Friday, February 25, 2011

Comfort Food and a Video Project

Thank you very much for all your support regarding my dad via comments and e-mails. I really, really appreciate it! I spoke to my dad just a little while ago for the first time after his diagnosis, and he reminded me of what a thoughtful, caring, and special man he is. After lots of tests, the doctors decided that he can start radiation treatment a week from Monday, which is good news. We have a long and uncertain road ahead of us, but we are hoping for the best. Again, thanks for your support and prayers, and don’t forget to live life to the fullest every day! In the past few days, I have remembered one of my favorite quotes more than ever:

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.” – Mary Jean Iron

To provide us some comfort, I made one of my favorite comfort foods: a big pot of soup. To be more specific, barley soup with veggies and some chicken. It hit the spot!

Also, we received a nice distraction in the mail thanks to the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program: Newman Own’s pasta sauces, salad dressings, coupons for pizzas AND a flip video camera! My sous chef, aka the toddler, and I are now supposed to cook a meal in less than 30 minutes and make a video. That’s our weekend project. And while I really didn’t feel like it at first given everything that’s going on, it’s actually a very welcomed distraction.

Thanks Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, Newman’s Own, and Flip Video! We are looking forward to creating a meal and a video! 

Questions: Any exciting weekend plans? I hope to take a yoga class. As stated above, we’ll also try to make a video. And I’ll spend some time catching up on blogs… Smile What’s your favorite comfort food? For me, it’s definitely any type of soup… 

Be well,


  1. Beautiful quote.

    My favorite comfort food = matzo ball soup :) No idea why, haha.

  2. Anonymous2/25/2011

    fav comfort food....pasta....oh yes! have a good friday night :)

  3. So sorry to hear about your dad and prays for all of you as you move forward with his treatment.

    Comfort food this time of year, soup!

    No big plans for the weekend, Friends from Reno coming if they can get through the pass before the big snow fall. We will eat good food and visit!

  4. Still sending good thoughts and wishes to you, your Dad and the rest of your family!!!! Take care of yourself!!!! (lots of healthy comfort food!!)

  5. I am going to have that quote framed for my kitchen so I see it regularly, although, I have lived long enough to know the truth it holds! Bless you and your dad, Andrea.

  6. Andrea - I am so sorry to hear about your father - fingers crossed that the radiation treatment will do its work.

    Anything with cheese is my favorite comfort food!

    Thanks for your continued support these last few weeks - I appreciate it!!

  7. That's truly a great quote. Sorry to hear about your father. I send you, him, and all of your family my best along with my prayers.

  8. I found a Foodbuzz/Newman's Own box on my doorstep this weekend too! Definitely excited to see everyone's finished videos! =)

  9. Hey Andrea: I have been away from the blog world for a while for a variety of reasons (nothing drastic) so today is the first day I have read anything in a long time. I am so sorry to hear about your dad's diagnosis. It must be a very stressful time for your family. I too will hope for the best for him and I hope you get your normal day again sooner than expected.

    Hang in there. Your friend, Tamara

  10. glad to hear everyone is optimistic!

    such scary times...

    and Foodbuzz sent you a flip camera???

    how cool is that? I have one and I love it. I've about run it into the ground.

    and soup also is one of my happy comfort foods.

    have a great weekend. It looks like it's warming up here so rain but no snow.


  11. Anonymous2/26/2011

    I'm sorry to hear about your dad and hope everything will be ok. The barley soup sounds very comforting indeed.

  12. Such a great quote. Thanks for sharing it with us. It's true, we need to cherish those "normal days"!
    Your barley soup sounds, and looks delicious. I can tell the toddler loves it too! My favorite comfort food is ice cream...ha, does that count??

    I'm glad to hear your dad is doing better and he has a good prognosis. I'm sure it was nice to hear his voice (and for him to hear yours).

    This weekend I work, but I'm off tomorrow. I plan to do some much needed shopping!

  13. Fingers are crossed for your Dad. We just recently found out that my father in law has a tumor on his spine and he is now undergoing radiation which has relieved some of his pain. I hope this works for your Dad, as well.

    My favourite comfort food = eggs....for sure

    And thank you for your comment to Jason. He was very appreciative of the info you provided! :)

  14. My comfort food is mac and cheese.

    My exciting weekend plans was returning from the States and relaxing on the island. Actually, I better get started on unpacking so my suitcases are picked up before the cleaning lady comes after a week off.

  15. So sorry to hear about your wishes and prayers for all ahead.

    My comfort food is probably homemade soup and bread. :)