The Smile List.


Eight Things That Made Me Smile This Week

1. Almond butter slathered on toasted homemade bread, and served with bright, summery strawberries and some extra crunchy veggies.

A simple, rainy day lunch.



2. Eating breakfast with a view.

I love you, Paris.



3. Revving up the nerve to buy (and sautee!) a bunch of baby artichokes.

(We all *loved* them, despite the amount of work it took to eat the hearts. ūüėČ )



4. Looking through old drawings and paintings that I did as a kid.

I want to know why I found the need to draw a can of Chef Boyardee’s spaghetti and meatballs??? :mrgreen:



5. Making winter feel like summer.

Enjoying smoothies for breakfast.

Driving home with the car windows open (50 degrees makes this totally okay.)

Making (and eating!) summery lobster rolls, served in a toasty bun.



6. Sampling my way through 4 new chobani flavors. ¬†Yes. ¬†Four. New. Flavors. ¬†The kind people over at Chobani sent me a sample of their newest releases. ¬†It was tough work, eating my way through all of those goodies, let me tell you. ūüėČ

Lemon. Mango. Berry and Honey-nana (made for kids!)

Honestly, I loved all of them, but my heart belongs to the Honey-nana. ¬†The banana wasn’t too overpowering, and neither was the honey; they blended perfectly together. ¬†I plan on stocking up.



7. My newest $5 H&M find.

This will be perfect for toting all of my big books and binders around. ¬†And once it gets too beat up to bring out into public (because this is guarenteed to happen, whenever you mix Sarah with white colored things), it will make the perfect bag for summer’s produce markets. ūüėÄ



8. Twinings Cranberry Green Tea.

The “sweet berry aroma” is what won me over. ¬†It almost makes me want to be up at 5 am in the morning. ¬†Almost.



Question: What made you smile this week?

Happy Friday!

a simple cranberry sauce

After about a week of eating leftovers, I’m¬†officially turkeyed, stuffinged, and mashed potatoed out.¬† Because as much as I love a good turkey soup, stuffing on my salad, or a big ol’ bowl of peppered turnips, my tastebuds are about to have a revolt.

Well, for the most part.  They (the tastebuds, that is) are making one small exception.  While the rest of the leftovers must go, the cranberry sauce can stay for as long as it wishes.

I’ll always say that stuffing is my favorite side on Thanksgiving.¬† But deep down, we all know that¬†I have a deep, deep love affair with cranberry sauce.¬†

It all¬†started with a can of store bought cranberry sauce, served alongside my Memere’s famous turkey dinner.¬†

Originally it was sort of a family joke.¬† “Hide the cranberry sauce.¬† Sarah’s here.”¬† Or, “Grab some while you can before Sarah gets to it.”¬† Cranberry sauce smeared on my turkey.¬† Spread on a toasted roll.¬† Jimmied into a plate of stuffing.¬† It was the highlight of my meal.

And then—then!—I discovered how easy it was to make my own cranberry sauce.¬† Homemade.¬†

My tastebuds were thrilled. 

The sauce was tangy, zingy, and sweet all at the same time.  Little bites of plump berries burst in my mouth.  I found myself wondering how I ever could have eaten so much jellied (canned!) cranberry sauce in the first place.  *Sigh.*  To think what I had been missing out on.

Yes.¬† Cranberry sauce can stay.¬† For as long as it wishes.¬† I’ll always find something new to to use it with.¬† Oatmeal.¬† Overnight rice combos.¬† Yogurt.¬† Toast with butter.¬†

Mmm.¬† So many delicious¬†possibilities. ūüėÄ

Cranberry Sauce

This is as simple as simple gets.  The result is a tangy, not overly sweet sauce (add more sugar if you prefer it sweeter.) 

Don’t be afraid to dress this up with orange peel, walnuts, apples, pears, blueberries, or whatever else might come to mind.¬† Have fun and enjoy! ūüėÄ

  • 1 12-oz. bag of cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to boil; add cranberries, return to boil.
  3. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time. Makes 2 1/4 cups.


A trip to the dentist has left my mouth in a bit of a droop.

Two cavities.¬† One upper.¬† One lower.¬† Which is a shame, since I’m so meticulous about¬†dental care.¬† Harumph.

Anyways, since the entire right side of my face was drooping and not at all in good functioning order, there wasn’t a whole lot of this going on today:

For a girl who loves to eat, this felt horribly, horribly wrong.

But—really—the worst part wasn’t simply that I couldn’t chew.¬† It was that I couldn’t smile.¬† Or talk.¬† At all.¬† So when I bumped into a woman at the mall, I didn’t quite know what to do.¬† And so I grunted.¬† Yes.¬† I grunted.¬†¬†Which left me feeling¬†completely rude, even though it felt like the only thing that made sense to do at the time.¬† It’s amazing what life is like when you just can’t talk.¬† Or smile.

Life without a smile.  Can you imagine? 

With me in mind, please smile as much as possible today.¬† And tell someone you care.¬† And never forget to say “excuse me” if you bump into a lady when walking through the mall.¬† Grunting really doesn’t work so well.

Question: Going to the dentist…love or hate?