Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Relaxing by the Fire with Panera

Do you ever just want to relax by the fire and eat something that has lots of flavor and not too many calories?

That's how I felt today. I went to work at the university and the temperature was 1 degrees with a wind chill of -15. I had on my warmest down coat, gloves, ear muffs, and a hood. The walk from the car to the building was so very cold and windy. I must just love teaching to endure this!  Class was great, it's a new semester and it's always interesting to meet and work with new students.

Then came time to bundle back up and commute another 45 minutes home. As I was driving, all I had on my mind was getting back to the warm house and relaxing by the fire. The temperature was now up to 12 degrees but I felt chilled to the bone. The fire was calling me but I needed something to eat too. Luckily, there is a Panera Bread close to the house but I need to watch my calories. 

Here's what I came home with: Cream of Chicken with wild rice soup and a French baguette. The soup is long grain and wild rice, celery, onions, carrots and diced chicken simmered in chicken both embellished with cream and herbs. The soup is 310 calories for a bowl but the Pick Two menu is a smaller cup of soup and a half sandwich. I may need to just eat the soup for now and save the rest for tomorrow. The soup had a great flavor and met by need for something warm to eat.

For the sandwich part of the Pick-Two menu, I selected a bacon turkey bravo on tomato basil bread. The sandwich looks delish but I could save some calories and remove the bacon or the Smoked Gouda cheese. This is a half sandwich but still 415 calories so I better think it over and remove the bacon or cheese and eat it for lunch tomorrow .

When you order, you get a choice or bread, chips or an apple. I have cut the apple in half for a little less calories.

If you don't have to watch your calories as closely, you might like a brownie. I cut this brownie into three pieces. 

If you have been shoveling snow for hours, you may want to eat all three pieces of the brownie and not share a bite. I'm giving the brownie to my grandsons for a treat.
These indigo salad plates are one of my favorite blues, you can read a little more about the plates and napkins here

Let's get back to the fire now. After I eat and get warm, what shall I do? I might take a short nap, read a good book, look at a magazine 

or think about Spring and the sweet birds coming back!

Stay warm and take care - Judy.

Linking to:
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Make-It-Pretty Monday’s at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday

Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Friday

Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life


  1. Hi, Judy! Panera's (or St. Louis Bread Co. in my neck of the woods) is one of my favorite eateries. Your fireside dinner looks perfect. Hope your staying warm!

  2. I haven't been to Paneras but this looks perfect! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . Hope to see you sharing again this week. Big Hugs

  3. This is marvelous! I am honored that you shared at Home and Garden Thursday!

  4. This looks very cozy, Judy. The soup looks yummy!...Christine

  5. They have great food and the best part is you don't have to prepare it! Your setting looks so inviting.
    - The Tablescaper