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Currently: May 2018

Current book I just finished studying Psalms and I’m almost done with My Life as An Amish Wife by Lena Yoder and it’s so cute. A great read on Amish life.

My Life as An Amish Wife: A Diary by Lena Yoder book on Amish Life

Current prayer For our anatomy scan to go well and find baby healthy and growing. The appointment is today and we are super excited!

Current beauty product Micellular water. I actually just ran out of it and you should see the makeup around my eyes right now. I ought to send Jimmy out to get a new bottle ASAP because I don’t think I should be seen in public with these raccoon eyes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Current blessing My sister. She is one amazing girl. I feel incredibly blessed that we talk every day and are so close. I wish we lived closer. We totally have dreams of living on a joint farm one day, haha.

Sisters with blonde wavy curly hair selfie smiling

Current craving A date night with Jimmy!

Current song Fear Is a Liar by Zach Williams. Always nodding my head along when I hear this on the radio. Such a great reminder!

Current obsession Walking Lola and Mavis to a creek by our house. Jimmy came with us over the weekend and it was so fun! I’m thankful the weather seems to be staying warm here in the ‘Burgh!

Guy and black lab with harness and leash walking by water creek in Pittsburgh

Current confession I’m baking my father-in-law’s wedding cake this weekend and I’m very nervous! Like what if something goes wrong?! I’m sure it will be fine, but I’m feeling the (self-imposed) pressure as the day gets closer. I am excited for the actual wedding celebration, though ๐Ÿ™‚

Current need Possibly a new washing machine. I think ours bit the dust, but Jimmy is looking at it as I type up this post, so maybe he can fix it?! He is so handy with cars, plumbing, DIY projects, repairs, etc. and I never ceased to be amazed with how he repairs things that I thought were done for!

Current food Orange chicken. I’ve been working on perfecting this recipe and I had my sister taste test it this weekend (so not just Jimmy and I approve of it haha) and she said it was great! I think it’s time to share here on the blog. What do you guys think?

Orange chicken

Current goalย Finishing writing my book. I’m a few chapters away from being done with the first draft!

Current procrastination Buying Mother’s Day gifts. I know what I want to get our moms, I just need to buy the gifts. That’s probably what I will be up to after I finish this post! What are you doing/gifting for Mother’s Day?

Current excitement Jimmy is almost finished making our bed!

Wood and steel bed king sized with shiplap industrial

Tell me something current in your life!

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Adventuring and Getting Creative in the Kitchen

Pittsburgh has been getting some warmer weather and sunshine lately! So much so that we mowed our lawn twice this week and it was warm enough for Mavis and I to take a little adventure to a creek near our house.

Cocker spaniel puppy by water

This was her first experience with a body of water and she was definitely curious, but not super into it. Lola enjoys water, so I wish she had been with us to show Mavis how fun it is, but I’m not confident taking two dogs by the water with an almost 20 week baby bump, lol.

The warmer weather has me dreaming of gardening, too. Jimmy and I were back and forth on starting a garden this year since our baby is due in September and we have done like zero things to prepare for his or her arrival, but we figured we’ll just make the garden smaller this year and if it gets neglected, then oh well. We love gardening too much to give it up ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been having fun in the kitchen lately! I think my favorite way to cook and bake is to see what we have on hand and then improvise and create meals or treats out of those items.

Tabbouleh ingredients cucumber, tomato, green onions, bulgur and quinoa mix, and lemonTabbouleh

I realized we had some of the classic tabbouleh ingredients on had yesterday, so I improvised off of this recipe and our little side dish turned out wonderfully!

I had also bought a container of cocoa powder and was in the mood for cookies, so I made these chocolate drop cookies and highly recommend the recipe. It’s simple and they definitely hit the spot.

King Arthur Flour Chocolate Drop Cookies on cooling rack

Other ways I’ve been creative in the kitchen lately include whipping up my favorite homemade baked beans and adding some extra spices, making a strawberries and cream oatmeal creation, and cooking cereal bars with marshmallow fluff, vanilla Chex, and Mr. Goodbars.

Alright, I better get going. I’m having my mother-in-law, mom, and sister over this evening and need to clean up our house a bit! I got the kitchen all cleaned from the aforementioned cooking and baking, but the rest has been a bit neglected ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do you like to get creative with cooking and baking?