Coffee Break

Let’s catch up!

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!

Sign Up for Baking Made Easy Here

If you’re a regular reader and want email notifications whenever I publish a new recipe or article, you can sign up for instant updates.

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!


    1. Oh So sorry to have read this about Jude. Hopefully he will do really well. It’s so sad when our pets get cancer. We lost 2 cattle dogs to cancer.

  1. I was so sad to hear about Jude when you posted it on Instagram, Sally. Having our dogs get sick is the absolute worst. I hope he recovers really quick from surgery and that everything goes off perfectly after this! Lots of love and hope to all of you !

  2. Your post made me cry. As a dog owner, I empathize immensely. These animals are family members. Keeping sweet Jude in our prayers.

  3. Sally I’m so sorry about Jude. I lost my Bree to cancer this past March and I think of her often and share memories of her with my daughters. Yes, they are definitely more than just pets, they are members of the family. I still have her brother who is 14. He kept looking for her for awhile. My heart goes out to you.

  4. Hope your Jude is on the mend soon. Our pets mean the world to us so I can relate, we lost our Scottie to bladder cancer and we miss him like crazy. Big hug to your Jude.

  5. Oh Sally, I’m so sorry about Jude! 🙁 He’s such a beautiful dog; I will pray that he will have a speedy recovery from his surgery and become fully healed soon! Dogs really are part of the family; we’ve had our seven-month-old puppy Lexi since April, and I can’t imagine life without her anymore! Also, the baking demo looks like it was super fun! And thst cookbook…magnefique! My sister would totally die if she had that in her hands 😉 Also, the August Baking Challenge looks like SO much fun, but unfortunately, I don’t have the right size pan for the cake, so I won’t be entering this month’s challenge. But I am looking forward to the September Challenge recipe! Have a great rest of the summer, Sally, and give Jude some extra cuddles from all the SBA followers who love seeing his pictures in all the Coffee Break posts! <3 <3 <3

    1. Lexi is quite the lucky pup! I’ll keep everyone updated on our Jude. ♥
      September baking challenge will be here before we know it!

  6. Oh Sally that’s so sad about Jude…..thinking of you in this time and I really hope he get better! They definitely become part of the family…
    Love that photo of your three precious babies❤

  7. Sally, I’m so sorry to hear about Jude. The hardest thing to do as a pet owner is knowing when to let go – I really hope that he recovers and you won’t have to make the decision until much later! I lost my dog to cancer over a year ago but I still miss her every day 🙁 That photo of Noelle with the two dogs is absolutely precious.

    I’d love to attend a future book signing and cooking demo, but as I live in Europe that’s unlikely to happen. Still, I think there’s plenty of people who can and would love to be there and I’m sure future demo’s would sell out in a heartbeat! 🙂

    1. Thanks for all the kind words, Tessa! Book signings are definitely fun. I’m so sorry for the loss of your pup. I can’t even think about that day for our family. It’s so hard!

  8. Would love to see you in December at Cookie Do for another demonstration and book signing. Prayers to you and your family for Jude. Our fur babies are definitely family and we hurt when there’s something wrong with them. It is devastating, went through it a week before Christmas and it isn’t fun. Keeping positive thoughts and well wishes to Jude❤️❤️
    How about a new cookbook from you?? Sally’s Christmas Addiction?! Or Sally’s Savory supper addiction?!just a thought

  9. Oh, Sally, I am so terribly sorry to hear about Jude. I lost my precious boy Toby to pancreatitis that my vet somehow missed at a time when my Mom was also diagnosed with cancer. My baby was doing so well and we all thought he would be ok, but he ended up developing complications out of the blue and didn’t make it. I was in total shock because we were told he was recovering and he was sent home only to go back to the vet 12 hours later. He was fine for another day before complications set in the morning he was to go back home. I
    still beat myself up about it and blame myself although there were no obvious signs something was wrong. I MISS HIM SO MUCH.
    I ended up losing my Mom to ovarian cancer 9 months later along with several other friends and relatives. My Mom lived with me for 20 years and my home without her and my sweet boy seems so very empty. I’m normally a very positive person, but It’s been unspeakably difficult to accept all of this. Your blog and recipes have been lifesavers for me and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for that. I will pray for dear Jude’s recovery.

    1. Joan, So deeply sorry for your losses. Another sleepless night for me I just lost my brother 2 weeks ago to a rare cancer. Two months and gone.

