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Update on Jude

2 weeks ago, we learned that our 11 year old dog, Jude, has cancer. We are completely devastated to share this news, but remain hopeful. Jude had a cancerous tumor removed in surgery this week, which was a palliative treatment to make him more comfortable and keep him thriving as best he can. Our vet said Jude is in incredible shape otherwise, especially given his age. He loves going on short walks, he plays with his tennis ball, rolls on his back, and plays tug with Franklin. We believe we caught the tumor early. He’s recovering from surgery now. (These photos are from before the procedure, of course.) Hopefully we will know more information about the cancer after the tumor is analyzed. It has been an incredibly hard two weeks for our family. We remain confident that our happy Jude has plenty more love and life to give. If you’d like to follow along, I have an Instagram account for my dogs. (Would you expect anything else?!)

It’s difficult to put into words how much our dogs, Jude and Franklin, mean to my husband, our daughter, and I. They are so much more than pets– they’re our family.

Remember when Jude came to some book tour stops in 2015? 🙂

NYC Cooking Demo

Before the whirlwind 2 weeks, I had a book signing and cooking demo at DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections. Such a fun trip! I brought along two of my wonderful team members, Stephanie and Hilari. Besides the cooking demo event, we explored the city and ate at The Beet Table and The Loring Place with Kristen, DŌ’s owner. Highly recommend both restaurants!

A couple months ago, I posted about a fun cooking demo event and book signing. The cooking demo was a ticketed event with a limited group due to space. We baked giant chocolate chip cookies together and walked through the entire process all inside the fabulous DŌ bakery. What a morning!

25% of the ticket sales were donated to a non-profit that’s very special to me, For Goodness Cakes. 🙂

Afterwards I signed cookbooks, which was open to everyone. This event was such a fun success that we’re thinking about doing it again in December. Since the space is limited for the cooking demo, I could do two demos! Would you be interested?

Forever my favorite cookie dough flavor: Heavenly. ♥ ♥ ♥

Have you ever been to DŌ?? We got to spend a lot of time with the DŌ team and everyone is just as sweet as their confections. What a weekend!

Hello, Cookie Dough Cookbook

Speaking of DŌ and the fabulous owner, Kristen Tomlan, I absolutely have to spill the beans on her upcoming cookbook, Hello, Cookie Dough. Kristen has become one of my dearest friends and she let me see a sneak peek at the book earlier this year. I’m being 100% honest when I say that this is the cookbook OF THE DECADE. Wow. Edible cookie dough that you can eat or bake into cookies, plus dozens of baked treats all centered around cookie dough. She teaches us how to use heat-treated flour so all cookie dough is safe to consume. Gorgeous pictures for every single recipe and plenty of baking tips, tricks, and advice too.

She’s incredibly inspiring. I’m always honored to support fellow hardworking women!

The book comes out in October, but you can pre-order at the sale price now. I’m very excited to share a recipe and more about the book around the release date!

Photos above from Hello, Cookie Dough.

Sprinkle Running Shoes

There was a little sprinkle of happy in the mail last week. After a reader sent me a link to these sprinkle sneaks, I immediately ordered them. I’ve seriously never purchased something offline quicker. I’m a runner and have trusted Brooks for my running shoes for over 10 years. That being said, I don’t find these best for running. Compared to their Glycerin, in which I usually run, the sprinkle shoes felt a little clunky. For me, they’re more of a casual every day shoe. But that’s fine with me because I’ve literally been wearing these EVERY DAY.

The shoelaces! How can you not smile?

New Email Series?!

Are you on my email subscriber list? I launched a Baking Made Easy email series at the end of last year and am ready to launch a few more with all sorts of varying (and completely new) content including cake baking, pie making, cookies, fall baking, holiday cookies, and more. This is all completely free and really just a way for me to connect with readers that isn’t through social media. I have some bonus email-subscriber-only content up my sleeve, too!

Anyway, the Baking Made Easy email series is the only one I have right now, but stay tuned for more. I’ll announce them on my blog!

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Recipe Reshoots

I’ve been working on new fall recipes as well as updating photos from my blog archives. I recently re-photographed oatmeal M&M cookies and s’mores chocolate chip cookies🙂

oatmeal M&M cookies

s'mores chocolate chip cookies

I just finished up the prep for the September Baking Challenge and am currently working on revamping my Recipe Page so it’s easier to find my recipes! I know I have tons of them and sometimes it’s hard to find what you’re looking for. Stay tuned!

August Baking Challenge

August Baking Challenge recipe: Vertical Cake

August’s baking challenge recipe is definitely one of my favorites so far. It’s a more difficult recipe, which is why I love it. Depending on your skill level, you are truly challenging yourself with this one! It look me weeks of recipe testing to perfect it, so learn from my mistakes and follow the recipe closely. This one is so fun to serve, too.

I LOVE seeing your vertical creations this month!!

Thanks for reading and have a relaxing weekend!

154 Comments

  1. Good thoughts and healing prayers for your wonderful Jude! Such cute pictures! Seems like with our dogs and all of our pets, (and yes they are our family just like you said), we give them our love, our heart, our tears, our everything but they always seem to give us more ! In all His creation, Isn’t God good!

  2. Am thinking of all of you and prayers for Jude. I lost my beloved cat Orson who was 19 to cancer last December and yes they are members of the family and mean so much to us.

  3. Sending prayers for Jude!

    Love Brooks also! Although, my daughter just started running for the middle school cross country team. Brooks is too wide for her feet, so I got her a pair of new balance, after a couple months of training I got her a pair of asics. Both kf my boys loved their brooks, so I was disappointed she would be able to wear them.

    Can’t wait for the cookie dough cookbook!

  4. Oh how my heart aches for you with the news of Jude’s illness. Bloody cancer! I hope all goes well with his treatment and he has much more time on this earth to share with his family.
    Sally I love everything you do. I can’t tell you how many times I have recommended your blog to anyone looking for a recipe for a tasty treat. Every one of them so happy I have introduced them to your deliciousness. Can’t wait to see what’s to come. All the best to you and your family x

  5. I am hoping the best for your “puppy.” Pet medicine has advanced a great deal and there are incredible medicines in oncology to minimize cancer. You have access to these medicines and the specialist to give your puppy the very best care; and that should be comforting to you if that is even possible.
    Without sharing our sad story, my heart just bleeds for you and your husband. It makes it worse because you have become a family friend through your dialogues with all of us and the unforgettable desserts you have given us. It is devastating. I look forward to hearing positive news and a full recovery.

  6. I hope Jude will be ok! I’m keeping you all in my thoughts! I’d definitely be interested in an event in NYC! i missed you as we had plans to go to a concert in Atlantic City that day, so I’d love another chance to bake with you!

  7. Am so sorry to hear about your loved pets diagnosis – our pets are truly our furry family members and give us so much love and devotion – hopefully Jude will have some good months/years ahead with all of you – loved the pictures

  8. I’m praying for your dear Jude. I know how hard it is to find out such devastating news. When you hear those words your heart sinks. I lost my 15 year old puppy with cancer, but his was aggressive. I wish you good luck and all the best with Jude. They bring so much joy and happines to our life. Chin up

  9. We have 2 fur children (and 1 human one) and they are hearts. Both have experienced serious illness and pulled through. Sending their best wishes and ours for a quick recovery. #kickcancersbutt

  10. Sally, so sorry about the news about Jude and hope he recovers quickly and with minimal discomfort.
    On another note, please please please do another cooking demo at DŌ! I was so bummed to miss out on tickets and would be thrilled to have another chance, as well as to attend your book signing! xo

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