Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I have a new project. I want to create this....

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via create.your.happy

....or something similar. Now, I realize I should probably finish one of the many other projects I've started, like this and this, before taking on a new project but where would the fun in that be? Maybe I'll have better luck with terrariums then I did with my indoor herb garden.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

what might have been

"While it's often fashionable to dwell upon what might have been, what's usually overlooked is that really and truly, it couldn't have. Because, invariably, any romanticized versions of how things "might have been," are based upon fictionalized versions of the past."

~ the Universe

Sunday, November 27, 2011

sunday supper: stuffed

I don't know about you but I feel stuffed after a delicious weekend of feasting. The last thing I wanted to think about tonight was what to cook for dinner so it was one more night of leftovers for us. At least we added some sauteed spinach and garlic for a little healthy kick.

I want to begin my week feeling energized, not lethargic and gluttonous, so I've been doing some yoga poses to help my digestive system stay on track. Of course, my favorite pose is child's pose but the other poses have also been invigorating to my sluggish system....just in time for me to start gorging on Christmas cookies.

I hope this Thanksgiving weekend gave you lots to be grateful for.

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Today I am thankful. I know I should be thankful every day but it's nice to have one whole day completely dedicated to gratitude. Sometimes I need that reminder to be thankful for all the wonderful people (near and far) in my life, for all the little things that make me happy and for the dreams living inside me that I just know are getting ready to blossom.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

sunday supper: thanksgivingness

I can't believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away. I am so not ready for the holiday season. I think my lack of holiday enthusiasm is partly due to Ebert and I not being able to visit my family in Phoenix this year. This will be the first Thanksgiving that my sister and I have not spent together. Somehow we've always managed to spend Thanksgivings together, which just so happens to be our favorite holiday, but this year the craziness of life is keeping us apart. As the holiday approaches I know it's going to be hard - I'm really going to miss not seeing my family this year. The good thing is that we're spending Thanksgiving with Ebert's dad and grandparents, so at least we'll be around some family. Since it's going to be a small gathering we've decided to not cook a whole turkey and to put a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving menu. It will be a delicious feast and even though we aren't all able to be together we have many, many things to be grateful for.


herb roasted turkey breast via imperrfections


quinoa pecan stuffing via fortheloveoffood

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garlic mashed potatoes via bigapplenosh


pomegranate-glazed roasted root vegetables via healthyfoodforliving


green bean casserole w/bacon & pimentos via thepioneerwoman

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cheddar sage biscuits via twopeas&theirpod


baked pumpkin & sour cream pudding via smittenkitchen

What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? This is my family's tradition for the day after Thanksgiving. I hope this Sunday finds you filled with happiness and gratitude.

Happy Cooking!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

two videos

Two videos to ignite your passion and creativity.

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via DavidShiyangLiu as said by Ira Glass

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

happy monday!

A Prohibition themed party makes me happy!


via create.your.happy

Sunday, November 13, 2011

sunday supper: sweet potatoes

It's a warm Sunday afternoon in Chicago and I'm loving it. There were some flurries of snow earlier this week and my heart sank - I am not excited about winter this year. Hopefully, I'll get into the spirit by cooking and baking. Speaking of cooking, one of my favorite fall foods is the sweet potato...sans marshmallows. The sweet potato is such a delicious and flavorful food why would you ruin it by putting fluff on it? When Ebert and I buy sweet potatoes we usually turn them into fries but after perusing numerous recipes I think it's time we try something new. Hope you enjoy!

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roasted sweet potato & beet salad via hungryfoodiespharmacy


smoky sweet potato & carrot soup via thecafesucrefarine


vegetable pot pie w/sweet potato biscuits via fiveandspice


sweet potato gnocchi via acouplecooks


white chocolate, cranberry, pecan & sweet potato cookies via evilshenanigans

Happy Cooking!

Friday, November 11, 2011


Happy Beckoning of Lovely Day!

If you're in Chicago then do "whatever the f%#@ you have to" and get down to "the bean" at 11:11am. Last year was such an amazing experience. We were truly surrounded by magic.

via amykr

Monday, November 7, 2011

happy monday!

Counting down to the Beckoning of Lovely makes me happy!

via amykr

Sunday, November 6, 2011

working for the weekend

This is to let you know that I miss posting on this blog. I miss writing. I miss reading other people's blogs. I miss finding inspiration. I miss the one moment of not knowing what to post and the next moment an array of ideas come flooding in. I miss sharing and connecting through words and images.

My posts have been few and far between but I'm still here. I'm not giving up. I'm continuing to create my happy even though the monotony of a day job sometimes makes it feel like I'm not. But I'm posting right now to tell you that whatever your dreams may be you must persevere, you must continue on, you must create your happy.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


November is National Novel Writing Month and in case there is something that you are writing or want to write I thought you should know this...


"Everything comes in time those who can wait."

~ Francois Rabelais