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Snack Time {Recipe: Whiskey Honey Toasted Walnuts}

Whiskey Honey Toasted Walnuts from www.dineanddish.net

Whiskey Honey Toasted Walnuts is a versatile and tasty snack recipe featuring the goodness of Diamond Brand Walnuts. Are you a big snacker? I honestly have never been a big eat in between meals kind of person. I fuel my in between meal time with coffee, for sure, but have never been one to really snack a lot on other things. I'm starting to think that's because maybe I haven't been snacking on the right foods. I made this amazing recipe for Whiskey Honey Toasted Walnuts originally as a salad topper and as something to add texture and flavor to my morning yogurt. What I didn't expect to happen was to create a new snack food that I just can't stop eating! I should probably be embarrassed by the sheer number of walnuts I've eaten as a snack since creating this recipe. I just can't seem to get enough of them! … [Continue reading]

Mac and Cheese Mania {Recipe: Crab Mac and Cheese}

Crabby Mac and Cheese Recipe from www.dineanddish.net

The surgery I had a few weeks ago kind of knocked me on my rear for a bit. First, I had a reaction to the pain medication. Then, after a few weeks of feeling like absolute crud, I went back into the doctor and discovered I had an infection and was anemic. That pretty much explained why I just wanted to nap all day long, was so moody and couldn't get up the motivation to do anything. Least of all, cook! I finally started on an antibiotic this week and feel so much better. My level of energy is way up and my mood has improved as well. And, I finally feel like cooking (and blogging) again! After weeks of eating out, it felt great to get back into the kitchen. What felt even better was having the first recipe I made, this Crabby Mac and Cheese, be an absolute hit. My husband stated, after chowing down on one serving "This could stand head to head with any of the seafood Mac & Cheese recipes I've had in some of the finest restaurants in Boston." That made my day! … [Continue reading]

Recipe: Tomato Basil Queso Cheese Dip

Tomato Basil Queso Appetizer from dineanddish.net

I’m honored to be a part of the 2013 Kraft Tastemaker Community, where I am teaming up with Kraft Foods to bring you family friendly recipes using common ingredients found in your pantry! I really love watching the winter Olympics. I always have. I remember being a little girl and pretending to ice skate around our living room while we watched the competition. I was convinced I had natural talent, even though I had never actually put on a pair of ice skates before! When the winter Olympics are on TV, it is one thing my entire family of 6 can agree on watching. There’s just something so captivating about seeing the best of the best compete for the Gold! … [Continue reading]

I Heart Starbucks Coffee Valentine’s Flash Giveaway – CLOSED

Starbucks Coffee Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Random.org winner Jennifer W.  Happy Valentine's Day!! So Valentine's Day... do you love it or kind of hate it? I personally think we could all do with a few more holidays celebrating love...but without the roses and mushiness. I'd like to see more of a focus on loving gestures, accepting others, and giving others the gift of time. In fact, celebrating THAT kind of love every day would make me happy! One of my favorite parts of every week is when my husband (who is rarely here in the morning because he goes to work super early or is traveling) and I get to sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee, read the paper and catch up with each other on the happenings of the week. Coffee connects...there's no doubt about that. My friends at Starbucks want to celebrate that special connection over coffee with a fun, flash Valentine's Day giveaway!  … [Continue reading]

In Memory of Elle

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars for #ElleAPalooza

I have been sitting here for the past hour, staring at the blinking cursor on my screen, truly unable to put into words what I want to write. This sucks. Hug your family. Love fiercely. Never take a single day or moment for granted...There, can that be it? That pretty much sums up how so many of us are feeling right now. On January 29th, I woke up, and like normal after everyone was off to school, I sat down at my computer and checked my email and then Facebook. This update on a dear blogging friends facebook page stopped me in my tracks... I spent the next several hours glued to my chair, unable to really believe what I had read. In fact, I honestly thought maybe it was a horrible joke and someone had hacked into Elle's facebook page.  She was chatting and bantering with people just the day before! … [Continue reading]