Tagged: habits

Enjoy a Lavender Mocktail when alcohol isn't an option. A non-alcoholic beverage made with lemon juice, lavender simple syrup, cranberry juice & ginger ale. 0

Lavender Mocktail {and a Hot Mama Cocktails Intro}

I’ve been making a lot of yummy beverages with my new lavender simple syrup. Even though I’m typically going to be using it in my home bar crafted cocktails, I knew I wanted to make some sort of Lavender Mocktail with it, too. About 10 years ago before I knew that “mocktails” were an actual thing (and trending), I came up with what I called “Hot Mama Cocktails.” I had 2 friends unexpectedly become pregnant at the time. We were a group of friends who went out to bars a lot, for karaoke or a game of pool. Although we...

Our recipe for Whole30 Baked Tuna Cakes with Dijon Sauce is a low cost, flavorful dinner option—also perfect for low carb menus! 0

Whole30 Baked Tuna Cakes with Dijon Sauce

My husband’s girlfriend (Paula Deen) has a recipe she calls Faux Crab Cakes. I’ve loved that recipe for years because it’s so quick and easy to make—and perfect for low budget weeks. Plus, the taste is great. Surprisingly, the recipe contains no butter at all. But Paula’s recipe doesn’t quite fit into a Whole30 lifestyle on account of the breadcrumbs and frying in oil. I decided to fix that—and I developed this recipe for Whole30 Baked Tuna Cakes with Dijon Sauce. We typically enjoy our tuna cakes with tartar sauce, which is also difficult to find in a Whole30 variety without spending...

Once you've gotten a good start with cooking, the best way to continue to develop your culinary skills is to regularly challenge yourself in the kitchen. Trying new things opens up your experiences—before you know it, things that were once a challenge become second nature. 0

5 Well-Worth-It Ways to Challenge Yourself in the Kitchen

Once you’ve gotten a good start with cooking, the best way to continue to develop your culinary skills is to regularly challenge yourself in the kitchen. Trying new things opens up your experiences—before you know it, things that were once a challenge become second nature. If you’ve ever tried gluten-free cooking, you know very well what a kitchen challenge is! But I’d only recommend a kitchen challenge like gluten-free cooking if you have identified a real need for it, such as a food sensitivity or other health issue. There are plenty of ways to challenge yourself in the kitchen that can...

When it comes to quitting smoking, it's a common New Year's Resolution, and commonly a broken one. Dish-y author Michelle shares her personal journey and offers some advice for rethinking this worthy goal to help you find your magic answer. 0

Rethinking Resolutions: Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is a New Year’s resolution I broke nearly every year after I started the habit. For me, the struggle to succeed at quitting smoking was an ongoing battle for about 12 years. I failed countless attempts to give up the bad habit. I’d last anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 months. (It was especially painful psychologically when I’d give in after a run that lasted several months.) I tried methods ranging from cold turkey to expensive prescription medications. I’m going to start by saying that I do not have a magic answer for how to succeed at quitting...

Losing weight is a common New Year's Resolution, but chronic failure can undermine one's sense of self worth. It's time to start rethinking resolutions. 0

Rethinking Resolutions: Losing Weight

Losing weight is probably the New Year’s Resolution I hear most frequently. In fact, I’m pretty sure that losing weight has become a permanent objective for many people in the American culture. It’s like it never quite goes away. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no different. Although my thinking about losing weight has changed since I was in my twenties, I’d still like to cut a few extra pounds out of my life. Since it’s such a common resolution, losing weight is also a goal that we tend to fail at more often. From my perspective, it’s...

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...

7 Ways to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy 2

7 Ways to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

I’m now 12 weeks into my pregnancy with our second child. Even though I learned a lot being pregnant with Cooper, I’ve been thrust into the discovery mode again. I’m realizing new things about being pregnant every day! Goes to show that there’s always something to learn. I wanted to share some advice about preparing for pregnancy that I carried with me from the first time around. And I’m throwing in some bonus tips that I wish someone had shared with me leading up to this pregnancy (or even the first). It’s amazing to me how different separate pregnancies can...

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What Makes Him Mr. Right? 7 Qualities to Look For

A perfect relationship is a myth. But Mr. Right is not. My mother-in-law gave me a great piece of advice when Rob and I got married. It was in the height of our excitement, and I was just googly-eyed in love. (I’m sure it was pretty disgusting for some of the witnesses…) She said to me, “Just know, no one is invincible. You will always have to work on your marriage.” My initial thought was that I understood where she was coming from, but that Rob and I were “certainly more invincible than most couples.” I still believe that Rob...

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The Silver Lining for Renee Larr

Renee Larr, my co-editor at Dish-y.com, has been one of my best friends for more than half my lifetime. It was a little over a year ago that my dear friend suggested to me that we work together to start a blog. We share similar interests surrounding food, entertaining, and the like. We thought we could turn some of our experience into advice, inspiration, and encouragement for women going through life’s transitions like getting married and having babies. Writing a blog struck us both as a refreshing idea, particularly since we were each facing some personal struggles and needed a...

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8 Habits You Need to Focus On to Take You from Effectiveness to Greatness

Here at Dish-y we think being your best self is important. We’re constantly striving to better ourselves. In doing so we’ve noticed some habits that we as a people are slowing losing and why they’re important in our daily lives. Listed are 8 habits you need to focus on to take you from effectiveness to greatness. 1. Greeting People with Pleasantries-Do you walk right past your co-workers without saying “Good Morning”? Do you greet the Starbucks barista with a “Good Afternoon”? People like to feel like you notice them. When you walk up to the counter to order your latte...