Coffee Break

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Hello from Salt Lake City! I’m here for a work conference this week. Tomorrow I’ll be running a cooking demo– we’re making toffee from Sally’s Candy Addiction. The white chocolate macadamia nut toffee– have you tried it? I’ll be sure to have my wonderful assistants shoot some Insta stories while we’re there in action. On Friday I’m running a discussion about hiring assistants and how imperative it is to a growing blogging business. I couldn’t do this job without Steph and Hilari! They help me manage my calendar, social medias, videos, inbox, and more.

It’s been awhile since we chatted though! I’ve been avoiding writing my usual monthly Coffee Breaks the past couple months because I knew I’d spill the beans. And we weren’t ready to share the news with the world until recently. Speaking of, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your kind words and congratulations. We feel so blessed.

Feeling refreshed now that spring is in the air! Though my allergies have never been worse. I usually take prescription medication for them because they are quite severe, but can’t this year because of pregnancy. Any natural remedies you know of?

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For any expecting mamas out there, I want to share a couple clothing items I just bought. I’m weary of buying maternity clothes online because they’re really something you have to try on, right? But I bit the bullet recently. I’ve been living in these maternity yoga pants, but when I need to be a real life, put-together human being… I ordered these:

  1. Navy Blue Floral Maxi Dress – I bought my pre-pregnancy size. So comfy, stretchy, and flattering. I was worried I’d have to have it hemmed, but it’s the perfect length. (I’m 5’6″)
  2. Burgundy Wrap Dress – this is more like a royal purple in real life. It’s beautiful! Pre-pregnancy size.
  3. This LOFT fitted shirt – I totally bought this in 4 colors. Pre-pregnancy size fits wonderfully– it’s stretchy and comfy. I’ve found that I prefer fitted tops over loose in my pregnancy. I just feel like an elephant in super loose tops! I’m wearing the hot pink one in the photo above.

And two more things. If you’re a first time expecting mama and feel overwhelmed, I’ve learned so much from this book already. It’s certainly calmed my anxiety about this new adventure. It was recommended to us by my brother-in-law and covers just about everything in easy-to-understand detail. For a pregnancy book, this book has been my bible. Because of all this new reading, I haven’t picked up a new novel since finishing 19 Minutes. Which, by the way, I loved. Thank you for the recommendation. What a deeply emotional, twisted, and suspenseful story.

And, for fun, here is baby Quinn’s first hat. Obviously.

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Another recent announcement: Sally’s Cookie Addiction pre-order! The cover is finalized, the manuscript is being edited, the spread designs are in action. I love how this cookbook is coming together and I’m thrilled you can pre-order now. If you pre-order soon, I will send you 5 bonus cookie recipes so you don’t have to wait until the Fall to begin your cookie baking adventures. Here are all the details for how to get the bonus recipes. Make sure you’re [email protected] as the email address. 🙂 I’ve sent out almost 2,500 and if I by chance missed yours, please email again!

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If you received the bonus PDF, which recipes have you tried yet?

How were your two-toned roses last month? That was April’s baking challenge and now that we’re in May, we have a new challenge to take on! I posted the tutorial and recipe for strawberries ‘n’ cream cake roll on Monday and hope to see your pictures of the creation throughout the month. We have a video coming for the cake roll in a couple weeks, so stay tuned.

Attention Bakers!

You agree with this, right? I had a wonderful conversation with Facebook followers a few weeks ago. To me, baking is not a means to an end. Sure the result is delicious, but I don’t really bake indulgent treats for myself. I enjoy baking for others, sharing that “made with love” creation, and spending time in the kitchen with loved ones– or completely alone for some me time. It’s where you can be creative, have fun, relieve stress, and/or make memories. Is this what baking is for you as well?

I try to center my blog’s message around this very thought as well. To encourage readers to get in the kitchen and have fun with from-scratch baking.

