…I ended up stabbing my hand…ummm, all the way through.
So instead of Good Friday services, The Husband and I were hanging out at Urgent Care where the doctor stitched me up and told me I most likely severed one of my digital nerves to my thumb.
It got better from there though, we had a big party on Sunday and The Husband stepped up and helped me pull everything together (you knew he would). My hand didn’t hurt at all! No kidding, I’ve had NO pain! (Although I can’t hold things in that hand because the muscle is weak and sore if I do)
Ok…so that’s the scoop! A prayer for the nerve would be so appreciated because I would really rather not have surgery 🙂
Sending love my friends ~ xo