Books to read and small home decor updates

Do you ever get in a reading rut and then you suddenly have like ten books to read? For the past month or so, I just couldn’t seem to find a book to get into, then I found quite a few and now I don’t know which to read first! Here’s my current stack.

Stack of books Present Over Perfect Troublemaker, Winter Street

From top to bottom, I have The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, Winter Street, My Life as An Amish Wife, Present Over Perfect, and Troublemaker. Definitely an eclectic mix! Which would you read first?

Also on the topic of reading, I read Proverbs in January and just finished Daniel. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read and study Genesis or Psalms next, and I chose Psalms. Love it!

When I haven’t been thinking about books and reading I’ve been working on little home decor updates. I popped into Marshall’s over the weekend and bought a new blanket and basket to hold our blankets.

Blue and gray blanket with tasselsGray and blue blankets with tassels in galvanized metal basket with rope handles industrial

I put the basket under our end table and I’m hoping Mavis doesn’t chew on the handles! Or the blankets. Or the basket. I can totally see her trying to chew a steel basket 😉

Gray and blue industrial living room with succulent and wood and steel end table

I also got a new quilt for our bed (for only $41!). I’ve been doing updates on our master bedroom overhaul, and we had a white comforter and duvet cover for a while and decided we just couldn’t swing it anymore since two out of three of our pets have black fur. I’ll try and post some pictures soon since we have added a few other things (a storage bench and throw pillows!) over the past few months.

One last decor update: I hung a new wreath on our front door and replaced our welcome mat. It feels so fresh and springy now!

I have been baking a bit over the past few days, too! I had a bag of apples in the fridge that needed to be used up, so I made an apple pie using my mother-in-law’s crust recipe. I also made rice pudding this evening and it was delicious.

apple pie with homemade crustHomemade rice pudding with cinnamon and vanilla

I feel like rice pudding is one of those foods I forget about, and then when I see on TV or in an ad in a magazine it I’m like “that sounds so good!” you know?

I literally ate a bowl of it warm with a few raisins sprinkled in because I just couldn’t wait for it to cool off. The verdict? Warm rice pudding is amazing! I used this recipe in case anyone is wondering 🙂

What are you reading/baking/decorating lately?

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Jimmy and I celebrated Valentine’s Day a little bit early this year! First, over the weekend we exchanged gifts and cooked a special dinner.

Guys, I’m so spoiled. Jimmy is making a new bed for our bedroom! Here’s the inspiration (from Pinterest).

Here’s what Jimmy has done so far!

Steel bed frame

This husband of mine continues to amaze me every day. Not only is he talented and hard working, but he’s incredibly sweet. My phone’s battery has been on its last leg lately, so we went to the Apple store together on Saturday to get a replacement. The battery replacement went well, but my camera didn’t work after we got my phone back.

I had to pet sit on Sunday afternoon, so Jimmy took my phone to the Apple store to have it fixed (Apple ended up giving me a new phone because they couldn’t fix it!) and he filled my truck’s gas tank. Love him.

We made steak and scallops for our special dinner on Saturday and bought Fairlife chocolate milk to go with our meal. We’re totally adults, I promise 😉

Jimmy also spoiled me by saying he wanted to take me to my favorite local Chinese restaurant on Monday night. I ended up feeling really awful and flu-ish on Monday, so we had our food delivered and it was so delicious!

Sushi and General Tso's Chicken with fortune cookies, rice, soy sauce, and chopsticks from Osaka Pittsburgh

Jimmy had the General Tso’s chicken and I ordered a variety of sushi and sashimi. Want to know what happens when you eat dinner and your cat has no boundaries?

Black cat trying to eat sushiBlack cat with sushi

Yeah, Malcolm sits on our table while we eat dinner every single night. It’s probably (okay, definitely…) totally unsanitary but we can’t stop him. Malcolm gets what he wants or we get scratched/bit. We are owned by our cat, LOL.

I made Valentine’s Day dog biscuits in the shape of hearts and bones for all my clients and had pictures printed of their pups as little gifts to give out this week. I used my tried and true honey cinnamon dog biscuit recipe and the clients who have received their gifts said their dogs love the treats. Yay!

Speaking of dogs, want to hear a gross/funny story? Mavis pooped on mine and Jimmy’s bed one evening last week (ugh) and I picked up the poop with a paper towel and wasn’t even thinking when I flushed it down the toilet. I totally forgot paper towels can’t be flushed down the toilet and ours immediately clogged.

Of course, we didn’t have a plunger and it was like 10:00 PM so we went to bed with a toilet clogged with dog poop and paper towels and Jimmy had to get up at 5:00 the next morning to run out and buy a plunger. It wasn’t funny at the time, but now we laugh every time we think about it 😉

Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

Past Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Visiting Phipps Conservatory in 2011 (we waited to celebrate until April when it was warm, haha)
Visiting The National Aviary in 2012
Bowling + Jimmy baked for me in 2013
Jimmy baked for me again in 2014 (see what I mean about being spoiled?!)
No idea what we did in 2015 (I only blogged once that month–waaa!)
Judged a speech competition in 2016
Cooked a special dinner together in 2017