Classic Tuscan Soup

Classic Tuscan Soup | Simply HappenstanceClassic Tuscan Soup //

It’s winter… but I live in Southern California, so it’s not reallllllly winter! I surely can’t relate to those of you shoveling snow and bundling up in your cozy cold-weather gear. Where I live, we’ve had a few days of cooler weather, some rain, and even one day of random snow {can you believe it?}… but for the most part, we’ve had many days in the 70’s. {I’m not complaining, I assure you!}

Despite the warmer weather we’ve had this past week, I do still crave cups of soul-warming food and steaming hot beverages! This Classic Tuscan Soup completely takes care of those seasonal cravings. It’s filled with earthy, satisfying vegetables and hearty white beans. It’s a healthier soup, so for those of you eating clean… this one’s for you!  [READ MORE]

Gratitude 2015

Words of wisdom for 2015:: Gratitude 2015 ::

Welcome to 2015 friends! I don’t know about you, but I am still adjusting to being back in school, I loved having the kids at home for the holidays.

Last week Sara shared her thoughts on contentment.  I love how she is focusing on being content in 2015 that being said, my focus is gratitude. I can’t say it’s my word of the year as it is one of many, but it is one that encompasses most of my 2015 intentions. I am not the best at resolutions, in fact by writing this post, I am hopeful that these intentions that I have wandering around in my head {and some on paper} are being put out into the universe, so I will intend to listen to them, read them in need, and keep them at heart.  Gratitude is something that I am looking to continue on focusing in 2015.  Sara and I plan on still sharing our favorite recipes, but we want to head back to writing what is important to us, what really started this blog.  We hope you continue to visit with us, stay awhile, and maybe share your thoughts along the way.  [READ MORE]

Blueberry Pear Smoothie

Blueberry Pear Smoothie Recipe via Simply HappenstanceBlueberry Pear Smoothie //

It’s so funny with the New Year, one instantly feels the need to refresh, tweak a few things around, and try a little harder… for instance with healthier eating. Am I right? I know for me… even without compiling a bunch of resolutions, I ALWAYS have the urge to clean up my act in the eating department, come January! I think I’ve seriously tried it all, you guys. I’ve done an elimination diet, become completely vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free… I’ve even done two back-to-back rounds of the Whole30! Yikes! Sort of crazy…. I know!

Well, this year is really no different. I started off thinking I may attempt 100 days of Real Food with a dear friend of mine, but I’ve already thrown in the towel. Before you feel sorry for my lack of commitment, please know that I don’t plan on eating ding dongs all day {do they still make those?}. Instead, I am just going to do my best. That.Is.All. After all, I think I know what to do at this point… and I’m sort of over following guidelines.

So, with that being said… I picked up this lovely Juice/Smoothie recipe book from Barnes & Noble over the holidays. {It was in the bargain section, which made me like it even more!} It’s a really pretty book… I highly recommend it for the pictures and for recipe inspiration! 

blueberry pear smoothie | recipe at  [READ MORE]

Contentment… My Word for 2015

 She Reads Truth  Daily Bible StudyContentment // My Word for 2015

It’s been a while… simply too long, in fact, since I’ve shared a post of our life in photos, or shared my heart through words. I thought the freshness of the New Year was the perfect time to do both. {Hello, 2015!}
If you follow our blog regularly, you may remember that last year I shared a focus word for the year. For 2013… my word definitely would have been TRUST. For 2014, I chose BEAUTY… and for 2015, what seems to be foremost in my heart, is seeking CONTENTMENT. 
 // Contentment: a state of happiness and satisfaction //
Can we add a little peace to that definition? I for sure could use a little more of that in my life… 


Raspberry Holiday Sparkler + {Giveaway Winner}

Raspberry Holiday Spritzer as featured from Simply Happenstance in Momazine.:: Raspberry Holiday Spritzer + {Giveaway Winner} ::

Did you all catch a glimpse of this Raspberry Holiday Spritzer in the latest edition of Momazine? Sara and I were featured in their winter edition of their online magazine!  {It’s available on Google Play or the App Store.}  It’s a beautifully curated magazine, chalk full of mommy moments, photography, and articles that inspire during this holiday season.  We hope you check it out!  In the meantime, we promised a few of you the recipe for this pink and sparkly bubbly drink.  It’s perfect for a date night in, while wrapping presents, or as part of a cocktail bar with all of it’s fixings handy for guests to create and enjoy!

Raspberry Holiday Spritzer

Oh, but wait! You were probably hoping to make this Raspberry Holiday Sparkler plus find out the winner of our Uncommon Goods Gift Guide + Giveaway… keep reading ahead, who knows it might be you?!!  [READ MORE]

Orange Marshmallow Mimosas

Orange Marshmallow Mimosa perfect for a holiday brunch or Christmas morning.:: Orange Marshmallow Mimosas ::

Cheers friends to the holidays! This month has been very busy, but we are planning to slow down, take a breather and enjoy a little downtime with this recipe for Orange Marshmallow Mimosas.  I love this time of the year, but with any holiday, you can get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle.  Sara and I have enjoyed you all stopping by, commenting, and liking our little Simply Happenstance.  We are very thankful this year for the support, but we will be taking a little break starting next week to enjoy this holiday season with our family.  I am looking forward to enjoying the good food, the good cheer, the smiling faces, and a couple of these Orange Marshmallow Mimosas on Christmas Day.  We hope you try them too!

Laetitia Brut Rose Sparkling Wine pefect for Orange Marshmallow Mimosas  [READ MORE]