Pesto and Pea Pasta Salad

I had this pasta salad at a local sandwich shop and my daughter gobbled it up, so I wanted to try and duplicate it.  It was pretty easy and came out so good.  It will definitely be a staple for barbecues all summer long!

Pesto and Pea Pasta Salad

 

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No Bake S’mores Truffles

S’mores truffles.  No bake.  Gooey center; chocolatey, goodness. Ohhhemmmgeee. These are so good y’all. Like seriously good. I’ve been making Oreo balls for years. And man are those tasty. Why mess with a good thing, right? Unless of course you’re adding s’more to the title. Then you can mess with anything. There is pretty much no dessert in the world that wouldn’t taste better with a s’mores twist, amIriiight?
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No More Mush Mama!!

So after 6 months of being exclusively breastfed, I was beyond excited to start purees with Layla. I couldn’t wait to see her face as she experienced new flavors and textures, figure out what she liked and disliked and made a huge mess of herself. As soon as she turned 6 months, out came the butternut squash from my garden that I baked, pureed and froze months earlier (only the best for my little girl!!). I thawed it out, got her settled in her high chair, opened one of the (many) packages of spoons I have and gave her a bite. Her first bite of food! I was sure her eyes would light up, realizing just how tasty food was…but BOY was I wrong. Layla screamed bloody murder when I tried to feed her. So the next night I tried rice cereal. Then avocado puree. Then I tried carrots and green peas. Nothing worked. For a month, we battled at dinner time while she screamed the entire time, closed her mouth as tight as possible, spit out whatever I managed to get in, etc. You get the picture. So one day, I had had enough. I dumped the puree on her high chair and let her play around with it and she actually smiled. She attempted to put it in her mouth, and may have even swallowed some. Dinnertime was fun again! So I realized something. My daughter wasn’t opposed to food…she just didn’t like purees! Whether it’s a texture thing, or she’s just Miss. Independent and wanted to do it all herself, I”ll never know. But the point is, she wanted to eat! Check out her face on the left (oh helllll no Mama get that spoon away from me) and on the right (this whole food thing is fun Mom – why didn’t we start this awhile ago?!).

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Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup

This soup recipe is too good not to share. I’ve made this one over and over again, because my husband happens to love the Olive Garden version (not because my kale has been taking over my garden all winter!!) Every time I make it, we try and figure out what’s missing, and what could improve it. Well I did it. I think I’ve perfected the sausage, potato and kale soup. Seriously, trust me on this one. Just go home and make it and I promise you won’t regret it!  You want to start by prepping all of your ingredients.  Dice the onions and garlic.  Scrub the potatoes and slice them into 1/4 inch thick slices.  Leave about half of them like that, and the rest, cut in half vertically.
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