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What is happiness?

December 26, 2012
By Pat Jensen , Marshall Independent

Quite some time ago, I discovered this written piece describing happiness. After making a few changes and adding some thoughts of my own, I've decided to share it with you. Hope you find the message to be meaningful.

Everyone strives to be happy. The definition of happiness can't be explained in one sentence or even a lengthy paragraph. Happiness takes many forms. It varies with the individual; our age, circumstances ...

Happiness is made up of many things - like trust, kindness, faith and love.

Happiness is hope ... and doing something extremely well ... or overcoming a hardship.

Happiness cannot be taught. It dwells inside ... it's a mood, an attitude ... a feeling of contentment.

Happiness is many things ... like a rainbow after a storm, a snowflake, a smile from a stranger, a baby's laughter ...

Happiness is a sunny day, a summer rain ... watching the geese fly above.

The gifts happiness makes available are endless - a clear conscience at the end of the day, courage to face the unknown, doing work you enjoy ... an eye for beauty ... a heart that feels.

Happiness is to live life to the fullest ... to know you are needed and loved - to know you would be missed.

Happiness is taking time to enjoy what life has given you -and then to share some of that magic with others.

Happiness is special. The more of it you share - the more you have left for yourself.

Happen to have some leftover turkey?


8 cups turkey broth

4 cups cubed cooked turkey

1 large onion, chopped

2 ribs celery, sliced

2 med. carrots, sliced

1 (16-oz) pkg. frozen mixed veg. (carrots, lima and green beans, corn, peas)

1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp. dried tarragon

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

4 whole peppercorns

Salt to taste

1-1/2 cups uncooked Kluski noodles

In a soup kettle, combine broth, turkey, vegetables and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 20-30 min. or until vegetables are tender. Return to a low boil; add noodles. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until noodles are tender. Remove bay leaf and peppercorns.

Notes: May substitute ground black pepper (1/8 tsp. or more) for the peppercorns. Egg noodles may be substituted for the Kluski noodles. Short on turkey broth? Add some chicken broth. Yield: about 3 qts.

Perfect for a party or game day


8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 cup sour cream

1 pkg. taco seasoning mix

1 sm. onion, finely chopped

1 tomato, diced (drain well)

1/4 cup picante sauce

1 dozen flour tortillas

Mix cream cheese and sour cream together. Add seasoning mix, onion, tomato and picante sauce.

Spread about 2 tablespoons on each tortilla. Roll up tightly. Wrap and chill. Slice to serve.

May insert a toothpick in each slice and place on a serving plate.

Couldn't be easier!


1 pkg. original Ranch Party Dip

1 pint sour cream

1/4 cup bacon bits

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Combine Ranch Dip mix with sour cream, mixing well. Add bacon bits and cheese.

Ready to serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

A festive party beverage


4 cups cranberry juice

2 cups orange juice

1 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp. almond extract

In a large container, combine all ingredients; stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until serving.

Yield: 2 qts.

Note: It's excellent served warm or cold.

Food for Thought: Without love and laughter there is no joy.



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