30 days of still thankful

9 November

Today I’m thankful for coffee, espresso, and iced lattes. And yes, I had all three of those in one day. I don’t have a problem with caffeine. I have a problem without caffeine.

10 November

I’m so thankful for the arrival of one of my very best friends arriving in Sydney tomorrow, Monday. For two glorious weeks, she and another best friend and I will get into all the havoc we did in uni/college all over again. I’m so excited to share these moments with these two incredible women.

I’m also thankful for these incredible muffins (mine are strawberry with dark chocolate chips!) and the recipes I’ve gleaned from this lovely baking wiz. I would love to own her cook book.

11 November

Tonight I’m reminded how thankful I am for my kitchen. I’m not a stress eater, but I am a stress cooker, if that exists. I wasn’t stressed tonight, but I did make some awesome burritos for our dinner. I love cooking and baking. And I love feeding and taking care of my loved ones. Last year was my first Thanksgiving away from my immediate family. In the past, no matter where in the US, I lived, I always made it back to Boston for Thanksgiving. Last year, for the first time, I hosted the holiday myself for friends here. It was beautiful, and sad, and I’m glad I did it. We’ve created a tradition of our own.

12 November

I took today off from work to visit with one of my very favourite people while she’s in town. Despite her jet lag and feeling a tad under the weather, nothing’s changed between us and I’m so thankful to have her here. I’m thrilled to have her here sick or healthy; it doesn’t matter to me. I just appreciate the time.


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Your Next Baking Endeavor

While I’m not one to regularly post food photos, I had to share this with you.


Skinny Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

And they don’t taste low-fat whatsoever. The mind behind the madness is Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction. Here’s your recipe!

Between prep and bake time, you’re done in about 30 minutes. And there’s no oil and no butter meaning no guilt for those on a diet. I tend to be cautious of baked good recipes that cut out such staples, but these are moist, fruity and decadent. The secret is apple sauce.

You have half an hour to spare right? Try it.

I like to grab one in the morning, on the way to work. Just heat it up for 15 seconds or so in the microwave; grab a serviette for the chocolatey fingers and go.