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Photo A Day, June.


Welcome back to my Photo A Day posts. WHAT a month June was!

Let me sum it up…

  • Ran/power walked 102 miles
  • Had my bridal shower
  • Had 2 book signings and met some amazing readers
  • Am going crazy with wedding planning
  • We found a home in Philly!!
  • And we are in the middle of packing up our apartment

It doesn’t look like much in a little list, but everything all at once is quite a lot! I just gotta remember to breathe. Breathe breathe breathe. And wine wine wine.

Moving day is July 8th! I’m really going to miss Baltimore, where I went to college and my home for 9 years. We’re moving to Philly because Kevin got a new job up there, and it’s where I’m from. We’ll live right outside the city down the street from a few friends.

By the way… and this is the coolest thing ever… I will have two ovens in our new giant kitchen. Did you read that? TWO ovens. (I’m a dork.)


June 1. FairPlay, Colorado. Our last day of vacation there.

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June 2. Vacation detox.

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June 3. My bridal shower invite. My sis created it on

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June 4. A daily reminder to not let others’ opinions bring you down.

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June 5.

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June 6. Hike with the boys.

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June 7. Kevin… always excited about selfies.

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June 8. Making a few new photo boards using Lindsay’s tutorial. You can see the finished green one in the first photo here.

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June 9.

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June 10. Makin’ some sweet glorious pie.

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June 11. Yes, these exist. Yes, they’re amazing.

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June 12. House hunting in Philly. Do you have Wawa near you?? Obsessed.

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June 13. 

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June 14.

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June 15. Happy Father’s Day!

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June 16. Erin’s golden doodle puppy, Chips. He looks like a stuffed animal in real life, too.

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June 17. Jude’s pool.

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June 18. Mixing up my famous cookies for the book signing.

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June 19. My first official book signing in Baltimore. Thank you to all of my friends and readers who came to see me!



June 20. If there’s a cheese plate on the menu, I’m ordering it.

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June 21. Barcocina in Baltimore (Fells Point) – go there.

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June 22. I had a goal to run/power walk 100 miles in June and I reached it! Plus 2 extra miles. I plan to have the same goals for July and August. So, 300 miles before the wedding. I know, I’m insane. But hard work pays off!

Anyone want to join me in this July 100 mile challenge?

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June 23. My 2nd batch of healthy popsicles in 3 days.

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June 24. My 2nd book signing in Frederick, MD. Thank you to the many, many readers who came to see me! Some came all the way from Virginia. You are truly amazing.

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June 25.

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June 26. Whoops!

June 27.

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June 28. Got this tank from etsy.

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June 29. The BEST day of the month! My bridal shower.



June 30. This is crab bruschetta flatbread – leftovers from dinner out. Oh my gosh, I have to recreate this at home!!

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Q: What have you been up to the past month?

Q: Any fun 4th of July plans?

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  1. Sally, Cheers to all of the excitement in June. What a fun chapter of your book of life. I wish you nothing but the best!

    Any update on the Barnes and Noble appearance? I was really, really hoping to see you before you left Baltimore but had classes on your first two signings. I will see you at King of Prussia in October if you won’t make the last Baltimore date!

    Again, wishing you nothing but my best!

    • Thank you Kerrie! I don’t have any solid Baltimore dates at the moment right now, to be honest. I’m working on it – but it doesn’t look like any more coming up this summer. I need to update my events page! But the King of Prussia William’s Sonoma book signing is confirmed for Oct 25th!

  2. What an exciting month for you!!! By the way, I live outside of Philly (in NJ) I think you are going to love it there 🙂

  3. You will LOVE the 2 ovens! We have a double oven and I really think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. 🙂

    Enjoy and congrats!!

  4. Cheese plates are glorious especially ones which come with blue cheese. Give me the stinky cheese! I hope I get to make it to one of your signings in the Philly area just to say a quick hello!

    Wawa > Every other gas station. People can argue with me for hours and there’s no way they can validate it. LOL

  5. Oh the wawa! When we first moved the I couldn’t bring myself to call it that so it became “the w”. :). The coffee bar is definitely worth feeling like a tool saying “wawa” though….

