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Capture the Barilla Giveaway {CLOSED}

by Courtney on November 19, 2012

Hey hey! Couple quick things before we get going with this post…

  • I still have yet to hear from the winner of the Stella and Dot giveaway! If you haven’t already, head over to the original post to see if it was you. If I don’t hear from the winner within 24 hours, I’ll choose a different winner.
  • My Stella and Dot online trunk show will be available until December 2nd, so if you’re still interested in purchasing (and getting entered to win the “Mystery Hostess” giveaway, be sure to check out the trunk show!
  • The winner for the Personalized Signature Tree Print giveaway will be chosen this Wednesday, so you’ve still got time to enter if you haven’t already.
  • I have yet another giveaway to share with you all today. Crazy, right? I know.

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Man. I have long underestimated the idea of a sweet potato for lunch.

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I don’t know why, because I looooove me some sweet potatoes, but for whatever reason, I hardly ever think to make them at lunch. Maybe it’s because I think they’ll take too long (which is hardly the case – this thing was done in less than 15 minutes), or maybe it’s because I usually just think of them for dinner? But whatever the reason, that’s gonna change. Quickly.

I cooked today’s sweet potato in the microwave for about 5 minutes before sprinkling it with a little S&P and popping it in the toaster oven for about 10 minutes (to make the skin nice and crispy!). I switched up the toppings and wound up pairing it with a wedge of The Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese spread, and all I’ll say is WOW. Try this.

I also finished up some roasted asparagus that we had leftover from the weekend, which I cooked the same way as the last time I made it. Super filling, super good.

Speaking of weekend dinners…the asparagus actually came from a Saturday night’s dinner, but I just have to share last night’s dinner deliciousness.

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In my book, you can never go wrong with a bowl of pasta, grilled chicken, sautéed peppers and onions, lots of marinara sauce, and parmesan cheese. Really. It just doesn’t get much better.

This bowl of pasta was actually made up of some new-to-me pasta, which I have a feeling you guys are also going to be interested in.

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I was recently sent some Barilla pasta to try out, which has revamped their packaging and included two new lines of Better for You products – Veggie & White Fiber.

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I was immediately intrigued by the veggie pasta so I decided to give that one a shot for dinner, and while I didn’t notice a huge difference in the flavor (maybe the fact that it was loaded with other stuff had something to do with it?) it was definitely a hit in this house.

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As a celebration of their new packaging and products, Barilla has also launched a new gaming application for iPhone and Droid, “Capture the Pasta,” that offers some pretty awesome prizes (you can check it out here).

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The game is a virtual scavenger hunt that encourages users to “capture” the virtual pasta shapes near their location for a chance to win one of more than 1,000 instant prizes; amongst the prizes are weekly chances to win Italian-inspired trips in the US and the grand prize of a trip to Italy. Ohhhh, how I would love to visit Italy some day…

To help celebrate the newly launched products and gaming application, Barilla is offering up a sweet little giveaway for all of you STSL readers!

One lucky reader will receive a $25.00 Visa gift card + coupons to purchase your own Barilla products.

To Enter: Leave a comment on this post saying anything nice and positive that you’d like to share. Positive comments always help brighten anyone’s day, don’t they? Winking smile

**The giveaway is now closed and a winner has been chosen. Thank you to all who entered!**

I’ll choose a random winner tomorrow, Tuesday November 20th. Good Luck!!

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1 Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats November 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Something nice? I’d say that this upcoming long Thanksgiving weekend is something pretty nice and positive!
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2 lisa fine November 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I’ve really been enjoying your blog lately. Your down to earth tone and positive nature always make it fun to read. Thanks!
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3 lyric November 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I get to dye my hair today and I am very excited!
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4 Caitlin November 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I get to see my boy in two days! He’s in the military and stationed 10 hours away from me. I’m excited and happy that we get to spend a long weekend together :)
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5 Nicole November 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

YAY!! Happy news!! Have a great Thanksgiving!
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6 Erin November 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I really enjoy your blog, and I could totally use that Visa card right now! Have a great day:-)

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7 Sarah November 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I LOVE Barilla pasta! It’s the only kind I’ll buy. Not exaggerating at all, either.
My positive: I’m going home at 7am tomorrow morning to spend time with family for a much needed break from school!
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8 jenna u. November 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

With Thanksgiving coming up, I realize how much I have to be thankful for. I don’t want to ever take that for granted!

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9 Holly November 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I am so inspired by your new fitness regime. I have toned down my workouts and I still feel strong and beautiful.

