Three Happy Things

I’ve yelled once and cried twice this morning. I haven’t been this emotional since I heard the news of the national avocado shortage last month.* So, because there aren’t enough anxiety meds in the world for me to continue in this state for the next four years, I’m working on positive thinking. Here are three things making me feel happy—and cozy—right now. Maybe they’ll do the same for you.

Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup


These chilly nights are turning me into a soup addict and I’m currently obsessed with this one. It’s a perfect mix of creamy fall with hints of Asian flavors. I prefer to sub in chili oil instead of sesame oil to give it some extra heat.

Holiday-Scented Bubble Bath


I was on a warm sugar vanilla kick for awhile. It smelled faintly of holiday cookies. But then I just decided to really embrace the dessert-scented bath products. So, now my bathtub smells like high caloric breakfast food and I love it.

Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies


This made-in-NC brandy has the perfect amount of sweet apple flavor. The best way to drink it is by mixing a little bit of water and honey in a saucepan. Heat that up, and then stir in the brandy and some fresh lemon juice to taste. Pour it in a glass mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Repeat as necessary to stay warm.

*To be clear, I’m not actually taking these election results lightly. Because I’m a woman, an American, and, you know, a human, I’m deeply disappointed and sad.


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