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In Memory of Elle

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars for #ElleAPalooza

I have been sitting here for the past hour, staring at the blinking cursor on my screen, truly unable to put into words what I want to write. This sucks. Hug your family. Love fiercely. Never take a single day or moment for granted...There, can that be it? That pretty much sums up how so many of us are feeling right now. On January 29th, I woke up, and like normal after everyone was off to school, I sat down at my computer and checked my email and then Facebook. This update on a dear blogging friends facebook page stopped me in my tracks... I spent the next several hours glued to my chair, unable to really believe what I had read. In fact, I honestly thought maybe it was a horrible joke and someone had hacked into Elle's facebook page.  She was chatting and bantering with people just the day before! … [Continue reading]

Our New Favorite Chili Recipe

Our New Favorite Chili Recipe from dineanddish.net

Our new favorite chili recipe, made with three different varieties of Bush's Reduced Sodium Beans. I've always been of the belief that chili was chili and that it was hard to make a chili absolutely more outstanding than the next. Because of that (now I know) misguided belief, I rarely switched things up when we had chili. I would follow my old standby recipe and serve it up as is. Luckily I was recently working with a client on photographing some various chili, and had the opportunity to try a number of different kinds of chili. All I can tell you is, boy I have been missing out all this time! I've always liked chili, but now I have to say I really really like chili.  … [Continue reading]

Are You Ready? {Recipe: Pepperoni Pizza King’s Hawaiian Bread}

Pepperoni Pizza King's Hawaiian Bread from www.dineanddish.net

An AMAZING gooey, cheesy Pepperoni Pizza bread made with King's Hawaiian Bread. It's a Super Bowl Appetizer recipe fit for a King...or a Bronco or a Seahawk! I'm going to admit something right now... I may have had to google to see who is playing in the Super Bowl this coming Sunday night. Pretty bad, right? Oh how I love the food of the Super Bowl season, but I just never can quite make myself get hyped up about the big game. When I hear the "Are You Ready For Some F..." I end it with food, instead of football. And if I didn't end it with football I'd fill in the blank with Super Bowl commercials. The Super Bowl commercials and awesome food at Super Bowl parties totally get me through.  … [Continue reading]

iStir Crock-Pot Giveaway CLOSED {Recipe: Homemade Granola}

Slow Cooker Homemade Granola Recipe from www.dineanddish.net

  A healthy and simple granola recipe made in the slow cooker and an iStir™ Crock-Pot Giveaway. The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Ginger Riggins, the winner of the iStir Crock-Pot Giveaway. Something strange has happened in our house. My "ice cream three times a day and a Snickers bar for breakfast" husband has turned health conscious. He's always looked healthy...but maybe the thought of turning 40 and the rumored to happen 40 year old slower metabolism has given him the desire to actually eat healthy as well. Either way, when he came to me the other day asking where our granola was to go atop his non-fat Greek yogurt, I may have asked him to repeat himself a few times. Then, I may have followed him to the pantry and stared at him while he ate, in complete disbelief. … [Continue reading]

Hibernation {Recipe: Sicilian Sausage and Peppers Rigatoni}

Sausage and Pepper Rigatoni from www.dineanddish.net

I’m honored to be a part of the 2014 Kraft Tastemaker Community, where I am teaming up with Kraft Foods to bring you family friendly recipes using common ingredients found in your pantry! January is usually our hunker down and hibernate month. I’ve never really had the kids signed up for extra activities in the winter, mostly because I really am not fond of getting out in the snow and cold when I don’t have to. Things have changed this year though. I finally broke down and signed Jacob up for basketball and Kelly up for Volleyball. On top of the new activities, we also have gymnastics, school of religion, choir, 4-H, tutoring and homework. Unexpectedly, my hunker down season has officially become quite busy! Instead of having all the time in the world to cook dinner, my evenings are in tune with the rush of my normal fall and spring months. … [Continue reading]