Currently: March 2018

Current book The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller. I’m about 1/3 of the way into it and so far it has been a light, easy read.

Current Drink I literally just finished drinking a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee as I started this post. ‘Twas delicious.

Small Dunkin' Donuts coffee with cream

Current beauty product DevaCurl shampoo and conditioner. As I mentioned in my last post, my hairdresser really wanted me to try this out. I feel like it’s too soon to tell a difference since I haven’t used it for a solid amount of time, but I’m liking it so far!

Current goal Cleaning out our closets and donating clothes we no longer wear. Also, finishing writing my book. I’m at 81,000 words and so close to wrapping up the first draft!

Current obsession Guys, I’m in cake mode again!! I was asked to make my father-in-law’s wedding cake since he’s getting married in May and I’m 100% obsessed with all things cake right now.

He and his fiancé asked for a Harley Davidson-themed cake, so I’ve been nailing down exactly what I want to do in terms of details and just practicing layering the different tiers of the cake. My fingers are stained with gel food coloring and I’ve been highlighting and studying a guide on working with fondant. I am one happy girl when I’m in cake mode 🙂

Three layer wedding cake with fondant and Harley Davidson colors

A super bare-bones trial run.

Current mood Excited (for spring and Daylight Savings!).

Current blessing Jimmy. He’s just so sweet, kind, caring, and hardworking.

Current excitement Mavis has reached the highest level of training (Adult Level II) at our local pet store and has her last class and Canine Good Citizen test tonight! We have been taking her to training once a week since August, when she was 10 weeks old. She’s basically grown up in this pet store, haha.

It’s definitely bittersweet to be ending this part of her journey because we love the trainer we’ve been working with. I’m sure there’s more training at different facilities in Mavis’ future, though!

Parti colored Cocker Spaniel puppy therapy dog in training harness on walk

Current confession I’ve been so slow about doing laundry lately. I have no problem washing it… it just sits in the laundry basket all clean for like three days until I fold and put it away 😉

Current prayer Healing for all involved in the recent school shooting in Florida.

Current indulgence Researching all things cake-related for my father-in-law’s wedding. I have some flavor combos I’m dying to try!

Wilton cake decorating guide working with fondant

Current procrastination Catching up on all things computer-related. I have some work for my family’s real estate business to do, I want to catch up on blog reading, clear out my email inbox, and more. It will all get done, eventually!

Current food Thin mints! It’s Girl Scout Cookie season, aka the most wonderful time of the year. What are your favorite flavors of Girl Scout Cookies? My #1 is thin mints and then trefoils.

Thin mints girl scout cookies in box

Current craving I want to paint my nails. I just need to find make the time to do it!

Current need A new wire for our Petzi Treat Cam. Mavis and Lola chewed it while trying to get treats out of the camera so its out of commission for the time being! Naughty pups.

Current question What is your favorite part about spring? I think mine is just seeing green grass again and watching flowers and trees bud. Or maybe more daylight and warmer weather? Or maybe spring rain? Love that sound. It’s just such a beautiful time.



  1. I’d say my favorite girl scout cookie is peanut butter patties! I used to be in 4H and we sold cookies as well. Do they still have shortbread? I love those too! My favorite part about Spring is DAYLIGHT and WARMTH and SUN! Everything is better in the spring!

    1. I don’t know if I would have been able to sell Girl Scout cookies growing up… I think I would have ate them all! Yeah, the Trefoils are the shortbread ones. They are SO good. Great minds think alike, especially on cookie flavors!

      I agree with you on everything just seeming better in the spring! It’s coming up fast and I can’t wait!

  2. I adored that book! You’ll have to tell me your thoughts once you finish it.

    That’s awesome about the cake!! The rough draft (is that how you refer to a cake lol) looks really good. I hope you share the final product 🙂

    I think my favorite part about spring is when the trees are just starting to get leaves and there’s flowers on them. It’s so pretty!!

    1. I’m getting further into the book (about halfway) and it’s adorable!! I love the characters!

      I will definitely share the final product of the cake I make! I have lots of practicing to do in the meantime 🙂

      I agree with you about the trees being so pretty in the spring! I love when I see those first buds and leaves. I’m like “Yessss! Winter be gone!!!”

  3. You are so close with your book! So proud of you, Allie! I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

    Yay for all the cake related things! No rush on my request – you definitely have a lot on your plate right now. 🙂 I only just started this week, but I’ve been having fun trying new recipes! 🙂

    Mavis is such a champ! I love that she is doing so well in her training classes. I can definitely understand how it’s bittersweet for her to be finishing up there. ❤

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement, Rach! That means so much to me!

      I am getting excited to start filming a little video of rosettes for you!! It’s coming soon since baby girl is quickly approaching her big day!! It will be here before we know it! I want to hear all about the recipes you’ve been testing!

      Definitely bittersweet about May May finishing up her training but one perk is that we are loving the extra free time now, haha!!

  4. I definitely know the feeling of being into cake right now! And, like you, I am super excited for spring. It can’t come soon enough! ❤

  5. Yay on book news!!!! Very happy for you. I’m with you on being excited for the upcoming time change! My biggest excitement is more daylight for longer hikes haha! Also, spring means shorts are in the near future!

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah!! It feels good to be coming up on the finish line with the book!

      Love that you’re pumped for longer hikes with more daylight!! And shorts. YES!

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