Deck the Halls – Writing Prompt

Day 53 – #100HappyDay Challenge

Today I’m playing along with a writing prompt – Deck the halls.

Christmas, for the most part, makes me happy. How about you? Do you enjoy decorating for the Holidays?

I typically decorate for the Holidays the day after Christmas and tend to put everything away the day after Christmas. I know. I’ve done this for years.

But not this year. This year things have changed a bit. I’ve moved. It’s a new house and It’s the first time I was traveling over Thanksgiving so decking the halls had to wait a bit. But most importantly, my granddaughter wouldn’t be here until the week before Christmas to decorate the tree with me.

What to do?

The Compromise…2 trees!

I decided to go ahead and decorate the tree downstairs and would wait to decorate the game room tree until she got here. I tucked a few of her “friends”, which I borrowed from her room, beneath the tree just for some cuteness. I am a little behind on gift wrapping. I’ll have to work on that.

I took the opportunity this year to go with pink glam for downstairs since It’s just the girls this year. And we like pink!

But Snowmen and the traditional holiday colors will reign upstairs. I’ve began to get the game room in order but I’ve made sure to keep the majority of the “decking” limited. It’ll have to wait for Miss R’s magical touch to finish the rest of the Christmas decking.

Hope you are having as much fun as I have in decking the halls.

Ho Ho Ho!



Perfect Day?

Day 52 – #100HappyDay Challenge

What does your perfect day look like? Imagine you could wake up each and every morning and create your perfect day, what you choose to do?

Wake up to a kiss and sunshine.

Steaming coffee with cream paired with fresh pastries, butter and jam.

Another kiss, hands touch, a lazy morning.

A casual road trip, intimate conversation.

Roadside stops along the way, fresh flowers, jars of honey and preserves.

Sunset flight of wine with dinner, music plays.

Dance beneath the stars.

Night lingers, laughter follows.

What’s your perfect day?

Home Goods

Day 35 – #100HappyDays Challenge

Mr. Abraham was thrilled when Beau came home from work. He’s such a happy little dog. Especially with all the belly rubs and head scratches.

Today was Gregg’s day off which he graciously shared with me. We headed out this morning to pick up all the things I forgot yesterday. Then we went to HomeGoods. Cue the music and the lights, clouds part, and doors open. I just love the HomeGoods here.

The store is neat. There isn’t combat shopping carts careening down aisles littered with broken product. Every time I turned a corner there was more items to admire. More to add to my cart while Gregg patiently put up with my wandering.

I did take some time to admire a stunning cake platter, pondering on how I could get it on the airplane in one piece. Not that I need another cake platter but I did think about it for quite a bit, before deciding against it. Instead I picked up a rolling pin that will come in handy for the apple tart in our near future.

We made it home just in time for me to gently push down the bread I had put on to rise before we headed out in the morning. It’s always a new adventure when baking in an unknown oven. But over all, even though I think the bake could have used a few more minutes in the oven it turned out pretty good.

I love using a mix of fresh and dried cranberries in this hearty cranberry walnut bread. The tartness of the fresh cranberries lend a brightness to the hearty loaf. I really enjoy it toasted, slathered with butter and honey in the morning with coffee. Try it. You’ll love it!



Day 7 – One Week #100HappyDay Challenge

“Don’t lose yourself in the temporary.”

I heard that quote earlier today and it struck a cord. How many times have I let the temporary chaos of the daily grind bury me in noise, making me lose sight of what’s really important?

This happiness challenge has made me pause every day to reflect on my life, the little moments that tend to be the big moments, all sparkly and shining nuggets of happiness hidden amongst the ordinary. Sometimes those nuggets are buried deep, so deep I have to do a bit of mining to discover the jewel. But it’s always there somewhere.

I’ve been a bit under the weather. I’m not a fan of taking prednisone but the doctor recommended a low dose over 3 days. 3 -2-1. Alrighty then, anything to snap me out of this. So I started it yesterday and had the worse sleep of my life last night, but it gave me lots of time to think about things. One thought led to another until memories of the most delicious cranberry-orange biscuit I had from the The Silos Baking Co. in Waco began to haunt my sleepless night. And that biscuit-cross-scone was a warm happy memory but Waco is way too far to drive for a treat, especially at 4 in the morning.

Grabbing my iPad I scoured the web for a recipe. I know, I know… but baking makes me happy. As luck would have it I found one copy cat recipe here at cookingwithJacque. Looks like she loved visiting the Silos as well! Check out her blog. Great tips and recipes.

I popped up and decided that I’d rather bake than toss and turn. I have to be honest, I didn’t follow the recipe to the letter. I used fresh oranges and juiced them since I didn’t have orange concentrate. Same goes for the cranberries. Other than that I had the supplies on hand.

Like all biscuits, when putting the dough together the less you handle it the better. Be gentle. And don’t over bake. Pull them out as they turn a light golden color… over baking will turn your biscuits into hockey pucks! LoL!

This really was a wonderful way to start the morning. Just the wafting scent of citrus, flour and butter magically floating in the air seemed to make me feel better. Add a warm cup of tea and my morning shaped up much better than my night.

I’ll definitely makes these again but I would cut the sugar to a tablespoon or so. Especially when drizzling them with the yummy orange glaze. I found these just a tad too sweet for me but it’s almost sacrilegious not to eat them without the glaze. And I loved the fresh tart contrast of the cranberries. This helped cut some of the sweetness. I was only wishing I had added more of the cranberries. If you like the sweeter side of things then stick to the recipe. If not, toss in lots of fresh cranberries and cut the sugar. Either way… it’s a melting-buttery-mouthful-happiness bite.



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