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10 Lisa November 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I think you are awesome and love reading your blog everyday! :-)

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11 alyssa - life a la wife November 19, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Spending time with family on Thursday AND Friday will make for an amazing week :)
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12 Cellabella November 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

One of my promises to myself is to always say hi to everyone I walk by on the street. What’s wonderful is that there are people who wouldn’t even look at me when I passed them, but now they say hi first!!

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13 Cait @ Beyond Bananas November 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I am feeling really positive about the gains that my students have made so far this year – even though I wasn’t sure about my new placement. Things are getting easier!
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14 Maria November 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Just recently tried the whole grain barilla and really enjoyed it! Would love to win :)

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15 Kylee November 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Only 1.5 days left of work this week:)!

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16 Taryn November 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Two nice things. ONE – After a dreaded 5 hour drive I will be back home with my family and friends in roughly 48 hours. & TWO – I will be graduating from law school exactly 6 months from today. Bursting with excitement!

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17 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

My nice comment is…

I love youuuuuu!
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18 Maggie November 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm

How you have been dealing with HA has really inspired me, especially since I am going through the same thing, but I just recently found out. It is always nice to see how people in the same boat as you are still living happy, positive lives! :)

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19 Holly November 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm

When I first saw your post, I scrolled through the pics without reading and thought that was a big ol’ slab of butter on your sweet potato. I though to myself, wow, she’s really embracing her new outlook on fitness and food! hehe :)
Never had that cheese before, I’ll have to try it.
LOVE your blog!!

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20 Laura November 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

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21 laura November 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Spending time with family

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22 Julissa November 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm

It’s nice that Thanksgiving is in 3 days :) I loved your post on balance and moderation instead of avoiding foods we enjoy!

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23 Erin November 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Be thankful for the family and friends you get to spend time with this week. They love you very much. :)

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24 Beth November 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm

The best part about Thanksgiving is that I get to spend quality time with my entire family :)

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25 Emily November 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm

My husband and I are newlyweds, and I’m having a blast buying Holiday decorations for our new home! :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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26 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life November 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Something nice….Thanksgiving is basically two days away!! Wahoo!
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27 Billie Jean November 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Never thought of cinnamon cream cheese on a sweet potato! I’d have vegan cream cheese though… I’ve just always put almond butter on it:)

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28 Monica November 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm

How is the “white fiber” ?
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29 Kathryn November 19, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Great giveaway! I’m really excited to see my family this week.

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30 Shannon November 19, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I have to agree having a few days off for Thanksgiving is nice but its more about the fact that Christmas is right around the corner and its almost acceptable to start decorating and getting in the holiday spirit!!

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31 Maggie November 19, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I got a pretty good work out in today, despite the cold weather :)

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32 michelle kim November 19, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Cool giveaway!
I would say we should all try to be more easily amused. The more we smile and laugh, the more it can spread to others. :)
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33 Amy November 19, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving that is filled with great food and great times!

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34 Becky Henderson November 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm

We are decorated for Christmas early this year. My three year old went to the mall and saw Santa in passing. He happened to look over at her and smiled and winked at her. Her whole face lit up and was so happy the rest of the day. It’s the small things in life that make it worth living!

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35 Stephanie November 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Reading your blog always puts me in a positive mood because you never fail to motivate me to eat healthy food, exercise regularly, and (most importantly) enjoy life. Blogs like yours help me strike the balance I need to stay healthy while enjoying indulgences. Keep it up- you’re great!

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36 Caitlin November 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Thanksgiving is almost here!

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37 Tyler Soj November 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I have been reading your blog for about 2 months now, and I am really enjoying your posts!

Here’s my something positive:
I teach 6th grade, and we are currently working on persuasive writing. Last week I gave my kids the following homework assignment, “Write a letter to Mrs. Soj persuading her not to give you homework for the Thanksgiving break.” My kids’ writing is always amusing, however, this assignment has been one of my favorites. I think the best line I read was, “Mrs. Soj, you can’t give us homework over Thanksgiving because that day is dedicated to celebrating pilgrims.” Haha! Happy Thanksgiving to you! :)

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38 Alexandra C November 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I am so excited for family time and yummy food on Thursday!! Ahh the holidays are upon us :) pasta looks delish !

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39 Elizabeth November 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Recieved an advent calendar in the mail from my parents today (I’m in uni) and it made my day – realized that countdown to Christmas starts in less than 2 weeks! :)

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40 Rachel November 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I would love to win the Barilla giveaway! And I’m very much looking forward to some quality family time and getting in the positive holiday spirit!

