Daily Dish Norwegian Getaway Cruise!

March 6th, 2014 - Daily Dish

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My family and I just got back from a wonderful week on the Norwegian Getaway, the cruise line’s newest ship! We all were counting down the days to leave freezing Michigan as this winter has been insanely cold with extreme amounts of snow. We flew to Miami where we boarded the ship.

It was such a neat ship! We were on the second sail after it was built. We first explored the ship!

But the very first thing we did was get ice cream, of course! They had a self-serve frozen yogurt machine! Frozen yogurt is me and my sister’s FAVORITE thing, so we made sure we got our share fix of it on the trip ;).

The next morning, me, my husband, sister, and her husband did a spinning class. It was so hard, but a lot of fun. We definitely took a lot of rest days from working out, but it felt good to move our bodies a few times a week for sure! We just made sure we did it in a fun enjoyable way! :)

Nighttime on the ship was something we all looked forward to. Every night a duo, Summer Breeze, would play contemporary music at the Atrium lounge. We enjoyed relaxing with coffee while playing cards. The last night at seat they had a fireworks show where we danced the night away.

Our first port was St. Maarten. We got off the ship around 10am and explored the local shops.

After we enjoyed some lunch back on the ship, we did an excursion of ATV riding.

That night we went to Teppanyaki, a Japanese Hibachi style restaurant. The food was DELICIOUS and by far my favorite meal on the ship. Our chef, Mel, was hilarious. He sang throughout the whole cooking process!

The following day we ported in St. Thomas. It was insanely beautiful! We did a day at the beach. The beach we went to, Magen’s Bay, has been noted to be one of the world’s most beautiful beaches! It sure was!

My sister and I made a sand snowman…thinking of the -20 degree days back in Michigan of course! ;)

Back on the ship that evening, we went to one of the comedy shows. The evening activities that the cruise had planned were tons of fun! Another night we went to dueling pianos… probably one of my favorite shows all week!

Another activity that was unforgettable was the Newlywed Game Show that my sister and brother-in-law got picked to be in. They got married 8 months ago, so they were the perfect contestants for the newly married couple!

My next favorite dinner was at Moderno’s, a brazilian steakhouse.  This restaurant was so neat! It was all you could eat meat, which the guys of our family loved!  The servers bring around several different types of meat on huge skewers. They had an enormous salad bar as well!

Sean and I also took a night away from the family to enjoy a date night at one of the restaurants. This is a really great part about going on a cruise with your family… You can all be on the same ship, but enjoying different things, or come together every day/night if you choose!

Our last stop before heading back to Miami was to the Bahamas. We walked through the Atlantis Hotel and went to one of their beaches. Beautiful water!

It truly was an enjoyable week.  The best part of it all…. time with my family with no cell phones or internet. It was quite refreshing to “unplug” and spend time with those that I love!

I hope we brought some sunshine home to Michigan and to you guys! Hope you all have a beautiful day! xo Katie

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Say Goodbye…Say Hello to Another Year- Christmas & New Year Recap!

January 8th, 2014 - Daily Dish

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My husband and I wasted no time at all to decorate for Christmas.  I love the feeling of Christmas, and had so much fun decorating our new home for the holidays!

The first week of December, my sister Sarah, hosted a “My Favorite Things” party for a group of ladies.  It was such a blast! We had a mix of our favorite foods, favorite desserts (trifle bar of course), and favorite snacks.  Sarah did such a beautiful job decorating her house! Here’s how to play the game: All the girls brought three gifts of their favorite thing(s) with a dollar limit. Each girl wrote their name three times and put it in a bowl.  We went around drawing three names out of the bowl and those were the three girls that received the gifts that we brought.  So much fun!

Here is the basket of my favorite things… baking items, of course!

Another favorite event of December was our Annual Gingerbread House contest.  My husband Sean and I did Noah’s Ark.  It’s an event all of our friends look forward to as we host it at our house.  This year we were so excited to have everyone over at our new house!

My sister Sarah invited my sister, mom, and I to an Annual Ladies Christmas Gala hosted by her church.  We were so honored to be seated with the guest speaker of the night, Lisa Bevere, along with other amazing world changing women!

I had the privilege to speak with Lisa afterwards.  I told her how her book You’re Not What You Weigh transformed my life and now I am able to share God’s healing power to other women.

My sweet friend, Dayna, hosted a Pinterest Party at her house. Dayna provided three crafts she found on Pinterest.  She supplied all of the materials to make photo coasters, peppermint sugar scrub, and a picture ornament.  She made the cutest gift bags and treats to send us home with.

