Thankful Updates

May 4, 2011 · 40 comments

I can’t describe to you all how much your thoughts, prayers, and comments touched the hearts of my sister, my family, and me.

I’m so happy to report that Amy is smiling big from the hospital recovery room.

Why is she smiling so big, do you ask (other than all those pain meds ;))


We are all so thankful, relieved, and excited. One more cancer free family member gives us all so much happiness and a huge sigh of relief.

I will be heading to Northern Virginia to help Amy recuperate so my parents can go to Ohio to be with my dad’s family for my grandpa’s funeral. I’ve been really antsy sitting her in VB all by myself not being able to help anyone, so I’m anxious to get there and help my sister.

Although somebody (cough..Mike) had me really craving sushi last night, I was intent on using up some of my veggies I needed to get rid of before going out of town last night. SO… I decided to put my new little garlic chopper to work!

Wait till you see. This sucker’s is a genius.

garlic. master.

Abby showed me this little guy during my visit to Salisbury. This thing easily and quickly minces garlic without mess and without making your hands smell like garlic for 2397 days.

Not that that’s a bad thing…

Sidenote: I may have made a little booboo and purchased ELEPHANT garlic. Uh, what’s the difference, besides it being huge and not smelling as great as regular garlic?

It must be my new-found obsession with elephants after reading and seeing Water for Elephants. Yes, I now want my own elephant.

big dog garlic

My bad.

Check it out. You put the garlic in there…

Close it up…

Roll it on the counter… and the blades chop it all up!

Et voila. You can make [gross looking, but] delicious pasta sauces without making a mess of your hands.

Sorry I’m not sorry I don’t care enough to make a picture of my pasta sauce look more appetizing.

To make this delicious low-fat cheesy tofu cream sauce:
-3/4 cup plain greek yogurt (I used my love, Chobani)
-3 medium mushrooms, sliced
-1/4 cup tofu, cut into blocks
-1 triangle Laughing Cow Light, Garlic & Herb flavored
-a pinch of light goat cheese
-1 clove garlic, minced
-a few shakes of Garlic & Herb seasoning

All added to this stuff:

whole wheat fettuccine pastaaaa

Try not to trip over yourself as you sprint to Target to pick up this baby. You won’t regret it.

In other news, Chloe is doing beautifully at boot camp. Our breeder reported that she is one one of the smartest dogs he has ever trained. She is doing well with heeling and sitting, and he’s getting ready to teach her to ignore distractions.

The tornados we had last week touched down in the town she’s in, but we got a phone call saying Chloebear was safely inside. Phew!

“Mom. Relax. I’ll be home soon.”

I miss my baby. 🙁

Did you notice? I’m now self-hosted!

I finally gave in and got my own domain. Check the top of your browser.. see where it says Yeeeeah.

Now, you expert WordPress friends, please tell me how I can now add the plug-ins I want to use so badly (i.e., comment plug-ins). I need your help and I’m sick of trying to Google it.

Next time I post, it’ll be from NoVA alongside my rockstar sister. 😀

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1 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles May 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Oh, this is just fantastic news! So so happy!


2 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite May 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Fantastic news about your sister! So glad to hear that everything went well 🙂


3 Brandi May 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Congratulations on your sister being cancer free! That is awesome! I’m glad that you’ve gotten some good news.

That garlic cutter thing is amazing. I need one in my life!


4 movesnmunchies May 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm

OH YAY FOR SELF HOSTED!!!.. AND YAYAYAYAYA FOR AMY!! im SO happy everything went well!!!!!! umm NEED THAT GARLIC cutter! I LOVEEE GARLIC! xxxxxxxx


5 Danielle May 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm

That’s awesome news about your sister. I’ll keep praying for her recovery and for your family. God is good. : )


6 Katie May 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm

What great news about your sister!! Just absolutely fantastic, praise the Lord.

Also, that garlic thing is awesome.


7 simplyshaka May 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Happy post all around–woo hoo! So happy to hear your sister is cancer free and recooperating–tell her to keep on smiling 🙂
I need that garlic masher!


8 Carlee May 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm

That IS TRULY something to be thankful about! YAY for cancer free sister!


9 Lisa @ I'm an Okie May 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Oh my gosh! this is fantastic news and I Am so happy for you and your family!


10 Nicole @ Of Cookies & Carrots May 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Oh that’s wonderful news 🙂 I just did relay for life this last weekend an dposted about my experience with it so this really warms my heart <3

Thinking good thoughts!


11 Kimberley May 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

That is fantastic news girl– your family must be ecstatic 🙂 That is so nice that you are going to stay with your sister! Have fun dolll!


