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Are you ready for some football?

 Yes, it is that time of year again...football season is in full swing. In the Doyle household, that means that Jacob has started his first official flag football season. His team, The Mighty Tornados, played their first game this past Saturday and the boys did great! They had a lot of fun and for five year olds, I was impressed with how well both teams did. Jacob made the first "tackle" of the game and he really had a blast playing. I think we may have found our sport!  … [Continue reading]

Southern Comfort

 My very best friend is moving out of state on Friday. Ami and I have known each other for 13 years... we met during my Freshman year of college and have been great friends ever since. She has been there for me through a lot and has always been one of the constants in my life. When Ami called only two weeks ago to tell me that her and her family were moving south, I immediately felt choked up. I was so excited and jealous that they were leaving on such a great adventure, but I also knew I was going to miss Ami, her husband and my goddaughter dearly.  The final days are winding near, we have said our goodbye's, and I feel comfort in knowing that she is just a quick plane ride away.  I decided over the weekend to make a Paula Deen recipe. As I was making the recipe, I couldn't help but hear Paula's voice reading the ingredients to me in my head. "Ya'll...this dish needs lots of butter. Sweetie...you know me... might as well not cook if you aren't going to use lots of butter!" Everything I did, Ms Paula's voice was in my head. It was then that I knew Ami would do well in the South. How could she not? Being surround by friendly Southern ladies, offering her sweet tea and warm chats. Also, if this lovely cake recipe is any indication of the kind of delicious food she'll be having, I know that she will quickly embrace the Southern Comfort and hospitality, and at the very least, be eating very well.Recipe courtesy of The Food Network and Paula DeenSavannah … [Continue reading]

Consistent Giada

 Did I mention something last week about cool weather? Really? Because since that post, I think I have jinxed things. The temps were back up in the warmer ranges and the cool days we were were having are long gone for awhile again. Ahhhh.... you have to love Kansas. If you don't like the weather one day, just wait. It is bound to change!Kansas weather is not consistent at all. Giada's recipes? Consistently good. So far, every recipe I have tried out of her cookbook, Everyday Pasta, has been great. Her recipe for Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Pasta Shells was no exception. This recipe was simple and delicious! I felt miserable because of my allergies the night that I made this for dinner for my best friend and her husband. Even through the sniffling and watery eyes, the constant sneezing, and the allergy medicine drug induced coma I was about to be in, I managed to make this recipe and was still able to taste by the time it was ready. Everyone loved it, including myself. If you are looking for consistency, do not move to Kansas. If you are looking for consistency, turn to Giada's cookbooks. You will find consistently great recipes every time.Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Pasta Shells (from Everyday Pasta) 1 (12-ounce) box jumbo pasta shells (recommended: Barilla) 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 pound ground turkey 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black … [Continue reading]

My Girls

   One likes fashion...The other likes food...But you can't help but love them both!  … [Continue reading]

The First Cool Day of the Season Chili

We had our first really cool day of the season on Monday. It was in the high 60's by the time dinner time came around and I was in the mood for my annual pot of "first cool day of the season" chili. Of course, I had no idea it was going to be that cool on Monday so I did not have all the ingredients on hand to make chili. You can bet that on Tuesday, I was at the store ready to buy the ingredients to make us some chili. It was not nearly as cool on Tuesday night as it was on Monday, but I had chili on my mind and nothing was going to stop me from making it. I typically make the traditional chili with red beans, ground beef, etc. This year, however, I decided to make my good friend Sara's White Bean Chicken Chili. If you were the family side of Dine and Dish back in the beginning, you might recall that I wrote about having this chili on Christmas Eve at Sara's house. This chili is best if simmering on the stove all day. I, being the slacker mom that I am, started it at 3pm for a 6pm dinner time. It was still fantastic (although not as fantastic as Sara's. I need to find out what her secret is!)Oh - and doesn't this beautiful bowl holding the chili just scream "soup" to you? I've used it for ice cream in the past, but it really is my new favorite soup bowl. My dear friend Jody of The Devils Cloth made this gorgeous bowl. She is super talented. Check out her store and while you are there snatch up one of her hot and highly demanded by boutiques everywhere, Arm Candy bags.  … [Continue reading]