Things have been a little stressful around here lately. Just normal, everyday life stress that everyone experiences from time to time. We just seemed to have more than our fair share packed into one week. We thought we had sold a vehicle that we badly needed to sell and the people backed out at the last minute, another car broke down, I ended up in the ER with an Angina attack (my first one ever-that really hurt!),and our basement flooded due to a record breaking rainfall Wednesday night. It was crazy! So, my sweet, sweet husband took me to the Cheesecake Factory on Saturday. Such a nice escape. Even though it was only for a few hours, it was so wonderful to remove ourselves from the everyday environment and just "hang out" together. We ate our yummy lunch, our even yummier dessert, and walked around the beautiful Park Meadows Mall. It is an upscale mall. No purchases, only looking, but it was fun. And do you know what I came home to? A clean house. My ultra-awesome older daughter had babysat for us AND cleaned my house. What a treat! Then Sunday, while hubby was on his last big motorcycle ride of the season, I went grocery shopping for some new menu items I wanted to try. My son came over and hung out with me all afternoon while I cooked. He helped put away groceries, did dishes, and entertained the little one. At the end of the night we had tried two new recipes-both from the Pioneer Woman's website. We had the Marlboro Man sandwich, which was DIVINE. And for dessert, her version of Peach Crisp with Maple Cream Sauce. AMAZING! We were stuffed and happy and all the stress of this past week was gone. Amazing what a little good company and good food can do to your attitude. It helped me get my perspective back-even though there are circumstances beyond my control, I have a lot to be thankful for, and things could certainly always be worse. As long as I have my family and food in my belly, life is good. Bliss!
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