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41 Hannah November 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Your pasta looks delicious! A great carb-y dinner sounds perfect right now.

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42 Shay M. November 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm

After tomorrow’s classes I get to go home for Thanksgiving, and I haven’t been back since the beginning of the summer cuz of summer classes and working! So I’m kinda excited to be back on a dirt road. (<—-I live in the country :) )

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43 Kaitlin November 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Love your blog! And love pasta! :) haha

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44 Kadye November 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I’m not sure where I saw this quote, probably on Pinterest, but I wrote it down and keep it in my daily planner: “No one can go back and make a brand new start, but anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” I love that it’s a reminder to focus on the now and future and not dwell on the past.
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45 Katy November 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I have a 2 1/2 day work week, followed by a 5 1/2 day weekend! I just love being a teacher! :-)
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46 Alison November 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

You are seriously one of my favorite bloggers for several reasons: you are so humble, it looks like you make some awesome food, you are a great fitness inspiration, you’re stylish, and you seem to have a wonderful personality! :) Keep doing what you do, girl!

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47 Jackie November 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I am super excited to spend my first official Thanksgiving as a married lady, my husband (that still sounds weird to me) and I have been married for 10 days! : )

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48 Alana November 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I’m really enjoying Lifetime’s Christmas movies. This year, their theme is “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” :)

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49 Kalley November 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I absolutely love your blog! And my positive for the day: it is supposed to be around 60 degrees all week in MINNESOTA!! This never happens during this time of year, and I am LOVING it :)

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50 Anne November 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Thanksgiving means I get to see my family :) !!!!
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51 Lindsay A November 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm

My positive thinking frame of mind is largely centered around a 3 day work week, a potluck lunch tomorrow, and traveling to Denver for Thanksgiving where I will partake in LOTS of foodage! Whoo!

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52 kim@hungryhealthygirl November 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Sweet potatoes are awesome for lunch! Next time try a bit of peanut butter on it….very yummy. Have a great week!
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53 michelle November 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I always look forward to reading your blog and hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!

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54 Katie November 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I am thankful for a three day work week. Looking forward to spending time with my family and Christmas shopping on Black Friday with my Mom and Sister! Happy Monday!

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55 Shannon November 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I am thankful for fall break this week and having the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with friends since I won’t be able to make it home this year!

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56 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian November 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I went to Italy a couple summers ago…breathtaking. There is so much history there and so much to see! I am currently very excited for my first trip home this semester for Thanksgiving!
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57 Emily P November 19, 2012 at 8:40 pm

how can you not be positive when its a 4 day work week?! love barilla pasta :)

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58 Ashley November 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I love and connect to your blog so much! I love all the positive vibes on here from not just you but all the readers. And I also think with thanksgiving coming up, pasta is a perfect dish to throw left over turkey in. or even anything else and make a makeshift casserole! why not!

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59 Noelle November 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I love reading your blog for many reasons….yummy food, exercise tips, and Cody!

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60 Kalena November 19, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Love reading your blog! It’s so easy to get caught up in healthy living/exercise blogs & feel pressured to work out every day- your blog proves that balance is key, and diet (including treats!) is just as important as exercise.

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61 Melissa November 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I’m so thankful for my family, because they are supportive, loving and the kindest people I know!

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62 Jessica p November 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Each and everyone of you are beautiful!

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63 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete November 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I like that! Very nice :)
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64 Jill November 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Love your blog, Courtney!!
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65 Chele November 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm

You are on a roll with the giveaways!!!!

Today was PJ Day at the school I teach at for Spirit Week and it was so amazing wearing comfy clothes all day long!! I think every Monday should be Pajama Day from now on :)

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66 Brigitt November 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Your sweet potato looks fantastic! I used to have baked potatoes for lunch all the time. Maybe I should bring that back… =)
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67 Kelly November 19, 2012 at 8:54 pm

love barilla pasta & your blog! thanks for posting all your recipes, they motivate me to keep trying new things :)

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68 Brienne November 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I’ve been loving your blog lately, especially with you dealing with real challenges, like eating healthy while trying to gain weight. I think you look gorgeous as ever :) Fun giveaway!

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69 Vicky November 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Yum! I really like your picture posting of all the food you get to devour:)

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70 tara November 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm

It was a long day at work but I accomplished a ton – now relaxing with some 2 broke girls on tv!

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71 erin November 19, 2012 at 9:05 pm

one more day til thanksgiving break!

