The Happiness Report #37

Tattoos, styling wands, hand painted aprons, 1 second a day videos and more… here are a few of the things making me happy lately!

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Hi friends and happy summer to you! We’ve been out of school for a little over a week and have had some super fun days so far. The weather has been iffy on cooperating but we are squeezing out ever sunny moment we can and are taking full advantage of it!

Many of you have asked about our Summer Bucket List for 2015 and I think we’ve decided not to do one this year… unless we change our mind, we’re going to be crazy and navigate the summer without a list. Oh don’t worry… that doesn’t mean my kids will be sitting in front of the TV all summer. I have plenty of ideas for ways we’re going to have the best summer yet… I just am not adding them to a list. You can find our 2014 Summer Bucket List Here, our 2013 list here, and our 2012 list here. I hope you get some inspiration for a fun summer from those lists!…

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Homemade Strawberry Shortcake with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

A classic yet extraordinary Homemade Strawberry Shortcake recipe with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream.

Strawberry Shortcake with Grand Marinier Whipped Cream

If my mom would have had Instagram when I was a kid, I’m pretty sure that 90% of the photos she would have taken during the early summer months would have included me with red stained fingers, clothes and lips from all the strawberry snacking I would do. My grandpa’s strawberry patch always produced the most beautiful, juicy red strawberries… you know the berries you would swear had sugar on them straight from the garden, they were so sweet?

Berries Be Happy

While my cousins would be off trying to catch the fish out of my Grandpa’s pond, I would be sneaking off for “just one more strawberry”. This would cause my Grandpa to exclaim “Well, I sure could have sworn I had a good bunch of strawberries for you to pick today. I wonder where they all went? Darn rabbits!” With a side eye glance and a wink towards my juice stained face, he never once got after me for eating all the strawberries. …

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Outdoor Entertaining and Mixed Berry Mojitos

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Summer is the time for outdoor entertaining! A little shopping trip at Tuesday Morning ensured I was stocked up with all the summer essentials! I don’t know about where you are, but it’s been down right chilly in Kansas! Not the kind of weather we’d expect for the first part of summer break. That’s not…

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Egg and California Avocado Breakfast Flatbread Recipe

Egg and Avocado Breakfast Flatbread Recipe

Breakfast gets an upgrade with this Egg and California Avocado Flatbread Recipe. Breakfast…I’m pretty sure it’s one of those meals where either you love it, or you hate it. I love breakfast…I just don’t love it at breakfast time! I’m more of a “give me breakfast for dinner” kind of girl. I’m trying to change…

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Honey BBQ Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe

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A simple yet mouthwatering Honey BBQ Baked Chicken Thighs Recipe. I’m sorry it’s been quiet around her for a couple of weeks. I’ve been blogging for a very long time, yet it’s taken me this long to realize something about myself… When I have personal things going on in my life I either can’t wait to…

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California Avocado Marinated Salad Recipe

California Avocado Marinated Salad Recipe

This California Avocado Marinated Salad recipe is loaded with great flavors, like artichokes, roasted red peppers and chickpeas. This is a super quick and good summer potluck or picnic recipe to have on hand! It’s California Avocado season again! This means it’s that time of year where we get beautiful California Avocados delivered to our doorstep,…

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I LOVE This Camera – Samsung NX300 Camera

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I recently purchased a new Samsung NX300 Mirrorless Camera and have fallen in love…I wanted to tell you all about it! This camera is the perfect travel companion! You all know I love to take pictures, right? I mean, if you follow my Instagram account it’s pretty obvious that I can be a bit of an Instaho sometimes….

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Cinnamon Sugar Maple Scone Recipe

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For tea time or breakfast…or pretty much whenever the mood strikes, enjoy this simple Cinnamon Sugar Maple Scone Recipe. In the 8 1/2 years I have been blogging, it has occurred to me that I haven’t shared one single scone recipe. Which is a shame! I don’t makes scones often, which is probably why I…

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