California Avocado Marinated Salad Recipe

This California Avocado Marinated Salad recipe is loaded with great flavors, like artichokes, roasted red peppers and chickpeas. This is a super quick and good summer potluck or picnic recipe to have on hand!

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It’s California Avocado season again!

This means it’s that time of year where we get beautiful California Avocados delivered to our doorstep, then we continue to eat them in absolutely everything. In fact, Leah and I will often just slice open an avocado, sprinkle it with Kosher salt and pepper, and count that as our lunch. She’s my little avocado eater…last week she ate 3 in one day. Then she had a giant bowl of this marinated salad!

I wish all my kids were as good of eaters as she is! She gives me that kind of good positive reinforcement I need when I’m cooking.  I love cooking for her!…

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I LOVE This Camera – Samsung NX300 Camera

I recently purchased a new Samsung NX300 Mirrorless Camera and have fallen in love…I wanted to tell you all about it! This camera is the perfect travel companion!

Samsung NX300 Camera Review on dineanddish.netYou all know I love to take pictures, right? I mean, if you follow my Instagram account it’s pretty obvious that I can be a bit of an Instaho sometimes. What can I say? I love capturing memories “on film”…and I have for as long as I can remember!

When the iPhones came out with their great cameras, it made it even easier for me to capture moments. The only problem was, my big, wonderful Nikon DSLR was feeling a bit lonely. Sure, I would always use it for food and work photography, but when it came to taking it on the road with me or out of the house, it just became too big and bulky and my iPhone would come along instead.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my Nikon with all my heart…but realistically to take it along when I traveled was tough. It’s big and expensive… I was always nervous about it getting damaged when I traveled, so would just keep it safely at home.

Samsung NX300 Camera Review

So. when I went on the hunt for a smaller camera….something more sophisticated and higher quality than a point and shoot… I was so glad I came across this post by TidyMom about her Samsung NX300 Mirrorless Camera. After looking at the amazing quality of pictures on Cheryl’s blog post, I knew this camera was the one for me! You guys… I love this camera so much! I never thought I’d say that about a non-DSLR camera, but I just can’t get over how small it is, yet how packed to the brim it is with features. I’m not being paid to tell you this either… I paid for this camera myself and I absolutely love everything about it.

Regal Princess Cruise Ship Docked

The Samsung NX300 camera is the camera I used to take all of my photos on the Princess Cruise I recently went on. Have you checked out those blog posts? Would you ever guess that those pictures weren’t from my “big girl” camera? Me neither! This camera delivers such high quality photos, I never once missed having my big camera with me. And I took so many more pictures because my Samsung NX300 is so portable and would fit right in my purse.

Below are some more pictures I took while traveling on the Regal Princess with Princess Cruise Lines, along with some of the things I absolutely love about my Samsung NX 300 mirrorless camera….

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Cinnamon Sugar Maple Scone Recipe

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For tea time or breakfast…or pretty much whenever the mood strikes, enjoy this simple Cinnamon Sugar Maple Scone Recipe. In the 8 1/2 years I have been blogging, it has occurred to me that I haven’t shared one single scone recipe. Which is a shame! I don’t makes scones often, which is probably why I…

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Share Your Beauty

Share Your Beauty

8 years ago we brought a tiny little twig of a lilac bush home from my husbands grandmas house. As soon as the Iowa snow would melt away, Grandma Doyle’s lilac bush would flourish in the most stunning way, bidding goodbye to the harsh winter. Beautiful, fragrant blossoms gave everyone hope that warmth and new beginnings were possible….

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Easy Homemade Egg Noodles Recipe

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Getting back to basics will help us all Reclaim the Kitchen. Here is one of my family’s favorite “save dinner” recipes… Simple Egg Noodles. Do you remember back in February when I wrote a post about Wolf’s “Reclaim the Kitchen” initiative? I’ve been thinking a lot about that ever since…about why families have been moving…

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Cucumber Citrus Infused Water

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Especially as the summer months come around, staying hydrated is key to a healthy lifestyle. If you are looking for a way to increase your water intake, like me,  take a tip from the spas and make up a batch of Cucumber Citrus Infused Water…made especially cute in a jar glass and pitcher from Tuesday Morning. One…

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Weight Watchers Chicken Sauté with Peppers and Goat Cheese

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A tasty and filling Weight Watchers recipe that’s only an unbelievable 5 PointsPlus per serving! I go to Weight Watchers meetings on Saturday mornings. I’ve been going since November, at first consistently, then, you know… I left town for a bit and had way too many Pina Coladas…and was nervous to step on that scale…

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Regal Princess Chef’s Table Lumiere Dining Experience

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One of my favorite experiences on board the Princess Cruises Regal Princess was the Chef’s Table Lumiere…an exclusive behind the scenes evening of fine wine and elegant dining. Come along with me as I share about this incredible experience (and find out how you can be a part of it onboard The Regal or Royal…

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