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New Dinner Recipes

Remember how I used to write and create recipes for Delish? I’m back at it with savory recipes this time! They asked me to be part of their weekly Insanely Easy Weeknight Dinners column. I’ve scaled back on savory recipes on Sally’s Baking Addiction, limiting to only 1 or 2 per month. This is so we can still cook together, but really keep the focus on the core of this blog: baking. I’ll be sharing a few savory recipes on Delish each month if you want to head over and check them out. I’ll be sure to remind you each month so you don’t miss any! Here are 5 I created:

  1. Salmon BLT Salad (pictured above)
  2. Hot Cheesy Spinach Pockets
  3. Coconut Shrimp Curry
  4. Ham Egg & Cheese Breakfast Pizza— confession, I didn’t taste this one because of the runny eggs. But Kevin cooked it, ate it, and I photographed it. He loved it.
  5. Kale Pesto Chicken Pasta (pictured below)

I made a 2nd batch of the kale pesto pasta for our friends who are vegetarian. I actually really loved it without the chicken too! I don’t normally love pasta (so weird, I know), but devoured that particular recipe. The kale pesto has wonderful flavor. I’m thinking of creating a savory recipe with it to share here on my blog!

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Remember how Kevin and I have been trying 1 new dinner recipe per week in 2017? That’s still going strong. Besides the 5 recipes I shared above, here are some recipes we’ve been making lately: we LOVE this walnut crusted chicken. I’ve made it 5 times since I posted the recipe. Have you tried it yet? We really loved this recipe for healthier chicken parm with zucchini noodles— followed the recipe exactly. This slow cooker ham was phenomenal on Easter and this zesty slow cooker pulled chicken is a favorite. (I only use 2 Tbsp brown sugar.)

How are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo? I’ll be on this work trip until Sunday, so any Cinco de Mayo fun will be with blogging friends out here! If you’re looking for some recipe inspiration, here are 10 I’ve come across along with a few of my own.

  1. Margarita cupcakes (pictured below)
  2. Piñata cake
  3. Piñata cupcakes
  4. Easy baked chicken taquitos
  5. Homemade restaurant style salsa
  6. Mango guacamole (my fave)
  7. Strawberry kiwi margaritas
  8. Fresh pineapple salsa
  9. Fiesta corn & avocado salsa (make this on the reg)
  10. Mini taco stuffed peppers (so cute!)

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Other than that, it’s been business as usual around here. I’m working hard to get ahead on content for the summer and fall. There are so many wonderful recipes coming– my best work indeed. If you have any recipe suggestions, please share!

Some of the links above are affiliate links, which pay me a small commission for my referral at no extra cost to you! Thank you for supporting Sally’s Baking Addiction.

112 comments

  1. My allergies have been terrible as well.  I am still breastfeeding so I tried hydrasense for allergies and it worked great!

  2. Oh sinuses! To be honest I realllly disliked the Neti Pot… it was messy ( I always got the water all over!) and not nearly as effective as saline spray. I too am wary of prepackaged anything labeled “natural” anyway since most of the time it really isn’t… I cannot wait for summer recipes, I have an obsession ( I mean OBSESSED) with summer corn and tomatoes. I make a grilled corn salad that I could eat for days (and I do ha). For tomatoes (farmers market tomatoes only) nothing beats the caprese salad (no nasty mozzarella cheese and absolutely no balsamic vinegar!). Like I said…I am obsessed! Now for baking, I agree with you, it comes from the heart; I love seeing those I love enjoy the goods I have made just for them. For me it is the excitement of a new challenge in the kitchen and going forth despite the fact that there could be some failure (I have eaten my fair share of fallen cakes and hey they still taste pretty good!). Baking and cooking are therapy!

    • Thank you for your opinion on the neti pot!
      I need that grilled corn salad recipe. Sounds like a summertime STAPLE.

  3. Hi, Sally! I love these coffee break emails but understand why you’ve held off until now. It’s like catching up with a good friend though, so I was happy to see a new addition. And of course to hear more about your coming “new addition” – love the hat! You mentioned baking not just to have indulgent treats for yourself, and I totally get that. Right now I’m staying with my parents, helping out with my dad who has Alzheimer’s and cancer. Baking is something that makes them happy but it’s also my therapy. If I didn’t have my time in the kitchen (and Pilates to offset some of the treats!) I literally don’t know what I’d do. Your recipes are my favorite way to disconnect from what’s around me – next up are your cranberry orange muffins, one of my Mom’s favorite kinds. Keep up the good work, girl – this is such good stuff, and not just because it all tastes great!

    • You phrased it so wonderfully. Baking can be so many things to many different people and therapy or a “time out from real life” is absolutely something I resonate with! Your family is in my thoughts <3

  4. Congratulations !!
    For allergies my mother-in-law wears a whole nutmeg on a sting as a necklace.  She got her dentist to drill a hole though the nutmeg. It works for her…who am I to judge! Hope this helps!

