Best Day Ever + 3-Minute Chocolate Mousse!


This has been the best day ever! 8)

In honor of the Spring-like weather we’ve been having, today I donned a light jacket that I hadn’t worn since the Fall. I put it on, reached my hand into the pocket and pulled out $3! I LOVE finding money in clothes you haven’t worn for months! :D


I took my new found treasure, went to Starbucks and ordered a Toffee Nut Latte! I was pleasantly surprised when a reader emailed me last week to tell me they do, in fact, exist and that I wasn’t crazy. :) The verdict? So rich and delicious – like butter pecan ice cream. A new fave for sure!


The fabulousness continued when I got home and was greeted by this beautiful bouquet of daffodils sitting on my front porch from my Mom! I mean…!!

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Isn’t that the nicest thing ever? Luck and kindness is just overflowing today, I can hardly stand it. :) :) :) 

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Did you perform a random act of kindness today? Tell us about it! I loved hearing about all the things you described this morning. Warmed my heart. :)

The happy mood continued over dinner – I seriously scarfed this down is was so incredible. 4 Cheese Pasta!



Serves 2.

2 servings whole wheat penne pasta

2.5 cups broccoli florets

2 servings tofu, pressed & cubed

Garlic salt, onion powder, pepper

1 cup Bertolli Four Cheese Rosa sauce

1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped




1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Add broccoli florets to water when pasta has 2-3 minutes left to cook. Drain.


2. While pasta and broccoli are draining, sauté tofu with garlic salt, onion powder and pepper in some nonstick spray until light golden brown.


3. Add pasta sauce to the pot with the tofu and heat.


4. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and serve!



Whoopee, this was incredible!


Let me just start out by telling you that I hate cream sauces. They freak me out and make me feel really icky. I received this Bertolli Four Cheese Rosa sauce from Foodbuzz and, with some hesitation, decided to give it a try.


I’m SO glad I did – it tastes so gourmet! I would have never guessed that it came from a jar. You can really taste the parmesan and romano cheeses, and a hint of fresh tomato. I’ve never recommended a jarred sauce besides Gino’s, but I would recommend this sauce. It was that good.


Paired with sweet sun dried tomatoes, chewy tofu and tender broccoli – I happily ate this allll up!




Since Girl Scout cookies have been dominating my life recently, I recognize the need to have some portion controlled desserts in my life. I jumped with I came across this easy, 3 Minute Chocolate “Mousse” idea!



1/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese

1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon agave nectar




1. MIX!


That’s it. :) That’s all you need to enjoy this little chocolaty cup of pure Heaven. So creamy and decadent – you’ve got to try it! **Edited to add – what if you added mint extract?! Thin Mint Mousse, anyone?!***


My random act of kindness for the day? Printing out this picture of my Grandma from Ben and I’s wedding for my Mom. Isn’t she beautiful? Hi Grandma!

great pic of gma mac @K B wedding

Have a great night, folks – and come back for an exciting post in the a.m.!

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  1. Evan Thomas 03.09.2010

    Finding money feels like such a treasure.
    I love doing a mousse recipe like that with greek yogurt or avocado–so creamy!

  2. Kelly 03.09.2010

    Aww your grandma is beautiful :)
    That pasta dish looks delicious. I hear you on the girl scout cookie problem. I have been eating the samoa ice cream nonstop!

  3. kate 03.09.2010

    i need to try that mousse! sounds like you had such a day filled with positiivity & its not even friday :)

  4. the wicked noodle 03.09.2010

    What a fun day! LOVE finding $ in my pocket :-)

  5. Jessica 03.09.2010

    What a great day!
    This morning, after reading your post I decided to surprise my husband with his favorite breakfast. He was so happy and it put us both in a great mood for the day! Thanks for the positive start!

  6. It totally makes my day when I find money in my pockets :)

  7. Anna-Lisa 03.09.2010

    I have those same flowers in my house and they always brighten my day! And wow, your food looks good. :-)

  8. SO cool that you found money, I love it when that happens!!! :D
    That pasta looks delicious! I think i could even get my family to eat tofu cooked like that!

