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This Incredible Thing Called Peace

Thanksgiving in the palm of your hand

I was walking down the aisles of my grocery store today just minding my own business.  My thoughts were on the next errands I had to run, trying to estimate the time it would take for each and determine if I would be able to complete them before my 1:00 p.m. appointment.

As I pushed my cart, I was met with the blitz of holiday food conveniently placed where it could not be missed.  There, in the center aisle, were the ingredients for your favorite Thanksgiving feast.  Green bean casserole with French fried onions, dressing, pumpkin pie, cookie mixes, Velveeta cheese with RO*TEL,  You name it, it was probably there.   And all I could do was send up a whisper of “thanks”.

For a brief moment I was reminded of my dieting days, the days before I had this incredible thing called Peace with Food.  Back then, I couldn’t go to the grocery store during the holidays without facing one of two options:

  • Option 1 – Go off my diet and indulge which would inevitably result in me spiraling out of control.
  • Option 2 – Resist the incredible urge to buy these “off-limit” tempting foods.  The result of this option?  Resent my diet for making me feel deprived which would eventually cause me to throw off all restraint, indulge, and spiral out of control.

Two different options.  The same end result.

But thankfully, that was before Peace with Food.  Now I am no longer tormented with the grocery store or with the foods frequently flashed before us during the holidays. That is because  I now know that I can have whatever I want, just maybe not as much as I want.  And with this freedom to enjoy the foods I love, surprisingly I really don’t desire them that much and when I do, I now know how to enjoy them in moderation and then move on, feeling content and satisfied.

Yes, I am thankful for many things this Thanksgiving and Peace with Food is definitely one of them.





Take-Home Message:

With Peace with Food, you have the freedom to enjoy the foods you love in moderation and then move on feeling content and satisfied.




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Stacy’s {Winning} Cheese-y Potato Soup

This past December, the high school where I previously taught, had a soup ThRoWdOwN {not sure exactly what they called it} amongst their staff.  A friend & former colleague of mine, StAcY, won the contest.  I asked her if she would mind me sharing her prize-winning recipe.  Here it is:

Stacy’s Cheese-y Potato Soup


  • Potatoes (8-10 medium)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large brick of Velveeta cheese
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup real bacon pieces or 6-8 pieces of bacon fried and cut up into small pieces.
  • Roll of Jimmy Dean hot sausage
  • 3 cans of corn
  • 2 & 1/4 cups Bisquick mix
  • 2/3 cup milk

Peel and cut up your potatoes.  Place in a large kettle.  Add enough water to completely cover all potatoes.  Boil for 20 minutes.  While potatoes are boiling, saute onions, brown sausage, and fry bacon.  Cut up Velveeta into small pieces and melt.  Once potatoes are finished (DO NOT DRAIN WATER), add onion, sausage, bacon, corn (undrained), and melted Velveeta cheese.  In a separate bowl, stir Bisquick mix and milk until soft dough forms.  Place on surface sprinkled with Bisquick mix.  Knead 10 times—once soup is very warm, add Bisquick & milk dumplings (spoonful at a time), and then add 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, stir and heat then enjoy!

Lara and I actually tried the soup when our husbands were away at the Cotton Bowl.  {Yes, sLuMbEr PaRtiEs at our age are still fun!}  The soup was YuMmY!  How could it not be with a brick of Velveeta and heavy whipping cream?!  It certainly had that “CoMfOrT FoOd” quality.  The only thing that would have made it more perfect is eating it while watching a blizzard outside our window.  But hey, we weren’t complaining about the 70+ degree weather we were having that day!!  Now that the weather resembles more of the wintery kind, give it a try.  Once you do, you’ll understand why it took home the PrIzE!

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