Christmas in July! .99 sale and Free Kindle Fire giveaway!

 

It’s time for Christmas in July! Nine sweet romance authors have teamed up to offer this special .99 sale this week only. I’ll be giving away a new Kindle Fire to one commenter, drawn randomly on Sunday. To enter, comment below and let me know your favorite holiday dessert!

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New Release! Bernie’s Birthday is here.

Bernie’s Birthday is book #22 in the River’s End Ranch series that I write with four of my friends,

Cindy Caldwell, Kirsten Osbourne, Amelia Adams and Caroline Lee. We each take turns writing books set in this world and every two weeks, one is released. The setting is a family run ranch in Idaho and there are six siblings. Each book features a different couple, either friends or relatives of the siblings.

Bernie’s Birthday stars Wade Weston’s assistant Bernie, who is turning twenty-seven when the story begins. All is going well in her life, she loves her job at the ranch and recently had a promotion. She has a full life between work, friends, and family. She’s super close to her older brother, Jack, who is a bit of a ladies man, but a sweetheart too. He just hasn’t found ‘the one’. And neither has Bernie. She’s been too busy to look but as the rumor says, love has a way of finding you when you least expect it.

Though the only person she keeps running into is David, the ER doc who helped Wade when he had his panic attack. She’s known him since she was in elementary school and David always seemed like he couldn’t stand her. At least that’s how it seemed to Bernie…but then Wade surprises her by bidding on David at a bachelor auction to benefit the local hospital–and insists that Bernie go on the date. Click here to go to Amazon/KindleUnlimited

 

Some fun background inspiration for this story. My brother, also named David, lives in the North West, in a house built into the side of a mountain overlooking Lake Chelan. That house, which is partly on stilts and has a wrap around porch and lots of glass windows, is how I imagined Dr. David’s house as I wrote it.

 

 

 

 


My brother regularly sees Big Horned Sheep running in the fields by his house–so Dr. David does too! As well as deer and wild horses. It’s a beautiful spot and I am so overdue for a visit.

 

 

 

 

He also built this dock and installed a lift for his boat that keeps it a few feet above the water to protect it. My brother is a plumber and installs these lifts, so I thought that of course, Dr. David had to have one too.

 


Love this pic of deer on his property. They look so startled and curious.

So, that’s a bit about what inspired the setting and house for Dr. David. I hope you’ll take a look at Bernie’s Birthday and visit the rest of the stories at River’s End Ranch.

 

Nashville Dreams

 

Up next, is Nashville Dreams. This one is a standalone story. A sweet, fun saga that spans several years and is set in Montana, Charleston, and Nashville. I think of it as true love, torn apart by amnesia and a calculating billionaire with political ambitions. It’s a bit different than what you may be used to from me, but I hope you’ll enjoy it.   Coming soon!  ~Pam

 

Indigo Bay Sweet Romance Series Giveaway!

 

 

Happy Friday! Six of my friends are writing this fun, sweet series set in South Carolina. Check out the details below and be sure to enter the giveaway to win $100!
~Pam

Escape to Indigo Bay…

Six authors. Six Sweet Romances. One small South Carolina beach town.

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Sweet Dreams by Stacy Claflin
Ever since her twin became a singing sensation, Sky Hampton has struggled to be appreciated for who she is—apart from her sister. She wards off Aspen’s fans, who beg for autographs and selfies everywhere Sky goes. She can’t even find a guy who likes her for her. Sky flees to the small coastal town of Indigo Bay in hopes of blending in and building her blossoming career.

Jace Fisher is the textbook definition of the strong silent type—nobody can break through his tough exterior. He has suffered more than his fair share of tragedies, and to protect his shattered heart, he pushes everyone away. Jace spends his days fixing the Indigo Bay cottages, and his nights… nobody really knows. He keeps to himself.

When Jace shows up to fix Sky’s AC, he barely notices her and she’s distracted with settling in. It takes an emergency situation to get them talking, and when they do, the two find they have more in common than first appeared. As their attraction grows, defenses soar. Will they be able to risk love when they’ve both been burned in the past?

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Sweet Matchmaker by Jean Oram
Ginger McGinty hates liars. And she just married a spy.