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72 Danica @ It's Progression November 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I have one more day of work until it’s Thanksgiving break for me!
I love that the holiday season is really here now–everyone is just in especially good/happy moods that just makes everything better : )
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73 Kelly November 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I think I could watch cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies all day long. Nothing like snuggling under a blanket watching a movie that gets you into the spirit! :)

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74 Ashley November 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Happy almost turkey day:-)

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75 Kara D November 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Yum, that sweet potato looks delicious.

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76 Nikki November 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm

One of the best holidays is just a few days away! Bring on the holidays!!

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77 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I LOVE sweet potatoes! In fact, I made pasta tonight and cooked a few up with my roasted tomatoes. I’d say it was pretty good. ;)
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78 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete November 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I’m so lucky to have the most amazing family, friends and boyfriend a girl could ask for :) Feeling so grateful for so many things during this year’s holidays!
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79 Christine November 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I hope everyone has a nice , long thanksgiving weekend!!!

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80 JeSs November 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I recently found your blog and am SO happy for this! One positive thing…I cooked a new to me dinner recipe this evening and everyone, including me, LOVED IT!

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81 Sage November 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I cannot wait to make a big bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal tomorrow morning :)

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82 Amy P. November 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm

The Christmas season starts on Friday! This is my favorite time of the year!

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83 Tori K November 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Mmm that sweet potato is making me so excited for sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving! As well as so much other delicious food…better bring my Thanksgivin’ pants!

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84 Haley S November 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Hmmmm, well this pasta dish looks AMAZING and has inspired my pasta lunch for tomorrow! (:

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85 Ayzada November 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Today I saw an old couple walk down the street holding hands. That always makes me smile.

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86 Corina November 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Courtney, you inspire me so much after having gone through a similar issue that you did. I read your blog every single day, and you need to know how many people’s lives you influence without even knowing. There are so many people you inspire with your positive outlook on tough issues that we are dealing with. Thank you so much for what you do!!

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87 Agata November 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

That sweet potato-cinnamon cream cheese combo looks delicious!
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88 Tracey November 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Ohh, these sound delicious and will definitely be a good food product to encourage my fellow college students to eat to get their nutritional benefits!

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89 kristina November 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I love reading your blog every morning and trying to remake your dishes =)

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90 Meghan November 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I am excited to get together with family for Thanksgiving!

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91 Stacy November 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Your blog is awesome and I love reading it everyday because you seem like a real down to earth person with such a positive attitude! :)

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92 Danielle November 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Im very excited to spend some time with friends and family this Thanksgiving. Plus its a 3 day work week. Plus I love your blog! Lots if happiness :)

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93 Karla November 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

It’s a short work week! Yay!
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94 Christina November 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Your sweet potatoe looks awesome! I can’t wait to try that laughing cow. Thank you for all your tips on trying new things. Love your blog!!

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95 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family November 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I have literally been eating a sweet potato every day at lunch the past month. I actually ate 2 today. I think I am going to turn orange!
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96 Claire Smith November 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm

In this time of gratitude, I would just like to say how thankful I am for the amazing people that God has blessed me with. Without my loving and supportive family and my dear friends, I would be no where.

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97 Laura November 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm

loving your blog lately because you are so TRUE to yourself! I love that you didn’t do the run this weekend because you simply didn’t feel comfortable with that much high impact exercise! you are definitely listening to your body and I respect that, 100%. It would be easy to make excuses to work out harder/more, but you’re not, and it’s refreshing! I know you will be rewarded greatly for all your hard work!

ps, i’d love to win. i never win anything. seriously.

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98 Liz H November 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm

So thankful to be spending this week with my family. Others don’t have that luxury . Be happy with yourself this holiday season! :)

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99 Lesley November 19, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Happy thanksgiving week! So happy to have two days off work!

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100 Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat November 19, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Thankful I only have to work 3 days this week!!
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101 Kristin November 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Thanks for all of the great giveaways! I’m looking forward to a nice long weekend with family…only 1 more day between me and that!

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102 Sarah r November 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Hmm, nice & positive…. I am so happy to have off Wednesday- Friday this week for extra family time!

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103 Naomi November 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I read your blog daily, and your positive attitude about your fitness and diet changes inspire me every time I read one of your posts. It’s very refreshing, so thank you for that. Another positive–I get to see my fiance tomorrow!! he travels a lot for work and military stuff, but we get to spend the long weekend together :)

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104 Courtney November 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Happy to have a few days off from work to relax and have family time!!!

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105 deb November 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Happy Thanksgiving!! THanks for the giveaway!

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106 Melanie November 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I am in college and just finished finals today! The sigh of relief after a long quarter never gets old :) I’m so happy to be home with my family!

