Monday, August 19, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 33/52

Joining in with Jen, here are four happy photos from the past week, a rather food-heavy edition.

Always in pursuit of breakfasts I want to eat, I have been enjoying smoothies when I have a little extra time in the morning. They're easy and filling. This one was made with a scoop of vanilla-flavored protein powder (I like Aria), a cup of milk, a banana and a handful of blueberries.

I've been enjoying my little kitchen radio. We keep this little radio on the kitchen windowsill; it's small but it has excellent reception. It may be on at any time during the day, but always in the early evening. I listen to NPR's "All Things Considered" as I am starting dinner at 5:00. After I've heard the day's news, I'll switch over to music, usually a local "oldies" station (which now plays songs from the 1980's, yikes). We have a more advanced stereo system but I like my little radio; it's more subdued, quieter, more like background noise than a full stereo experience. It feels simpler - retro, even - and not just because I'm listening to the greatest hits of yesteryear.

Evening leisure time with the Bear usually involves a movie. We watched "The Big Lebowski" (an old favorite of his) and I crocheted, working on my baby ripple. We ate popcorn, as we often do; I like to make it on the stove, in the old-fashioned way, in a big, heavy pot. This time, we had some microwave cheddar cheese-flavored popcorn that the small Bears had asked for in the store. It wasn't great. But the company was and we had a good old cozy time.

The Bear's birthday tiramisu went over well. I've made it many times; he usually asks for it on his birthday and I've also made it as a Christmas dessert. It's delicious and decadent, but deceptively easy to make. I've been using this recipe for a long time. We ate it with the Bear's parents, after his chosen birthday dinner at a Thai restaurant. He loves tiramisu and I love to make it for him. He had a great birthday and he thanks you for all of the birthday wishes.


Hello to my new readers and followers! I'm so glad you're here. I hope you enjoy your visits to the Thistlebear home.


  1. 52 Weeks of Happy is such an awesome idea! :) I truly love it. Your week seemed lovely and relaxing. The tiramisu you made looks delicious, yum!

    I don't blame you for opening the mail. I would do the same thing. ;) I wouldn't be able to resist. It's very kind of you to put it back together afterwards. (Good karma! Yay!)

  2. I really enjoy these happy posts - they make me happy!
    I would have looked inside that envelope too. :)

  3. Hi Jennifer, Lovely happiness!!! Your tiramisu looks delicious!!!Thanks for the easy to follow recipe link!!!Going to try it for sure!!!Have a happy and creative week!!!

  4. Sounds like you're having a lovely week. I LOVE the colours on your ripple blanket. Julie x

  5. I love reading these year of happy posts, it's lovely to read about the good slices of people weeks, your baby ripple is sooo lovely
    Clare x

  6. Another happy week, your tiramisu looks lovely and I'm glad it went down well. I agree, there is nothing better than listening to a 'real' radio! Ha ha. And I would opt for 80s music too! How sad that your previous house owners will not get their letter, but I would have done the same - especially an unsealed envelope - too intriguing! Continue to have a happy week! xx

  7. Lovely happy things. Tiramisu looks lovely, my husband favourite dessert and The Big Lebowski is one of his favourite movies too!
    Marianne x

  8. Hi Jennifer! That smoothie looks yummy. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to hubby! Your dessert looks amazing, I'll have to click on that link and check it out. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. Jennifer,

    these happies of ours rock round so quickly. I always look forward to yours. I would have opened the letter too - I am such a nosey parker. I'm checking out the link for the tiramisu. I am on dessert duty for our family Christms lunch this year.

    Food heavy posts. Food heavy life. I'm happy with that!

    Leanne xx

  10. You are such a tease Jennifer with all those foodie pics! I am still on the WW diet, trying to maintain or even lose a bit more before my holidays!
    P.S. loving your baby ripple blanket!

  11. Of course you had to take a bit of a peek, I mean it was already open. sad to think that Robby did not notify his friends and family that he had moved. You look like you have been having a yummy time.

  12. Love your blanket, and I agree those stamps are fab! :) x

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  14. What a lovely post! Jennifer, we also love our little radio in our kitchen. I leave it right next to my little kitchen lamp. It's always nice listening to some tunes/talk radio while cooking. :)
    Your Tiramisu looks absolutely delicious! (One of our favorites)
    And of course your popcorn looks yummy. Looks like you and your husband enjoyed a lovely movie night together. I love nights like that, so relaxing. I hope you have a wonderful week~


  15. Happy belated Birthday to the Bear :) Yummy post .
    Congrats on the give away win !
    Buttercup looks forward to sending out his postcards soon :))

  16. I'm definitely going to check out your tiramisu could be just the ticket for Christmas dessert. Christmas in Australia is hot so cold desserts are just right! Yours looks delicious...and Christmas will definitely not be sugar free!

  17. Sounds like another amazing week.

  18. I like listening to songs from the 80's too, my era. Tiramisu is my hubby's favourite dessert too, though I've never made it as there's only him who likes it. I might have to click on the link and surprise him.

  19. I always love these simple and peaceful glimpses into your happy life! The photos are always lovely, capturing textures and lighting and beautiful composition. Not only that, but I love matching our similarities - in this case, fondness for morning fruit smoothies and NPRs "All Things Considered."

  20. love the colors of your crochet project.. will it be a blanket.

  21. Love the idea of your small radio in the kitchen...
    I know what you mean about not wanting a full stereo effect!
    The blanket looks wonderful!
    I am sure the baby will love it!

    Linda :o)

  22. Lovely happies Jennifer - which is what I've come to always expect from you - happy lady, wife and mother!
    Joy xo

  23. Very happy week, Jennifer! Your smoothie looks delicious! That is what I have for breakfast almost everyday. The tiramisu looks really yummy. I have never made one, but I think you have inspired me!

  24. Your crochet project is so pretty, Jennifer! I keep making less than bold attempts at crocheting, but I'm still such a novice. I really do enjoy the act of crochet -- very peaceful and calming. That's a very delicious-sounding dessert!

  25. Happy Belated Birthday to the Bear! That tiramisu looks lush!


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