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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]

I Am Losing It

 OK - I have a question for all of you. How many of you have gained weight since you started your food blogs? It's confession time! I started my blog at the very end of November and at that point I had exactly 10 pounds of baby weight left to lose. Well, as of a couple of months ago I had gained an additional 7 pounds. I am blaming this unfortunate weight gain on my need to cook and research for my blog and on all of the tempting blogs I visit. I decided a few weeks ago that it was time to do something about this so I joined the Weight Watchers online program. I follow a spin off of Weight Watchers called the Wendie Plan. This plan allows you one Super High Points day. I use this super high points day to eat whatever I want. If I am craving something really bad for me, I know that if I just wait, I can have it on that day.  In the three weeks since I have been on the program I have lost 8 pounds. Knowing that I don't have to give up anything has helped. Tracking the food that goes into my body is another thing that has been helping me. If I want some cookie dough, I just account for that during the day and make sure I save those points to go towards that.Anyway, why am I posting about all of this boring weight loss stuff? Because I want to share a recipe with you! One of those things that we make on a weekly basis is rotisserie chicken. We make it a few different ways, but this recipe is my favorite. Rotisserie chicken is one of those things that you can stretch and … [Continue reading]

Baked Goods = Love

Written for Just Baking on the Well Fed Network There used to be a time when I did not see the point of making homemade cookies. Why bother with all the trouble when you can get refrigerated cookie dough? What could be easier than snipping open the package, slicing some dough and then baking them? Why would I want to go through the hassle of dirtying up a bunch of dishes just to make cookies? Typically, back then, a container of sugar or flour would last me more than 6 months. I moved the same container of table salt and the same box of baking powder to two different apartments after my annual leases were up. Cookies were all about the dough to me anyway. If I was craving some cookie dough, I would just go pick up a tube of Toll house and call it good.Back then can also be known as pre-marital bliss. Something happened to me when I got married. Not right away, but shortly after. I began to observe what would happen when my mother-in-law would visit. She never came to our house without a bucket of homemade baked goods...cookies, bread, bars, etc. She would hand over the goods to my hubby as soon as she walked in the door and a smile would cross his face as he searched through it to see what treats were in store for him. I'd watch in wonder as he would light up...pulling out this and that. After observing this ritual time after time it finally hit me. To my husband, baked goods equaled love. That seems very simple. He equates the bucket of goodies from his mom with the … [Continue reading]