Monday, March 5, 2012

Joy Is...

Joy is…

Feeling the sunshine on my face

Watching the puppies frolic in the water

Being swallowed up in my husband’s arms

Talking to friends

Watching Downton Abbey

Splurging on the Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake

Cleaning the house til it shines

Taking a walk with my hubby and three pups

Sitting on the back porch, watching the geese land

Making a proper dinner


Seriously, it has been utter bliss rediscovering all the joys of everyday living. As much as it sucks to go through super strenuous or stressful times, it really does give us a chance to reflect on all the simple joys of everyday life. It's those humble things that we take for granted that make up all the small, special moments of our lives, don't you think?

So tell me, what are your simple joys? What are the things you look forward to after a particularly difficult time? Give me ideas for what to do after that next deadline comes a-callings!

For today’s recipe, I modified a recipe I stumbled across online. It is simple, joyful food at its best :) Enjoy!

Super Easy Vegetable Soup

64 oz vegetable broth (I used Swanson)

1 red pepper

1 zucchini

2 large carrots

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1/2 head or cabbage

2 cups cauliflower

2 cups broccoli

1/2 onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

salt and pepper to taste

Chop everything coarsely, combine in large stock pan and cover with broth. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Enjoy!


  1. Yay for finishing on time! Even bigger yay for rediscovering all of those fantastic things. You know what I "rediscovered" after I finished my last deadline? Clean sheets, that fresh-from-the-dryer smell on my pillowcase helping me fall off to sleep at night. :)

    1. Aw man, do I love that smell! And yes, I got the exact same pleasure this weekend :) Look at us all finishing our mss together!

  2. Oh, yum. I love veggie soup! And your floors look awesome, I am so jealous. ;)
    It is nice to relax after a stressful time, it makes you appreciate everything so much more. I like to just sit on the back porch with a glass of wine and my hubby, on a nice night, and being able to relax and reconnect. Somethings the weeks get so so busy and crazy you forget to do the simple, easy things like that.
    I also like to have a clean house, stocked fridge, etc. It makes life much more relaxing to clear out the clutter!

    1. LOL - those floors only stay that way for about 10 mins before the dogs wreak havoc on them! And I agree, purging the clutter lowers the blood pressure, I swear!
      Now, I'm looking forward to this Saturday so I can see everyone again at the meeting - I hate being a recluse!

  3. Can't wait to try that gorgeous soup! Congrats again -- you deserve all that joy:)