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Connect Through Reading – 5 Book Reviews

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  I am so excited to be sharing this post with you today, because #1) it means I'm finally feeling well enough to read again and #2) some of these books are sooooo good! I've been not reading much at all this year so far, and it's killing me. I'm so glad to have my energy back and the desire to read books again! Without further ado, let's chat about books, shall we?  … [Continue reading]

Kitchen Conversations {Recipe: Bread Machine Challah}

Bread Machine Challah Recipe

This post, about the importance of face-to-face time in the kitchen, is sponsored by Bon Appetit and Epicurious. This girl... For the past 10 years she's been my biggest helper in the kitchen. I couldn't wait to get her in, cooking with me. As soon as she could sit up, I'd drag her high chair in and she'd sit watching me cook, banging measuring cups on her tray. She soon went from watching, to doing, and now... at the age of 10, can take on many recipes with little supervision. … [Continue reading]

Spring Time Asparagus and $100 Gift Card Giveaway – CLOSED

Asian Toasted Sesame Asparagus dineanddish.net

I’m honored to be a part of the 2014 Kraft Tastemaker Community, where I am teaming up with Kraft Foods to bring you family friendly recipes using common ingredients found in your pantry! This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to winner, Amy of Very Culinary who was chosen via Random.org. Thanks to all who entered! Wow…this winter has been a tough one, hasn’t it? Deep into February, and snow day after snow day after snow day, I honestly thought spring would never get here! Thank goodness the days are getting longer, and the sun is shining warmer…and everything is finally starting to turn green again! One of my favorite things about spring is the return of my favorite vegetable…asparagus. I absolutely love asparagus, and even though I know I can get fresh asparagus in the other seasons, there is nothing like the big, green stalks of asparagus at the market this time of year!  … [Continue reading]

Amanda Rettke Surprise-Inside Cakes Cookbook Giveaway – CLOSED

Amanda Rettke Surprise-Inside Cakes Cookbook Giveaway dineanddish.net

The giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Lydia Houghton, winner chosen via Random.org. Thanks to all who entered! My friend Amanda wrote a book! You may know Amanda from the blog I Am Baker and as the most creative cake decorator extraordinaire. For years now, she's been drawing us in on her blog with unique cake decorating techniques and enticing recipes. Well, now, she has a book and it's going to knock  your socks off! Seriously, just look at the amazing Candle Cake below... have you ever seen a more beautiful cake? … [Continue reading]

Simply Simple {Recipe: 3 Ingredient Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake}

3 Ingredient Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake www.dineanddish.net

I wasn't going to share this dump cake recipe with you. I don't know why... I just felt like maybe it was beneath my "standards". I have no idea why I'm being so judgey with myself about it! It's really not that different than the amazing Peach Dump Cake I shared on Dine & Dish a couple years ago. It's not like I'm "above" using canned ingredients and box cake mixes. I guess I just felt that it was too simple. In fact, it was so simple, Leah (my 4 year old) pretty much made it herself. I just had to open the cans for her and tell her what to do and she did it. With an abundance of pride, at that! … [Continue reading]