Challah

Currently: December 2019

Well, here we are in the last month of 2019. Whew! What a year. Here’s what’s currently going on in my life.

Mom with baby in carrier

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Currently looking forward to This holiday season with Sadie and Jimmy ❤

Current drink Coffee. My throat is still sore from being sick over Thanksgiving, so warm coffee in the morning is especially lovely. I also had apple cider recently and it hit the spot!

Current fun We’re still going strong with taking a walk as a family each night when Jimmy gets home from work and we love this routine! It’s a great way to unwind after the work day and catch up without distractions. It’s also adorable to see Mavis all bundled up in a sweater.

Cocker spaniel in sweater

Current excitement I think Jimmy is going to take a few days off work soon so we can have a staycation and I’m so pumped. We’re thinking of bringing Sadie to Pittsburgh’s science center because there’s a holiday train display we think she would enjoy seeing.

Current blessing Having work I enjoy, a flexible schedule, and contributing to my family’s business. Do I know everything about the real estate industry? Absolutely not. Do I relish learning about it every day? Yes!

Current excitement My sourdough starter is alive! I’ve become mildly obsessed with growing and babying it. I even gave it a name–Lyle. Jimmy thinks its funny when I’m like “Oh, it’s time to feed Lyle! He’s really growing fast!” I can’t wait to bake my first loaf of sourdough 🙂

Sourdough starter in a mason jar

Current books Working my way through Exodus and also reading the story of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke. I just finished this cooking-esque memoir, am almost finished with this one about a pastry chef, and this one will be next. I guess I’m on a roll (<– haha, get it?) with the baking and cooking memoirs!

Current craving A day with my sister. She’s absolutely rocking her nursing career, but it keeps her busy. I’m hoping we can get together soon!

Currently baking Challah, challah, and more challah. Loving every second of it. It’s a lot of fun to experiment with different braid shapes, flavoring methods, and rising times. I just had an order for onion challah and got great feedback on it. I’ll have to post some recipes soon!

Loaves of challah bread with onion

Current indulgence Changing into my pjs as soon as it gets dark at night, which is like 5:00 pm. It’s just so cozy!

Current thought I feel like Mavis has been sad and lonely since Lola passed away. It’s the worst at night. Sometimes she just howl-cries and it sounds downright sorrowful. When Lola died, I told myself I wouldn’t get another dog because it’s too hard on everyone when they die. Plus, our little 900-square-foot house is filled to the brim with a dog, overly rambunctious cat, two adults, and a toddler (plus all her stuff… so much stuff), and yet I can’t stop thinking about getting another dog.

But what if the dog and Mavis don’t get along? What if it’s too much? I’m great at asking what-if questions. I know the only way to find out is to just go for it. Or should I not rock the boat with our family dynamics? Am I crazy? Yep.

Cocker spaniel

Current project Still slowly working on our kitchen. Like really, really slowly. But hey, slow and steady wins the race, right? I’m loving all the trips to Lowes (minus the spending money part, lol). Sadie is a big fan of the kids carts!

Lowes kids car cart

Tell me something current in your life!

On The Side

Whew, life has been busy lately! Remember how I mentioned I’ve been getting orders for challah? I’ve gotten a few more and I’ve been having so. much. fun.

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I’ve even experimented with new flavors like cinnamon raisin, cheddar jalapeno, and feta and sun-dried tomato. I have about a million more ideas floating around my head. I’m also hoping to make my first sourdough starter soon 🙂

Ready to hear about another super random side job I’ve gotten into? Sampling demos! I got hired by a company that sends people to stores like Wamart, Target, and local grocery stores to hand out samples for companies like Starbucks, Stacy’s Pita Chips, Chex Cereal, and more.

StarbucksStacy's Pita Chips

I know it’s totally random, and maybe a little goofy, but I seriously have a blast handing out samples and talking to customers!

Since I spend most of my days with an almost 14-month-old, it’s fun to talk to adults for a few hours, even if it’s just to ask if they want to try Starbucks Holiday Blend or Stacy’s Pita Thins! Plus, it’s nice to make a few extra bucks on the side.

Other fun things of note lately:
-Sadie is now using sign language! Thanks to everyone who told me to stick with it. The first time she signed “more” I got so excited! We’ve been enjoying this book on sign language (<–affiliate link) since she was a newborn, and I guess it has really helped!
-Jimmy and I are still trucking along with our kitchen renovation! We painted our back kitchen door yellow over the weekend and I love it.
-All the pets and Sadie love climbing on me when I sit on the couch and it’s so sweet!

Cat and baby on mom

Okay, one last fun thing of note. Sadie’s hair is long enough for pig tails! Never mind the fact that it took me about ten minutes to put them in her hair while she ran around the house 😉

Baby with pigtails

Do you do anything “on the side?”