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My Happy List #44

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Welcome to My Happy List!  Mamarazzi @ Dandelion Wishes hosts this linky every Tuesday.

This week's theme is:

Happy Mardi Gras!

My Happy List

1.     My violas and pansies are so pretty and purple (and yellow) for Mardi Gras!  I also planted some pretty pericallis in shades of purple and white. Pretty springtime flowers make me happy!




I am loving the pericallis! 

2.     Speaking of flowers, I bought these daisies from the $1.99 bin at the grocery store, and they looked so pitiful.  I revived them with some warm water and aspirins.  Aren't they pretty! Bargains make me so happy!


3.     Mr. Art @  Home went on a quest to find me the twentieth anniversary edition of Outlander for my Valentine's Day present.  He had to visit three different stores.  He could not understand why I wanted it because I have already read it, but the special edition has a CD of the musical in the back.  :D

Then, on Friday night, he took my by the bookstore and bought me another book:


New books make me very happy!

4.     While my family eats King Cake today for Mardi Gras, I will be enjoying a tasty treat, too: Pumpkin Pudding.  Please don't gag.  We made it last week in cooking class, and no one was thrilled about it, until we tasted it. Seriously, it was one of the favorite dishes of the day, and it is healthy! Yummy and healthy desserts make me happy!


Pumpkin Pudding
(serves 8)


1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
2 large eggs
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
2 cups skim milk (I used 2%)
2/3 cup orange juice
Whipped topping, if desired


1.   Beat pumpkin and eggs in a large heavy saucepan.  Combine cornstarch, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cardamon in a medium bowl and stir into the pumpkin mixture. Add milk and juice.

2.   Cook over medium heat, whisking continuously.  Be sure to get the corners where lumps can hide until the pudding is very thick, about ten minutes.

3.   Reduce the heat and give the pudding a few quick whisks to remove any lumps.  Divide among 8 ramekins.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about two hours.  Add a small amount of whipped topping if desired.

133 calories;  2g fat;  1g saturated fat;  4 g protein;  26 g carbohydrates;  58mg sodium; 2 g fiber

5.   Check out this sky today!  Pretty walking weather, so I am putting on my Pumped Up Kicks and I am walking this afternoon!  YAY!  Walking makes me happy and in shape!


6.   Look at who I spotted in our backyard!  He is out of hibernation, so spring must be right around the corner.  I love spring because it means the end of winter.  Springtime makes me happy!


What has made you happy this week?  Link up and share your happy!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Your Happy List is great!

    Tell me, that wreath on your door is real, right? It's gorgeous! It's so nice to see flowers blooming. Enjoy that blue sky today!

  2. Ricki, I love your wreath and the beautiful flowers, makes me feel that Spring is near by! Have a happy day!

  3. It looks like Spring time on your blog this morning with all of the pretty flowers! The pudding sounds good to me! I might be able to skimp on the sugar even more and enjoy this dessert! Hugs! ♥

  4. Stopping by from Mamarazzi's Happy List.
    The sky looked beautiful! Happy Tuesday

  5. Love your pretty pansies
    I may have to try the pumpkin pudding too yummy
    Much Love

  6. Your list could be my list! I am just getting ready to work on a wreath or 2 for spring. I think I'm going with a hydrangea theme this year. I just pinned your pumpkin pudding on Pinterest. I'm trying to eat healthy and this will be great for me! Thanks!

  7. Oooh, those flowers are so pretty!

    I also want to try that cake, yum! Happy Mardi Gras!

  8. Love your flowers. Can't wait until it is warm enough here to start planting. Today is gray and so windy it blew my boxes I had left for the mailman right off the porch.

  9. ooohhh thanks for the recipe. My husband adores everything pumpkin!! and healthy helps!

  10. Your wreath is so pretty. Seeing your pretty blooms makes me happy!

  11. beautiful flowers and that pudding looks great, I have a recipe for Indian pudding (Susan branch) and its delicous.

  12. Aw, great list! Pumpkin pudding sounds delightful! And I love that your wreath is Mardi Gras colors. :D

  13. oh, I will have to try that pumpkin recipe--looks like it would be good! hey, how do aspirins help flowers???

  14. I am looking forward to spring too RJ!
    We have had NO winter here in Chicago.... so
    very weird! I am afraid we will get dumped on in May!
    Wouldn't that be funny?!

    Love your wreath and your contagious positive spirit.
    So glad I stopped by this evening!


  15. Great Happy List Ricki Jill...Pretty Spring time flowers and sweet, delicious desserts make me happy too....Oooh, loved your wreath. Sweet.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  16. Your Happy List makes me happy! Love the flowers and wish I could be eating King Cake too! :-D I am excited for spring time too!!!

  17. Love our list. I am happy that Spring is nearing and that my youngest grandson (19yr) will be visiting for Spring break in a couple of weeks. Grandsons make me really happy.
    Blessings, Ginger

  18. TYPO alert. I meant to say "I love your list". Hugs, Ginger

  19. Ricki, your list of things would be on my list too! Love all of them!

  20. Oh that pumpkin pudding sounds awesome and your flowers are just gorgeous!!

  21. Reading your post made me happy and I think the pumpkin pudding sounds fantastic! I sure do love pumpkin pie ;)

  22. i super love pumpkin so i am sure i would love that pudding. all of the Spring flowers make me really happy too!!

    thanks for sharing your Happy List, i love coming around to bask in everyone's HAPPY!!

  23. Great list! I love the Spring wreath...beautiful!
    Hugs, Sherry


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