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Connect Through Reading {Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway!}

Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway as part of www.dineanddish.net 7 years of blogging celebration!

Book reviews of  Eleanor & Park, Looking for Alaska, Go Ask Alice, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Tell the Wolves I'm Home and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Plus, as part of the Dine & Dish 7 Year Blogging Celebration, I'm giving away a fabulous Kindle Paperwhite!  Friends, I'm so excited for today because as part of the Dine & Dish 7 Years of Blogging Celebration, I'm giving away one of my absolute favorite things, ever! I've written about how much I love my Kindle Paperwhite compared to the other e-readers I've tried. You can read all about that here. Before we start the giveaway though, I have some Connect Through Reading updates for you. It's the time of year I like to hunker down and read as much as possible, so I have a lot of book updates to share with you today! Remember, let's follow each other on Goodreads so we can stay up to date on sharing our favorite book recommendations! … [Continue reading]

Food is Love {Recipe: Italian Cheese Bread}

Italian Cheese Bread from www.dineanddish.net

 A warm and cheesy loaf of Italian Cheese Bread would be a great way to give the gift of dairy to friends and neighbors this holiday season. Thanks to Midwest Dairy for sponsoring this recipe.  I've eluded to the fact that I was married before in this post...let's just get that out of the way. Long story short, we were super young, straight out of college, got married and things ended shortly before our 2nd anniversary. All in all, the marriage and subsequent divorce was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I certainly would not be the person I am today without having that life experience. I'll maybe write about that someday, but for now, I needed to share that little tidbit of info with you as it is the missing piece in the post I'm sharing today. Today I want to talk about food...and how food, and the gift of food, is love. Every relationship, whether it is a friendship, a marriage, a first love, family, etc. changes who you are. Each person you are close with becomes a little piece of you and who you become. Whether good or bad, it's something that can't be denied. This is the case with my former family... … [Continue reading]

Giving Thanks for the Everyday Things

Giving Thanks Hallmark Cards

  Thanks to Hallmark for sponsoring this post.  As many of you know, I completed my first half marathon a few weeks ago. I had so much anxiety leading up to it, but after crossing the finish line I had such an overwhelming feeling of thanks and gratitude. The race I ran was the Kansas City Half Marathon and I was so impressed with how well the coordinators gathered together 10,000 runners and created an event that seemed to be pulled off without a glitch. The course was beautiful, the sponsors were great, the pace runners were friendly and encouraging and it was just an overall fantastic experience. On Tuesday after the race, I was still basking in the glow of completing the half marathon and decided to send a thank you note to the coordinator. I looked up her address and wrote a note of thanks, explaining how much I appreciated the evident hard work and dedication that was put into creating such a great event. In return I received a nice note that included this..."I certainly appreciate your feedback and insights!  It’s not very often that we hear the positive things about the event…I appreciate that you took the time to let us know." … [Continue reading]

Celebrating 7 Years of Blogging {Recipe: The Best Dinner Rolls}

The Very Best Buttery Dinner Roll Recipe - a new Thanksgiving Favorite! dineanddish.net

  The very best bread machine shaped dinner roll recipe and an Oster Bread Machine giveaway to kick off a celebration of 7 years of blogging. Friends, this is a big, big day because it's the start of my SEVEN years of blogging celebration!! Over the next few weeks I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite things and doing some extra special giveaways to celebrate! Why giveaways? Well, because Dine & Dish wouldn't be what it is today without your love and support and I want to share my thanks with you by giving back. When I started Dine & Dish 7 years ago I had no idea what great joy this little site would bring me. I have developed friendships, created wonderful work relationships, have traveled and experienced things I've never even imagined,  I've gained new skills, have been able to contribute to our family financially and most of all, I've been able to do it all from home while raising my kids. Dine & Dish is not even close to the biggest blog out there, but I have the BEST readers, hands down. Thank you all so, so much for being such an important part of my life and for taking the time to click over and read what I share. It means more to me than I could ever tell you. Without further ado, I'd like to share the first of many giveaways with you!  … [Continue reading]

The Pioneer Woman Cooks Cookbook Giveaway x 3!

The Pioneer Woman Perfect Pie Crust Recipe plus a cookbook giveaway at dineanddish.net

  A flaky and tender pie crust recipe that uses both Crisco and Butter from The Pioneer Woman and a signed cookbook giveaway! I'd like to tell you a little story about two bloggers. Two bloggers who sat down at their respective computers 7 years ago and started their blogs. Two bloggers who love their dogs very much and both happen to have four kids. One blogger lives in the country. She has a little ranch in the middle of Oklahoma and likes to take pictures of her horses and cows. Over the past 7 years she has worked so hard and has built an entire empire out of her little blog. She has written something like 300 books (ok slight exaggeration), has her own awesome tv show on The Food Network, has an enormous fan base, and pretty much has become the Oprah of the blogging world. She somehow manages to be a great mom to 4 kids, work on the ranch, homeschool her children and keep up with 5 different and very entertaining sections of her blog. Many of you know and love her as The Pioneer Woman. The other blogger would be me. And, well. Hmmmm. Let's move on. … [Continue reading]