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Gift Ideas for Kids from HMK

Personalized Kids Books from HMK

I've partnered with HMK to share some of my favorite gift ideas for kids! So far on Dine & Dish I've shared with you some great hostess gift ideas from HMK as well as some great gift ideas for friends, but I haven't shared with you some of my favorite selections of kids gifts from HMK! As a mom, aunt and friend of people who seem to be always having babies, I'm always on the lookout for great gifts geared towards kids. Here is a list of a few of my favorite kids items from HMK. Customized Books for Kids My kids get a kick out of anything that has their name or likeness in them. I think most kids do... I remember growing up looking all over for pencils with the name "Kristen" on them. Every one else had a pencil with their name on it, but since my name at the time wasn't all that popular, I could never find any personalized things for me! Well, HMK has solved the "I can't find my name anywhere" problem by creating these amazing customized hard cover story books! Customize the lead character’s name and likeness to a kid you love and the story is transformed to make them the hero. The best news is, you can have the book printed and bound while you wait! … [Continue reading]

A Cool Pick Me Up {Recipe: Strawberry Cafe’ Shake}

International Delight Iced Coffee Strawberry Milkshake

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. " - You've Got Mail Doesn't school starting mean it should be fall like? We've hit 100 degrees here in Kansas City the past couple days and school has already been in session for 2 weeks! I'm ready to break out the long sleeved tee's and jeans, but as Kansas would have it, I am still sitting here simmering and sweating in sundresses. … [Continue reading]

Labor Day Entertaining {Recipe: Lavash with Spinach Avocado Dip}

Lavash with Hot Spinach Avocado Dip from dineanddish.net

Labor Day entertaining made simple with this Hot Spinach Avocado Dip featuring fresh California Avocados.  Labor Day weekend is one of my favorite weekends to celebrate yet it's also bittersweet. I love having a big bash at the end of the summer to bid farewell to the season. Labor Day means we are one step closer to my all time favorite season, fall. I hate that one step closer to fall means one step closer to my least favorite season of winter. I'm just going to block out the fact that winter is closer, and focus on having one heck of a time with our end of summer celebration.  Do you entertain Labor Day weekend? To me, this weekend is all about savoring the last of the summer flavors...California Avocados at their prime, fresh vegetables and fruits, sparkly summer cocktails and grilling outdoors. It's a great weekend to gather together with friends and family and to kick back and enjoy being together!  … [Continue reading]

Back to School {Recipe: Chopped Ham and Cheese Rolls}

Fried Chopped Ham and Cheese Rolls are a quick and easy dinner idea that can be on your table in a matter of minutes! From dineanddish.net

Chopped and fried honey ham lunch meat topped with shredded cheese and placed in a King's Hawaiian sweet hotdog bun is a quick and simple back to school time dish... on the table in a matter of minutes! Friends... I hear you. We are struggling! This back to school business is hard. After a summer of relaxed bedtimes, come and go as you please schedules, and meals at all the odd hours of the day, this whole getting back into the swing of a rigid school schedule is tough. I never thought that having 4 kids in 3 different schools, on 3 different starting and ending schedules would be difficult. Not to mention going 4 different directions after school for the various activities... tutoring, football, volleyball, dance, school of religion, etc. I'd love to be one of those bloggers posting 25 great back to school breakfast recipe roundups or 50 quick and easy after school meals, but to be honest with you, after 1 week down I can tell this school year we are going to be lucky to hug and say goodnight at the end of the day, let alone sit down to elaborate meals at the same time every night. My mojo for the 2014-2015 school year is simply going to be to survive. I'm not complaining... just keeping it real. I love my life, my kids and our crazy schedules and wouldn't have it any other way! I just know we, like so many of you, are going to be facing challenges this year to stay connected and sane. … [Continue reading]

Peachy Days {Recipe: Super Simple Whiskey Peach Cobbler}

Super Simple Peach Cobbler Recipe from dineanddish.net

I kind of have a crush on peaches this summer. Oh, you noticed? What gave it away? The fact that just about every recipe I've posted in the past few weeks has had fresh peaches as an ingredient? I just can't help it. The peaches this season are just so juicy and good! I have also used a significant number of paper towels this summer, wiping up all the juice that's dribbling down my face. I'm a little impatient with my peach eating and instead of cutting them up to eat them like a true lady would, I've been diving right in and taking bites out of the peaches... knowing full well that I'll end up a sticky peach juice mess. But again, so worth it.  … [Continue reading]