12 Angela May 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Yay for your sister…
I know we don’t know each other, but I know how scary it can be when a family member has cancer, so this is awesome news!


13 Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) May 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm

That is awesome for your sister. Great news.

I really want to become self hosted. It’s a little goal I have.

Have fun in Nova ms. traveling pants!


14 Amy @ countrystrong21 May 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Awesome news about your sister Amy! (awesome name btw 😉 )

Awww so happy Chloe is doing well at bootcamp and that she was safe during those tornados. I miss seeing her in your blog posts so I can’t wait for her to come back home probably as much as you can’t haha!


15 fashionfitnessfoodie May 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm

So happy for Amy!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO SO HAPPY!!!

I want to be self hosted too…


16 Kayla May 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Goodness, she looks JUST like you! So glad everything is going well!


17 Claire @ Live & Love to Eat May 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm

How is cleaning that thing? I have a garlic press and it’s a pain!


18 mickiruns May 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

This brings tears to my eyes. Love ya chick!!

PS – you’re not twins!?


19 littlecollegevegan May 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

That’s wonderful that everything is going good with your sister! Awesome being self-hosted!


20 Jenny May 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm

This is such amazing news, thank god that everything turned out great 🙂


21 Hungry Dancer May 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm

That is so amazing!!! I’m so happy your sister is cancer free!!!


22 mmmstories May 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Such great news!! I’m sure she’s looking forward to having you there with her!


23 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) May 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS I COULD CRY!!!! God is AMAZING and seriously that is the BEST news!! 😀

And you’re self hosted now? Cool, who with? If you need any help, my biggest piece of advice is to CALL THEM!! Seriously, I spend aaaaaaages trying to do stuff myself, and failing, but when I called the GoDaddy (my hosting peeps) helpline thing they got eeeevrything sorted for me in like 10 minutes!! It was awesome!! 🙂

P.S. I want that garlic thing really badly!! SO COOL!!!


24 Meaghan May 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm

OMG! That is amazing! 😀 So happy for your sister and family!


25 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries May 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm

YAYAYYYY!!! This is fabulous news!! On another important note – WHERE in Northern VA are you going to be?!


26 Rach @ This Italian Family May 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm

YAY!!!!!!!! I am so happy to hear that Amy is cancer free! That’s such great news!

I am sorry about your grandfather, but like you said, Amy has her angel watching over her.

Hooray for being self hosted, that’s great, girl! And I love your little garlic chopper… I so need one of those.


27 Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices May 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm

WOOOHOOOO! That is awesome news! SOOOO happy to hear that 😀 & your sister looks like she is doing great! YAY!


28 runyogarepeat May 4, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Yay for your sister! That garlic chopper machine is awesome.


29 (what runs) Lori May 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Congrats to the self-hostation! (not a word but sounded good…)

Yay to Amy being Cancer freeeeeeee!!!!!!!! That is awesome!

Time to make that garlicy cheesy sauce- wow it sounds great! I LOVE garlic. 🙂


30 Brittany May 4, 2011 at 11:45 pm

yay! This is such incredible and exciting news! I’m so happy for you and your family 🙂


31 Parita May 4, 2011 at 11:46 pm

YAY! I am SO glad your sister is cancer free!!!! That’s awesome! So, when you say you’re self hosted do you mean you bought your own domain name? If so, I think the plugins come when you transfer over to (which means your self-hosted). I could be wrong though. It’s all so confusing!


32 Sophia @ Raven Waves May 5, 2011 at 12:19 am

So happy about your sister!! That’s amazing. Congrats on self-hosting too!


33 Kace May 5, 2011 at 12:41 am

SO GREAT!!!!!! Fantastic news.


34 Katelyn May 5, 2011 at 1:59 am

Yayayay now you are self-hosted too!! Don’t you feel so much more bloggy grown-up now? 🙂 I am so happy for your family and for your sister. I love seeing that smile on her face!

Have an amazing time with your sister, cherish every moment and CELEBRATE now that she is cancer-free! I remember the feeling after my mom’s surgery – just absolute joy.

I love you babydoll!


35 applesnoats May 5, 2011 at 2:40 am

yay i am so happy for her and you all.she looks great!!!!!!
you must be missing chloe like carazzzy…i miss seeing pictures of that cuteness!


36 alex May 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

yay! I am so glad everything went well! We tought Presley ourselves…I have bad separation anxiety from him 🙁 He is seriously my human child lol


37 cupcake dynamite May 5, 2011 at 10:16 pm

that’s amazing, Alyssa! I’m so happy for your family – with one loss comes a beautiful win and I’m sure your Grandfather is smiling down on her in the hospital. glad you get to go be with her in northern va shortlyyy! 🙂



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