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Not a Flop, Flop

  I have to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who has signed up for the adopt a food blogger event. The deadline to participate is today, but if any veteran bloggers out there want to jump in past the deadline, please feel free! We are a little heavy on the newbie side and could use some experienced food bloggers. I won't beg... just hopefully you will consider it!You know when you have a party of some kind and you get a little nervous that it is going to be a flop? I kind of felt that way about the Adopt a Food Blogger event. I have had the idea brewing in my mind for a bit and did not post about it for fear that people would not be interested. Well, 60+ participants later, I would say it is anything but a flop. Thank you participants! I will have the list of adoptees and their "mentors" up very soon. I had a Premier Jewelry party for my friend Jennifer last week. I invited quite a few people, but my timing was off because everyone had very good excuses as to why they couldn't come. My two friends Kathy and Julieann showed up... thank you both. Jennifer - I'm sorry the party was such a flop. I enjoyed hanging out with you though, as always, and of course the longer I sat there surrounded by all that great jewelry, the more I wanted to buy!All this talk of flops and non-flops brings me to one breakfast cake called a flop, but in reality is anything but. Cinnamon Flop is one of my standard go to recipes for breakfast when we have company staying over or a … [Continue reading]

I’m Not the Only Person Losing My Mind

 Remember when I did this (Did I Seriously Just Do That post)?? Well, that was the last time I had visited that particular grocery store...until yesterday. Yesterday, I was in the area of our local Hy-Vee grocery store and needed some groceries. I only had Ella with me, so I thought it was as good of time as any. I had my list with me and had some time before I had to pick Kelly up from school. Ella and I completed our grocery shopping trip and we headed out to the good ole' mini van to put the groceries inside. I pulled the cart up to the passenger side of the van and glanced in the window only to find a lady sitting in the drivers side talking on her cell phone.Certain that I had walked up to the wrong van, I peeked in the back and saw  the kids carseats and some other recognizable things that made me sure it was my van. I peeked back in the window and the lady looked back at me with a "What???" look on her face. As I walked over to the drivers side, she opened the door and I said "Ummm... I think this is my van!" She looked at me puzzled, then a light obviously went off in her head and she put the phone back up to her ear and said "I've got to go...figured it out. Bye", and hung up the phone. She then went on to explain that she was visiting her sister and brother-in-law from out of state and took their van to the grocery store to pick up a few things. She said that she was just on the phone with her brother-in-law trying to figure … [Continue reading]

Perplexed in Blogland

  The deadline for the Adopt a Blogger event is coming up. Veteran bloggers... we need your help! Sign up to adopt a newbie blogger by this Friday (click on the Adopt a Blogger icon above). Newbies, you can still sign up as well. This will be a lot of fun and a great way to encourage people in the food blogging community to connect! Thanks to the 50+ of you who have already signed up to be adopted or to adopt a blogger! You will be getting your blogging match next week. If you are interested in the HTML code to add the Adopt a Blogger icon on your site, let me know! It does not take a lot to confuse me...I will readily admit that. Some things in "Blogland" really have me perplexed the past couple of days. Maybe by me posting my open admission of confusion here, someone can help me figure out how to get out of this fog by solving my problems!#1) What is going on with those of you who use Blogger as your host? I cannot make comments on your blog posts any longer without doing so as anonoymous. Did Blogger change this on purpose, or is it just a glitch in the system while they are making improvements or something? The dropping of the URL field for non-Blogger commenters just seems like a step backwards to me, so maybe I am completely missing something. I noticed something about the blog owner being able to go in and change a setting where users can sign in under an Open-ID. What in the world does that mean? Anyone out there care to help me figure this all out … [Continue reading]

Dinner Party Diaries – The Annual Christmas Party

 I cannot help but think each year our annual Christmas party just gets better and better. Just when I think we can't top the year before, we do.Our 2007 annual Christmas party was a success with great food, even better friends and lots of laughs! To catch you up, I am turning to my Pamela Barsky Dinner Party Journal to give you the recap. (If you entertain a lot and don't have one of these journals, get one!! They are great!) The Occasion: Our annual holiday party with my original M.O.M.S groupGuests: Sara, Mark H, Kathy, Mark D, Bobby, Joanna, Tina, Dave, Nick and ICocktails / Wine: I didn't even keep track this year, but I can tell you I didn't have one bad glass of wine. They were all really good. I now wish I would have kept track!Menu:  Appetizers - Stuffed mushrooms, shrimp cocktailMain Course - Delicious salad brought by Mark H, Rosemary Clover Leaf Rolls (remember these tasty gems?), My famous Buttered Carrots, Tina's delicious potatoes au gratin, Crab Cakes with Lemon Garlic Aioli, Cedar Plank SalmonDesserts - Kathy's amazing Red Velvet Cherry Chocolate TorteMemorable Outfits: Everyone looked great and no one got made fun of like last year :)Memorable Moments/Conversations (too many to recount all of them!):Well, our oven catching on fire stands out as a big one! Nick was making the second salmon and since the weather was so bad, we had to change plans and he had to make the cedar plank salmon in the oven. He prepped the boards and made the … [Continue reading]

Grateful in Blogland

 New bloggers and veteran bloggers...there is still time to sign up for the Adopt-A-Blogger event! Click on the adopt-a-blogger icon above to participate. It was the summer of 2006 and some of my girlfriends and I were sitting around chatting when the topic of blogging came up. Among the six of us, not a single one of us had ever blogged. We just did not understand the point of blogging, and who has time for silly stuff like that anyway? Fast forward to November 26th, 2006... the day that I wrote my very first blog entry here at Dine and Dish.  I wrote in a post a few days ago about why I initially started the blog. Since that day, my reasons for continuing to blog have stayed the same... to stay connected, to have an outlet to express myself, and for the pure enjoyment of it.  I have been amazed over the past year the number of connections I have made through my blog. Some of these connections have lead to non food related paid writing and photography gigs. Some of these connections are long lost family friends who somehow stumbled upon the blog and put two and two together and discovered who I was. Some of these connections have come in the form of new friendships... both online and local.   One example of the greatness of food bloggers comes in the form of "recipe rescue". At one point in time I was looking for a really great pizza crust recipe. Several of you responded with a plethora of tried and true recipes to choose from. Claire was the … [Continue reading]