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Happy REAL New Year {Recipe: Chocolate Almond Muffins}

Chocolate Almond Muffin Recipe from dineanddish.net

 A wonderful Chocolate Almond Muffin recipe featuring Slivered Almonds from Diamond Nuts to celebrate the start of the REAL new year.  Happy New Year, everyone! Oh, I know I already wrote a happy new year post, but this time I want to wish you all a Happy REAL New Year. You know, the new year that starts AFTER the kids are back in school and you can actually focus on getting some of your goals set and things accomplished? I feel like the new year can't even begin to start until I have everyone back in some kind of normal routine, and heaven knows that doesn't happen until school is back in session! So happy REAL new year to you all! I have posts scheduled out in advance, my house has been clean for about 3 days now, and I feel like I'm back on my feet after the whirlwind of the holiday season. I love the REAL new year, don't you? … [Continue reading]

The Happiness Report #26

Happiness Report 26

Hi friends! Welcome to my first Happiness Report of 2014. Coming down off the holidays is always a bit of a bummer, but I'm doing my very best to try and find the silver lining! We had a very, very low key holiday...dare I say it was almost boring? My family wasn't able to get together because of distance and weather, so the only real celebrating we did was with Nick's family in Iowa. We had a great time, but the rest of break has been pretty uneventful. So, with that, let me share with you what's been making me happy lately! … [Continue reading]

Invest in 2014 {Giveaway: Word of the Year Necklace}

Invest in 2014 Word of the Year

Happy 2014, friends! I hope your new year is off to a very happy start! Every year, instead of giving myself a list of resolutions I most likely won't keep, I choose one focus word. My word for 2011 was Happiness (hence starting my Happiness Reports), 2012 I chose Connect (which launched my Connect through Reading posts) and 2013 my word was Simplify (Simplify Saturday was a result). My focus word for 2014 is...   So what does it mean to INVEST in 2014? Well, much to my husbands dismay I'm not referring to stocks and savings accounts, necessarily. Instead I'm talking about plans to: … [Continue reading]

Beans for Luck? {Recipe: Bean and Cheese Soup}

Bush's Bean and Cheese Soup Slowcooker Recipe

This recipe is sponsored by Bush's Beans. I know it is black eyed peas that are supposed to bring you good luck in the new year if you eat them, but I just can't seem to get into that. I've never been the biggest fan of black eyed peas (love the band, not so much the food). So each year on the New Year, I choose to pretend beans, like kidney beans or black beans, have the same kind of "luck" power. And as luck would have it, there are some really tasty recipes out there featuring one of my favorite foods... beans! … [Continue reading]

Recipe: Decadent Frosted Brownies

Decadent Frosted Brownies from www.dineanddish.net

I have been hanging on to this dessert recipe to share with you for a few weeks now... not because it isn't good. These rich and moist brownies are actually really amazing, especially with the creamy chocolate frosting and chopped Diamond walnuts. The reason I haven't shared this recipe with you yet was because I didn't want it to get over shadowed by all of the Christmas goodies being shared around the web. Although I would love to eat brownies just about any time of year, they just don't quite fit into the traditional holiday baking mold like say, eggnog desserts or cut out sugar cookies. … [Continue reading]