friday fluff

It’s back.  Finally.  Life hasn’t felt too “fluffy” lately, and I have not had the energy to put together a light-hearted post about things I am enjoying, but I feel the need to do it today, so here goes…

It’s all about Oscar at our house right now.  He has been teaching me and entertaining me, and I am thoroughly enjoying this new experience of being a puppy mommy.  I have laughed so much at his antics, and have felt so loved by him.  It has been just what I needed after losing my Bogey.  And as an added bonus, Oscar has bonded Nich and me in ways I never expected.  Oscar is our baby – our chance to “parent” together.  I have been completely impressed with my husband and the way he has stepped into this role of being Oscar’s daddy.  This time in our lives is really special and I am grateful to experience it with him.

It’s summer, so it’s supposed to be hot, but it’s been so humid and nasty that I have not wanted to be outside very much at all.  When I am, though, I am typically wearing one of these awesome tank tops from Target.  I purchased several different colors and have been living in them.  I love the loose fit and they are long enough to wear with yoga pants.

Our garden has exploded and we are drowning (in a good way) in zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, and peppers (cherry tomatoes are just now starting to turn red).  I have been baking and Nich and I have been pickling and canning (cucumbers and jalapenos, so far).  I wanted a savory zucchini bread, and tried this recipe.  I put in tons of cracked black pepper because I love it so,  used an aged white cheddar cheese because it is what I had on-hand, and because I did not have whole wheat flour, I used all white (this Italian Style Flour that we use to make pizza dough – it worked great for the Zucchini bread!).  It was delicious and I will definitely make it again.

I’m currently reading Elin Hildebrand’s new book Here’s To Us – she never disappoints.  Also recently finished Emily Giffin’s new one, First Comes Love (loved it!), and Rainbow Rowell’s Landline (cute and quirky).  If you use Goodreads, you can sign up for daily deals.  I signed up for the Barnes and Noble Nook deals, and get an email every day with that day’s deal.  So far I have purchased a couple of e-books for $2 – 3.  When you read as much as I do, the cost of buying books really adds up (yes, I know, I should go to the library!), so I love this new Goodreads feature.  I think it’s available for the Kindle, too, and potentially for bound books.  Check it out if you utilize Goodreads, and connect with me (Valerie Cowan) so we can share book recommendations!

That’s about it for today.  I’m looking forward to a slightly cooler weekend, getting some yard work done, and family time.  Have a great one!

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