Christmas Eve was hosted by my sister Sarah and her husband Phil at their new home.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make a Pumpkin & Gingerbread Trifle or a Brownie Peppermint trifle, so I made both!

With over 35 people in one house, it sure was a happy Christmas with family!

Christmas Eve night we spent with the in-laws and then back to my parents house. All of us (my parents, my 2 sisters and their husbands, and five dogs) spent the night and woke up together on Christmas.  My husband Sean helped me make Christmas breakfast!

My sister Sarah gifted me with the cutest recipe box by Sugar Paper out of Los Angeles.  So excited!

New Years Eve was a great way to end the amazing year.  Sarah hosted it at her home and went to town decorating with the cutest details.  The night was full of great people, yummy catered Lebanese food, and tons of desserts to ring in the New Year.

The month of December was sure packed… but full of laughter and great memories.  My family and I are excited for 2014 as we know God has GREAT things in store.  I wish you and your family a blessed start to the New Year!

 

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The Daily Dish~ Thanksgiving 2013

December 6th, 2013 - Daily Dish

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I know I sure did, as it is one of my very favorite holidays! What could be better than time spent with family, giving thanks to the Lord for all the good things He has done, all while cooking and enjoying great food!?!

I thought I would share a quick recap on my Thanksgiving with all of you! We spent the day at my moms house cooking up a storm and enjoying time together! My Aunt Lorrie and I both love to cook, so we were preparing the food while everyone else spent time talking and watching the game.

Here is a glimpse at the final product! Most of it was Dashing Dish recipes of course! :) We had turkey, sweet potato casserole, roasted vegetables, stuffing, mashed cauliflower, cranberry sauce, baked mac & cheese, corn muffins, and gravy!

As great as the food always is though, the best part of the day was being with family!

For dessert I made my pumpkin gingerbread trifle, always a crowd pleaser, and one of my faves!

After the meal we all talked about what we were thankful for, which is always such a special time! Then we relaxed, played games, and enjoyed each others company! Now, time to prepare for Christmas! I can’t believe it is already less than 3 weeks away! I hope you are all enjoying this special time of year as we reflect on God’s great love for us, that He sent His only Son, so we could be called His children!

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Dashing Delivery – A Ministry Extension of Dashing Dish!

December 3rd, 2013 - Announcements, Daily Dish, Video

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When my husband and I originally came up with the name Dashing Dish, we did so with the intention of offering catering, alongside my website and ministry.  Come to find out, God had different plans.  It’s amazing how He always brings things full circle.  Little did we know, the name ‘Dashing’ would one day relate to grocery delivery of a different kind.

God recently put it on our hearts to put the ‘Dashing’ into Dashing Dish by delivery groceries and grocery gift cards to people in need.  We are sharing this with you today, because if you have supported Dashing Dish you are also a part of this ministry.  We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of Dashing Dish.  We truly believe that God has bigger plans for this ministry than we could have ever imagined and this is just the beginning.

Because it’s the holidays we want to start this ministry off with a bang.  We feel there is no greater time to show God’s love than this time of year.  For that reason, we are selling Dashing Dish shirts to support this cause.

Click the pic above to order your Dashing Dish t-shirt and 100% of the proceeds will go to support this Dashing Delivery ministry.  Thank you so much for all of your support, donations, and prayers. Because of YOU, people are finding God’s love in a tangible way.

If you would like to hear more about this ministry, watch this short video:

 

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The Daily Dish ~ Welcome to Our New Home!

October 16th, 2013 - Daily Dish

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I am so thankful and blessed to share this post with you guys today! After four years of marriage, my husband and I finally can say we have a place called ‘our home’!  I say this with such thankfulness because my husband and I truly did pray and save for our home, waiting on the right timing that God had for us, and boy was it worth the wait! :)

It took one year to build this home, and the best part is, I am across the street from my sister, (and only 20 minutes from my other sister and parents!) I hope you enjoy the tour!!!

Welcome!!!

I got my 3 custom signs from this Etsy seller! I really wanted a few signs that had scripture, and were meaningful throughout the home. I truly believe this is what takes it from a ‘house’ to a ‘home’. This is our Entry Way area. I got most of my decor from Home Goods!

Here is our Dining Room. I am thankful to say that we have already had lots of friends and family around this table! :)

Here is the Heart of the Home (in my opinion)….The Kitchen! :)

 

The area between the Kitchen and Family Room has a small breakfast table.

It also has cabinets along the wall, which is where I store my dishes and Dashing Dish props!

Most of my really ‘fun’ props are from my mom, who used to collect antiques!

Here is the Sunroom, which is where I take pictures for Dashing Dish, and where I read my bible and work!

