Don’t Worry, Be Happy

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I was really hoping that my first day back to work post-Christmas was going to be fabulous, but unfortunately some bad news clouded over my sunny day! Hrmph!!!!!!

After not hearing anything from CTV News about my interview (which was almost a month ago), I decided to email CTV again to see what was going on.

Today, I was told that the story would likely not be aired. It was a holiday story and well, the holidays are now over.

I wish I could say that I picked myself up off the floor and carried on with my day, but I have been extremely bummed since I heard this news. I was also given no explanation why it did not air and I’m not even sure I would have been emailed had I not contacted CTV numerous times and bugged them about it.

The worst part of it is that I never even got to see my own interview. It is not online and I doubt I will ever get to see it! What the heck?!

In the grand scheme of things, this is a mere blip on the radar and I know it is not the end of the world. I have so many blessings in my life- my health, husband, family, friends, all of you- I will try not to waste another tear on this experience!!!!!

I ended up doing accounting all day, which didn’t make things any more cheery…

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My Glo Bakery accounting information is due mid-January, so I have been working on that. I’d like to have all the loose ends tied up by the weekend.

I track all of my business related expenses, revenues, mileage, bank transactions, etc in one Excel spreadsheet. It is amazingly easy and efficient, much better than our QuickBooks experience.

Around 6:30pm, I started to think about dinner and I was craving comfort food like an 8 month pregnant lady craves dill pickles and peanut butter.

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Baked Acorn Squash with Quinoa, Cranberry, and Apricot Stuffing

INGREDIENTS
2 cups quinoa
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (I used 2 T olive oil and 1/3 cup applesauce)
1 1/2 cups diced onion
sea salt 
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped the size of raisins
1/4 cup dried currants (I didn’t have any)
1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
freshly ground black pepper
4 medium Acorn squash, halved lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed
extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

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Then the squash started to sing a familiar tune to me:

Here’s a little song i wrote,
you might want to sing it note for note,
don’t worry, be happy
in every life we have some trouble,
when you worry you make it double
don’t worry, be happy

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Directions:
1. Adjust a rack to the middle shelf of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

2. Simmer the quinoa in 4 cups of water until fluffy, 15 to 20 minutes.

3. While the quinoa cooks, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook until softened, stirring frequently, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, ginger, and sage.

4. Cover the pan and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 5 to 7 minutes (add a tablespoon of water, if necessary, to prevent scorching.)

5. In a large bowl, toss together the quinoa and vegetables. Stir in the dried fruit, pumpkin seeds, nutmeg, and cinnamon, season with salt and pepper.

6. Brush the skin of the squash lightly with oil. Place the squash, cut side down, in a baking pan large enough to hold them in a snug single layer.

7. Pour 1/2-inch of boiling water into the pan and bake for 20 minutes (you want the squash to have softened slightly, but not completely). Transfer the squash to a plate and let rest until cool enough to handle. [I put the squash in the oven as soon as I put the Quinoa on to save time]

8. Stuff the squash halves with the quinoa mixture, return them, stuffing-up, to the pan, and bake until the flesh can be easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 20 to 30 minutes more.

[Recipe source]

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It was deelish.

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I’ll leave you with one of the happiest songs ever…and quite possibly one of the funniest music videos of all time.

 

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Katie O. @ Fit to Wed December 29, 2009

So sorry to hear it won’t be aired- what a bummer! You can still look at a learning experience. It prepared you for your future cooking show ;)

The acorn squash looks fabulous!

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nicolene December 30, 2009

its their loss if they dont air the interview!
thanks for the great squash idea cant wait to try it!

Hope you have a great new years eve and fab new years!

xxxx
Nix

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Little Aspects December 29, 2009

That totally sucks that your interview isn’t being aired! Especially as you won’t ever get to see it :-(
On the other hand – your acorn squash looks so good! I wonder if it would work if you took the top of the squash off, stuffed it, and popped the top back on again to roast? so it came out looking like a whole squash but was filled with the quinoa stuffing? Chopped pecan nuts would go nicely in that stuffing too!

