Bread Head

I think I’m going to turn into a loaf of bread. More specifically, sourdough bread. I baked my first loaf earlier this week and whoa. Life. Changing.

Sourdough breadSourdough bread

Since that first loaf, I’ve baked one almost every single day. This morning, I was up before 4:00 am to make sure the loaf I prepped yesterday afternoon could get its second rise in and bake before we go to church.

I think I have a problem and I’m not mad about it 🙂

Toddler eating sourdough bread

I think it’s safe to say Sadie is diggin’ this new obsession of mine. I’m still going strong with baking challah a few times a week, too.

When I’m not kneading or feeding my starter, I’m researching hydration levels and tools and oven temperatures and flour varities. I’ve been flipping through this book on challah and this one on sourdough (<– affiliate links) and having a blast learning as much as I can.

Okay, other stuff besides bread.

Mom and toddler with Christmas tree

Jimmy and I took Sadie to our neighborhood’s outdoor Christmas celebration last night and had a great evening together. There was hot cocoa, ice carving, and Christmas lights. We feel so blessed to live exactly where we do.

Sadie was fascinated by the Christmas tree and we were simultaneously sad and glad we didn’t put up a tree this year. It’s adorable seeing her experience new things, but we don’t have room for a tree in our house, and she was already trying to grab the ornaments off the town’s tree, lol.

Black cat sitting on Bible

Malcolm continues to be, well, Malcolm. He decided that he needed to sit on my Bible while I tried to read it the other morning. I was thinking maybe he needs some demons driven out of him? 😉

He is our naughty little guy and is always, always up to something. He makes life fun and keeps us on our toes. We thought he would calm down after a year or two, but at three-years-old, he shows absolutely no signs of slowing down!

Toddler in cat door

Speaking of Malcolm, Sadie is very interested in his cat door. I’m telling’ ya, the best baby toys? They aren’t toys!

What are your recent obsessions? What’s your favorite type of bread?

Currently: December 2019

Well, here we are in the last month of 2019. Whew! What a year. Here’s what’s currently going on in my life.

Mom with baby in carrier

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Currently looking forward to This holiday season with Sadie and Jimmy ❤

Current drink Coffee. My throat is still sore from being sick over Thanksgiving, so warm coffee in the morning is especially lovely. I also had apple cider recently and it hit the spot!

Current fun We’re still going strong with taking a walk as a family each night when Jimmy gets home from work and we love this routine! It’s a great way to unwind after the work day and catch up without distractions. It’s also adorable to see Mavis all bundled up in a sweater.

Cocker spaniel in sweater

Current excitement I think Jimmy is going to take a few days off work soon so we can have a staycation and I’m so pumped. We’re thinking of bringing Sadie to Pittsburgh’s science center because there’s a holiday train display we think she would enjoy seeing.

Current blessing Having work I enjoy, a flexible schedule, and contributing to my family’s business. Do I know everything about the real estate industry? Absolutely not. Do I relish learning about it every day? Yes!

Current excitement My sourdough starter is alive! I’ve become mildly obsessed with growing and babying it. I even gave it a name–Lyle. Jimmy thinks its funny when I’m like “Oh, it’s time to feed Lyle! He’s really growing fast!” I can’t wait to bake my first loaf of sourdough 🙂

Sourdough starter in a mason jar

Current books Working my way through Exodus and also reading the story of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke. I just finished this cooking-esque memoir, am almost finished with this one about a pastry chef, and this one will be next. I guess I’m on a roll (<– haha, get it?) with the baking and cooking memoirs!

Current craving A day with my sister. She’s absolutely rocking her nursing career, but it keeps her busy. I’m hoping we can get together soon!

Currently baking Challah, challah, and more challah. Loving every second of it. It’s a lot of fun to experiment with different braid shapes, flavoring methods, and rising times. I just had an order for onion challah and got great feedback on it. I’ll have to post some recipes soon!

Loaves of challah bread with onion

Current indulgence Changing into my pjs as soon as it gets dark at night, which is like 5:00 pm. It’s just so cozy!

Current thought I feel like Mavis has been sad and lonely since Lola passed away. It’s the worst at night. Sometimes she just howl-cries and it sounds downright sorrowful. When Lola died, I told myself I wouldn’t get another dog because it’s too hard on everyone when they die. Plus, our little 900-square-foot house is filled to the brim with a dog, overly rambunctious cat, two adults, and a toddler (plus all her stuff… so much stuff), and yet I can’t stop thinking about getting another dog.

But what if the dog and Mavis don’t get along? What if it’s too much? I’m great at asking what-if questions. I know the only way to find out is to just go for it. Or should I not rock the boat with our family dynamics? Am I crazy? Yep.

Cocker spaniel

Current project Still slowly working on our kitchen. Like really, really slowly. But hey, slow and steady wins the race, right? I’m loving all the trips to Lowes (minus the spending money part, lol). Sadie is a big fan of the kids carts!

Lowes kids car cart

Tell me something current in your life!