Penn State


I wrapped up my fall semester yesterday. I’d like to say that it felt good, but I actually ended the day in tears. Not cool Allie, not cool.

I headed to campus to present my senior research project, which is kind of a big deal at Penn State. I wasn’t too nervous because I had practiced the presentation almost every day since Thanksgiving, and wrote a 46 page paper on my topic.


Studying and Baking (and Jax!)

Thank you to everyone who showed support in the comments section of my last post about Hearty Handfuls. You guys rock! I definitely have moments of nervousness about starting an Etsy shop, but overall I’m really, really loving it!


I’m happy to report that I sold and shipped my first order, and I added a new flavor of granola to my shop:¬†gingerbread! (more…)

One week and two randoms

Hello and happy Thursday. One week until Thanksgiving!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share some pictures of my family’s pre-Thanksgiving meal. I convinced my mom that it would be a good idea to test out recipes before the big day. I mostly wanted turkey and pumpkin pie, though ;-) (more…)

A day in the life

I try to post about a typical day in my life each semester, and I figured I should probably do one soon because I started week 13 out of 15 of the fall semester at Penn State today (!!). So, here’s a typical Tuesday in my life.

5:00 a.m. – I wake up and eat breakfast right away. I usually have a bowl of oatmeal or cereal, a few spoonfuls of peanut butter, a glass of soymilk, and a cup of coffee.

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Trotting with the Turkey

Hey hey! Thank you to everyone who commented on and read my Veterans Day post. I am very proud and thankful that both of my parents served in the U.S. Navy. They’re awesome!

In my recent turkey themed post, I mentioned that I was going to run a Turkey Trot 5k at my school on Saturday.

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So, I’ll admit it. Only two pictures in this post feature turkey. I’m pretty much just sharing some random pictures from my life lately. Here we go!

This is what I do in night class. I’m almost positive all of my classmates thing I’m really weird.

PicMonkey Collage
Hannah, my mom, and I went to a Christmas craft fair at a local church on Friday. We purchased some ornaments and turkey sandwiches!

Brandy and Moses melt my heart.

Lola melts my heart, too. Especially when she sits on benches with me.

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I bought a $5 milk frother off of Amazon and I love it. I may or may not have frothed a full glass of soy milk just for fun the day it came in the mail… I like froth, okay?! (After I typed that, I started thinking about how froth is such a weird word).


So, I kind of lived up to my turkey themed post. I drew a turkey, posted a picture of a turkey sandwich, and now I’m off to run at my school’s annual turkey trot 5k race!

What are you up to this weekend?
After the race, I’ll probably do homework. On Sunday, I’m going shopping with my church for Shiloh!

More life stuff

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post about stress. It seems like the consensus is that many people actually don’t miss their college days, and especially the stress that went with along that time in their lives!

I have definitely felt pressure from people saying things to me like “You must be having the time of your life!” and “Your college years are the best years of your life!” and I’m like “Ehhhh, it’s been okay,” haha. I do enjoy school, and I’m extremely grateful to be receiving an education, but I am also excited to move on with my life soon.

A random photo from a walk with Lola and Moses!

A random photo from a walk with Lola and Moses!

One thing that has been contributing to the school-related stress is figuring out where Jimmy and I will live once we’re married.

We’re tying the knot in June, and I will be headed back to school in the fall for my last semester. The issue is that Jimmy works about an hour and 20 minutes away from where I attend school.

Another picture with Lola! She tries to sit in the front of my truck when Jimmy drives us to the park.

Another picture with Lola! She tries to sit in the front of my truck when Jimmy drives us to the park. I guess Jimmy wasn’t too excited about Lola trying to sit up front ;)

So, we’re kind of struggling with figuring out where to live during my last semester. We don’t want to live super close to his workplace, because that would force me to commute two hours and 40 minutes per day, and vice versa with us living right by my school. We’ve exhausted every different scenario, too–like me taking classes online, or getting classes on campus only a few days per week, etc. We’re both just unsure, and we’ve been doing a lot of praying and asking God for wisdom.

Decisions, decisions! We will likely settle somewhere in between my school and his workplace for 6-12 months. We would both love to buy a house right away, but it seems like renting is probably the best option until I’m done with school. We’ll see! I will make sure to keep everyone updated on this issue as we sort it out and trust God to guide us. No matter where we live–apartment, home, by his workplace, by my school, whatever–I am so excited to marry him and begin our life together!



I feel like I keep posting about such serious topics and decisions lately, but that’s just where my life is at right now! I’m sure I’ll be back with my usual silliness very soon :)

Have you ever struggled with figuring out where to live?!