April 16, 2012

How do you prepare for the Spring season?

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Spring has sprung!

This time of year makes me wake up after a long winter of drab, dreary weather and want to pop out into the sun and enjoy its warm rays. It's time to start puttering around outside, plant seeds, plan gardens, watch flower bloom and trees sprout, and generally enjoy being outdoors after being cooped up inside staring restlessly outside. It's time to pull out your sun hats and shades, grab your garden tools, drag out your hammocks and swings, and jump back in to the world of outdoor living. But with outdoor living spring allergies inevitably make a return as well.

I don't know about where you are, but here in Maryland spring has definitely made its presence known! We had a very mild winter, so spring got an early start this year, and so did the spring allergies that come along with the beautiful blooms and milder weather.

As I'm getting older my allergies are getting worse. I love the blossoms and weather of spring, BUT I hate allergies so spring isn't always my favorite time of year. In fact most years I dread spring because I'm miserable once the blooms start popping out. This year with the early start of spring it's been especially bad, but fear not..there is some relief!

I'm a big fan of homeopathic remedies. I would much rather deal with something naturally than with unneeded medication and chemicals, so when I was asked to try Similasan Nasal Allergy Relief nasal mist I jumped at the chance! I was sent some to try out and I've really been pleased with the results of this product. The mist helps alleviate the symptoms of spring allergies, all while doing so with a natural twist.

So how does it work?

Similasan Nasal Allergy Relief homeopathic nasal mist takes the body's natural ability to deal with nasal allergy symptoms (You know the ones...those uncomfortable and irritating things like a runny nose, itching and/or burning of the nose, sneezing and congestion) and makes our natural defenses kick in to high gear.

Not only does this help curb allergy symptoms, but it also comes from a product that is all natural, chemical and preservative free.

Similasan nasal mist gives a person with nasal allergies a safe and effective relief. And the really cool thing is that you don't have to worry about any rebound effects or reliance to the nasal mist as you would with other commercial varieties.

Similasan is special. Their nasal spray is one of the only medicated, preservative free, nasal decongestants available today. Similasan products are homeopathic and come from Switzerland, where they are made under the strictest quality control methods. In fact they are made using the highest quality standards and all of their products use only 100% Natural Active Ingredients.

Why add in things that aren't needed, when relief can be found with natural components? Similasan has a whole range of homeopathic products at your disposal. Just find the one that is right for you!

So where do you find Similasan products? They are available at your local Walgreens stores and at all the major online retailers as well, so they aren't hard to find. If you're a spring allergy suffer like I am and are looking for a homeopathic method of alleviating your spring nasal allergy symptoms look no further, you'll love Similasan Nasal Allergy Relief! I tried it and loved it!!

So how do you win $100 Visa gift card from BlogHer? Tell me: How do you prepare for the Spring season? by leaving a comment below to be entered for a chance to win.

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Now get outside and enjoy this Spring weather! It's OK to even say hello to the flowers! Happy Spring!

Posted by Dianne at 9:00 AM

March 16, 2012

Eggstraordinary Spring Entertaining

I'm hosting this post for BlogHer and LAND O LAKES® Eggs. How fabulous does this Egg, Apple, Cheese and Sausage Tart from Shelly at Cookies and Cups look? Check out this fabulous recipe and see how you can win a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of BlogHer!

I have always wanted to be a brunch person.

Here's my romanticized version of a "brunch day:" Wake up on a sunshiney, springtime Sunday morning (without an alarm clock or children jumping on my stomach), read the weekend newspaper in my crisp white-sheeted bed with no obligations to get ready for, lazily look over at my husband and say, "Let's go for a drive today," to which he would say, "Yes, let's go for a Sunday drive right after we have a nice, relaxing brunch."

That's how it goes down in my mind. What really happens is more like this...

Sunday morning 6:45 am I am woken up to "MOMMMMM!!! Can we play Wii?" "MOMMMMM!!! What's for breakfast?!" "MOMMMMMM!!! Can Joey come over today?"

All of that before 7:00 am. No mention of a Sunday drive, no mention of the weekend newspaper, no mention of brunch. Sigh.

What I have discovered is I can marry the romanticized version with the real-life version. Kinda.

Here's how: plan a brunch at home.

I can do that! Have it be for just your family, or invite people over to hold yourself accountable. I suggest the inviting of other people, because Sunday mornings can quickly get away from you if you let them.

What I have found is that brunch, while sounding all fancy and glamorous, is totally doable. Easy, actually. All you need to do is plan your meal around a single main course dish. One that can be prepared in advance is not only recommended but encouraged.

Eggs are a favorite ingredient when making food to share for springtime gatherings and celebrations. A favorite go-to brunch meal in our family is a tart or a quiche. They are so adaptable and easy.

You can make your springtime brunch more special, and more delicious, by using high-quality LAND O LAKES® All-Natural Farm-Fresh Eggs. Using higher-quality ingredients makes every part of your brunch more special, in my opinion.

Here's my favorite Sunday brunch meal...it's fancy enough to serve on special occasions but simple enough to serve to your family on any given weekend.

Start with LAND O LAKES® All-Natural Farm-Fresh Eggs. All LAND O LAKES® Eggs are "eggstraordinary" because they are produced by hens fed a premium, vegetarian whole-grain diet consisting primarily of whole ground corn and soybean meal, with no added hormones, antibiotics, animal fats or animal by-products. These eggs are gathered at the peak of the hens' egg-laying cycles, which can make the eggs more delicious.

You will need to place a pie crust in a 10" tart pan. Bake the crust for 5 minutes and transfer to wire rack.

While the crust is baking, cook the breakfast sausage and mix the egg mixture...

Crack the eggs in a bowl, whisk together and add some milk and seasonings.

When sausage is cooked, spread evenly on top of the partially-cooked crust. Then sprinkle cheese on top and cover with the LAND O LAKES® Eggs mixture.

Finally, slice a medium green apple into thin slices and arrange on top of the tart.

Bake the tart for 40- 45 minutes until center is set. You will have a gorgeous, completely impressive main course for your brunch. What's lovely about this tart is you can serve it warm, room temperature or even cold.

Now guess what? I want you to have your own brunch. And to do that you will need money, right? How about $100? That should cover it nicely, I think...

To enter for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of BlogHer, leave a comment on this post telling me:

What is your favorite spring egg dish to make when you're hosting guests?

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Egg, Apple, Cheese and Sausage Tart

4 LAND O LAKES® All-Natural Farm-Fresh Eggs

16 oz breakfast sausage, cooked and drained

2/3 cup milk

1 (heaping) cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

1 tart apple, cut into thin slices

1 pie crust (pre-made or homemade)

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°

Place the pie crust in a 10" tart pan. Bake for 5 minutes and transfer to wire rack.

Cook breakfast sausage in a medium skillet, drain.

In a medium-sized bowl whisk eggs, then add milk and salt and pepper. Whisk again to combine.

Spoon sausage into partially baked pie crust, sprinkle cheese on top of sausage and pour egg mixture evenly over sausage and cheese.

Finally, arrange apple slices on top.

Bake 40-45 minutes until center is set.

Serve warm, room temperature, or even cold.

*Can be made ahead to serve the next day and can also be frozen.

*Store covered in refrigerator for up to 3 days

Posted by Dianne at 9:00 AM

March 5, 2012

Meatless Monday At The Greenists: Four Cheese Lasagna!

Four Cheese Lasagna

I'm posting today over at The Greenists for Meatless Monday. Stop by and say hello and check out fabulous four cheese lasagna!

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January 31, 2011

Happy 4th Blogaversary to Me! (One Day Late)

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Four years ago yesterday I started Dianne's Dishes to move my recipes and food things from my personal blog Daffodil Lane. On the first day I posted a welcome, a recipe for sushi and What's For Dinner and we went from there.

Thank you for reading and commenting. I love not only sharing my ideas with you, but you sharing your ideas with me as well. Dianne's Dishes just wouldn't be the same without all of you here with me.

I've really enjoyed the past four years. I've enjoyed coming up with new recipes, trying out theories, getting to know many of you blog readers, going back to fresh, whole foods for the most part and most importantly bringing Alexis in to the kitchen with me as my sous chef. It's been quite the ride!

May the next four years be just as fun!

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January 18, 2011

We're Back Up And Running!

It appears we've gotten the comment problem sorted out and we appear to be able to comment once again. Captcha was added by the request of my host company. Hopefully this will cut down on spam!

Back with recipes soon.

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January 17, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

I had intended to jump right back in to blogging in the new year, but then again you know what they say about the best of good intentions. Also I wanted to let you know that the comment issue has still not been alleviated. Hopefully that will be taken care of soon.

I have some recipes to share, but I'm not sure when I will. I'm around, just frantically playing catch up. If you want to ask me anything you can always e-mail me at diannesdishes at gmail dot com since comments are not working.

Hopefully I'll be around soon!

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December 15, 2010

Comment Issues

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If you've tried to make a comment in the past few weeks you've noticed that it won't work. My host insisted that I add Captcha to stop an influx of spam and true the spam has stopped, but it isn't allowing ANY comments to go through. I'm in the process of trying to figure out what is wrong. I'll let you know when it's fixed and hopefully it will be soon!

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November 1, 2010

Hope For Women

Hope For Women

Today I'm posting over at the Greenists. Normally my Greenists posts are on the subject of food, but this post is about the great program Hope For Women that helps economically disadvantaged women support themselves with eco-friendly, fair trade, sustainable products that help them earn a living wage and is a really fabulous program. Pop on over and check it out!

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October 22, 2010

Take A Look In My Fridge

Take A Look In My Fridge!

I got an e-mail asking to see the contents of my fridge. Not sure why anyone would want to see that, but I aim to please!

Top Shelf: Heavy cream, half and half, milk, iced green tea, apple cider, Coronas, Parmesan cheese rinds, etc.

Next Shelf: Lex's apple juice, Jamison's orange juice, sea salt dill pickles, sangria for tonight, pomegranates, etc.

Next shelf: Brown eggs, sour cream, Jamison's left over gluten-free macaroni and cheese, spinach, etc.

Cheese Drawer: Cheddar, goat cheese, Fontina, Parmesan, Gruyere, buttermilk cheese, American, Swiss, Provolone, mozzarella, various blue cheeses, etc.

Veggie Drawer: More spinach, cucumbers, asparagus, kiwi berry poppers, bell peppers, celery, carrots, etc.

Meat Drawer: Bacon, pepperoni, turkey, corn tortillas, etc.

Butter "Drawer:" Irish butter, butter, cream cheese, etc.

Top Door Shelf: Wine, Limoncello, Seltzer water, etc.

Rest of the Door: Condiments, pickles, olives, jams/jellys, sauces, maple syrup, etc.

Most important thing in the fridge right now? Sangria!

Sangria!

So there it is...My boring little fridge! What's in your fridge?

TGIF! Have a great weekend everyone!

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October 4, 2010

Trying Zhena's Gypsy Tea

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I'm posting at The Greenists today about Zhena Gypsy Tea. Stop by and tell me how you take your tea!

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September 6, 2010

Preserving Your Summer Bounty

Canned Tomatoes

I'm blogging at the Greenists today about saving your summer vegetables. Stop by and tell me if you preserve anything!

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August 31, 2010

What Is Your Favorite Thing to Do with Your Farmer's Market Finds?

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Take the link and stop by and tell me what you like to do with your Farmer's Market finds for your chance to win!

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July 12, 2010

Using Those Summer Fruits

Strawberry Granita

I'm blogging at The Greenists today about using your summer fruits. Stop by and tell me what you like to do with yours!

