Hash browns, fluffy bunnies and good books

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Cheesy hash brown casserole


Dear friends,

Here are 7 Good Things I’ve recently discovered:

1. Are you cooking for Easter? My daughter and I are making this Copycat Recipe of Cracker Barrel’s Hash Brown Casserole from Spend With Penny’s. Two other favorite brunch casseroles are Southern Living’s Sausage Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole and The Fresh Cooky’s Mock Eggs Benedict Bake. Yum!

2. Here’s a fresh take on traditional Hot Cross Buns from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes. The recipe is quick and easy, and you can make the dough up to 5 days in advance. The sweet buns are topped with a cream cheese frosting sweetened with pure maple syrup. Last year I made these Caramel Rolls. They’re sweet and chewy, and the topping includes a cup of melted vanilla ice cream for good measure.

3. The Instagram account I can’t stop looking at this week:  Penny from happydaysfarm shares the most charming photos of her family’s gorgeous farmhouse, garden, chickens, eggs, and animals—including a handsome turkey named Popeye and a fluffy bunny named Chanel.


Happy Days Farm Instagram


4. The nonfiction book I’m reading for the second time: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport. This inspiring book delves into practical ways to cultivate the time and ability to reduce distractions and have deeply focused periods of productive work.

5. This week’s lesson: During my appointment at the dentist, the hygienist poked around my teeth with that pointy instrument and said, “I bet you’re right-handed.” How did she know? Because reaching the backside of the teeth on the right with a toothbrush is an awkward angle for the hand, leading to a less-thorough cleaning job. So I’ve been switching hands halfway through brushing, and using my left hand to reach the right side better.

The unexpected side benefit? Using your non-dominant hand for a task like tooth-brushing strengthens neural connections in the brain.

6. Quote of the week: “You were born to make art. You were made to live art. You might not see yourself as an artist, but you are—in so many unexpected ways. In what you create, whether poetry or pie, sculpture or sand castle, calligraphy or conversation.” – Emily P. Freeman

7. Smile of the week:


Peep meme


Have a blessed Easter!

Best always,

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P.S. Have you read Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens? I’m on Chapter 8 and really enjoying the story….even though Delia’s wonderful writing fills me with a sense of foreboding. I’d love to hear what you think of this book!

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