Road Trip + Cheese Tortellini Pasta Salad

Hey everyone! I know it has been awhile since I posted, but I’m back! My husband and I headed off to a road trip out east.

Wisconsin. Illinois. Indiana. Ohio. Pennsylvania. Maryland. West Virginia. Virginia. Washington D.C. Delaware. Michigan.

Yikes–those were all of the states we passed through! However, we really only spent time in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C. We set out as a goal to make it to as many MLB stadiums as we could. We only made it to 3 because it just seemed like most of the teams we looked at in the area were out of town. We were fortunate–or maybe even unfortunate if you know how the Brewers are playing these days–to see the Brewers play in 2 of the 3 parks. PNC park in Pittsburgh, Nationals Park in Washington D.C., and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Our goal is to one day make it to all 32 parks.

Nationals Park in Washington DC

Nationals Park in Washington DC

Our first stop was to see my godparents–hi Linda & David! We had a great time over some yummy food and great conversation. We don’t get to see them nearly enough so I’m glad their place was on the way to Pittsburgh!

After PNC Park, we headed to Charlottesville, Virginia. Honestly, just because we wanted to. We hit up some historical sites and of course some wonderful foodies places. Check out the beautiful Jefferson Winery & refreshing sangria from a tapas restaurant in DC…


Thomas Jefferson Winery

Thomas Jefferson Winery


Yummy Sangria on our fooseball dinner table!

Yummy Sangria on our fooseball dinner table!

We also met up with my parents, sister, and brother-in-law in DC. My sister used to live there–and will again soon–so she was able to take us to the best spots in DC. We even went to the Food Network featured, Georgetown Cupcake! I do have to say, these were the best cupcakes I had from a restaurant shop like this. Well of course I had their “Peanut Butter Twist” cupcake!

Yummy cupcakes!

Yummy cupcakes!

After DC, we headed to Philadelphia to catch a Phillies vs. Braves game. We didn’t cheer for either time–we’ve heard about the intense Philly fans!–but had a great time taking in the park. We also got to catch a tour to Independence Hall.

Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA

Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA

Although we had a great time, I’m glad to be back home in Wisconsin! I love to travel, but the more I travel, the more I love Milwaukee for a being a city that is not too small and not too big. But now it is time to get blogging some yummy recipes to you! Try this yummy pasta salad next time you need an easy dish to pass for that next gathering or a tasty summer side dish.

Cheese Tortellini Pasta Salad

Cheese Tortellini Pasta Salad

Cheese Tortellini Pasta Salad

Recipe adapted from: Dream Home Cooking Girl


1 (20 ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini [I like the Buitoni brand]

1 cup, cubed mozzarella

1 package, Hormel mini turkey pepperoni

1 cup, cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped

2/3 cup light Italian dressing

Ground pepper, to taste


Cook the pasta according the the directions on the package. Once cooked, drain and rinse with cold water. Rinse again and drain as much water as possible.

In a large bowl, combine all of the remaining ingredients until well combined. Add pepper to taste. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Enjoy!



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