Valentine or no Valentine…they’re still fun to make! I spent the majority of my Saturday night making sure at least 12 people in my life would feel special tomorrow…

A good craft session with a good friend (not to mention a really delicious dinner) might just make up for my lack of “Valentine” this year. Friends > valentines, anyway.

😉

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S’mores cupcake for breakfast? Yes, please.

One delicious, ooey gooey, marshmallow-licious cupcake from the one and only CUPCAKE in St. Paul accompanied by an out-of-this world honey-vanilla latte is the perfect way to start the day.

What could make it any better?

Oh, that’s right, good company. There’s nothing like a decadent “breakfast” with a good girlfriend! I think making this a weekly occurence would increase my serotonin levels and decrease my stress level by something like 50%.

…and I’ll just amp up the hot yoga by one class a week 🙂

For the first time, I tried making pumpkin oats. On my computer is the photo I went by…picture perfect, huh?

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • drizzle of honey
  • dollop of natural creamy peanut butter

How-To

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, stir the oats and water together.
  2. Microwave for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the pumpkin and cinnamon.
  4. Top with honey and peanut butter.

Servings: 1

Original recipe from:

http://chocolateandcarrots.com/2011/10/pumpkin-oats

This is my grandma – one of the most remarkable women I know. Today is her 70th birthday, and although I’ve only known her for 20 of those 70 years, she has taught me at least 70 years worth of wisdom!

I love you, Grandma. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

It’s funny how a dreary day – drizzly, damp, and grey – can actually put you in the best mood. Today it is giving me a clear mind. It’s washing away all of the stress and chaos that sometimes comes with a busy day on campus. and allowing me to embrace my favorite grey sweater, largest coffee mug, and un-worn rainboots.

It’s an excuse to curl up on the couch and just relax. Sometimes I find it hard to justify when all I can think about is my mile-high stack of textbooks waiting patiently for me on my desk. But today, I don’t feel guilty. Today is a quiet day with no distractions, and a good day for relaxing, thinking, and writing.

The lesson of the day today is to make the best of things, to see the beauty in small deeds, and to find the hidden opportunities each day brings, even the grey ones.

Valentines candle holders (made with Aurora Zosel). Thanks, Pinterest!

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