  5. Young Living Essential Oils are natural and AMAZING!! My brother no longer takes an allergy pill. Instead, he takes 2 drops each of Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemon every morning. We have been amazed at how these oils work, and my mentor for these oils is pregnant as well and uses these oils on a regular basis. They would be great for Baby Quinn when he makes his appearance, too! 🙂

  6. I’m headed to the conference tomorrow so I cannot wait to see you there! This is my first food blogger conference so I am super pumped to be around my people and learn a TON. Also, I had no idea that you wrote recipes for Delish. That’s so awesome! I’ll definitely be following your column there too! 

  7. I totally agree with the baking discussion! I love do it and then give it away lol! And the cover of your cookbook is gorgeous!! I can hardly wait to get it!!
    And you are a gorgeous mama!! Congrats on the new journey in your guys life!!

  8. Hi Sally! Yay, Coffee Break! 🙂
    I read that article about baking in the Huffington Post and absolutely agree. Baking itself makes me happy and calm – and to see my loved ones and friends eating what I created is even more wonderful. But, but! If someone doesn’t like what I made, as it sure happens with kids on a regular basis, that just makes me so sad… I’m still searching for the one cookie my older kid will like – so I need your upcoming cookbook 🙂
    And I had a hard time cutting back on coffee in my first pregnancy, but: one of the first signs of my second pregnancy was that I was absolutely disgusted by coffee! I didn’t like it at all, odd enough for a coffee enthusiast like me. Oh, btw: that’s an interesting typo “white chocolate macadamia nut coffee” 😀
    Have a wonderful time at the conference!

  9. Congrats on your big baby news! I know you must be over the moon excited. As for natural treatment of allergies, I do have a recommendation: Melaleuca (tea tree oil) essential oil and lavender essential oil. You can diffuse these into the air, inhale from your hands (put a drop or 2 in your hands and cover your mouth and nose) and put a drop or 2 on the sinus Vita Flex points on your hands or feet. Google Vita Flex points and you’ll find lots of images for hands and feet. Use therapeutic grade oils, not grocery store oils. You’ll be amazed how fast they work and how effective they are!

    • This is SO VERY helpful, Pam! Thank you so much! I’m embarrassed to say I know very little about essential oils, but keep hearing so many wonderful things about incorporating them into daily life.

      • Happy to help! I swear by these. If your nose gets all stuffed up try using Eucalyptus oil on the sinus vita flex points. I did these recently and it only took literally minutes and my sinuses opened and I could breathe!! they are completely safe, even with pregnancy. 🙂

  10. Congratulations, Sally! So happy for you and wishing you a very smooth pregnancy!! : ) You will be one very sweet, hardworking mama. All the best!

  11. Congrats again! I’m sure those two boys will be great big brothers!

    Also, that kale pesto looks amazing.

    Have fun in SLC!

  12. Sally,

    I swear by local honey. My son was able to go off his allergy medicine and it is the only way I am surviving breastfeeding with allergies. Also, the way you described baking really hit home. It is why I love it so much. You can tell that you put love into your work. That is why I keep coming back to your blog. Thank you

    • Thank you so much for the heartfelt comment, Kristin. A lot of readers have mentioned raw local honey– thank you so much!

  13. Being pregnant really suits you Sally! You always looked beautiful before, but now even more so! 🙂 Yay! I looooove baking, it really is my escape from the real world. I call it my happy place, coz once I’m in the kitchen, I forget all my stresses; It’s so therapeutic. 🙂 Oh, by the way, I made your Cornbread Topped Skillet Chili last night for me and the hubby…just wow. Thank you!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  14. Hello Sally. I’ve only just discovered your website (when I googled ‘What is the difference between baking powder and baking soda?) and I love it. I love cooking, but don’t do much baking – but you inspire me to start. I live in Turkey, so I sometimes have to find substitute ingredients, which in itself is fun. How do you manage 3 new recipes a week? At least some of them must require several tries on your part. That’s a lot of flour and sugar! So I would like to know how you keep your lovely figure. Even pregnant, you have a beautiful figure. Or do you have lots of overweight neighbours?