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June 28, 2010

No Excuses, Just The Facts

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I'm not going to make excuses for why I haven't been here. I'm a rut, and it is what it is. I've gotten a few e-mails asking where I've been so I thought I'd pop in and give you a little update...

It's summer and we've had guests, play dates, outings, a big 7th birthday to celebrate and we've been having a lot of fun! That being said I'm tired. I've been fighting depression for a while now and it's an exhausting process all around for those of you who have experienced the situation first hand.

My nurse practitioner has been fabulous about going through this with me. She gave me one medication that at first appeared to be working, but soon not so much. We recently decided to try another medication and this one appears to be working better, but it is still in the early stages. But one thing that has changed is that my muse is back! For a while there she had left me.

So what does that mean?

It means that late last week I went back to a story that I had written the first chapter to about a month ago. I started writing and it has just been pouring out of me. And you know what? I never think anything I write is good, but this story, this story really is! I've been writing every day and the story is just falling out on to the paper and I actually let two people read what I've written. They liked it too, so I feel like I'm on the right track!

That being said I've been busy with life and I'm really enjoying writing again. I'm also being inspired by all of the local fresh fruits and vegetables that are beginning to be available, so food will be back soon. My "garden" is doing well too, if I can keep the damned ground hogs out of my plants!

So bear with me, while I work things out. I'm here, I'm just lurking in the shadows for the moment.

I hope you all are having a fabulous summer! I am...Except for the heat of course! ;oP

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June 24, 2010

Pop Over To Daffodil Lane and Say Happy Birthday To Alexis!

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If you get a chance take the link and pop over to Daffodil Lane and say Happy Birthday to Alexis. The comments amuse her!

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June 14, 2010

Greening Your Pantry

My Pantry

I'm posting today at The Greenists about Greening Your Pantry! Come by and tell me about yours!

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June 9, 2010

Today We're Going To Take A Detour From Food and Talk About "Stay" by My Friend Allie Larkin!

For a while now I've been very excited to read "Stay" by my friend Allie Larkin. Allie and I "met" a few years ago when we were both contributors to Celeb Cause, which was a website focused on green activities/trends in the celebrity world. We both gave suggestions on finding green products. We stayed in touch after Celeb Cause ended and when Allie formed The Greenists along with Courtney and they asked me to be a food contributor I didn't think twice before I jumped right in!

I was very honored (and surprised!) to receive an advanced copy of Allie's book "Stay" and I began reading as soon as I took it out of the package! This is Allie's fist book and it is heart felt, sweet, moving and an all around good read! I read it in one day and loved every word! Allie's voice is so clear in this story you find yourself slipping right in to Van's shoes without a second thought!

Allie's dog Argo is used on the cover of the book and her other dog Stella joined in on the picture fun too!

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To learn more about "Stay" check out Allie's website where you can find an excerpt from the book, a reading guide, a story synopsis and more about Allie and the story!

Also check out the preview!

"Stay" comes out tomorrow (June 10, 2010) so go get a copy! I promise you won't be disappointed! I can't wait for Allie's next book!

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Cross posted at Daffodil Lane.

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May 28, 2010

Don't Forget!

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To come over to Daffodil Lane and Tell Me What Great Things Come In Small Packages and you could win a $100 Carrabba's Gift card!

How easy is that?

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May 17, 2010

Stop By and Say Hello!

FYI

I'm posting at The Greenists today about growing your own herbs. Stop by and say hello and tell me what herbs you like to grow!

I'm off to see my 92 year old grandfather in Greeneville, TN today. I haven't seen him for a couple of years and I'm so excited! Can't wait to give him a hug!

Hope you all have a fabulous day!

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May 11, 2010

Come Over To Daffodil Lane And Tell Me What Great Things Come In Small Packages And You Could Win a $100 Carrabba's Gift Card!

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Hop over to Daffodil Lane and tell me What Great Things Come In Small Packages between 5/11/2010 and 6/11/2010 and you could win a $100 Carrabba's gift card!

What are you waiting for? Good luck!

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May 5, 2010

Did You Miss Me?

A Rose At My Mom's House

So have you missed me? I bet you thought I had fallen off the planet, but no, I'm still here, I've just been crazy busy. Life is like that I suppose.

The rose above is from my mom's front yard. Lex and I went on a little adventure last week and went to see "Grams and Pop"! We're actually going back to Tennessee in a couple of weeks. I love that Alexis travels well now. When she was a baby? Not so much! She was one of those "I'm going to scream until we get out of this car and never go to sleep!" kind of kids. She has never been the "Throw them in the car and they'll sleep until we get there!" kid AT ALL!

She has fallen asleep in the car FIVE times in her entire life.

FIVE!

And in case I didn't mention it, that was FIVE.

But I digress!

Anyway.....

I've got a couple of restaurant reviews coming up from the town I grew up in in Tennessee. If you're ever in the area you should check them out! I also have recipes for Roasted Garlic Ceasar Salad and a Gluten Free Cheeseburger Macaroni. My "garden" is going and I have plenty to tell you about that as well! Hopefully I'll be able to post something starting tomorrow, but we'll see how things go.

So I'm back...Sort of! Hope everyone out there in cyberland is doing well!

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April 19, 2010

Hop Over And Say Hello!

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I'm posting over at The Greenists today so stop by and say hello!

Recipes to come here later int he week!

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March 24, 2010

This and That and Why I Have Nothing To Share With You Today

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I'll admit it, I've been a cooking rut as of late. I've had the blues and have just been generally melancholy overall and that is not conducive to creating for me. So as a result I haven't created any new recipes lately. In fact I've been cooking tried and true old recipes that are comforting. Yes I'm a comfort eater. There I said it. A lot of us are, and me more so than most. Food equals comfort for me, which isn't great, but it is what it is.

I am beginning to feel like myself again as the days get longer and the sun actually shines from time to time, and my creative brain is starting to kick back in. That being said I still have nothing to share with you as of this moment, but should have some recipes to share soon!

So hang tight, check out the archives or pop over to some of the links on my blog roll. I'll be back soon with some new recipes and a whole new outlook on life. After all it's spring, and spring is marvelous!

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February 22, 2010

It's Never Too Soon To Dream About Summer!

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I'm posting over at the Greenists today. I talk about winter blahs and how dreaming about my summer garden helps me through all this snow! I also give some tips on containers for planting and a natural pest spray! So stop by and check it out!

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February 9, 2010

Forget Bread and Milk....10 Essentials for Making it Through Another Major Snow Storm

10 Essentials for Making it Through Another Major Snow Storm:

1. A couple of bottles of wine (at least) and some lemon vodka.

2. Nutella. (Why had I never tried this stuff before last week?)

3. Bacon

4. Strawberry Häagen-Dazs

5. Gala apples

6. Lands End snow boots

7. Plenty of green tea

8. The Wii to keep the tea cup occupied since she can't play in snow that is almost taller than she is!

9. Netflix Movies, not to mention their Watch on Demand option!

10. And a bag full of new books!

That should keep me tied over for possibly 20 more inches of snow on top of the 28.25 inches we already have on the ground. Right? Right? But they are saying more snow on Monday? Really? Surely that can't be right. I'll just sit here in denial until I actually see more snow fall from the sky! ;oP

So what would be on your list?

Cross posted at Daffodil Lane.

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January 27, 2010

Blog Away Hunger - Help Haiti!

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I just wanted to let you all know that I'm donating my ad revenue for the months of January and February to Blog Away Hunger - Help Haiti. How can you help? Visit and visit often! Tell your friends to visit too. The bigger the revenue the more help it will be. I plan to round up the amount to a nice even number. For instance if it's $160, I'll round it up to $200 to donate. So help me out and be sure and visit often this month and next too! Don't worry I'll remind you as well. I'll also tell you what the amount ends up total at the end of each month.

Take the link above and check out the other blogs participating as well. They can use the extra hits as well!

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January 20, 2010

Hello

Hey everyone.

I just realized that my last entry just fell off the front page. I'm hoping to be back tomorrow with recipes. I've had a migraine that just would not go away and then I had to repair the disaster that was my house after a few days of not cleaning. Even with Jamison doing laundry and cleaning up the kitchen (I LOVE when he does that!) there was still a lot to do.

Hope you all are having a good week so far and don't forget to check back tomorrow!

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January 13, 2010

Now What Do I Do With These?

Today has been a busy one and I haven't had time to write up an entry, but I thought I'd share with you my new heart baking dishes!

Heart Baking Dishes

Aren't they cute? I found them at the grocery store of all places and I couldn't resist!

Now do I want to make a heart shaped cake? Brownies? A big heart shaped marshmallow? A heart shaped loaf of bread? The possibilities are endless and that is exactly how I like things to be!

I'll hopefully be back tomorrow with a recipe. Fingers crossed!

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December 20, 2009

Happy Holidays!

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I'm taking the next couple of weeks off to enjoy the season! I hope you all have a fabulous time filled with happiness, joy and love. I'll be back in early 2010!

Oh and for those of you who are still looking for edible Christmas ideas be sure and check out my archives from last December for some great ideas!

Happy Holidays everyone!

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November 2, 2009

Check It Out!

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I'm posting today over at the Greenists about picking your Thanksgiving Turkey. Pop on over and check it out and be sure and let me know what your Thanksgiving traditions are.

We're back in Maryland, but tomorrow I have one more restaurant to tell you about, this one from Maine! Hopefully things will start getting back to normal in the next day or so.

I hope you all are having a good day!

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October 23, 2009

Don't Forget To Enter and a Note About Next Week!

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Come over to Daffodil Lane and tell me your Top 5 Reasons to Organize a Get Together and you could win a $100 Visa gift card from BlogHer and Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals Cheese Crisps! Also you can get a recipe for stuffed mushrooms too! Go here to find out how!

Who couldn't use a $100 Visa gift card?

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Next week will be a bit different. We're heading to Connecticut, so obviously I'm not going to be doing much (if any) cooking. I may pop in and tell you about some great restaurant we tried, or tell you about some food find I stumble across, but Alexis and I plan to do a lot of exploring, while Jamison is working, and I probably won't be online as much as usual so we'll just see how things go. If I don't see you before then, you'll know why. We also plan on taking a little road trip up to Maine after Jamison finishes his work week. New England in the fall...How sweet it is!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. Isn't this fall weather divine?

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October 16, 2009

What Are Your Top 5 reasons to Organize a Get Together?

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Come over to Daffodil Lane and tell me your Top 5 Reasons to Organize a Get Together and you could win a $100 Visa gift card from BlogHer and Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals Cheese Crisps! Also you can get a recipe for stuffed mushrooms too! Go here to find out how!

Who couldn't use a $100 Visa gift card?

Posted by Dianne at 10:09 PM

October 6, 2009

What Are Your Top 5 reasons to Organize a Get Together?

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Come over to Daffodil Lane and tell me your Top 5 Reasons to Organize a Get Together and you could win a $100 Visa gift card from BlogHer and Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals Cheese Crisps! Also you can get a recipe for stuffed mushrooms too! Go here to find out how!

Who couldn't use a $100 Visa gift card?

Posted by Dianne at 12:49 PM

October 5, 2009

Stop By The Greenists!

FYI

I'm posting over at the Greenists today about eating local during the fall. I'll teach you how to roast a pumpkin! So what are you waiting for? Hope on over and say hello! Don't forget to tell me what you like to do with pumpkin!

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September 15, 2009

Getting Things Situated...And What's For Dinner?

