June 2018 Favorites

I thought it would be fun if I took a moment each month to let you know what things are currently striking my fancy, so here goes the June installment! 

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I finished The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, and it was really good! It's a long book, but I loved the themes of friendship and integrity. I also read The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler, but I wasn't a big fan. It was far more about the relationships and histories of the main characters and not enough about Austen and her books for my taste. I picked up Me Before You by JoJo Moyes finally (it's been on my bookshelf for longer than I want to admit, along with several other titles I'm hoping to make it through this year so they can stop mocking me with their unread-ness). 

I started reading Jess Connolly's Dance, Stand, Run, too, which is really good! I'm going through it pretty slowly because I want to digest and mull it over (and because severe headaches don't pair well with trying to read, so I got slowed down by that).



"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." -Hebrews 12:1-2



I started watching Parks and Recreation after watching a few bits and pieces with friends over a year ago and feeling like I'd given it a try and not found it to my taste. I was wrong. It's charming and humorous without taking much of my attention, so it makes for a nice little breather when I need a break in my day to unwind. 

I also discovered a DVD set of the first season of Little House on the Prairie at my parents' house, and I've been watching that, too. I loved the books and the show as a kid, and it's been so sweet to watch it again! 



Dierks Bentley's new single "Woman Amen" has been playing a lot lately, and I'm not mad about it. I love the sentiment of the song and the catchy tune!



I found a delicious recipe for paleo/vegan chocolate, and I think I'm in love! I've loved dark chocolate for years, but when I made the choice to try to avoid dairy at the beginning of the year, I included chocolate, and it made me kind of sad (okay, disproportionately sad for it being just chocolate). But this recipe has no dairy, is simple and uses ingredients I always have on hand, and I promise it tastes just like dark chocolate!

Once I made my new-found love, I tried my hand at making a paleo dessert (these double chocolate turtle bars) for a get-together I had coming up (always risky, making new food for new friends). It was less complicated than it looked at first, came together easily, and tasted so good it might be a new go-to for me! Bonus: my friends really liked it, too!



I can't believe we're already at the end of June! Summer will be over before I know it. But that doesn't mean I haven't done my darnedest to make the most of June!

I went to a friend's bridal shower, helped another friend deliver and set up cupcakes for a wedding, took a day trip to Stillwater, went to a lovely wedding reception, and spent some more time with friends and family. It was a great month!



My family is traveling to Nebraska for a family reunion, and I'm looking forward to getting to see my extended family that I haven't seen in a few years. I also get to see my "second family" for the Fourth of July, which I'm excited about!


What were some of your favorite things this month? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

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