A New Go-To Recipe

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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My gosh has today flown by! 😯 Seriously, where do the weekends go?!?

Sometimes just one more day would make the weekend feel like a true weekend, right? Sadly, I know this isn’t possible, so I’ve found ways to better deal with the Sunday Blues. Recently, Mal and I have scheduled movie nights for Sunday evenings. Having something like this to look forward to helps us ease back into the work week instead of stressing out about Monday morning. Tonight, we’re watching The Invention of Lying. I hope it’s good!


Guys, I love running. I really do. I wish I could do more of it. There’s just something about running that is so relaxing. Plus, I always feel like a million bucks when I finish a run.

This afternoon, I ran 3 miles in 25:42 (8:38 pace) and then walked for an additional 1/2 mile to cool down. It was a nice little workout– short, sweet, and without pain. It felt great to get out there and RUN.


After my run, I wasn’t really hungry for lunch. Breakfast did a better job holding me over than expected, soΒ I ended up snacking on a Gala apple.


And then some Coconut Curry crackers (I’m obsessed!) and a few prunes (not pictured).

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Before dinner, Mal saw a commercial on TV for a special Dairy Queen promotion: Buy 1, Get One for 25 cents. Today was the last day of the promotion, so, of course, we NEEDED to go. Mal really had to twist my arm to get me to go with him. πŸ˜‰


Unfortunately, our local DQ doesn’t participate in promotions. Boo! πŸ™ Mal and I were bummed, but we decided to get Blizzards anyway. I mean, we went through ALL of that trouble to drive there and wait in line! πŸ˜‰



I tried a fantastic new recipe for dinner tonight. Mal already declared it a “Go-To” recipe for our house.

The other day, I stumbled upon a delicious-sounding recipe in Runner’s World for Rocco DiSpirito’s Fettuccine Alfredo. I love Fettuccine Alfredo and I love Rocco, so I had a feeling that this recipe would be a winner!


As always, I made a few changes to the recipe: I used rigatoni instead of fettucini and nixed the cornstarch. (We didn’t have either in the house.) Even though I altered the recipe, the meal still turned out really well– pretty much just like the “real deal,” but much healthier for you.


On the side, I had a big salad topped with balsamic vinegar.



For dessert, I’m planning to eat half of my Oreo Blizzard and save the other half for another time. Portion control, baby!


It’s movie time! :mrgreen:

Good night, guys!



  1. I want a cookie dough blizzard so bad right now!!! I am pretty sure that whoever invented “Hot Eats, Cool Treats” slogan was a genius. But not participating in promotions?? ItΒ΄s a DAIRY QUEEN!!! Ridiculous. At least you got a blizzard anyway πŸ™‚

  2. Kudos to you for having the willpower to save the remainder of that blizzard. I would’ve killed that sucker right then and there. There’s a Dairy Queen on the corner of my Mom’s street. When I move closer to home this summer, it’s going to be a constant battle with temptation every time I visit her.

    That pasta looks so simple and fantastic!

    I do love Ricky Gervais, but I’m hesitant to see that movie. Let us know your thoughts!

  3. I didn’t really care for that movie, I really wanted to like it, but I couldn’t πŸ™

    It’s been so long since I’ve had a blizzard. They are so yummy.

  4. I love Dairy Queen soft serve. A Blizzard sounds sooo good!

    That rigatoni looks amazing, too. I put my salad right next to my pasta as well; I love mixing them together. πŸ˜€


  5. I think almost everyone I know visted DQ this weekend. I didn’t! Just wasn’t around one at the righ times, otherwise I’m sure I would have been there too.

  6. I’m caring for my 85 yo mo post op and there’s a DQ w/in walking distance of her senior apartment so Sat. I went to get us both Blizzards. Had to take advantage of the special, but I hadn’t had one for many years. It wasn’t as good as I remembered, although my mom’s was great. I ate it over a couple days and now I don’t have to have one for many more years. I’m missing getting in my workouts while I’m caring for my mom for two weeks πŸ™ It’s been cold and blustery for running outside.

  7. I love that you eat blizzards! (and save the other half for later) It just goes to show you really can have anything you want (and still be healthy!) just in portion control and moderation! πŸ™‚ Now thats balance! πŸ™‚ I love your blog btw! πŸ™‚ i’m adding you to my blogroll!

  8. My husband ripped that recipe out of Runner’s World when he was reading – he wanted me to try it. Haven’t gotten to it yet, but sounds like we should give it a go. He’ll be happy to hear it! πŸ˜‰

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