Monday, September 1, 2014

Little Happies -- Happies in a Flash

Top o' the morning to ya. And welcome back to the happiest little link-up on the internet, in which we all share the teeny tiny happy things going on in our lives. Won't you join in on the fun? :)


This week's Happies are brought to you inaflash mostly because we spent about 8-hours on the road last night returning from a fantastic week and a half vacation with family in East Tennessee and this chica is too tired to elaborate. The trip was nothing short of a-maz-ing, so I'm prob going to write a more detailed trip re-cap post real soon, but for today's post, I'm going to keep all the trip Happies short and quick. Now hold on tight, 'cause away we gooooo!

My Happies are...

 --one--


Singing "Happy Birthday" and watching the birthday boy blow out all his candles on the first try, followed by enjoying the extremely delicious, though ever-so-slightly more waxified cake. 


 --two--


Making homemade pizza dough (the birthday boy's party request) and watching it rise! Oh, and who can forget that wonderfully yeasty, doughy smell? Mmmm!


--three--


Standing on the peak of a mountain and taking in the beautiful 360 view. 

(I take no credit for the climb. The car did most of the work.)


 --four--


Extremely geometrical things, like this ceiling and chandelier combo. 


 --five--


Breaking my diet and EATING ALL THE THINGS, especially these bad boys. You didn't think Oreos could get any better, but then they did. They truly, madly, deeply, totally did. 


 --six--



I competed against my husband in a cooking competition based on the show Chopped and what you see above is my final dish. Stay tuned for more details on the secret ingredients, what we ended up cooking, and who won, all in the form of a video recap, coming soon to a Blessed to Be blog near you!


 --seven--


Randomly discovering the coolest tea shop ever. 

Yes, even that glass on the far right is tea. Beer-like in look, but definitely not in taste. My father-in-law ordered it because he wanted his tea to be "as manly as possible." His words, not mine. He's a funny one!


--eight--


Playing the heck out of some board games with the in-laws, including Dominion (above) and King of Tokyo (below).



--nine--


Hanging out with my furry friend, Cholmondeley (pronounced Chum-lee). He likes long walks, getting you to throw things so he can catch them but then not return them to you, ice cubes, slobbering, and mostly my father-in-law. It's his dog, after all.  


--ten--

And still following along on your blogs amidst all the family fun. Sorry there hasn't been much commentage on my part, but I promise I read and enjoyed every last bit of your updates.

Oh, plus...


I'm thankful that this little Catholic community caught my blogging dodo mistake and gently called me out on it. If you read this quote in my Little Happies last week and believed me when I said C. S. Lewis was Catholic, I apologize. I was misinformed and am now saying a big OOPS for creating another internet lie. OOPS. As it turns out, he was about as close to Catholic as it gets, but never quite got there. There are some rumors floating around that claim he did become Catholic right before his death, but rumors they remain. Thanks for being gentle on me, friends! 



And now it's your turn! What little blessings have brought you happiness this past week?




19 comments:

  1. I tried those Oreos, and was disappointed! Not as good as I expected.
    I can't wait to see your next Schopped video! I may have to bring this idea up to my family. Or my in-laws--that could get pretty crazy!

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    1. What?! Disappointed by those Oreos? But how!?!? I'm so sad for you!! Maybe you got a bad batch? Maybe you're not as crazy about cookie dough flavored things as I am??

      Also, a Chopped party would be a blast!! If you ever do it, please let me know!

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  2. Mmm, your LH's always make me hungry! We need to figure out a way that those photos could be translated into actual food I can eat. (I prefer reaching through the screen to cooking myself. Just saying.) I love bubble tea and haven't had any forever! Also, being on top of a mountain is always a fun thing. Now we just have to get you hiking up them. ;)

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    1. I'm starting to think I may rely a bit too heavily on food pics for my LHs. Haha! I really wish I could share it all with you! Why don't you come visit? :) Also, I promise to climb a mountain one of these days. I'll just have to work my way up to it, because the few hundred feet we did climb were a challenge for me. Annnnnnnd it was super beginner style. Hardly an incline. A clear path to the top. I'm a weakling. :)

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  3. I love Oreos as well but not a big fan of cookie dough...I did see the chocolate dipped mint oreos at the store recently...I stayed strong and walked away. Tough...for I love mint and chocolate. I would have driven up the mountain as well...much easier to enjoy the views when your not tired or out of breath. Ha!!!

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    1. Ooohhhh, those chocolate dipped mint Oreos sound FANTASTIC!!! Maybe you could treat yourself to some once you reach a goal?? :) That's totally what I would do! And I have to agree with you on your mountain climbing strategy. Haha. Easy climb = much more enjoyment of the views up top. Haha!!

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  4. Stephanie, have you heard/played Smash-Up? Have I already commented about this? I feel like you two would love it, especially if you're into Dominion and Tokyo. It's got zombies, vampies, aliens, robots, pirates, bear cavalry, etc. Anyway, it's super fun.

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    1. I haven't!! And you haven't commented about it before. Zombies and vampiers and bear cavalry?!?!?! John will TOTALLY love this game. Looking into it pronto! And thanks for the rec. :)

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  5. Looks like such a great trip! Ditto...hungry for some oreos now! Have you ever had TJ's "Jo Jo's"? Equally amazing!!

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    1. I soooo want to try them now! Actually, we stopped at the TJ's in Nashville on our way back to Memphis since we don't have one in the Memphis area (lame). Ahhh! Totally missed my opportunity to try their Jo Jo's!! Next time, though. Now it's on the top of my list. :)

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  6. How funny! We introduced King of Tokyo to my family and my godfather's family this past weekend. The two of my godfather's grandsons who were there both loved it.

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    1. That IS funny! How random! Glad to hear they liked it!! I think my husband likes it a bit more than I do, but I mostly find it really fun. Have you guys been playing it for a while?

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  7. I promise a Little Happies return next week! :) You had a great vacation it seems! Those oreos...look AWESOME!!!! If only I didn't get hives from gluten...almost worth it. LOL And you played DOMINION! YESSS! How did you like it? It can be tricky to get the hang of but then is crazy addicting. And Chumlee and Wrigley should be friends. They look like they would have a splendid time with one another. :)

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    1. I thought the gluten hives went away? Dang. :( I'm sorry to temp you with such a yummy creation. Just forget about it, k? They're not even worth it. No way, no how. Also, Dominion was GREAT! We've played it a few times since. SOOOO addicting! My only complaint is that it's not actually a 30 min game like the box says. But other than that, we loved playing it!! If you're ever in East TN and have Wrigley with you, I can definitely arrange a dog meeting. :) Can't wait to read your Happies this week!

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  8. those Oreos look amazing. I love the picture of all the beautiful bowls of pizza dough rising.....yummy. looks like an amazing vacation, I hope the transition back into real life isn't too tough.

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    1. I hope you get to try the Oreos too! They're wonderful! And isn't it so satisfying when pizza dough rises like it should? :)

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  9. Love the pictures! The one of you two on the mountain is so beautiful!

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