Challah, The Sniffles, and Where You’ll Find Me

Is there anything prettier than a loaf of freshly baked challah?

Challah bread

Maybe Niva sniffing a whole row of gorgeous flowers in full bloom on a summery evening?

Husky sniffing flowers

Or possibly a Keurig with really good coffee all set up, just waiting for you to brew a warm mug in one of your favorite, albeit goofy, cups?

Keurig with Newman's Own K Cups and catfinated mug

I so needed that coffee! Sadie seems to be doing much better after her bout with the sniffles! Unfortunately, I think she passed them right on to me. It makes sense after she sneezed on my face a whole bunch πŸ˜‚

I feel like I used to get sick once or twice a year and then I had a child and it’s basically a monthly thing?! It’s a great reminder for me to slow down, though. Jimmy brought Sadie to church last night and I stayed home and read my Bible and then took an hour-long nap at 7:30 pm. Gotta do what ya gotta do, right?

I found a homeopathic medicine, so I’m trying it out to see if I can knock this cold out πŸ‘Š In the meantime, you’ll find me sitting on our kitchen floor with the aforementioned coffee while Sadie and I play with her Paw Patrol toys.

Girl sitting on floor with coffee and Paw Patrol toys

You can also find me giving Niva her very own mutt burgers and being kind of jealous because they look better than some hamburgers I’ve ate!

Homemade dog food hamburgers by Pawlicious Dog Food in Pittsburgh

Once I finish my coffee and get off the floor, you’ll fine me experimenting and baking and loving every second of it.

Other places you can find me:

  • At the library with my little sidekick
  • On the couch, reading πŸ“–
  • In the garden (update: Niva already ate and destroyed a few things πŸ˜† )

Where would I find you?



  1. That challah looks beautiful! Random question: I noticed that you also made hamantaschen a while ago (sorry if I butchered the spelling). I’m Jewish, and I thought that Christians never ate challah and hamantaschen! What is your denomination of Christianity?

    1. Thank you! It’s definitely my favorite bread to bake πŸ™‚ I didn’t know you were Jewish! That’s so cool! Christians don’t have any “rules” about eating traditionally Jewish food and man are challah and hamantaschen tasty, sooo I like to make ’em! It’s funny you ask about denomination… I’m a non-denominational Christian! So, just a plain ‘ol Christian who follows the Bible and Jesus versus a denomination made by man (like Lutheran, Protestant, Baptist, etc.!). Let me know if you ever have any questions! I feel like I probably have a bunch about the Jewish faith!

      1. Hahah, thank you! Trust me, I’ve made some wonky challahs over the years! I was talking to Jimmy about your comment and we couldn’t figure out how I first learned about challah!! He claims I saw a video on YouTube of someone making it when I was going through a bread baking obsession phase πŸ˜‚

  2. Hope you are feeling better and glad Sadie is. Glad Niva enjoyed her burgers. Your bread looks awesome

  3. Beautiful challah! πŸ™‚ Have you tried baking any other braided bread recipes? I have a book of bread from around the world and there’s a Greek recipe (tsoureki), which looks similar to challah.

    Hope you’re feeling better!

    My favourite place right now is in the garden, soaking up the sunny weather. So I can often be found out there, working on my laptop or with a book in hand. And I’ve been enjoying getting outside to water the garden in the evening — it’s very relaxing!

    1. Thank you so much, Grace! I haven’t tried any other braided bread recipes aside from other forms of challah, like challot (challah knots). The book you have about bread from around the world sounds right up my alley! What’s the name of it?! I may need to find this on Amazon, LOL!

      I’m slowly feeling better! I definitely think I have a sinus infection, but I can get some antibiotics for that and hopefully clear it up quickly!

      Ahh, yay for garden time! It’s the best to just relax in nature with a good book (or website, lol).

      1. Oops, I accidentally hit send before I’d finished typing my reply! I was also going to recommend a book called Bread Matters by Andrew Whitley. It has a lot of info about bread baking and sourdough in particular. I think you’d enjoy it!

  4. How is the ColdCalm helping? I’ve heard good things about Bioron for colds. I hope it’s helping!

    That challah is so beautiful. I especially love the smell of it baking!

    1. It worked well! I feel like it really took the edge off the cold!

      Ahh, yes! The smell of challah baking is so heavenly! Thanks for the compliment on it πŸ™‚

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