Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Five Favorites: Bread, Shoes and Sheenazing

Joining with lovely Hallie again for ...Five Favorites, hosted at MoxieWife.com

{1} Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread via The Vanilla Tulip

I had to take a break from pumpkin things for awhile.  This Fall it was overload.  But, when I was reading some of Ashley's blog this week, this recipe caught my eye.  It is delicious (even without the chocolate chips).  Carter said over and over, "Oh Momma, you know I love pumpkin bwead.  Ummmmm.  You are a good cookie, Momma!"  Sold.  It now takes the place of my Paula Deen recipe.  But, beware, no doubling of the recipe is needed :)

My sister sent me this in the mail this week, and I cannot put it down.  Her words are genuine and a treasure for both new and not-so-new marriages.  I only wish I would have read it sooner - it's that good!

Petite Crochet Flower Baby Snap Clip - White, Pink, Orange, Green, Red, Purple - FLAT RATE SHIPPING

How precious are these?!  I found a few in a store in Chicago (for the baby, not me), and wanted a couple more, so I found these on Etsy.  I think they are sweet.

I finally went to a running store to be fitted a few months ago.  I don't run, just walk.  But, these shoes have been so great!  They're light, comfortable, and they don't make anything hurt.  I guess it really does help to get a shoe that's "made for your foot."  Who knew?!

{5} Sheenazing Award Nomination

I was nominated for one of these :)  According to Bonnie, "The Sheenazing Blogger Awards are a fun way to celebrate the excellence in Catholic blogs and are named for Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. Over 160 people nominated their favorite blogs from the Catholic blogosphere (and non Catholic for the Best Blog by a Non Papist category) in areas like Best Lifestyle Blog, Smartest Blog, Best Link-Up, Best Blog by a Man, and Coolest Blogger."

I'm humbled.  Thank you to whomever did this.  And, if you feel like it, the voting opens Thursday at Bonnie's site: A Knotted Life.

What's even more amazing is that Bonnie has been going through a tremendous amount of stress and scariness with her sick little boy, James.  If nothing else, head over to her blog and let her know you're praying!

Thanks for hosting, Hallie!


  1. That bread does look very yummy!
    Congratulations on your nomination!

  2. Oh thank you for the pumpkin bread recipe! I had found one for chocolate chip pumpkin bread during my third trimester this fall. I'm pretty sure I ate nearly the entire loaf by myself. I was all stoked to make it again when our little guy arrived. Alas, he cannot tolerate dairy products, which my recipe had quite a bit of. Now you have given me a non-dairy option! :D

    1. I just realized that over half of the comments I've had from people on my blog were going to my junk mail for the past month. So, I'm responding as I can. I am so sorry!! Isn't this recipe great - our middle boy has a milk protein allergy, and it's been an eye-opener for sure!!

  3. You know what's really good in pumpkin bread? Dried cranberries. I love chocolate in all forms but pumpkin +cranberry is amazing! Congrats on your nomination!

  4. Oh, I love that book by Alice VH. I read and re-read several parts during our first married year. :) And those hair clips are too cute! Etsy has such great baby accessories. Congrats on the nomination! Looking forward to voting!

  5. Woohoo for the nominations! So perfect!!! And, I'm still so excited you have a little girl Fisk with you!!!