Thankful Thursday: Making Connections

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and Christmas less than 2 months away, now seems like a better time than ever to take a moment to stop, reflect, and thank.

Jessie from Jessie Loves to Run started hosting Thankful Thursday a few weeks ago and unsurprisingly she has had an overwhelmingly positive response!  For more information about Thankful Thursday, click here.

This is my first week participating, but I know that I will continue to take part in future weeks.  Oftentimes I think that we forget to thank, or rather assume that thanks has been given, to all of those who have helped make our lives a little bit better…  I truly believe that it’s the little things in life that mean the most.

The best is yet to comeEver since I wrote that post earlier this week, that saying has resonated with me.  Far too often I get caught up in the little things and have a hard time moving forward unless it’s “perfect” in my mind.  I will be the first to admit that my perfectionist personality can be a hindrance at times, but I will also admit that I am trying to work on it.  Take for example last night’s dinner.  Over the weekend I kept telling Ryan how I want to make more of an effort to cook a hearty, healthy, and satisfying dinner.  At first I was bummed with myself that I opted for boxed soup, but it’s what sounded good at the time.  After I sat down and dug in I was delightfully surprised…  Sometimes the simplest things can be the most satisfying, dinner success!

TJ’s Low Sodium Organic Creamy Tomato Soup topped with a sunny egg + black pepper

Spending time with my BFF.  Last Saturday I met my BFF for a study date.  In between sipping Starbucks and actually working [ahem, the point of our date], we chatted and caught-up since we hardly see each other since she moved downtown.  Anddd I am psyched about our sleepover tomorrow!  We have big plans that include: getting Naked Pizza [get your mind out of the gutter!], watching movies, wearing our most comfortable stretchy pants and slippers, munching on chocolate and popcorn while watching movies, and unwinding from the week.  It should be a stupendously fun night!

throwback to Color Day when we were seniors in high school

Laughing with Ryan.  The past few months have been pretty hectic for both Ryan and I between work, our wedding, and my health-related issues, so I cherish any time we have together.  Regardless of whether we’re out running errands, lazily laying on the couch after work, or playing with Charlie, I love when we spend time together…  Good thing I married him ;)   One of my favorite things about him is that he laughs at his own jokes.  They may not be the funniest joke [most of the time they’re pretty silly], but his chuckle that follows is hilariously cute.

my two favorite guys

Making blends.  What the heck is a blend?  No, I’m not referring to a coffee flavor or a fancy food…  A blend is a blogger + friend = blend!  After coming back from a summer break from blogging, I have truly been blessed to have bumped into so many new-to-me bloggers through link-ups such as Katie’s Marvelous in My Monday or Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday, as well as through Instagram!  Blogging has provided me with a daily dose of motivation, inspiration to try new things, and a chance to share some of my own personal experiences.  I never would have imagined myself feeling so comfortable exchanging information with strangers who now I would consider my blend.

source: check our Tina’s post Why Blog Friends Rule

Zesty Blog Consulting.  I seriously could not thank Cory enough.  I have exchanged messages back and forth with him every day since he started redesigning LAB.  He has made every update that I have requested, has provided me with advice when making tough decisions [such as should the background be green or pink], and even has helped to calm my nerves about the process!  I’m so excited that the new site will be up and running NEXT WEEK [unless y'all got a sneak peek this morning], eek!

XOXO,

Allison

P.S.  This morning I was delightfully surprised and honored that both Jessie and Molly tried my peanut butter pancakes and enjoyed them!  Seeing their pretty stacks of ‘cakes made me feel a bit [pea]NUTTY so I combined my recipes for peanut butter puff pancakes + peanut butter pancakes = PEANUT BUTTER OVERLOAD PANCAKES!!!  Oh my goodness, these were out. of. this. world. AMAZING!

toppings: cinnamon Chobani + coconut bananas + dark chocolate chips + pistachios + dried apricots + honey

Question:  What are you thankful for this week?

Question:  Have you tried Naked Pizza?

— Life's a Bowl

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  1. here’s the problem – i’m making a different breakfast every day this week to try to shake myself out of my pumpkin oats rut but now all i want for breakfast tomorrow is pancakes stuffed with peanut butter and cereal! i wonder if it counts as a different breakfast if i put a different type of cereal in it…

    • Haha that is *such an awful* problem to have :P I keep telling myself that I should add more variety into my breakfasts such as oats or even something savory but I can’t seem to stray away from pancakes… Can’t stop, won’t stop!

  2. I do the same thing with the TJs soup and egg!!! It’s really goo with some added red pepper flakes, peanut flour, and cilantro too. Now I want soup…

    • I have some more leftover- thinking a repeat is a must tonight and will have to add some red pepper flakes and maybe a sprinkle of parm cheese ;) I had tortillas with peanut flour paste on the side and dipped them in = awesome!

  3. Wow that is awesome and I would have never thought to add the egg to tomato soup even though I love both!

  4. This is a great list of things to be thankful for! I especially love what you said about bloggers- I feel the exact same way. I just started mine about a month ago now and I have already connected with so many people that I share similar interests with. It’s amazing to be able to network and meet people who I otherwise never would have had a chance to talk to! And always a big fan of bff dates :)

  5. I am so happy you decided to link up to Thankful Thursday girl. You have so many wonderful things happening in your life. I love the way you talk about Ryan. I’ve never actually met you before, but it’s so easy to see how truly in love the two of you are <3.

    • You are so sweet, thank you! And thank YOU for hosting such an awesome link-up opportunity, it’s always nice to take time to reflect, as well as read what others are thankful for :)

  6. What a great Thankful for list! I love your color days picture! Brings back memories :-) I’ve got to try your peanut butter pancake recipe! Hopefully I will remember tomorrow morning!

  7. I’m thankful for my husband today and his willingness to clean the snow off my car… ugh.
    naked pizza? nope never have!

  8. That girls night with your bestie sounds so perfect! I did a pizza night in a few Fridays ago when I was feeling crummy and it was certainly healing. I’m glad that you and your man have each other to lean on through stressful times! You two are too cute. Um, that soup topped with the egg is GENIUS.

    • I’m definitely looking forward to tonight, much needed comfort and unwinding time ;) Tomato soup + a sunny egg is definitely going to make more regular appearances this winter I have a feeling…

  9. An egg in tomato soup?? I would never have thought of that but it sounds absolutely amazing. I was already planning on eating tomato soup for lunch…I think I know what I’ll be adding to it now! ;)

    Also, that “Why Blog Friends Rule” picture is hilarious and so true!

  10. Best friends are one of the biggest blessings in life :) I couldn’t get through some days without mine!
    Those pancakes look so good!!

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