Thanks to the kindness and generosity of my niece-by-marriage Sara, who organized this surprise!

I promised to be more consistent sharing Things I’m Thinking About, and lately I’ve been thinking over and over about how blessed I am to have such a wonderful extended family.  If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you might have seen the surprise above that was a generous Christmas gift from the entire Denny family, but I want to document it here and formally thank my wonderful niece Sara who organized the purchase and delivery of Aunt Kalyn’s Kitchen to the playroom that’s in the unfinished basement of my new house.  (It was fun to notice that a few of the little ones were even sharp enough to get the joke in the name; some of them have seen Kalyn’s Kitchen on the iPad!)

A few years ago another delightful surprise gift that was organized by Sara also made the blog, and as you can see, she’s as creative as she is thoughtful.  Thank you so much Sara, for organizing this and helping to make Aunt Kalyn’s playroom even better for all the little ones in the family.

Here are a few more things I’m thinking about this week.

I had another fun surprise recently when fellow Utahn and social media guru Newspaper Girl visited my house on a cooking day and then posted Behind the Scenes of a Successful Food Blogger.  That post will give you a little peek into my *real* kitchen if you’re interested and also spotlights my nephew Jake who cooks with me occasionally.

My fondness for Greek food is pretty obvious on the blog, so I loved this post about 16 Reasons Greeks are Better at Life.  I disagree with a couple of them, but mostly I think they’re spot on; what do you think?
I loved the wisdom and creativity behind this thought-provoking poem written by a 14 year old that can be read both forwards or backwards.  Be sure to read it both ways to get the full impact!
Some people are surprised to hear I’m an introvert, because I’m not shy.  But even though I treasure time with my family and friends, I love to spend time hanging around the house alone, and this post on 21 Things Introverts Love has a lot of things that ring true for me.  For the record though, I definitely disagree with a few of them!
So much wisdom in these 10 Quotes from Mister Rogers.  Don’t just save them for bad days!
And finally, via my friend David Lebovitz, The Ultimate Guide to Hashtags.

(You can use the label Things I’m Thinking About to see more round-ups like this one.) 

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