Saturday Seven.


1) Here is the kitchen! The contractors are finishing the first full month of work. The house has exposed wood beams throughout, which is most definitely what sold us on it in the first place. We’re waiting on the appliances and countertops and they’ll continue to work on hook-ups and electrical detail next week. The estimated finish date keeps changing, but I’d say it’s all worth the wait! Also, those two. 😉

2) I loved hearing about all the pies you want to make this summer. And your favorite pie varieties and helpful tips. Last weekend, I baked a few new pies to share on Sally’s Baking Addiction in July. I wasn’t completely happy with a particular key lime pie I made, so I’m going to give it another shot with a different type of crust. Have you made any pies in the past week?

Berries ‘n’ Cream Icebox Cake.

berries n cream icebox cake

I’m working with McCormick this year, a brand I’ve been longing to work with for years, to bring you fresh and flavorful recipes. I grew up spicing and flavoring food with McCormick, so I’m thrilled to be on their blogging team! Have you ever made icebox cake? Trying...

Salted Butter vs Unsalted Butter in Baking.

salted vs unsalted butter-2

Here’s a common question in the kitchen. What’s the deal with salted and unsalted butter in baking? Does it really make a difference? Or is the recipe just being annoyingly picky? Ugh, baking. Yes and yes I’m sorry. Butter is our best friend in the kitchen, especially...

Honey Skillet Cornbread. (with corn inside!)

honey skillet cornbread-2

It’s the return of my suppertime staple! When I was in San Francisco on my book tour earlier this year, I met up with some friends who live in Los Altos. We caught up for awhile, then went out to eat. Anna and Katie...

Pie Goals.

making blueberry pie

Summer goals = all the pies!! This week, I’ve been scouring the internet and sifting through my cookbooks to look for inspiring pie recipes, unique pie making techniques, and pie decorating ideas. My goal is to bake a few pies each month through September,...

Simply the Best Blueberry Pie.

simply the best blueberry pie

My dad and I have identical tastebuds. We’re pie people. And since Father’s Day is around the corner, I made homemade blueberry pie, his favorite variety. And he said it was “simply the best blueberry pie” he’s ever had. (Hi Dad I know you’re reading this and...

Easy Corn Fritters.


Real life lunch and dinner food for you today. As much as we’d all love to cozy up with a giant skillet cookie and 1 spoon, this skillet food seems to be a bit more practical and healthful. Not that a giant cookie as...

Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie.


This weekend felt like vacation. No set plans, just friends and family making visits to our new house. Unpacking boxes, hanging pictures, sitting on the front porch, baking, handfuls of greasy BBQ chips washed down with homemade orange crushes (staying classy!), sun streaming through the...