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107 Becca November 19, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Yay!!! I love that you always have giveaways. I actually stopped by to look for a good dessert for Thanksgiving! :) You make THE BEST cupcakes I hear ;)

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108 jackie November 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Love your blog! Thank you for being down to earth and so ‘real’ with your readers. It truly makes me look forward to reading your posts each day. Happy (early) Thanksgiving! :)

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109 Laura S November 19, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I’m intrigued by the white fiber…I think I’ll have to try it :)

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110 jamie November 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm

getting excited for the holidays already! I just moved out to the west coast so my family is coming out HERE– first time hosting thanksgiving!!

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111 Suzanne November 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

POSITIVE THOUGHT: I live in NJ, which got hit hard by Sandy, and it’s amazing to see the outpouring of aid and support from everyone. :)

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112 Lisa November 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I love sweet potatoes too…but also never think to eat them for lunch. Thanks for the idea :)

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113 Trixie November 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Happy early Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for people like you who rescue cats…we do also!

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114 Jessamy @ The Rambling Asian November 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Cody is seriously an adorably cute kitty!! :)
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115 Erin November 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I love my family and can’t wait to spend the holidays with them!!

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116 Abby November 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm

How about something I’m thankful for? That’s easy!

… Right now, rest on the couch after a long day. Most people in the world couldn’t say that, so I could myself abundantly blessed.
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117 Abby November 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm

How about something I’m thankful for? That’s easy!

… Right now, rest on the couch after a long day. Most people in the world couldn’t say that, so I count myself abundantly blessed.
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118 Kellie November 19, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I just was thinking how blessed I am to be able to be in a warm cozy home with my family and my dog and cat. It is truly a blessing.

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119 Danielle November 19, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Only one more day until I get to spend the holiday with family! Can’t wait to see everyone and eat delicious food. Hope everyone has wonderful plans!
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120 Laurel C November 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Your sweet potato looks amazing! At first I thought it was butter, but laughing cow cheese is a great idea!!

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121 HandmadeSuccess November 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I recently ran my first 10K..what could be more positive than that!! xoxo :-)

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122 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I love sweet potatoes as part of a meal. I don’t know why I never thought to incorporate Laughing Cow cheese wedges into the mix, but your idea to use the cinnamon ones is genius!! I will definitely be trying that.

I am a pasta fan, especially whole wheat and whole grain pastas, so I would LOVE to win this giveaway! :) Whoever said carbs are “bad for you” was highly mistaken!
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123 Kelly November 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I am in college and I just got back home for Thanksgiving! I am so excited.

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124 Karin November 20, 2012 at 12:05 am

I’m excited for a break from school and seeing my parents and old friends for Thanksgiving!

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125 Katie M November 20, 2012 at 12:12 am

The weather in MN has been fantastic these past few days: sunshine and 50′s! Days like these make me so happy!

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126 Ashlee November 20, 2012 at 12:25 am

I’m really enjoying your blog! (like always!) and life in general :)

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127 *Andrea* November 20, 2012 at 12:38 am

Something nice on my mind is looking forward to spending time with my family this week and enjoying good food and conversations :)

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128 Kelsey November 20, 2012 at 12:48 am

I am looking forward to thanksgiving because I love roasted turkey. Nothing is better than turkey leftovers on bread with butter. Yum!
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129 Kaitlyn November 20, 2012 at 12:52 am

Coupons for pasta?! Perfect timing with the holidays! Can you say mac and cheese??

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130 Caitlin F. November 20, 2012 at 1:02 am

You are BRILLIANT. I’m running out first thing tomorrow to buy some of that cinnamon laughing cow & making myself a sweet potato for lunch. Yum.

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131 Charlotte November 20, 2012 at 1:03 am

I’m excited to see my grandmother this week, as I haven’t seen her in a long time and love spending time with her!

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132 Haley November 20, 2012 at 1:16 am

I know I always forget that sweet potatoes aren’t just for dinner! They are so good all the time! I’m glad Thanksgiving is near so I can have sweet potato casserole! Have a great day and a great Thanksgiving!

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133 Alyssa S. November 20, 2012 at 1:17 am

I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving as well! Seeing your lunch reminded me that I get to have sweet potato casserole so soon!

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134 Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate November 20, 2012 at 1:38 am

I love sweet potatoes for a quick and simple meal. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving! :-)
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135 Marilyn November 20, 2012 at 2:11 am

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Looking forward to spending time with family.
I love healthy versions of pasta!!