I got a new computer and I'm still trying to get everything sorted out. All of my recipe pictures are on the old computer, along with my photo editing software. I have to figure out what I'm going to do from here in terms of the new computer and I'm trying to get used to the new operating system (which sucks) and how the computer is set up. I'm also trying to remember user names and things like that too, so as you can see no graphics or pictures on this post today. It may be a day or two before I get everything switched over and get back to posting. I'm going to try and transfer some things over this evening, but the photo editing may be a bit tricky for a while...

So anyway, let's talk about What's For Dinner?!

Tonight I know Alexis and I are having roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts. Jamison will have roasted potatoes, but I'm not sure what the main course will be. I haven't figured out that key element yet.

What are you having?

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September 7, 2009

Extending Your Summer Harvest

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Today I'm blogging over at The Greenists about extending your summer harvest. Stop by and let me know how you are extending your season!

Happy Labor Day everyone!

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September 1, 2009

A Note, What's For Dinner? And Week 16 Of Our CSA!

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Hey everyone!

First up I just wanted to let you know that I may not be posting a recipe every day on Monday through Thursday anymore. I will post a recipe on the the days when I can, but on days like today when things get a bit crazy it will most likely just be What's For Dinner?! Now that Lex is in 1st grade we've got more work on our plate so it makes it a bit more difficult.

Now let's take a peak in our CSA bag this week!

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We got more basil (I already hung this bunch up to dry!), more raspberries (which Alexis has been eating since I'm not a fan), some pears, bell peppers, green/yellow beans, Roma tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash and fingerling potatoes.

Now let's talk bout What's For Dinner?!

Tonight I am actually craving spaghettti and for those of you who have been around Dianne's Dishes for a while you know that is rare! Jamison will have gluten free spaghetti with meat sauce, Lex will have fettuccine noodles with tomato sauce and I'll have fettuccine noodles with a mushroom garlic sauce, which I'll add onions, green peppers, more mushrooms and possibly some ground beef, topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. We'll also have garlic bread (gluten free for Jamison) and a salad for Lex and me.

What are you having?

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August 25, 2009

Tomatoes Oh My! And What's For Dinner?

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I'm up to my ears in canning today so I will not be posting a recipe. We obtained 40 pounds of tomatoes from our CSA and I'm busy getting them canned for the winter! Alexis and I love tomato based soups, so this will be a great way to extend the season.

I have the tomatoes peeled and am waiting for the pressure cooker to warm up. This is my first time pressure canning, or using my pressure cooker in general and I have to admit I'm a bit terrified of the thing (OK...It scares the bejesus out of me!), but we'll see how things go!

Like I said no recipe today, but I will however tell you What's For Dinner?!

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Tonight I'm making chicken gumbo for myself. This is not something that Jamison would touch. Alexis may try it, you never know with her. For them I'm making center cut pork chops and brown rice, which I'll use some of with my gumbo. Alexis will also have a vegetable, most likely tomatoes or cucumbers.

What are you having?

Now if you'll excuse me, my tomatoes are calling me back to the kitchen. What? Your tomatoes don't talk? ;oP

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August 5, 2009

Check Out The Greenists!

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Allie's Answers has now become The Greenists where I will be contributing on the subject of food. Check out the other Greensits and be sure to stop by and say hello!

Thanks to Allie and Courtney for asking me to join in! This should be fun!

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July 8, 2009

Be Back Later!

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I'm on my way to go decorate at church in a little while for camp next week. It's an "extreme sports" theme so we're going to be making a lot of "trees" and "nature" murals. I'll be back later with a recipe hopefully, but possibly just What's For Dinner? since I'm not sure how long this will take.

Have a good day everyone!

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June 14, 2009

Tada!

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As you can see the changes are now up and running! There may be a few quirks to work out here or there, but hopefully we'll iron things out over the next few days. If you think something looks wonky let me know!

Also my blog roll has been updated and now has it's own page. I'm also trying to compile a list of Maryland food blogs so if you are reading this and that is you let me know, or if you know someone who isn't on the list let me know that too! The archives also have their own page now listed by month. And in case you didn't know Jamison made me a recipe index a while back. The recipes are listed by category alphabetically.

So things aren't drastically different, but different none the less. The design is slightly different, the header is new, new pages etc. I'm happy with it so far!

Hope you're all having a good weekend! I'll be back tomorrow with Better Bites!

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June 13, 2009

Change Is On The Way!

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I can just hear Sam Harris singing that as I type!

As I mentioned earlier this year I've been planning to redesign Dianne's Dishes for a while now. This weekend (it would appear) is the time! I'm hoping that you'll see this design, followed by the new design, all with no glitches, but we'll see how that goes.

Some time between now and hopefully tomorrow evening things will be different. Fingers crossed it will flow over perfectly, but if something seems wonky you'll know why. Don't worry though everything will be fixed and as good as new soon!

Fingers crossed everyone!

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May 29, 2009

Zoo Day and Up Next Week Ice Cream Week!

This morning Alexis and I took a little field trip to the zoo. We have season passes so we pop over for a couple of hours here and a couple of hours there. This morning the zoo was quite literally, well a zoo! It was muggy, because it's rained here for like two weeks straight, there were mosquitoes everywhere, and there were several big, rowdy field trip groups out for their own little jaunts. Then to top it all off it started raining! Oh well. Lex had fun though!

The funny part was this turtle:

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Look at that face...Could he be any more "You! Loud little things! Off my lawn!" He literally charged (or charged as much as a lumbering, over sized, hundred plus year old turtle can charge) toward the kids hovering around his pen to shoo them away. I felt immediate kinship with this guy! ;oP I mean seriously how cute is that scrunched up, puckered little face??

You wouldn't know it from this picture but the place really was quite packed!

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Alexis loves to feed the geese and ducks. And before anyone asks "What's up with the back of her legs?" she wears her Wellies (rain boots) with everything! And I do mean everything! They come up just below her knees. She loves to wear them with her PJs, shorts, dresses, skirts, you name it and I probably have a picture, in the hundreds of thousands of pictures I've taken of her over the past almost six years, of her wearing her Wellies with most everything she's worn! Sometimes however they don't go smoothly under everything she wears and are a little bulky, as they are here with her yoga pants above.

Alexis also likes to feed the goats, lamas, pigs, alpaca, deer and the donkey:

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I started putting hats on Lex when she was little to keep the sun off her pale skin and now she wears them everywhere! It's like second nature for her to grab a hat when she leaves the house. She always gets comments on her "cool" hats so I think that is part of the fun for her too.

So all of that to say nothing, but I thought I'd share anyway! ;oP

Now let's talk about next week! Last year Ice Cream week was such a hit that we're going to do it again this year! And that week just happens to start on Monday!

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Starting Monday morning you'll get at least six five new ice cream recipes! One recipe is actually a frozen yogurt variation and you'll even get a completely non-dairy, vegan ice cream as well! So stay tuned!

Friday Link Love will be up soon. Hope you've all had a great Friday so far!

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May 12, 2009

Getting To Know My New Blog Daughter Teri From Make A Whisk!

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First off let me say there will be a recipe up later this afternoon. I've been a busy little bee today and this is the first time I've actually sat down and turned on my computer! For now though I'd like to introduce you again to my new blog daughter Teri from Make A Whisk! Give her a warm hello and be sure and stop by her site as well...She has some fabulous recipes!

Without further ado here is Teri in her own words!

1. What is the name of your blog and how did you come up with that name?

The blog is called Make a Whisk. Not a very interesting story, I guess, but I was looking for a cute, kitchen-related name. Obviously, it's a play on words (Make a Wish).

2. How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging in December, in the middle of my Christmas cookie baking session.

3. What made you start your own blog?

Part of it was that my mom missed knowing what I made for dinner (well, and eating what I made for dinner!) after I got married and moved out. Part of it was that I often get asked for recipes when I bring dishes to work, and I thought it would be cool to have a place to direct those people. Part of it was that I was an English major, and I love to write. Part of it was just having a place to track all the different recipes that I make, with the tweaks and changes that happen along the way.

4. Do you cook everyday? Or is there a specific time in the week that you cook more than others?

I do cook dinner just about every day. I travel for work quite a bit, so when I'm gone, my husband cooks, but otherwise it's me.

5. What is your favorite kitchen tool?

My whisk, of course! ;-) Actually, this is a really, really tough question for me. I love just about everything about our kitchen, and just about everything in it. We were very fortunate at our wedding and shower to receive tons of fantastic cooking gifts, and I love every one of them. I was most excited about our 11 Cup Food Processor, though I'm partial to our Stand Mixer as well. I guess it just depends on what I need at the time!

6. If money was no object and you could take a food vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Hmm, that's a tough one. I guess Italy would be at the top of the list. We love Italian food!

7. If you could spend the day with one famous cook/chef and cook with them for fun, who would it be and why?

Alton Brown is probably our favorite of the celebrity chefs. My husband and I attended a demo that he did in Chicago last year, and it was a lot of fun. I think it'd be fun to lurk in his kitchen and watch him figure everything out!

8. What is your favorite food to eat?

I love cheese--and just about every kind.

9. What is your favorite food to cook?

I like to cook most things, even if I don't like to eat them. My favorite part of cooking is sharing what I've made with others, so my favorite thing to cook is someone else's favorite thing to eat, if that makes any sense at all. :)

10. If I was going to cook one recipe from your site, which one would you recommend and why?

The Macaroni & Four Cheese with Bacon Breadcrumbs is all I can think about these days. I highly recommend it. :)

Thanks for playing along Teri! I'm definitely going to try that Macaroni and cheese soon!

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May 7, 2009

Back Monday!

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For those of you who follow me on Twitter or FaceBook, you may have seen that Miss G ended up in the emergency room Tuesday morning. Luckily it wasn't anything too bad, just a little dehydration and stomach problems due to her third antibiotic in about two weeks, but I have to say she really freaked me out for a bit there.

When Lex woke up Tuesday morning she was a bit out of it and was breathing a little weird. We talked to the doctor and she advised taking her to the emergency room. Anyone that has ever watched their child in a hospital bed looking pale and fragile, being hooked up to an IV, then poked and prodded while they try to figure out what was wrong with them, probably knows what I'm talking about, and those that haven't can probably imagine anyway. It's not a pretty picture and even though you're feeling anything but, you have to put on your brave face and be strong. That's harder than it sounds when your child is lying there crying because they are poking her again, and all you can do is hold her and tell her everything is going to be ok, though you wonder if it actually will be and you want to cry right along with her. Our nurse Julie was amazing though, so that helped. Nurses do not get enough credit!

After testing her for everything know to man, including swine flu, though she had been tested for it earlier in the week, they finally figured out that her little tummy just wasn't able to handle the antibiotics and keep food down at the same time. They gave her some anti nausea meds and two days later she is a completely different child! I could tell the difference yesterday, but even more so today! She's got her bounce back! And I'm liking me some bounce!

We went back for a recheck today and her ears and nasal passages look better, which she was taking the antibiotics for to begin with, and she has gone for 48 hours without being sick. She has her energy back as I mentioned, is eating in small doses, though she is still running a fever, but hopefully that will sort itself out in a day or so. For all of you who sent me encouragement on Tuesday (and after!) I really appreciate the thoughts and prayers.

All of that to say, we've had a long, long, long (and did I mention long?) couple of weeks. Her first trip to the doctor, and first antibiotic, was last Tuesday and the ride just kept going downhill from there. I'm happy to report that now we are headed back in the right direction, but as you can imagine I haven't been online that much at all. In fact there were days there that I never even turned my computer on, so I don't have anything marked this week for Friday Link Love.

