Pure Happiness

Happy happy hump day!

Since I decided to post about my new adorable Ellie workout gear yesterday, I failed to update you on my nummy day of eats from Monday. Since I had a major lack of food photos yesterday (zip-zero), I am going to catch you up to speed from Monday.


Breakfast was a piece of toasted almond breadΒ with organic natural peanut butter and raw honey, served with a cup of coffee with my new favorite cream!

This picture makes me so happy. Photographed is one of my favorite foods: peanut butter, my favorite morning drink that comforts my soul: coffee, and gorgeous yellow roses that my mom gave to me: love and friendship. Pure happiness.

pb toast and coffee


A bed of mixed spring greens topped with deviled eggs, red bell pepper, celery, olives, peas, avocado, sunflower seeds and Annie’s Green Goddess dressing. Way good!



I ate it outside in the sunshine which probably made it taste even better!


Driscoll’s beautiful organic raspberries. Nature’s candy.




There was definitely more snacking that happened in the afternoon. There are no pictures of it but I am guessing I had some mixed nuts, some carrots, and maybe an apple. πŸ™‚


For dinner I roasted up brussels sprouts and broccoli with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. To go on top of the veggies I made a marinara sauce using Ragu No-Sugar-Added spaghetti sauce, with one Italian turkey sausage, and sautΓ©ed onions, mushrooms, and garlic. I sprinkled in some dried basil and oregano too!

roasted veggies with marinara roasted veggies with marinara

To plate it up I started with a layer of veggies, next I grated some fresh parmesan cheese, and then finished it with a huge serving of the sauce which in my opinion is the best part!

roasted veggies with marinara roasted veggies with marinara


I wasn’t loving the brussels sprouts that night. I had bought them fresh and then froze them, and feel they take on a bit of a different flavor once I use them out of the freezer. Anyone else experience this? Anyway, I still enjoyed the dish and ate all but three bites.


Alright, it’s time for me to go pack up my lunch and think about what I want for breakfast! I am so food-minded; always prepared for moments when I may need to eat. πŸ™‚ The hardest part is not knowing what I will be in the mood for come lunch time. I usually pack myself a couple of options so that I can pick and chose what sounds good.

I am super excited that thunderstorms are possibly going to happen this afternoon. I LOVE a good thunderstorm, as long as no one gets hurt and no damage is done of course. They remind me of being young and hanging out with my family in our safe home. As the thunderstorm approached we would watch the news and make sure we didn’t have to go to the basement. Then, as it whooshed over us I would watch safely out the window as the lightning struck and the thunder rolled (Garth Brooks anyone?) and it would make me so thrilled! I still feel that way when a thunderstorm rolls around! My mom also loves watching storms; she must have passed that gene down to me. πŸ˜‰

Watch, we won’t even get one now that I got all hyped up about it.

Do you enjoy thunderstorms?

Have a great day my friends!


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  1. I love thunderstorms when I am stuck at home with my husband and our pup! Nothing is cozier than that! πŸ™‚ However, I am most definitely not a fan of having to drive in a thunderstorm lol!

    By the way, I loved your kitchen remodel post! Your countertops turned out looking great!

    1. Melanie

      It is so cozy! Mmm the thought of it just makes me happy! Totally agree though, I turn into an anxiety driven lady when it comes to driving in a storm! I prefer being in the comfort of my home!

  2. paleoinpdx

    I love thunderstorms, but we never really get them out in the Pacific Northwest. It’s very rare, and on the rare occasion that it does happen, it doesn’t last for long. This is one thing I really miss about living in the mid-west. I grew up and lived in Michigan until I was 23, so I’m very accustomed to thunderstorms. I especially love them in the summer. Savor it!
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    1. Melanie

      I’m still waiting on the forecasted t-storms. It is raining here though which is super cozy too. πŸ™‚

    1. Melanie

      I love how the veggies take on a whole new flavor when they are roasted. So delicious!

  3. What a delicious day of eats! And I’m lovin’ your new countertops πŸ™‚ I always sleep so well during thunderstorms so I can’t wait for tonight! It is so cozy and comforting listening to the rain outside.
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    1. Melanie

      I’m loving it right now! The cool breeze, the smell of rain, my sweatpants…

    1. Melanie

      It’s the best! So cozy! I’m still waiting to hear the thunder though…

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