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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]

Stay Off the Internet {Recipe: Zesty Mustard Baked Chicken Thighs}

Zesty Mustard Chicken Thighs Recipe from dineanddish.net

I had outpatient surgery yesterday... nothing too serious but I'm hoping will change the quality of my life quite a bit. (TMI for my men readers...but ladies, I had a D&C and ablation. Hopeful it helps!) Anyway, I had the sweetest nurse before my procedure who warned me to stay off the internets while I'm on my pain medication. "It loosens inhibitions and can make you say things you might not mean to." Apparently, she is right as I am getting a little incensed at the moment about this article telling people to stop using the word veggies. Which also makes me think of those blog posts that tell photographers to stop using stripey straws, distressed boards, twine and the like.  … [Continue reading]

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]