This Week in Happiness {Week 14}

“Let Nothing Dim the Light That Shines Within”

~ Maya Angelou

These past 14 weeks of focusing on happiness, finding the silver lining, releasing the negative, and surrounding myself with things, and people who make me happy has made it easier to find happiness, and I am a better mom, wife, friend, a better me for the doing of it. (I still falter, and have moments of negativity and doubt, but they are fewer and farther between)

Here’s what’s brought me happiness this week:

  • I’m in love with these GORGEOUS for the eyes and delicious for the taste-buds, Rainbow Sangrias from Gimme Some Oven -  like happiness in a glass!

Rainbow Sangria | Gimme Some Oven


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carnival cruise family picture

Let’s Sail Away

It’s been nearly 4 years since this picture was taken in Cozumel during our first Carnival Cruise, and for the past few years has been our only family photo – until we went all radical and colorful that is.

Chicken Alfredo Dip

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 39}

Happy Monday, y’all! It’s the Monday after Mardi Gras – did y’all eat anything delicious? Did you go to any parades? Eat your weight in beignets? Nathan and I went to the Houston Rodeo cook-off with new friends, caught up with old friends, did some people watching, listened to live music, ate some outstanding bbq,… 

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homemade cinnamon toasted pecan ice cream

Homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream with Toasted Pecans

I love homemade ice cream, but I don’t have an ice cream maker – so I’m limited as to what homemade ice creams I can have. Ever since making the Spiked Peach Cobbler Ice Cream with Bourbon Caramel Sauce, I’ve been a bit obsessed with the ease of making super creamy, rich ice cream and… 

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green chile bacon mac and cheese

Spicy Green Chile, Smoky Bacon, 3 Cheese Grown Up Mac and Cheese

Such a very long name, but I can’t help it.  There’s smoky crisp bacon, roasted green chiles, 3 different cheeses, butter and pasta – it’s really hard to come up with a quick, succinct, concise name. Macaroni and Cheese is the name of the game. Mac and Cheese MANIA!!!!!! I’m joining Rachel and Brandy and… 

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gold couple french quarter

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 38}

“Laissez les bons temps rouler”, y’all!   I’m working on this week’s Mouthwatering Mondays from the Zatarain’s Restaurant inside the New Orleans airport while waiting on the flight to take me back to Texas after my weekend with Laura and her family.  You know how some people are your kindred soul friend.  yep.  that’s my… 

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margaritas with laura

This Week in Happiness {Week 8}

“You’re Like Bacon, You Make Everything Better.” – a sign in the French Quarter   There are so many things that have brought me great joy this week, probably the best thing that happened this week is that I got to fly to New Orleans and spend the weekend with my wonderful friend, Laura. We’ve… 

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Happily Ever What color Me Rad family photo

Happily Ever What!

The kids chose our Color Me Rad Team Name. Happily Ever What! This past Saturday we got up before the roosters and the sun and most sane people, put on our family team shirts, our neon sunglasses and headed down to reliant stadium to run the Houston 2014 Color Me Rad. We ran, we jogged,… 

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mikes waffles

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 35}

Happy Monday, y’all!! I hope y’all had a wonderful week and weekend!!  We ran the Houston Color Me Rad 5K with our kids, relaxed, ate well, and were quite productive.   I made these roasted poblano burgers for dinner tonight, but that’s about as much as I’ve cooked all weekend. Princess, however, got up this morning… 

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This Week in Happiness {Week 7}

“Happiness is like a kiss, you must share it to enjoy it” – Bernard Meltzer It’s time for my favorite part of the week.  Sharing the things that have brought me happiness this week.

spicy ginger beef stir fry

Spicy Ginger Beef and Veggie Stir Fry

For as far back as I can remember, my Dad’s pepper-steak has been one of my favorite Chinese foods – tender steak, crispy bright veggies, and the delicious umami from the soy and spices.  Pepper Steak is one of the dishes we save for special occasions, it’s a bit time intensive and I’m all about… 

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First Kiss

Monkey Speak

My youngest brother-in-law got married this past weekend, in a lovely ceremony in a tee-tiny East Texas town. My handsome husband was the best man, and he looks rather dapper in his champagne suit; if I do say so myself. Monkey is quite enamored with all things dapper.  He loves tuxedos {is rather upset that… 

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chicken parmesan wonton cups

Mouthwatering {Mondays?} – Week 34

Do you know what happens when you don’t hit SCHEDULE POST on your MWM post? Nothing.  That’s What. {le sigh} Hey y’all! How was your week?  The weekend? Did y’all survive without FOOTBALL?!!! We roadtripped to waaaaay East Texas, the kids saw their first snow, and my youngest brother-in-law got married. Here’s the kids enjoying… 

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100th day of school

This Week in Happiness {Week 6}

“Always find time for the things that make you happy to be alive” – So many things have brought me joy this week. Family, The Olympics Starting, Books, Music, Roaring Fires, 100th Day of School outfits. Monkey called his look “100th day old man” Princess called her look “Get off my lawn”

margarita on the rocks

1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila… Floor

The title has nothing to do with the post, other than there’s tequila involved in making margaritas and every time I see tequila I think back to our Senior Class trip to Cancun and the t-shirt that one of the guys wore that said – “1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila.. Floor” Welcome to my… 

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