Checking in with you because it’s been awhile! I haven’t done a coffee break post since mid-July, so how has your summer been since we last chatted?! I can’t believe it’s practically over by now. It makes me a little sad, but with all the exciting adventures this summer has brought, I’m pretty content. And… obviously Fall baking is right around the corner so that’s an instant game changer.
I was in the poconos (northeast PA) this past weekend for my friends’ bachelorette party. I made chewy fudgy brownies and these no-bake cookies for the weekend. Both disappeared, especially those no-bakes pictured above. I’ll actually be up there again this coming weekend for Labor Day. My friend’s family has a house on Lake Wallenpaupack– and we’re bringing the pups. It will be Franklin’s first time swimming. Jude loves the water, so I hope Frank does too! I love lake weekends more than anything. Not sure what it really is– maybe the tranquility? I prefer lake weekends over beach weekends. How about you? Here are pictures from visiting Lake Wallenpaupack a couple years ago!
Speaking of the dogs– Franklin had his 6 month check-up and some puppy shots yesterday. He’s 37 lbs now– up 11 from last month. Quite the ham and growing a ton everyday, I swear! The two are getting along just fine these days. I feel like Franklin’s brought out a more playful side in Jude. Have you seen my Snapchats and/or IG stories? They play tug together all the time. Their new toy is this monster looking octopus; Franklin carries it around to every single room in the house and is very concerned if you move it from where he last left it. He also has a favorite stick that he keeps by a tree in our front yard. Kevin almost crushed it with the lawn mower, but luckily most of it was saved. Crisis averted!
He follows Jude around everywhere he goes. And Jude follows me around where I go, so I have two furry shadows with me all day long. Right now, Franklin’s very into growling and grunting at deer in the front yard. There’s a ton of deer where we live and they’re out in the yard every night at dusk. Both pups watch them from the window, completely mesmerized/protective, for like 30 straight minutes without moving. It’s very entertaining/hilarious.
I have some new videos to show you! Recipe videos have been my main goal this year. I haven’t put them on my YouTube channel yet, but I have been sharing them on Facebook, Instagram, and in each recipe post too.
- Easy salted caramel video
- Peanut butter chocolate lava cakes video
- Honey garlic shrimp video is right here
- S’mores cookie bars video
- No bake chocolate peanut butter bars video
Ok guess what? The kitchen is 99% complete by now!
It’s an incredible feeling, especially in the morning when I watch the sun shine through the windows. It’s been a 5 month project with most of the delays coming from working around the wood beam structure of the home. But it’s well worth every second! Right now we’re waiting for a special cut cabinet to come in for the one corner (unpictured) and a custom range hood duct cover. But it’s completely usable! I’ve been baking in it for the past month. I plan to share more kitchen pictures including before/after once everything is finally done, so stay tuned.
Speaking of design work! I mentioned before that my website is currently undergoing a little facelift. The redesign should be finished in September. I’m really excited to unveil it! Not much will change, though the whole site will be much more user-friendly. It’s time for an upgrade. 🙂
Coming up in September: I’m announcing my 3rd cookbook! It won’t come out until next Fall 2017, but I want you to be part of the cookbook writing process over the next 6 months. So I’ll fill you in on what that cookbook is soon. Sally’s Candy Addiction 1st birthday and our 2nd wedding anniversary (seriously, 2 years already!!!). Also my friend’s wedding at the end of the month. I’m the matron of honor! So much to look forward to.
Hope you’re having a good one! What are you baking this week?
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