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Be Festive! {Recipe: Deck the Halls Biscotti}

Deck the Halls Biscotti from www.dineanddish.net

I just read something that says there are 35 days until Christmas! Can you believe it? I'm going to continue focusing on Thanksgiving until next Friday, then it's going to be all Christmas all the time around our house. It's my absolute favorite holiday and I can't wait! For the first time ever I've already bought a couple of Christmas presents. I took advantage of the Erin Condren 50% off sale the other day and got my kids teachers some personalized desk pads. I thought that was a really great gift but wanted to add a little more.  … [Continue reading]

Eggnog Love {Recipe: Eggnog Cheesecake Bars}

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars 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!  Is it too soon in the holiday season to talk eggnog? Because I'm not trying to rush past Thanksgiving by any means, but eggnog season is just soooo short, and I kind of love it. I really want to stretch it out as long as possible. Are you an eggnog fan? For me, I usually buy one carton of eggnog a year to drink and that tides me over, but oh how I love to bake and cook with eggnog. As soon as eggnog hits the store shelves, I'm buying it and adding it to pancakes, cookies, bread, coffee, etc. Eggnog adds such wonderful flavor to so many recipes! … [Continue reading]

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]