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Happy List: #295

Hi! Welcome to today’s Happy List on this last day of March!

This week on the blog I shared how one-lane roads and bridges charm me and give me hope for humanity. I realize that’s a lot of pressure to put on an inanimate object but that’s where we’re at. Ha!

I also shared pictures of our newly completed laundry room. I’m feeling very happy with how that space turned out.

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Here’s the Happy List!


This is the happiest wreath I’ve seen in a good long while.

Directions on how to make this rainbow tulip wreath, including how many fake tulip bunches to buy, can be found at The Craft Patch.

rainbow tulip wreath from the craft patch on the happy list

(image: The Craft Patch)


The picture at the top of today’s Happy List is from an old blog post I wrote about Sheet Music Easter Eggs. They were super easy to make. You don’t even have to cut up your actual sheet music. Heaven forbid! I have a workaround for that and you can get the details here.

sheet music easter egg


I don’t want to shock you but I tried another new-to-me recipe! Who am I? Oh, I’m the person trying to get out of a cooking rut.

Last weekend I made this super easy stir fry noodle recipe from Dinner At The Zoo. That’s a hilarious website name, by the way.

I used ramen noodles (minus the flavor packets) because that’s what I had on hand and it turned out delicious. My kids said it tasted like restaurant food, which I think was a compliment. Haha! They ate it all up. That’s the important thing.

stir fry noodles recipe from dinner at the zoo on the happy list

(image: Dinner At The Zoo)


This garden photographed for House and Garden UK by Sabina Rüber is absolutely dreamy. If you love English gardens, checking out these photos will be 2 minutes well worth your time.

herefordshire garden photographed by sabina ruber for house and garden uk on the happy list

(image: Sabina Rüber for House and Garden UK)


After listening to every single person who has cut my hair in the history of forever tell me that I need to use a silk pillowcase, I finally listened and switched to silk pillowcases at Christmas.

I do think the silk pillowcase (this one) helps my hair not be SO wild. Although, wild, when it comes to my hair, is a relative term. Handy Husband has become quite the diva about his silk pillowcase. I don’t think it does anything for his hair (hahaha) but he loves how soft it is.

The point of this story is to tell you that I’m getting our curly-haired child a silk pillowcase for their Easter basket. It feels like a good gift for a picky teenager and at $11, it doesn’t break the bank.

mulberry silk pillowcase Suatian via Amazon on the happy list

(image: Amazon)


I feel like I should have known before now that the white stuff on the outside of cheddar cheese is usually calcium lactate. It could be mold, but if you’ve opened enough packages of cheddar cheese in your life, you can tell the difference between the good white stuff and the icky white stuff.

To quote from this Mental Floss article, “The white stuff seen on cheddar is typically calcium lactate, which is the result of lactic acid interacting with calcium. When cheese has more water content, the lactate isn’t visible. As cheese ages, some of the moisture moves to the surface, and the lactate moves with it. When that water ebbs, the lactate remains behind and can appear as powdery, crystal-like particles on the surface of the cheese.”

cheddar cheese via mental floss calcium lactate on cheddar on the happy list

(image: Mental Floss)

P.S. My favorite sentence in this Mental Floss article about calcium lactate is this one that says “Fondling the cheese should give you some indication of which is which.” I laughed out loud when I read that.


I love how the designer of this kitchen turned a tricky corner situation into a functional coffee station. That’s creative problem-solving for the win!

Mariko Reed. Project by Karina Marshall of Blaine Marshall kitchen with tricky corner turned into coffee station on the happy list

(image: Mariko Reed. Project by Karina Marshall of Blaine Marshall via Living Etc.)


Did you know that the U.S. Army had a Camel Corps in the mid-1800s?

The U.S. Army experimented with using camels to move supplies around Texas. The wildly successful experiment was championed by Jefferson Davis, which is kind of ironic since the Civil War led to the demise of the experiment. Davis, if you remember, was the president of the Confederacy.

Learn more about the Camel Corps here, including where the camels came from, how they tested their effectiveness, and what happened to them at the end of the experiment. We were SO close to having camels populating Texas.

Camels in Texas, by Thomas Lovell, courtesy of the Abell-Hanger Foundation and the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame of Midland, Texas, where the painting is on permanent display.

(image: Camels in Texas, by Thomas Lovell, courtesy of the Abell-Hanger Foundation and the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame of Midland, Texas via


“The kindest people are not born that way, they are made. They are the sounds that have experienced so much at the hands of life, they are the ones who have dug themselves out of the dark, who have fought to turn every loss into a lesson. The kindest people do not just exist – they choose to soften where circumstance has tried to harden them, they choose to believe in goodness, because they have seen firsthand why compassion is so necessary. They have seen firsthand why tenderness is so important in this world.” – Bianca Sparacino

Thank you for reading today’s Happy List.

Be good to yourself and others this weekend.

I’ll see you back here on Monday.


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