Soup’s On

What a Monday! Working right up until 5 pm (a little over, actually), then out to play with Harley some more.

I had a serving of that ginger TJs trail mix today –


I just wish there was more ginger! I get out my serving and then dig through the bag to make sure I at least have a few pieces  :)

I also added in about a tablespoon of special dark chocolate chips today.


Dark chocolate makes anything better.

Harley was so funny around 4:45 today – he kept stepping up onto my desk and getting in my face to lick me or bite my hair or drop his stuffed hippo on my keyboard – I guess he was ready for me to be done with work!

Nick came home and we went outside to run around with him a little more – then I got started on dinner.

I found this Minestrone with Endive & Pepperoni recipe in my newest Eating Well and had flagged it to make this week.


I made a few changes (as usual)  :)

  • Added a bit more of everything for extra leftovers
  • 3 servings of dry whole wheat pasta shells (1.5 cups total)
  • 1 bag of frozen cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, lima beans
  • 1 bag of frozen corn, onion, red pepper, okra
  • only 1 serving of pepperoni diced (about 15 slices total)
  • rainbow chard (local!)


This soup was good. I know okra is not ever in a normal minestrone soup, but I loved it in this recipe! The italian seasonings with all the veggies, the little bits of pepperoni, and the pasta was a great mix.

I also had some whole grain bread on the side for dipping.


I’ve got laundry going – really…I think the hamper just keeps refilling everyday! It’s nonstop this week!

Plus, How I Met Your Mother is on soon! The best part of my Mondays, for sure.


Fun FIRST giveaway over at One Fit Foodie!


Do you eat bread on the side of your soup or are you a dipper?


  1. i love bread as a dipper for soup, actually bread for anything is good! :)

  2. great comforting soup! and that whole wheat grain bread…. omg! so good! :)

  3. normally i’m an on the side sort of girl, but i made kabocha soup today and dipped dave’s killer bread in it… heaven!
    and your soup looks yummy!

  4. Yum. I think they sell dark chocolate covered ginger at TJ’s; I bet that’s good. If they don’t sell it there, I know they sell it at my Whole Foods bulk bins

  5. omgoodness!! that trek mix from trader joes looks amazing!!I’ve never been to TJ’s ever!! I’m sooo eager to go!

    Your soup looks fab! :)

  6. I love when I am working after hours on my laptop and Leo puts his little head on the keyboard for me to pet. Warms my heart. :-)

    Our laundry is overflowing right now. We had to get a new washer and dryer so we only washed the necessities at the laundromat. Now we are just waiting for them to hook the gas back up on Wednesday morning. Then we will spend a few days doing it all :-)

  7. I’m more of a soup and sandwich kinda girl, but it’s still bread and it’s still dipable.

  8. ooohhh that TJ’s trail mix looks sooo good – i haven’t seen that kind before. i LOVED your pictures of your walk with harley. the day looked gorgeous, and there is just nothing better than a walk on a gorgey day.

    thanks so much again for the package and all the marathon support – love and hugs to you girl :)

  9. Bowl. Bowl. Bowl. Bowl. What a perfect dinner given tonight’s episode ;)

    I’m a dipper!

  10. I love dipping bread in soup! That minestrone looks so yummy. I especially like your addition of the okra. Anytime you can work in okra it’s a plus to me. :)

  11. Ahhh I’m ALL about scoopers! that bread looks like a great scooper :) and i love love love eating well mag!

  12. I am beyond a doubt – a bread dipper!!! Bread is too dry to eat alone, i love sopping up juices and making it a little soggy but full of flavor! Geez your soup looks like the perfect healthy, comfort meal in a single bowl…shells are my favorite kinda pasta. :P hehehe

    P.s I’m having a ZenSoy pudding and soymilk giveaway! come on by if you’re interested! :)

  13. Wow, that minestrone soup looks delicious! I’m definitely a bread dipper. Mmmm!

  14. I’m a dipper, I dip everything. My favorite is pizza crusts into diet cherry coke!

  15. not a dipper, i like my bread crispy and toasted!

  16. I love ginger :) ginger and dark chocolate go so well together :)

  17. thanks for the shout out to my giveaway!! your pics are soo amazingly beautiful! that pasta dish looks great! I always do the same thing, increase the ingredients for left overs! and the bread looks perfect for dippage!!

  18. chunky soup is the only way for me..

  19. I need to get my hands on some ginger chews or something ginger–it’s supposed to help shorten a cold–and I am so sick, bleh :-(
    That pasta dish looks very good! I love how you can use pasta in SO many awesome recipes.

  20. That soup looks great! I love okra is soups, it always makes me think of gumbo for some reason.

    Dogs are so funny. They don’t understand why the world doesn’t revolve around them and their schedule, so cute!

    Laundry is such a pain! Especially when you’re working out a lot because it’s like 2 or 3 changes of clothes per day. Ugh.

  21. How I Met Your Mother, yay. So goood. I still need to watch the latest episode :D

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