Bow Tie Pasta Salad


  • 1 box bow tie pasta
  • 1 container grape tomatoes, cut in half length-wise
  • 1 container ciliegine fresh mozzarella balls, cut in half
  • 1 container kalamata olives, cut in half length-wise
  • 1-2 handfuls baby arugula lettuce
  • extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Cook bow tie pasta al dente. Drain and run under cold running water to make pasta cold. Once pasta is cold, transfer to large bowl and add all ingredients. Toss and serve.

Three Bean Salad


  • 1 (15 ounce) can green beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) pound wax beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Let set in refrigerator for at least 12 hours. Enjoy!

Mini Egg Cupcakes for Easter

EasterCupcakeThese Spring treats are easy to make when you have little ones around demanding your time and attention. Wouldn’t we all love to have the time to make things from scratch, but just because you can’t, it doesn’t mean you have to forgo fun altogether. These boxed brands are still super tasty, and don’t require a culinary school degree.

You will need:

  • 1 package of chocolate cupcake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 16 oz container of Pillsbury Creamy Surpreme Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • 1 bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs
  • 1 package of Edible Easter Grass
  • 1 package white paper cupcake cups

Just follow the packaging instructions and decorate the tops with the Cadbury eggs and grass. Have fun with it, and even include the kids!