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A Grateful Heart is a Happy Heart

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Dear Prayer Warriors and DishingwithDiane members,

I just wanted to take this time to wish you all a very
Happy Thanksgiving!

This is a very special Thanksgiving for me, one that I never thought that I would see. I am beyond grateful for the gift of life and for my heart donor and their wonderful family that chose to save others in their time of grief.

It is very hard for me to put my feelings into words and I feel as if I cannot fully express my gratitude.

What can you say when someone saves your life, gives you a second chance to live and make memories with your loved ones, allows you to be surrounded by friends and go out into the world and have fun and not spend most of your time within the four walls of a hospital.

There are no words for that.

Heartfelt, grateful, blessed….my feelings run deeper than that. It hasn’t been an easy journey to complete healing so far, there have been many setbacks, but it is my golden opportunity for a great life.

They told me that recovery from heart transplant would take over a year and at first, I thought that was too long but they were so right. I am slowly coming around to my old self and getting a little further along in my healing each day.

And you, my prayers warriors and members were there with me through it all and I couldn’t have done it without your love, caring and support.

You lit the fire in me to keep going and I will cherish each and every one of you for as long as I live.

I am extremely grateful this Thanksgiving for my new life and for my loving husband, Bob (who is my angel on earth) and my wonderful son, Michael. They are both my reason for living.

I plan on getting stronger and stronger and having many happy, healthy days and hopefully meet some of my prayer warriors and members in person.

I thank you for your patience, understanding and kind words while DishingwithDiane was “on hold” from all my tablescapes posts and recipes so I could heal and recover.

I will be back posting full time in 2020, which will also be the blog’s

5th Anniversary.

Hard to believe that time went by so fast.

I totally enjoy sharing my stories, recipes, and tablescapes with all of you, and I feel as if you are all my extended family. 

I want to thank you again for joining and asking your friends and family to join. Spread the word and keep bringing new members in to join the family. I would deeply appreciate that.

Remember, be kind to each other, stop and enjoy the small things, make beautiful memories and live each day to the fullest.

So, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. 

I wish you many blessings daily.


Diane 2.0

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well!




Update on Diane

Hi everyone, this is Diane’s husband Bob.  I wanted to share with you why Diane has not posted in a while.  She had a heart transplant in late January and is now home recovering.  Diane will not be posting any tablescapes soon, but she will be posting recipes (with my help).  She misses all of her members and can’t wait to get back to posting on a regular basis.

Stay well,

Bob & Diane

Holiday Cookie Recipe Announcement

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Hi Everyone, 

I am so thrilled and excited to share this news with you.

Once again, I am happy to say that DishingwithDiane has been featured in a magazine article.

This time, a variety of my Christmas Cookies are featured in the

Holiday issue of The List Magazine LI.  (pages 23 -25).

It is such an honor for me to be included in this issue and part of this great publication.

 I suggest you read this magazine from cover to cover. It is a pleasure to read, especially if you live on Long Island, NY.

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Here is the article…

If you have the chance to make only one of the cookies, my suggestion would be to make the Amaretto Raspberry Shortbread Cookies – it happens to be my favorite cookie, and it was a big hit last year in my house.

The best jam to use for this cookie is …

Bonne Maman – Raspberry Preserves (available in many supermarkets).

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The recipes for the cookies featured in the article, and more are in the link below.

This is the link to all of my Christmas Cookie Collection Recipes posted from a previous blog from December 2017 for you to enjoy!

I hope you try some of the recipes and make them part of your holiday tradition!

Have a very joyous Holiday and a blessed New Year !

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well, 


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Once you become a member, you’ll never miss a post.

Also, continue to send me your comments and emails, I LOVE hearing from you.


DishingwithDiane Announcement

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Hi Everyone, 

I am so happy to share the news that one of DishingwithDiane’s photos from the July 23, 2017 blog post, “Low Country Shrimp Boil” was chosen to be in the current Summer 2018 edition of the Newsday Funbook which came out today.

For those of you who subscribe to Newsday there are two different Fun Book covers.

My photo is on page 67 of the digital edition.


My photo is on page 69 of the printed copy.

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For those who don’t subscribe to Newsday, here is a copy of the page.

Newsday18 FUNBOOK 2018


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I can’t believe I was fortunate to have this happen a second time. My photo of sunflowers from the Sound Shore Market & Farms from the “Good Bye to Summer 2016”  blog post was chosen for last year’s Newsday Funbook.dsc_0657-sunflowers-for-blog

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well, 


Thank you for visiting my blog.



Announcement from DishingwithDiane…

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Hi Everyone,

I hope all of you are safe after all of the snowstorms, nor’easters and flooding that has been sweeping the country. My prayers go out to all.

I am very proud to share the news that two of DishingwithDiane’s recipes are featured in the March/April issue of The List Magazine LI  (page 26).

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It is such an honor for me to be included in this publication.

It was very meaningful to receive my printed copy on International Women’s Day and immediately thought how proud both my mother and grandmother (the two special women in my life), would be to see one of our family recipes published in a magazine to be shared with so many.

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The recipes featured are Spaghetti alla Trapanese – which is a variety of a pesto sauce using almonds instead of pignoli nuts and the addition of sundried tomatoes. This dish is a perfect Lenten meal or vegetarian meal for any day of the year.

It is very easy to prepare, comes together quickly and is absolutely delicious. If you love pesto, you have to try this.


Pizza Rustica(Pizza in this case is not pizza with red sauce and cheese. Pizza in Italian means pie) – this is an Italian pie made with cured Italian meats and Italian cheeses bound together with eggs.

Pizza Rustica is served traditionally at Easter.  We would eat thin slices with an antipasto before the traditional lamb dinner and then again on Easter Monday.

Easter Monday or La Pasquetta which means little Easter; is a national holiday in Italy where families leave the city and head to the country, beaches or mountains for a family picnic. Pizza Rustica is always part of the menu. 

This particular recipe for Pizza Rustica was handed down from generation to generation in my family and it is my pleasure to share this family favorite.


I suggest you read the magazine from cover to cover. It is a pleasure to read, especially if you live on Long Island.

I have attached a link to the March/April issue of the magazine.…/docs/thelist_winter2018_issue30-digital…

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So thrilled to share my exciting news with all of you.


Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well, 


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