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 We found out last night that my father in laws cancer is not as advanced as they had originally thought. The pathology reports and the oncology reports came back clear of lymphoma/Hodgkins Disease. They hope that whatever part of the malignant melanoma was left behind after surgery will be taken care of by the chemo. Thanks for all the prayers! They have been working!  … [Continue reading]

Life Gets in the Way

You know...sometimes life gets in the way. We have had a very busy, hectic, crazy couple of weeks. It has honestly been a whirlwind of activity and I have barely had a moment alone in the kitchen. If you are curious to see what has been going on in our life (and if you want to see some photos of some adorable kids) head over to my family blog - Dishing it up Family Style.Life has been in the way, but it has been a good thing. Our life is good and school is out for the summer. We are ready to make memories and lots of great food!Thank you to everyone who has continued to visit my little home on the web while I have been MIA the past couple of weeks. As a treat to you, I am going to share my all time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. If your idea of a great chocolate chip cookie is one that is chewy with a slightly crispy outer edge, than you will love this chocolate chip cookie recipe. If you love your chocolate chip cookies to be thick and cakey, then go elsewhere for a great chocolate chip cookie recipe because this one is nothing of the sort. After many, many, many years of trying various recipes and never quite finding the perfect one, my friend DeLynn and her friend Lisa came up with this recipe. It makes a lot of cookies so either be prepared to be very hungry or be open to sharing! The dough and the cookies freeze well. I always have this dough on hand in frozen little balls ready to be popped into the oven at a moments notice. Now, without further ado, here is the … [Continue reading]

Accomplishments for All

We have had a busy couple of weeks! I went to the lovely city of Louisville, KY last week on a business trip. I had a great time, complete with making my very own glass blown ornament. Nick and my parents were able to handle the kiddos while I was gone. It was a nice break for me to get away for a bit and to have the opportunity to put my professional hat on. On the day I returned, Jacob graduated from preschool. He is now ready to join the ranks as a Kindergartner. I am torn with this... I am ready for him to be in school, but I am not ready for college to be right around the corner! I know it will be here in a blink of an eye, just like the last 5 years has been. The very next night, Kelly performed in her first dance recital. OK - your definition of performing and my definition of performing might be slightly different. Kelly got out on stage, looked into the audience and put her hands up over her face. She swayed a tiny bit, but pretty much just stood there like a statue, terrified to death of the hundreds of people she stood before. It was still very cute. The next day, we celebrated Ella's first birthday. Her birthday is not actually until the 27th, but we had the party early since I had a lot of family in town.  My friend Sara made her an individual birthday cake. Ella was very dainty about eating it. She slowly started picking off the icing flowers and then she would stick her fingertip into it. Finally, when her brother showed her how it was done, she … [Continue reading]

Consider This Your Warning

 I just thought I would warn you all now. By the end of the summer those of you who read my blog will probably be so sick of seeing and hearing about strawberries. The annual strawberry kick I get on every year has made an early appearance and I have a feeling it is going to last a very, very long time. I see in our future...strawberry milkshakes, strawberry muffins, strawberry ice cream, strawberry cake, strawberry salad, salmon with strawberry sauce, strawberry kebabs, etc. You get the picture... we love strawberries at our house and it shows all summer long.The Strawberry Cupcakes and the Strawberry Margarita dessert from the weekend got my taste buds going and ready to be in full strawberry mode. Then, the June 2007 issue of Food and Wine magazine arrived in the mail. The final page, which is always F&W's Last Bite section, had the most glorious looking photo of a strawberry shortcake concoction. My mouth was watering. My husband's mouth was watering. We were ready to give in to our strawberry obsession even if it was a tad bit early for us to start. If you get strawberry obsessed like we do this time of year,  Dine and Dish is a good place to be. We can be strawberry glutton's together. If you are not a fan of strawberries, I don't know what to tell you except that I hope you will stick with us for the in between the strawberry obsession posts. I cannot understand the craziness of not liking strawberries, but I promise that I will try to keep you in mind … [Continue reading]

Out and About

After dinner last night, we headed out to Shawnee Mission Park to watch the sunset and enjoy a rare evening without rain. We had such a nice evening. The sunset was beautiful, and minus the three loud children in the background, it really was a lovely night. OK - and minus the embarassing and loud "Mom...those people are smoking! Smoking is BAD! Why are they smoking?? Yuck!"  … [Continue reading]