11.18.2011

It’s Not Always Too Good To Be True

I’ve been meaning to tell you this little tale for a while, but everyday life kept getting in the way.

One day in August, I received a strange email.  I thought the email was spam and almost deleted it because as the saying goes, “if it is too good to be true, then it probably is.” 

To make a long story short, I got an email from nine women who call themselves the Nanas.  The email came from their project manager, Sunny.  She wrote,    

“There is a group of ladies in the Memphis, TN area that absolutely adore your blog! And I'm writing because they're celebrating 50 States 31 Days of Giving. For thirty-four years, they've surreptitiously helped single moms and widows. But for the month of August, the Nanas decided to extend their reach and make happiness happen for someone in each of our 50 states.

For the state of North Carolina, you're the chosen one!”

They wanted to send me a gift certificate to a great romantic restaurant called Café Tiramisu to help spread some additional happiness in my life.

What?  I scratched my head.  Like any former journalist, I did a little research. 

I learned that the Nanas owned a cake company, and they were well-known in the Memphis area for their wonderful philanthropy.

This was actually a case in which something wasn’t too good to be true.

The Nanas sent me the gift certificate along with two poundcakes from their bakery.   How did they know that poundcake was my absolute favorite cake of all time?  We devoured the cakes in no time.  They were simply delicious and baked fresh.  The Nanas’ cakes have no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.  It’s cake just like my grandma would bake.


Of course, the cake was long gone, but the gift certificate remained on our counter unused for some time.  Unexpected events would constantly change our plans, and as a result we didn’t use our gift certificate to Café Tiramisu until a few weeks ago.

We had a delightful meal, and you know what?  We were giddy-happy.  We had a wonderful meal and only had to pay for our sitter.  

Cafe Tiramisu in Raleigh

Thank you, Nanas, for spreading some extra happiness in my home.  My husband was happy because his wallet stayed in his pocket, and I was happy because I didn’t have to put my kids to bed and had a great meal to boot.  My kids were happy because they ate lots of poundcake.  Well, they were happy until we all fought over the last bite.  Yes, those cakes are that good.

And as a blogger, it also thrilled me that someone other than my mom was reading my posts when they chose me for this Happiness Project.  It makes me want to smile every time I think about it.

Have a great weekend! See you back here next week.

Disclosure: I was chosen to receive the gift certificate to Café Tiramisu by the Nanas as part of their Happiness Project and was under no obligation to write about it here on my blog.  I chose to share the story with you because I found it interesting, and the gift certificate did not influence my opinion about the cakes.  As always, my opinions are my own.

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