    • Hi Christine! Welcome to my blog, it’s so nice to hear from you! I keep it to 2 recipes per week these days, but yes– it’s a lot of baking and testing. I give most of the goodies away or they’re currently in my freezer. I bake only once or twice per week (the rest are office days!) and strategically schedule those baking days around social events so nothing has to go to waste. Thank you for the compliment! 🙂

  15. I’ve become a big oil user in our house with two small kiddos. My husband had horrific seasonal allergies went to a local kinetic/acupuncturist who helped a ton and now in addition he uses a little tube with a roller that has lavender, lemon and peppermint mixed with some coconut oil.   If it’s bad I put that blend in the diffuser at night.    Oils can be so overwhelming but they can make a world of difference. 

    I love your blog and bake at least one this a week… this week it’s hummingbird cake! My only problem is finding people to eat it who aren’t “watching what they eat”

    Congratulations on your pregnancy!  Such an incredible time for you! 

  16.  I also have severe allergies and take three medication daily.  I was able to take Zyrtec which was prescription but is now over the counter during both of my pregnancies.

  17. We use a lot of Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother around our house. One home remedy for allergies is 1 Tablespoon ACV + 1 T (local, if possible) honey in 8 oz water. This is good for a number of things – headaches included! I love to give my baked goods away and I think (??!!) my friends/family like it too! I have made two of your extra recipes – the super thick chocolate chip cookies (Actually I have made these twice and my boys INHALED them!) and the coconut toffee cookies. My gosh – both are crazy good!! If these are any indication of the rest of the cookbook…I’m doubly excited! I made both your chocolate and vanilla cupcakes last weekend, too, for the boys’ grad party coming up. Will make 2 more batches of each…It’s a busy time for sure – lots of baking yet to do!!. Love Baby Quinn’s first hat – how appropriate for you guys. Can’t wait to see him/her! I look forward to the updates on your pregnancy.

    • I’ve read mixed reviews about apple cider vinegar with the “mother” and pregnancy. I swore by Bragg’s before pregnancy. I’m unsure if it’s still safe?

      I’m so glad you love the cookie recipes you tried… yay!!

  18. Oh help!! I have to admit first of all that I have minimal knowledge when it comes to computers so I am turning to you to help me navigate through this process of pre-ordering your cookbook. I ordered it yesterday and don’t have a clue how to get the extra recipes you talked about. Any help would be much appreciated!!! Thank you in advance!!

  19. I was able to take Zyrtec while pregnant. I actually don’t usually have allergies, but did when I was pregnant. Those little Bambinos do weird stuff to our bodies!

    And way to go reading about baby care! When I was pregnant with my first all I read about was pregnancy and figured I would know how to take care of a baby based upon “motherly instincts.” Well, I was clueless and overwhelmed and really wished I had read some books about what to do after the baby arrived!

  20. Hi! You look great! That pesto chicken looks so good! I’ve read that local honey can help with allergies. Best of luck!

  21. I loved the yellow dress you wore for the cooking demo. Where did you get it??

  22. I’ve been told that local raw honey helps with allergies. I used to take bee pollen as a supplement too and it seemed to work for me. 🙂

  23. Now that it is strawberry picking season, I’d love to see a strawberry shortcake recipe from you!!

  24. Hi Sally, I enjoy your blog! Congratulations on your big news! I have another book recommendation: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy. It is so funny and helpful. Pregnancy was not fun for me, and this book brought me through some dark days. Best wishes to you and your husband!

  25. Hi Sally,

    This is my first post; I picked up your website a couple of years ago and love it! My husband and I got in to baking and eating better with the arrival of our first son. Congrats on your pregnancy; I am also expecting atm (6mo and counting). As this is my second, I wanted to leave a couple of learned-after-the-facts. The series baby 411 which includes baby bargains (super helpful!), expecting 411, and toddler 411, has been our go to books. They have everything you need to know and even some anecdotes that connect the authors to what you, as a woman, go through. Also, get the baby sleeper bags. Trust me, they are a life saver. I think our first son lived in them for the first month and we are definitely going to do the same for the second child. Amazon has baby kimonos that are basically the same thing and are also good to use.

    Ok, cook on!
    Leigh

  26. OH MY GOODNESS SALLY CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! This may come off as a bit strange since you have no clue who I am and I do not know you personally, but I feel as if we are close pals because of your blog 🙂 Because I see us as good ‘ole buddies I became VERY excited when I read your post, in fact, I became so elated that I began squealing with joy and my Mother became a bit concerned. Anyways, the point of this strange comment was just to convey to you how thrilled I am for you and your family, and also let you know that there is a random 16-year-old girl who adores both you and your amazing food blog. :):)

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