Coffee Break

Dana's Bakery macarons

7 and 1/2 weeks in with our little miss! Last time I checked in, we chatted about the struggles of motherhood. It’s been a difficult adjustment and I was immensely comforted in the fact that many of you experienced the same. Obviously I’m not jumping for joy that other moms struggle, but I don’t often find that women openly admit the hardships. So thank you– from the bottom of my heart– for being honest and offering advice from your own personal experiences. I appreciate it so much.

Once we hit week 5-6 and Noelle began SMILING, I hit a major turning point. Her genuine reaction to my face! It was at this point that things began to *click.* It’s no easier, but it feels more manageable. Seeing her reactions to my silly voices, little tickles, and gentle lullabies gives me a sense of reassurance and strengthens my confidence. I AM a good mother. I AM doing this right. We also began establishing *somewhat* of a routine, which is huge for the general sanity of the household. She’s still very young, so we don’t have a rigid routine or anything– but introducing a loose schedule has helped me predict her needs. I know it sounds silly, but even when her needs are SO simple, it’s difficult to comprehend them. Especially when you are a new parent.

You know what helped? I began writing everything down. When she fed, how much she ate or how long she nursed, when she was fussy, when she was alert, when she napped, etc. I just started tracking it all. Such a simple concept. When you’re sleep deprived and recovering from childbirth, your mind is practically mush. So writing it all down helped me see and understand it all.

Onto another child!


Little Franklin had surgery last month. He found and gobbled up a piece of corn cob he found in the yard (no idea how it got there. We haven’t eaten any in over a year!) and it got stuck in his digestive tract. Last I updated you, he just had the surgery. He had the staples removed last week and is feeling back to normal. Playing with his toys, bones, and barking at the mailman. We can take him on long walks again and there’s NO MORE CONE! Those couple weeks were so rough– his sad puppy eyes wearing the cone! Thanks for your well wishes for our little guy.

As for Jude? He’s all smiles, as per the usual.


I know I’ve talked about my obsession with Dana’s Bakery macarons before. Dana, the owner, sent me some pink macs to celebrate Noelle (at the top of this post!). Strawberry shortcake flavored, the same flavor we had at our wedding 3 years ago. Dana and I got to talking and I’m going to offer a fun macaron giveaway on Instagram in the beginning of December. Stay tuned for that!

Random question. Would you be interested in a list of suggested holiday gifts/items for the bakers in your life? Or for you? I’ve been thinking about rounding up some baking related favorites for gift giving and such. Things like fun pie plates, oven mitts, adorable aprons, baking gadgets, kitchen decor, etc. Thoughts?

Have you planned out your Thanksgiving menu yet? Tell me everything you’re making. I love seeing/reading others’ holiday menus! I’m off the hook from cooking this year, but you know I’m in charge of dessert. There will be pie. And plenty of it.

Apple pie filling on

Happy baking!


  1. A list of gift suggestions would be amazing – I know I’ve got a baker friend and it would be super helpful 🙂 

  2. Migdalia Figueroa says:

    Hello! Congratulations for your website. It looks very nice & the contents are amazing! Thank you for sharing such nice recipes with tutorials. We really appreciate it. Your baby’s picture is beautiful. God bless her! You said something about looking for a Gerber onesie in the next size. Check in online in Walmart’s website, maybe they have it. Here is the link:

    Also, you might be able to find something to your liking here:

    And last but not least, maybe you can find something over here:

    I hope this helps you out in your search for that perfect onesie, for your little angel. God bless you & your baby. Happy Thanksgiving Day & Merry Christmas, too! Bye!


  3. I would love a holiday gift idea! As for Thanksgiving I’m going to bring a kale salad and your cookie dough pretzel bites. Also going to attempt my first pie and planning on making your salted caramel apple pie! Hoping it goes well!

  4. Gift ideas are always welcome!

    For Thanksgiving – Mushroom Stuffing with Crispy Prosciutto, Brussels Sprouts Hash with Caramelized Shallots, Yukon Gold and Gryuere Gratin, Cranberries with Candied Ginger, Coconut Pecan Torte and homemade cinnamon ice cream.  My husband will handle the turkey :-).

    Thank you for making me smile daily Sally!  I pray you are feeling more settled in motherhood. The first three months of my first born were definitely the toughest for me.  

    1. Each day feels more manageable for sure. Brussels hash with caramelized shallots sounds incredible! Your whole menu does.

  5. So glad you’re getting a routine down! Your family is adorable.
    I would like a list of suggestions for gifts, please!

  6. Sylvie the French says:

    You are an excellent mother, Sally. It’s not easy, at the beginning, to understand our adorable babys and It’s difficult sometimes but we do our best and …. it’s all the same awesome to be a mother. A lot of love + “some” difficulties + a lot of thought = a mum = )

    In France we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but I love your recipes for this celebration and, this year, I made your great pumpkin pie for my family and my friends. It was a success. Thank you !

    1. Thank you so much for the kind and comforting words, Sylvie! I’m glad you tried my pumpkin pie. It’s definitely my favorite.

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