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Sunday Coffee Date

Hello and welcome to another Sunday Coffee Date post! This is one of my favorite types of posts–it’s just a fun casual time to chat as though we were meeting up for a cup of coffee. So, let’s do just that ­čśŐ

Homemade ritz toffee from Braid Bakery Etsy shop

If we were having coffee right now… I would ask how you’re doing and what you’ve been up to this month. I haven’t been blogging as much as I would like to lately but I’m hoping to be more present in the upcoming weeks. I had two people complain about USPS shipping delays with my Etsy shop so I decided to just offer my bread locally. It’s the most popular item in my shop, but I don’t want people to have a bad experience with it arriving late, you know? It’s a lot of pressure off of my shoulders to just be shipping the granola and other items!

If we were having coffee right now… I would tell you that I finished about 90% of my holiday shopping and most of the items I purchased for family and friends are from small businesses! Speaking of small businesses, my friend Laura just launched the cutest kids gratitude journal in her shop!

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Sharing

Hey! I promised I would share two tasty recipes.

cornbread

#1:┬áMy favorite corn bread. It’s sweetened with maple syrup and honey. I make a batch (or two) of it a week for snacking or as a side dish to lunch/dinner.

chickensoup

#2: Tuscan chicken soup. This soup is made in the slow cooker with chicken thighs, white beans, roasted red pepper, rosemary, and other delicious ingredients. My favorite part of this soup is the super tender chicken meat.

Other things going on in my life:

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My brother got me listening to “Wagon Wheel” and now I’m obsessed with it (as you can tell from the screen shot–I was listening to the song at 5:34 a.m….).

pets

Felix continues to climb everything, Lily is still adorable, and Lola loves her fruits and veggies.

cake

I made Jimmy’s brother a chocolate chip cookie cake because he helped me with a school project. Hopefully he forgives me for my terrible piping skills!

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My dad and I went on a father-daughter date to Monterey Bay Fish Grotto on Friday. We shared a delicious appetizer of grilled tuna, salmon, and swordfish on top of a chili mayonnaise sauce.

The best part of our date wasn’t the amazing food, it was when my dad went to the bathroom and came back with like five paper towels stuffed in his pocket exclaiming that they were “so cool!” because they had fish on them. I love my dad.

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I’m really lovin’┬áGalatians 6:9. I keep this picture hanging on my mirror as a daily reminder to never give up!

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I hope everyone is having a good weekend!