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Five Things that Made Me Smile This Week


On one of the coldest winter mornings yet, I had to be dropped off early for a doctor’s appointment. It was FREEZING but I was determined to make the best of it so I brewed a big thermos of chamomile tea laced with lemon and maple syrup, brought my favorite mittens (handmade by my very talented friend Marie), two pashminas, a big jacket, and I found the sunniest spot in town – a picnic table glowing in the early morning light. I pulled out a wonderful Italian cookbook and spent a very happy hour reading, sipping, and snuggling down into all my warm things.


Taking my goats out to the fields and finding the poplar trees that line our drive back-lit wondrously by the late morning sun. Happy sigh.


Snuggling with this little mite as the sun set over the fields, flooding us with light and warmth while she slept.


Trekking through brown-gold fields and finding this radiant little orange feather.


Roasted cabbage “steaks” liberally seasoned with olive oil and lemon pepper.

What are some things that made you smile this week? xo

Roasted Cabbage Steaks
serves a lot of cabbage lovers πŸ˜‰


1 green cabbage
olive oil
lemon pepper
sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F (200 C).
  2. Cut cabbge in half and remove core.
  3. Cut each half into 1-inch thick “steaks” and lay side by side on parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle each steak with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with lemon pepper and sea salt.
  5. Place in hot oven and roast 30-40 minutes until cabbage is cooked through and browning nicely.
  6. Serve warm or cold.


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Five Things That Made Me Smile This Week (3) » Rambling Tart - […] to this weeks edition of Five Things That Made Me Smile This Week. (click here to see part one and part […]

Krista - That makes me smile hugely, @inspiringtravellers:disqus πŸ™‚ It is a very, very good life, even with the occasional hard stuff, and I’m very grateful. πŸ™‚

Andrea and John - Your blog always makes me so happy, Krista – your life looks like bliss!

Krista - Thank you, Zita!! πŸ™‚ I hope to have it for lunch tomorrow. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, @50e00b69e12e0d9910209837e9c1a93a:disqus πŸ™‚ Sometimes I like the simple ones best of all. πŸ™‚ Cookbooks in bed are wonderful!! So very inspiring. πŸ™‚

Krista - I loved it too, @budgetjan:disqus πŸ™‚ There’s something so affirming when an animal trusts you. πŸ™‚ I don’t know where the feather came from, but we do have some rainbow lorikeets that have taken up residence in one of our trees, so maybe one of them? πŸ™‚

Krista - Isn’t she a little luv, @4051406338aaef5dd8bf9775f8ab662d:disqus ? πŸ™‚ She’s got two playmates as of this morning, and they’re all adorable. πŸ™‚

Krista - I’m delighted to hear it, @disqus_WseMqaTPwi:disqus πŸ™‚

Krista - Those are lovely, lovely things you have in your life, @d58b26e263bfdbd99d844b965c5cbbfb:disqus πŸ™‚ I’m so happy for you!

Krista - I’m so happy to hear that, @OnePerfectBite:disqus πŸ™‚

Krista - It was SO cold, @9d73767d10227efff04c7307e331304c:disqus !!! The water troughs were frozen over and I was shivering I tell ya. πŸ™‚

Krista - I’m so glad you’re cabbage lovers too, @breannemosher:disqus πŸ™‚ I love this recipe because it’s good AND easy. πŸ™‚

Krista - I sure will roast the pumpkins, @knittingthemoment:disqus πŸ™‚ It’s my very favorite way to cook them. When you come to visit, I will roast pumpkin for you. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thanks, dear @UlyssesSRant:disqus πŸ™‚ It was really good. πŸ™‚

Krista - Me too, @GlobalButterfly:disqus πŸ™‚ It’s hard as heck some days, but I still love it. πŸ™‚

Krista - Yes, it is lovely to curl up with an inspiring cookbook, @OrgasmicChef:disqus πŸ™‚ They take my brain to places it’s never been and suddenly I have a whole new world to be imaginative in. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, @juliajuliasalbumcom:disqus πŸ™‚ These particular leaves seem to be yellow ALL the time, or a variation of yellow. πŸ™‚ Don’t know why, but they look autumnal all year long. πŸ™‚

Krista - Aww, thank you, @joanneeatswellwithothers:disqus πŸ™‚ I do my very best. πŸ™‚

Julia@JuliasAlbum.com - Lovely photos! Very nice shot of a poplar tree back lit by the sun – so pretty, and are the leaves are already turning yellow??????

Joanne (eats well with others) - You are so good at finding something happy everywhere!

Maureen | OrgasmicChef - The photos are beautiful and those cabbage steaks sound so good! I always have a cookbook on the boil. Sometimes you need just a tidbit of inspiration in cooking or photography or styling. πŸ™‚

Andi Perullo de Ledesma - I love your life!

Ulysses S. Rant - Sounds like it was a fun week, K! I’m glad to hear it.

Zita - I love the recipe!

Marie - That cabbage looks delish! I must try more roasting. Will you roast the blue pumpkins, too? I want to try to roast a pumpkin but don’t know if that’s something that people roast. πŸ™‚

Breanne @ This Vintage Moment - We love cabbage here and that sounds like a delish way to serve it, I’ll be saving the idea for our winter. =) The picture of the kid snuggled in your lap is my favourite, there’s something so very peaceful and vibrant about it.

bellini - Cookbooks, roasted cabbage and a day of sunshine are things to be thankful for Krista. This week I am thankful for a visit with my mom, surprises for my daughter and good friends.

OnePerfectBite - The photos of the things that made you happy have had the same effect on me. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

mlle paradis - can’t believe it was your “coldest” day! lovely post! now i’m going to catch up w your istanbul restaurants. (istanbul is so on my list.) such a big world, so little time! xo


Jackie Smith - What a lovely way to start a day – a good reminder to us all to find something that makes us smile. Your post, did just that!

Velva-Tomatoes on the Vine - A wonderful five things that proof that life is indeed good. I will admit the baby goat really captured my attention.

budgetjan - Love that the little kid slept in your arms. I am trying hard to imagine where that orange feather came from – do you know?

Meg@thelegaltart - Nice simple recipe. Love that you took a cookbook to the park to read. I take my cookbooks to bed to read!

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