Productive Day, Keeping Lists


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I had a productive day yesterday.   In addition to working fulltime and being a mom, doing the housework, laundry, blogging, I…

Did a 20 minute at home workoutAnd went for a chilly run.  Brr, it got chilly again here!

Ran errands, including a trip to TJ’s to replenish some produce…

Various produce on countertop


Bag of Broccoli and Cauliflower Duet and Baby Arugula Blend


Bunch of bananas

And I made another Cheezy Vegetable Bake
This time I used some 99 cent store brand soup + a 1/2 can of water
I added Brussels spouts in addition to the other veggies
I baked it at 400F for 60 minutes
And it worked perfectly.   And a shoutout to Jenny who just made and enjoyed her version of my original recipe.  Thanks chica!

Cheezy Vegetable Bake


Can of Lite Italian Style Vegetable Soup
 I am all about using what I have on hand that’s taking up space in my cupboards.  Or things in the refrigerator produce drawer that need to be used up.

After an hour at 400F, here was the cheezy goodness

Cheezy Vegetable Bake in foil lined pan
Side view of Cheezy Vegetable Bake on foil lined pan

The liquid at the bottom sort of “absorbs” into the veggies in anything that becomes leftovers.

Spoon scooping out some Cheezy Vegetable Bake

This recipe does make leftovers.  Planned leftovers that can be reheated in the micro are a working mom’s saving grace.  

 Leftover Cheezy Vegetable Bake in clear container

And I imagine you could freeze these in single serve containers in the freezer and thaw/reheat as needed.  Better than a TV Dinner, for sure.

Side view of Cheezy Vegetable Bake in container


Cheezy Vegetable Bake in white bowl


Up close of Cheezy Vegetable Bake in bowl


Bowl of Cheezy Vegetable Bake close up

As long as you’re roasting veggies, you could always roast some Roasted Peanut Butter Coconut Ginger Carrots
I just read Heather’s post on cooked carrots so here’s shoutout to her and her carrot-lovin’ ways.

Peanut butter that’s been baked isn’t always pretty, but it sure tastes good
Roasted Peanut Butter Coconut Ginger Carrots


Close up of Roasted Peanut Butter Coconut Ginger Carrots

From my last post, thanks for letting me know if you’re good at remembering birthdays or not.  And if anyone special has ever forgotten yours.

And it was great to hear the nice stories about your friends and connections you’ve made over the years.  Sometimes friends come into our life right when we need them, or they need us, and those bonds are deep, special, and always treasured.  I loved hearing your stories.

Dessert: Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies 
The peanut butter that’s been baked here is a little prettier than in the carrots, above.  

Overhead of Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookie in muffin tin
Hand holding one Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookie
Stacked pile of Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies 

1. Do you like the feeling of being productive and checking things off your to-do list?
I do!  I love it, actually! 

Accomplishing things and being productive is just the way I am wired.  To do otherwise is just against my nature.  No grass grows under me.

2. Do you keep or write to-do lists?  And on paper or electronically?
I see many bloggers share their to-do lists on their blog.  I never write a to-do list down.  I keep it all filed upstairs.  Which may or may not be the best way, but so far, so good, and it works for me.

And I also never, ever would be able to get into having an electronic to-do list, i.e. on an iphone, blackberry, computer, etc. 

If I were to make a list, it’s the old fashioned way with a pen and paper.  I don’t have time to type a list or enter into int a digital device.  That just seems like more work to cross off the list…haha!

3. What’s made you smile today?
Seeing Skylar happy always makes me smile.

Young girl standing behind couch with hair in ponytail
See you later gang!

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  1. I love being productive, it takes my stress away :) Yes I have a million to do lists and I have to combine them b/c that drives me crazy too. I smiled today becase I took a 1/2 day off of work! AHHH..that made room for some productivity!