  6. I read that you’re coming to NYC for a book signing. I hope you come near me, I can’t wait to see you and thank you for the inspiration you’ve given me to start baking again!

    • Thanks Kristin! I will keep my events page updated with the NYC locations and dates, for sure. I appreciate you supporting me!

  7. 2 ovens?! You will be in heaven!!

  8. Hi Sally,

    You are the internet sweetheart. 🙂

    I saw the pic of your double ovens on twitter. I know you’re gonna be baking even more. lol I love the fact that your cupboards have those stylish handles.

    One of these days you have to come to SoCal. Would love to meet you.

    Super excited for your success, move to Philly and of course the best part would be tying the knot!

    Have a great day 🙂

    • Thanks so much Iram, you’ve always been so sweet. I would love to visit SoCal one day! And yes, I’m very excited about our new kitchen!

  9. Hi Sally,
    I am thinking of doing the challenge with you!! So I converted in km and it is 160… Wow!! You are such a brave and sportive gal!! I don’t know if I will make it even close!! I don’t run, can it be walking?
    Ahah! this is crazy!

    Busy month of June for you!! Bunch of good events! Congrats!

  10. I love these posts! I enjoyed reading it while eating my last blueberry streusel muffin & tea. Congrats on all the exciting milestones. You’re absolutely right about those peanut butter cup Oreos. Normally, I’m not a fan of store-bought cookies, but those were gone in record time!

    • I love those blueberry muffins Sarah. And we normally don’t purchase cookies from the store either (homemade always wins!) but I couldn’t contain myself. Those Oreos are amazing!

  11. You are so stinkin’ cute!

    I’m trying to cook healthier so I have unsubscribed to all of my blogs except the “healthy” ones – but I will never give up (and it doesn’t hurt that you post good-for-you recipes, too). On weekends I have cheat treats and that means one SBA recipe. My last one was your pumpkin coffee cake, and my next one will be your Funfetti Sugar Cookie Cake (I cannot wait). My family and friends are always happy to hear that I am making a recipe from “that Sally blog.”

    Good luck and congrats on your upcoming wedding!!!


    • You are absolutely the sweetest reader in the world. Thank you Anna! For continuing to follow my blog, even though 75% of my recipes don’t fall into your diet plan. But it’s ok to treat yourself and you are picking some GREAT recipes to bake for the weekends. Haha “that sally blog” – too funny! Let me know any more recipes you try.

  12. I love these posts. Each item on that list is pretty big!!

  13. On June 10, did you make that board too? If so, how did you get that dark brown color?

    • Yes – I stained the board per Lindsay’s tutorial then painted it brown and used a sanding block on it.

  14. I love the picture a day. My friend is doing a second video a day. Wonderful way to reflect 😀

  15. It was my Birthday on the 12th! Had some friends over, watched the Call and ate chocolate!

  16. Really?! That little list sounded pretty hectic to me! You’ve been busy, but it sounds like all good fun!

    Good luck with moving – I hope July treats you as well as June appears to have.

  17. you are so busy! congrats!

  18. SO excited for your move — and even more excited for your double oven!! Your kitchen looks so spacious, and I’m sure you’re going to create even more mouthwatering treats there. I really hope the move goes smoothly, and I’ll be thinking about you guys on Tuesday!

    P.S. I love how you had ice cream (or frozen yogurt?) with all those peanut buttery Reese’s pieces on my birthday! 🙂

  19. Dear Sally, you are such a talented girl, have just discovered your blog and love it. All the best for you in your new home may it be filled with love &happiness. I am a grandma who is freezing cold in Australia! I do enjoy reading blogs, it is like the penfriends I had as a child. Think this Grandma has a severe addiction to Cooking Blogs!

  20. If I run/walk 100 miles a month, can I have all the desserts I want? 🙂 Of course!

    Congrats on the move. I love your blog, and my family loves that I love it!

    • You are obviously entailed to all the desserts you want after 100 miles each month!! That’s my mindset anyway.

  21. I’m new to this blog, but I love the idea of photo a day! Nice pictures, too.

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