“We rise by lifting others” – Robert Ingersoll
Focusing on happiness will change your world. -me
I’ve spent about a year and a half trying to focus on the positive, finding the good in life, and focusing on peace and allowing the negative to pass through and fall away, and it has truly changed me. Spending the past 4 weeks really focusing on, and making note of the things that make me happy, in an effort to share them with my family, friends, and you, has brought me such focus, freedom, and joy.
First up this week is this Candied Bacon recipe from my friend, Lori, aka Recipe Girl.
Because really, y’all? Candied and Bacon? It’s a match made in Heaven – cue the Hallelujah chorus and wedding bells.
Jalapeno Poppers aka Grilled, Stuffed Jalapenos, aka grilled spicy poppers of awesomeness – have been a family favorite for about 16 years. Nathan requests them for virtually every bbq and get together, so when I saw these Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos from Bakeaholic Mama, I pinned them, printed them, and added the ingredients to this week’s shopping menu! Superbowl is this weekend after all!
It should come as no surprise that I’ve bookmarked this wonderful Rustic Wood ‘Fairytale’ Sign by Vintage Creek Studio on Etsy
Other Things that are making me happy this week:
- These Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes with Bourbon Glazed Candied Pecans were the only thing that Nathan requested for his birthday gathering this weekend, and that makes my whole heart happy and my recipe developing soul swoon.
- My reader daughter, and the conversations we’ve been having about the book, Wonder, make me happy and proud and giddy, all at the same time. I encourage every one of you to read this book by yourself, with your child, have them read it alone… tell your friends. It is that exceptional.
- If you ever have the chance to watch a movie at an Alamo Drafthouse – DO IT! Comfy seats, at your seat beverage and food service, amazing movies, vintage and new.
- This past Friday we had a double date night with some friends and watched Lone Survivor, it wrecked me. It’s an absolutely phenomenal movie. It’s extraordinarily well cast, the acting is above and beyond, and the way they tell the story and treat the memory of these men and their lives… it is exceptional. I won’t sugar coat it, I sobbed. I was a mess. This movie was excruciating for me to watch, but I am so glad that I did. I’m downloading the book to read, or maybe I’ll get the audiobook and listen.. I don’t know. I’ve never been in a theater where not one person gets up until after the credits roll, until this one. Until watching Lone Survivor, I’ve never been in a theater where the audience applauds at the end of the show. It happened Friday night. After Lone Survivor, the entire audience left the theater in hushed silence. This movie… I am in awe, and profoundly grateful for every single person who serves and protects our freedom in any and every capacity, and my heart goes out to every family member here at home. God Bless Each of You, and thank you.
I can’t wait to hear – what’s making you happy this week?