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136 Michelle@Peachy Palate November 20, 2012 at 3:16 am

That looks like one good sweet potato! I don’t eat them often enough either, always forget about them! That shall be rectified today!
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137 slonzu November 20, 2012 at 3:57 am

This planet doesn’t need more ‘successful’ people but is in desperate need of more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these needs have very little to do with success – the way our culture has defined it. Dalai Lama
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138 Floey November 20, 2012 at 5:08 am

Today is my birthday and I am so thankful for health, friends, and family.
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139 J @ semplicemente j ... November 20, 2012 at 6:25 am

I love that a off tomorrow and that my daughter is home from college! Being Italian pasta is always her first request!
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140 Julie P November 20, 2012 at 6:39 am

Something nice, that’s easy…I love your blog :) It’s always a favorite read of my day! And I’m going to try Laughing Cow on my sweet potato today, looks and sounds yummy!

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141 Angie November 20, 2012 at 6:47 am

I am super excited to spend time with family during Thanksgiving. Also, I love your blog! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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142 Dana November 20, 2012 at 7:06 am

I feel so lucky that both my family and my husband’s family live close so we can celebrate the holidays with both.

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143 Carol T. November 20, 2012 at 7:17 am

I am taking a couple of days off from work and celebrating our wedding anniversary on 11/27. Thirty-six wondeful years!!!!

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144 Missy November 20, 2012 at 7:31 am

Aww amazing, Congrats!

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145 Erin M. November 20, 2012 at 7:26 am

I made my coworkers cookie bars to brighten their day!

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146 Missy November 20, 2012 at 7:30 am

That sweet potato looks awesome. I will have to do the crispy skin.

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147 Erin November 20, 2012 at 7:34 am

I <3 Barilla!

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148 Jody November 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

I’m thankfully for my family this year… its been a crazy month and they are the best!

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149 Brianne November 20, 2012 at 7:57 am

I LOVE barilla pasta!! How awesome it would be to win coupons and the gift card to purchase more! Have a great thanksgiving!! I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my little girl! I am due on Sunday but reallllllly hoping she arrives by thanksgiving :)

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150 Alexandra November 20, 2012 at 8:01 am

Veggie pasta?! That’s so…. intriguing…

Happy Thanksgiving! My favorite holiday of the year is almost here!

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151 Kristen November 20, 2012 at 8:01 am

My husband has been awesome lately – a nice pasta dinner would be a great way to show my thanks!

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152 Margie Visnick November 20, 2012 at 8:07 am

I am excited because today I get to stay home and get my house ready for thanksgiving!
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153 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy November 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

I’m thankful to spend time with my family this week on Thanksgiving!
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154 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 20, 2012 at 8:14 am

I can’t wait to make Thanksgiving dinner for my family and be surrounded by those that I love :)
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155 Katie November 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

I love reading your blog. It inspired to start my own recently! Thank you!
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156 Leigh H November 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

I’m thankful for my wonderful family. They bring joy to me everyday!

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157 Jackie November 20, 2012 at 8:35 am

Great giveaway! I am so happy that it’s Thanksgiving week. There is nothing I love more than spending time with my family.

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158 Brittany @ ReadRunRepeat November 20, 2012 at 8:37 am

We are hosting our first thanksgiving this year, and I am SUPER excited :) ok, i’m kinda stressed too, but more excited :) And I am now craving a sweet potato… Where did you find your laughing cow cream cheese? My Hannaford doesn’t have it!!
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159 whitney November 20, 2012 at 8:39 am

I’m off work wednesday through friday for the holidays! WOOHOO!

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160 Caroline November 20, 2012 at 8:43 am

Even though it was 20 degrees when I woke up today, it’s going to be around 50 degrees in Upstate New York this afternoon – perfect walking weather :)

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161 vicky November 20, 2012 at 8:51 am

I hope you all are surrounded by love and happiness this thanksgiving :-)

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162 Jordyn November 20, 2012 at 8:51 am

I’m getting married to the love of my life in 110 days!

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163 Molly C. November 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

I just want to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and let’s all make sure to take a moment this holiday and truly be thankful for all that we have. Let’s fill the rest of the week with happiness and gratitude!

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164 Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats November 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

Your upbeat attitude and outlook on life are inspiring to us all :)
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165 Amanda November 20, 2012 at 9:13 am

White FIBER pasta!!??? YAY! Must try it.

I am thankful for the struggles that I’ve overcome this year as well as the man that was standing beside me through it all. Ready to celebrate Thanksgiving this year with family and my fiance.

