6 Days to Thankful

It's Friday. Fridays are HARD for me. I'm really good at shifting into relax mode about 4:30. The piano teacher shows up and I love to listen to my kids' lessons while making some kind of TREAT!


Tonight it's going to be popcorn with grated cheese on top. Here again, not low-calorie — but I'm not challenging myself to count calories, so I need something FUN and satisfying.
Lisa Cohen just sent me these pics …



… from her recent adventure in Pasta E. Fagioli, which is one of my favorite comfort foods.

My tip today: make something warm and comfortable that will fill up and satisfy and then TAKE a PHOTO of it.  You CAN Do This!!!

p.s. click above for a 4 1/2 stars recipe and if I get one from Lisa I'll post it here later!


  1. Jeannette P says:

    I got to shovel snow this morning for 45 mins. That counted as my aerobic workout & then I did some strength core exercises for about 20 mins this afternoon. Had to get snow tires on the car so the kids & I went out to eat while waiting & opted for healthy Subway. I think its almost time for a mid afternoon snack of string cheese & peanuts to keep me going until dinner. Those soups look yummy. I just picked up some Progresso Light for lunches next week. Warm, tasty, filling, & good for you.

  2. I’ve been hanging in there – heading out shortly for my third Curves workout of the week and I have successfully avoided sugar to this point. The weekend will be tough though.
    Totally off topic – I bought the November Cocoa Daisy kit and it has arrived. Now I’m waiting (unfortunately a little less than patiently) for the free class on BPS on using this kit that you announced on your 11/1 blog post. Any idea when we might be seeing more about that??? Seriously, I’m not nagging. I just get so stinkin’ excited about learning anything new from you… and I’m sitting here with this stack of product that I have no clue what to do with…

  3. In late Sept I started going to Curves–and I’m trying to eat better. I know what you mean about shifting into Relax mode on Friday afternoons.
    How did you find a piano teacher that would come to your house?? that would be so much more relaxing!

  4. Michelle Salazar says:

    I have been hanging in here but today was really hard because I made cookies for my DH the peanut butter ones with a kiss because today is the day we had our first kiss 23 years ago. . . not eating any but very hard!

  5. Allison Barnes says:

    I made your yummy wild rice soup today… it was yummy. Ashley’s friends were doing a progressive dinner and I was in charge of making soup and rolls. It was a hit! Thanks for the recipe.
    miss ya,

  6. blew it — both boys are home from college and made those yummy neiman marcus chocolate chip cookies – couldn’t resist – I just ate one warm from the oven— but only one…

  7. Mmm, how delicious!
    My winter warmer is Jam Roly Poly. It is so delicious and divine and reminds me of childhood.

  8. Hi there Stacy, Heee heee, I totally didn’t expect to see my soup here! LOL!
    Here’s the recipe that I adapted from Fine Cooking (my favorite foodie magazine): http://www.taunton.com/finecooking/recipes/pasta-fagioli-italian-soup.aspx
    To make the recipe healthier use either:
    (a) half the amount of bacon – 4 strips, OR
    (b) use a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of butter for a richer flavor (a vegetarian-friendly meal if you sub vegetable broth for the chicken broth), OR
    (c) completely omit the bacon and use 2 tablespoons olive oil for sauteeing the onion (a vegan- friendly meal if you’re using vegetable broth)
    I also made a few other dishes this week to try because when it starts getting cold out I like to be near the stove so I can warm up! Punjabi-Style Cauliflower and Potatoes with Ginger (from World Vegetarian by Madhur Jaffrey) was interesting and tasty. Serve with rice or naan (a yummy, chewy Indian flatbread). http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/saras-secrets/aloo-gobipunjabi-style-cauliflower-and-potatoes-with-ginger-recipe/index.html
    Have a good weekend everyone!

  9. Oh hi again Stacy, here I am again, once again so happy bc Library of Memories has solved yet another scrapbooking issue for me… I sit here next to a layout I finished 30 min ago which covers 10 birthdays of my dear godson. YES, TEN. And not even 10 photos, just 6, a nice selection over 10 years, showing his growth from baby to young man. And journaling which talks about how, ever since I have been an adult, January has always meant that I am attending a boy birthday party, but now he is 17 and those days of kids parties are over and I am sad. :-(
    You know, I took pictures at all those parties. Yep. Pictures and pictures. And I have not scrapped ONE of them. Not one party. Ever. And right now I realized…well I don’t really remember all that much about each one separately. I mean, I was there, he was there, there was cake and usually pizza and he opened presents. Did I really need to create a separate layout or series of for each individual party??? I look back and I think, nope, I really didn’t need to document every single little detail. Who cares what kind of cake he had or what I got him as a gift. right???
    So now I have this totally AWESOME layout (LO design courtesy of Becky Higgins) showing him growing up, with some birthday paper and a birthday glitter title I bought yesterday, and little tabs on each picture saying the year and how old he was, and my couple paragraphs of journaling.
    And now the rest of those photos…. they can go into my Category Drawers.Or in the trash!
    I am hoping his mother will give me permission to post the LO online so I can put it in my blog. Have an email in to her, waiting to hear back.
    Thank you again, Stacy!!! I have now dropped 10 years of GUILT!

  10. I’m doing good on everything except sugar – on Friday I was in an all day seminar and had a sliver of cheesecake at lunch, but considering that I was surrounded all day by snacks that included luscious brownies, cookies, and an even bigger piece of cheesecake at dinner, I’m counting it a win that I only succumbed once! The rest of the 10 day period will be easy compared to that!
    P.S. No one in my group could believe I agreed to give up sugar for 10 days!

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