• Be Thankful Challenge

    November 1, 2011

    Good morning! Happy November 1st!

    When I think about the month of November, I usually associate it with being thankful. After all, it’s the month when we celebrate Thanksgiving and remember what we are thankful for.

    With this in mind, I’ve decided to challenge myself to a month of thankfulness. For every day of November, I will mention something on CNC that I am thankful for.

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    If you want to participate in my Be Thankful Challenge yourself, all you need to do is ask yourself the question, “What am I thankful for today?” and write it down (or blog about it) for each day of November. It doesn’t need to be life-changing or require a lot of thought. The idea is just to be thankful for something, even if that means being thankful for soft fleece blankets or dark chocolate being on sale at the grocery store.

    With that said, I am thankful for my space heater. My office is located in the back of the house, where the heat just doesn’t flow. Instead of cranking up the heat in the house, I just use my space heater to keep warm.

    Dinner

    Last night’s dinner ruled on all fronts. I honestly can’t say enough good things about this recipe for Simple Roast Chicken. Mal was still talking about it this morning. 

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    Whole chicken = multiple meals = cost-effective.

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    This recipe was so easy to make. It required just four ingredients (+ salt and pepper), and I was able to throw the whole thing together in about 15 minutes, which included chopping up an onion and four red potatoes.

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    The chicken took about an hour to cook in the oven, but Trick-or-Treating was in full swing in our neighborhood, so Mal and I were plenty busy!

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    We must live in the most popular neighborhood in the town because I’ve never seen so many Trick-or-Treaters in my entire life. The roads were packed with kids and parents.

    Obviously, Murphy needed to see all of the action outside of our house. He spent most of the night at his pug post.

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    Growing up, I lived on a main road, so we never got Trick-or-Treaters at our house (unless you count my cousins). Even living in various parts of Boston, I rarely ever had a kid knock on my door looking for candy on Halloween, so last night was a lot of fun for me. I loved seeing all of the costumes (we had lots of Transformers and princesses come to our door) and meeting new people in our neighborhood.

    Even though I bought three huge bags of candy, we still ran out before the night was over. Oops! Next year, we’ll buy twice as much!

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    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Our chicken turned out wonderfully— moist and tender on the inside, and flavorful and crispy on the outside.

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    I added the sliced roast chicken, potatoes, and onions to a big salad with balsamic vinegar. So delicious.

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    After dinner, I enjoyed a couple of sugar cookies. Obviously.

    Breakfast

    This morning’s breakfast was pumpkin oatmeal with shredded coconut, almond extract, cinnamon, and a big scoop of Chia Charger nut butter. It was a random mix of ingredients, but they came together well.

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    I also drank an iced coffee with soy milk and splash of coffee creamer. I’m learning that a little splash of creamer is key to seriously delicious iced coffee (and some of my friendships).

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    Question of the Day

    What are you thankful for this year?

    P.S. Check out my Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies on Shape.com!

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    Elizabeth November 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Yummm, roasted whole chickens are my favorite dinner to make these days.. so lovely for Autumn. And now, I am hungry.
    Love this Thankful November Challenge too, I am doing one too!

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    Clare @ sweetnsimple November 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    yumm! there are 5 kids in our house, so roast chicken is often on our menu – but it is definitely a fave :) today I am thankful for my bed, it’s raining pretty dismally outside..

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    Emily November 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    What a great challenge! I don’t post on my blog every day but I’m going to end each post with something I’m thankful for. Today, I am thankful for a wonderful mentor I had the pleasure to spend time with today.

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    Kerry LeWarne November 11, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I’m thankful for so many things….my family, my health, my faith, and my hobbies – one being reading blogs, reading magazines, and books. I love those moments of sitting at home, with my family (and dog), perusing blogs and reading whatever I can get my hands on.

    Thanks!

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