Caprese Pasta: a recipe, of course…


This caprese pasta is so stupid easy, perfect for summer, and will make you want to mangia mangia 'til you puke. Caprese Pasta 2 large handfuls of fresh basil softball size ball of fresh mozz 2 small Roma tomatoes 1/2-3/4 cup olive oil 1 box pasta Cook the pasta how you like it (Mike likes al dente, I like it mushy, and my niece Lucy likes it straight out of the box.). While the pasta does its thing, chop up the tomato, mozz and basil. Or, ask one of your kids to do that and go paint … [Read more...]

7QT: I’m going to scream Veruca Salt style


-1- My plan (is that a 4-letter-word or what?) was to finish the Spring Stitch-a-Long at the end of May. Let's shoot for June. I'm pulling a Cari, so I'm almost done. If you want, I'll whip up a summer one too. I already have a design in mind. One word: pineapple. -2- Mike's uncle, Fr. Mark was in town from Djibouti this week. We got to celebrate Mass with him yesterday afternoon. If ever I've known a living Saint, it would be Fruncle Mark. He's the kind of guy you wish you could keep all … [Read more...]

Call Her Happy Summer Reads


Do I need to give you an introduction, or do you get it? ...You get it. Good. Also, maybe you heard? Baby bird is the word. Non Fiction The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World From Grouchy To Great: Finding Joy In The Journey Of Motherhood You Cannot Be Serious - and 32 Other Rules that Sustain a (Mostly) Balanced Mom   Fiction Will and Lina: When Two Worlds Collide Life … [Read more...]

Cat’s Out of the Bag


Or baby is in the uterus. Or something. So, I had this adorable little announcement to impress you guys with, but turns out that y'all are super sleuths and figured this one out on your own. (I guess when you take your youngest to a BBQ in a Big Brother shirt to tell your family, you should also plan to have pictures of said event posted on Facebook. My bad!) So, what the heck? Ta daaaaaa! I couldn't keep it from you much longer anyway ;) We're just about five weeks along, so it's super … [Read more...]

7QT: kinda looks like a nightgown on me


-1- This has always been one of my favorite songs, and there is really nothing different now. -2- Did you meet Anna yet? She's going to be joining me here on a regular basis, so go say hello. She's a serious gem. -3- I've got a new necklace in shop. I'm going to add more designs soon, but I riddy riddy love the oval hoop. -4- New duds for this super stud. From Twice. (affiliate) -5- Instalife -6- If I don't skip this one, then they will no longer be quick - at … [Read more...]

That Fat Shadow Man-Jerk


A couple of weeks back (#4), I told you I was bringing a friend on board to Call Her Happy. Welp, she's here! Friends, this is Anna. Anna, this is friends. Anna will be delighting you with her writing ways on a monthly-ish basis. She's a Catholic wife and momma of two. But, I'll tell you all about her soon. For now, enjoy her first post. That's an order. How can you tell if a woman is a mother? Is it the noble and wizened glint in her eye?  Her dry, cracked knuckles parched from their e … [Read more...]

Vlog Nasty

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There is nothing nasty about this vlog. Full disclosure, I like to add the adjective "nasty" to things in real life. It's a weird habit that I try to control. A little description of the post de jour today (today today): I'm answering a list of questions that I had not seen until the very moment I started recording. Can you think of anything more daring? Movie on 4-25-14 at 3.41 PM from Jenna Hines on Vimeo. Movie on 4-25-14 at 3.46 PM from Jenna Hines on Vimeo. Movie on 4-25-14 at … [Read more...]

7QT: A History


-1- You mean, you don't sit around on a Wednesday night thinking things like, "I wonder what the very first 7 Quick Takes looked like. Imma Google that ish."? If this does not please you, please move on to greater things. And, to please my mom, here are some Call Her Happy things to check out: Join the tl;dr linkup and cure the guilt associated with #feedbankruptcy forever. Visit my Etsy shop; I'm hoping to add new designs soon. Follow me on Instagram if you need to know what I am … [Read more...]

When the Marriage Mirage is Reel


We are all (hopefully) familiar with the social media highlight reel in comparison to behind the scenes. These insecurities manifest in our work lives, our home lives, our motherhood, and our marriage - among other areas. And yeah, it's hyper-important to keep this idea in mind, but what if things are really awesome? I'm not talking all the time, I just mean in general. Like, take Mike for example. I love that dude. And, most of the time, things in our marriage are good if not … [Read more...]



  You know how sometimes you have blogs that you love and blog authors that you love even more, but you also have a family and laundry and meals to cook and etcetera and so forth? So, you end up missing out on parts of your favorite virtual friends' lives - not by choice, but just by life? And then you feel terrible when you find out that she is pregnant or going back to work or moving, and you had no idea. Wouldn't it be nice if bloggers put out a cliff notes version of their … [Read more...]