Sugar cookies

Life Lately

Hey! So, life lately. It has been filled to the brim with all sorts of stuff. I feel a bit all over the place, actually, but that’s nothing new around here ๐Ÿ˜‰



See that picture? We look happy right? We’ve both been sick.

It started with Jimmy getting a bad cold, then I caught it and I’m pretty sure I have a sinus infection. I’m trying to wait to see if it will get better on its own, but I think a trip to MedExpress is in order very soon.



My new job working for my family’s real estate brokerage has been great! The fact that I get to have business meetings with my dad at my house is awesome. I feel so, so blessed.

I’ve been getting used to my new role, so I haven’t had too much time to blog or work on my book. Hopefully as I settle into a good groove I will get back on a more normal writing schedule!


Chocolate rosette cake with chocolate buttercream

After months of deliberation, testing, and practice… I’m not making a cake for my sister’s bridal shower. My mom told me the total guest count, and it’s over 70.

I don’t think I’m confident or skilled enough to make a cake for 70 people and transport it 45 minutes from my house, soo I decided on cupcakes. I think baking, frosting, and transporting cupcakes will be less nerve wracking than a giant cake. Now, I have about a week to practice cupcakes. Full speed ahead!

I’m still making cookies as the favors, though, and those have been quite fun to test out!

Sugar cookies with royal icing


Walking lola

Why yes, animals totally get their own category in my blog posts ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lola and Malcolm are doing great and I catch them cuddling together almost every day now! It has been so nice to have warm weather here in Pittsburgh. I cherish my walks with Lola and try to squeeze them in as much as I can.

Also, I bought new shoes for the first time in over a year. Does anyone else put off buying shoes? I feel like they’re just so expensive these days.

Last but not least, I have to share the cutest picture ever.

Hannah holding a baby goat

Hannah holding a baby goat! Seriously… look at the goat’s arm all tucked into Hannah! Han’s fiancรฉ, Josh, has a goat who had babies and they’re so adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

Tell me about your life lately!


Hello and happy Thanksgiving!

The pumpkin pie I baked today. Looks okay-ish... but I'm sure it will taste good!

The pumpkin pie I baked today. Looks okay-ish… but I’m sure it will taste good!

I’m pretty sure I have a low-key holiday in store, with only my immediate family and sister-in-law celebrating together. I’m so happy that I’m staying home with my family because the last time we were all at home together for Thanksgiving was in 2010.

Penn State has been on Thanksgiving break since Monday, and it’s been pretty amazing. Before the break, I made some lofty goals that included finishing up a big project and practicing my senior research presentation. It’s taken me longer than I expected to complete my goals because I’ve been feeling so burnt out on school work! I really needed this break. (more…)