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Church Classic {Recipe: Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake}

Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake from www.dineanddish.net

Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake is a twist on a classic church potluck recipe, topped with a creamy vanilla frosting and chopped Diamond walnuts. I don't want to be disrespectful, but the desserts that the church ladies provide for funerals are the best! There is nothing like a table full of a variety of desserts, all so varying and tempting in their own way.  When I am in front of that dessert table, I remember exactly what it felt like to be a kid in a candy shop. So many choices...I want them all! … [Continue reading]

Roasted Veggie Pizza for #PizzaWeek

Oven Roasted Veggie Pizza on dineanddish.net #pizzaweek

If you like vegetable pizza than you will love this oven roasted veggie pizza, the recipe I'm sharing today for a blogging collaboration called #PizzaWeek.  I like vegetables, a lot. I always have. In fact, growing up when I got to choose my birthday dinner the main thing I would ask for was lima beans. (Really...lima beans? Does anyone even eat lima beans anymore?) For someone who likes veggies, I've never been a huge fan of vegetable pizza. I'm sure we've all experienced those pizza chain pizzas with the rubbery tasting onions and peppers on top of a soggy crusted pizza lacking in flavor. I just always assumed that's what vegetable pizzas were like. Thank goodness I grew out of that phase and wised up because one of my favorite things ever right now is Oven Roasted Veggie Pizza.  … [Continue reading]

The Happiness Report #27

The Happiness Report Number 27 dineanddish.net

Friends, do you see those beautiful SPRING like flowers up there? I have a couple growing in my yard right now, but that particular vase of daffodils is a gift from my friend Jenny who got them at Trader Joe's. I absolutely love the flowers (and the price for flowers) at Trader Joe's. It's only right that I open up this Happiness Report with the touch of spring these beautiful flowers have given my home!  … [Continue reading]

Date Night, Grown Up Shrimp and #ApothicWhite

A simple and flavorful Lemon Kale Baked Shrimp from www.dineanddish.net #ApothicWhite

My husband and I used to be really fun people. We did! We used to have regular date nights, spent plenty of nights out until the wee hours of the morning down in the bar district, vacationed often, lived a fun, carefree and exciting life. We were sexy, edgy and fun. Then things changed... excitement turned into getting all 4 kids down to sleep all at the same time (quite the feat), finding a new stock to invest in that would help to pad our retirement fund (yippee) and if we were really on the wild side, actually going into a restaurant with actual silverware on the table to eat with all 4 kids instead of pulling through the drive through (so risqué) . What happened to us? Where is the fun and sexy couple we once were? Well, I can tell you, that couple is still here... we just have to make more of an effort to find them. Date nights take on a different meaning when you are 40 with 4 kids and have been married for 14 years. The need to connect is probably stronger than ever, but the energy it takes... not to mention the money for babysitting, the desire to get out of, what I call, Friday Night Pants, and the ability to stay awake for an entire dinner and a movie...the thought of all of that usually makes us decide to just forget it. Then, after yet one more conversation by text, because we can't hear each other talk over the interruptions and noise from the kids, we decide... "hon, I think it's time we find our fun and sexy selves again, don't you?" … [Continue reading]

Through the Trouble {Recipe: Toasted Pistachio Toffee Brittle}

Toasted Pistachio Toffee Brittle from dineanddish.net

A tasty candy brittle loaded with toasted, Diamond brand, Pistachios.  So, our house went on the market this past weekend and I'm already kind of over the whole process! In the last week I spent 2 days ticked off and not speaking to my husband (because I'm mature that way), 24 hours completely digging through every nook and cranny in our house de-junking, de-cluttering and cleaning, enlisting my best friend to clean out my pantry, and drinking lots of wine. We haven't even had our house on the market for 2 days yet and the whole process is already stressing me out! We are absolutely in one of those no-lose situations as we love where we are, our neighbors and our home, and we love the house that we've been looking at. If we did move it would only be a few miles down the road, if we don't, we are totally happy. The house we have our eyes on has 2 acres of land (and a sunroom) which is something we've wanted for quite sometime. However, again, we have survived this long without land, and can survive even longer if things don't happen with that other house. So needless to say, we are in one of those chaotic states of flux right now! … [Continue reading]