Bridal shop owner Ginger McGinty excels at matchmaking unless it’s for herself. That is, until she meets the dreamy Aussie who helps her get into an event meant for engaged couples. Logan Stone is sweet, caring, thoughtful and fun—everything she desires in a man. But it turns out, her new fake fiancé could use a bit more than just a pretend engagement to get him into parties—he needs a quick marriage keep him in the country so he can be with his adopted special needs daughter.

With a marriage of convenience pro-con list longer than the average wedding veil, Ginger puts her faith in romance and offers Logan her hand in return for one thing—no lies.

But little does she know, almost everything she knows about her new husband is based on a lie.

Everything except his kisses and the way he accidentally spills his soul whenever they meet. And that’s quickly becoming a problem for Logan Stone who depends on distance and deceit to keep civilians such as Ginger safe from his enemy’s clutches.

Will the two find love in their marriage of convenience, or will everything break apart when the truth rises to the surface, shattering everything, including their trust?

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Sweet Sunrise by Kay Correll
Sometimes life has a way of teaching lessons whether you’re ready to learn them or not…

The last place on earth Will Layton wants to be is Indigo Bay, but his younger sister needs him and he’s never been able to say no to her. But she left out a few details… like their father staying with her and the girl who dumped him years ago is living right next door.

The last person Dr. Ashley Harden thought she’d see in Indigo Bay is Will Layton, but he’s back in town and just as irresistible as when they were young. Seeing Will again is a complication that isn’t on her carefully mapped out life plan.

In spite of Ashley’s best intentions, she starts falling for Will again, but nothing has changed. She’s still focused on getting the townspeople to accept her and see her as more than the girl from the wrong side of town, while Will is determined to guard his heart at any cost.

Not the easiest road to true love… especially when secrets from the past are revealed and history threatens to repeat itself.

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Sweet Illusions by Jeanette Lewis
Eva Malone was very young when her mother forced the family to join a violent doomsday cult, but she remembers a little about how normal life used to be. As a young woman, she escapes the cult and relocates to Indigo Bay, South Carolina to pursue her dream of peaceful anonymity.

After several tumultuous years as a policeman in Atlanta, Ben Andrews has had enough. He returns home to Indigo Bay and joins the Indigo Bay PD, where the most exciting part of the job is getting a kitten out of a tree or rescuing tourists who lose their keys at the beach.

Eva and Ben are immediately drawn to each other. But as the prophesied date of the apocalypse draws near and the cult steps up its efforts to find her, Eva realizes she can’t maintain her sweet illusion forever.

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Sweet Regrets by Jennifer Peel
Melanie Dixon never thought she would find herself divorced, pregnant, and living back with her parents in Indigo Bay. Not one to let misfortune get the best of her, she picks up the broken pieces of her life and bit by bit puts them back together. She’s determined to go it alone, but her loving and equally determined family and friends have another idea.

Enter Declan Shaw, the boy next door from long ago. The boy she wasn’t quite ready to commit forever to at eighteen. Back in Indigo Bay due to a recent job promotion, Declan sees this as a second chance to reunite with the girl who has owned his heart since the day they met in their junior year of high school. But Melanie is a tougher sell on the idea than he thought she would be. Now it’s up to him to prove to Melanie that she can trust him with her heart and that he’s the man she and her baby deserve.

Will the regret and hurt of the past win out? Or will love prevail?

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Sweet Rendezvous by Danielle Stewart
On her last tank of gas Elaine Mathews drives South. Spontaneity had never been her strength, but there was something about being publicly fired that had a way of changing things. An empty bank account, broken heart, and enough humiliation to last a life time was all Elaine could claim as her own. Her car choked to a stop in the quiet beach town of Indigo Bay and all she could do was sit on the curb and wait for the sun to set on her misery.

Davis Mills has a routine. Wake. Work. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. It hadn’t always been that way. He’d left indigo bay once and returned a broken man. Now he kept his dreams small and his schedule tight. If there was no room in his life for anything new then he’d never repeat his mistakes.

When fate has them, quite literally colliding Elaine and Davis are faced with an important question. Can you live a full life if you never take a risk? Or is life made up of every mistake, miracle and chance that comes with being in love?

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What’s coming up next…

Happy Tuesday! We finally have sunshine here in Plymouth, MA and I’m hoping it will stick around for a while. I’m ready for Summer. My last release, Merry Manager, was in the River’s End Ranch series, our Christmas round. I’ll have two more books coming within the next Nashville Dreamsmonth and am turning my attention over to mystery/suspense after those.

