Monday, February 18, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 7/52

Joining in with Jen at little birdie, here are my four photos of happy for the past week.


These pale pink tulips on my kitchen table make me really happy. I picked them up at Trader Joe's on Saturday morning when I did some grocery shopping. I love their delicate color. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers and I often gravitate toward very brightly-colored ones but these caught my eye this time. They are sitting in one of my favorite jugs; I received this one as a gift a few years ago when my parents were visiting. The GB was a new baby and it was difficult for me to be away from home for long. My parents wanted to sight-see so the Bear took them out. They found this jug in an antique shop and brought it home for me. As you can see, it's just my taste.


I made a delicious dinner on Valentine's Day. I used Barefoot Contessa's recipe for parmesan chicken, which came out really well. It was easy and very tasty. The cheese in the breading crisped nicely. I served it with spaghetti tossed with garlic and olive oil; I stirred some steamed broccoli into the pasta right before serving. This is a recipe enjoyed a lot in my family. Everyone loved their dinner. I think the chicken recipe is a new favorite.


I was in Hancock Fabrics last week. They had a small selection of these long, flowy skirts there. This style came in a few colors, including orange, turquoise and white. The orange one caught my attention. I don't typically wear this color but it made me feel so excited for warm weather and being outdoors - flowers, warm breezes, drinks on the patio, dancing in cool grass. I love the detail work on it too; I think the lacy inset is crocheted, and then there are those crystal beads and sequins all over too. This skirt awakens my inner Stevie Nicks.


Finally, this is a photo that makes me very happy because it was the result of a very unexpected surprise package I received last week. My friend Rhiannon sent it from the UK, where she and her family have been living for several years for her husband's military service. She is one of my oldest friends; we met in religious education class when we were six years old and remained friends through high school, but then we lost touch. Thanks to Facebook, we reconnected last year and have been enjoying our friendship all over again. Her family is preparing to move to the part of New York where the Bear and I had been living before we moved here, and where the LB was born. Her husband is being stationed there next. I've been trying to help her with real estate tips, school districts, climate information and such. She sent these items to say thank you. The strawberry and cream shortbread is my favorite but those dark chocolate gingers are pretty great too. Everything is good. Surprises are wonderful.

8 comments:

  1. What a great surprise package! Cadbury Drinking Chocolate is the best! Those tulips are the prettiest colour aren't they? x

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    1. The chocolate was wonderful! I really enjoyed it. Yes, the tulips are gorgeous. I find excuses just to stand around looking at them. :)

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  2. Love your jug and those tulips are just beautiful.
    Did you treat yourself to the gorgeous orange skirt?
    Carol xx

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    1. Thank you, Carol! I did not treat myself to the skirt. It was surprisingly expensive but maybe if I wait until later in the season I can get a better deal on it. :)

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  3. Fun list. So, you have an inner Stevie Nicks? She's so awesome, and she would totally wear that skirt.

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    1. Thanks, Jenny. OMG, do I ever. I *LOVE* her, since I was a little girl.

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  4. I remember you saying before how you love foreign groceries, so I can imagine how happy that parcel made you! The chicken pasta dish looks really good, too.

    Gillian x

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    1. Thanks, Gillian. Yes, I do love my foreign groceries. I just find it fascinating to see what people eat in other places!

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