labor day

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

What are your plans this weekend?

What have you been up to lately?


Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day to all of my U.S. friends and happy Monday to everyone! Jimmy and I have today off of work, so we’ve had a pretty relaxed morning (aside from Mavis waking us up at 4:00 AM to go to the bathroom ;)).

We just walked inside from our garden, which is nearing its end. Sad! We picked some San Marzano tomatoes, swiss chard, green beans, and a zucchini.

San Marzano tomatoes and swiss chard

I’m currently eating pumpkin spice Cheerios because I found them at Target the other day! I had them for the first time last year and really enjoyed them.

I also grabbed some Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea (if you haven’t tried this, I highly recommend it!) and popped into Bath and Body Works to get my mother-in-law a candle and wallflowers for her birthday.

Pumpkin spice Cheerios, Sugar cookie sleigh ride tea, and bath and body works fall candle and wallflowers

You know how I mentioned my family thinks my name should be Daisy instead of Allie? Well, my parents went on vacation to the Outer Banks last week and picked up a hat for me from the local Life is Good store because they said it reminded me of them. Thanks mom and dad ๐Ÿ™‚

Life is Good Daisy hat

Speaking of the Outer Banks, my brother and sister-in-law also went with my parents on vacation and brought their two retrievers, Jax and Moses. My brother sent me this picture and I just love it! They look so happy ๐Ÿ™‚

English cream retriever and golden retriever on the beach in the Outer Banks North Carolina

Moses is an English Cream Retriever and Jax is a Golden Retriever!

It was a little chilly here in Pittsburgh this morning and Mavis was hanging out in the kitchen with me and fell asleep. She was shivering in her sleep, so I covered her with a kitchen towel. Five minutes later, Malcolm woke her up and somehow ended up with the towel, ha!

Cocker Spaniel puppy cuddled under towel with toy

Cocker spaniel puppy and black cat

It’s so weird to think that Mavis will be bigger than Malcolm soon!

Well, I better get my day started. Jimmy and I are taking Mavis to her puppy training class today!

How was your weekend?
Are you ready for fall?