Dec 1, 2015

Women In Business: Melanie Carr, Owner of Dish Dish

At the beginning of each month throughout 2015, I am highlighting a woman (or women) with whom I've come in contact with that owns and/or runs a business, and that has touched my life in some way. DECEMBER #WomenInBusiness


As a mom of boys, a wife for over 20 years, as well as the oldest of five children growing up, Melanie had been cooking for many years and “gathering” recipes all along the way from here and there (family members, friends, church pot lucks, clipped from magazines or newspapers, pulled off of tin cans or packages) and managed to build quite a collection.  However, she often found herself stuck in a rut of making the same dishes over and over again, because while there was a huge collection of recipes to be tried and explored, it seemed overwhelming to dig through the pile each week when trying to plan meals and grocery shopping.  There had to be an easier way!

After years of searching and not finding a fitting option, Melanie started Dish Dish, an online cookbook site where home cooks (or chefs) around the world could enter their favorite recipes and have them saved digitally!  This way she (and they) could easily search their own recipe collection for the type of recipe needed, add the ingredients to a shopping list, edit the recipe any time (you know, when that recipe has just a little bit too much garlic or not quite enough pepper), and easily share the link to the recipe with a friend or neighbor asking for that fabulous recipe made for them last week.  It was a great way to worry less about answering the “What’s for Dinner?” question and to know it was going to be easier, more enjoyable, and less stressful to plan out the menu and groceries needed for the week.

Melanie loves seeing families be able to enjoy sharing recipes together online, and helping them preserve family traditions and foodie heritage for sharing and passing along to the next generation.  For families that still have Grandma’s recipe box or a collection of old family recipes, it is such a joy to see them be able to digitally turn those keepsakes into a format they can all treasure (especially when adding notes, photos, or videos).  Melanie’s boys each enjoy cooking and baking various dishes on their own; she hopes every family will experience the joy of cooking together, eating family meals together, and passing along wonderful family traditions. 

(Thank you Melanie) Melanie is offering a special promo code for Mommie Again readers …. Use code MOMMIE15 to save 40% on our Digital Recipe Album package through December 31! 

With the Christmas holiday right around the corner, Melanie shares these helpful tips for preparing holiday parties and meals with family and friends:
1.       Make a list of the people you’re inviting and keep track of replies, a head count, or any special needs to be aware of (especially allergies).
2.       Plan a menu of the dishes and recipes you plan to prepare for the event – it’s usually best to stick with dishes you know well and are comfortable preparing for the most part, and then add in one or maybe two new recipes to add some flair without making things difficult.
3.       As the hostess, keep a list of the things besides the food you will need to address for the event – place settings, d├ęcor, serving dishes and utensils, table linens, etc; none of this needs to be complex, but having thought through what you will need or want to use and where it is or if you need to pick it up ahead of time, will help tremendously.
4.       Prepare a plan for the few days leading up to the event – what can be done a week before, the day before, the morning of, and just prior to the event – to help things go smoothly.  For instance, we have a large Christmas Eve party each year and now I always cut up the fruit and veggies for the fruit and veggie platter on the day before, storing them in airtight containers in the fridge until ready to set on the platter that evening.  I started out always doing it the day of the event, but I had so many other things that absolutely could not be done earlier, it made a big difference to do all the chopping and prepping the day before. Having a plan for these things, makes the day of the event much smoother.
5.       And last but not least, remember to take a deep breath and choose to enjoy the celebration with your guests no matter what else happens.  Dive into the moment, enjoy the conversation and celebrate together!  After all, that’s what it’s all about.
Take a look at some of their favorite recipes for the holidays.

Jeanne’s sweet roasted Christmas pecans - 
Nov 29, 2015

Sunday Stroll Giveaway Link Up - 11/29/15

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Nov 28, 2015

$25 Paypal Giveaway to 3 Winners!! Merry Christmas from Mommie...Again - Ends 12/21/15

Thank you thank you thank you to all my readers of 2015. Mommie...Again would not be successful if it wan't for my awesome readers. To celebrate Christmas and YOU...I'm giving away $25 Paypal to 3 Winners!!

$25 Paypal Giveaway to 3 Winners!!

2015 has been a very good year for me and Mommie...Again. Brody turns 6 years old tomorrow and we are giving him an HEXBUG birthday party here at our house. It is raining so hard, and has been for 3 days. Yikes - 12 kids in my house on a raining day is scaring me!!!

Thank you again for spending your time here at my blog. I do hope I can entertain you all next year as well. 2016 will be even better for my blog and I want you to be a part of it.

Good luck to all participants of my Giveaway here. There will be 3 Winners foat $25 each via Paypal. Giveaway will end on 12/21/15 and will be paid to winners before Christmas, so I'll need all winners to get back with me asap.

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Nov 27, 2015

The Joy of Family-Fun Music Together + Giveaway #Musictogether #Momsmeet

I received this product for free from the sponsor of  Moms Meet. All opinions are my own.
From babyhood through the early elementary years, Music Together nurtures each child's natural musicality. In family classes, adults learn together with their children an then re-create the fun t home with recording and songbooks. 

Music Together classes are for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids (5-7). Except for the big kids, parents are in the room with their kiddos singing along with them. Each week, communities of families share songs, instrument play, rhythm chants, and movement activities in a playful, non-performance setting. It's 45 minutes of fun!! It's quite clever. We visited the one in Grapevine, TX where Brody got to sing and dance. At first he was very shy, then he warmed up and was fine. There are 2,500 communities all around, so there's probably one near you!!

Families who sign up for classes will receive curriculum materials. Right now they are giving out Fiddle song collection and includes:
  • Fiddle CD
  • Fiddle songbook
  • Music Together at Home booklet
  • Babies in Mixed-age Classes Fami8ly Guide
  • Hello Everybody app flyer 

Grapevine, TX Music Together is held off Park Blvd. Here's the phone number.


Win a Hey, Diddle, Diddle Singalong Storybook Gift Set ($28.00 value)

This adorable gift set includes: Hey, Diddle, Diddle Singalong Storybook in your choice hardcover or board book, an ultra-soft 9” black-and-white Mary Meyer cow named Sweet Constance (age-rating: 0+), two egg shakers, and a digital download of the song “Hey, Diddle, Diddle." TO ENTER GIVEAWAY - LEAVE A COMMENT ON BLOG TELLING ME WHO YOU WOULD GIVE THIS SET TO. US ONLY - ENDS 12/8/15

For a Free Music Together Class please go here to sign up

Here's a Free download - Music Together’s Hello Everybody App for iPhone, iPad, or iPod 
Download the  “Hello Everybody” app (free) to get eight Music Together songs that you can listen and sing along to, whether you’re at home or on the go. Our sing-along feature lets you show or hide on-screen lyrics, plus you can control the volume of the vocals—or turn them off to hear an instrumental-only track and make up your own words. Use your device’s camera to make your own family music videos and share them with your friends. The app also includes a digital version of one of our award-winning Singalong Storybooks, Hello, Everybody, based on the beloved “Hello Song.” Download from the App Store:
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Full Disclosure: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use their product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Goup LLC or the manufacturer of this product.
Nov 25, 2015

Single Cup Club 25% off Membership

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I heart all kinds of coffee and love to try new ones. I thought you might too!! 

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