5 Things Making Me Happy #8

We are another week closer to Christmas and I hope you all have been having a festive and merry time! Have you all been watching lots of Christmas movies?? I would like to say that I have been but I really haven’t. I check the listings everyday to see what’s coming on and have really been disappointed. I mean most of the “newer” Christmas movies are just ridiculous. It seems that the ones that I really like are rarely shown. Boo! Anyway I’ve still been having  a great week and here are a few of the reasons why…. 

1. Our Christmas Card





Back in the days before I had 2 little girls, I always made sure my cards were sent out by December 1, or at least sometime during the first week of December. Last year it just did not happen, we had to send out New Year Cards instead, but we got our act together this year and all of our cards have been sent out, Yay! Also I love how they turned out. I had lofty goals for us all to be in it, but we ended up just taking pics of the girls. :)

2 Instagram 

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Who would have thought that Instagram could bring people together, but I have formed several friendships that would have otherwise never  have happened if not for IG! Not to mention I gain inspiration in the food, beauty, and fashion category! Are we Insta friends yet?

3. Chocolate Mint Tea

Chocolate Mint Tea

This stuff is magical! It is like dessert in a cup! Bonus, whenever I make it the entire house smells amazing. Harney & Sons has several other varieties I want to try as well.

4. This recipe … I kind of have a thing for pasta and this meatless recipe is a perfect way to get all your veggies in! 

 Artichoke Pasta

5. Movie Dates during the week! 

Horrible Bosses 2

My mom came over to watch the girls while Jim and I went to the movies to catch Horrible Bosses 2 before it left our theater. It was hilarious and even better than the first one! Oh and I may have a small crush on Jason Bateman. :)

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I’m linking up today with Heather, Katie, and Clare!

What has been making you smile this week?


Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

I know, I know it’s not November anymore and everyone has probably moved on to Gingerbread and Peppermint…..but if you still have a can of pumpkin hanging out in your pantry then you are going to want to make this bread! First off let me say that I have made many different versions of pumpkin bread… 

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Artichoke Pasta

Tagliatelle with Artichokes and Roasted Tomatoes

This post is sponsored by Melissa’s Produce. Their steamed veggies are one of my staple grocery items. We used Melissa’s Steamed Artichoke Hearts to make this delicious pasta. Enjoy! I’ve always been a bit intimidated by artichokes. I’ve had them in restaurant dishes several times, so I know I like them. But that green, spiky looking… 

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Southern Soul

5 Things Making Me Happy #7

Is it just me or was this week a blur to any one else? It’s been one of those busy, but really nice weeks. I got a lot accomplished and that feels good! This time of year is just fun! People in general seem to be in better moods, everything is so festive. We can… 

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Vegetable Soup

Leftover Turkey and Vegetable Soup

Looking for a new way to use the pounds of leftover Thanksgiving turkey? We always are too. This year we decided to make a turkey-loaded vegetable soup. The results were so good that we’re considering cooking turkey for soup and saving the leftovers for Thanksgiving I have made lots of different soups before, but this… 

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