What is your resting face? Do you wear a worried frown or a mild smile or a cheeky grin or–dare I say it–the classic resting bitch face? (No offense meant–some people just have it! And if you’re one of them, it’s totally okay. Seriously.)
I ask because I like to play something called the Resting Face Game when I’m walking around the town, traveling, en route, etc. It’s the sort of zany social/mind game only somebody like me would play, but the goal is simple: break as many “resting faces” as possible. Is someone frowning? Make them smile! Is that passerby already smiling? Make them grin! Usually this involves making eye contact and doing something silly….like acknowledging the existence of a fellow human being. Sigh. I really am hopeless, aren’t I?
I was walking back home today and counted 4 cases of eye contact + smiles–but I also walked past 3 people who actively stared me down and glared at me, which seems a bit intense, even if it IS finals week (jeepers!). My friend and I compared notes a few weeks ago and we have an average success rate of about 1 in 35 people. What do you do when people pass you by?
As you might easily guess, my resting face is pretty chipper, though as the school year wears on and a bunch of random emotional stuff has come up, I find myself making an increasing effort to keep it up. So that’s the second game I play when I’m too tired to break resting faces (that sounds kind of violent, doesn’t it? Sorry). It’s called the Let’s Smile Because I’m Alive game, and you’d be surprised how many people need to be playing it right at this very moment. Do you?
If that’s the case, let me help give you a reason to smile! I didn’t have to fake a grin when I received this amazing November box from My Bakers Box, an online service started by three lovely girlfriends who share their love for baking by shipping out monthly boxes of unique baking supplies. You can sign up for as many month’s worth of boxes as you’d like, or even gift it to a baker friend for the holiday season! (Cough ME cough!)
I’ve been in touch with Angela for a while now and she’s such a lovely contact! Even when we had a shipping mishap and my box was redirected to another office, she kept at it until I finally had the box safely in my two hands. I’m such a sucker for good service and cute kitchen supplies.
Each month’s box contains a different set of seasonal supplies. Here’s a sneak peek at what I received in my November package:
I gravitated quite naturally to the mini dessert jars–let’s face it, anything mini screams ADORABLE–and that’s when I thought of sharing one of my all-time favorite, simple dessert recipes. I make Peanut Butter Jelly Parfait Cups basically 7 or 8 times a week: for breakfast, lunch, snack, noonsies, teatime, supper, second supper…
In other words, if it’s a Hobbit meal, I’ve eaten this parfait. And now I can serve it (to myself) in cute Hobbit-sized mini jars, too!
And cute jars means I get to do this. I love layyyyyyers!
Seriously. If you’re a PB&J fanatic like I am, this brekkie idea is about to blow your mind, change your outlook on breakfast, and generally improve the quality of your life. So you can finally put that boring resting face to, well, rest!
I was also going to make a really bad metaphor here about how people are like parfaits and have layers and all this deep stuff, buuuut I figure I’ll just let you cut to the chase and enter the giveaway below (ends Friday, 12/19 at midnight PST–open to US residents only, sorry!). You could win your very own month’s worth of baking supplies from My Bakers Box–just leave a comment, follow my social media, and check out all the easy-as-parfait options below!
Honesty time! How do you like to interact with passerby strangers? Does your resting face look different for the holidays?
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter, divided
- 2 tablespoons strawberry jelly, divided
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 tablespoon jelly, and Greek yogurt. Set aside.
- Place remaining 1 tablespoon peanut butter in a small bowl and microwave until melted, about 15 seconds.
- Place remaining 1 tablespoon jelly in a third small bowl and microwave until melty, about 7-8 seconds.
- In a small jar or cup, layer half of the yogurt mixture, followed by melty jam, followed by remaining half of the yogurt mixture, and then melted peanut butter. Sit back and enjoy life with a smile and a spoon!
Disclosure: I received a month’s box of supplies from My Bakers Box to test and review. All opinions expressed in this post are, as always, 100% my own!