Baby Proof

You guys never cease to amaze me. Honestly!

Thank you all for your incredibly kind and supportive words regarding my “Debbie Downer” situation. You’ve just further proven my point as to just how incredible the blogging community can be. I’m already feeling more positive about things and am excited to see what’s to come! Some of you made some very interesting and intriguing suggestions that I will certainly be keeping in the back of my head for the future…

But for now, let’s talk about the present…starting with today’s lunch.

Check out that rainbow of colors!


For a little sweetness, I enjoyed a lemon Chobani mixed with blueberries and more chia seeds (loving this combo, especially with the chia seeds!).


And for my savory? A nice, colorful strip of veggies.

Yes, I know, I added carrots. I’ve been gradually adding them back into my diet here and there and really haven’t noticed any negative side effects. I’m planning on continuing to enjoy them sparingly, rather than to the point where my skin turns orange from beta carotene. Because yes, it has happened. I love my carrots. Smile


Since I usually like a little dippage with my veggies, I traded out my usual hommus for this Otria Spinach Artichoke Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip. I nabbed this baby at the grocery store last week for only .99¢ and I am totally pumped about this purchase.


It’s AWESOME! Smile




I really contemplated just sticking a spoon into the peanut butter jar a few dozen times and calling it a night. Yup, it was one of those nights. So you should be impressed to see I actually worked up the effort to put together a full meal. Winking smile


I started off with a side of some last-minute garlic toast. This stuff is seriously da bomb. Yes, I said it…da bomb. Smile


Then I cooked up some of my gluten-free pasta and topped it with marinara sauce and some roasted zucchini and yellow squash.


Carb-a-licious & super delicious!


The sauce that Jay and I have been hooked on lately (that is, if it’s not my homemade sauce) is this Grandpa Pete’s Sunday Sauce.


The flavor of this sauce is, by far, the best jarred sauce I’ve ever tasted. Having grown up with homemade sauce all of my life, I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a bit of a “sauce snob.” But this sauce easily passes the test!

So far, Jay and I have only tried the regular Marinara, which already has quite an amazing garlic kick to it. But I’m very interested to dig into a couple of the other flavors that we have awaiting consumption:


Garlic Sauce & Vodka Sauce. Yowsahs!! Smile


Thank you, to my friend Dan who hooked me up with these delicious jars of Italian goodness. I owe ya one! Smile


For now, I’m getting ready to settle in and hopefully get started on a new book I’ve been waiting to read…


Last summer, I read both “Something Borrowed” and “Something Blue” by Emily Giffin and I LOVED them! They were very light-hearted and easy to read (aka, my kinda book!). My friend Mal just brought the book over on Friday for me to borrow, so I’m excited to get into it. Smile

Hope everyone’s week has gotten off to a great start!

Questions for the Evening:

What’s the last good book you read?

What are some of your favorite reads?


  1. says

    I really want to try lemon Chobani and the Greek yogurt veggie dip, but sadly they aren’t sold anywhere around here. :(

    It has been a long time since I’ve read a book, but over the summer (when I’m not teaching), I read Dean Karnazes book 50/50–50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 consecutive days. .. . it was awesome!

  2. says

    I’ve made my own marinara sauce a few times but honestly, I always come back to the jarred stuff. Will have to try this brand.

    Last book I read (embarrassingly?) was The Hunger Games series. A friend recommended it and after reading the first, I devoured the next two.
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  3. says

    I read Something Borrowed & thought it was so cute! Recently, I read Water for Elephants, which I loved, and Portia de Rossi’s book, Unbearable Lightness. It was good, but hard to read. Even though my eating issues were never near as bad as hers, it was startling that I could identify with some of her behaviors. Maybe not the best book if you are recovering from or have very recently recovered from an eating disorder.
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    • Courtney says

      I first got a jar at a local Harvest Fest, but I recently got these jars from a friend who works for Grandpa Pete’s. Luckily, you can order them online from their site pretty easily! :)

  4. says

    That dinner looks great! I also read “Something Borrowed” and “Something Blue” last summer! I read “Baby Proof” too and I think it was my favorite! ENJOY!

  5. Danica says

    I recently finished “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks, and it was really good, especially if you like him as an author…
    Right now I’m reading “Water for Elephants”, and I honestly have those three books from Emily Giffin sitting on my shelf to read next!

  6. Shayla says

    Loved loved this book series. I’ve read all three and you’ll love this one, so cute! I also love all the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but all the books in the series are adorable and so fun to read. I think she has some new ones out that I gotta check out!

  7. says

    I’ve read all her books, but this was definitely my least favorite. Did you know they’re making Something Borrowed into a movie?!! Pretty excited to see it!


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