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With everything that’s been going on with the new house and work and winter weather, it’s been busy!

My blogging schedule has changed – and I don’t mind it – but it’s taking me a while to find a balance again with everything else, too. Our new house is awesome and we love it and just feel so blessed to be in the place that we’re in, but we also have an even longer drive to work every day, which has caused us to make some changes in our schedules.

All in all, things are going well. It’s just taking some time to get used to it all.

While I haven’t been documenting all our meals, I’ve been trying to make sure I get pictures of great new recipes and things that are happening.

And right now, these are some of my favorite things:


My nephew. Seriously – one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen. And I’m not just saying that because he’s family! He’s adorable, right?


Our hallway with the cabinet we got from Nick’s parents. The house is coming together and no longer feels empty.


These Xpress SmartCups that I won from Janetha!

They’re travel french press cups and they have given us the option for fresh coffee on a few busy mornings lately : )


So easy to use: put your coffee grounds in the cup, add in your boiling water, put the lid on and let it sit/brew for a few minutes – then take the rod and press into the lid slowly until it clicks in at the bottom.


And you can’t really see it in this picture, but right in the lid (where you take your sips), there’s a thin layer of mesh that also helps keep any grounds from getting out into your coffee.


I love these cups! I’m going to be sad when they’re gone.


But my favorite 2 things?

1. I finally have a KitchenAid! My mom and dad bought this for us as a housewarming present, since we finally have room for a stand mixer in this house. I am so excited about this and have been baking up a storm!

2. Eating dinner at a real table.


At our old house, our layout was a bit strange and our “dining room table” was more of a catch-all in a room that also served as a “catch-all” so we never ate at our table.

In the new house, we have dinner at our table every night and just catch up on the day. No tv blaring right in our faces OR in the background – just us enjoying our meal. It’s been really nice to have that time together each evening.


What about you? What are you loving right now?


  1. I LOVEEEEEEEE my stand mixer! I don’t know what I would do without it! Glad you got yours :) And your nephew is such a cutie ;)

  2. Your nephew is sooo adorable! Babies are the best… :)

    XPress cups seem such a great idea! Enjoy them! :)

    I’m using my immersion blender a lot and love it.

  3. I am loving…Texas grapefruits (so surprisingly sweet!), yogurt mixed with pumpkin butter and blueberries, catching up on season one of Modern Family, being able to dine outside in January (love Austin weather), and…bizarrely…Bavarian-style sauerkraut on my salad.

  4. I <3 my KitchenAid! Seriously, don't know what I would do without it now.

    I'm loving Mike's new niece. Just like your little nephew, she is the cutest thing in the world!

  5. What a wonderful list of favorites! Hooray for the house starting to feel like a home & for the kitchen aide! Your baking life will never be the same again :)

  6. Love you favorite things!! It must be nice having a dining room table to eat at. Ours is the same way back’s just filled with random stuff so we only use it on holidays. But when we do, it’s really nice. And of course there’s not even a dining room in my school place at all! haha

  7. Sounds like all exciting changes! And yes – your nephew is one adorable baby!! <3

  8. What am I loving right now? I would say getting back to reading. I adore reading but for whatever reason hadn’t picked up a book in awhile. I’m now seeing how enjoyable it is to lie on the couch with a good book, particularly while it snows outside.

  9. I’m so happy that things are coming together! Love the table settings!

  10. Your nephew is adorable!!!

    We all sit together at the kitchen table for dinner every night, no TV allowed, just us as a family :)


  11. Love the mixer! I’m hoping to get one too fro my wedding registry. Also, loving that coffee press-good gadgets are hard to find!

  12. eating dinner at a table is SO relaxing. i try to do it as often as i can.. but marshall loves being in front of the darn TV. glad you got the cups! xoxo

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  14. Yay for a stand mixer! I have a white one, but I really like the color you got. You’re gonna looooove it, but I am sure you already know that! :-)

  15. soooo jealous of the kitchenaid AND the greek nachos! loving the looks of both :)

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