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Hey guys! I’m happy to hear that you are eagerly awaiting my sourdough tutorial. The comment, “It’s like waiting for the next season of Game of Thrones to start! 😜” kind of made my week.

sourdough rounds

I have been baking test loaves and going out of my way to do as much wrong as possible to make sure the process is as fool-proof as possible for you guys. These two loaves spread and didn’t rise as much as usual (due to the way I treated them in the proofing process) but they still turned out and tasted amazing.

I’m doing my final test batch in the next couple of days to photograph and share!

That’s a lot of sourdough talk for one week.

flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

I’ve also been baking cookies. A yoga friend recently had a baby so I brought her some food to help get them through the week. I can say it’s now a tradition to bake my new mom friends my flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. The first batch was a little over baked thanks to Siri not alerting me when my timer was done (Alexa is much more reliable with kitchen timers). I baked my friends a new batch but of course I kept the other one on hand for us. πŸ™‚

meal for a new mom

I also baked paleo banana bread muffins and made a big batch of this amazing vegan soup that I loosely adapted from Oh She Glows. (The momma is a vegetarian.) On the side was a kale and quinoa salad.

christmas cactus

I have to tell you about my Christmas cactus. I brought it home with me from my grandmother’s house when we moved her out in November 2015. The cactus has only had a few blooms and I’ve been telling my mom I need to separate it and repot it. When we lived at our other house it was so sad, limp and droopy. It’s been in the new house for less than two weeks and look at it! I wish I could show you a before because it seems so much happier and perkier now. I think it’s so cool how plants can do that!

golden retriever

As long as Zoey is inside, I am never alone. She follows me everywhere I go (including the bathroom) and loves to tuck herself into little nooks. This is her new favorite spot next to my desk.

vitamin e cream and collagen

I ordered a few things from Amazon yesterday afternoon and they were delivered by noon today. (Three cheers for Prime.) A reader recommended this Vitamin E Swiss Collagen Complex Creme to help with my burns. They are healing slowly but I still have to keep them covered all the time. I’m starting to worry about scarring so I’m researching how to treat it once I don’t have to do the antibiotic ointment and dressings any longer.

I mentioned to my plastic surgeon friend that I got the cream and he told me he actually doesn’t recommend Vitamin E for scars and that it would weaken the scar. I am so confused! Maybe this cream will be okay since it’s not like breaking a Vitamin E capsule open on your skin and also includes Vitamins A and D. I also finally caved and ordered a collagen supplement in hopes that it will help my skin repair itself. So many of my blogger friends swear by it and here’s a great article from Well + Good.

collagen in tea

I added it to my tea today. It made it a little creamier than normal and the taste was slightly noticeable but I think in a smoothie or coffee that I wouldn’t taste it. Verdict is definitely out on this one. I’ll keep you posted.

And finally on the burn note, I’m trying to pick out a dress that has a high neckline and will cover them for a beach wedding next weekend. Thoughts on option 1, option 2, option 3 or option 4? I’m also open to any and all suggestions from my fashionista readers! πŸ™‚

Oh one more thing…I have a lot of shares today. My weekend workshop at Studio B Power Yoga in Harrisburg, PA is less than a month away. It’s going to be three days of power yoga, backbends, inversions and fun. You can register for the whole weekend or drop-in for sessions. I’d love to see my DC, Philly and Baltimore-area readers there!!!!

Do you have any scar tips?

Have you tried collagen?

Any go-to meals for when you take food to friends?

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