Simple Joy Saturday #11

Simple Joy Saturday #11

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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November 11-17

1.  I am registered for grad school! 

Which, if I am being honest, gives me both joy and fear.  But if all goes as planned, I will complete the coursework by the end of 2019.

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Go Sabercats??

2. De-cluttering

Current mood:

3. A phone conversation with a sweet college friend.

Other than some quick texts, we hadn’t talked since August. This conversation was needed and encouraging.

What are your simple joys this week?

Thai Peanut Penne

Thai Peanut Penne

If you have read this blog for long, you know that I have a solid reason to love November.

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At first glance, this recipe seems a little haphazard.  Rarely will you find penne and peanuts in the same bowl.  But trust me.  It works.

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Moreover, it’s only three ingredients.  Simple recipes are the best.

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Thai Peanut Penne

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. penne pasta
  • 12 oz. frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 cup Blind Spot Thai Peanut Sauce**
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger (optional)

Directions

  • Cook pasta and broccoli according to package instructions.
  • Melt peanut sauce in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
  • Stir all ingredients together.
  • Eat and enjoy.

 

**If you want to make your own peanut sauce, this one might be similar.

Simple Joy Saturday #10

Simple Joy Saturday #10

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

1. I finally got a new laptop.

There’s a story here, but I will give you the short version. Twice I ordered a computer directly from the manufacturer. Twice the manufacturer cancelled my order. I learned my lesson by the third try, and I ordered a similar laptop from a well- known retailer. The laptop arrived 4 days later.

2. Breakfast smoothies

I make 2-3 breakfast smoothies (like this one) at a time and keep them in the freezer.  In the morning, all I have to do is set the smoothie on the counter before I get dressed.  Within 45 minutes, it is ready to enjoy.  In my life, smoothies are generally a warm-weather food, so oatmeal will probably reappear soon.

3. The footbridge at Old Salem

I know it’s a little early, but you have to appreciate the simple beauty of Moravian stars at Christmas!

Simple Joy Saturday #9

Simple Joy Saturday #9

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

1. The Rail Trail  

Next time you want to run in Trumbull, CT, go to Pequonnock River Valley.

2. New jars of Blind Spot Nutbutter

I think this has been a simple joy before, but I always get excited when I get to try new flavors from my favorite nut butter company. Any suggestions for what I should do with the Thai Peanut Sauce?

3. The new Pine Cove Camps Instagram series.

I admit it, I am just using this post to brag that my idea made it somewhere beyond my brain.

When in New England…

When in New England…

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I should probably quit trusting my brother.  You may remember that last year, he lied, “It’s not that far” as we trekked through NYC.  This year, he claimed that hiking Mt. Monadnock is easy.  In actuality, it is a “steep scramble” up a difficult trail.

Yet, I am quick to forgive him.  He had never hiked the mountain himself; he only knew that if you’re in New Hampshire, you should climb the second most-hiked mountain in the world.

So, being the gullible sister that I am, I crawled up the sheer rock.  We agreed that the breathtaking views were worth the struggle.  After we slid back down the cliffs, we made an executive decision: when you are in Vermont, you have to eat Ben and Jerry’s.

The Main(e) Event

The Main(e) Event

A long drive down some back roads brought us (brother and I) to Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  We jogged up a short flight of stairs and stood in awe.  Then we skipped down the hill and stood amazed once again.

Despite the breathtaking coastline, Brother and I were perplexed.  We walked several trails at Two Lights State Park, but we didn’t see any lighthouses.  A glance at the map confirmed that the nearest lighthouse is a five-minute drive from the park entrance.

After a picnic lunch, we explored Fort William Park, which does have 2 lighthouses.

Brother and I were never disappointed with the scenery in Maine.

We enjoyed the beautiful weather and God’s masterful handiwork.

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A Walking Tour of Boston

A Walking Tour of Boston

Well, I’ve never plucked a rooster,

And I’m not too good at ping pong,

And I’ve never thrown my mashed potatoes up against the wall,

And I’ve never kissed a chipmunk,

And I’ve never gotten head lice…”

But I have been to Boston in the fall.

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