A year ago today, everything changed for the better. A tiny pug puppy came into my life and I’ve smiled (and laughed) every single day since.
Murphy is the pug that I always wanted and more. I never thought a pet could make me so happy and I never thought I could love an animal so much. I don’t want to get too cheesy, but having Murphy in my life has made me a better person in so many ways.
In honor of my little flea bag, here are some of my favorite posts from the past year:
- Our very first meeting (video)
- Sock monster
- The donkey
- Elephant butt (video)
- First trip to the dog park
- Big Bone
- Bath time
- Meet Murphy’s parents
- Snoring like a chainsaw (video)
- Turd Ferguson
Before we sat down to lunch, the group enjoyed some plated appetizers– fruit, cheese, and crackers.
After about 30 minutes of mingling, it was time to sit down for lunch.
We enjoyed a three-course meal, which was quite a treat for a random Wednesday afternoon! 😀
Before the first course was served, Chef David Kinkead of Sibling Rivalry provided us with a brief cooking demonstration. He gave us some great ideas for fast, easy, and nutritious meals to prepare at home.
I especially enjoyed Chef Kinkead’s ideas for amping-up regular old chicken salad. To increase its flavor profile, he suggested adding ingredients like celery, grapes, corn, feta, nuts, and avocado. He also suggested substituting traditional mayonnaise with olive oil or Greek yogurt. Great ideas, right?
The first course of lunch was a simple salad made with gala lettuce, celery, cucumber, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and roquefort cheese.
Instead of the meat entree, I opted for a vegetarian dish. It was basically a plate of cooked veggies with sweet potato puree. Everything tasted okay, but I thought the vegetarian option would include fish, tofu, or beans. Sadly, it didn’t. 😕
After the main course, I enjoyed a cup of hot coffee with milk and sugar.
And a few tartlets, which were made with fresh fruit, lemon curd, and chocolate. Mmm!
While we finished eating dessert, Andrea Astrachan, Stop & Shop’s Consumer Advisor, gave us a run-down of some new products and a few ideas for healthy snacks and meals for back-to-school and those of us who are on-the-go.
Stop & Shop is my local supermarket, so it was neat to learn more about what they have to offer– both inside and outside their stores. They actually have quite a few programs and opportunities for moms and giving back to the community.
Feel Great Weight
As you know, I LOVE diners! Check out my recent FGW post: 5 Healthy Diner Meals.
Taking the pug for an afternoon walk. See ya for dinner! 😎
P.S. I have a VERY exciting announcement coming this evening! I’ve been keeping it a secret for a couple of weeks now! 😉