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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Merry and Bright

Hey y’all… I feel like I should blow some dust off this poor place. This past Saturday, I had big holiday baking plans after teaching a few friends how to make my double dark chocolate dipped candy cane cookies to take to their Christmas parties, but that evening I got positively put down. The flu… 

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Rachel’s Favorite Things {PLUS an iPad Air Giveaway}

‘Tis the season for Christmas Carols, Christmas Cookies, and goodwill towards men. I’ve teamed up with 7 amazing blogger friends to spread a little goodwill and cheer around to y’all.  We’ve each chosen some of our favorite things for a giveaway, and ONE lucky person is going to win an iPad Air!! Just look at… 

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candy cane dipped dark chocolate cookies

Candy Cane Dipped Dark Chocolate Cookies

Chewy, rich dark chocolate cookies, dipped in creamy white chocolate and topped with crushed candy canes. I am so excited to be a part of this year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, the brainchild of two people whom I absolutely adore:  Julie and Lindsay. If you want to learn more about the Great Food Blogger… 

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Winter Salad with Harry & David Organic Royal Riviera Pears

When winter hits and the temperatures plummet; I love comfort food like baked potato soup and wamsutta, but I also love a good green winter salad. My favorite winter salad has rich dark leafy greens, blueberries, pears, dried cranberries, walnuts, and chia seeds. If you’ve never made a salad like this, you need to remedy… 

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30 days of Gifts from The Heart

30 days of Handmade Holiday Gifts from your Kitchen. 30 delicious recipes, tutorials and ideas to give gifts from the heart, and home. From Homemade Biscotti to Mexican Hot Chocolate to Candied Pecans and Spiced Rum Cakes with Apple Cider Caramel Glaze. There are two weeks left until Christmas, and if you’re anything like me;… 

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Holiday Baking with Heilala Vanilla

December is here, but my Holiday baking season began Mid-November. Whether it was Bourbon Candied Glazed Pecans,, Cranberry Walnut Rum Fudge or Southern Brown Sugar Shortbread Pecan Pie Bars   I’ve been baking and recipe testing up a storm. My friend, Stephanie aka Queen Scarlett emailed a few of us and asked if we’d be… 

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Feta and Olive Cheese Straws

Feta Olive Cheese Straws~ Tickled Red Hello, y’all I’m Shari known to some as Red and I am thoroughly honored to be rounding out Rachel’s month of amazing Handmade Holiday treats. I write over at Tickled Red about my impromptu surf life with my three guys. We are always up to something be it globetrotting,… 

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Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix

Hiya – I’m Julianne, aka The Ninja, and I’m thrilled to be helping Rachel wrap up this year’s Handmade Holiday series. I blog at Yankee Kitchen Ninja about what I call “stealthy homemaking” – reasonably healthy recipes that are also easy, gardening and tips and the occasional DIY project. Today I have a total winner… 

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candied pecans

Homemade Candied Pecans

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!! Hello! This is Jessica Erin from Stuck on Sweet! It’s so nice to meet you. I am super excited to be a part of Handmade Holidays: Bake, Craft & Sew – thank you Rachel!! Homemade gifts are the way to go! It’s not only a fun way to use your creative side, but… 

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bourbon glazed pecan topped cupcakes

Bourbon Glazed Pecan topped Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

Sugar. Bourbon. Pecans. Chocolate. All good things, yes?   One of my very favorite desserts of all time is my Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake, it was even featured on the Williams-Sonoma blog! Y’all know I can’t leave anything alone, and as much as I love the tradition of my family’s Sheet Cake recipe, and all… 

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A Texas Thanksgiving Menu

Hey y’all! The weather is finally cooling off down here in Texas, Princess’ birthday has passed (TEN! She is TEN! – How did that happen?) which means it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving!!  We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, and I’m really excited to A)not be traveling and B)having Thanksgiving in my own house!! I… 

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Diet Restricted Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and Hot Cocoa

This post in entitled “Diet Restricted” because depending on how you do it it can be for your friends on the Paleo diet or someone that is gluten free or just trying to cut down on carbs or no sugar or very little sugar. You’ll see when you read the recipe, but it is great… 

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Great Grandma’s Fruit Salad

One of my first holiday memories is of my great grandmother’s fruit salad. Known to some as ambrosia or 5 cup salad, it was always “grandma’s fruit salad” at my family get-togethers. It’s always meant the holidays to me.  This year I’ll be making it again, along with other traditional goodies, but it’s this recipe… 

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Apple Rum Cake  Apple Rum Cake with Apple Cider Caramel - TheNoshery.com

Apple Spiced Rum Cake with Apple Cider Caramel Glaze

I know y’all clicked over today to see the recipe for these amazing Apple Spiced Rum Cakes with Apple Cider Caramel Glaze, but first I have to tell y’all about Meseidy. This past summer I spoke at BlogHer Food in Austin, while I was pacing the hallway running over 75 different things in my head,… 

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