I'll be back on Monday with Better Bites and next week should be back to normal at Dianne's Dishes. Jamison and I are both feeling much better and Jamison finished up his finals last night. He isn't taking summer classes so that is going to be a nice change of pace as well. Call me weird, but I like it when he's home in the evenings. I enjoy spending time with him and Lex does too. It will be nice to slow down and have some normalcy around here.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and I'll catch you on Monday!

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May 4, 2009

Out Sick

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I just wanted to let you all know that I'm not going to be around for a few days. Alexis got sick last week, then I caught it and now Jamison has it. We're just one big bunch of coughing, sneezing and aching fun! (And before anyone asks it's not swine flu...Just strep!) We just got back from the doctor's office. We're all three feeling pretty icky and I'm not much in the posting sort of way. I'm not sure when things will settle out, but I thought I'd give you a heads up instead of just disappearing.

In the mean time I hope you all are well and if you've sent me an e-mail in the past 5 or 6 days and haven't heard from me yet, that is why. I also am way behind on Twitter and FaceBook too, but that's just the way things go. Hopefully we'll all be back and running full steam soon. It's been a long time since we've really been sick with anything other than allergies!

I'm off to have a cup of hot tea and a nap. I think there may be some turkey noodle soup in my future too. Poor Jamison has to go take a final tonight. That should be interesting.

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April 25, 2009

Adopt A Blogger 3: Meet My New Blog Daughter, Teri From Make A Whisk!

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I had so much fun during the last round of "Adopt a Blogger" with my blog twins Nella and Ingrid that I decided I would sign up for Round Three! This time around I've been paired with Teri from Make a Whisk!

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that if you've jumped into the food blogging universe that you are passionate about food, and that's good! When you create a blog it should be about something you are passionate about, because if you set out to write about something you aren't really into then it's going to get old in a hurry! If you've found your passion then all the other chips will fall into place!

When I adopted Nella and Ingrid last go around I talked about good pictures in terms of a food blog and instead of trying to recreate that I'm going to quote myself below because my sentiments have not changed. So here it goes:

In my mind one of the most important aspects of a food blog is pictures, and not just pictures alone, good pictures. Granted every picture you take may not be fabulous, but you need to put a lot of thought into what you are shooting and how it looks, but don't worry this doesn't have to take a lot of time. Once you get used to it it will become second nature and you can take a fabulous photo in mere seconds! (And in fact the pictures on both of your sites look great, so you can skip down to the next thing if you're already a camera aficionado.) They say that people eat with their eyes and I think that is true to an extent (food has to actually taste good too) but something that doesn't look that appetizing isn't going to make someone want to try it! A good camera is essential and picking up a few photography tips is a must as well!

When I first started Dianne's Dishes in January of 2007 I used a Canon D20 SLR. Unfortunately in June of this year she decided to give up the ghost and went to the big camera heaven in the sky and I have to admit I was devastated, utterly and completely just flattened. I think it was safe to say I was way too attached to my camera, but when you use one as much as I do, they sort of become part of you. All of that to say that I highly recommend a digital SLR if you can swing one, but if not don't sweat that either (see below).

After my Canon died I started playing around with my old Sony Mavica CD400 and cursing it often! While it would take some fabulous pictures here and there, it just didn't have the range that I wanted. So as I wait for the camera fairy to come bless me with a brand new camera I've been using my Canon PowerShot SD750 Digitial Elph exclusively.

The key to good food pictures, whether you're using a SLR or a point and shoot, is good light and no flash! If you can take the food outside into natural light, that's fabulous! If it's rainy and dreary, turn on the lights and turn off the flash! If the pictures look a little blurry with no flash then get a tripod. (I got one at Target for $20 a couple of years ago and it attaches to every camera I have including my video camera!) Also think about how you are staging your food...What's around it? What's behind it? How it looks is key. Currently, when using my point and shoot, I turn the flash off, put it on the macro setting and also set it up for foliage...I don't know why but the foliage setting works fabulously for food pictures! (I'm still anxiously awaiting the camera fairy however!)

I think you'll find that the food blogging community as a whole is a very open, very encouraging group! There is a little bit of everything and everything in between! You can find a niche where you fit in very nicely depending on what you are interested in. Food bloggers as a general rule are also open to questions and comments for the most part too, so if you see something you like tell them! If you have a question then ask. We're all in this together!

For my regular readers, I'll be adding Teri's blog to my blog roll, but for now take the link above and stop by and say hello to Teri and welcome her to the family so to speak! And Teri please feel free to e-mail anytime at diannesdishes at gmail dot com with any questions or anything. Drop me a comment here so I'll have your e-mail address as well. Also thanks to Kristen at Dine and Dish for giving this idea life. It's so much fun!

I hope you all are having a fabulous weekend. It's busy, busy, busy here! See you Monday! Have a great one!

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April 22, 2009

Earth Day 2009: The Little Things Matter!

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For those of you who don't know, though I'm sure most of you do, today is Earth Day! So now we're going to look at things you can do to show some love to this fantabulous home planet of ours! Some of you might not know it, but I have a degree in Environmental Management. Tomorrow we'll get back to food (or more specifically a recipe), but today I thought it would be fun to talk about things you can do to green up your plate!

One way to be more green when it comes to our food is by eating locally! Local Harvest has a fabulous site set up where you can find Farmer's Markets/CSAs in your area. Do some research about the area you live in and see what is produced nearby. For instance my milk comes from here. Do you know where your milk comes from and what goes into getting it from their door to yours?

As the season is rapidly approaching another great thing to do is grown your own! One great website to check out is Kitchen Gardeners International. They even encouraged the White House to eat the view! So let's talk a little about growing your own...

Even if you have limited space you can still grow your own greens, herbs, tomatoes, etc. You can make a small garden plot, or you can even plant everything in containers! Seeds of Change has some great information in terms of most types of gardens, not to mention some great organic seeds/earth friendly products to get you started! If you're interested in container gardening Gardener's Supply Company has some really great things for gardening in small places.

And what's a garden without a little compost? You would be amazed at what you can actually put into a compost pile! And don't worry...It's not just a stinky trash pile. If it stinks that can mean either it's too wet or to dry in most cases. There are natural things you can do to ensure that your compost pile stays odor free and then you've got a big pile of natural, organic nourishment just waiting for your plants/garden!

How can you make your everyday food a little greener? Cook for yourself! The more processed something is, the more resources it has taken to get it into that form, not to mention all the packaging that the product comes buried in. Cooking from scratch isn't that much harder than opening a box of something, and in some cases it's even easier! On top of that it tastes better AND it's better for you!

Another way to know what you're eating and make things a little greener is to can your own food! You can take the bounty you reap from planting your own and can what you can't eat immediately. You can even freeze things too!

So there are a few ideas to get you started on your path to green food. Oh and don't forget to take your own bags with you when you go to the store! Also buy organic whenever you can and remember with organic, the smaller the company the better it is and if it's local AND organic even better! And last but not least Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

To find out more about Earth Day check out the Earth Day website!

Tomorrow we'll get back to recipes! Today go forth and be green! (Or in other words have a wonderful day! ;oP)

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April 15, 2009

Today Let's Focus On Something Rather Than Food

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Sometimes the Universe just doesn't make sense to me. On the one hand you have amazing, fantastical things that happen that boggle the mind and warm the heart, on the other you have terrible, heartbreaking, incomprehensible occurrences that fail to make sense no matter how long you think about them and in most cases you don't want to think about them at all.

Over the past few years I've made an acquaintance with Shana, the authoress of Gorillabuns. We exchange e-mails occasionally and though we have never met, she totally strikes me as someone I could sit down and have dinner, share a drink, have fun and laugh the night away with. She's witty, snarky, comes off as a fiercely loyal friend, not to mention an enormously loving mother.

I have to admit I got behind on my blog reading this past weekend, as I often do these days, and I hadn't been by to her blog since late last week. I actually sent her an e-mail mid week last week and then got busy with Jamison's parents being here and Easter and I wasn't on the computer much over the weekend. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day, as you well know in your own lives.

I missed her post asking for prayers for her son Thalon. When I finally got around to catching up yesterday I had planned to answer the e-mail she sent back to me on Thursday, but I decided to go through my RSS feed first, and that's when I found not only the post that I linked to before, but the one following it two days later that said that almost four month old Thalon had passed away. At that moment my heart shattered for Shana and I haven't stopped thinking about her and her family since then.

When things like this happen it just doesn't make sense. As a parent we hope to never have to experience that pain, but when someone does, whether we have met them or not, we automatically feel devastated for the person who is going down the path that none of us want to go down. In fact it's a road we wish that no one had to travel!

I know I have, and many of you probably have too, woken up in the middle of the night with the burning desire to go check on your child(ren). We sneak quietly into their rooms and merely watch them sleep to reassure ourselves that they are indeed ok. Were they not, well our minds just can't wrap around that possibility, and it's a nightmare that many of us have. The reality that any of us, children included, can go tomorrow, in a few hours, or even in the next second, is easy to forget, but it doesn't make it any less real, nor does it make is any less heartbreaking when it actually occurs.

So no matter what you believe send Shana and her family some good thoughts and/or prayers. Shana and her husband Rich have lost a son...Celia and Moira have lost a little brother. Their family has collectively had their life turned upside down and their hearts crushed in a way that none of them could have imagined. A little positive energy their way can go a long way, though it will never erase what has happened totally.

Another way to help out, if you're so inclined, is to contribute to the fund that Shana's friend has set up to help out the family. Think about making a contribution if you can. Even a dollar or two will help the family pay for unexpected expenses that are sure to pop up, and in this economy we all know how tight things can be. If you want to contribute push the button below.

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So as I said before. No food today. I simply wanted to show my meager support for the Gorillabuns family. My heart goes out to Shana, Rich, Moira and Celia. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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March 20, 2009

Coming Up Next Week!

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We haven't had a themed week around here lately so coming up next week we are going to have Breakfast Week! Starting on Monday, Better Bites will be a healthy breakfast option, and it will only get better from there! You won't want to miss that!

Also check back this afternoon for Friday Link Love. Miss G and I are out the door on the way to the library and then the recycling center now!

I hope you all have a fabulous day!

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February 24, 2009

Check Back Later!

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I have an appointment this morning so today's recipe will be up this afternoon. Be sure to check back then!

Have a great day everyone!

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February 8, 2009

Partially Back To Normal

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Tomorrow things will get partially back to normal. Better Bites will be on hiatus until next week, but What's For Dinner should be back tomorrow afternoon! I'm also hoping to have an entry ready for Tuesday, but we'll just have to wait and see how things go!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

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February 4, 2009

See You Next Week!

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We had some unexpected things pop up over the past 24 hours. Nothing to worry about, but I'm going to be busy for a bit. I'll be back hopefully on Monday! Have a great week everyone!

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January 13, 2009

Another Afternoon Entry

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It's going to be another afternoon entry today. I'm hoping to catch up today so tomorrow's entry will occur in the morning as it normally does. Fingers crossed! Today's recipe is Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Bars...What's not to like about that? So check back this afternoon!

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January 12, 2009

Check Back Later!

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Check back this afternoon for this week's Better Bites installment! I haven't had a chance to type it up yet, but as soon as lessons are over, lunch has been devoured and Lex is down for her nap I'll have it up. It's a good one...You won't want to miss it! ;oP

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January 8, 2009

Be Back Later!