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Maureen December 29, 2009

Dreena Burton has a great recipe for stuffed squash that I made with butternut squash it is absolutely delicious. sorry about your interview I have been waiting to see it.

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Maureen December 29, 2009

sorry buttercup squash

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Meghan@traveleatlove December 29, 2009

Oh that stinks! But I am certain there are more interviews in your glowing future!
Those squash look like the epitome of comfort and perfect for our close to zero (F!) temps here!

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Jess (Fit Chick in the City) December 29, 2009

Aw Angela! I’m sorry to hear that your segment won’t air! You’re right though, you have a ton of other positive things going on in your life.

Your dinner looks so pretty!

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Jess December 29, 2009

What a bummer! I’m so sorry! I’m glad you found some comfort in HEALTHY food! I’m kinda feeling overwhelmed today and ready to cry, so I’m sipping on some jasmine tea and listening to some piano music at work. Not exactly the perfect atmosphere, but it works – sorta. :)

I love squash – I’ll have to try this recipe soon. Did you eat both halves? Or would this essentially make 8 servings?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 29, 2009

I would say it makes 4 servings…8 if you are using it as a side dish. :) Hope this helps!

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Radha December 29, 2009

Sad News! Something better is on its way! The squash dis looks great. Will have to try it.
Love you Angela :)

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Sarah December 29, 2009

Sorry to hear about the interview, I was looking forward to seeing it! Your squash recipe looks soo yummy though, I can’t wait to try it out!

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Bree December 29, 2009

so sorry to hear that!! but you are right, just a blip in the radar!! chin up!! :-D

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Bridget December 29, 2009

Ah man – what a bummer :( Wish we could have seen the interview

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Estela @ Weekly Bite December 29, 2009

Sorry to hear about the interview :(

Maybe they’ll decide to air it another time? (fingers crossed)

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Fattie Fatterton December 29, 2009

I know that it’s a bummer, but it’s honestly common. I worked for a furniture company and Rachel Ray’s production assistant called and asked for some pieces for her show. They were going to mention us and everything. Took a YEAR for them to show it.

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Paige @ Running Around Normal December 29, 2009

Aw, Ange. I’m so sorry. You’re right, it’s just a blip in the radar, but it still sucks! And you’re allowed to feel sorry for yourself for a bit, so don’t feel bad that you did! You have the right attitude about it though. You were mad, but are moving on. FWIW, I think CTV really misjudged not airing this one…
Great comfort food! Looks amazing! I haven’t had quinoa or squash in a month or so. Bout time to bust it out!

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 29, 2009

I’m bummed about your interview not airing. I wanted to see it!

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stina6584 December 29, 2009

That squash looks amazing. I’m definitely saving this recipe!

That’s a bummer about the interview, but like you said, it’s just a blip on the radar. You’re still a huge success!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 29, 2009

That sucks about the interview!! Shame on them for being so unprofessional– they definitely should have at least contacted you and let you know what was going on. Whatever– they’ll be wishing they had that interview when glo bars are crazy famous :-)

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Danielle (Coffee Run) December 29, 2009

Sorry about your interview :( I admire the way you always look on the bright side of things :) The acorn squash looks amazingggg I’ve been craving comfort foods like a pregnant woman too

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Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama December 29, 2009

What a bum deal! That seriously sucks and I would be mad and upset too! But I am glad you are making the best of it :)
You dinner looked amazing!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 29, 2009

I can’t believe they didn’t post the interview. I’m so sad, too – I really wanted to see it! But I love your positive attitude about it. :) Fabulous dinner as always. :)

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Jil December 29, 2009

Aw, I’m sorry they didn’t end up airing it! It would be nice if they’d at least share the interview with you! Love the squash and quinoa though! :)

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Carbzilla December 29, 2009

Big hugs, honey! That’s a sucky disappointment.

When my consumer news piece aired, I’d been edited into looking like an idiot and one of my sisters-in-law actually laughed at it! So there’s that…

We saw the pics – you looked beautiful, and we know you were fab, but, yeah, the publicity would have been nice. Onto bigger and better things in the New Year!

