Top 8 Links: That Will Make You Feel Good

feel good links

It’s hard to believe that my last Top 8 Links was back in June! This is one of my favorite types of posts to write, so this one is long overdue.

These links all made me feel good in different ways after I took a look. Hope you enjoy them too!

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Vanilla Bean and Thyme Madeleines (Anthology)

DIY Flameless Fire Pit (Free People/Building 25 Blog)

Homemade Circus Animal Cookies (Mrs. Penguin)

Cute Tourist Couple Captures a Heartwarming Look at Boston in One-Second Segments [Video] (BostInno)

Edible Chocolate LEGOs by Akihiro Mizuuchi (Colossal)

Boston’s 1st French Macaron Food Truck (Cameo Macaron)

Bring Back Home Economics: Three Food Writers on Teaching People to Cook (The PLATE/National Geographic)

Bukowski’s Letter of Gratitude to the Man Who Helped Him Quit His Soul-Sucking Job and Become a Full-Time Writer (Brain Pickings)

Recipe: Nutella Banana Muffins

Nutella Banana Muffins

A lot has changed since I first baked these muffins back in 2008. I had only been blogging for two years and had never eaten Nutella. Imagine that??!!

Now I’m much more confident in my baking skills and never run out of Nutella. It’s a staple — like sugar, flour, eggs and salt. Because you never know when you’ll need to bake right? Or eat a spoonful, just because.

I’ve finally gotten around to adapting the recipe to better suit my taste and hopefully yours too.

By the way, the horrible Nutella shortage scare that was being talked about recently appears not to be true after all. Thank goodness!

According to a statement by Ferrero USA, “Inclement weather last spring in Turkey has impacted this year’s hazelnut harvest. We are tracking this issue closely and there’s no foreseeable impact on the availability of Nutella. As always, we will maintain the high quality of the Nutella product that consumers know and love.” 

Remember, World Nutella Day is February 5th and we have to make sure that we don’t run out!

By the way, have you heard that an all-Nutella restaurant called Nutelleria is planning to open in Brooklyn? Hopefully they are getting some sort of permission from Ferrero and can manage to stay out of legal hot water. Time will tell. But for now, here’s the updated muffin recipe.

Nutella Banana Muffins
(Makes a dozen)


  • 1/4 cup softened butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 small ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


In medium bowl, combine butter, banana, Nutella, and egg. Stir in salt, vanilla extract and baking powder. Add flour and coconut milk alternately until just combined.

Use a regular sized muffin pan with paper liners or prepare by using butter and flour to coat the pan. Pour the batter into the muffin pan and bake for 25 – 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Insert a toothpick, which should come out clean if it’s done. Let cool for a few minutes. Then eat and enjoy! I keep my muffins in the refrigerator and sometimes heat them back up in the microwave for that freshly baked feeling.


Thoughts on Blogging & Philanthropy

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This new blog home is so exciting for me! Hopefully for you too! As I start anew, I’m drawing from what I learned over at my First Amendment.

One of the many things that I’ll continue here is donating a portion of money earned from blog advertising and sponsored posts. It may only be a small amount of money, but it’s more than I would have been able to give otherwise and helps in my philanthropy goals.

Those of you who have read and commented, emailed me, linked to content, shared on social media and met me in person, you keep me going! Over my eight years of blogging, I have been amazed by it all the time and continue to be surprised.

Below is a list of the worthy organizations that you helped me donate to in 2013 and so far in 2014. Thank you!

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Community Servings

FACE Africa

Greyston Bakery

Spare Change News



Snap Judgment

A New Movie: In The Morning

I just saw the trailer for a new movie called In The Morning. This narrative feature film will have its World Premiere in New York at the 18th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, which takes place from September 17-21, 2014.

The Writer/Director/Producer of the film is Nefertite Nguvu. From her blog, she gives us a peek into her world.

“As a filmmaker, and as a lover of films, I’ve always been attracted to intimate stories, films with an incredibly rich emotional life. I’m infinitely fascinated by the landscape of the human heart, and mind. I seek to create, and long to see films with complex, layered characters that take me on journeys. In The Morning is about something universal, something we’ve all wrestled with, sometimes won and sometimes lost, this terrible/beautiful animal: love. It explores the ever-changing nature of romantic love, but it’s ultimately about the profound power of self-love, self-actualization. My hope is that In The Morning will spark conversations about those beautiful moments in our lives and loves where we are required to be brave.”

The trailer looks like the type of film that I love and I’m intrigued by the filmmaker’s words as well. Hopefully In The Morning will be showing around the country soon!

*Updated 2/18/2020* I saw this film and loved it!

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Image: YouTube