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Thank Me Later

First of all, if you haven't already, make sure you head over to my "Adopt a Food Blogger" post and put your self up for adoption or adopt a fellow foodie! Lots of people have signed up, but we are in need of some more veteran bloggers to join us.Thanksgiving is upon us. This means glorious food, extreme gratitude, and the abundance of family surrounding us. Family that you are thankful for, but by the end of the long Thanksgiving day, you may find to be grating on your nerves. If your family is at all like mine, we have a lot of personality and with that comes strong personalities that can sometime conflict. With five of us kids total, and each of us living completely different lives, we tend to put the "dys" in dysfunction. I love my family dearly, and would not trade any of my family members for anything, however it is sometimes hard to get through a holiday without a little help. That help, this year, comes in the form of a Snickers martini. When a glass of merlot just will not do, and you need to really relax at the end of a long holiday, follow this recipe for a concoction that will surely put you at ease. Go ahead and give it a try. You can thank me later. Snickers Martini..WARNING: makes 2 strong martinis4 parts Absolut Vodka 1 part Cream Liqueur 2 parts Hazelnut Liqueur 2 parts White Cacao Liqueur Chill a cocktail glass with ice or in the freezer. Pour absolut vodka, cream liqueur, hazelnut liqueur and white … [Continue reading]

A Perfect Start

First of all, if you haven't already, make sure you head over to my "Adopt a Food Blogger" post and put your self up for adoption or adopt a fellow foodie! It seems like it has been forever since we have had a weekend with absolutely nothing planned. No football games to go to, no birthday parties to attend, no important social events...nothing! Lazy, do nothing weekends are so rare, but they are so treasured. I love not being in a hurry in the morning to get out the door and go somewhere. I love hanging out in our pajamas and the baby morning breath that lingers until mid-day. (Adults in this house have a different rule... even on lazy pajama days, teeth brushing is required first thing in the morning. Adult morning breath...ICK! Baby morning breath...sweet!).This morning I woke up and was in a great mood. I was determined to be a great mom and to have a great day with my kids. We started off all snuggled up in bed, which is usually what happens on lazy days. One by one each kid seemed to randomly make their way into our bed, which I love...as long as it isn't 5am. After a bit of snuggle time, we headed downstairs to get breakfast started. I turned the iPod on to my favorite 80's tunes and the kids all gathered around as we started to make Pumpkin Waffles. Kelly stirred the ingredients in, Jacob was the gatherer of ingredients and Ella just kind of hung out observing. We'd stop every once in awhile to dance and sing to a favorite tune or for Kelly to show us her … [Continue reading]

Adopt a Food Blogger – A Blogging Event

 A little under a year ago I started this blog, Dine and Dish. Just a couple of months prior to starting my blog, I clearly remember sitting around with a group of girlfriends and talking about blogging. We just did not get it. "What is the point of blogging?" we asked? I could understand the need for some blogs, like media and corporate blogs, but personal blogs were new to me and I was not sure why just a plain old person would blog.I do not know what finally got me interested in starting my own blog. My youngest daughter was just about six months old and my parents had lived nearby all summer. When they left to go back to their "winter home" in South Padre, Texas, I decided to start a family blog to keep them informed of life in our world while they were away. Soon after that, a thought crossed my mind to start what was going to be a blog focused on food and entertaining. Hence, Dine and Dish was born and Dishing It Up Family Style became my family blog. I remember those first few months of navigating the food blogging world. I remember how excited I was to have the first non-family member comment on my blog. Then, I started getting opportunities to review products from my blog. Fast forward even more and job offers came my way because of the connections I had made through my blog. Friendships have been formed, life has been documented and I am loving every minute of it. Which brings me to...."Adopt a Food Blogger". At Dine and Dish, … [Continue reading]

Anticipation

 I am like a kid around the holidays, especially when it comes to the food. I look forward to the delicious feast of goodies that is usually bountiful this time of year. Pumpkin pie, frosted sugar cookies, delicious rolls, roasted turkey, etc. I love the hearty food of the season. The problem is, I look forward to this food so much that I just cannot take the anticipation. I typically end up making these things before the holidays even arrive and by the time we sit down for our holiday meal, I have already had my fill of it all in the weeks prior. This year I have had a turkey hankering for quite some time. Instead of waiting to appease my appetite on Thanksgivng day, I have been making turkey, turkey and more turkey.  By the time Thanksgiving gets here, I will most likely be sick of turkey, but you know what? In the meantime we have enjoyed some delicious meals, so different from the traditional roasted turkey, that I may still find room on Thanksgiving day for a little turkey on my plate. One of my favorites so far is a recipe adapted from the December 2004 issue of Cooking Light magazine. Turkey Cutlets with Smoky Black Bean Sauce was so easy to put together and it gave what can sometimes be bland turkey a whole new life. If you are in the mood for turkey, go ahead and indulge a little early this year. With a recipe like this, it will just leave you wishing for more!Turkey Cutlets with Smoky Black Bean SauceIngredients … [Continue reading]

Oh Kelly!

"Middle children can feel forgotten or overlooked because of the attention or demands of either the firstborns or the lastborns. Some of these children never seem to find their place in the social order, and they try to rebel or misbehave in order to draw attention to themselves." Kelly is my middle child. Kelly also celebrated her fourth birthday one week ago today. In true "overlooked" middle child fashion, it has taken me an entire week to get a post up here to acknowledge her birthday.   Kelly is anything but overlooked...she would not allow it! She demands attention, and usually gets it, anywhere she goes. Kelly is sweet and stubborn all wrapped up in one beautiful little package. She is definitely my diva. She is so much fun and she has such a strong, adorable little personality.   I love Kelly's smile. I love her silly spirit. I love how she can trip over air...she is so darn clumsy! I love how she tries hard in things that she really wants to try hard in, but I also love how she can just let things go if she doesn't think it should be important. Kelly thrives on approval from her older brother. If Jacob thinks that it is cool, Kelly is on board. I love how she says, "Now mommy, don't laugh at this okay?" and then says something that completely cracks you up.  Sweet, sweet, Kelly. We love you so much and cannot believe how grown up you are becoming. Thanks for being our special big girl. You will never be too … [Continue reading]