7 satisfying pasta salad recipes

July 28, 2014
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Sure–these amazing pasta salads can be served year-round, but they seem like the perfect side dish to enjoy with a main course from the grill (but some are even hearty enough to serve alone as your meal). They’re creamy, tasty, and if you manage to have any leftovers at all…they always taste better the next day!

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Try out a few of these scrumptious recipes from some fellow inventive bloggers…

When her dad requested Macaroni Salad for his retirement party, Emily of Is This Really My Life? made it her mission to find the perfect recipe. She adapted a classic from FamilyFavoriteRecipes and her research paid off~it was a huge hit!

Nicole from Prevention RD came up with the yummy nutrition-packed Pesto Tortellini Salad one night when she brainstormed. She used ingredients that she had on hand and whole wheat tortellini which added fiber to the recipe. The end result?–an amazingly delicious dinner!

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If you want to try your hand at making Jessica’s recipe for her  delightful Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad–make sure you pick up a bunch of asparagus on your next trip to the grocery store. For a full list of ingredients, head over to her blog…Sunny Side Up.

Looking for a new way to enjoy seafood? Try out a great recipe for Shrimp Pasta Salad on the Jennifer Cooks Blog. A combination of mayo and buttermilk make it the perfect choice for a light lunch.

“Summer in a bowl” is the phrase that Des uses to describe her recipe for Creamy Bacon Tomato and Avocado Pasta Salad. Her inspiration came from her all-time favorite sandwich~Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado.  She shares the complete list of ingredients on her blog, Life’s Ambrosia.

Tonight, why not resist the urge to order pizza delivery and instead enjoy a big serving of some Pizza Pasta Salad?  We found this mouthwatering recipe on the Butter with a Side of Bread Blog. Click here to find out easy it is to prepare this savory meal in a bowl.

This is one of those that will make you say–”now why didn’t I think of that?”.  Cyndy from The Creative Exchange added pasta into the mix and came up with a unique version of Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad which is heartier than a traditional caesar, but still light enough to love after a long, hot summer day.

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6 super tips for better vacation photos

July 22, 2014
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Here’s something you might want to read before your set out on the open road this summer…whether you rely on your smartphone to snap your vacation photos or carry along a digital camera, this useful advice will take your photos to the next level.

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Have you ever successfully captured fireworks on your camera?–keep reading to get the scoop on everything from special lighting situations to creating a great family photo.

Amy from She Wears Many Hats has a nice blog post on different tools and stresses the importance of getting to know your own camera.

Do your summer plans include a visit to Disney? Then get set to get wet and find  all of the photo tips you’ll need over at Capturing Magic.  A photopass sounds like the way to go :) —read all about it here.

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The whole family photo thing not really working out for you?  Find out How to Look Awesome in Family Vacation Photos from Peanut Blossom (advice courtesy of Jessica Gwozdz).

I have to admit, I’ve never attempted taking a photo underwater, but after seeing the amazing results over on  The Handmade Home –I think it’s time to try. Martin of Britsnap Photography gives some very insightful tips on capturing some great shots at the pool and beach.

When those beautiful colors light up the night sky, you’ll be ready to get a great photo…just make sure your read Michelle’s post on How to Photograph Fireworks over on Decor and the Dog.

And, last but not least–once you’ve got all these great vacation photos, don’t just leave them sitting in your camera. Aniko from Place of my Taste will walk you through the easy process of organizing your photos from start to finish. Once that’s done, printing your treasured memories will be a breeze!

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get your game on in the great outdoors

July 15, 2014
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We’ve found the cure for summertime blues…by now you’ve probably heard more than once, “Mom, I’m bored!”

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It’s time to take the fun outside and with these entertaining games you can get the entire family in on the action.

Now you can take this great family classic and play it on your lawn. Half of the fun with this DIY Yard Yahtzee is making the game pieces.  Roll on over to The Pinning Mama to get the full instructions on making this for your own family.

Everyone will love taking their turn at this DIY Ring Toss Game. Sara from Mom Endeavors points out that this is perfect for summer picnics and family reunions.

Wanna learn how to turn your backyard into a giant gameboard? Create a Giant Lawn Matching Game using cork tiles and spray paint. Kelly spills all her secrets for making this kid-friendly game on her blog, Studio DIY (along with all the printables for creating the shapes on the game pieces).

Here’s a great use for baby food jar lids (or any other jar lids that you may have saved up)…Sidewalk Chalk Checkers. According to Rebecca, all you need is sandpaper, paint/paint brushes, and sidewalk chalk to construct this gameboard in front of your own home.

Summer just wouldn’t be summer without adding a few bubbles into the mix. But, these Rainbow Bubble Snakes aren’t just your ordinary bubbles! Head over to Housing A Forest to find out how easy it is to incorporate this fun activity into your next free sunny afternoon :)

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Who needs a pool when the kids can play all day with these Sponge Bombs? Splishing, puddle splashing, and sponge bomb tag are just a few of the ways Erika’s kids found to enjoy these wet wonders. She explains how cheap and easy it is to make these on her blog~Musings from a Stay At Home Mom.

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I'm April McCrumb ~ a creative gal from Michigan that loves to share clever gift ideas, simple recipes, my favorite tunes & all things crafty.  Thanks for stopping by my whimsical world. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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