I store my napkins for pictures on this cute little ladder I also got from Etsy!

And of course I had to have a place where I could hang my aprons! :) I got them from Anthropologie.

This sign from Etsy is probably one of my favorite things in our home!

Here is my desk where I write recipes, answer emails, and write devos!

And here is My Hubby’s Office! (He works from home as well, he is a graphic designer!)

 

And here is our Family Room (it is someones favorite room in the house!) :)

Most of this decor is from Home Goods, my mom, or from the Pottery Barn Outlet, (which is awesome~ it’s all PB stuff for almost half off!!!)

Now for the Upstairs….

Here is Our Bedroom!

My Vanity, which is where I blow dry my massive hair! ;) (It takes me almost an hour to blow dry!)

I love this Love Scripture Sign…It has reminded me many times what true love really is!

Here is our Master Bath.

And our  Master Closet, (which I must mention my husband built the custom shelves!) :) The baskets are from Target.

Here is the Guest Bedroom, which is filled with our old bedroom furniture from our apartment.

And the Laundry Room…All sorts of FUN happens here! ;)

Last but not least…Here is our Patio! We plan to get patio furniture and chairs for the campfire next year. (Thanks to Dave Ramsey…We Save Save Save and pay with cash before we buy anything! Sometimes it can be hard to wait, but it truly is freeing!)

Our Patio was built by my brother in-law’s company Brickscape! They Rocked It!

I hope you enjoyed the tour! My husband and I are truly giving thanks to the Lord! We stood on God’s promises specifically for this home, and every day we spend in it is a testament to His faithfulness! Our greatest desire is that everyone that enters our home will feel the presence and love of God!!!

We sure are thankful He is letting us ‘borrow’ it for a while, after all…Everything is His! :)

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Daily Dish~ My Sister’s Wedding Day!

July 16th, 2013 - Daily Dish

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It’s hard to believe it’s already been over two weeks since my sister Emily’s BIG day! My sister got married on June 29, 2013, and it was a beautiful day! The weather channel said it was supposed to rain, but of course we prayed and the Lord brought the sun!!! The whole day was simply beautiful!

I thought I would share a snippet of the day in pictures with all of you! (Sorry the pictures  are not the best quality…I didn’t want to carry around my camera at the wedding, so I used my i phone! ) 

We started off the day getting ready at my parents house! The make-up artist was one of the bridesmaids Julie O’Morrow. She is a freelance makeup artist and is sooo talented! {Go check out her work on her FB page!} :)

My sister picked a coral shade for the bridesmaid dresses. The dresses were made by Watters & Watters.

One of our closest friends, Dayna Mager was the extremely talented photographer for the big day! (She is the one wearing tan on the right…She could be our sister don’t you think!?!)

The ceremony and reception took place at Walden Woods in Hartland Michigan. The ceremony was outdoors by the lake, and the reception was indoors. Emily had gold, ivory, and corals for her wedding colors!

They had ‘scoop your own flavored coffee‘ for their favors, which was fun and turned out so cute!

The cakes were made by Geri Yost (the groom’s mom) and Kim DuBuc (the groom’s sister)! How STUNNING are these cakes!?!

The day ‘officially’ began by us girls hiding out as we waited on the guests to arrive! 

 

I love my baby sister! ;)

And then we walked down the aisle…My sister Sarah and I got to walk down together! ;)

The moment of anticipation…The bride walking to her groom! Surprisingly, I didn’t cry as much as I thought I would have! It was probably a good thing…As I didn’t end up with black eyes from the make-up pouring off! ;)

They said their vows, which they wrote for each other. It was beautiful.

And then it was time for ‘lots’ of pictures!

Here is one of me and my groom! :)

Then the party began…It was time to celebrate the new couple!!!! The reception was so much fun!

We started with toasts, a prayer, and dinner.

And then we enjoyed the amazing cakes!

We finished off the night with dancing, s’mores, and sending off lanters!

It was a day that glorified the Lord for sure and brought so much joy to all who shared in it! I hope this little preview of this beautiful union brought a smile to your face as it did for me! God is so good! (Be sure to check out Emily’s story on how she met Brett and waited on the one God had for her HERE!)

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The Daily Dish ~ My Sister’s Wedding Shower & Bachelorette Party!

June 25th, 2013 - Daily Dish

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The countdown is officially on…My sister is getting married on June 29th, which is now in four days! We are all getting so excited {busy, but excited!} I can’t wait to share pictures with all of you of the wedding, but until then I thought I would share the wonderful moments leading up to the big day!

