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It’s THE Cocktail of the Summer!

Big Ginger Float Cocktail - the perfect summer sipper from dineanddish.net

Every summer I set out to determine what my "signature summer sipper" is going to be. I don't drink cocktails a lot, but when I do and it's summer, I want something cool, light and refreshing. One unfortunate summer my summer drink was Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea and Lemonade. Have you ever had that? So good, right? Too good... and I think by early June I had learned just how good it was and how easy it went down and drank just a tad bit too much on a fun neighborhood night. Let's just say, that night my friend Sara and I ended up out on a trampoline at 2am getting and giving the scoop on life to our college bound neighbors. I think that was the end of the Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea concoction for that summer.  … [Continue reading]

Our Space {Recipe: Garden Vegetable Roasted Chicken}

Garden Vegetable Roasted Chicken Recipe from dineanddish.net

I'll admit it... I have been completely and totally uninspired lately. I've lacked interest in cooking and photographing and even writing... nothing blog wise has been giving me that spark. Personally, I've been  having a blast with my kids and enjoying the heck out of summer, but when it comes to the "should dos" versus "want to dos" the "want to dos" are definitely winning. I've felt guilt though... I love my blog and sharing recipes and life moments with you all. I should WANT to come here often and cooking has always been a passion of mine...but instead of cooking and blogging, we've been eating out all the time or eating quickly thrown together, just get it done, meals. It became very apparent to me recently that I needed to find that spark of inspiration again and luckily the stroke of inspiration came... thanks to Zombies and a baker named Joy, of all things! … [Continue reading]

Being Purposefully Thoughtful with HMK

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Do you know those people who are some how naturally thoughtful? Those friends who drop by a coffee exactly when the timing is right, or send you something unexpected, completely out of the blue in the mail? I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many just naturally thoughtful people and each time I receive an unexpected note, a knock on the door with a special treat, or even a random gift on my doorstep, I am in awe and inspired to be more like them. I'm thoughtful, but I wouldn't say I'm naturally thoughtful. I'll see something that makes me think of a friend, but that doesn't mean I necessarily think to go the next step and send it to them or write them to tell them about it. … [Continue reading]

Summer Travel Series – Estes Park, CO {Giveaway}

Estes, Colorado Vacation Travel Recap dineanddish.net

Colorado... oh beautiful, Colorado. As a Kansan, I will say that Colorado is one of the most beautiful states to go to within driving distance for us. It is the perfect vacation spot, especially during the heat of the summer, when you are looking for a place a little cooler for respite from the heat. From the scenic mountains, to the gorgeous lakes and rivers, the amazing food, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife, Colorado is one of my all time favorite vacation spots around. I hope you all enjoyed my most recent summer travel series post on Holland, Michigan! Today, I'm continuing the series and am going to share with you details about our favorite place to visit in Colorado...Estes Park. For hiking, biking, viewing nature, enjoying beautiful scenery, and having a great, family friendly time, Estes Park, CO is where it's at. When you first enter into Estes Park, you MUST stop at the Estes Park sign for a family portrait. From that vantage point, you'll get your first glimpse of how beautiful the town you are entering actually is. Don't do this inside the state park, but at the Estes Park sign, make sure to bring some peanuts, bread or popcorn to feed the chipmunks. We came to Estes Park often when I was growing up, and my favorite memories stem from feeding these little guys, just like my kids had the opportunity to do! … [Continue reading]

Kansas City Local Scene – McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up

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Hi friends! I just wanted to let those of you know who are in and around the Kansas City area that I'll be working with the McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning team at the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle this weekend, June 27th and 28th! If you are in the area, we'd love for you to stop by and say hi! This year, McCormick is hosting a multi-series barbecue competition sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) to see who can master the flavor using Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning. At the event, we’ll be sampling burgers seasoned with Montreal Steak Seasoning and hosting a fun grilling-themed photo booth and custom grilling prize pack giveaway. We’ll also be awarding checks to the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) of the Match-Up. Those of you who visit can have a lot of fun enjoying free food samples and entering to win the custom grilling prize pack giveaway! The Great Lenexa BBQ Battle is a super fun family event. I hope you can make it! If you aren't local, you can still get in on the action by: Checking out the online points chase to track team standings over the course of the competition at www.kcbs.us/grillmates Joining the Grillerhood on Facebook - the largest online grilling community – to view event highlights and share their own grilling wins. Visiting the Grilling Lookbook on McCormick.com or finding us on Pinterest.com to get sizzling recipe ideas, from mouthwatering mains to savory sides. As always, you can also follow me on … [Continue reading]