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Celebrating 3 Years (Recipe: Monkey Bread)

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I just realized that my 3 year blog anniversary was yesterday. It slipped by, almost unnoticed.

Blogging has changed my life, so to allow my blog anniversary go by without much celebration would not be fair. Changed your life, you say? Isn’t that a bit overly dramatic, Kristen? Nope… blogging truly has changed my life. I have been re-acquainted with my love for writing and because of that have had some amazing opportunities come my way. I’ve met some of the coolest people ever through my blog… generous, humble, talented, beautiful, fun, witty, supportive folks. I am blessed to consider many of you my friends, and I thank you for that!

When things have been hard, you have helped me to get through it. You let me know that I was not alone… we are all in this thing called life, together. Your warm, thoughtful and supportive emails and comments have meant so much to me. I am truly humbled every day to wake up to new comments by you, so thank you!

When there were times of celebration, you have been there… cheering right along with me.

Through my kitchen successes and my kitchen flops, no matter what, the encouragement that I have received from you, my readers, has made soldiering on worth it!

I’ve been in a bit of a blogging/life funk lately, but I woke up today feeling renewed, inspired and ready to get things back in gear… to take Dine & Dish back to where it used to be. The food blogging world has gotten so big over the past 3 years… there is a lot of inspiration out there. I’m ready to start being inspired and to hopefully inspire others again.

Monkey Bread has been the most popular recipe of all the recipes on my blog. Funny how a recipe using canned biscuits (and is soooo fattening) is so popular, isn’t it? I think this recipe summarizes everything that I want my readers to get out of Dine & Dish. I hope that when you come here you find compelling stories, easy, family friendly recipes, with a little bit of monkey business thrown in. Thank you so much for a fantastic 3 years. I appreciate your support, friendship and love!

Monkey Bread

3 cans buttermilk biscuits
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
  1. Cut each biscuit in fourths with scissors.
  2. Shake biscuits in bag with sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Layer biscuits into greased tube pan.
  4. Melt margarine and brown sugar and boil 1 minute.
  5. Pour over biscuits.
  6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
  7. Let stand 10 minutes before removing from pan.

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  1. Congrats on 3 years! I just past one and while its hard at times, it is very encouraging to see people keep up with it for so long. Here’s to many more years and to a blog that you certainly should be so very proud of!
    .-= Deseree´s last blog ..Cannoli with Peppermint Mascarpone Filling =-.

    .-= VeggieGirl´s last blog ..Don’t Plan, Just Enjoy =-.

  3. I always enjoy your posts and appreciate the balance you strike between personal anecdotes and delicious recipes. Life and relationships come together around food, whether joyous occasion or otherwise, and it’s comforting to know that others (like you) are going through both the ups and downs that life can throw at all of us, handling both with as much grace as possible. Thanks for continuing to share!

    .-= TasteStopping´s last blog ..Orange you glad she rolled with it? =-.

  4. I am so glad to see you back – I have missed you.

    Congrats on the 3 years!
    .-= pickycook´s last blog ..herb & spice roasted vegetables with red wine & mushroom gravy =-.

  5. Congrats on 3 years, Kristen! This is quite an accomplishment!
    You will get through this so-called funk; sometimes it just takes awhile.
    BTW, this recipe is delicious!
    .-= Lynda´s last blog ..Herb Dip (and a Happy Thanksgiving!) =-.

  6. Happy three years! Blogging is hard work and to keep a blog going for that long takes real dedication and passion. Congratulations!
    .-= Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog ..Nishiki rice (Recipe: chicken or turkey fried rice) =-.

  7. Happy 3 years!!! I am looking forward to the next 3 years of yummy food.
    .-= leslie´s last blog ..Look who I met….. =-.

  8. Happy blogiversary!
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Pesto Pasta =-.

  9. Happy 3rd blogiversary! Congratulations for your terrific work. I enjoy it very much.
    .-= Heather @ what’s blooming this week´s last blog ..Forcing Bulbs for Winter Blooms =-.

  10. Wow! 3 years is amazing =D. Here’s to many more!
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Daring Bakers: Cannoli =-.

  11. Congratulations on three years! That is a huge thing. I hope you have many, many more years of sharing fun, family-friendly food and ideas.
    .-= Sarah Caron´s last blog ..Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes =-.

  12. Happy blogiversary!
    .-= Di´s last blog ..Thanksgiving treats =-.

  13. Erin McMilon says:

    Congratulations! I love your site and look forward to visiting each day! Thanks for sharing your kitchen, your family and yourself with me!
    Here’s to many more anniversaries!!!


  14. Happy blogiversary! You are a true inspiration, Kristen. I enjoy your stories and your recipes. Hang in there, honey, you’re a strong woman and life will be good again.

  15. Happy anniversary, Kristen!
    I always enjoy reading your blog, besides the recipes and photos, I’d say it’s the feeling I have when I’m visiting here.
    It just feels so comfortable! :)
    .-= lululu´s last blog ..To Ethan (13 Months) =-.

  16. Kristen, congrats on the 3 years of blogging! Whatever it is that you are going through keep your head up and you will make it through, stronger!!
    .-= Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread´s last blog ..Maple Infused Noshes =-.

  17. Big hugs to you, dear Kristen, and congratulations! Yours was one of the first blogs that inspired me and I remember, even before I had a blog, I was so excited to get a comment from you on one of my Flickr photos! I’m so grateful to count you among my blogging friends. :)
    .-= LyB´s last blog ..Testing Holiday Recipes – Maple Brûlée Pie =-.

  18. Fabulous photo. Really.

    Congratulations on 3! Keep on writin’!
    .-= Amy J in SC´s last blog ..They’ll Make You Sing Muffins =-.

  19. Kristen – congratulations on 3 years of blogging! I am so happy that we got to meet this past summer – your blog was one of the first one’s I read that really “spoke” to me and it’s good to see you are inspired to jump back in again! We all have times when it’s hard to blog (I’ve been in a funk lately as well… finally getting out of it as well).

    gonna have to try this monkey bread.. it looks so hard to resist!
    .-= patsy´s last blog ..Thanksgiving: Mom’s Hot Rolls =-.

  20. 3 years of Dine & Dish…hooray! Congrats on all your efforts: Blogging can be such a time-consuming but marvelous thing, and I’m happy to hear you plan on sticking with it. Happy anniversary!
    .-= Sandie (Inn Cuisine)´s last blog ..Holiday Season Special: Inn the Sweet Kitchen, Part 1 (Recipe: Cocoa Meringue Cookies) =-.


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