We celebrated my sisters Personal Shower and Bachelorette Party on the same day a few weeks ago, and it was simply wonderful! The gathering took place at my sister Sarah’s house, which made for a beautiful party on a beautiful day!

I had the honor of making the food, so I decided to make a Salad Bar and Dessert Bar with healthy toppings such as Greek yogurt! My sister Sarah and I had a blast decorating with all of em’s wedding colors and cute little details that reflect on her style!

The weather was just beautiful that day, which is always a blessing in Michigan! :)

The salad bar was as much fun to put together as it was to enjoy!

Although, I think the dessert bar was everyone’s favorite {including my own!}

Sarah did all the decorating, and she truly did a fabulous job!

After enjoying all of the yummy food, Emily opened her gifts…and we played games…Needless to say there was tons of laughter!

We are truly blessed to have such wonderful friends to celebrate with!

We spent the rest of the afternoon by the pool and enjoying time relaxing!

That night the bridesmaids went out to celebrate Emily’s Bachlorette Party! I love that we had such an amazing time, and the Lord was glorified through our silliness! Who says you need alcohol to have a good time!?! :)

We went to a sushi restaurant and of course followed it with frozen yogurt!

 

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The Daily Dish~ My 28th Birthday Celebration!

June 20th, 2013 - Daily Dish

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Hey everyone!!! I hope you are all having a wonderful start to summer!I know I sure am…Of course i’m staying busy with the double move my husband and I are going through, and with all the preparation for my sisters wedding (it’s coming up…June 29th!!!)

I always love summer for SO many reasons, but I also love it because I have a summer birthday! :) June 17th was my 28th Birthday…But this year I had the honor of sharing the celebration with my dad, as we celebrated Father’s Day and my birthday on the same day! Talk about double the Fun!!! ;)

I started of the day with what else but a DD Cake Batter Protein Shake topped with whipped cream of course!

We had our traditional birthday meal, which is always Shish Kabob and a large Greek Salad with Baked Pita Chips! For Dessert I made my DD Ice Cream Cake!

After eating, my dad and I opened gifts and we all spent time around the table laughing and talking…One of my favorite times in life!

It was a wonderful day shared with my family, enjoying all the things I loved! I feel truly blessed for the 28 years of life God has given me so far, and the amazing husband and family He has given me to share it with!

We spent the rest of the evening relaxing by my parents lake! The weather was just perfect, and it was a much needed relaxing time after the big move! :)

I truly do treasure moments like this! :) Thank you all for the Birthday Wishes and love! I feel blessed beyond belief, and am so thankful for how God has taken the ashes of my life and turned it into beauty! I’ve learned time and time again that restoration is what He does best!

I hope you all enjoyed this little peak into my birthday celebration! Have a wonderfully blessed day!

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Daily Dish ~ My Sister’s Bridal Shower!

May 2nd, 2013 - Daily Dish

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This past weekend was my sister Emily’s bridal shower! Her wedding is June 29th, so it will be here before we know it! :) It was a beautiful shower, put on by her future mother in-law & sister in law, who happen to have their own cake decorating business’…So get ready to witness some incredible desserts! ;)

It turned out to be one of the most beautiful days we’ve had in Michigan so far…(it has been in the 40′s almost all of April!) But this past Saturday was 70 degrees and sunny…God sure did shine His sunshine down on Emily’s celebration day! I hope you enjoy the pictures of this magnificent day!

Here Emily (the future bride) is with my family…

and Emily with her future in-law’s (including the 2 wonder women who put on the amazing shower!)

For brunch we had fruit to start…

Followed by a strawberry spinach salad (which I had the pleasure of preparing), a scone, and an english muffin, which was later topped with an egg, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce.

After eating we opened gifts.

It was so fun to see her open everything, especially her new kitchen gadgets! ;)

I made her a towel cake! :)

I also made her a basket of ‘my favorite kitchen things’ which was an assortment of my favorite kitchen gadgets, etc. Talk about a fun gift to shop for and give! :)

One of the most creative gifts she received was from our good friend Dayna, who made her a box of ‘date nights’…One for every month after they were married, (they were in envelopes, and she was told not to open them until the date night for each month!) How sweet is that!?!

After opening gifts we had dessert. My Aunt Lorrie made the most adorable wedding cake sugar cookies! I told her she could have her own cookie making business! How cute are they!?!

Brett’s mom, Gerri made everything on the dessert table, including these adorable cake pops…

Beautiful macaroons….

And a wide assortment of cupcakes!

Everything came together beautifully, and we had a great time celebrating Emily and Brett! I hope you enjoyed the preview of this special day! :)

The wedding will be here before we know it! I can’t wait to share pictures of that amazing day with all of you!

