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Organized Chaos (a Giveaway and Cinnamon Raisin Bread)

If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you have probably figured out that I can be a little bit scatterbrained. I am what I like to call organized in a very chaotic way. I have a very deep desire to find my inner organized self. I know she’s in there… she used to […]

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The Joy of Bread (and Buttermilk Dinner Rolls)

Quick note… if you missed this post and are a parent, head over to it now for the chance to win the parenting book every parent in this age of “Extreme Parenting” needs to read. I think I was in about the 7th grade when my mom discovered the joy of making homemade bread. She […]

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A Gift for Every Mom on the Block (and Pie Crust Cookies)

Would you believe that I have been a mom for 7 years and until recently I have never read a parenting book. The last book I picked up that had anything to do with parenting was What to Expect When Your Expecting. Trust me… it is not that I think I have all the answers. […]

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Caramel Rolls – A Welcome Gift

I am always so impressed with the effort that goes into food gifts this time of year. Ellaborate trays of cookies, breads of all kinds, gingerbread houses… bakers are busy in the kitchen cooking up things to give to others. A gift of homemade goodies, in my opinion, is a true gift of love. I […]

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Fortunate Cookies

I made homemade fortune cookies today. I know…fortune cookies are probably not something that most people are spending time in their kitchen whipping up two days before Thanksgiving. I had a thought though… I wanted to somehow give all of our guests at Thanksgiving dinner an opportunity to be reminded of the blessings in their […]

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Acts of Kindness (and Another Giveaway!)

The most recent cover article I did for Her Life Magazine was about a young man named Jeffrey Owen Hanson. The article mostly focused on his mom, Julie… an amazing woman who has the desire to give to others more so than anyone I have ever personally known. I don’t want to give the story […]

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A Fish Family

I do not remember ever having a meal at home that included seafood when I was growing up. My mom made a lot of delicious meals, but I never recall having shrimp, salmon, cod… any of that. My husband, growing up on a cattle farm, was the same way. Everything was meat and potatoes. He […]

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Blogging Friends – A Giveaway for You!

I started the Dine & Dish blog in November 2006. Back in my beginning blogging days, I was a very eager, typical new blogger. I cooked and posted on my blog almost every single day. I spent hours reading through blogs and learning the ropes, so to speak. I spent a lot of time networking […]

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From the Archives – Return of Alpha Mom vs Slacker Mom

OK all – I am taking the advice of some of you who gave me suggestions about my missing mojo. I have decided to revisit some of my favorite posts from the past that you may have missed. A new post will be up this weekend, but for now, I hope you enjoy the return […]

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Parenting With a Heavy Heart

My heart is so heavy tonight and I just cannot seem to get past the emotions I am feeling. I tried to sleep but my tears won’t stop flowing and and the gut wrenching emotional pain is not letting up. My 6 year old is the kind of boy I want with all of my […]

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