I love libraries.  I think that they are a really amazing public resource that I wish I used more.  I mean, think about it. We have these buildings, full of so many different kinds of books that we can borrow for free…unless, of course, you are like me and ALWAYS seem to have late fines.  It occurred to me a few months back that I have been throwing away money on books that are read only once, then left to collect dust on my bookshelf.  I realized that I needed to put an end to my book buying habit, and start taking advantage of all the books my library has to offer.

So, today I went to the library.

Now, I’m not the kind of girl who can check out stacks of books at a time.  I find that overwhelming (especially when I’m likely to accrue late fines on most of the books I check out).  So, today I got one book.  I had been hearing about this book on other blogs for a while and was very interested in reading it.

Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes

After reading the first page, I already know that I’m going to like it.

So…who wants to be in charge of reminding to return it in 3 weeks?


Dreaming of…

Summer Sparkle

Barbecues and campfires.

Flip flops and pretty, pedicured toenails.

Outdoor markets and sunshine.

Margaritas (hold the salt!) and sundresses.

Camping and stargazing.

Watermelon and sparklers.

I can’t WAIT for summer.

Do You Believe It?

“Believe your life is worth living,

and your belief will help create the fact.”

William James

Drop Biscuits

Drop Biscuits

My weekdays are usually pretty busy with work.  So, I really enjoy spending part of my weekend engaged in some sort of baking or cooking “project.”  For a few months, I had wanted to try to make biscuits from scratch, but I was always too intimidated to try.  Until this weekend….

These drop biscuits, from my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, were actually pretty easy to make and the results were delicious.  (They are called “drop biscuits” because they were dropped by spoonfuls onto the baking sheet instead of being rolled and cut out of the dough.)

The next time I make these I want to try substituting in some whole wheat flour and maybe adding sharp cheddar or some sort of herb to the batter.  This recipe could probably be altered in many ways and I can’t wait to try some of them out!

Rainy Days

Rainy Mountain View

I don’t know why

but with you I’d dance

in a storm in my best dress.


Taylor Swift

It rained all day long today.  As much as I’m longing for a little sunshine, I can’t help but really love rainy days and their coziness.  It was nice to spend my evening eating comfort food, reading, and listening to the rain.

Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice

Last night I met with a group of some of my best friends for a delicious home-cooked Mexican-style dinner.  My cooking assignment (which I chose to accept) was to prepare a side dish to match the Mexican theme.  After much careful thought and research, I decided to make Spanish rice.

I followed this simple recipe and was very pleased with the results.  The rice was delicious and flavorful, and paired nicely with the other dishes.

The next time I make this I am going to follow the suggestions to cover the cooked rice with cheese and bake it in the oven.  Although the rice was very good on its own, who am I to say “no” to some melted cheese every now and then?

Well, Hello


Hi!  I’m Mel!

I started Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles so that I could have a place to document the things in my life that make me happy, such as food, cooking, local events, everyday photography, and other sources of inspiration.

I also hope that this blog will be a place where my readers (that’s you!) can come whenever they want to add a little sunny-ness to their day.

See you soon!