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166 Kelly November 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

I am beyond excited to see my sister again! In other news, I made your cranberry apple bread yesterday and holy yum! It’s SO good!

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167 Carissa November 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

This will be our first Thanksgiving with our beautiful baby girl and I can’t wait! :)
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168 Kristen November 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

I sure love pasta! I need to try those! Happy Thanksgiving!

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169 Dania November 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

My dad is finally coming home today after spending two weeks in the hospital for radiation therapy. We are so happily blessed and grateful that he will be spending Thanksgiving at home with all of us : )

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170 Sarah November 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

Only two more days until a great holiday and four-day weekend! That’s gotta make you smile!

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171 christy November 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

Looking forward to thanksgiving with my family and the first one with my little niece!

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172 Kristin November 20, 2012 at 9:26 am

I would love this!! Being Italian, I am a HUGE pasta fan!!

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173 Brittney November 20, 2012 at 9:29 am

I’m looking forward to a long Thanksgiving weekend! I also really enjoy reading your blog everyday! I may not always leave a comment but I do read it. You are very positive!

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174 Coco November 20, 2012 at 9:32 am

My positive thought of the day: I am excited to spend Thanksgiving at home without any travel!!!
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175 Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife November 20, 2012 at 9:38 am

i love this pasta! I get it just about every time I make pasta! (:
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176 Helen November 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

My positive contribution is treating my coworker to a Starbucks latte :)
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177 EG Gal November 20, 2012 at 9:53 am

I’m getting married in 11 days…after that, I can go back to enjoying some pasta so this would be perfect for me!!

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178 Randyll November 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

Have a great thanksgiving!!

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179 Jill November 20, 2012 at 9:59 am

I love Barilla pasta! It’s all we eat in my house. I am excited to spend a long weekend with my family. I can never get enough of the fam.
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180 Kristin November 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

Love your blog! Happy that the Christmas movies have already started on ABC Family…love watching them with my sweet kiddos :) Happy Thanksgiving Courtney!

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181 Emily November 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

The weather is AMAZING right now! 65 degrees in November in Nebraska – I’ll take it!

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182 Jill November 20, 2012 at 10:11 am

Love reading your blog. I make at least one of your Recipies once a week :)

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183 Darci November 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

Today is a gorgeous November day in NY and a short work week!! Can’t wait to see family this holiday and eat great food! Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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184 Jessica November 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

this is my daughter’s first thanksgiving and I am so happy! She brightens each and every day for me :)

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185 Beks November 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

I’m very excited to spend a long weekend with family and friends (even if I do have to work the part time job. I have friends there!). What I love about this season is that while the time seems to go by too quickly, I always try to stop and take a second to think of how much I am blessed.
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186 Wanda Ward November 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

I really enjoy reading your blog each day. I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.

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187 Renee November 20, 2012 at 10:26 am

That veggie pasta looks awesome! I hope everyone has a super fantastic holiday week!!
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188 Krystina November 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

I love reading your blog! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of family, friends, and yummy food! :)

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189 Jill November 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

I’m so excited for the short work week and to see all my family on Thanksgiving!!!!!

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190 Andi November 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

Reading your blogs has been inspirational to me…I’ve gotten out of a rut..on my way to a healthier lifestyle and back to enjoying cooking! Thank you!

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191 Leah November 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

Thanksgiving makes me thankful for everything, including great ideas and inspiration I find in blogs like yours!

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192 Mary November 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

hope you and your family have a happy thanksgiving! :)

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193 Renee November 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

Cody the cat photos make me laugh, in a good way! I’m thankful for my borther’s recovery and the time when he can board a flight to come home.

I had Barilla for dinner last night. My kids love the tri-color pasta with grandma’s sauce (it’s special).

Happy Thanksgiving Courtney to you and all your family!
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194 Tierney @ Notyouraveragefoodie November 20, 2012 at 10:59 am

I really love your blog :) Thanks so much for always brightening my day!
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195 Kristen B November 20, 2012 at 11:12 am

I’d love to try the new barilla pasta! Thank you for sharing awesome giveaways with your readers :)

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196 Jen N. November 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

I’m looking forward to a short work week and lots of good food on Thanksgiving with family. :)

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197 Kim November 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

only a few more hours until I am on Thanksgiving break!! No work for 3 whole days yay! I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving weekend!!

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198 Aubrie November 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

I honestly don’t know what I would do without your blog! I have fell in love with it and check it daily! Thanksgiving for a dessert I think apple pie or crisp always hits the top with ice cream! I noticed your squash and there are good mac n cheese recipes that call for that (iowa girl eats) posted one last week :) I’m posting all my comments in one! Have a good thanksgiving!

