Collections // 4

Reading // I’ve been on a reading kick as of late and I love it. I finished Fellowship of the Ring (a classic one that’s good to re-visit!), I devoured The Royal We (a post for another time on books I’ve read, but I really just enjoyed this one so much!), I’m working my way through Theology for Beginners  by Frank Sheed for a more informative read, and now I’m also onto The Two Towers (admittedly much harder for me to push through than Fellowship). I also started this book called Where’d You Go, Bernadette – I’m having a harder time getting into it. I think coming of The Royal We spoiled me and I’m just hoping for another one like that, which this is not. But I’ll continue to give it a try!

Cooking // Still having a major stash of fresh zucchini from a friends garden, I’ve been spiralizing the heck out of them and making paleo pasta dishes. I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I do, but gosh is it tasty!

Baking // Paleo brownies! Grain-free biscuits, tortillas, & pancakes! I have been so excited with the flexibility of my schedule because I now get to create pretty much everything from scratch and it’s not a time-consuming burden.

Watching // Since Kevin and I have more of a routine these days, and it is awesome, we’ve been able to settle down for a movie here and there during super, chill, relaxing evenings (heaven!) and still have time to read and/or recreate after! We watched Star Wars (original trilogy) recently – Kevin’s gotten extremely excited over the most recent trailer (like the rest of the world). Also, I was not feeling super great one day last week and went back to the place of joy – Parks & Rec.

Listening // I’ve been really abusing my Lord of the Rings pandora station. I think I now know every possible song that could potentially play. It’s the perfect soothing music for me to have going while working, reading, or whatever.

Wanting // I walked into Target the other day to get a Starbucks beverage (I randomly found a coupon in my bag from a previous receipt for a drink, so heck yes I’ll take advantage!) and was immediately in awe of the clothing section. I feel like Target goes through seasons for me – one day I will love every item, the next I feel like it’s more for young teenage girls. But this trip was a hit. Did I get anything? Of course not. But I was being tantalized by all the beautiful winter sweaters!

Making // I recently made my first batch of kombucha! Living in a much colder climate and being stingy with our heat, it took almost a MONTH for the taste to be what I wanted. But it paid off! Delicious! I’m also trying to re-teach myself how to crochet – it’s getting better! I don’t think it’ll ever be something I’m super skilled with, but it’s a nice hobby to have.

Traveling // This past weekend, we went down to the twin cities for Borromeo weekend at St. Paul Seminary. Kevin was very excited to take me down there since it’s a tradition from his days in college sem at St. Thomas that he loved. We stayed at the major seminary in St. Paul, attended the Friday night Mass, walked in the candlelit procession, and enjoyed some adoration. The next day we went out for a lovely breakfast with our good friend, Deacon Paul, and strolled through some neighborhoods. The city was absolutely perfect. I love St. Paul and cannot wait for our next trip down there!

Seven Quick Takes

It’s been quite sometime since joined 7QT; though, to be fair, I haven’t had the most regular of schedules in a long, long time. So here it goes…

1 // Kevin and I, after a month of intense/crazy/nerve-wracking/risk-taking transition time, have begun to settle in this week. So much has happened in the past several weeks that has prevented us from being at ease, but this week is different and it feels so good. Within a few hours, I had a the living room and kitchen all decorated to my liking, the books all unpacked, and seasonal decor out in the open. Life is already infinitely better just because of that.

2 // The weather here has been very beautiful considering I was prepared to see snow at the end of September. There have been some colder days in the low 50’s, but that’s really as low as it’s been during the day (except for today…). We have been blessed with a number of sunny days in the 60’s and those days are pure perfection for me! I don’t imagine this will go on much longer, but I’ve been taking in the Minnesota beauty while I can.

3 // Sunday was the annual asian beetle invasion here in Minnesota…nuff said.

4 // Kevin and I are now on season five of Gilmore Girls. We go through our shows, typically ones that just bring us joy (like Parks & Rec), which GG sometimes does…but we’ve been heartbroken and let down lately with Rory’s sequence of poor decisions. We’re hoping it gets better. Our main draw to Gilmore Girls, though, especially right now, is the East Coast small town of Stars Hollow. While we are confident in our decision to move out here, we both have been missing our former home. Especially in the autumn!

5 // I began my first ever homemade batch of Kombucha this week! This has been a long time coming. I bought my SCOBY months ago and traveled cross country with it. But given that we’ve been in limbo-ville for quite some time, I didn’t feel the timing was right with fermented products sitting around for a couple weeks. I’m hoping it turns out okay! And maybe when it’s all ready, I’ll add some ginger or lemon flavoring.

6 // I’ve decided I need to read more. I feel like there was a period of my life towards the end of college and engagement when I read a lot. A lot of spiritual reading, primarily. And then life just got way busier and has not stopped. I’ve read maybe a few books since then (embarrassing to admit) and have just not been able to finish many more. First book? City of God by St. Augustine. I’ve owned this monster of a book since reading Confessions back in 2011 (which is one of my favorites). But by golly, this book ain’t no joke. It may take me a few years, but bit by bit. Second book? The Fellowship of the Ring because everyone needs a good nighttime read. I’ve read LOTR before and loved it, but am eager to revisit the story. And maybe some other quicker reads thrown in there.

7 // I made my own shampoo this week, and I just don’t know. I’ve wanted to eliminate store-bought shampoo for a long time, but it’s just. so. hard. I can deal with other product replacements, and I’ve had good success with some. But my hair. I’m sure there’s a decent time period that one is supposed to just suck it up and deal with the greasy and oily hair feeling but I don’t want to. I like the stripping effect of sulfates even if it’s not good for me! I like feeling like my hair has volume and is not droop-town, USA. So I’m still figuring this one out. Maybe I just need a new recipe; I’ll keep you posted.

Kombucha what?!

My new favorite beverage…



I’ve been wanting to add more probiotics into my life without yogurt or additional supplements. And I’d heard of Kombucha and its benefits extensively, but the name really deterred me into thinking it was some ancient pagan herb. I’ve read so many people, though, of a similar school of thought when it comes to nutrition and health, who swear by this stuff. 

So I bought it…for $3.49 a bottle! At Whole Foods, of course. Which is just outrageous. But I did it. Because I was curious. 

I’m pretty sure it’s not whole 30 compliant, though, because there’s a bit of alcohol and its made with a bunch of sugar at the start of the brewing process. Eh. Can’t win ’em all. 

I brought it home to Kevin, who loved it as well (mind you we had the ginger flavor and I LOVE ginger). I think we’d like to brew our own! So we’ll add it to our list of DIY to-do’s, but if I can get all those benefits for the fraction of the cost – I’m all in!

Also, does anyone know of a cheaper brand in the meantime? :)