First up is Nashville Dreams. This is best described as a women’s saga. I think of it as true love, torn apart by amnesia and a billionaire with political ambitions. Very fun story to write.

After that is a new River’s End Ranch romance, Bernie’s Birthday. Bernie is Wade’s assistant. She’s turning 27 and is a bit restless, ready for the next chapter of her life to begin. Watch for Bernie’s story on July 3.

 

I’ve also been doing a lot of reading lately. I’m a binge reader, and my pile is always teetering dangerously. I just finished Danielle Steel’s newest book Against All Odds, which I really enjoyed. It’s probably my favorite of the ones I’ve read in the past few years. I’m currently reading John Grisham’s newest, Camino Island, which is very different from any of his other thrillers. For one thing, there are no lawyers. It involves a theft of rare books and the setting is a bookstore on a small Florida island. Next up after that is Joseph Finder’s The Switch. I love his books and this one sounds great. A woman senator discovers that she picked up the wrong laptop at the airport and someone else has hers, which has classified info on it that isn’t supposed to be there. But before I dive into that, I’ll be doing an early read of Kirsten Osbourne’s Flyboy’s Fancy, which is the next River’s End Ranch book, that releases on Monday.

Oh, and this weekend, am going to visit friends who live on Nantucket and we are going to a big book festival there. Am looking forward to it!

Hope you have a wonderful week,

~Pam

 

 

 

Sneak peek, first chapter of Merry Manager, River’s End Ranch

Happy Friday! I was late getting this to Kirsten to add to the back of Baker’s Bob, so am sharing the first chapter of Wade’s story, Merry Manager, here if you’d like to check it out. This will release on Monday, April 24. Hope you enjoy!  

Chapter 1

“You’re more tense than usual. Rough day?” Maddie Johnson asked as she worked to loosen up one of the many knots in Wade Weston’s neck, back, and shoulders.

Wade sighed. “No worse than usual. It has been crazy lately. Lots going on with all the Christmas events and holiday parties.”

“It’s so special here at Christmas, though. Seems like it gets bigger every year,” Maddie said.

“It does. We’re fully booked through New Year’s Day but the phones are still ringing off the hook with people wanting to make a reservation. And just before I came here, I got a call from our Old West town Santa that he’s not sure if he’ll make it in tomorrow. Says he feels like he’s coming down with something. Which means you might see me in a Santa suit.”

Maddie laughed as she rubbed more lotion onto her palms and then worked it into his shoulders. The warmth of her hands felt wonderful and he slowly felt some of his tension dissipate. He always walked out of a session with Maddie feeling refreshed and calm. Maddie managed the spa and was the best masseuse they had on staff at River’s End Ranch. She was also a very good friend. He’d known Maddie, and her eight-year-old daughter Vivian for years. 

“But enough of my whining. How are you doing? How’s Vivian?”

“She’s great.” Maddie’s voice softened when she spoke about her daughter and even though Wade couldn’t see it, he could tell by her tone that there was a smile on her face. “She announced this morning over breakfast that she and Sadie’s daughter, Violet, are officially best friends.”

“Everyone needs a best friend.”

“That’s true.”

Wade thought he detected a hint of sadness in her reply. “How’s your day going so far?” he asked gently.

Maddie sighed. “It’s fine. I’m still always a little sad on this date. It’s the five year anniversary of when Tim died. He was my best friend.”

“I’m sorry. I know it must be hard. I still miss him, too. Wade had been Tim’s best man when he and Maddie got married. 

“I’m actually doing much better. It’s just when these dates roll around—birthdays, anniversaries, holidays—there’s always a little emptiness.”

Maddie finished his back and shoulders and turned her attention to his feet. Something about the way she pushed and pulled and kneaded his feet seemed to relax him more than anything else. He always came close to drifting off to sleep by the time she finished massaging his feet.

“Okay, you’re all set, Wade. I hope that helped,” Maddie said softly as she draped the crisp cotton sheet over his feet, signaling that their time together had come to an end.

“That hour always goes by too fast,” Wade lamented.

“I think that’s a compliment,” Maddie said with a laugh. “Although you did cancel our last two sessions. I was starting to worry a bit.”

“I’m sorry. I hated to cancel. It’s just been so insane lately. It’s not always easy to get away.”

