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Simple 4-ingredient Cucumber Salad 0

Simple 4-ingredient Cucumber Salad

I used to love this cucumber salad because it was delicious. I still make it because it tastes good, but I also love it now because it reminds me of my dad. It reminds me of some of the best times. My mom and dad taught me how to garden when I was young. We always grew cucumbers and zucchini, and I remember plucking them out of the garden. We often made this cucumber salad just minutes after coming in from harvesting. One of the best things about family recipes is that, even if you’ve lost a part of your...

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Super Simple Summer Side Dish

In the hot summer months I try to keep our dinners at home as simple as possible. For us, that usually means a protein and a veggie. A lot of time it’s just a roasted veggie. (I’ll have to share my BAM! best broccoli ever recipe for you Dish-ers sometime. Anywho. Austin got home early the other night and we decided to go out for a boat ride. By the time we got back I was starving which generally equates to poor eating choices for me. I decided to grill some boneless skinless chicken breasts on my countertop Cuisinart grill....

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5 Life Lessons from an Overcommitted Mom

“Whatever you do, don’t get pregnant.” This was the advice given to me when I began a doctoral program. I was also working full-time. My day job had an hour commute each way, periodic international travel, and frequent 60-hour work weeks. This was fantastic advice. Of course I didn’t listen. Over the years, I’ve met people who combined work and grad school. I’ve met people who combined parenting and grad school.  And I met one woman who combined parenting, work, and grad school (fist bump to you, lady).  I never met a person who did all three while traveling throughout...

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5 Days that totally changed the course of my life

Looking back on my life, I see quite a few distinct forks in the road that were pivotal milestones. Based on decisions I made or the circumstances that arose during those times, the course of my life was impacted more than I ever knew at that moment in time. It’s like the butterfly effect — one slight move in another direction, and things could have turned out very differently. Early in my adult life, I adopted the mantra that “everything happens the way it does for a reason.” It helped me to understand and remember that in times when I...

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My Top 5 Most Ridiculous Pregnancy Experiences

Let me start by saying that I know I am incredibly blessed to be able to get pregnant and have children. I have never taken that for granted. It is a wonderful thing. Let me continue by saying that pregnancy hasn’t exactly agreed with me. Having done this twice now is enough for me to recognize a pattern! The first time around, my “issues” seemed fairly normal—at least normal enough not to immediately label them as ridiculous. But with some of the experiences I have had this time around, I feel like I’m living out The Divine Pregnancy Comedy. I’m...

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May 4-8 is National Small Business Week

This week, May 4-8, is National Small Business Week. It might not be quite as relevant to the content we typically publish on Dish-y.com, but this year it’s a little special for us. That’s because Renee and I are currently in the process of officially becoming a small business. For over a year, we’ve been building Dish-y.com and learning the ins and outs of the blogging world. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but we can see it growing and becoming something much bigger than this down the road. A few months back, we started discussing next...

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Take Your Stress and Shove It

In 2011, I learned a very important lesson. And as it turned out, it was very timely for me, too. It was the Christmas Eve service at Grace Church—and it happened to be my very first year as a mother. In true form, our senior pastor used a rather provocative example to illustrate a spiritual concept—the concept of what it means to truly trust God. He explained that Mary, as a new mother to baby Jesus, had to trust God’s plan for her child. She knew from the very beginning that her baby boy was eventually going to suffer and...

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7 Signs You’re in a Fantastic Place in Your Life

7 Signs You’re in a Fantastic Place in Your Life A recent Today show segment mentioned that age 34 is the happiest time in a woman’s life. It was like a lighting bolt shocked me. I’m 34 right now. How does this year of my life compare to others? As I reflected on my life (the good and the bad) I realized this is the happiest I’ve ever been. But why? What’s changed? Here are a few things I’ve noticed have brought me to this fantastic place in my life. You’ve given up on the need to please everyone all...

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Five Tips for Toddler Parenting

Right now, we’re raising a toddler. It is a delightful time in the development of a child. Cooper is so curious and creative. He surprises us almost every day. When Cooper was just a baby, I was a bit apprehensive about the toddler parenting phase. It’s the time when kids begin to develop their own opinions and become big enough to get into more dangerous trouble around the house. One thing I can say is that I’ve been surprised at how much my instincts have taken over. I find comfort in trusting my own instincts about a lot of aspects...

7 Things I'd like to tell my 21 year old self 0

7 Things I’d tell my 21 year old self

Like many people, when I turned 21 I was so excited about this whole new part of the world opening up to me. After having been left behind for months by older friends who were always “headed to the bars” in the later part of the evening, I was chomping at the bit for my turn to go along. If I ever end up stuck in a time machine, there are a few things I’d like to tell my 21 year old self. When I was finally able to go out to the bars with my friends, I didn’t even...