Cable Knit Scarf Pattern

Do It Yourself Cable Knit Scarf.:: Cable Knit Scarf Pattern ::

We haven’t had much of a winter here in California.  Though we pray for rain, we did have to go out of our way to find local snow over the President’s weekend. So of course I had to make a scarf for the occasion. This Cable Knit Scarf Pattern is a favorite knitting pattern for hand made scarves.  It’s fairly easy and it’s a wonderful craft to give to a special someone perfect styled with that favorite pair of boots that often don’t make it out of your closest.  The perfect excuse to make and wear this scarf before the spring warms us up.  [READ MORE]

Blushing Grapefruit Cocktail

Tangy and sweet this Blushing Grapefruit Cocktail is a fun drink for a girls night in.:: Blushing Grapefruit Cocktail ::

What do you have planned for the weekend? I know it’s only Tuesday, but I am thinking of sunshine, a couple girl friends, and a fun pink drink… such as this Blushing Grapefruit Cocktail.  Why not make it girls night-in and whip up a few of these for some of your favorite gal pals and binge on the oldie but goodie reruns of Sex and The City?  The perfect combination, I think!  [READ MORE]

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast Recipe  simplyhappenstance.com #cleaneating #avocadosAvocado Toast //

So… I’ve been on a serious {carb-overload} toast kick. I can’t seem to shake it. I usually start my day with a healthy, protein-packed smoothie, but lately… all I crave is a warm cup of coffee and a buttery piece of toast. {Yikes!} Perhaps not the healthiest way to start my day {insert frown face}. I’ve noticed within an hour or two, my stomach is already growling. I decided it’s best not to fight my craving, but instead… let it ride out. After all, how long can this toast addiction of mine last?

So, in an effort to make my latest obsession a little more nutritious, I gave Gwyneth Paltrow’s recipe for Avocado Toast a try. It’s from her It’s All Good cookbook – a fave of mine! You guys… how have I not been eating this? Not only did I love it… but so did 3 out of 4 of my kids {success, right?}! It reminded me of my husby’s tasty homemade guacamole on toast! PERFECTION, I tell you!

Avocado Toast | simplyhappenstance.com #cleaneating #avocadosAs you can imagine, the ingredients are super simple… some healthy bread, mayo, ripe avocados, sea salt, pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon.   [READ MORE]

Chocolate Ricotta Pudding

Valentine's Day and chocolate go together so why not try this Chocolate Ricotta Pudding with Raspberry Sauce. :: Chocolate Ricotta Pudding ::

Do you have your Valentine’s Day plans all figured out? Menu all planned? If not, don’t fret! This recipe for Chocolate Ricotta Pudding With Raspberry Sauce is a magical end to a Valentine’s Day meal at home. Sara shared, in the guest post recipe of Nutella Cheesecake featured on Simple As That, her favorite Valentine’s Day plans.  She like myself, tends to spend the night-in with the kids and hubby, rather than battle with the prices and the crowds. We both often don’t have the luxury of having our husbands home on holidays, so it makes like easier to make a fun meal at home.  Often times it’s just our kids and us, so dessert has to be the star of the show!  [READ MORE]

Vanilla Bean Scones

Vanilla Bean Scones {recipe on simplyhappenstance.com}-33Vanilla Bean Scones //

My kids and I love the little Vanilla Bean Scones at Starbucks. Unfortunately, we don’t get them too often, because they tend to run out early in the day. They’re delicious (and clearly we aren’t the only ones who think so)!

Having never made scones before, I decided to search for a ‘copycat’ recipe online. Lucky for me, I came across one that The Pioneer Woman posted some time ago. I wouldn’t describe the recipe as quick and easy, friends… rather, I think it’s a bit labor intensive. (Sort of like the work involved in making homemade sugar cookies, cutting them out, frosting them, etc.) There’s lots of love that goes into creating these little gems, but it makes them absolutely irresistible!

I’m sort of at a loss for words in describing them, but in my (“expert” of all-things-sweet) opinion, they’re the perfect flakey scone texture! The glaze compliments the slightly sweet biscuit, sealing in the moisture. However, the star of the scone is definitely the vanilla bean! Did you know that there are usually 25,000 tiny vanilla seeds in one scraped vanilla bean pod? Amazing! Well, all of those mini flecks add the most intense flavor!   [READ MORE]

Nutella Cheesecake

No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake // Recipe via Simply Happenstance for Simple As That BlogNutella Cheesecake //

Nicole and I have such exciting news to share with you all today! We will be contributing guest posts over at one of our very favorite blogs, Simple As That, throughout 2015!

If you haven’t perused Rebecca’s site, you absolutely should take a moment to do so! You’ll be hooked on her DIY projects, printables, recipes, and photography posts! She has been such a source of inspiration for us during our two + years of blogging… not-to-mention, a wonderful friend and supporter of Simply Happenstance! For that… we are so grateful, which makes contributing to her fantastic blog, even more meaningful to us!

Nutella Cheesecake Recipe {No-Bake}  Simply Happenstance for Simple as That Blog

Last year we created this delicious Sparkling Berry Float for her site {which would be a fun Valentine’s drink for the kids}! Today we are sharing this simple {no-bake} Nutella Cheesecake! It’s heavenly, you guys… perfect for a date night-in to celebrate V-Day!   [READ MORE]