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A visit from Megan!

One of my friends/roommates from college is in TX to visit, and I couldn’t be happier to see her! So clearly, that’s #day4 of my #100happydays.  We worked together to make these yummy lemon shortbread cupcakes – they turned out really yummy (even though I only had 1 1/2 c. of flour and had to add a 1/2 c. of cornmeal on the fly).  We also made the Summer Sesame Noodles from this article, and I added bell peppers.  It was a really nice dinner for the hot day we had here.  Big plans for Galveston tomorrow. . . stay tuned! 🙂

Lemon Shortbread Cupcakes

Lemon Shortbread Cupcakes

Me and Megan!

Day 4: Me and Megan! #100happydays  #day4

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Witchcraft

Witchcraft

<—The sign that greets you over the front door of Witchcraft – Yes Please!

There were actually lots of things that made me happy today, so it was hard to choose (definitely a good problem to have!)  After a long day at school, it was really nice to head to a local restaurant and enjoy dinner on the patio.  Witchcraft Tavern and Provision Co. in the Heights neighborhood of Houston has a really cool vibe.  Having a beer and savoring the gorgeous weather was definitely worthy of mention in my #100happydays!  The burger with bacon, caramelized onion, and blueberry stilton wasn’t bad either. . . Cheers!

mmmm

mmmm – LIve Oak Hefe

Seriously good burger! (The  side salad instead of fries means it was a healthy choice, right?)

Seriously good burger! (The side salad instead of fries means it was a healthy choice, right?)

Me and my lab mates/buddies Kat and Avante at Witchcraft  #100happydays  #day3

Me and my lab mates/buddies Kat and Avante at Witchcraft #100happydays #day3

 

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Slow Cooker Magic

I did myself a HUGE favor today with just a little bit of planning ahead.  Last night, I spent about 10 minutes and put together the ingredients for Creamy Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes from Six Sisters Stuff.  I added an onion and used cream of celery instead of cream of chicken since that’s what I had on hand. I stuck the ingredients in a gallon bag and left it in the fridge overnight.  I had a really long day today, so I had to come home to let the dogs out in the middle of the day, and when I did, I dumped the ingredients in the slow cooker and headed back to school.  When I came home 8:40 and had no interest in figuring out what to eat, this is what was waiting for me:

Coming home to ready-made dinner . . . awesome! #100happydays #day2

Coming home to ready-made dinner . . . awesome! #100happydays #day2

It might not look gorgeous, but boy was I happy to dig in, and it tastes pretty awesome.  An added bonus: leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I don’t always get my stuff together enough to plan ahead like this, but when I do, it’s a nice enough break that it makes me want to do it all the time.

 

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100 Happy Days!

100 Happy Days!

As a psychology student, the idea of being intentional about your own happiness is an idea that makes a lot of sense.  In fact, we just spent class today talking about the definition of consciousness, and how attention is a huge part of that – as in purposefully shifting your attention toward or away from particular things in your environment. In practice, however, I’ll admit I’m quicker to gripe than give thanks on some days, especially when I’m overwhelmed (which of course just adds to the negative energy).

On another note, I haven’t posted here in a looong time.  To kill two birds with one stone, I thought I would jump on the #100happydays bandwagon – and post a least a little something here everyday! If you’re not familiar, the 100 Happy Days challenge is about submitting a picture every day for 100 days of something that made you happy.  It helps to shift your attention to those positive things in your world and allow those things to take on more meaning – which can only be a good thing!

So, here goes!  The first one is easy – the two pups in my life (mine and my BF’s, who I’m puppy sitting for the week/end) always make me happy.  They make excellent snuggle buddies.  🙂

Day 1: Tilly and Sam  #day1 #100happydays

Day 1: Tilly and Sam
#day1 #100happydays

 

 
 

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