Reading // I recently got caught up with Harry Potter book 7. Sometimes I can’t help it. But reading these novels always helps get me into a greater reading groove. However, after finishing, I went right into book 6. After this (which never takes very long), I’ll discipline myself better and start something new. I have also been reading, and thoroughly enjoying, Hallie Lord‘s new book, “On the Other Side of Fear: How I Found Peace.” I have not yet finished, but I would highly recommend this to any woman, especially married (and I can imagine it’d be even of greater benefit for those with children).
Cooking // With my newfound allergies (what else is new?), the kitchen was a bit of a dull space for me in August. But I’m resolved to not get into a rut, lest I be tempted to eat what I shouldn’t. So I’ve been reaching for some more creativity. Kevin recently placed in our shopping cart 2 lbs. of figs because they were on sale. Shortly after that, we both realized we didn’t absolutely love plain figs. So I made a fresh batch of fig jam using the smallest amount of honey and coconut oil, and it was delicious. Naturally, I needed to find more ways to use the jam. So I tried a trusted recipe for grain-free/nut-free/dairy-free pizza crust, replacing the required egg with a flaxseed egg, and made fig & prosciutto pizza (with arugula and goat cheese). Kevin has said I’ve found the greatest pizza recipe of all time (whether he was being totally honest or just complimentary, I still am not 100% sure).
Baking // On a similar note, I tried Danielle Walker‘s totally allergy-free cookie recipe. I had tested this out several times before, with a real egg, and the results were so-so. They tasted great, but looked like massive blobs. The flax egg version was a bit similar, but I used less oil and so they were less blob-like. But still super yummy!
Watching // Can I ever really stray from the classics? Parks & Rec and The Office, obviously. They never cease to brighten up a blah day. I think I’ll be starting the North & South mini-series soon, though. I’ve heard good things!
Listening // everything Coldplay. I just can’t not. Also, now that I drive to work, I put on the radio here and there. And it’s awful. There are literally five songs on repeat on every station and they are awful. Has this always been the case? I guess I just haven’t had to drive much during morning and evening traffic since high school.
Making // a new home! I’m beginning to lose count how many times I’ve moved apartments/homes over the past several years. But here is another! We really love it, we just need to finish the furnishing process. But it’s getting there!
Traveling // We did just go to Utah, which was awesome. Coming up this weekend, we will be driving up to Brainerd, a city/town about three hours northwest of St. Paul known for the lake life. Our good friend, newly ordained, is assigned to a couple of parishes there and has invited us to stay at a vacant rectory for the weekend. Then the first weekend in October, we will be venturing out to Viroqua, Wisconsin! I’m not terribly certain of what we will find, but I have reasonably high hopes that it will be pretty. 🙂