Coffee

Baking, a Sleepover, and Dogs

Hey hey! I feel like it has been a while since I last blogged. Life has been busy with lots of appointments, preparations, and even a sleepover recently.

Summer sunrise between trees

The month of August has flown by, and I’m sad summer will be coming to a close soon! With that said, fall is such a wonderful season, so I’m not too sad.

I just wanted to pop in today and share what’s been happening in my life lately! First and foremost, thank you to everyone who commented on my last post about the third trimester of pregnancy. It was so encouraging to read all the sweet comments. I just love blogging.

Since my last post, I’ve had two more iron infusions. Only one left now! Jimmy and I are praying my body soaks up the iron and gets my hemoglobin levels up in time for delivery so baby girl and I can be healthy!

IV iron infusion while pregnant

I’ve been doing some baking lately! I’m still working on making the perfect malted milk chocolate chip cookies and I also baked a batch of salted caramel brownies using this recipe.

I recently brought home a can of pumpkin the other day, so I’m thinking a loaf of pumpkin bread needs to grace the Zottola kitchen soon 🙂

Smitten Kitchen salted caramel brownie ingredients

I slept over my parents’ house this past week, which was so much fun! Jimmy has been swamped at work and needed to work late a few days, so Mavis and I hung out with my parents (Jimmy takes Lola to work with him every day, lol) since my work doesn’t require me to be in any specific location.

It had been a few months since I last spent a night or two with my parents and it was just as relaxing as last time! Coffee was enjoyed, dogs were snuggled and walked, my mom and I baked together, nights were spent staying up late and talking, and I was generally spoiled by my mom and dad. It was great and just what I needed!

Sheetz frozen latte and frozen chai teaCocker spaniel puppy kissing womanFruit cobbler with homemade whipped creamCocker spaniels with labrador and golden retriever

Now it’s Labor Day weekend and Jimmy and I are looking forward to spending time together! We are hoping to put the finishing touches on baby girl’s nursery, so I’ll definitely blog about that soon 🙂

What are your plans this weekend?

What have you been up to lately?

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Currently: August 2018

Somehow we are in the double digits of August! I feel like this month is just flying by. I keep seeing fall decorations in stores and it’s making me realize a new season is just around the corner. Here’s what’s currently going on in my life this month.

Current book Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth. Just started this yesterday, but it seems great so far. I think I have a fascination with books about the Amish way of life because I always find myself picking them up!

Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth book

Current song Counting Every Blessing by Rend Collective. Love jammin’ out to this one.

Current beauty product This body wash and shampoo combo. It smells like a Creamsicle!

Current blessing Jimmy. He’s just all around amazing, supportive, helpful, and loving. I am so blessed to call him my husband.

Black and white picture of smiling couple

Current confession I don’t know if it’s being in my third trimester, the heat of summer, or a combo of both, but I officially have cankles. Does anyone have any remedies?!

Current baked good Malted milk chocolate chip cookies. I am on the quest to make the perfect one. I tried a recipe in May, but wasn’t impressed with it. I just made a batch last night using milk chocolate chips and semisweet chocolate chips and they’re much better!

Current drink Coffee, as always! Jimmy and I have been enjoying our Angel’s Cup subscription that I gifted him for Father’s Day, along with Starbucks and Sheetz lattes and frappes as a treat here and there. Jimmy likes anything caramel, and I’m a vanilla gal through and through.

Angel's Cup coffee subscription in Catfinated coffee mug and Starbucks coffee mug

Current fun Scrapbooking. I’ve really been enjoying it lately. Still using the Project Life kits/method, which makes it super easy and relaxed.

Current fact As of August 12th, Mavis has been a part of our family for a year! It feels like just yesterday we brought her home and officially made the Zottola house a complete zoo 😉

Current obsession These pens. I have been a Pilot G2 fan for a few years now, but these are quickly becoming a favorite writing utensil of mine.

Paper Mate InkJoy Pens

Current excitement Welcoming our daughter next month, Lord Willing. It’s surreal to think about! We’re praying for a safe delivery and healthy baby and mama.

Current procrastination Blogging. I haven’t been very great at keeping up lately! I am hoping to post more this week. This space is my favorite!

Current food Black bean soup. I just made a big pot on Saturday and actually took a few photos. Would anyone be interested in the recipe? It’s one of my absolute favorite soups!

Black bean soup with cilantro

Current goal Cleaning and organizing our house. I’m pretty sure this is my goal each month, lol.

Current need I’d love a day spent with my sister. We’re both so busy, but I just love when we get an uninterrupted day to hang out and have fun together.

Current app I’ve been loving using Ibotta for a few months now. Definitely check it out if you’re into saving money!

Tell me something current in your life!