Bliss Bits 12/30/2014.

It’s the last Bliss Bits of the year! What a time of reflection, as the minutes tick by toward the end of another year. We are on a plane again, headed south to spend New Year’s Eve (and my 40th!) laughing with old friends with good food and many drinks in warm weather. This week has been a breath of fresh (snow-filled) air, some downtime in between traveling and holiday craziness and an impending/intimidating birthday. Take a peek at the things that have been making me smile (and pause to think about the happy things in your own life!).

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Brrrrr!

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Santa drank too much boozy eggnog.

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She found her stocking immediately.

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Cookbooks + biographies = Santa knows me well.

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Party napkins!

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A hike was halted by a couple hundred elk sprinting down the mountainside in single file. Wow!

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Left-over birthday grits for breakfast!

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Seriously.

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Citrus season!

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My favorite trails look like this right now.

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Who knew you could be this sore after two ten-minute workouts?!

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The latest backyard beast is pretty darn adorable. He has a fluffy white tail! 

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Her pouting face.

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Winter sunset.

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The opposite of her pouting face.

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New Year detox! Fresh veggie/pearl couscous bake with tarragon.

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We woke up to a LOT more snow yesterday. Whoa.

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One year ago, the holidays had caught up with me.

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Two years ago, we’d just hopped in a convertible for a few days in sunny SoCal!

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Three years ago, I was smiling on a Sundance chair lift with no clue I was about to get engaged.

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Four years ago, I was at Sundance, standing in the same spot where I’d get engaged the next year!

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Five years ago, I was spending NYE in Charleston and these little nuggets were my dates.

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And here’s the current view from the porch. Welcome, 2015.

You know. Just the usual bliss.

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    • It sort of just came together. I cooked the pearl couscous according to the package directions using vegetarian “chicken” stock instead of water. While the couscous was cooking, I sautéed some of my favorite veggies and seasoned them with salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, dried tarragon. I added in the couscous and stirred it together, shredded some cheese over the top, and stuck it under the broiler for a few minutes to melt and brown the cheese a bit. You can customize the veggies and seasonings and cheese to be whatever you like. Hope it works! Thanks for reading!

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