How I make myself happy

I start by making the kids coffeecake for breakfast.


But then…. and here’s the tricky part… instead of using a plastic cereal bowl and fork to mix up the crumble topping, I break out my old robin’s egg blue pyrex mixing bowl. And the pastry cutter with the red wooden handle. And then halfway through the mixing I place them on my rickety step stool with the slipcover I’ve made to match the kitchen curtains, and then I step back to admire the effect.

And then I run and get my camera so that I can share it all with you.

Sharing the love, that’s what I’m talking ’bout. Yup.



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22 Responses to How I make myself happy

  1. 1
    vivian says:

    You always know a blogger when they start staging photos!! I do it all the time.
    thanks for your prayers for Jacob.. please keep sending them up.

    • Diane Shiffer says:

      Viv, he has been on my mind and heart almost non-stop ever since yesterday morning, dear. Praying for all of you♥

  2. 2
    Angela says:

    How pretty! It’s amazing what beauty can do for our day, isn’t it?

    p.s. I updated, finally. ;o)

  3. 3
    Terri T says:

    This is the best part of your blogs….The stories and the photos and the humor and the sweetness of it all. I bet the coffeecake tasted even better after posing for the picture too!

  4. 4
    Lady Dorothy says:

    That kind of beauty can cheer anyone up!

  5. 5
    Mrs. Price says:

    Thank you for the idea. I think I will make some coffee cake tomorrow for my boys. Such a lovely photo.

    • Diane Shiffer says:

      It just looked so cheerful, all the bright colors together… I’m so glad you liked it too, Mrs. Price.☺

  6. 6
    Gretchen says:

    So good to have you blogging again. :) And I vintage kitchen tools. ;)

    • Diane Shiffer says:

      Somehow, Gretchen, I knew you would♥ Thanks so much for your encouragement- it means the world to me:)

  7. 7
    Tasha says:

    So glad to see you blogging! I’ve missed you something fierce!!!
    Coffee Cake….yummmmmmmmmmm

    I love the photo it makes me want to make some now. ;-)

    • Diane Shiffer says:

      Oh Tasha, I have missed you as well! Are you still blogging? Can’t wait to catch up on all your doings♥

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    Beth says:

    Mmmmm….yum yum…..I made some banana cake for my family for dessert tonight…but it doesn’t look quite as cozy as your picture looks!! How sweet! Keep praying for my little Israel….hopefully he can come home to our “forever family” soon!

    • Diane Shiffer says:

      Beth dear, I think of your family so often… Israel is such a blessed little guy to have you in his life♥

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    Lady Anne says:

    Well, it is about time you got back to work! I’ve been checking almost every day to see if you were posting, and what happens? I miss two days, and that’s when you start up again! As Tasha said, we’ve missed you something fierce.

    All sorts of things going on over that the Rice Paddy. Stop by if you get the chance.


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    Deanna says:

    Diane, how could you not be happy? So pretty and cheery!

    I was just saying to someone yesterday about how it is simple things like a pretty bowl with fruit in it or crumb topping that makes our houses into homes, and shows the care and little touches with can give them! Did that make sense?

    Anyway, I like your photo!

  11. 11
    Ann says:

    I love you so much :-) You gladden my heart!

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    Ace says:

    How on earth do you have the prescence of mind to actually make a cake from scratch first thing in the morning LOL? Mine wake up everymorning ready to eat a house and I can barely get them all down the stairs and in their chairs in a proper fashion. That looks really good and I really want a piece of it. Thanks for the picture :)

  13. 13
    Elizabeth says:

    Howdy! I just linked you to my blog, love, love, love Tomato Soup Cake! It’s all your fault that I’m making myself Tomato Soup Cake for my birthday! Yep! :-) Everybody around here is saying, “EWWW!” and I’m thinking I just may be eating that lovely yummy cake all by myself, which is fine with me!! :-) I found a wonderful recipe and I’m really looking forward to making it! I’ll let you know how it turned out.

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