“Happiness is never stopping to think if you are” [Palmer Sondreal]

There are a few things that are a surefire way to make me smile. And over the last few days, I’ve been giving my pearly whites some serious face time.

Smilemaker #1: All things yellow

After looking at Jenny’s post the other day, I’ve been day dreaming about my younger days. Dad would bring home a box of muffins from Costco – and these were no ordinary carbs. For the unaware – Costco muffins are the king of muffins, larger then the average bagel and full of the delicious flavors (in four varieties). And as usual, large muffins full of flavor are also full of calories. Especially when buttered and “toasted” on the grill, only to be slabbed with more I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter at the breakfast table.

… the days of Costco muffins may be over, but today – I relived them the best way I know how. Originally, I had intended to make my own muffs from scratch. So, I went to the store to buy some bananas, baking powder and soda. But after picking out two nanners, I walked down the cooking aisle and found Fiber One’s banana nut muffin mix. I fell head over heels for their frozen muffins last semester, and today – was reminded of how delicious some of their products can be.

Muffins, ready to go into the oven.

One banana nut muffin topped with banana peanut butter, served with a side of more nanners and blueberries. The walnuts inside of the muffins added the perfect crunch to the morning delight. Slight banana overload perhaps, but such a great way to kickoff my day. So good in fact, that I headed for a long run along the water.

I was painting my nails the other day (Essie’s Haute As Hello, not yellow) and got this beautiful surprise delivered to my door:

Apparently, my boyfriend discovered “Make Someone Smile Week,” and I was elated to see this corny expression of affection. Yellow roses, daisies and carnations have never made me teary eyed – until now.

Smilemaker #2: Quality time with my best friend

It’s still hard for me to deal with the distance between my best friend and I. Instead of five minutes, it’s not 25 minutes door-to-door, and we definitely don’t get to spend as much time together as we have in summer’s past. Yesterday however, was an exception – we ran errands:

Note the new polish clutching my new wallet (obsessed).  Afterward, as the temperatures cooled down – we took a late afternoon walk and finished off stepping stones by the water:

And after indulging in a little of a Shrek marathon on TBS – we made a delicious, spontaneously creative dinner:

Enter homemade sweet potato fries, grilled sliced peaches and turkey burgers with diced onion and crumbled mozzarella on whole wheat toast. We made the fries from scratch – simply by tossing them with a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika, microwaving them in water for five minutes, and putting them into the oven for 30 minutes until crispy.

Possibly the most delicious meal I’ve made all summer, I couldn’t of been happier to sit there sipping sangria and catching up with Kyle (I hear it all the time, “Kyle? A girl’s name?” Possibly – the reason why I enjoy “boy’s” names so much for little girls) after a few weeks apart.

Smilemaker #3: Summer salads

Voilà: Grilled shrimp, yellow squash, red pepper, leeks, crumbled feta over romaine with a balsamic vinaigrette. Amazing grilled flavor, enough said.

What your muffin style? What makes you smile?