We’re going into the home stretch of January 2012 and I have to say its been a pretty doggone good start to the year even without our normal jaunt to the Arizona sunshine. Instead we got a big dose of Washington snowflakes which are pretty outrageous in their own right since they don’t come all that often. Plus, me, myself and I have been enjoying our three little selves on my fun little “Beat the blues, Blast the fun” activities. They’ve given me just the right little thing to think about away from the dark and the cold and the wet and the bleak. It’s just white, bright and wonderful. : ) Here’s my wrap-up activities:
Beat the Blues, Blast the Fun — week four
Sunday, Jan 22 — How ’bout we make some fudge today? Chocolate picks up everyone’s spirits and I saw the best recipe for a fudge brownie on Hungry Girl this morning. It sounds a little different but looked absolutely delicious and best of all, besides being super duper easy, they’re nearly guilt free: only 65 calories per piece and no fat! Oh yea. Here’s the recipe:
Hungry Girl Fudge Brownies
1 pkg brownie mix
2 cups canned pumpkin
2 Tbsp light chocolate sauce
Mix ingredients together and put in lightly greased 9×9 baking pan. Put 2 Tblsp of peanut butter in micro for 20 seconds. Pour in lines across brownies and pull a toothpick through to mix PB with chocolate a bit and make a nice design. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cut into 36 pieces and store in fridge. Best part: Enjoy all week! Yum!
Monday, Jan 23 — Happy Chinese New Year! Time for some Chinese take-out or at least get yourself a fortune cookie today. Or, even more fun, make a big pot of dragon beans in honor of the “year of the dragon.”
Tuesday, Jan 24 — This is “wear something bright” day. I wear loads of dark colors. When we were out the other night at the piano bar it was full of people in dark clothes. Today is our day to push back and say no to black!
Wednesday, Jan 25 — Have we done “sing out loud” day yet? I don’t think so and I love this little trick for making my day brighter. First song you hear in your day that you know, sing along with it. Loud! And if you don’t hear one (although, a day without music is a sad day indeed) that blast out one of your favorites loud enough to disturb others around you. And make them smile. : )
Thursday, Jan 26 — Happy Birthday yesterday to one of my best friends, Diana! She heads for sunny Los Angeles to celebrate with her family. Let’s get artsy in her honor and draw big smiling suns to pin up in our offices — right next to my snowflakes and rainbow pics from the last couple of weeks.
Friday, Jan 27 — Break open a great bottle of wine. Not the decent but inexpensive stuff that most of us usually drink. I mean the rare bottle we save for special occasions. The really yummy red you never treat yourself to unless company comes over. I plan to have my glass will soaking in the hot tub.
Saturday, Jan 28 — One of my very favorite pick-me-ups is connecting with friends and family. This is the perfect morning to meet a good friend for coffee or a long lunch. Talk about dreams and juicy things.