Happy, Happy


I’m getting there! I’m not 100%, but I’m on the mend.


I started feeling really sick on Monday, so it was with great pleasure that I grabbed one of Jessica‘s freezer meals from the freezer and plopped it in the crockpot. So this is what organized feels like! I have to say, this has become one of my favorite cookbooks of all time. It’s just so practical, and everything I have made has been delicious. Five stars, says the curmudgeon who rarely has anything good to say about anything.


Baseball practice cancelled? Don’t mind if I do!


I watched movies. Safety Not Guaranteed (recommended on Facebook) was great.


I saw old friends and The Craft Cabinet tickets sold out in 48 hours. Snoopy dance!


Payday. Gotta love payday.

The Weekend

So busy. But, at least all of next week is pretty wide open.

I’m not sure how often I will post next week since the boys are on vacation. Probably not at all, but we’ll see. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Jules Kendall writes about books, family, and easygoing simplicity.


  1. says

    Did you read the story of how Pope Francis washed prisoners feet on Maundy Thursday? It brought a tear . . . not that it takes much, mind you, but still . . .

    And now, a good Friday to you–happiest of Easters, too!

  2. Susan G says

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. I ordered and just received that cookbook solely because of your recommendation – hoping to have some time for it this weekend.

    Happy Easter!

      • Susan G says

        LOL – I realized afterwards it would make you nervous. Not intended – just meant that you are careful in what you like and recommend so I felt confident about it!

  3. Phaedra says

    Number one, love the photo with today’s post. Spring! YAY! Number two, I’m with you on a wide open evening with no dance or cheer (or baseball or soccer) practices! Again with the YAY! Number three, sorry you’ve been sick. My daughter shared her head cold with me just in time for our Spring Break week to start and luckily I had prepared all kinds of things and haven’t had to worry about cooking this week when we stumble in at the end of our days. Happy Easter!

  4. roni says

    Love your Happy, Happy posts. I need to start keeping track so I don’t focus only on what doesn’t get done. Mostly sick here so it was breakfast for dinner last night but think I will seriously look into the freezer cookbook. Although the extra turkey bacon on hand saved the day :)

    Safety Not Guaranteed! It’s a quirky one but surprisingly romantic! Happy Easter!

  5. says

    After our crockpot convo, you know I’m now very tempted to get this cookbook. Soccer practice 4 nights a week this spring…I need some help!

    Enjoy vacation!

  6. says

    Glad you’re on the mend! What does it say about me that you saying “So this is what organized feels like” just about brought a tear to my eye. I want to say that!! (In my head it seems so easy….) Definitely like the looks of that cookbook; may have to get one for myself. New books are the answers to all life’s problems, aren’t they?
    Except clutter problems. Right.

  7. Jeanne says

    Jules, for my small family of 3 and sometimes 2 since my husband often cooks his own vegetarian meal, do you think Jessica’s cookbook would be helpful? Can recipes be scaled back? I suppose I could test it from the library. Love the concept since most of my stuff from the freezer is covered in frost no matter what I do. Thanks and happy Easter to you.

  8. Erin (@mrs_danderfluff) says

    Yay, I’m glad you liked “Safety Not Guaranteed”! We’ve been on a Duplass brothers binge of late. “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” is another worthwhile watch.

    And, of course, I’m glad you’re feeling better. :)

  9. says

    I really need to get that cookbook. I don’t know why I don’t have it yet…such a bad friend am I. And I LOVED that movie. I didn’t know anything about it, but I really enjoyed it and may have cried happy tears and the end. Glad you’re starting to feel better. :)

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