Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
I was unable to go to Cooper's last soccer game and felt bad about that, but I had a light saber cake to make for his party later, so I don't think he minded. In fact, I don't think he missed me one bit.
While the rest of the fam (minus Calvin) was away, I worked on the cake. I didn't have time to make an R2D2 cake like I did for Jake a couple years ago, so I was grateful it was still along the lines of Star Wars. And I was even more grateful that Cooper came home and accurately identified it as a light saber. He was happy, so I was happy.
And what's better than playing sports with your friends? Jake played with his friend Kayden from our old ward and Dalyn who is in our current ward. In fact, Jake and Dalyn were baptized on the same day (but if Jake had been baptized right after his birthday in January, he would have been baptized with Kayden). Kayden was sick the last game of the season, but here are Jake and Dalyn. Interestingly enough, these three boys were the goalies for their team.
Cooper got a celebratory lunch from McDonalds more for his bravery in getting his shot than for his birthday. After dinner, we celebrated later that night with cupcakes and family gifts. He got to talk to his Aunt Kelly and Great Grandma Nina and was serenaded by Grandma and Grandpa Hough. He had a great day. However, before he went to bed that night, Cooper said "And now I'm almost 7 years old!"
Friday, November 14, 2008
I am soooo glad I did! Jared and I are back to tracking Weight Watcher points with our food and the main draw to me at first was that it seemed to be a point friendly soup. It wasn't until I actually started making it that I got MORE excited about it. At best, it's 2.7 points PER 1 cup! I actually just rounded it to 3 points for convenience, but that's STILL good in the world of points--especially when some of us can only have 20 points a day. Even more delightful is that this soup actually has flavor. Some low calorie/low fat soups are so bland you really have to strain to find the flavor and by the last bite you've convinced yourself there was flavor when really there wasn't. So this soup is now going to be a regular meal in our home. With lean turkey, onion, garlic, tomatoes, white beans, & spinach you know it's good even if you aren't doing Weight Watchers.
My two cents: it wasn't in my financial budget to buy fresh Parmesan cheese so I left it out, but no one in my family knew differently. I wasn't sure when I was going to make it, so I instead of fresh spinach, I used a box of frozen chopped spinach with the excess water squeezed out. This works well for being able to store all the ingredients at home for a quick, last minute dinner idea. I hope you like it as much as our family does.
Thanks, Sara, for a great recipe.