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Alexis has a class this morning and we are getting ready to go out the door now. We'll be back this afternoon and while she's taking a nap I'll post today's recipe...Pumpkin Pie Tart! This is our last walk backward down the road of life from Thanksgiving! I'll also post What's For Dinner!

Have a fabulous day everyone! We're off to learn some new things!

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January 2, 2009

Coming Up on Dianne's Dishes

As I mentioned the other day I've got a bunch of new ideas coming up for 2009. I mean it is the new year after all, and while I don't do New Year's resolutions (what's the point?) I do think the new year is time to take stock of all aspects of your life and Dianne's Dishes is such a big part of my life, obviously it's time to take stock of that too.

As I mentioned in my 2008 round up I have been kicking around the idea of having a healthy recipe day on Dianne's Dishes and I decided to name that segment "Better Bites" and its permanent home will be on Monday!

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I figured Monday would be a good day to have a healthy option, given sometimes the weekends tend to get off track when you're trying to eat healthily. Healthy doesn't have to mean boring so be sure and check back...The first edition of "Better Bites" will be this coming Monday! And if you have a recipe you want me to take a crack at lightening up drop me an e-mail at diannesdishes at gmail dot com and I'd be happy to give it a whirl!

Also in the new year I have decided to take Friday off, well off from recipes anyway, but for a while now I've wanted to share links to other recipes with you that I've stumbled upon during the week that look like a must try! I'm going to dub it "Link Love Friday"!

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If you see something you think I should see, or even if you cook up something you want to share again feel free to e-mail me...Who knows? You might just see your link in my weekly round up!

"What's For Dinner?" will still be around, along with some fun contests and Jamison and I are beginning the conversation stages of a total design overhaul for the site. It won't happen immediately, but I'll keep you posted as we go along.

So sit back and get ready for a great 2009! I'm glad you're here with me!

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December 29, 2008

2008 Year In Review

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Last year I did a round up of the recipes I liked the most from 2007. I picked one (or two!) for each month and I decided to do it again for 2008! I have to admit though I'm not in the least bit sorry to see 2008 go! From e-mails and tweets from some of you I know a lot of you aren't either! This really has just been a year! I'm more than ready for 2009! 2009 will be better! ;oP

I also wanted you to know I'm going to do a few things differently this year. I'm not sure what all yet, but I'll keep you posted as I go. I'm thinking about completely redesigning my site, but I haven't decided on that 100% yet. I know that I want to do a healthy recipe day once a week, though I haven't decided which day of the week will host that idea. I also thought about perhaps revamping some recipes and making them healthier with before and after nutritional information. I'd even be willing to revamp a recipe for you if you were interested. If you are you can e-mail me at diannesdishes at gmail dot com, leave me a message of Facebook or you can leave me a tweet on Twitter. I'd like to hear your thoughts.

So let's get started with my favorites for this year!

January 2008: Homemade Goat Cheese:

Homemade Goat Cheese

For Christmas last year Jamison got me a book on cheese making and also got me some cheese making supplies. I was thrilled! I had wanted to try to make cheese for years. I haven't made any hard cheeses yet (I still need a press!) but I have enjoyed making goat cheese and mozzarella. Cheese making is really easy and the taste can't be beat! I can't wait to make more!

February 2008: Baked Vegetable Chips With Dill:

Baked Vegetable Chips With Dill

I'm not a fan of regular potato chips. Once in a blue moon I get a craving for sea salt and vinegar kettle chips, but other than that nada. I do however liked baked chips and I thought it would be fun to try my hand at making some baked vegetable chips. I LOVED the result! These are so much better for you than the dried varieties and are fun to make to boot!

March 2008: Fried Dill Pickles:

Fried Dill Pickles

In March Leann and I had a "fry day". I don't fry things very often, but we decided it would be fun to get together with our fryers none the less. A few years ago my father had had fried dill pickles somewhere at a diner in the South. When he first told me about them I thought "Ugh! That sounds gross!" and then I tried them! Oh my...So not gross! I had never made them though. My sister's first response to the "fry day" was "You're making fried dill pickles right?" She was still pregnant with Grant at the time and I thought "Why not?" We really liked how these turned out and Leann and I kept nibbling on them as I was making them. Definitely not an everyday food, but oh so wonderful as a sometimes food!

April 2008: Banana Bread with Toasted Pecans:

Banana Bread

My sister had mentioned a banana bread recipe that used toasted pecans. I have to admit I'm very happy with my version of my Mom's classic banana bread and wasn't all that enthused with trying a different version. I've never had one that was quite the same...They all seemed to lack something. And in all honesty I usually don't include nuts in my banana bread. I like it without. But one day I was actually wanting to make some with nuts and decided to take my recipe and add toasted pecans. The result was fabulous! It doesn't take a lot of extra time to toast the nuts and the flavor is fabulous! Try it!

May 2008: Key Lime Parfait:

Key Lime Parfait

I love Key Lime anything! Seriously. I don't know what it is about Key Lime, but I just love the crisp, tart flavor! This also is not an everyday sort of food, but oh my how lovely it is when you want something a little bad! ;oP

June 2008: Not Quite General Tso's Chicken:

Not Quite General Tso's Chicken

I have yet to perfect a General Tso's Sauce, but this was good even though it wasn't quite what I was going for! It's spicy, yet slightly sweet, all with natural sweeteners. It's definitely better for you than the fried version you get at your local Chinese restaurant. What's not to like about that?

July 2008: Peach Ice Cream:

Peach Ice Cream

For July I was torn...Peach Ice Cream or Curly Bacon Cheese Fries? Ultimately I went with the Peach Ice Cream, because Ice Cream just screams summer and the peach variety is one of my all time favorites. This ice cream was included in my "Ice Cream Week" and "Ice Cream Week" was such a hit I think we may just have to do it again next year!

August 2008: Grilled Portabella Caesar Salad with Sea Salt Croûtons:

Grilled Portabella Caesar Salad with Sea Salt Croûtons

I love Cesar Salad, but I had never made it at home. I decided to play around with it a little and make it a bit more "hearty" by adding some grilled portabella mushrooms and I have to say I really loved how it turned out! I'll definitely make this one again!

September 2008: Slow Cooker Mexican Stack Up:

Slow Cooker Mexican Stack Up

If you've been around Dianne's Dishes for a while you'll know I'm a big fan of the slow cooker, especially when it's hot outside! I really loved how this turned out. It was spicy, hearty, yet overall much healthier than your standard Mexican fare.

October 2008: Baby Portabella Mushroom Soup:

Baby Portabella Mushroom Soup

If you're a fan of mushrooms and have never cooked with mushroom broth before I highly recommend it! This soup is a mushroom lovers dream! It's another hearty, yet healthy option and let's face it, when you're trying to eat healthily sometimes hearty is hard to find!

November 2008: Election Day Apple Pie:

Election Day Apple Pie: Baked

My favorite recipe for November was hands down the Election Day Apple Pie! This is a slight twist on the classic, but it was oh so fabulous!

December 2008: Rewind White Chocolate and Blueberry Fudge:

White Chocolate Blueberry Fudge

For December I just did a gift guide for edible gifts you could make to share with those on your list. I didn't have any new recipes, but the White Chocolate and Blueberry Fudge that I made last year is still a favorite!

So there's my round up. Even though I wasn't blogging about what I was cooking in December you know I was cooking! I made a to die for Macaroni and Cheese on Christmas Eve and some really great chocolate chip cookies with a twist! I'll be back on Monday with new recipes, among other things! So stay tuned!

May you all have a fabulous 2009...I myself can't wait for it to arrive! ;oP

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December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

I'm taking the rest of the year off to enjoy family and friends! I hope you all have a fabulous holiday season! I'll catch you back here early in 2009!

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November 30, 2008

December

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Starting tomorrow we're going to do a bit of rewind for the the month of December. Each day I'll be posting a link to previous entries that will make perfect gifts for the holiday and why I think they would! December is going to be a crazy, wild month here in the Dianne's Dishes household, but I still wanted to share some holiday ideas with you none the less. Those of you who have been readers for a while may recognize some of the ideas, but hopefully they will give you some fabulous ideas none the less!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving...I know we did!

Until tomorrow!

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November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

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With Thanksgiving coming up on Thursday I've decided to take the week off and enjoy cooking, baking and just being with family. I'll be back next Monday with new recipes and of course What's For Dinner?! Until then if you're looking for some Thanksgiving recipes take a peek at my Flickr Thanksgiving set from last year.

May you all have a fabulous week and find much to be thankful for!

See you next Monday!

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November 13, 2008

Or Maybe Not...

Hey everyone...The day has just gotten away from me. I've been non-stop busy all day long. Tomorrow isn't looking much better. I'm hoping to get an entry up tomorrow, but I'm just not sure. It will all depend on how things play out. If you don't see an entry, let this be your explanation and I'll catch you all on Monday!

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Another Late Entry Today

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Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know that today's entry will be this afternoon evening. It's a busy day, so check back later for the new recipe and What's For Dinner? too!

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November 11, 2008

Check Back Later!

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Hey everyone. Check back this afternoon for today's recipe and of course What's For Dinner! I'm running a little slow this morning! :o)

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October 29, 2008

Daring Bakers

Just wanted to let anyone know that is stopping by looking for my Daring Bakers entry for this month that I've taken an indefinite sabbatical from DB for a while. Be sure and stop over at the Daring Baker's blog roll and see what everyone else baked up! Hopefully I'll be back soon, but sometimes life just has to come first. :o)

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What's For Dinner?

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First off before we get to dinner stop by Napa Farmhouse 1885 and see my guest blog entry about Thanksgiving memories. I wrote about Thanksgivings of the past and shared my cranberry sauce recipe. Diane is doing a month long feature on Thanksgiving memories and recipes so be sure and leave a comment if you stop over and say hi to Diane with one n who kindly let me share my memories and tell her Dianne with two n's sent you over! ;o)

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Now let's talk some dinner!

Tonight we're doing burgers. Jamison is having a plain burger and I'm having a chili burger. We'll also have some oven fries. Alexis will most likely has some chicken since she's not a burger fan.

What are you having?

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October 27, 2008

Check Back This Afternoon...

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We had a super crazy weekend, this highlight of which was a chaotic Halloween party that we took Alexis to on Saturday night (Imagine 200+ people in a small room with kids doing activities that weren't well planned out, with no flow...It was hot, noisy and the kids were so keyed up there wasn't much interaction...I taught preschool for years and even in the last place I taught, where they played heavy and loose with the rules...i.e. they broke them all...where at times I had 25+ kids aged 3-4 all to myself, I've never seen this sort of chaos! It was nuts!) Jamison was called both early Saturday morning and early Sunday morning with problems from work, we had various errands that had to be done, lessons to plan, chores to be done....You get the idea and that wasn't even half of it!

So all of that means that today's recipe will be coming this afternoon! So check back later for a fabulous recipe for Breakfast Casserole.

Until then Alexis would like to show you her Purple Spider Witch Costume. Her face is blanked out by me because of issues we had on another blog in the past, but you get the idea of the costume none the less and it makes Alexis happy that it's posted and it makes me happy that she isn't identifiable. :o)

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That is all...See you this afternoon!

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October 19, 2008

Bread Week Begins Tomorrow!

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If you're a fan of bread be sure and check back tomorrow...You won't want to miss bread week! ;o)

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October 10, 2008

And The Winner Is....

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Drum roll please...

Sarah! I'll be sending an e-mail to Sarah shortly to find out where to send the gift card!

