Studying and Baking (and Jax!)

Thank you to everyone who showed support in the comments section of my last post about Hearty Handfuls. You guys rock! I definitely have moments of nervousness about starting an Etsy shop, but overall I’m really, really loving it!


I’m happy to report that I sold and shipped my first order, and I added a new flavor of granola to my shop:Β gingerbread!


The gingerbread flavor features almonds, raisins, oats, molasses, and honey. It’s spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Basically, it tastes like a gingerbread man in granola form :-D.


Over the weekend I did a lot of two things: baking and studying.


This is a lovely webcam picture taken at Barnes and Noble. Sometimes I like to work on homework or study in different place than my “study cave” (my bedroom..) because it’s nice to switch things up!

Jimmy and I also studied our teacher’s guide for the preschool class we are teaching at our church this month!


We have a blast teaching the preschoolers at our church. They say some of the funniest things. This past Sunday, a little girl in our class said she thought I was nine-years-old, haha!


Jimmy and I also baked. Hannah volunteered me to make sugar cookies for a school function, and I was more than happy to roll up my sleeves in the kitchen.

PicMonkey Collage

We had one sugar cookie man casualty. Oops. We also baked strawberry cupcakes for our preschool class. I’m sure the kid’s parents were thrilled with us giving the kids a sugar high before they went home ;-).


So, that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to lately. I have also been playing with my older brother’s new puppy, Jax.


He’s a six-week-old golden retriever! My brother works at my family’s home real estate office, and usually brings his dogs with him to work.

So, when my brother is working, we have two dogs (Moses and Lola), two puppies (Brandy and Jax), and two cats (Felix and Lily) in the house. Cray cray!!


What have you been up to lately?

What’s your favorite granola flavor? (Let me know if you think I should add any flavors to my shop!)


  1. What a cute puppy :). You guys definitely have a lot of animals in the house but it’s all good, it must be fun to have a big family with lots of pets (it’s just me and Clay here…). The sugar cookies look delicious and I love that one is missing an arm hehe. Good luck with teaching the kiddos at church, the 4-5 age group is always pretty cute and funny!

    1. It is so much fun to have a lot of animals in the house! I am going to be sad when Jimmy and I only have one or two pets when I move out. I think it will be super quiet, haha!! Sometimes I have my moments of wanting quiet though!

  2. I love that your family business includes so many pets. They keep it interesting, I’m sure. Those sugar cookies look delicious! Oh and how cute that the little girl thought you were 9 years old. And that probably seemed very mature and grown up to her! Sweetness!

      1. We have been thinking about getting a puppy. But my mum is unsure about it because as you know, dogs are such a big commitment. When I’m away in Spain next year teaching English, my mum will be on her own and I think she is concerned about lack of freedom/spontaneity because you have to get home to take care of the dog and you can’t go out all day and leave them on their own. I would love a puppy though!

  3. Oh my gosh Jax is precious! Golden Retriever puppies are probably my favorite, and that’s saying a lot considering I am not a dog-lover. But even I get excited over how adorable they are! I remember helping my mom teach Sunday school back in the day. We always used to bribe the kids with candy… just what they needed at 11am on a Sunday πŸ˜‰

    1. Hahah.. the casualty was totally my fault, too! And the gingerbread men were the ones Jimmy made. He definitely gave me the stink eye after I broke one of his men’s necks haha.

      I was thinking about adding a pumpkin flavor!! Good idea!

  4. Congrats on your new enterprise!! Fabulous! And they look good too πŸ™‚
    That’s a sweet little puppy, Allie! Nice to catch up here and to see you and Jimmy are teaching Sunday school. Very rewarding!

  5. Little kids are too funny! Toddlers are the best in my opinion…they are cute beyond belief, haha. But puppy cuteness > baby cuteness in my opinion. Jax is adorable :D!!

  6. I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now. I don’t remember how I found you, but I’m glad I did. I live in Quebec, Canada. Would you be willing to ship granola over here? I saw on Etsy that you said only the US. I would love to try some.

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