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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salted cashew caramel bark

Salted Cashew Caramel Bark

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chai chocolate cupcake mix

Chai Chocolate Cupcake Mix Recipe

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homemade chocolate covered espresso beans

Homemade Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans

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Cherry Syrup with Champagne

Homemade Cherry Syrup

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homemade hot cocoa gift set

Easy Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

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Flourless Peppermint Mocha Cake in Jars

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I once worked for Starbucks but a little-known story that I’m sharing JUST WITH Y’ALL for today (feel special yet?!) is that the first time I tried a peppermint mocha I almost died of happiness. I know how to make a mean white chocolate mocha, gingerbread latter,… 

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Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 28}

Oh my word y’all — my baby girl turns TEN today! Y’all are going to be inundated with posts today: Mouthwatering Mondays, Heather’s AMAZING contribution of flourless Peppermint Mocha Cakes in Jars, and a tribute to my TEN year old baby girl. But first, the deliciousness from this past week’s #BakeCraftSew Toasted Marshmallow Hot Cocoa… 

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easy crockpot apple butter

Easy Crockpot Apple Butter

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peppermint chocolate marshmallow cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

  Hi Southern Fairytale readers! I’m Kristy, the girl behind the blog Sweet Treats & More, where I share a whole lot of sweet treats with a hefty side of healthy eats.  And you’ll get some life ramblings along the way.  I’d love for you to come say hello!  I’m super excited to be a part… 

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Chorizo, Poblano Thanksgiving Dressing Recipe

Chorizo and Roasted Poblano Thanksgiving Dressing Recipe

To stuff or not to stuff, that is the question. Okay, it’s not really the question, but let us settle something once and for all. It’s stuffing if it’s stuffed inside the bird, and it’s dressing if it’s baked casserole style and served as a side dish.   Like that beautiful cast iron skillet full… 

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Pumpkin bundt cake with cream cheese frosting 2

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Graham Cracker Bites

Graham Cracker Bites

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millionaire bars

M&M Millionaire Bars

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panko topped green bean casserole

Crunchy Panko Crusted Green Bean Casserole {and a giveaway}

There are certain dishes that are practically synonymous with Thanksgiving: Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries and green bean casserole. I grew up with a very traditional green bean casserole, and loved it, but I wanted to give it a bit of a twist.   So I added some soy sauce, garlic, mushrooms, and fresh snap beans….