And here's Sarah's comment:

The best thing I've done (this year) is discover food blogs! :) I have found so many great recipes and I love to cook and bake! My favorite memory of all time is marrying my husband three years ago.

We recently traveled to Arizona and being from the mid-west, I was blown away. I definitely left a piece of my heart in Sedona! Before I die, I want to see the rest of this beautiful country!

You guys have done some amazing things and I loved the things you are planning on doing too! Thanks so much for giving such heartfelt answers and helping me celebrate my birthday! You guys rock!

Now for a few housekeeping items...

I'm taking the next week off, but don't worry I've got some great guest bloggers lined up with some yummy recipes I think you're going to love! What's For Dinner will be back on the 20th along with Bread Week! You guys have a fabulous weekend and next week and I'll catch you on the flip side!

Thanks again for playing along with my birthday game. I'll make sure next month's contest is one that can be open to everyone on this lovely planet of ours! :o)

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October 9, 2008

Don't Forget!

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Don't forget this evening at 11:59 PM EST is the deadline to enter to win a $50 Williams Sonoma gift card! The winner will be announced tomorrow morning! So what are you waiting for...Click on the cake below and leave a comment there for your chance to win!

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And don't forget all next week is Guest Blog week here at Dianne's Dishes! I'm taking the week off to celebrate my birthday and enjoy Fall Break! There are so really fabulous recipes lined up some you don't want to miss that!

Time to get to work! Have a great day everyone!

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October 7, 2008

Check Back This Afternoon...

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Check back this afternoon for Caramel Apple Cake! I haven't had time to get everything set up and get the pictures uploaded yet so no entry this morning, but If you like apples then this is definitely the cake for you! Apples and caramelness...What's not to like?

In the mean time, if you haven't signed for your chance to win a $50 Williams Sonoma gift card then take this link and do that now! What do you have to lose? ;oP

See you this afternoon!

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October 2, 2008

Check Back Later

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Hey everyone! Check back this afternoon for today's recipe. Things are a bit hectic this morning and I haven't had a chance to get the recipe up yet!

See you later and while you're at it have a fabulous day! :o)

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September 26, 2008

You Want Pies With That?

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Like pie? Want to join a new group that is forming that will be making a pie each month?

So how did this group come about? Ever seen the movie Waitress? Susan was watching that movie the other night and the idea came to her. She posted on her blog and asked if anyone would be interested and I immediately commented back to her. I mean come on...Pie? What's not to like?? She got enough of a response that she decided to put a group together and she asked me, along with several other fabulous bloggers, if we'd like to help her out and thus the group was born!

The first month's theme is to base a pie off of your favorite movie! I've got a ton of ideas running through my head right now, how about you? The post date for the first pie is October 8th, so if you like to find out more and get involved be sure and pop over to the You Want Pies With That? site and find out how you can join in on the fun!

Who says you can't make your dessert and eat it too? ;oP

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September 17, 2008

Back Later

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Hey everyone, check back this afternoon for today's recipe and What's For Dinner! It's been a crazy, busy week and I didn't have a chance to put up the entry yet.

I hope you all are having a fantabulous day!

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September 15, 2008

It's a Girl...And a Girl!

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When I found out that Kristen over at Dine and Dish had organized an adopt a food blogger event I couldn't wait to sign up! I missed the last round by a few days, but this time I signed up first thing and now it's time for me to introduce my two new blog "children"!

With out further ado I introduce you to...

Peckerwood Gravy Company

and

3 B's .... Baseball, Baking, & Books!

Kristen suggested we offer a few tips so I've compiled a few for both of you gals below. Also please feel free to e-mail me at diannesdishes at gmail dot com if you have any questions or are curious about anything!

I'm assuming since you both have jumped into the food blogging world that you are passionate about food, and that's good! Writing a blog about something you are passionate about is the first step. It also makes keeping up with what you are doing that much easier. If you're blogging about something you aren't all that into, then you will get bored with what you are doing and quick! Your blog should be a joy, not a chore! And don't be afraid to step away from a while if you need a break.

In my mind one of the most important aspects of a food blog is pictures, and not just pictures alone, good pictures. Granted every picture you take may not be fabulous, but you need to put a lot of thought into what you are shooting and how it looks, but don't worry this doesn't have to take a lot of time. Once you get used to it it will become second nature and you can take a fabulous photo in mere seconds! (And in fact the pictures on both of your sites look great, so you can skip down to the next thing if you're already a camera aficionado.) They say that people eat with their eyes and I think that is true to an extent (food has to actually taste good too) but something that doesn't look that appetizing isn't going to make someone want to try it! A good camera is essential and picking up a few photography tips is a must as well!

When I first started Dianne's Dishes in January of 2007 I used a Canon D20 SLR. Unfortunately in June of this year she decided to give up the ghost and went to the big camera heaven in the sky and I have to admit I was devastated, utterly and completely just flattened. I think it was safe to say I was way too attached to my camera, but when you use one as much as I do, they sort of become part of you. All of that to say that I highly recommend a digital SLR if you can swing one, but if not don't sweat that either (see below).

After my Canon died I started playing around with my old Sony Mavica CD400 and cursing it often! While it would take some fabulous pictures here and there, it just didn't have the range that I wanted. So as I wait for the camera fairy to come bless me with a brand new camera I've been using my Canon PowerShot SD750 Digitial Elph exclusively.

The key to good food pictures, whether you're using a SLR or a point and shoot, is good light and no flash! If you can take the food outside into natural light, that's fabulous! If it's rainy and dreary, turn on the lights and turn off the flash! If the pictures look a little blurry with no flash then get a tripod. (I got one at Target for $20 a couple of years ago and it attaches to every camera I have including my video camera!) Also think about how you are staging your food...What's around it? What's behind it? How it looks is key. Currently, when using my point and shoot, I turn the flash off, put it on the macro setting and also set it up for foliage...I don't know why but the foliage setting works fabulously for food pictures! (I'm still anxiously awaiting the camera fairy however!)

Another good thing to do is to get involved in the Food Blog Community if you haven't already. This can help bring in traffic to your site, all while you have a little fun! Keep in mind not everyone that stops by might stay, but you can pick up some new readers this way. Throw a contest, check out Daring Bakers, or Weekend Herb Blogging, or Operation Baking GALS (which I noticed one of you already participates in), or something along those lines. Also don't be afraid to go comment on food blogs that you like...And be sure to tell them why you like what you're commenting on too!

Also don't sweat the Internet Trolls as I like to call them. These are the people who stumble around the web and make hateful comments. Unfortunately no matter what type of blog you have they stumble upon you from time to time. The first instinct is to call them out and/or argue with them, but that's exactly what they want, in fact they thrive on the conflict, so just delete their comments and move on. I often wonder what kind of sad life these people lead getting their jollies by attacking people verbally on the web, but there isn't much you can do about them, other than ignore them and move on.

I'm rambling a bit, but there are some basics. Please feel free to e-mail me if there is something you're curious about and I'll be stopping by both of your blogs to see how things are going for you!

For my regular readers, I'll be adding both blogs to my blog roll later today, but for now take the links above and stop over at their blogs and say hello! I think you'll be glad that you did!

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This Afternoon...

Wow...What a weekend! I don't think I got a chance to actually sit still and breathe the entire two days! Does anyone else think that weekends are just entirely too short and there are just too many things that have to be done in those two days?

Check back this afternoon when I introduce my two new adopted blog "children" and trust me you'll love their blogs! Also come back to see What's For Dinner! We'll catch back up with a recipe tomorrow! I just didn't have time this weekend to get any of the recipes written up!

Now if you'll excuse me it's time for lessons! Have a great day everyone! :o)

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September 9, 2008

Comments

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Hey everyone!

I just wanted to give you a heads up...If you've posted comments in the past 24 hours and it has gone to moderation I apologize. I've had to tweak my spam filters due to the increased volume of spam and their "creativeness". (Note: I say "creativeness" with a huge dose of sarcasm and loathing because really these vultures are simply boils on the butt of humanity and they aren't really creative, they are just annoying, but that's a rant for another time!!) I can't tell you here exactly what I tweaked in case the vultures are reading, but unfortunately the filters may continue to grab some legitimate comments. I fished out the ones I could find and think I got all of them...Please forgive me if I accidentally deleted a comment...I get thousands of spam comments a day.

So here's the plan...I'll go through the things that got shunted to moderation on a more regular basis, instead of every few days. Unfortunately I do not get an e-mail saying when something is shunted to moderation so I may not see it immediately. If you are a legitimate commenter if you would please when you get a message that says your comment was sent to moderation drop me a note at diannesdishes at gmail dot com and I'll take care of it and make sure it gets posted. I hate that a few idiots have to make things so difficult, but what can you do?

I hope you're all having a fabulous day!

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August 29, 2008

Coming Next Week: Tomato Week 2008!

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So you've got all those fresh tomatoes from your garden, your Farmer's Market or your CSA....Now what? Tune in next week for 7 fabulous recipes that will give you ideas of what to do with your tomato stash!

Have a great weekend everyone...Oh and don't forget to check back on Sunday for my Daring Bakers Challenge...It's a winner!

Tomatoes up Monday!

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July 29, 2008

Operation Baking GALS!

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Last week I was asked if I would like to help by sending a package of baked goods to one of our service members stationed overseas and of course I jumped at the chance! The response was great and Operation Baking GALS was born! If you'd like more information or even would like to get involved yourself, then click on the picture above and find out what you can do and how the group came about! There is also a permanent link on the side bar that you can use to go to the site at any time.

What are you waiting for?? Click, click! ;oP

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July 28, 2008

Outrageous!

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If you haven't heard about this yet go read...Seriously the "PR" chick needs some serious lessons in what PR actually is and Cook's Country/America's Test Kitchen/Cooks Illustrated needs to grab onto a big old grip of reality.

I don't think they've realized what they've done to themselves given food bloggers are (or were) their customers too and news passes quickly throughout the food blog community...

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July 27, 2008

Planning...What Would You Like To See?

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I've mentioned before that things are kind of crazy around here right now. We are planning to home school Alexis and I have been working on getting everything ready to go so that when we start lessons on August 4th we can jump right in! In the process of planning I've also been making some plans for Dianne's Dishes, because let's face it things at my house are getting ready to change drastically, but in a good way...Learning is always fun! As an added bonus Alexis starts swim classes this week so that will take up time and then there after she will do lessons once a week instead of three days in a row.

Ice Cream Week was such a hit that I thought it might be fun to have some more themed weeks here and there. That's where you come in. I have a few themed weeks in mind and in fact one themed recipe is currently doing its thing while I type up this little missive to you, but that is neither here nor there. Let's get to the more important issues...What would you like to see as a theme? Any food or types of foods in particular that interest you or maybe even intimidate you? If I like your idea I may put it to use in the future and of course give you credit too.

So talk to me people...What excites you food wise? What would you like to see a week of recipes about? Is there anything you'd like to cook, but just aren't sure where to start? Any genre of food that you just adore? Who knows...I may already be on the same track as you! ;oP Talk to me (or type as the case may be) and let me know what interests you!

P.S. I haven't forgotten the awards. I'm still working on a ton of other things. I'll try to get to them soon I promise! :o)

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July 25, 2008

Comment Moderation

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I'm going through my spam folder right now and I've found several legitimate comments that have come up as spam. If you got a message that said the comment was moderated I apologize. I'm still fishing through...There are several more thousand to sift through, but I'm hoping to get it all sorted in the next 30 minutes or so. Every once in a while it catches a comment that is legit and I apologize. I've tweaked the filters a bit so it should stop happening.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled Dianne's Dishes! ;oP

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July 20, 2008

Just Added FAQ!

