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Pumpkin Magic Brownie Bars with Pumpkin Magic Frosting

Pumpkin Magic Bars with Pumpkin Magic Frosting

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 can't hold myself back... it's well into September now, which I think is quite the safe time to go full throttle pumpkin. Goodbye white pants and shoes, hello pumpkin! I love summer, there's no doubt about that, but I love fall just as much. Our family always takes a trip out to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch for a full day of fall activities. It is one of my most favorite days each year! Plus, as a photographer, I can't help but love the photo opportunities at the pumpkin patch. The light is always the most wonderful, golden hue and the natural props all around are just too hard to pass up. By the time the sun sets, my kids are pictured out but my heart is always full and happy! … [Continue reading]

Save the Date for Wake Up Breakfast with California Avocados


  Dara from Cookin' Canuck and I are excited to partner up with California Avocados to bring our readers a fun and interactive recipe link up party with over $1500 in great prizes!  Save the Date! School is in full swing and simple breakfasts to get kids out the door in a jiffy are on every parents mind right now. Have you thought about introducing California Avocados into your morning breakfast repoitre? If not, you might be surprised to find out that avocados are a healthy, filling way to start the day! Dara, our friends at California Avocados and I are so excited share that we will be hosting Wake Up Breakfast with California Avocados, and we want to see your favorite avocado breakfast recipes. Smashed avocados and toast are one of my favorite ways to have this fruit at breakfast. I also love adding chopped California Avocados to omelets as well as breakfast smoothies! The possibilities are endless when it comes to avocados and breakfast time! … [Continue reading]

Stop Giving It All or Nothing

How Training for a Half Marathon has made me dislike running from www.dineanddish.net

Alternate titles for this post: "How Training For a Half Marathon Has Made Me Dislike Running" "What the hell is wrong with me and why can't I stick to anything?" "Tales of a non-perfectionist, perfectionist" You get the point. Running and I are not being friends right now. "Well, how can that be?" you ask. "Aren't you training to run a half-marathon in October? Didn't you write out all of these lofty goals on your 39th birthday and said you were going to make 39 the best year ever?" Yes, yes I did... and I have some explaining to do.  … [Continue reading]

Football! {Recipe: The Best Black Bean Veggie Burgers}

The Very Best Black Bean Burgers by www.dineanddish.net

Are you ready for some football!? And no, I don't mean the NFL. In this house, we're all about College Football! College football season starts this weekend and I've got a few excited guys here, ready to hunker down and spend the day cheering on their favorite college football teams. (Go K-State!) While my boys were immersed in football, I thought I'd play a dirty but delicious trick on them. I told them we'd be eating burgers at half time and to be ready because they were so good! Instead of bringing down the burgers they were used to, I switched things up and made Black Bean Veggie Burgers using Bush's Black Beans.  … [Continue reading]

Simple Solutions for Living

Simple Human Canisters on my Kitchen Counter

My year as a SimpleHuman brand ambassador is winding down. Considering that my focus word for 2013 is Simplicity, this has been such a great partnership. If there is any company out there that personifies simplifying, it would be SimpleHuman! Having SimpleHuman products in my life has definitely helped me to focus (without really focusing) on simplicity. Some other things I have done to simplify my life in the past 8 months are: … [Continue reading]