    2. It’s easy to blame ourselves, but it’s not your fault. I’m so sorry for your losses, Joan. I use baking as a form of therapy– it takes my mind off anything difficult. I’m glad my recipes have brought you a sliver of joy.

  10. So sorry about Jude. Keeping him in my prayers.

    I have a german shepherd grand dog that lives 7 hours from us.
    I miss him so much but we face time often. He got bloat three years ago when he was three. Vet said my son’s fast action to recognize what happened to him saved his life. You are right our dogs are such a huge part of our lives.

  11. Sally, I’m so sorry about Jude! Sending the most positive thoughts your way! I hope he gets better soon!

    The DŌ adventure sound amazing! 🙂

    And the shoes – OMG so cute! And so YOU! 😀

  12. Keeping Jude in my prayers! I feel for you and your family while you’re trying to remain strong.
    He sure knows he’s loved!

  13. As a dog owner in past and a rescue cat for 8 yrs., and an RN for over 40 years… You have my prayers, and wishes for good luck for your precious and loved dog. Part of your family and understand so much Sally and Family. Hope in Life:
    Simple… Ordinary… And Joyful

  14. It is so hard when our pets get sick -they truly are family members. Thinking of you and your family and sweet puppers. I hope Jude has a speedy recovery and feels better soon. Xoxo

  15. Sally,
    Nothing makes me smile quicker than looking into the face of my dog. Is there anything better than that feeling? Thinking of you and sending you comfort and strength.


  16. Very sorry to hear about Jude. I surely welled up when I read about what he and you are all going through. I so enjoy seeing him in your posts. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers and hoping you have a few more good, healthy years with him. We just adopted a really good dog from our local SPCA and it is amazing how in such a short time, he has become an integral part of our empty nest. Keeping healing thoughts coming your way.

  17. I hope Jude gets better! Ugh, I know that feeling and it’s scary and more than devastating and upsetting. Pets are so much more than just “pets”- they truly are family!

    Your trip to NYC looked AMAZING! So exciting all that you’re doing!! It’s truly inspiring to see where you’ve gone with Sally’s Baking Addiction (I’ve been a reader since 2011!)- you go, Sally!!

  18. Thoughts and prayers to All of you. Keep the positivity flowing!! It is hard to think of spending life without my babes, but then I cannot imagine missing out on all the shared kisses and body wags, the goofy moments and blanket snuggles. Their time in our lives is always too short , but not the time they spend in our hearts.

  19. I have two dogs and they are family. My prayers for Jude and your family and I thank you for sharing your story and pictures of him.

  20. SALLY, hugs and prayers for Jude and his human family!!!
    I did not participate in the August challenge, but enjoyed viewing all the beautiful entries. I will have to say good luck trying to judge the winner!!!

    1. The winner is randomly picked! There’s no judging involved, but I will say that I wouldn’t be able to choose a winner if there was. Everyone’s cakes are just so beautiful!

  21. Dear sally and family
    I am dog owner and recently lost my dog to cancer. He wasn’t my first to have cancer. You are giving Jude more time wo spend with you and your family. Maybe make a bucket list for him if things for you and your family to do with him.
    Would you ever do a book signing here in the Palm Springs area?

      1. Any new cookbooks planned?
        Just love your recipes
        I print whatever not in the books
        And add updated recipes
        I lost 3 to cancer
        I love the picture with your daughter

  22. Prayers for Jude….our pets are not just pets…they’re family. In reading these posts from everyone, there is so much pain for so many others that I lift up all of your readers in my prayers. My faith in God sustains me as I hope it will do for others.

  23. Crossing my fingers for Jude’s health. I know that he was Kevin and your’s first baby. Love the picture of the Noelle with the pair of them, so adorable. Hope you gained lots of inspiration while NYC. Love the top you are wearing in that photo too. The blue cookie dough, reminds me of the cookie monster, I hope that is what it’s called 🙂 I can’t get over that we are less than 2 weeks away from Labor day. Where did summer go? Oh, did you get everything crossed off your summer bucket list? Here’s to a healthy and happy start to fall.

    1. Yes, it’s a cookie monster flavor! I didn’t try that one, but the Heavenly flavor is my favorite. It has chocolate hazelnut, sea salt, and caramel. It’s divine! We are still working on crossing off items on our bucket list. Hopefully roasting s’mores this weekend! Thanks for asking about that.

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