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I've had a lot of questions lately so I thought it would be nice to add a FAQ section. I will update it from time to time, but for now there is a button on the side bar or you can click the button above! If you have a question that isn't covered post it here, or you can shoot me an e-mail.

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July 6, 2008

Ice Cream Week!

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It's summer and what hits the spot better on a hot summer day than homemade ice cream? Starting tomorrow you'll get a week's worth of yummy, delicious, simple, eggless, homemade ice cream recipes! You'll even get one to accompany this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe! So grab a spoon and get ready to see what flavors I roll out...There is plenty to share! ;o)

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July 2, 2008

What's Up?

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Are you seeing the blog? Well I'm not! It appears some of you are, and possibly some of you are not, including myself! When we returned from our adventure yesterday I couldn't get onto my control panel for Dianne's Dishes, nor could I access the blog itself. I checked and couldn't get my hosts site to pull up either so I assumed it was them. Turns out it may be our Internet service provider instead! Yikes! Jamison is posting this for me from work so that I could give everyone a heads up! Hopefully things will be fixed soon! So things may be a little quiet today (and maybe tomorrow...who knows?). Most likely there won't be a "What's For Dinner?" segment either, but once I can access the site from home again I'll let you all know.

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June 30, 2008

Out To Lunch

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My parents are visiting and we're off to do a few things and then go to lunch. Check back this afternoon for a gluten-free dinner muffin recipe and What's For Dinner! Until then take a look at the June Daring Baker's Challenge or have a peak at Alexis' Tinkerbell cake!

Hope you're all having a good day!

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June 11, 2008

More To Come This Afternoon...

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Alexis and I are planning on going to the Farmer's Market this afternoon when it opens at four so I'll update after we've perused their wares. I don't know what we're going to have for dinner this evening, I want to wait until after we see what they have at the Farmer's Market and then plan a meal around that. It's much cooler today and it's pleasant outside so we'll see what the day brings. Stay tuned for more this afternoon/early evening!

Have a great day everyone! We'll catch you on the flip side! :o)

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May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

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May 10, 2008

No Gardening Today...

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Unfortunately there was no gardening today. It rained all night so the tiller was a no go. We're supposed to get rain through Tuesday (up to 4 inches eee gads!) so it's going to have to dry out a bit. I'm going to pick up the tiller later this week. The sun is actually out right now, but it's not supposed to last long. I think we may need to build a boat... ;oP

I hope you all are having a wonderful Saturday. I'll catch up with you on Monday.

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May 9, 2008

It's Friday and it's Raining...

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It's Friday! And it's raining! And for the first time in like ever I actually feel like writing! (And yes those last two sentences started with "And"! ;oP) So my little chickadees you've heard of a "snow day", but I'm going to take a "rain day" today, turn on some Celtic music and do some writing. Yes I just totally made that up, but there you go.

I'll most likely be back tomorrow with a garden update since our plan is to finish up the garden tomorrow and get it planted. Hopefully I can get some good pictures with my little camera since the D20 is still on its own little vacation. So check back then or if you only check in during the week have a wonderful weekend and I'll catch you on Monday!

Off to writing I go! ;o)

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May 7, 2008

Check Back Later...

Alexis and I are off to the zoo this morning. Check back this afternoon for a recipe for Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins!

Oh and have a great day everyone...It's spring! ;o)

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April 29, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: I'm Sitting Out This Week

Busy, busy, busy! That's me lately. I didn't get around to making this week's Tuesday with Dorie recipe, which was the Fluted Polenta and Ricotta Cake chosen by Caitlin of Engineer Baker so I have nothing to report on that front. Next week's recipe is the Peanut Butter Torte chosen by Elizabeth of Ugg Smell Food, which I'm hoping to make this weekend and then the week after is little old me...I get to choose the weekly recipe! I've already chosen, but I won't ruin the surprise! ;oP

Be sure and stop over at the Tuesdays with Dorie blog and visit the member links to see how their cakes turned out. Also check back here at Dianne's Dishes later for an as to be named recipe that has steak, baby spinach and swiss cheese all rolled into one...Now doesn't that sound interesting? ;o)

Oh and in case you missed it I'm Twittering now so be sure to check out my Tweets! (You can also keep up with the Tweets on the widget on the side bar.)

Have a great day everyone!

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April 28, 2008

Join Me On Twitter

Yes, I've jumped on the Twitter bandwagon! Take this link or there is also a widget on the sidebar that gives my latest Tweets. See you there! ;o)

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April 23, 2008

Attention: Update to Two Recent Gluten Free Recipes!

In the Gluten Free Yellow Cupcake and the Gluten Free Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin recipes I typed out buckwheat flour when in fact I used sorghum flour instead. I don't know how I got that confused in my head, but there you go. When I was making Jamison some gluten free bread for sandwiches this afternoon I realized the container was sorghum and not buckwheat and wanted to let you know. If you had planned to make either recipe I've changed it on the recipes themselves now so make a note of the changed flour. If you made them with buckwheat flour it would most likely work, but it wouldn't be exactly as it should be. Sorry for the mix up.

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April 16, 2008

Aw Shucks!

Allie from Allie's Answers has awarded me a Blog of Distinction Award and I must say I'm very honored! Now it's my turn to pass along the torch...

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Allie would be one of my top choices had she not been awarded already. If you haven't check out her blog before do...She has great tips to green up your life! Another of her choices The Prettiest Denny's Waitress would have been a pick of mine too had he not already been awarded...Seriously if you like witty snark then hop over and check it out! Plus he's in Knoxvegas and Knoxville will always have a special place in my heart after having lived there myself! Both of these are on my daily read list.

Now for my awards....

First I'd like to give the Blog of Distinction award to The Humble Housewife! I stumbled across THW last year when I was looking at Irish blogs and I stuck around because not only do her recipes look fabulous, but her commentary is funny and warm! She's just starting a new food business too so stop by and say hello! If I lived in Ireland I think we'd be fast friends!

For my next Blog of Distinction award I'd like to introduce you to Do Better! Karen is on a journey to do better in terms of her life and health and I thoroughly enjoy keeping up with her journey as I'm on a similar path, though not as vocal about the topic. Her recipes look great and she gives me inspiration to help me not stray so far off the path.

My next Blog of Distinction award goes to Monica over at Blatherskite! Monica and I "met" through another blog I have and we've kept up with each other every since. She's sweet, charming and I'm totally convinced she'd be a kindred spirit in real life as well and hopefully one day we'll sit down and chat over a cup of tea or coffee. She blogs about a little bit of everything and her knitting skills are to die for!

So those are my award winners! Now it's their turn to share the love! ;o)

Thank you Allie...You made my day! :o)

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April 10, 2008

A Little Break

Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know I'm taking today and tomorrow off. I have a bunch of recipes in the back log, but not enough time to write/edit them to be posted on Dianne's Dishes. For now take a look at the blogs on my blog roll over to the side and see what they're cooking!

Have a great weekend everyone and hopefully things will be back to normal on Monday. :o)

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March 25, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie: I Was Going To Make The Caramel-Topped Flan But...

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I had every intention of setting out to make Caramel-Topped Flan this past weekend chosen by Steph from A Whisk and a Spoon, but on Friday afternoon my nephew Grant was born and well baby cuddles and toes or Caramel-Topped Flan? I have to say that the baby cuddles and toes won out! So I'm sure you guys can forgive me for not participating this week as I had places to be and a new person to see!

Be sure and stop on over at the other Tuesdays with Dorie blogs and see how their flan turned out. I'll have to get back to this one later. ;o)

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March 22, 2008

Easter Ideas

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It's been a busy week, but Easter is always a lot of fun, especially with children. Alexis, Nelson and I dyed some eggs yesterday and had a ball! This afternoon Alexis and I will be making a bunny cake and some Easter sugar cookies.

If you'd like to see some Easter recipes from last year then check out my Easter set on Flickr. We'll have some new recipe to add next week for this Easter, but for now enjoy the yummies from last year!

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Happy Easter everyone!

Update 8:41 PM: I just realized that the links on the Flickr page aren't working. When we moved servers something must have changed. Next week I'm going to go through all of them and get them up to date, but for now if you want one of the recipes simply use the search feature in the sidebar here on Dianne's Dishes with the item you're looking for and it should come up.

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March 15, 2008

BlogHer Survey

If you have a moment please click on the picture below and take BlogHer's new survey!  You could win a free pass to the BlogHer event of your choice!  What do you have to lose? ;o)

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March 13, 2008

And the Winner of the March Dianne's Dishes Contest is...

Dianne's Dishes March Contest: Spice (Or Herb) Up Your Life!

Allie from Allie's Answers! Congrats Allie and your herbs will be on the way to you soon!

Check back soon for another fun contest!

Have a wonderful evening everyone!

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February 15, 2008

And The Winner of Dianne's Dishes Kids In The Kitchen Contest Is....

Dianne's Dishes February Contest: Kids in the Kitchen!

Laurie from Quirky Cupcake! Congrats! I'm on my way now to get your things in the mail!

Dianne's Dishes February Contest: Kids in the Kitchen!

Check back soon for another exciting contest and your chance to win!

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February 8, 2008

Last Chance!

Hot Fudge Cake

Today is your last chance to enter vote in Culinate's Death by Chocolate contest. You could win a trip for two the Napa's Chocolate Festival at the end of February!

You know the drill. My entry was Hot Fudge Cake...So don't miss your chance to win...Oh and if you want to vote for me that would be ok too! ;o)

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February 4, 2008

FYI

We're back, but not without a few kinks! Some images aren't working and some links are hosed, but I'll get it all sorted out in the morning! Things will be back to normal soon. These types of moves always have a few kinks that come along with them. I'm off to the land of nod...Sweet dreams everyone! :o)

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Partly Switched Over

Some of you are viewing Dianne's Dishes on the new server, others of you are seeing it on the old server.  The domain is still propagating through the name servers (or something of that sort...Jamison explained it much more eloquently, but I forgot the exact wording!)  If you still see the "Comments Temporarily Closed" entry then you're still viewing the old server and most likely are not reading this entry.  If you are reading this entry then you're on the new server!

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Today begins the voting for Culinate's Death by Chocolate event!  Not only can you go vote for me (if you want to that is) you can also sign up to win a trip to Napa for yourself!  As I mention last week I decided to enter my take on my Mom's classic Hot Fudge Cake.  The voting occurs February 4th-8th.  So vote away!  (There's also a button on the sidebar!)  But for now go on over and and see the other amazing entries

Chocolate...What's not to like? ;o) 

  

Vote for me in the Death by Chocolate contest

Hopefully tomorrow things will be all switched over and I'll be back with a recipe for Taco Soup!

Oh and don't forget to vote! ;o)

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February 3, 2008

Test

If you can read this blog entry you're on the new server! ;o)

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January 31, 2008

Death By Chocolate

Hot Fudge Cake

Yesterday I found out that one of you dear readers (and I don't know who did it, but thank you!) nominated me to participate in Culinate's Death by Chocolate event! After a lot of consideration I decided to enter my take on my Mom's classic Hot Fudge Cake because after all that is the epitome of ooey gooey chocolate heaven!

Realistically I know that I have no chance of winning the grand prize, but it's fun to be in the mix none the less! I've never participated in anything like this so that in and of itself is more than fun! The voting occurs February 4th-8th. (I'll remind you again! ;o) There's also a button on the sidebar!) But for now go on over and and see the other amazing entries!