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Nicci@NiftyEats December 29, 2009

Sorry to hear they waited to late and didn’t contact you. Be Happy…your blog is amazing and I know you will be on another channel. I see this in your future…all SMILES!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 29, 2009

Thanks everyone! Always know how to make me smile :)

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Carolyn December 29, 2009

Sorry about the interview!! Something even better will come along!

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MarathonVal December 29, 2009

Yuck, what a bummer about the interview but I am VERY confident that you have bigger and better things ahead of you!! It’s their loss :)

Let yourself mope around tonight, you deserve it, and I’m sure tomorrow you will wake up and feel like new!

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jessica December 29, 2009

That was so wrong of CTV to do! What a bummer. This just means bigger and better things are headed your way!

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Morgan December 30, 2009

Hi Angela! I’m a new reader of OSG and I love your blog!

I’m a TV News producer in the states and I wanted to chime in on your interview. I know it sucks to hear this, but television stations drop stories all the time. It happens every day. (especially with feature stories like the one they were planning to run about your bakery.)

Have you tried contacting a PR agency and having them pitch your story to other news outlets? That might get you some more press. Hope this helps!

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Cyndi December 30, 2009

Arrrgggghhhh!! That is so frustrating!!

I’m sorry about that – you must feel terrible. You put so much into everything.

But! Time to move forward, right??

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Bonnie December 30, 2009

My Mom gets something very similar to your squash at a restaurant in Atlanta. She’ll be excited when I tell her About your recipe :)

the TV station doesn’t know what it’s missing out on. I know there are other amazing opprotunites right around the corner!

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mycupofteas December 30, 2009

thank you so much for sharing this video! It was the perfect way to end my day! :)

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Lauren December 30, 2009

I’m sorry that your squash sang to you. You were having a bad enough day without going crazy, right?

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Jenny December 30, 2009

Such a bummer! That tv station is going to regret it. I got an order of Oh She Glows Bars for Christmas and I’ve got to say they are great Angela! I will definitely be ordering more in the future… :)

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Kristi December 30, 2009

Sorry to hear about the interview, Ange. It amazes me that a news station that has been around for years could lack such little regard for the time, effort and feelings of the person going out of their way to be on their program! It infuriates me that “big guys” often forget that the “little guys” are the ones that helped to make them what they are today. I for one, will not forget this. I am sorry that you put so much of your time and energy into this just to be disapointed and treated this way. Better and bigger things will come your way….Move over CTV, come on Oprah! :)

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] December 30, 2009

That acorn squash looks delish. Healthiest comfort food I’ve ever seen.

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Kerrin December 30, 2009

I’m not sure the size of CTV, but can you contact them and ask them for either the story or at least some edited footage to have on your site? It’s still advertising them as well as getting your story out there.

Might be worth a shot?

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Megs December 30, 2009

I think that sometimes all of us, even the happiest and most blessed, need to realize that it’s totally okay to just get pissed and sad for a little while. CTV screwed you over and ignored something really important to you? Get mad! Punch a pillow, cry, complain about the unfairness of it all- 1et it out!
Haha, I’m well aware of the merits of positive thinking, and employ the techniques often myself, but don’t ever bottle your emotions up to the point that it weighs on you.
Love the blog, and keep writing in your beautifully honest way.

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Kayzilla December 30, 2009

Bummer! I was looking forward to seeing it. :(

Ah well. Things could be worse.. It reminds me of a joke:

A lion would never cheat on his wife.. a Tiger wood.

BA DA TCHHHH.

Yes. I’m putting my concentration face on and wishing for a bigger, better interview sometime in the future. It’ll be most epic, and CTV will regret not airing your interview.

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courtney December 30, 2009

Hmmm, I kind of want to e-mail CTV and tell them they are dumb… I totally wanted to see your interview, and I think they are making a lot of blog readers unhappy!! I’m sorry, Ang, but regardless we love you, the blog, and Glo bars, so indeed, don’t worry be happy!

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Kristie December 30, 2009

I say it’s their loss – people would have loved you (like we all already do)! Way to not let it get you down.

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Katie December 30, 2009

Sorry to hear about your interview. Can you get them to send you any footage? The little clip you showed on your site looked like it went great!

Stuffed acorn squash is one of my favorite comfort foods too. Love it!

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