Hello, friends!

I've been in a cleaning frenzy for the past hour, which is crazy because I just finished a 40-minute run on the treadmill and treadmill runs normally wipe me out for the rest of the day. This one gave me new energy! (Maybe because I was watching old N'Sync music videos while I ran?)

P.S. The longer you look at the name "N'Sync", the more stupid it becomes.

I got in the shower after my workout and brought a sponge in with me so I could wipe down the walls while I bathed. Please tell me I'm not the only person who does this?

Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I made macaroons!

My sister-in-law and I got together to try our hand at making these delicate little cookies and even though it was kind of touch-and-go at first, they turned out marvelous! We used the recipe I pinned last week and I definitely recommend it if you're ever feeling adventurous in the kitchen.

We were slightly confused by the recipe's instructions to "pipe and bang" the cookie dough (giggity!), but quickly figured out that it was a method used to flatten the cookies after we spread them on the baking sheet.

We decided to use a different filling than the one included and I found a simple, 2-step buttercream recipe on Pinterest that turned out to be a real winner. I filed it away under "to be used again later ... like when I want to make frosting and just eat it out of the bowl".

Then we staged a photo shoot with our cookies because you know, Instagram.

I've been feeling so bummed out lately that aside from a random pan of box mix brownies here and there, I haven't baked much this summer. It felt really good to get back in the swing of it, especially while spending time with Molly.

I also wanted to share that this past weekend Clayton and I attended Uncork the Uplands at Huber's Orchard, Winery and Vineyard in Borden, Indiana. We attended the event last year when it was held here in Bloomington and just like last year, we had a blast!

It was really hot on Saturday, so we were more than thankful that the wine tasting was indoors (as well the VIP reception in Huber's DISTILLERY. HELLO, SPIRITS!), but we couldn't resist stepping outside to take a wagon tour of the gorgeous property.

This picture looks great on my phone, terrible blown up on the blog. 

And since my sweet tooth will never be satiated, we bought the cutest box of truffles made with actual wine from the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail wineries! I can't believe that I've exercised self-restraint and haven't devoured these, but that's probably because I'm up to my eyeballs in macaroons.

I hope your week is off to a great start! (Whoa, how is it almost Wednesday already?) 



  1. Those look awesome!

    And I wipe down the shower when I'm in it, too!

  2. Those look awesome!

    And I wipe down the shower when I'm in it, too!


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