Monday, July 1, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 26/52

Joining in with Jen at little birdie, here are my four happies for the past week. This installment marks half a year of these posts for me. Time flies when you're appreciating the simple, happy things in life.


We've been playing lots of Candy Land. The GB has gotten very good at following the directions and she wants to play game after game with anyone who will agree to it. Her brother was the same way when he was younger. In fact, I was too. This is an enduring board game. When someone wins, we put our pawns near King Kandy's castle and pretend we're dancing in the candy. The pawns we use are not the ones which came with the game; the Bear made these from modeling clay and painted them. They're different kinds of candy; here, we have a gummy worm, a chocolate bar and a Hershey's Kiss. There are others too, including my favorite, a big purple gumdrop.


I've been admiring my new $10 vintage tablecloth. I put it on the dining room table last week when we got home from our vacation. This is my summer table decor; I kept the pink taper candles in crystal holders from my spring table setting and added pinky-red faux miniature roses in my ceramic bowl-and-pitcher set, which I finished, hand-painted and glazed when I was a teenager. I'm so happy with this tablecloth; it was inexpensive but is in perfect condition and it's simple and pretty in my dining room.


The Bear made gigantic sourdough pancakes for breakfast on Sunday. These pancakes were almost as large as our dinner plates. He's an excellent pancake chef. I usually use Bisquick when I make pancakes but he prefers to use the sourdough starter we've maintained for about six years, which we also use for bread. Sourdough pancakes are so incredibly light and fluffy. I recommend them highly.


This is sort of an embarrassing happy because it makes us sound a bit dumb. Our vacation apartment had a BRITA water filtration pitcher in the kitchen and we used it, mainly out of curiosity. The water was delicious! We drank more water than we normally would because it tasted so good. After we came home, we went to Costco and saw the pitchers there so we decided to buy one for ourselves. Our water has a strong chlorine odor and we know there are a lot of minerals in it too. What a difference this thing makes! We've been using the filtered water in our electric kettle for tea and coffee too. We should have thought of this sooner.

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Hello and welcome to my new readers and followers! I'm so happy you're here. I hope you enjoy your visits to my little corner of the world. And continued thanks - sincere, heartfelt thanks - to everyone who continues to stop by and leave comments for me to read. Blogging is such a pleasure in my life, a way to share my world and learn to appreciate it even more, as well as to connect with so many like-minded people. Thank you.

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I have added a "follow by email" option to my blog (I actually thought I had this but I guess I might have deleted it inadvertently at some point). I've been playing with things on the blog again, just trying to clean it up. I'm beginning to think about maybe having a custom header made; if you know of (or you are) a designer who does this well for an affordable price, please let me know. I've seen a few makers on Etsy who do nice work but I'm open to suggestions.

21 comments:

  1. I love the table cloth, it is so pretty and such an affordable price too. I have never played the game Candyland before, it looks good! I have just realised it was in the wreck-it Ralph film, but I didn't even realise it was a board game..! My kids love playing monopoly (the kids version) at the moment, they will play it all night if we let them. :) That pancake has made me very hungry! ha ha. x

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  2. I love making those fluffy pancakes. My little girls drool for them at weekends breakfasts with fruit and sometimes choc spread if I am feeling very kind! Thanks for dropping by my blog. Jo x

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I love the new look of your blog!
    The Candyland games looks even more fun with the colorful, adorable handmade pawns. Your Bear is great with the clay and his pancakes look delicious. I'm a Bisquicker too and never tried sourdough pancakes :( Brita though - used it for eons. That tablecloth is so pretty on your uncluttered, beautifully decorated dining table.
    Have another happy day!
    Jayne
    Handmade Cuties

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  4. Great tablecloth...
    Those pancakes look heavenly! and you say your husband made them? lucky you!!
    I enjoy the headers that you make...just sayin'..more personal!

    Enjoy your week!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  5. Your tablecloth is so so pretty! Those pancakes look pretty good too.
    M x

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  6. The clay pawns are so cute! My girls (3) and (5) also love Candyland. I'm still trying to teach them to take turns and not get distracted when it's not their turn but they are really enjoying it!

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  7. I adore your tablecloth, Jennifer. We used to have a Brita filter when we lived in London. It may be a cultural myth, but I was told that the water in London ahd gone through several people before you drink it. Urgh!

    Cornwall has amazing water. No need for a brita or bottled here!

    Leanne xx

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  8. Congrats on half a year. You blog like a pro though. I love reading everything you write.

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  9. Lovely moments from your week.

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  10. My daughter and I have been playing a lot of Candy Land lately. Your tablecloth is really lovely. My husband is the pancake chef in our house too, every Sunday morning! And the BRITA pitcher is definitely a must for us.

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  11. I adore your vintage tablecloth.. I'm rather obsessed with tablecloths.. :-) And oh oh oh.. we've had sourdough starter over the years and the flavor and texture of them are beyond delicious-ness. I think I'll find my jar in the fridge and try to bring it out of hibernation - it's supposedly brought on a covered wagon to Oregon.. the original. And wow, tell the Bear I am mightily impressed that he made those game pieces.. what a dad!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Hi Jennifer,Love your Bear made game pieces!!!I also have a Brita filter pitcher!!!!I couldn't do without it, that's for sure!!!!Love your tablecloth!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  13. Lovely happies Jennifer! No need to downplay the Brita filter at all - it was our must-have item when we moved to Sydney. We were so used to drinking rainwater that the chlorinated Sydney water was almost undrinkable - the Brita was our friend. Love your tablecloth too. Mel x

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  14. Candyland has been around almost forever. When I was a little girl I used to drive my dad crazy, begging to play game after game. Then my kids drove me crazy when they were little. I like your pawns!

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  15. We are lucky to have really good drinking water where we live and whenever we go to stay at my parent's or my in-law's I always think their tap water tastes horrible! I would buy a filter, they are such a good idea. Love that tablecloth, it's really pretty and adds a nice vintage touch to your dining room. x

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  16. Love the tablecloth and those pancakes look super delicious. I'm now following on bloglovin. :)

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  17. Thanks for the tip on the water pitcher! I had wondered about those. Now I think I'll try one! I also love the summery look of your tablecloth - and you got a "steal" on it!

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  18. Gotta love Candyland! And those pancakes look super yummy!
    ~Kim
    www.2justByou.com

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  19. Oh yummy pancakes they look delish. Candy land looks fun too x

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  20. I love our filter, we've had a few over the years, but definitely notice a big improvement in the taste of the water. I haven't heard of Candyland. Tablecloth is very pretty :) xx

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