Beans, Beans, They’re Good for Your Heart

Tonight’s dinner was bean-tastic!

Since my fabulous fiance has the week off work, he helped prep the beans for tonight’s dinner: Tuscan bean soup.

Harry & David Soup Mix

We made the soup using a gourmet mix from Harry & David that Ryan gave me (and my mom and his mom) for Christmas. Apparently all the women in his life love a good meal!

This soup was chock-full of many different kinds of beans. We added our own chicken to beef it up a big.


Maybe we’re pansies, but this cold weather is getting to me! Hot soup made the apartment smell divine, warmed my tummy and my heart.

Tuscan Bean Soup

My Bowl

Tonight we’re enjoying our Christmas tree in all its glory since it will be put away this weekend. Is there anything more depressing than taking down holiday decorations???

Thank You Notes

In other news, today I finished sending out my holiday thank you cards! Woohoo!

Thank You Note

I attribute this to the gorgeous stationary my sister gave me for Christmas. It was fun to use such pretty thank you cards. Thanks, Les!

I also want to say a big thank you to all of you wonderful readers. I smile whenever I read your comments. Thanks for brightening my days! 😀

Flaxy Lunch

I didn’t want any of the traditional lunch fare when lunchtime rolled around today. Instead I wanted breakfast… again!

I enjoyed a big ol’ bowl of vanilla almond Flax-z-Snax hot cereal with a scoop of peanut butter and sliced strawberries.

Vanilla Almond Flax Hot Cereal with Peanut Butter

With Added Strawberries

I also enjoyed a chocolate chip and pecan cookie for dessert.

Cookie Monster

It was a goooood lunch! I loved the sliced strawberries.

Apparently I’m in a fruity mood because my mid-morning snack featured fruit as well. Last night I made cranberry sauce (using my microwave method) and stirred some into some Greek yogurt for a tasty snack around 11 a.m.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Pretty 'n' Pink

Gosh, this kind of looks like soft-serve strawberry ice cream, huh? If only… 😉

I feel like I frequently want my meals out of order. I love spaghetti for breakfast, pancakes and eggs for dinner and oatmeal for lunch.

Do you eat the typical foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Rethinking Resolutions

I don’t have any New Year’s Resolutions this year… at least I don’t have any yet.


Ryan and I were talking about resolutions this morning and we’re both drawing a bit of a blank.

Of course there’s the fall back “I’ll live a healthier life” blah, blah, blah, but I like to make my resolutions tangible and exciting. I’ll put some thought into my goals for the upcoming year and get back to ya. Right now I’m thinking my main goal is to plan a beautiful wedding without getting stressed out and caught up in the little things. (All you former brides are probably thinking “easier said than done…”)

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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It’s another cold day in Florida! Brrr.

After getting to the gym in time for my typical Wednesday 5:45 a.m. BodyPump class, I noticed the teacher’s weights and bench were not set up and she was nowhere to be seen. Not good! Unfortunately we learned her car broke down so no BodyPump for me this morning.

Instead I decided to jump around the gym, hopping from weights to cardio machines and back:

  • 10 min. stair master
  • Leg press
  • Leg extensions
  • 10 min. stair master
  • Bicep curls
  • Shoulder presses
  • Tricep dips
  • Deadlifts
  • 5 min. elliptical
  • Bridges (aka the most awkward exercise to do in the gym ever)
  • Ab work

After that I was hungry!

Canadian Bacon and Colby Jack Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast was a hot Canadian bacon and Colby jack cheese sandwich on an Arnold whole wheat sandwich thin.

Wednesday's Breakfast

Warm and tasty!


If you have a minute today, head on over to Ali’s awesome blog. She posted an interview with me  on Monday (amid her yummy-lookin’ holiday pictures). 🙂

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