  9. Tay 03.09.2010

    Mmmm that sauce looks delicious! How are the nutrition stats? And I’ll have to give the toffee nut a try sometime. I’ve seen it there for a while, and have always thought it sounded good. And yay for the money!! I once fond a $20 in my pocket – best day ever! haha

  10. Looks like a delicious dinner! Love the pic of Grandma :-)

  11. Finding money in clothes is great! The pasta and daffodils are both gorgeous, I’d take either :D

  12. Jenna 03.09.2010

    It must be a creamy pasta night, because I had a some Bacon, Ranch, and Chicken Mac & Cheese tonight. Holy yum!

    What a fabulous day you’ve had. Finding money is the best. But having those beautiful and bright flowers waiting for you at home may be even better. That sure would put a smile on my face. :)

  13. Kaitlin 03.09.2010

    that pasta looks delicious, YUM…And I’m the same way about cream sauces, guess I’ll have to try this one out though!

  14. This pasta dish looks great. Unfortunately, I am a huge fan of cream sauces, and haven’t tried this one!

  15. Melissa S. 03.09.2010

    i love finding money in random pockets! so exciting!!

    and those flowers are so beautiful! i wish i had some of those!

  16. LOVED that sauce!!! looks like a great day :)

  17. Iowa Mom Life 03.09.2010

    I’m almost ready to take the plunge and try tofu! You keep coming up with great recipes :) Love your gramma’s pix…wish mine was still around..I really miss her………

  18. Darci 03.09.2010

    love the random acts of kindness post from this morning! last week i sent my good friend a card just because i love & appreciate her friendship. and a few weeks ago i bought my newly divorced friend a subscription to parents magazine, i know she enjoys reading & always wants to be a better mom so hope she enjoys it!

    oh and your pasta looks DELISH!!!

  19. Tonight Hunni and I showed up at some of our church kids concert even though they weren’t expecting us too.

  20. Kacie 03.09.2010


  21. Love your mousse… Sounds like a pretty healthy dessert option, and I could use a few of those right now. I have a sweet tooth, but it has been getting the best of me. Love reading your blog because it always helps me get back on track. Thanks :)

  22. Tessa 03.09.2010

    So glad that you got to try the Toffee Nut Latte!
    The flowers are beautiful! How thoughtful your mother is!
    Kindness for the day…gave a couple of hugs, held a few doors. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but they received a smile for sure!:o)

  23. Ashley 03.09.2010

    What a great day! I love the flowers, they are so colorful and full of color! :). Springtime is in the air!

    The pasta looks absolutely delicious! I’ve never tried that sauce before, but sounds like I should give it a whirl! Have a great evening! :).

  24. Rose 03.09.2010

    Your pictures are always SO good. That meal looks delicious – and easy.

  25. Midgetkeeper 03.09.2010

    Love the flowers, so very sweet. I am also loving the quick mousse recipe. Will have to try tomorrow night.

  26. Love your increased use of tofu lately!

  27. Arati 03.10.2010

    Just reading about your day today filled my heart with happiness. Your mom is so sweet, beautiful flowers.
    Your Grandma is very beautiful. I miss my grandmoms… they were very beautiful and kind…

  28. What a great mouuse idea! I have to try that :) I bet it would work with greek yogurt too?
    That was a lovely gesture from your mum, shows spring really is coming!! AT LAST!

  29. MommaB 03.10.2010

    I was on another site that led me to yours, funny – I’m here in Des Moines and the dreary rain can take a boot I agree!

    I’d LOVE to register to win the the tofu press + coupons!

    Great Blog!

  30. Machelle 03.10.2010

    I can’t believe you don’t like cream sauces! Glad you found one you do like! That pasta dish looks good! Love broccoli! I tried the Barilla whole wheat penne pasta & I didn’t care for it. In fact I tried it twice. I thought maybe I didn’t cook it quite long enough the first time, so cooked it even longer the second time…it just seemed a bit tough to me. I went back to the plain ole white pasta! Not as healthy but I sure do like the texture better!

  31. I just checkout out the Starbucks nutrition stats and couldn’t find anything about a Toffee Nut Latte. Do you know if it’s just a regional thing? It sounds SO decadent, I wanted to try it!!

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  34. Dana 12.22.2010

    flowers and chocolate mousse? Is there anything better than that? You always give out great ideas,thanks.

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