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Back to School {Recipe: Chopped Ham and Cheese Rolls}

Chopped and fried honey ham lunch meat topped with shredded cheese and placed in a King’s Hawaiian sweet hotdog bun is a quick and simple back to school time dish… on the table in a matter of minutes!

Fried Chopped Ham and Cheese Rolls are a quick and easy dinner idea that can be on your table in a matter of minutes! From dineanddish.netFriends… I hear you. We are struggling! This back to school business is hard. After a summer of relaxed bedtimes, come and go as you please schedules, and meals at all the odd hours of the day, this whole getting back into the swing of a rigid school schedule is tough.

I never thought that having 4 kids in 3 different schools, on 3 different starting and ending schedules would be difficult. Not to mention going 4 different directions after school for the various activities… tutoring, football, volleyball, dance, school of religion, etc. I’d love to be one of those bloggers posting 25 great back to school breakfast recipe roundups or 50 quick and easy after school meals, but to be honest with you, after 1 week down I can tell this school year we are going to be lucky to hug and say goodnight at the end of the day, let alone sit down to elaborate meals at the same time every night. My mojo for the 2014-2015 school year is simply going to be to survive.

I’m not complaining… just keeping it real. I love my life, my kids and our crazy schedules and wouldn’t have it any other way! I just know we, like so many of you, are going to be facing challenges this year to stay connected and sane. [Continue reading]

Peachy Days {Recipe: Super Simple Whiskey Peach Cobbler}

Super Simple Peach Cobbler Recipe from dineanddish.netI kind of have a crush on peaches this summer. Oh, you noticed? What gave it away? The fact that just about every recipe I’ve posted in the past few weeks has had fresh peaches as an ingredient?

I just can’t help it. The peaches this season are just so juicy and good! I have also used a significant number of paper towels this summer, wiping up all the juice that’s dribbling down my face. I’m a little impatient with my peach eating and instead of cutting them up to eat them like a true lady would, I’ve been diving right in and taking bites out of the peaches… knowing full well that I’ll end up a sticky peach juice mess. But again, so worth it.  [Continue reading]

College Talk {Recipe: The Best Coffee Cake with Blackberry Glaze}

The Best Coffee Cake Recipe with Blackberry Glaze on dineanddish.netThree out of the four of my kids have started school as of today. My oldest starts tomorrow, which means he and I got to spend part of the morning together without any of his siblings around. That kind of one on one time rarely happens around here, so it’s a pretty special thing.

Of course, I was about ready to duct tape his mouth shut about an hour into our morning when he decided now would be a good time to remind me just how little time he has left at home before heading off to college. SIX years. What the heck? Then he continued to do the math for the rest of my kids, which was absolutely unnecessary. His mention of 6 years had already thrown me into a tailspin of disbelief and after that everything he said afterwards was pretty much “blah blah blah blah” in my head. When it comes to my babies, I am in no way whatsoever even remotely close to prepared for thinking about the day I have to send them off to college. Denial is happily my middle name. [Continue reading]

Bed and Breakfast Style Peach Crunch Muffins Recipe

Bed and Breakfast Style Peach Crunch Muffins from dineanddish.net

My attempt to re-create a Peach Crunch Muffin recipe we had at a Bed and Breakfast in Martha's Vineyard was a success! "He said no! He said no? Did he really just tell me no to my request for his Peach Granola muffin recipe?" My husband looked at me like I'd gone crazy. "Yes, I'm pretty sure he said no and that if you liked the muffins you'll just have to come back again sometime." "Well..." hmph.  … [Continue reading]

Take Back Mornings with Starbucks {Giveaway}

Enter to win a Starbucks K-Cup Pike Place gift pack with a Starbucks tumbler and Moleskine Coffee Notes book

School is starting and I'm ready to take back my morning routine, with the help of Starbucks!  Leah starts school tomorrow and as much as I'm not ready for school to start, there is a part of me ready to take back my mornings. You know, "happy hour"? The time I wrote about way back when where I wake up early in the morning and have an hour to myself before everyone else gets up. I use that unplugged time to drink my morning coffee, read the newspaper, catch up on my happiness book and more. I treasure that time, but will be honest when I say during the summer, when getting up early is optional, sleeping in has won out. I am slowly starting to take back my mornings. When I wake up early and have that time to myself, the entire household seems to run better. Because of my morning "me time", I feel more organized and on top of it and ready to deal with the chaos that is getting 4 kids ready for school and out the door.  … [Continue reading]