Friday, February 10, 2012

Movies, Cupcakes, and Gifts

friday favorite things | finding joy
Favorite things this past week--
I had a fun weekend with a couple of my girl friends.  First of all we saw a movie--One for the Money.
Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.
Stars: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara and Daniel Sunjata

Debbie Reynolds played the feisty grandma in this light adventure comedy. A good matinee film.

Then it was off for a fun lunch at Oregano's where they serve Chicago style pizza.  We sat on the patio and enjoyed the spring like weather and delicious pizza.

And no day would be complete without a little dessert.  We stopped at Sprinkles Cup Cakes in Scottsdale
I brought home a big chocolate chip peanut butter cupcake, so rich that just half of it made the perfect dessert.  The other half?  Why for breakfast, of course.

Is there anything more fun than getting a surprise in the mail?  Today the mail man left a package at my door and it had MY name on it!
I tell you, I put those grandkids to shame ripping into it. I tore open the package, and inside was a sweet card, tag and two, yes I said two, wrapped gifts.
After the obligatory photo
I made short work of the bright pink sparkly paper and I found
A purple bag with tea, biscotti, and a couple of tea candies
A lovely handmade tag bookmark
Notepad with the Eiffel tower
and a beautiful journal with inspiring thoughts
Thank you so much Secret Blogging Sister.  You are the best!


Each week, Hilary lists four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Beth Ann from It’s Just Life - She came up with the last two statments!
She would LOVE it if you could please help hr spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…
1. I don’t understand _men__ and probably never will until the day I die.

2. I prefer _coffee__ to __tea__
3. My favorite smell is _fresh coffee brewing in the morning_because _it makes getting up and starting another day a pleasure_

4. I suspect my neighbors three houses down of __dealing drugs because of all the traffic in and out at all hours of the day and night.  It wouldn't be the first time, But what can you expect when you live in the hood._


  1. I have always wanted to try a Sprinkles cupcake. I'm not even sure if they make a gluten free one -- we'll watch Cupcake Wars sometimes and the founder of Sprinkles is a judge. The girls and I always talk about the day when we finally get to go to Sprinkles.

    Thanks for linking with Friday Favorites and for your super sweet and encouraging words.


  2. I have grown to love Chai Tea with vanilla creme almost as much as a good cup of coffee!

  3. Great answer for #2! Coffee - my one true love!

  4. Smiled all the way through your post!! Your SBS gift is beautiful... getting mail in an actual mailbox is great!! Loved your fill-in blanks... xo HHL

  5. Sounds like you ladies had a blast! Nope...I'll never understand men EVER! And they say WE'RE hard to figure out! :)

    1. Sounds like a great time with friends! And all around, it looked like a great way to brighten up your day.

  6. Thanks for the heads up on the One for the Money review. I'll keep this one in mind when it comes out on DVD. Oh heavens, that pizza looks so yummy! Yikes, I forgot to visit Hilary's meme today. I'm so messed up this week. My DH is to blame, but I love him all the same. He's been down and now I'm coming down with it. Blah!

  7. What a wonderful gift from your Secret Blogging Sister!

    I agree with you on coffee VS tea. The smell of a coffee shop is pure intoxication!

  8. I'm torn when it comes to coffee and tea. I love both equally. I need coffee to get my day started and I love the smell of freshly brewed coffee. But at the end of the day I so enjoy a cup of tea. :)

  9. Oh the movie sounds good. Hubby wanted to see it but I'm sure we'll wait till it comes on DVD as we don't much time to see movies. The only theater close to us is not that big and the really nice one is about an hour from us. The pizza and cupcake sound yummy!! But more "yummy" is sitting on the patio! Enjoy your weekend!

  10. Sounds like a good movie and I love the last little fill-in-the-blanks exercise. Hope your Friday is wonderful. xo Diana

  11. I prefer coffee to tea too, unless the coffee isn't good (like in my office) I am a coffee snob!

  12. I've read all of Evanovich's books and want to see "One for the Money" so much. I'll probably have to wait for the DVD, though. The hubs isn't much for chick flicks and none of my friends are into her.

  13. Can't wait to see "One for the Money" ... even DH likes to read Evanovich's books; we love Grandma Mazur (sp?)!

    Yours sounds like the perfect recipe for a delicious day.

  14. What a wonderful week, and I love the pics. I want to go see a movie too, but my taste runs more action/adventure. Have a great weekend! :)

  15. I like tea and mocha's. Although the latter a bit too much! LOL.
    What lovely gifts from your secret sister.
    Enjoy your treasures!
    Hugs Lynn