Maddie nodded. “I know. But that’s all the more reason why it’s so important. It’s a really good stress reliever. Seems like it does you good.”

Wade smiled. “Oh, it definitely does. I always look forward to coming in.” A little too much, if he was being honest with himself. Maddie gave a great massage, but he looked forward to seeing and talking to her as much as the massage itself. He’d been sorry to cancel the last few times and found himself missing their sessions.

He had to keep reminding himself that Maddie was off-limits, though, for multiple reasons. He wasn’t convinced that she was ready to be with anyone else. Even though Tim was gone, it still felt sort of wrong, since they’d been such close friends. And, of course, Wade was also her boss, which turned a tempting idea into a really bad one.

“Let’s book your next three appointments now, so you won’t have to think about it. It will just be on your calendar,” Maddie suggested.

“Sounds good, set me up.”

While Wade was at the spa on his lunch break, his right hand assistant, Bernie, who was extremely efficient and capable, had put half a dozen sticky notes on his computer—all needing his urgent attention. She smiled when he walked in. “It’s been wild. Check your computer and let me know if you have any questions.”

Lily, the resort’s event planner, shared the office with Bernie, and waved as he walked into his connecting office and sat down to get to work. He’d felt so relaxed when he left the spa, but now as he scrolled through his email and reviewed the sticky notes, he felt a tightness spread across his back and chest. There were so many urgent issues that he wasn’t sure what to tackle first.

As general manager of the ranch, he oversaw all areas of the business. His five siblings all helped in their different areas of interest, but he was involved in everything and though he loved it, the workload lately was often overwhelming. Today’s issues were all urgent.

The zoning commission had questions about a permit they needed to begin construction for the kids’ corral. There was a leak in the kitchen ceiling that was getting worse and needed immediate attention. The fish that was supposed to be delivered the next day for a holiday party wasn’t available due to some issues with the supplier.

It was one thing after another and then the last one had him shaking his head, wondering what else could possible go wrong. The sick Santa he’d talked to earlier had already called and left a message that he wasn’t going to make it in for the rest of the week as he was certain he had strep throat, even though he hadn’t yet seen a doctor.

Wade took a deep breath and pressed his hands against his temples to calm a sudden, pounding headache.  His phone rang and he saw it was his mother. He debated answering it as there was no such thing as a five-minute call with his mother. But what if something was wrong?

His parents were traveling the country in an RV and even though they were hundreds of miles away, they still managed to somehow know everything that was going on at the ranch and just about every time they called, it was with a new project. Wade didn’t have an ounce of energy left for anything new. But he didn’t want to put the conversation off either. Easier to deal with it and move on.

“Hi, Mom. How’s it going?”

“Hi honey! I’m so sorry that we won’t be with you all for Christmas this year, but the Blizzard couldn’t have picked a better place to need some repairs. The Florida sunshine is just lovely.”

The running family joke was that his parents couldn’t get home because they were stuck in a blizzard—which was the name of their RV. It had been almost a year since they’d started their cross-country adventure. They were having a ball traveling all over the country but they were also newly retired and having a little bit of a hard time letting go. His mother’s recent projects that had needed his immediate attention included the new barn building for big catering parties and special events and the kids’ corral, for onsite daycare.

“I have a new project I think you’re going to be really excited about….” His mother rambled on about her newest great idea while Wade stared at his stack of sticky notes and mentally prioritized what needed his attention first. When he hung up the phone, he worked his way through the list and once everything was taken care of, except finding a new replacement Santa, he stood up to get a cup of coffee and walked into the office that Bernie and Lily shared. Lily was on the phone and Bernie looked at him with concern as he leaned against the doorway and put one hand to his head. The headache was back and worse than before, and the tightness in his chest was so strong, it was hard to get a breath.

“Wade, are you all right?”

“I think so. I’ve just been having the strangest tightness across my chest. I’m sure it’s nothing.”

He felt himself try to smile as everything went black and he could faintly hear Bernie’s panicked voice as his legs buckled.

