Feel Good Fridays

Welcome back to Feel Good Fridays! For the month of September, I was participating in a blog series full of fall inspiration. It was so much fun to be able to collaborate with 6 other bloggers. If you missed any part of the posts, you can find the recipe, tablescape, mantle and fall inspired porch ideas by clicking on the links.


Since today is the first day back for Feel Good Fridays, I thought I would do something completely different. I’ve decided to tell you a super embarrassing story. My sister LiLi is probably shaking her head right now but it’s a story I feel like we can all relate to.


Sometime in early August, I was on the phone with a new friend.   The conversation started out like a normal conversation. We were strategizing and troubleshooting various projects like we always did but something completely unrelated was really bothering me. I didn’t want to talk about it because I was firmly planted on my high horse and I did not feel like being vulnerable. So throughout the conversation, I tried to keep my feelings of disappointment to myself.


But the longer the conversation went on, the more frustrated and anxiety ridden I became. Without any warning at all – I opened my can of crazy.


You know the kind of crazy where you seem to have no control over yourself, your mouth, or your emotions. Your lips start moving and you spill all of your guts in one breath. You have no sense of dignity. Your pride is totally out the window.


And when you’re finished you hear nothing but silence. A very long silence. The kind of silence that would require a “What the %&^$ just happened?” if you actually used curse words.


So imagine my relief and surprise when I began to hear fits of giggles instead of silence. Giggles that were so loud they made me giggle too. Deep belly laughter followed shortly thereafter. And then came the tears of relief, as I understood that she was laughing because she could completely relate to that kind of crazy too. It was so embarrassing but it was also such a gift.


It was a gift because I felt like a total and complete idiot. I was so mad at myself for losing my cool at the situation (not my friend). I mean, I am a fine upstanding southern lady, I should know how to keep myself in check at this age.


But anxiety is something that I have struggled with for a long time. Even with my best efforts, my can of crazy comes open though I don’t want it to. I’m a work in progress and thank goodness I have friends new and old willing to rally around me through all circumstances.


I know you guys have people that rally around you too and that’s why I’m sharing this recipe from Loves2Teach for Quick Amish Friendship Bread (no starter required).100314-10

This Feel Good Friday is dedicated to those people. The ones we snuggle with, share a cup of hot cider with, cry on the phone with and accept our friendship even when we open our can of crazy.

Many blessings for a happy weekend,


Quick Amish Friendship Bread (No Starter Required)


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup flour


  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 (5 1/8 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding (or flavor of your choice)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


Step 1: Mix “starter” ingredients together.

Step 2: Mix oil, milk, eggs, and vanilla with the “starter”.

Step 3: In a separate bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, vanilla pudding mix, and nuts.

Step 4: Add to liquid mixture and stir thoroughly.

Step 5: Pour into two large well-greased 9×5 inch loaf pans, one Bundt pan, or 48 muffin tins.

Step 6: Bake at 325F for one hour or until done (muffins will take only 30-35 minutes) and enjoy!


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  1. Dearest CoCo…I “feel good” by just reading this wonderful post. Your are so fun,genuine, insightful and loyal. Thank you for being a friend!

    1. I really appreciate it Vicki! I am so glad we met at Haven and have become such great friends!

  2. Mary Choi says:

    Thanks for sharing! I had a moment like this a few days ago!

    1. Oh Mary! I hope you had someone to make you laugh like I did!

  3. CoCo, I love this post! I’m thankful my hubby is the one who can handle my can of crazy explosions. I know that’s why God gave him to me 🙂
    I’ve got to try the recipe too! I’ve made the starter version but I hate being chained to a starter they I have to feed and baby.

    1. I’ve met your husband, you’re one lucky lady! I hope you like the friendship bread, it’s the easiest recipe I’ve found so far.

  4. I highly encourage embarrassing stories. Those are the best kinds of stories. Everyone needs to feel exposed sometimes. It brings humility to your life!

    1. I can always count on you to help me keep things in perspective 🙂 you’re the best!

  5. Oh Coco this is definitely a Feel Good Friday story! We do all have our special can of crazy & once the seal is broken, it’s like a can of biscuits ~ there just is no way to shove it back in. Ya gotta let it out! It’s great to have those friends. Your story, photos & recipe made my Friday morning 🙂 Bwg ~~~

    1. Bobbi, thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate them and our friendship! Hugs, CoCo

  6. I love, love, love your “Feel Good Friday Posts” and have missed them. I think we can all relate when we have opened our can of crazy on someone. Thanks for sharing. Have a good day.

    1. Renee, you’re so kind, thank you!

  7. Oh Coco! What a great way to start my day! It does make me feel good, but also makes me realize how much I miss my friends from where I used to live. Here’s an embarressing story since you shared, it may add to the good feeling of Friday.
    My first teaching job was at a high school where there was a very young principal. One day we had a bad ice storm and while entering the building I fell down between two sets of metal doors (no one saw me…whew!). I was given my first laptop (way back when) at the school the next day and it kept quitting on me (now I know it was going to sleep). I grabbed it and started off for the IT person’s office. I met the principal at the bottom of the steps and as we walked up the steps together, I fell down landing in an akward position holding the laptop in the air. He helped me up and asked if I was okay. Before I could stop myself, I told him I had fallen down the day before also. He asked me if I fall down a lot…and it just got worse from there, the more I spoke, the dumber I sounded. I worked there for 6 years and had the chance to carpool with him to grad school. He told me he never forgot that and walked away wondering if I was going to make it in teaching. This is year 19 and so far so good!

    1. Thanks for sharing Nancy! ha ha! Glad you’re ok and still teaching!

  8. Coco. Awww I loved your story and could so relate to how you were feeling and how it is when you can call one of your bfs and they laugh and get you. This recipe is a bonus. Big hugs Lisa

    1. Lisa, thank you so much. I know you have a great group of girlfriends too! We definitely need good ladies in our lives! Hugs to you too! CoCo

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