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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]

Lipton Tea K-Cups and Platinum Plus Keurig Brewer Giveaway

Lipton Black Tea Kcup

My most utilized small appliance just got a whole lot better! You know I've always loved my Keurig brewer for brewing up my daily #ShotOfCoffee, but did you know that Lipton Tea has now partnered with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to introduce new Lipton Iced Tea, Black Tea and Green Tea K-Cup Packs?  How great is that? I'm excited to be partnering with Lipton and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to introduce you all to the new Lipton K-Cups and offer a wonderful K-Cup and Keurig Platnium Brewing System giveaway! … [Continue reading]

#ThisIs40 Week 4 in Photos

This Is 40 Photo Opener

Hey all! Before I get into my #ThisIs40 Week 4 in Photos, I wanted to tell you about a new project I've started. So many people contact me each week for advice on writing, so I thought I'd share my free "writing workouts" with those interested. Head over to the new inspiredPrompts page on Dine & Dish to learn more! If you want to improve your writing skills, I promise this will help. OK, now on to my #ThisIs40 week 4 in photos! … [Continue reading]