bread

Bread Head

I think I’m going to turn into a loaf of bread. More specifically, sourdough bread. I baked my first loaf earlier this week and whoa. Life. Changing.

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Since that first loaf, I’ve baked one almost every single day. This morning, I was up before 4:00 am to make sure the loaf I prepped yesterday afternoon could get its second rise in and bake before we go to church.

I think I have a problem and I’m not mad about it 🙂

Toddler eating sourdough bread

I think it’s safe to say Sadie is diggin’ this new obsession of mine. I’m still going strong with baking challah a few times a week, too.

When I’m not kneading or feeding my starter, I’m researching hydration levels and tools and oven temperatures and flour varities. I’ve been flipping through this book on challah and this one on sourdough (<– affiliate links) and having a blast learning as much as I can.

Okay, other stuff besides bread.

Mom and toddler with Christmas tree

Jimmy and I took Sadie to our neighborhood’s outdoor Christmas celebration last night and had a great evening together. There was hot cocoa, ice carving, and Christmas lights. We feel so blessed to live exactly where we do.

Sadie was fascinated by the Christmas tree and we were simultaneously sad and glad we didn’t put up a tree this year. It’s adorable seeing her experience new things, but we don’t have room for a tree in our house, and she was already trying to grab the ornaments off the town’s tree, lol.

Black cat sitting on Bible

Malcolm continues to be, well, Malcolm. He decided that he needed to sit on my Bible while I tried to read it the other morning. I was thinking maybe he needs some demons driven out of him? 😉

He is our naughty little guy and is always, always up to something. He makes life fun and keeps us on our toes. We thought he would calm down after a year or two, but at three-years-old, he shows absolutely no signs of slowing down!

Toddler in cat door

Speaking of Malcolm, Sadie is very interested in his cat door. I’m telling’ ya, the best baby toys? They aren’t toys!

What are your recent obsessions? What’s your favorite type of bread?

Things I want to remember

Giving a devotional on the book of Esther at my church. I loved it! I’m so glad my mom could come, too. She had to do some unexpected traveling that day for a family emergency, but made sure she saw me speak first. Thanks, mom! If anyone wants me to post about the actual devotional, I would love to.

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How hard working and talented my husband is. Kitchen renovations have been happening in the Zottola household!

Renovations

How wonderfully challenging it is to write and edit a book.

Book

How much I adore animals. Everything about them makes me so happy. I would love to have another dog. And a cat or two. I just need to convince Jimmy ;).

Pet sitting

How lovely freshly baked bread and cookies smell and taste.

Baking

That I can’t trust Lola as much as I’d like to. The little miss has been quite the escape artist lately! I was mowing the lawn on Saturday and she snuck out our back door (while Jimmy was working on our kitchen renovations) and blew past me. I ran after her and thankfully caught her. Jimmy carried her home and she looked so guilty. It was actually really cute, haha. It’s comforting to know she still has lots of spunk, even though she’s almost 10-years-old.

Lola

And just for fun, one thing I’d like to forget is the feeling of accidentally dropping our oven on my foot while Jimmy and I were moving it. I thought about posting a picture buuuuut I don’t think anyone really wants to see it ;).

What is one thing you want to remember?

What is one thing you want to forget?