Heyy it’s a Thankful Thursday.

Welcome to the new Thursday.

You can still be thirsty, but can we also be thankful too?

Let’s start the first Thankful Thursday.

This week my thank you notes would be stamped and mailed to……..

Miss Innerpeach. The credit for this idea is due to her as she was inspired by last week’s post.

All of you who sent me so much love in response to that same post. I was so happy to hear your voices in the comment box. Keep commenting pretty please 🙂

My customers at the bakery. Tomorrow is my last day of work, and without my regular coffees, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and hoagies my days wouldn’t have been the same.

My last day at work.  Opportunity has been knocking and it’s definitely time for me to answer the door.

Almond Milk. Well, that’s all. It’s a drug, I’m convinced.

Invisible money aka Gift Cards. So, I found a whole stack in and old wallet this week and 75% of them were still fully loaded. Like JCrew & Trader Joes!

The Insanity Workout.  I am over two weeks in and o.m.g.  it’s the best workout I’ve ever done. Thanks Shaun T and beachbody for almost killing me every day.

Nail Polish. I’ve been changing my polish every two days. Mini obsession. So happy my nails are back.

FALL! It’s my favorite season. It’s so stinkin cuddly and cozy!

and finally …

Whirled Peace’s froyo flavor of the week. Pumpkin Pie.

AHmazing. You have till Sunday to head to Paoli to snag as many ounces as you choose. I suggest you do that. Or find them at the Paoli Blue’s Festival coming up this Saturday!

White Chocolate Caramel Cookie Crumb Brownies.

Alright …  I know I am not the onlyyy one that checks out the bargain book racks at B&N every time I’m there. It isn’t a guarantee that you will always find a good deal, but 90% of the time I walk away adding an extra 5 or 10 dollars to my receipt.

A few weeks ago, this was my find.

Nine dollars and ninety eight cents of pure bizarre. No author, no nada. Just enticing photographs, and a very interesting concept. A visual step by step cookbook – so naturally, I had to pick up the poor lonely guy and take him home.

“Step by Step” has the impression of something being dumbed down but by no means do the recipes follow suit. They are all really creative, from Pumpkin & Seed Twist Breads to Asparagus Prosciutto Wraps and Chocolate Filo Parcels.

The pictures following the recipe for Chocolate Chip Brownies caught my eye first.

A thick cakey brownie, that still looked moist? 4 eggs instead of the more common place 5, struck my fancy!

I adapted the un-authored who knows who wrote it recipe to give you …

Click to print!

I slightly over-cooked mine, so follow my 18 minute direction … or else 🙂

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Time To Be Grateful.

Late night blogging at its finest darlings.

I am snuggled up on the big white couch listening to the thirsty thursday going on at the bar across the street…

and I cannot stop staring at this beauty.

The gold Michael Kors Large Runway watch.

Thank you Cynthia @ the Michael Kors store at the Plaza in King of Prussia!!

An early birthday present I received today from my Aunt Vera.

Vera is the quintessential aunt. She is a mother when I deserve a swift kick in the pants and an honest earful, a best friend at every moment possible, my own personal 911 operator, biggest supporter, and of course someone I cannot imagine my life without.

As we walked out of Michael Kors, I was hugging her and she said to me, “Every time you look at this watch, I want you to take a moment to be grateful.”

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Melting the Midnight Butter.

Alright, so maybe it wasn’t quite midnight … but when you leave for work at 5:45 every morning, 9:30 is pretty late!

Courtney and I love our friends.

You can find them on my bloglovin account, in my search history, in my bookmarks… and all over the web. We refer to them on a first name (URL basis) … our friends are also know as: our favorite blogs. Every night the two of us reconvene at our high counter after toiling in the cubicles and kitchens all day, with bowls of almond milk and cereal. We try to avoid talking about work, so instead we talk about our friends and our favorite posts of the day.

Did you see Cupcakes’ outfit today?

How bout that recipe DailyGarnish put up, I didn’t really think it looked that good …

Can you believe YHL bought cabinets for their office at a dollllllar each?

Or ugh, DayBook. We wish we could take fabulous photographs of ourselves all the time.

… I can’t believe I just admitted all that.

So, last night – with all the usual chit chat we were inspired to throw together a late night post for all you GtoG readers…. hence, melting the midnight butter (like burning the midnight oil … ha ha).

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Not So Special- K Chocolatey Delight.

Ladies … and maybe Gents –

Raise your hand if you have fallen victim to the advertising schemes of Special K’s weight loss challenge. 

I will do the grade school hand raise … the low one, where you are hoping the teaching sees your hand for participation purposes,  but you are also hoping it is not high enough for her to pick you because you really don’t know what’s going on. 

I gave it a day and a half before I threw in the towel. But this isn’t a post about how you should not do the Special K challenge – if by some miracle it works for you – please tell me about it. 

A few years ago a I promised myself to give up as much white processed sugary items as possible. That meant almost every cereal I used to think was healthy, to include the Special Ks and Shredded Wheats of the world. Instead – my only pantry choices are those cereals with low sugars, and only evaporated organic cane sugar. Less processed – much better choice. 

So today – I show you my version of Special K’s Chocolatey Delight cereal. On top of adding a few more calories to an otherwise low calorie cereal – from 120 cals in 3/4 cup of Real K to about 260ish in 2 cups of my K – I always make sure I pack my cereal bowl full of protein and fiber. (the only way cereal will ever fill you up …)

1 cup of Arrowhead Mills Puffed Kamut (favorite cereal grain … pretty much ever)

1 Cup of Trader Joe’s High Fiber O’s

1 tbs Enjoy Life Mega Semi-Sweet Chunks (dairy,nut, and soy free)

1 cup Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Packing almost 10 grams of protein, enough fiber to make you go poop  WOW (9 grams) and chock full of whole grains, it’s okay to not count the calories and substitute this option for your mornings. If a few more calories mean that I am taking better care of my body, then that’s okay with me. 

You know what else you’re avoiding? Partially hydrogenated Palm Oil and High Fructose Cornsyrup … and a bunch more ingredients that I can’t pronounce. See if you can read them in the Nutrition Facts.

And also, if you haven’t jumped on the almond milk bandwagon, get on it. I am about to start a pledge for all Starbucks/coffee shops to carry it because it not only tastes wonderful, but it has 50% more calcium than real milk, no hormones, and 1 cup is 40 calories. Sorry Moo Cows!

7 Dolla White Wine Risotto.

  Let me tell you a little story about the girl who had a love affair with arborio rice.

It all began many years ago, during an evening at Merion Cricket Club. She ordered the saffron risotto to share with her friend Chris … and from first bite she was lost in love (she already loved Chris, so it was obviously the risotto she went head over heels for).

From that day on she was fixated in the creamy consistency of what she decided was the ultimate comfort food.

For two months since moving into her new apartment, this girl kept forgetting to pick up arborio rice at the market. So one night, while scouring her local Whole Foods – starving, of course – she remembered what she really wanted.

Shopping List

Arborio Rice (duh..)

Low sodium chicken broth

A lemon

Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

A handful of assorted olives

A vidalia onion

Plum heirloom tomatoes

A can of cannelini beans

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The Little Things.

It’s the little things that help you get through the big things.

But it is the big things that teach you to appreciate the little things. 

It was 3 years ago when I stuck my first quote note on my bathroom wall. Creatively of course, I wrote down a quote I had just heard on a pretty square of paper, and made 4 little tape rolls and stuck it to the wall. And that one little piece of paper has inspired a collection of many little quotes that have come and gone from my walls.

It may seem silly, but those little reminders always make me feel better.

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