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The Secret

 I will admit, I was one of the millions of people who jumped on "The Secret" bandwagon after Oprah had featured the author and other life coach professionals on her show. I watched her original show and the follow up show afterwards and was immediately hooked. I wanted to learn more. Next, I bought the book and the DVD. I read the book 3 times, trying to absorb all of the information and I watched the DVD twice. It all made sense to me...think positively and positive things will come to you. Put your energy into what you want to happen in your life and the "universe" will answer you, granting your wishes. I am all about the power of positive thinking and I truly believe that attitude is everything. Well, it was several months ago that I read "The Secret" and watched the DVD. I believed in the concept and mentally put myself in that place, but I was not really doing any of the things they said to apply to your life. One thing the author of "The Secret" says to do is to create a vision board. A vision board is exactly what you probably imagine it to be... a board with all of the things on it that you want to happen in your life. Specific "wishes" that you would like granted.  Things that you want to focus on and bring to fruition. I knew that I wanted to do a Vision Board and I had even purchased the board. I decided 2 weeks ago to finally sit down and do my vision board. I completed it, hung it up in my closet where … [Continue reading]

My Baby

 For some reason it is really hitting me today that Ella is a toddler. She is no longer my little infant baby. She's walking all over the place, full of joy and laughter, and she now has an attitude to match her sister's. I wish they could stay this little forever. I am trying to treasure every moment though because it is going by so fast. … [Continue reading]

Resource Revisited

 Awhile back, you may have read my review about the summer edition of EAT magazine.  I am coming back today to rave about this magazine. Things have been crazy in our house this month and as much as I love cooking, it is one of those things that is getting pushed to the back burner. I do not have time to stand in the kitchen all night slaving over a meal for my family. I also do not want to sacrifice our family mealtime (and our budget) by going out to eat or grabbing take out every night. (I will write all about the craziness in our house in my next post. Exciting things have happened here, but these things are taking up time, hence why my visiting of your wonderful sites has been non-existent lately.) For the past couple of weeks, EAT magazine has been one of the most utilized books in my kitchen. I have been relying on it to provide me with ideas and recipes that will be good for my family yet also quick and easy to prepare. Each and every time I open a page of this publication, a recipe jumps out that fits my time restraints and meal needs. If your time in the kitchen has been like mine lately...rush, rush, rush... then I suggest picking up a copy of EAT magazine. It has been what has kept us eating at home. One recipe that went over very well with my family is listed below. I hope you enjoy!Mu Shu-Style Pork Roll-Ups, EAT magazine Ingredients 4 10-inch flour tortillas1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil12 ounces lean boneless pork, cut … [Continue reading]

You’ve Been Mislead

 Recently, I have had a large number of hits on my blog from people who have found my little slice of the web by Googling things such as "Losing the Baby Fat". Next to my Monkey Bread post from long ago, the two posts I made about attempting to lose the baby weight have brought the largest number of Google hits to my site. I hate to break the news to those of you looking for advice on weight loss, but Dine and Dish is probably not the place you want to turn to for weight loss guidance. With posts about a delicious chocolate cake roll filled with a marvelous heavy whipping cream concoction, cakes with a richness only gained by using 5 sticks of butter, and scrumptious dishes such as this one...laced with heavy cream, my blog is the type that will make you gain weight just by reading it.Chicken in Lemon Cream with Penne from Everyday Pasta (Giada de Laurentis)Servings: 4 to 6 1 pound penne pasta 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, diced in to 1-inch cubes 1 teaspoon herbes du Provence pinch of salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon pinch of freshly ground black pepper, plus 1/4 teaspoon 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth 2 cups heavy cream Zest of 1 lemon pinch of cayenne pepper 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. Meanwhile, heat … [Continue reading]

What kind of fool…?

 What kind of fool has her oven on during the middle of the day when it is hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk outside? You know what? I am that kind of fool. I am the kind of fool that was tempted last week by a Banana Cake photo and article I read on Just Baking. I am the kind of fool that bought extra bananas over the weekend, simply so I could have a few ripe ones to bake with. I am the kind of fool who is tired of making ice cream, milkshakes, and slushy drinks and wants to get back to some honest to goodness baking. You try this recipe and then let's see who is calling who a fool, OK?Adapted from a Recipezaar Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 3/4 cup butter 2  cups sugar 3 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 3 cups flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda … [Continue reading]