“Lily, call 911. Wade looks like he’s having a heart attack…” 

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Gluten-Free Sausage Stuffing recipe

gluten free stuffing

I hope you all gluten free stuffinghad a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. I spent it with my sister and twin nieces and it was a relaxing, fattening day. One of the dishes I made was my grandmother’s sausage stuffing–but since both my sister and I are eating gluten and dairy-free these days, I had to modify it a bit. People seemed to like it and she asked me for the recipe, which years ago my grandmother wrote down–the regular version. I adapted it to make it gluten and dairy-free, and since my sister asked for the recipe, I thought I’d type it up and share it here as well because it really is good, and it’s hard to find good gluten-dairy free recipes. You can easily make it the regular way by substituting your favorite bread.

This pic is this year’s Christmas tree…I went smaller and easier, and am loving it. I actually put this up before Thanksgiving. 🙂

Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

Gluten and Dairy-Free Sausage Stuffing

I loaf Udi’s white bread, crusts mostly trimmed off. ( I left on about a third)

I loaf Three Bakers, Ancient Grains bread, also mostly trimmed. (You could do all Udi’s if you prefer white)

2 eggs, beaten

1 pound roll Jimmy Dean bulk sausage

1 large onion, minced

4 large stalks of celery, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 box Bell’s seasoning

Heat oven to 375

In large skillet, over medium heat, saute onion and celery in oil until soft. Add sausage and brown well. While that is cooking, toast half the bread, and chop it all into small pieces.  In large bowl, add bread and toss with the bell’s seasoning. Pour the browned sausage, onion and celery over the bread along with any oil/fat. Mix well. Add the two eggs and stir until thoroughly mixed. Press stuffing into a 9 x 12 or similar sized casserole dish, cover loosely with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove foil and cook another 10-15 minutes until top of stuffing is lightly browned.  enjoy!

 

New Release! Veterinarian’s Vacation, River’s End Ranch Series

Back in May, I went to a writer’s conference in Chicago and met up with several good friends. One of them, Kirsten Osbourne, casually said one night at dinner, “Would you ladies be interestveterinariansvacation-1ed in writing a series together?  I was thinking a ranch somewhere out west, six siblings, meddling parents…..that kind of thing.”        It took Cindy Caldwell and I about two seconds to say “Of course!”

The three of us had organized a much larger project last year at this time, as we all write historicals. That was the American Mail-Order Brides series and had 45 authors and 50 books, one for each state. If you want to check those out, you can see them all in order here.

For this project, we wanted to go smaller and release multiple books each. We invited Caroline Lee and Amelia Adams to join us and the first book in the series, Kirsten’s Short-Order Sheriff released October 10. My book, Veterinarians Vacation, came next, followed by Amelia’s Accidental Agent, Caroline’s Whitewater Wooing and finally, on Monday, Cindy’s Honest Horseman. The books are standalone romances, but characters do make appearances from book to book and it’s a fun, family focused world at a gorgeous resort in Idaho. My next one will be out December 5, Charming Chef.

Veterinarian’s Vacation is a second chance romance, featuring two veterinarians–Jake and Jess, who is a cousin of the six Weston siblings and grew up on the ranch with them. This was a very fun book to write, and these are sweet romances.

Find out more here–Veterinarian’s Vacation

 

Diet Update and Coming Soon–Winter in Ireland

winterI haven’t posted much this past month on my diet progress. You can probably guess why. I’m a bit stalled, stuck at 143, though I did flirt with 142 for a day or two. I went on vacation in May, to Chicago for a writer’s conference and mini-vacation and had a wonderful time. But the calorie counting stopped and there was more wine than usual. The good news is that I didn’t gain. I’m getting ready to head out on my big vacation of the year next week, am off to London with my sister and twin nieces, who are about to graduate from high school. They’ve all been before, but it’s my first time and am really looking forward to it. There will be a high tea, or two. Gluten-free of course! Back on track after that. I’m half-way to my goal. 🙂

In Book News, I have several  new books coming soon. First up is Winter in Ireland, which is book 5 in my contemporary western series. You can read more about that here, and sign up for an email alert when it releases if you like. Click here.

Nashville Dreams

After that is Nashville Dreams. My soapy saga that I like to think of as “True love torn apart by amnesia and an evil billionaire with political ambitions.” Click here to read more.

