The Happiness Report #34

A post full of happy things I’ve thought about, discovered and done this past week! Come share your happy things with me!

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Happy Happiness Report Day, everyone! The photo you see above is of Leah this past spring at Ella’s first communion. I found it while I was looking for an old photo of a recipe I needed and it made me realize how much I miss sharing my Project 365 photos. This photo along with the ones below would most likely suffer the fate of sitting on my external hard drive, never to be seen and enjoyed by anyone. What’s the point of that?

To rectify the situation, I’m starting a “no-rules” Project 365 project for myself. No rules meaning… if I accidentally skip a day of taking a photo, I’ll say oops and move on. If my photo is taken with my camera phone instead of my DSLR, I’ll say oops and carry on. No rules meaning I’m not waiting until January 1st to start. I’m going to start on December 1st…or if I feel like it, tomorrow or whenever. No rules is not within my comfort zone, but the thought of a no rules photography project makes me very happy! I actually think I’m going to call it just that “The No Rules Photography Project”. Sounds easy enough, right?

Here are a few of the photos that I saved from external hard drive purgatory……

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Give Thanks to Farmers

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As you feast around your table this holiday season, pause to Give Thanks to the hard working farmers who help to make the food you eat possible!

Give Thanks to Dairy FarmersDo you ever pause to think about the farmers behind the food you eat?

I often think about the fact that no matter what time of day it is, whatever the weather, and even on holidays, there are dedicated farmers out there working hard to produce the food that is on our table. When it is negative 10 outside, with an even more fierce windchill, I often think of The Foster family, and the milking that has to happen, despite the bitter temperatures. Along with the Foster’s, there are more than 9,000 dairy farm families just in the midwest who are committed to providing us with real, fresh and naturally nutrient foods to fill our table. How many of our Thanksgiving dishes wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of the midwest dairy farmers? Just about all of them! From the milk, to the eggs, to the butter, cheese and cream, Thanksgiving would look a lot different if we couldn’t rely on our favorite dairy products. …

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Healthy Dinner Recipe – Rosemary Chicken

Healthy Dinner Recipe - Rosemary Chicken with Broccoli in Broth

An adapted Weight Watchers recipe, this Rosemary Chicken with Broccoli in Broth makes for a comforting and healthy dinner. I missed a day of NaBloPoMo yesterday. I had every intention of posting, but the day just went on and on and my energy level kept getting lower and lower. I knew I had to wake…

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Recipe

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Our favorite Snickerdoodle Recipe gets a fall makeover with the addition of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice! Did you know that Snickerdoodle cookies are my favorite? I doubt you did because in the 8 years I’ve been blogging I don’t think I’ve ever shared that with you! I don’t necessarily have one favorite, “go…

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Biscoff Pancakes {Weekly Menu Plan}

Biscoff Pancakes from the Biscoff Spread Cookbook

Our weekly family friendly menu plan including a review of  The Biscoff Cookie and Spread Cookbook and a recipe for Biscoff Pancakes! This was my first official week on Weight Watchers and I’m so excited to share that I was down 5.6 pounds! I know not to expect that big of a loss every week,…

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Happiness Quote – Thoughts for Today

Give Happiness Quote

A happiness quote and my thoughts on practicing the art of selfish happiness. This was the first time with NaBloPoMo where it became late at night and I still had nothing to post. But then I remembered why I was doing this challenge…so I could feel ok just writing, without even a purpose sometimes. Yesterday…on a…

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The Happiness Report #33

Happiness Rules

The Dine & Dish Happiness Report #33 – come share what’s making you happy lately! Hi friends! I hope you all have had a great week! Are you ready to share some happy things? Let’s do this happiness report thing!

Weight Watchers Tips for the Holidays

Weight Watchers Healthy Tips for the Holidays

Weight Watchers tips for keeping healthy habits during the holiday.  A special thanks to my friends at Celestial Seasonings for sponsoring this post. Over the past week since announcing that I’ve joined Weight Watchers, I’ve had several emails of support and also questions from people wondering why I chose Weight Watchers. Obviously, there are so many…

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