Chocolate...What's not to like? ;o)

Vote for me in the Death by Chocolate contest

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January 30, 2008

Happy One Year Blogaversary To Me!

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One year ago today I decided to jump fully into the food blogging world with my recipe for Sushi Veggie Rolls. I had been posting recipes on my other blog for a long time, but I wanted to have a blog that was solely centered on food and food related topics and thus Dianne's Dishes was born. Now some 18,000+ visitors later I'm still having a ball doing exactly what I love to do...Coming up with new recipes using fresh ingredients, real ingredients, whole ingredients, all while sharing my kitchen with my increasingly helpful little sous chef (aka Alexis).

Some of you have been with me since the beginning, while some of you have joined me along the way, but all of you have played an important part in making Dianne's Dishes the foodiverse that it is today. For this I am thankful and I'm so happy that you're here!

One of the most enjoyable things that has come from the blog that amazes me to no end, other than having fun in the kitchen of course, is that you dear readers hail from all corners of the globe. I've got regular readers from Brazil, Argentina, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, of course many states here in the United States, other countries and even Ireland, which warms my heart to no end given I feel an affinity with the Emerald Isle I can't even begin to explain to you!

But I digress....Where was I again? Oh yes...There are other readers too and I don't mean to forget any of you, those are just the ones I remember off the top of my head and you all are important! Some of my readers I know in the real world either as a friend or family or both, several more I know simply through this wide world we call the Internet, which is charming in and of itself (remind me sometime to tell you the story of how Jamison and I met more than ten years ago right here in the lovely land of webdom!), while even more I do not know, but each of you has a special place in my heart! I am thankful that you have made Dianne's Dishes one of your daily blog reads. If you're out there lurking and have never commented before, feel free to chime in this next year, the more the merrier!

So sit back, relax and I hope you'll keep coming back for more. Here's to you and many more years to come!

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January 15, 2008

And The Winner Is...

Asthmagirl from asthmagirl.com!

Chocolate!

Congrats! Your chocolate will be on its way soon! Hope you enjoy! :o)

What's in the bag?

Thanks everyone for entering! Check back soon for the next Dianne's Dishes contest sometime in early February! :o)

My sister and I are off with Alexis and Nelson for a little adventure, so no recipe today. Have a wonderful day everyone! I know we will! ;o)

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January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

I hope that 2008 is a wonderful year for you all!

Happy New Year!!

Here's to you! Thanks for making Dianne's Dishes a part of your blog reads! Happy New Year! *<:o)

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December 28, 2007

Not Back With Recipes, But Back For A Good Cause!

Test your vocabulary AND earn donations of rice through the United Nations World Food Program:

For each word you get right, we donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance...

What are you waiting for? Go play for yourself here and see how your vocabulary shapes up! You might even make yourself a little smarter, helping out a good cause, all while having a little fun! ;o)

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December 21, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!
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December 17, 2007

This Week on Dianne's Dishes

This week on Dianne's Dishes we'll have a few more edible gift ideas!

December 24th-31st I'll be taking some time off to spend with family and friends, because after all that's what this time of year is about. I'll still be cooking and will most likely have some great recipes to share with you when I get back on January 1st or 2nd 2008 so be looking for that!

Up later today Brown Sugar Peanut Cashew Brittle!

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December 10, 2007

This Week On Dianne's Dishes More Edible Christmas Goodies!

This week there will be more edible Christmas Goodies to give and share with your friends and family, because after all what's better than something you can eat and not have to find a place to store! ;o)

Oh and the migration is still in the works. We're working out some kinks, so that will be coming soon as well.

More later.

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December 3, 2007

This Week On Dianne's Dishes Jarred Gifts and That Lilttle Pesky Migration Issue Too!

This week on Dianne's Dishes I will have several gifts in a jar you can put together for a personal little Christmas gift. Won't that be fun? ;o)

On the migration front we're still working on that. Hopefully that will be taken care of this week!

More later.

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November 30, 2007

Server Migration This Weekend

This weekend my Tech Guy (i.e. Jamison! ;o)) is going to be dealing with moving Dianne's Dishes to its own server. As with any move there might be a few glitches along the way, so if you stumble upon something that looks odd it will hopefully be fixed quickly!

So hang on to your seats everyone, it's going to be an interesting ride, though hopefully it will be seamless and you won't actually notice anything at all. :o)

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November 12, 2007

This Week Thanksgiving Recipes!!

This week I'm going to be posting some Thanksgiving recipes! I'm all about making things beforehand, utilizing the freezer, reheating on the big day and just cooking the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and yeast rolls the day of Thanksgiving. So while I'm busy in the kitchen why not share the recipes with you? So grab a fork and get ready for some yummy holiday treats! ;o)

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November 5, 2007

Internet Issues Update

Currently we are able to connect to the Internet using our cell phone as a modem, but let me tell you high speed this is not! We're currently in the process of trying to establish another service since our old service is no longer an option. They are testing the line for DSL and we are supposed to know something by November the 9th. If the DSL is a no go then we'll have to go with a well known cable company, who I won't mention by name, but needless to say I won't be happy about the situation. But high speed will be so much better than this! I uploaded a couple of pictures to Flickr and will most likely make an entry today and tomorrow. From there we'll see where things go.

I hope you all are having a pleasant Monday!

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November 1, 2007

Internet Issues Oh My!

Hey everyone! We're having some Internet issues and Jamison is posting this little note for me from work. We aren't sure when they'll have the problem fixed, but as soon as they do I'll be back! Until then take a look at the blog roll on the side bar and see what they are cooking! ;o)

Oh and Happy November! ;o) Hope to see you soon!

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August 3, 2007

New Blogs On The Blog Roll

I finally got around to updating my Blog Roll this week after meaning to do just that for several months and you'll notice there are a lot more helpful/yummy blogs on the side bar. If you want to find some great recipes and ideas then be sure to visit those links! Of course other than coming here too! ;o)

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May 29, 2007

Coming Soon!

Strawberry

I'm having a bumper crop of strawberries this year! It looks like I'm going to have enough to make some jam, freeze a few, eat some fresh, make some yummy things and then some! They are so delicious! There is nothing more gratifying or tasty than growing your own fruits and veggies! So be on the lookout for Strawberry Shortcake (most likely this evening) and a yummy Strawberry Smoothie (most likely in the morning!) Until then I hope you're having a fantastic day! ;o)

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May 16, 2007

Where's Dianne?

I thought I'd have so much more free time when my semester ended, but boy was I wrong! I seem like I'm even more busy! I'm hoping to post the Mushroom Stroganoff recipe later this evening, if not I'll try to get to it in the morning! Until then enjoy past recipes or visit one of the links on my blog roll...They are always cooking up something yummy! ;o)

Have a great afternoon everyone! :O)

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May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

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April 29, 2007

Happy! Happy! Happy!

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One class down! Two to go! See that guy above, he looks like me...No really!

The group project I've been working on is in the final stages. We have the draft put together and I am hoping it will be out of the way in the next 2 days!

My final will be available tomorrow and I hope to have that done by Tuesday night at the latest!

I have one more assignment due, but I'm hoping to knock that out in the morning out on the deck thanks to the wi-fi connection and the joys of a laptop, while Alexis plays and does her thing!

So right now I'm happy, happy, happy! The end is in sight!

We have a few more things brewing, which are exciting, but for now I'm just happy that this semester is almost OVER!!

And I have two more recipes to add to the list of those upcoming: Homemade Granola bars (TO DIE FOR!) and Tomato and Thyme Pizza with Goat Cheese (three cheeses actually, but I just love me some goat cheese!) So stay tuned!

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April 26, 2007

Coming Soon!

I'm finally beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel and it's not a train!! I still have a few projects left and the final, but it's all coming together!

I have several recipes to share with you soon: Vanilla Pound Cake With Blueberry Sauce And Whipped Cream, Guinness Risotto With Goat Cheese And Thyme, Onion Rings, French Fries With Sea Salt, Chicken And Dumplings, Rosemary And Celtic Sea Salt Roasted Baby Red Potatoes, Salsa Macaroni and Cheese and Homemade Pasta Sauce. I'm also working on a rhubarb recipe, but I haven't quite decided where I'm going with that yet. (I've never tried rhubarb, but I've been told I should so I bought some!)

So stay tuned! I hope to post a recipe or two this weekend and then next week things should get back to normal! (Whatever normal means!) ;o)

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April 24, 2007

I'll Be Back Soon

Hey everyone. I've received several emails asking where I've been so I thought I'd make a quick post. End of the semester things still have me tied up. I have 5 projects and 2 finals due in the next week or so. I'm hoping to have everything but one of the finals wrapped up by this weekend. I'll be back soon with new recipes! Until then check out my blog roll and see what they're cooking! :o)

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April 16, 2007

Hiatus

I'll be taking a hiatus for a few days while I finish up some end of the semester papers and we take care of some personal stuff as well. I should be back in 2 or 3 days, but until then happy eats to you all! :o)

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April 13, 2007

Celeb Cause

I'm a contributor to a brand new blog entitled Celeb Cause. My daily column (Dianne's Dish) is about natural/organic health and beauty products. Check it out if you get a chance! :o)

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March 19, 2007

100th Entry And A Celebration!

What better way to celebrate my 100th entry, but to also celebrate my midterms being completed! (Thank God!!)

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Now on to the rest of the Saint Patrick's Day Recipes!

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March 17, 2007

More Irish Recipes To Come Tomorrow

I posted the recipe for Vegetarian Dingle Pies below, but I've got to get busy on a couple of midterms! I'm hoping to knock at least one of them out tonight, if not both! I'll post more recipes later tonight if the midterms go well or sometime tomorrow if they take longer than expected. Until then I hope you all had a wonderful Saint Patrick's Day!

Update: 10:57 PM: I ended up finishing one midterm and it nearly kicked my butt! I thought I'd share another recipe with you to unwind. Hope you enjoy! I still have another midterm and an assignment due tomorrow so it may be Monday before I get all the recipes up on Dianne's Dishes. Stay tuned! :o)

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March 6, 2007

An Unexpected Trip

Last Wednesday evening we found out that my grandmother on my mom's side had passed away so we had to make an unexpected trip to Tennessee. We just got back. We'll probably be busy playing catch up with school and life the next few days so I'm not sure when blogging will return to normal, but I've got a few restaurants in Roanoke, Virginia to tell you about that we ate at along the way down and back! I've also got the recipe for the Creamy Kale Soup I made last Wednesday night to share and I'm sure I'll be cooking up something wonderful tomorrow to share too! ;o)

More soon.

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February 18, 2007

Pass Phrase

I've added a pass phrase question for comments to help prevent spam. It's a simple question that will change from time to time. Just answer in lowercase and your comment will go right through! :o)

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February 4, 2007

Comments

If you comment and a message comes up and says you need to be approved or something of the like please e-mail me at diannesdishes at gmail dot com and let me know. The spam filter is way too sensitive and I'm trying to work out some bugs. Several legitimate comments got booted for no reason other than the system was being wonky. So if this happens to you please let me know!

Thanks!

I now return you to your regularly scheduled Dianne's Dishes.

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January 30, 2007

Welcome!

Welcome to Dianne's Dishes! For the past 3 years I've been posting recipes on my other blog, but I felt like it was time to make a blog that focuses on food itself and thus Dianne's Dishes is born!

Sit back, relax and enjoy my recipes and feel free to comment and tell me about food you like or think I should try!

Enjoy!

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