After that, is another historical romance, a new contemporary western series with several of my favorite authors that should be really fun, and a new mystery/suspense novel that I am so excited to start on. This was inspired by a real life news story that happened about a year ago and when I first heard about it I thought, “what a cool idea for a book…” My favorite suspense authors include Harlan Coben, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner and Karin Slaughter. I don’t think mine will be too dark….but you never know. 🙂

Week 6, Weigh-in. What’s working and what’s not

fresh lobsterI almost titled this post, “The Wine Problem”. Because it was an issue for me this week. I should have been down several pounds. I flirted with 143 again, briefly, before three days of wine got in the way. I know this. I know that having wine more than once or twice a week, stalls weight loss. Yet, I went out three nights in a row this week and had wine each time. The wine itself isn’t bad as I can sort of plan for it. But, it has a tendency to lead to fuzzy food portion judgement. It’s easy to control meals when I make them. When I’m out somewhere and someone keeps topping off my glass of prosecco, it’s hard to track how many calories I’ve had. It’s even harder to say no to the most delicious, super moist chocolate birthday cake when someone sets a plate in front of me.

But, I tried. I had two bites, then passed to plate to a friend to finish it off. I didn’t end the week at 143 or lower like I’d hoped. But, it could have been worse. I was down a pound, so 144. I have to limit going out, or at least having wine or my weight is going to see-saw, down a few pounds during the week, back on over the weekend. I don’t want that to happen. However…..this coming week, I am giving myself a little bit of a pass. My goal is to not gain weight. I’m going on a mini-vacation, to Chicago with three of my favorite writer friends and I can’t behave the whole time. Chicago is known as a foodie town, and I am me. Just being realistic.  I know that some wine will be happening. 🙂

So, enough of my bad behavior. What is working on this diet? Here’s the plan I’ve been following and it is working as long as I don’t deviate too much. I use the Myfitnesspal app to track what I eat and the nutrition. This helps me to make better choices. I’m mostly having fresh fruit for breakfast, either cantaloupe or honey dew melons. Both are high in potassium, and vitamins A and C.  Trying to have one starch a day, either potato of some kind or rice. Lots of lean protein like chicken and fish. I’m also trying to mix it up so I have different proteins, like chicken one day, seafood the next. Lots of salad and fresh veggies, and good fats like avocado and nuts (but not too many as I don’t need to deal with The Walnut Problem again. Wine twice a week and 30 minutes of cardio at least 5x a week. Trying to drink more water and less coffee. I am bad about that.

Today, had cantaloupe, a small serving of Vietnamese shaking beef and rice and am heading to a clambake soon where I will be having lobster, and yes, wine. 🙂

If you are dieting, how is it going? Any good tips you’d like to share?

Since I may have tortured some of you with that picture of fresh lobster meat, here’s my favorite recipe for what I like to do with it.

Lazy Lobster Casserole

One pound of fresh lobster

One stick of butter

One sleeve of Ritz crackers (or Townhouse)

drizzle of sherry…optional

sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Melt half the butter and crush the crackers to crumbs. Mix the melted butter and crumbs together, then stir in the lobster. Put in a casserole dish, top with chunks of the rest of the butter and drizzle of sherry if you are using it (maybe a tablespoon or so).  Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes just until lightly browned. Serve with chopped fresh parsley. This is how lazy-man lobster is made in many Cape Cod restaurants that I’ve worked in. Enjoy! 🙂

 

Losing 20 pounds, My new favorite ‘fast food’ lunch

This is now one of mAmy's Organic Split Pea Soupy new favorite lunches. My sister had told me that the Amy’s soups were good, but I was skeptical. How good could they really be? I’ve never been that impressed with any canned soups. But I happened to see that Amy’s Organic soups were on sale, so I grabbed a can to try it out. I love split pea soup, and am kind of picky about it, so my expectations were low. Plus, this is a vegetarian version, no ham, but I was surprised by how good it was. I tend to be hungriest at lunch time, so just the soup wouldn’t be enough to fill me.

But I had some leftover grilled salmon that I added and that was delicious. Another time, it was rotisserie chicken. So, a filling lunch, high in fiber, and protein and low in fat for under 400 calories. This particular one is also low in sodium, which is often an issue with canned soups. It’s a good option when you want something fast and have some leftovers to use up. I’ve also had it without extra protein add-ins on days when I know I’m going out to dinner and want to save those extra calories.

Diet is still going well. I’m hoping to be down at least a pound again tomorrow. Clothes are starting to feel looser. Have been walking for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week and want to add in weights next week. Will weigh-in and report results tomorrow. 🙂