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Recipe: Tomato Basil Queso Cheese Dip

Tomato Basil Queso Appetizer from dineanddish.net

I’m honored to be a part of the 2013 Kraft Tastemaker Community, where I am teaming up with Kraft Foods to bring you family friendly recipes using common ingredients found in your pantry! I really love watching the winter Olympics. I always have. I remember being a little girl and pretending to ice skate around our living room while we watched the competition. I was convinced I had natural talent, even though I had never actually put on a pair of ice skates before! When the winter Olympics are on TV, it is one thing my entire family of 6 can agree on watching. There’s just something so captivating about seeing the best of the best compete for the Gold! … [Continue reading]

I Heart Starbucks Coffee Valentine’s Flash Giveaway – CLOSED

Starbucks Coffee Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Random.org winner Jennifer W.  Happy Valentine's Day!! So Valentine's Day... do you love it or kind of hate it? I personally think we could all do with a few more holidays celebrating love...but without the roses and mushiness. I'd like to see more of a focus on loving gestures, accepting others, and giving others the gift of time. In fact, celebrating THAT kind of love every day would make me happy! One of my favorite parts of every week is when my husband (who is rarely here in the morning because he goes to work super early or is traveling) and I get to sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee, read the paper and catch up with each other on the happenings of the week. Coffee connects...there's no doubt about that. My friends at Starbucks want to celebrate that special connection over coffee with a fun, flash Valentine's Day giveaway!  … [Continue reading]

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]