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Normal Things

After the craziness that was last week, I was hoping for a really normal week this week. So far, that’s just what it has been! I can’t begin explain how thankful I am for that.

Baby at playground

There have been visits to the park and the library, family walks around the block, snacks on the couch before bed, meals cooked, loaves of bread baked, hugs from church family, and piles of laundry folded. The everyday tasks of life have felt especially comforting this week.

I have some good news to share. Jimmy doesn’t have H. pylori! He had a followup appointment after his hospital stay and it sounds like his gastritis is due to stress. We’re praying the medication he’s taking can heal his stomach, and that he can take the stress down a notch or twoย ten so he doesn’t end up in the same situation! He’ll probably have another endoscopy in late February or early March to check on things, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

Other normal things around the Zottola house include: reading and reading and reading. Sadie is slightly obsessed with books, and I love it! I picked up this adorable book below from the library and we have read it about ten billion times.

Babies Love Valentines

I’ve also began what I’ve dubbed as “Operation Winter Feet,” which is just me making an effort to put cream on my dry, cracked heels. I’ve been using Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme, and it seems to be doing the trick!

Bread baking has been happening, as always.

Sourdough bread

I want to bake some cookies, too. Maybe tonight if I get a chance. I’m thinking of making hamantaschen even though I’m not Jewish, nor is it Purim. They just sound really tasty and I have this cookbookย (<–affiliate link), so that’s that!

Sadie seems to be healing from her double ear infection and hasn’t had any fevers since Friday! Just lots of ear tugging and crankiness. I’d be cranky if my ears hurt, so I can’t blame her one bit. She’s slowly getting back to her normal, silly self and I’m so thankful!

Baby laying on floor

Tell me about your week!

The Latest Zottola Kitchen Adventures

If you visit the Zottola home at any hour, there’s probably something in the oven, on the stove, fermenting on top of our refrigerator, or cooling on the counter. Here’s the latest!

I’ve been baking up a storm (a flour storm?!) and enjoying every moment of it. Since creating my sourdough starter, I’ve been baking a loaf almost every day. Ob-sessed. I’ve done a few loaves of rye and pumpernickel, too. Love those strong flavors.

Sourdough bread

I became the proud owner of this cookbook devoted to cookies and dove right in. Molasses cookies were first on the docket and they were divine!

There’s nothing like a good ol’ cookie to end the day… every day ๐Ÿ™‚

Molasses cookies King Arthur Flour

I had an order for a birthday cake and cupcakes and it went well (you can see the cupcakes in this post)! The cake turned out well and the customer was happy. Whoop whoop!

Birthday cake

When I was making the birthday cake, Jimmy and I were getting ready to go to my in-laws for dinner and whipped up this cake (below) with the extra buttercream.

It was fun to “play” with a cake and not have any certain design or decoration I had to do. I didn’t end up going to my in-laws because I started to come down with mastitis (ughhh), but Jimmy said the cake was great!

Decorated cake

Other adventures in the Zottola kitchen have included making vanilla extract (which I mentioned in this post and is finally ready!), mozzarella cheese, and brewing kombucha.

My brother-in-law knows how much I like to play in the kitchen, so he got me a cheese making kit and a kombucha brewing kit for Christmas, which have been a lot of fun. The kombucha has been fermenting for like eight days now, so I think it’s just about ready? Nevermind the fact I’ve never actually had kombucha before, haha.

Homemade mozzarella cheese

My first ball of mozzarella cheese! We ended up grating it and putting it on sourdough pizza crusts and sandwiches ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you done anything fun in the kitchen lately?