New Recipe Suggestions!

The New Year’s Countdown continues – day 4!

I did a lot of cooking and baking over the weekend and tried three new recipes.  Each of them turned out pretty dang good, especially the pie.  Definitely recommend trying one or all of them!

Side note – I realize it’s December and this sounds like more of a summer cookout menu, but with the unseasonably warmer weather we’ve been having here in Indiana, it seemed semi-appropriate 😀

Pulled Pork –

The cinnamon may sound weird, but just go with it.  And we dig Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, the Honey Chipotle variety.

Macaroni and Cheese –

I used a blend of sharp and extra sharp cheddar and didn’t add additional spices.  But next time I think I’ll throw some breadcrumbs over the top when I bake it in the oven.

Peach Pie –

This was by far the best find.  It was soooo good!  Passed the test of an 80 year-old gentleman who said peach pie was his favorite type of pie.  Use store-bought crust and jarred peaches – keep it simple, people.

If you try any of these recipes, comment below and let me know what you think!






Dancing Cougar

This happened a couple months ago during the early portion of the college football season, but it still makes me smile.

The Brigham Young University dance team had their mascot, Cosmo, join them for a hip hop routine during a football game.  I don’t know who’s in the costume, but dude’s got some sweet moves!  Check out the short video below.




New Years Countdown, Tiara-style

Happy December, folks!  I cannot believe we’re at the end of 2017.  Where in the world did this year go?!??

I’m gonna get real honest…

A good chunk of this year was really rough.  I lost my way a few times and was no longer myself – my true, genuine self.  While I’m a pretty open book with most of my life, I don’t open up about the tough stuff at all.  So even some of the people closest to me didn’t know I was struggling on a very regular basis.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some definite bright spots throughout the year.  And I’m not blind to the fact that I am blessed in many, many ways.  But everyone has their challenges, right?

I’ve only started really being “me” again over the last couple weeks, which has felt awesome.  I still have tough moments, but I know now some of the triggers for them and am better at realizing when it’s starting to happen so I can try to head it off as much as possible.

Unfortunately, the timing for getting back to being me isn’t perfect – we’re heading into what for the last eight years has been my least favorite month.  And I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little worried about regressing to a not-myself, unhappy place again….

BUT, to try to combat this, I’m going to do a New Years Countdown, tiara-style 🙂

Not only will blogging every day this month help ME focus more on the happy but hopefully it will bring a smile to your faces, too!

To kick things off, below is a photo of one of my very favorite things.  We caught this sunrise on Thanksgiving morning and is by far one of the BEST sunrises we’ve ever seen from our house.  The sky was beautiful, and the reflection off the pond was unreal.  It still takes my breath away.



Until tomorrow!



Rise Up

Hello again, blogosphere 🙂

What a few months it’s been!  I hope you all enjoyed the end of the summer and are starting to feel the wonderful fall weather.

When I saw this video a couple days ago, I knew it was the perfect re-entry into Tiaraland.  Andra Day’s song “Rise Up” has long been one of my favorites for some very personal reasons.  But to hear a middle-school choir singing this song at a time where many communities, individuals, and heck even entire nations are hurting was crazy powerful.  Whether it’s natural disasters, political distress, personal challenges, or family hardships, I think one of the kiddo’s fathers put it best in this article from the Washington Post:

“This song, it resonates so much because of the times we’re in right now,” he said. “There’s a lot of pain going on. … When you have a group of kids, innocent kids singing ‘Rise Up,’ the message is mind blowing, how such a simple phrase can impact so many people. … The kids are trying to show us there’s another way than what we’re experiencing.”   

Check out the video below to hear these powerful voices.  And consider having a tissue or two ready.  Because, all the freaking feels.

And oh by the way, this was only their second rehearsal of the school year.  Let that sink in for just a minute….

Have a lovely day, friends!



Please Stand By…

It’s been a long summer. Definitely awesome moments, but a good number of tough ones, too. 

I’ve been saving up all my vacation days to take some sweet trips this month and won’t be writing for awhile. 


BUT, have no fear – I’ve loaded the Facebook page with at least one post a day for the next few weeks. Oldies but goodies, I promise 😉  Click here to check it out and “Like” the page to get some daily happy in your news feed.

Cheers y’all,


When You’re Quiet

Ponder this….

I pray that everyone has someone that hears you when you’re quiet. But also…

Someone to BE THERE for you.

Someone to support you how YOU need to be supported, not just in whatever way they can fit into their schedule.

Someone that will put their own stuff aside for the moment and recognize that their focus and energy and time and presence are needed elsewhere, at least temporarily.

Someone to give you a hug, or some quality time (whether that’s chatting the night away or sitting in silence watching a movie), or some prayers, or something to distract you, or some space…whatever YOU need.

Remember…for some people, silence can actually be louder than shouting.