The Bright Side of the Blizzard

Good thing I planned ahead and ran on Thursday instead of today.


Easily 2 feet of snow.


Now, I am really not one to complain, so let’s look on the bright side, shall we?

I was able to make it to the grocery store and stock up on the rest of my essImageentials:

I also made sure to grab the onions, cucumbers, skim milk and eggs I needed as well. I didn’t even wait on a long line – see, I knew the produce market was the wise choice!

I can easily see from my window that the chances of getting out of my neighborhood today are slim. All classes at Lifetime Fitness are canceled for the day anyway.

Bright side= I always have access to the gym in my community.

Although, shoveling around my car may prove to be enough of a quality workout.

Perhaps I will put the little boy to work on the shoveling. He is a man in training and he likes a good task.

Several bright sides to this:

  • Letting him shovel will occupy him
  • Shoveling is good exercise and kids need more time being physically active and less time playing with those iproducts
  • Shoveling should sufficiently tire him out for the remainder of the day

Speaking of the little boy, I chuckled to myself last night when I served him dinner:


Why is this funny you wonder? Well, most people use a big storm as their reason to cook up something fabulous, something unusual, something homemade. Most people I know rely on take out or the prepared food section of the grocery store most nights of the week.

I, on the other hand, cook 5-6 nights a week. Every week.

Storm or no storm, yesterday was Friday. And I wanted the night off.

This soup is rather fabulous, he loves it, asks for it and it is quite easy to prepare (as long as you have it in your pantry).

I served it with a grilled mozzarella cheese sandwich of course.

For dessert, he was expecting me to bake. Did he not understand I was taking the night off?

Since I rarely deny anyone a fresh baked good, I let him choose a simple (and healthy) dessert. He settled upon the 5-minute carrot cake for one from Chocolate Covered Katie.

I love that he picked carrot cake. He never eats carrots.

Instead of frosting, I decided topping it with Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter would add to the deliciousness.

Just call me sweet genius.

Speaking of dessert, I typically look forward to eating out on Saturday nights and ordering a fabulous dessert. Like something along the lines of this:


I have a feeling I won’t be getting anywhere though this evening.

I must be a true optimist because I can even find a bright side in not being able enjoy a gigantic chocolate fudge cake and ice cream sundae.

As long as I have my giant green apple cut up warm with cinnamon, a side of Crunch Time peanut butter and a handful of dark chocolate, I am a happy girl.


Wouldn’t you be happy to eat this too?

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