The Happiness Report #12 – Iced Coffee, Flowers and Moleskine

Dried Roses

I learned something today. When you think you aren’t happy… when you are in a funk… and you sit down and decide to write down recent things that have made you happy words seem to take over and you can’t stop writing. Little did you know, there is so much around you making you happy!…

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History Lesson {Recipe: Root Beer Float Popsicles}

Black Book Recipes

My mom taught me a valuable lesson when I was younger. “Kristen… you’ll always be able to tell the best recipes in a cookbook by the wrinkles and splatters on the pages. The worse the page looks, the better the recipe. You’ll know exactly what recipes the cook turned to time and time again by…

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Simple and Special {Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Oreo Cookies on a Stick}

Oreo Sticks

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the outlandish, especially when it comes to kids. I forget that to get smiles on their faces, it doesn’t always require something big and grandiose. In this day and age of elaborate kid parties, parents determined to outdo each other and hyped up hoopla, take some…

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The Happiness Report #11 – My Brother Larry

Wow – what a week! Last weekend, my husband and I took our kids to Iowa to spend the week with Grandma and Grandpa. When we arrived home, I collapsed into bed only to be jarred awake a few minutes later by the phone ringing. It was one of my sisters and she told me…

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Alexia Fry Challenge – Kickin’ Barbecue Style French Fries

Alexia Barbecue French Fries

For the past few weeks you’ve watched as I’ve sacrificed my hips to try out different fry recipes. This research was all part of the Alexia “Reinvent a Classic” Fry Challenge. After much thought, calories, and consideration, I finally settled on a fry / spice combination that totally fits where I’m from… the BBQ heartland,…

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Go Green With Sunkist Valencia Oranges {Recipe: Creamy Orange Milkshake}

Orange Cream Shake Recipe

This post brought to you by Sunkist. All opinions are 100% mine. So, oranges are supposed to be orange, right? Guess what… not always! I know…that’s news to me too. I just assumed with a name like orange you’d be that color, but with Sunkist® Valencia oranges, that’s not always the case. I recently found…

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The Gift of Time {Recipe: Lemon Pepper Shrimp Over Pasta}

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Pasta Recipe

I’ve been thinking a lot about time lately… lack of it, its speed and the meaning behind it. We have 4 weeks of summer remaining. I should be looking forward to those four weeks, anticipating the fun that we can have together, but instead I’ve been looking back, full of regret for the things we…

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