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199 Amy November 20, 2012 at 11:42 am

I just got back together with my lovely boyfriend and I’ve never been happier :) Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

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200 Katie November 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

I am about to get on a plane to go home for Thanksgiving!

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201 Nicole November 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

Positive thoughts…..Two days until Thanksgiving = two days until 10K Turkey Trot (which I’m hoping to finish in about 50 minutes!) = two days until I get to spend TONS of time in the kitchen and not feel ashamed about it = two days until there is so much football on TV = two days until my parents house smells like HEAVEN!
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202 Natasha November 20, 2012 at 11:54 am

I’m excited the holidays are coming up and look forward to lots of hot cocoa and baking cookies!

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203 crystal d. November 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I just baked my first holiday treat last night and I can’t wait to make some more. You have a ton of yummy sweet treat recipes on your blog so I need to check them out and see what I am going to bake! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!! Kisses and hugs to Cody!

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204 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake November 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Great giveaway — I’m always down for some pasta!

I bet the combo of sweet potato + cinnamon cream cheese is crazy good!
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205 Allie November 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I’m thankful for my wonderful boss who let me sleep in an extra 2 hours today since I’m not feeling good
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206 Darbi November 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and safe travels!

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207 Sarah November 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I hope all my American friends have a GREAT Thanksgiving! Sending some Canadian love :)

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208 Michelle Levine November 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I totally agree that a bowl of pasta is always good in my book :) Especially this time of year when it is so chilly ! Thanks for posting so many giveaways these days ! Always fun to give back to your readers, am I right ? :) Have a good turkey day! I am sure you will come up with an awesome dessert to bring…cupcakes perhaps ? Or peanut butter choc pie? Or apple pear crisp hmmmm
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209 Julia @ Watermelon Smiles November 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I get to go home for Thanksgiving today!
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210 Nikki A. November 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm

how about, I LOVE PASTA :) and i hope everybody can enjoy some form of it on Thanksgiving.

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211 Irene November 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I almost bought that pasta this weekend! I’d love to try it. Postive thought – 10 years ago I started dating my now-husband. We don’t normally celebrate dating anniversaries since we got married, but it makes me feel happy anyways.

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212 Lisa November 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Love potatoes. Love barilla

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213 Sara November 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

something nice: today’s my last day of work (school) before a 5-day weekend! how awesome!

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214 Lauren November 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

This is my last full workday of the week!

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215 Nicole November 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I’m looking forward to seeing my newborn nephew on Thanksgiving!

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216 Debbie (Accidently Delish) November 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I really just hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and remembers that it’s a day to share with loved ones and remember all we have to be thankful for.

Thanks for all your giveaways, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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217 Courtney S. November 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I can’t wait to spend Thanksgiving with my husband and family…. and, some yummy desserts!

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218 Mary Burns November 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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219 Olivia November 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I mean, is there anything better in the world than a big dish of pasta? Love the giveaway! :)

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220 Gabby November 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

That veggie pasta looks great! What a fun way to encorporate veggies into dinner!

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221 Megan November 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I’d love to try the barilla whole grain pasta! I actually think whole grain pasta tastes better than regular noodles!

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222 Katie November 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I love reading your blog everyday! I look forward to it every morning :)

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223 Crystal November 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I always get ideas of new products or food combos I will like from you! Like yummy cereal combos! Thanks!

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224 Lynda M. November 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Love your blog :)

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225 Jessica G. November 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Everytime I read your blog I always think to myself, I bet she is so cool in person! You seem so real and down to earth and fun! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving :-)

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226 Sami November 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Mmmm I’d love to try those pastas! My hubby loves pasta, and I feel bad depriving him of it, because I prefer spaghetti squash… :) I’m excited for his and my first Thanksgiving as a married couple! :)
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227 Jessica November 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

New veggie pasta?!?! That is definitely something I would love to try! :) Your pasta dinner looked great!

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228 Ashley S November 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm

yum! hope I win. Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation. :)

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229 Nicki November 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm

The veggie pasta looks de-lish!! Also, could not be more excited to spend this upcomming weekend with the fam!

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230 Lizzie November 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm

From one cat lady to another, I love your blog :)

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231 kolya November 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Gosh…it’s not as cold this week and the sun has been shining. I also got a few new dog sitting clients which I desperately needed for my ego and finances (: Mmmmm….pasta with marinara…I miss it!!!

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232 Rochelle November 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Five years ago today, I was blessed with my second amazing daughter! I’m such a lucky mom!!!

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