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The Daily Dish~ Meal Prepping 101!

April 17th, 2013 - Daily Dish, How-To, Inspiration

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Does the thought of preparing food for your family during the week overwhelm you, or seem like it is just one more thing that you ‘have to do‘, but barely have time for?!?

I remember feeling this way when I was in nursing school, (and that was when I was only cooking for myself!) It wasn’t long after I got married that I realized that cooking every meal on the spot was not easy, especially if I was going to stay on track with healthy eating.  (Let’s face it… sometimes when you  are overly hungry or busy it’s easy to grab anything in sight, regardless of how healthy it is!) If that sounds familiar in any way, don’t worry… there is a solution!

I have found that the best possible way to live a healthy lifestyle and have healthy and delicious meals all week long is by meal prepping once for the whole week.

There are so many benefits to having one (or two) meal prep days during the week, but some of the best things about it is that it saves me time, money, and stress, all the while allowing me to stay on track with eating healthy.

Sound intriguing?!? Well… Let me show you how it’s done in just a few simple steps!

STEP 1: PLAN & SHOP 

I begin meal planning by making a list of recipes on my “Favorites Board”. (This can be found under the membership section of Dashing Dish.) I create a ‘favorites’ list each week based on what I want to have for breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners.  

From there I write down the ingredient list for each recipe. (I generally divide the ingredient list by 2 if I plan to prepare it for my husband and I and it is a recipe that calls for four servings or more). After writing out my grocery list I double check that I don’t already have something in my fridge or pantry. Then… I’m off to the grocery store!

If this step alone overwhelms you, this is where my meal plans come in! I have done all the work for you! They are broken down into the recipes, shopping lists, and even meal prep ideas for each week, based on the servings you need!

STEP 2: PREPARE THE FOOD

When I get home from the grocery store I generally don’t put any of the groceries away, (unless of course they are frozen and will melt quickly)…I simply take everything out of the grocery bag and set it out on the counter, putting things in organized piles according to each recipe. I then pull up my favorites list and get to cooking! I generally start with the breakfasts and move on from there.

Throughout the week I typically have a protein shake for breakfast, but I find that many of my breakfast recipes are great for mid-morning snacks, and/or if I am in need of a breakfast on-the-go. If I don’t end up eating them I simply freeze them for a time that I am in need of a quick and healthy snack!

This week I made my PB & J Protein Pancakes.

Some hard boiled eggs, (my husband loves these as a breakfast side and snack!)

Strawberry Baked Protein Oatmeal, (recipe to come!)

And for a snack I made my Protein Blueberry Muffins (recipe to come!)

For lunches and dinners I generally prepare big batches of veggies and lean meats to use in my recipes.

I like to cook my veggies in big batches either in a sauté pan or on a big roasting pan. That way they are ready as sides, snacks, or to add to a recipe.  I use this method of cooking in my Zucchini Chip recipe and Parmesan Green Bean recipe, but you can do this with any veggie.

One of my favorite ways to prepare chicken is in the crockpot! I make big batches and use the shredded chicken in my recipes for the week! If I am making Crockpot Shredded Chicken to prepare my recipes, I generally pop some frozen chicken in the crockpot and set it to high heat the morning of my meal prepping day. (That way it is all ready when I am ready to start meal prepping!)

If the recipes call for sautéed chicken or lean ground meat, I will cook it in big batches in my biggest pan! That way I am only prepping chicken and/or lean ground meat once for all the recipes!

STEP 3: PUT EVERYTHING TOGETHER TO MAKE THE RECIPES

For lunches I typically make something really simple such as a couple big salads and wrap sandwiches and put them in Tupperware containers or wrap them in foil individually. (Leftovers from dinner are also a great option!)

For dinners I typically make a few different main dishes and a couple of side dishes. 

This week I made my Three Cheese Stuffed Peppers

My Baked Mac & Cheese

and my BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes!

STEP 4: PUT IT ALL AWAY! 

After all the food is prepped and the recipes are made, I put everything in Tupperware containers and place it in the fridge! That way I have something to throw in a cooler if I am heading out for the day or to pop in the microwave and/or oven to heat up and have a delicious dinner on the table in minutes!

This whole process from start to finish takes anywhere from 2-3 hours. I typically pick a block of time on the weekend to get it done. I hope this post helps show you how easy it can be to prepare meals for the week in just one day. If you are still scratching your head, don’t let it discourage you!!! It can take time to learn and get in the swing of things. And if that’s you, a great place to start may be my meal plans…But before you know it, it will become a part of your routine and you may even find yourself loving it!!!

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