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I Would Call It a Vacation, But…

 I would call what we are getting ready to go on a vacation, but I don't think I can. To me a vacation involves a lounge chair, an umbrella drink, the sand in my toes and the sound of the ocean waves in my ear. In my mind, the word vacation is not equivalent to riding 40 hours in the car with three children 5 and under. I am sure when we return, you are going to see a long run of posts about adult beverages as I am sure after that kind of trip, cocktails are deserved and in order.I am really excited to see my brother and his family. His wife, Ginger, makes the most incredible tasting enchiladas. We will get to spend some time with my good friend Melissa and her family, which we haven't done in at least 4 years. We will finally get to visit my sister-in-laws house in Pittsburg, PA too and we'll get to see the rest of the in-laws at the end of our vacation for summer birthday parties.  Yes, long hours on the road are ahead of us, but the destinations will be worth it.I thought I'd share with you the links to some of my favorite strawberry recipes. These are links to recipes I have not posted yet, but that I love very much! In the meantime, if you are looking for a yummy and patriotic treat for your kids, make sure to check out my Kid's Cuisine post from today. You can find it here.Now, on to the recipes:This is my all time favorite milk shake recipe - Sonic Strawberry Cheesecake ShakeThis is my favorite way to have a simple strawberry treat - Maple Sauce for … [Continue reading]

A Cover to Covet

Written for Just Baking on the Well Fed NetworkI know you all have been there. You are standing in the checkout lane of a grocery store and a magazine photo catches your eye. Maybe it is one with the current celebrity gossip. Maybe you are more of the House and Garden type and spot a cover with a gorgeous room makeover. If you are like me, it is the food magazines that are the most tempting. I will see a cover photo of something delectable and fight with myself not to pick up the magazine to purchase it. A few weeks ago my friend Kathy called with a request. She had purchased a copy of Family Circle magazine while she was at the grocery store simply because on the front cover was a photo of a cake that was entirely to tempting to go without. Her request, since she claims to not be a baker, was for me to make this dessert. Several days later she stopped by with the recipe including the photo and I could tell right away why her taste buds were interested in having a bite of this treat. Before me was a four layer white cake stacked with cream and strawberries in the middle. Since I love strawberries in almost any form, I told her I was up to the task. This cake makes a beautiful presentation. The layer after layer of summer goodness is just too good to pass up. I was surprised at how mild the flavor was though. I am a sweet and sugary sweets girl, and this cake was not nearly as sweet as I would have liked. Kathy, my family and some other neighbors loved the cake, so I would … [Continue reading]

Splish Splash

I have faint memories of living in our house on 30th drive and playing in the street after a big rain or after the fire trucks unlocked the hydrants. I remember all the little kids on the block splashing in the water in the gutters and us pretending like the street was a pool. These memories are so faint that I wonder if they are real.While Ella took her morning nap, Jacob, Kelly and I went outside. The kids were in their swimsuits and I turned on our sprinkler system. What a blast they had running through the water, jumping over the jets and splashing in the puddles that pooled on the sidewalk. I had my IPod docked and playing my favorite 80's tunes and I enjoyed the sunshine while soaking up the memories and reading Real Simple magazine. This is exactly what summer means to me!  … [Continue reading]

Leaves and Trees

 When Lisa over at La Mia Cucina announced that her and Kelly were hosting a Salad Extravaganza, I knew just the recipe I was going to submit. Believe it or not, we eat more than just desserts around here at the Dine and Dish household. I love salads and we have a salad with dinner almost every night. My kids love salad too. We all get good dose of veggies at night with our evening salad. My five year old always asks for "more leaves". My three year old calls some of the pieces in a Spring Mix salad "trees". So, we eat a lot of leaves and trees.This "leaves and trees" salad is one of my favorites, even though it is a new to us salad. My friend Tina brought this to Easter dinner and we all gobbled it up. This is the kind of salad that I sneak downstairs at night and stand in front of the open refrigerator eating. Yes... it is eat in your PJ's when you cannot sleep and have a craving good. In fact, I think I have to go grab a bite right now.Strawberry Romaine Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing2 heads of Romaine lettuce  (or use prepared bags) 1 pint strawberries 1 small red onion, quartered and sliced   Wash heads of lettuce and let drain extremely well. Wash and slice strawberries. Tear lettuce into pieces, add strawberries and onions. Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing  1 cup real mayonnaise 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1 1/2 TBSP  poppy seeds 1/2 cup milk 2/3 cup sugarPut all of the ingredients in a container with a … [Continue reading]

Happy Father’s Day

We have had a full couple of weeks and it is really starting to catch up with everyone in our house. Our weekend was no exception. Filled with parties, baseball games, swimming, cooking, playing, etc. we made the best of the great weather we are having. By this afternoon, everyone was wiped out. Ella fell asleep while she was playing on the floor. Kelly fell asleep while she was laying on the couch watching Ella play on the floor. Daddy and Jacob fell asleep watching a baseball game. I was making a yummy Father's Day cake so I did not take a nap but you can bet I enjoyed the peace and quiet.I hope all the dad's out there got to rest and relax and feel like a King today! Jacob made breakfast for Nick this morning...Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls, a very full PB&J sandwich, and his special recipe...grapes mixed in peanut butter. Mmmmmm...too bad there wasn't enough for me :)  … [Continue reading]