Monthly Round-Up: July

Happy mid-summer! We’re in the middle of about the 14th heat wave so far this season and it’s times like these that I really miss the frigid air conditioning of the office I haven’t seen since March.

Taking the heat and a worsening global pandemic out of the equation, the summer has actually been pretty nice. We’ve taken a day trip to Lancaster to hunt for Amish markets, and spent a weekend in Cape May at an adorable bed and breakfast. We’ve been to the pool and have had our families over for safe and socially-distant cookouts. I haven’t been writing all that much, due to an insanely busy time at work that doesn’t show any signs of abating, but it can’t go on forever! And at least I have a job – I’m fully aware that I’m luckier than most!

Here are a few of the other things I did in July!


I don’t usually bake chocolate chip cookies outside of December, but I came across this recipe for toffee chip cookies and realized it would help me clear a few items out of my overflowing baking-supply cabinet, so I decided to try it. It was a smart choice – they were delicious! They didn’t stay fresh as long as the recipe says; maybe due to the heat, but they were still good even once they were a touch stale.


When Barnes and Noble finally opened up again, my sister and I headed over to stock up on some summer reads. I have SO many on my Kindle, but it’s difficult to read an eBook poolside, what with the sun. I grabbed five books and in the last week read both The Summer Deal by Jill Shalvis, the fifth book in a series I didn’t know existed but will seek out, and When Life Gives You Lululemons, the third book in the Devil Wears Prada series, by Lauren Weisberger. Both recommended!

How did you spend July? Let me know in the comments!

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