Monday, November 19, 2012

Daily Activities and Italian Pasta Salad

Thanksgiving week is here! It is a busy week for us, but mostly because my last semester is wrapping up and we are moving in 2.5 weeks. Last week I managed to read the entire book, An Amish Holiday by Cynthia Keller, procrastination at it's best. The book was really a very inspiring and interesting story. It helped me to better see the value the simpler things in life, just in time for Thanksgiving!

If you are looking for a recipe to make before or after Thanksgiving, this is one of my favorite pasta salads to make. We eat it for dinner, but it would also be perfect as a side for a party.

  • 12 oz shell pasta
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1-28 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 5 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 package italian dressing mix
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 
  • 1 tsp dried basil 
  • 1 tsp dried parsley 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper 
  • Cook pasta according to directions and run under cold water until cool
  • Transfer to large bowl
  • Add in peppers, tomatoes and cheese to bowl
  • In a separate small bowl mix spices, oil and vinegar together
  • Pour over ingredients in the larger bowl
  • Mix together, cover and chill for a few hours
  • Enjoy!
Now I will leave you with some 3-year-old photography skills:

Stone Turtle (side angle)

Artwork and Towel


  1. Oh...that book looks good! I am hooked! And thanks for the pasta salad recipe. I have had the same one since I got married. It is good, but this one looks better! Thanks for sharing...Happy Thanksgiving week!

  2. Oh my goodness that pasta salad looks absolutely delicious!! And that little 3 year old may or may not have better photography skills than I do ;) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!