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February 1, 2020

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It was a full week of cooking and recipe photography over here and I am planning to enjoy a whole lot of couch time with my feet up this weekend. I just found out that Midland Theater in Newark, OH is hosting movie mornings the first Saturday in February, March, and April. So, my boys and I are headed over there this morning to watch Finding Nemo. I’m looking forward to it!

ON THE BLOG this week: Italian White Bean, Cabbage, and Sausage Soup is loaded with great flavors and it’s filled with far more vegetables and meat than broth. When I first made this, we were living in the desert and that meant cranking the a/c to really enjoy a bowl of soup. Now? Living in Ohio in January? Soup is an awesome way to warm up at dinner time!

Five Minute Chocolate Fudge comes together in just a few minutes and it is perfect for gifting, snacking, and serving for any occasion. Made with or without nuts, this fudge is a favorite sweet treat year-round.

And last but not least, if you’re a little weary of the winter’s gray skies and you’re dreaming of sunshine-filled days, try a Pineapple Orange Smoothie and it just might make you grin.

What I’m CRAVING: These Bacon Bourbon Meatballs look so good! Don’t they sound delicious?

My FAVORITE THING this week is my anti-fatigue floor mat in the kitchen. (link HERE) I spent several days in a row this week working in the kitchen, photographing recipes to share in the upcoming months. I bought my gel mat at Costco years ago and I swear by it when I’m spending a lot of time on my feet. There is nothing better.

What I’m READING: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (link HERE) This is fantasy meets casual sci/fi in a light read and it’s one that I’m pretty sure most people would enjoy. It is the story of a woman who wakes up in a park, surrounded by dead bodies, with no memory of her life. As she struggles to figure things out, she learns that she is part of a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. There are plenty of unexpected moments in this one and a few laughs as well.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” - John Steinbeck (I’ve never appreciated this so much as I do now. While I’m still very much enjoying the chill of winter, I’m also looking forward to summer with a grin!)

Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!

Mary

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