The Best Pasta Salad Recipe

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The best pasta salad recipe

 

I tend to be a creature of habit.  There are some things that I just love, and no matter what, I cannot break out of the cycle.  This Pasta Salad recipe is one of the things that I make a lot.  It’s great as a side dish, but hearty enough for a meal.  Plus, it’s fairly quick and makes a lot. 

Pasta Salad Ingredients:

  • One bag Rotini Pasta (approx 12 oz or so)  I like the multi-colored kind, as it makes it prettier.
  • 8 oz sliced or whole mushrooms (generally one carton)
  • A good sized stalk of Broccoli – I know.  It’s about 1-2 cups, or a package of frozen broccoli.
  • 8 oz Mozzarella cheese (one ball) – I like to use the non-fresh mozzarella, as it stands up better.
  • A large jar of marinated artichoke hearts – these are generally 12-14 oz. 
  • Small can of sliced olives. 
  • One can of Garbanzo Beans (also called chickpeas)
  • A pkg of dry Salami. Approx 4 oz, but I like to use the 8 oz packages. 
  • A double recipe of this salad dressing.
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Finding out the Sex of your Baby: Old Wives’ Tales to DNA Tests

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Gender Prediction Tests
 
Your belly has started grow and for the past few weeks you have found yourself pondering the sex of your baby. Have you thought about a gender test to help you discover the gender? Waiting until the moment of birth is just one choice. But for those expectant mothers who just cannot wait, perhaps wishing the surprise family and friends before the birth, a baby gender test is the answer.
 
But there are so many gender tests around – where do you start?. The internet is flooded with information and tests which can be done to tell you the gender of your baby. Let’s have a look at just a few.
 
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eTextbooks – Who Knew?

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CourseSmart for your etextbook needs

 

It’s back to school time again!  Are you ready?  I am most definitely not prepared for school to start.  I guess it’s a good thing that I don’t have to go then, isn’t it! 

A couple years ago I started on my Masters degree.  In fact, that was part of the reason I relocated to the Midwest.  The program I wanted to attend was located in the Midwest.  I chose this path, even though the school where I did my undergrad was highly respected and had a masters program.  I suppose I was ready for a change. 

Sooo…I took a job transfer, uprooted myself and moved halfway across the continent.  All to pursue my educational goal.  It wasn’t long before the degree got pushed to the back burner, though. 

I wish CourseSmart had been around when I was attending school.  You can rent e-versions of textbooks.  How amazingly awesome is that?  You not only don’t have to spend absurd amounts of money on books, but you don’t have to lug around the heavy books either.  I mean, that’s a workout in itself, right? 

Anyway, with these eTextbooks, you can just download them to your e-reader, iPad, iPhone, or Droid.  Don’t have any of those gadgets?  Never fear!  You can also download the digital books to your laptop or desktop computer.  CourseSmart has an app that will let you read your book on just about whatever format you need.  eResources have become really commonplace in the past couple of years. 

CourseSmart is the #1 leader in eTextbooks and digital course materials.  When you buy the digital textbooks, you can save up to 60 percent off the price of printed textbooks.   That money can really start to add up, too.   In a semester or two you could pay for an iPad from the textbook money saved. 

Whether you’re attending school, or you have a kid that’s going off to college, check out CourseSmart for your book needs. 

 

I was compensated for this post.  However, all opionions are mine

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Bare Fruit Snacks Organic Dried Fruit – A Review

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Bare Fruit Snacks Dried Apple slices

 

Dried fruit has always been one of my favorite snacks. 

When I was a kid, we would go out to the California Desert several times a year; my great-grandmother had homesteaded there, and my grandparents have had a weekend house in Palm Springs as long as I can remember.  That is one of the places we would spend holidays and family get togethers.

It was a long trip, but the car ride was fun.  Playing cards and travel games, eating sandwiches from the good Italian deli, and stopping at a well known dried fruit store. The store was just outside of Palm Springs on the edge of the Cabazon Indian reservation. They had the best dried fruit and nuts I have ever tasted – and date shakes!

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