Thankful Thursday : Turn That Frown Upside-Down (and cake!)

I’ve haven’t done Thankful Thursday in practically forever. I can’t believe I let it fall by the wayside for so long. It is long past time for it to be reinstituted. Only this week’s addition is a tad different. I like to call it Turn that Frown Upside-down.

All you have to do is take something negative and turn it into a positive. Take a complaint and turn it into an appreciation.

:( These Strawberry cherries don’t taste much like strawberries.

:) These strawberries cherries are delicious.


:( I can’t believe summer ends in a month.

:) Senior year officially begins in a month!

:( I am so sore I can hardly move.

:) That was a great workout: I’m so glad I worked hard.

:( It’s so hot outside.

:) The Sun is shining; it’s a beautiful day!

:( This cake has so much butter and sugar.

:) This cake is soooo delicious and besides, Michael Polan says to eat as much junk food as you want….as  long as you make it yourself. (The logic is that you won’t take the time to make stuff  yourself very often; clearly he doesn’t know me.)

:( My sister made it.

:) We are of the same flesh and blood….did I mention the cake is delicious?


Mimi’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This decadent cake which has been in my family for years will be the star of an meal you serve it with. A small piece on ocassion can certainly be part of a nutritious and balanced lifestyle.


3 sticks of butter

8oz cream cheese

3 cups sugar

6 eggs

3 cups flour

1 Tablespoon vanilla


Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Add eggs and flour alternately. Mix in vanilla. Pour into a greased angel food(tube) pan*. Bake at 325 degrees for 90-120 minutes or until wooden stick interested comes out clean. Let cool and serve with homemade whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

*2 loaf pans may be used  in place of 1 angel food (tube) pan. If so, check cakes after one hour.

What is a frown in your life that you can turn upside down?


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Sickness Prevention

Hey guys!

How is everyone doing? I must say I’m doing pretty darn good today, but yesterday not so much. Yesterday, I felt like I was getting sick. My body just felt weak and achy all over and my sinuses were throbbing. But, I was absolutely determined not to get sick. With plans to head to Colorado this weekend there was no room for illness on the agenda.

A few things I did to prevent sickness:

  • Took vitamin C
  • Took Echinacea vitamins
  • Drank lots of water
  • Drank orange juice
  • Drank green tea
  • Got plenty of rest


Not sure what did the trick, but by this afternoon I was feeling great!I honestly rarely get sick, some people might think I’m crazy for saying this but I attribute my non sickness to the fact that I am not a germa-phobe and  that I don’t use hand sanitizer. I believe that because I allow myself to be exposed to some bacteria it strengthens my immune system so that it can better fight against sickness.

It’s not totally related, but I also never get any sort of vaccinations or shots. I actually find it sort of ironic that never in my life have I had a flu shot and never in my life have I had the flu (fingers crossed!).

What do you do to prevent yourself from getting sick?

By the way, I do not think that hand sanitizer, shots, or vaccinations are all-together bad or anything. But, for me personally, because my body is strong and healthy, I don’t think they are necessary.

As a side not, I have decided to only do a full out Thankful Thursday post on the first Thursday of every month and just mention little things I am thankful for on the other Thursday’s.

Today I am thankful for having a 4 1/2 day weekend and for feeling better!

Have a good weekend everyone!

~Ann Claire

Thankful Thursday #2

Hey Guys!

First, I want to thank you all for your super sweet comments on my last two post. I loved hearing what y’all are thankful for on Thursday and I can’t even tell you how much I loved reading the comments on my last post. I was a bit nervous about posting it, but you guys made me realize that the nerves were totally unnecessary. Thank you for being respectful and taking your time to share your thoughts and opinions on the subject of animal consumption. Even those of you who do not necessarily agree with me were still very  supportive and encouraging. That is definitely something I am Thankful for! However, that is not what I’ll be focusing on in this 2nd installment of Thankful Thursday.

Before I begin, I just want to let y’all know that you are more than welcome to do a Thankful Thursday themed post on your own blog. How cool would it be to see Thankful Thursday’s popping up all over the place?

Anyway, after talking about Mom last week I really wanted to discuss how thankful I am for my Dad. However after spending way to much time unsuccessfully trying to upload pictures of my Dad and I, I’ve decided Dandy Daddy is going to have to wait until next week because I don’t want to post a sub par post about him.

Today, I am thankful for having a warm bed to sleep in.

It may sound cliché, but this past week it has been pretty chilly and I’ve complained about being cold when I walk from my car into school or take my dog out. Umm spoiled brat much? I whine about being outside in the cold for 2 minutes, what about those who never are out of the cold? Having a warm place to stay is certainly not something I should take for granted. I am very thankful for that today!

What is one thing you are thankful for today? It can be anything, big or little, doesn’t matter!

~Ann Claire

Thankful Thursday

I’ve decided to start having Thankful Thursday here on my blog. I’m doing this for a couple different reasons….

1. I’m a sucker for all things alliterative. The double letter alliteration just makes me so darn happy (the only literary device I like more are puns; I LOVE puns)

2. It is always good to call to mind our blessings and thank God for all the wonderful things he has bestowed up on us.

Each week I will discuss a different thing that I am thankful for and I invite you to do the same. So, on this first installment of Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for my wonderful mother who cooks me amazingly delicious and healthy meals (of course I’m thankful for her for many other reasons too, but that is what I’m focusing on today).

Often times, with school and other things, I don’t have much time to cook during the week. Fortunately, my mom is always whipping up delectable and nutritious meals. She goes through great efforts to cook  healthful foods that I will want to eat and, if she is making something with dairy, she’ll leave it out of my portion. I don’t tell her often enough, but I appreciate everything she does so, so much!

A scrumptious dinner Mommy made recently. She even plated it up all pretty because she knows I like it that way.

An exquisite sandwich she made, featuring turkey, avocado, sliced apples, all grilled to perfection on cranberry pistachio bread. It sounds a bit odd but the creamy-ness of the avocado so perfectly compliments the crunchy-ness of the apples. Even if you don’t eat meat, you should really try the  avocado + apple combo.

She also helped me make this delicious bread. Okay, let’s be honest; saying, “she helped me make it,” is totally deceptive. She did most of the work! Not wanting to wreck our mixer motor, we decided to make it by hand and mommy dearest did pretty much all the kneading. She makes homemade dough regularly so she’s pretty darn good at it.

An awesome open faced sandwhich and some fruit

And let’s not forget about this soup.

The above are just a few things I happened to snap pictures of. My mom is always making nourishing yet saporous food!

Thanks Mom!

What are you thankful for on this lovely Thursday?

Any fun puns you’d like to share?

Here is an entertaining one I read. Greengrocers earn a meager celery, come home beet and just want to read the pepper, take a leek, turnip the covers, endive into bed.

Turnip the covers? Endive into bed? Please tell me that at least made you smile :)

~Ann Claire