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Hello hello!! Checking in with another coffee break post today. I’ve let another 3 months pass without any life updates. I promise I’ll start to get better at this, but man, my schedule always feels like a handful. And I have a feeling life will continue on this whirlwind since someone is now WALKING in our household! ♥

(By the way, that’s a snickerdoodle cookie up there. No chill cookie recipe alert!)

Noelle

Now 1 year old, our sweet Noelle is walking. 1 week after her 1st birthday, she began taking her first steps without holding onto anything for balance. It only took a few days to quit crawling completely. She walks from one end of the house to the other and laughs while doing so. She thinks it’s hilarious. I swear sometimes she runs too! Still needs to get used to walking in shoes. Any tips besides just… practicing? And do any parents have any suggestions for non-skid socks? Our house is mostly hardwood floors and as the temperatures cool, her bare feet get a little cold. All of the “non-skid” socks we have are still pretty slippery.

My favorite part about all this walking is when she walks up to my legs and hugs them. And though she balances herself pretty well, she loves to look up and reach out her hand for yours. Ahhh! Could my heart melt any faster? Literally… could it.

A few weeks ago, the 3 of us joined our good friends and their baby girl for a weekend of relaxing, beautiful scenery, wine tasting, and adventuring. We visited Seneca Lake in upstate New York. It was the BEST weekend for so many reasons. The views were breathtaking, the cool Fall weather was perfect, the wine was delicious, the girls were great, and sitting around the fire was the epitome of relaxing. Our girls are only 3 months apart and it’s always so fun seeing them play together!

Motherhood

I’m not sure if you saw my Instagram stories about this, but I realized something profound that weekend. Maintaining a social life has been difficult the past year. Not only because we had a baby, but because I own my own business. And it can be pretty all-consuming if I let it. I make a point to get out for play dates and mommy & me classes, but sometimes I catch myself making excuses in fear of breaking the routine. I’ve said no to activities because it interrupts nap time or gets Noelle in bed too late. Or I fear Noelle will have a meltdown in public and everyone will judge me as a mother. (Which is ridiculous, I know.) A little advice from my friend: life will simply pass you by if you keep making excuses. There’s a stigma that your fun social life ends when you have a baby and it certainly can… if you let it.

So throw up your arms!!! Live life, get out, take the children along, put in the effort, and just enjoy it as much as you can. Sure, experiences will be different than pre-kids but that doesn’t mean they won’t be worth it. And the more you get out with them, try new experiences, travel with them, etc… the easier it will get for parents AND children alike. (Obviously some situations aren’t child-friendly and obviously there’s also a need for date nights, girls nights, and me time but you get what I’m saying!) Such a simple concept, but it’s taken me awhile to embrace it.

By the way, our favorite winery on Seneca Lake was Ravines. Great wine selection, adorable barn area for tasting, and beautiful scenery. Have you ever been to the Finger Lakes?

Blogger Retreat

My most recent travel, however, was to Malibu for a blogger retreat. My first time in Malibu and my first blogging retreat! What’s a blogger retreat, you ask? It’s a chance to spend quality time with other bloggers. Learn from each other, lift one another up, share advice, discuss struggles, what works for our businesses, what doesn’t, food photography, recipe creation, social media, videos, and so much more. It’s easy to sink into our own little food blogging worlds, so it’s important– no, it’s crucial– to get out and connect with people who do what you do. I consider it a blessing to spend quality time with fellow empowered women.

The weekend was as delicious as it was inspiring. One day, a chef from McCormick created 3 unbelievable meals and table scapes for us. The food, including grilled tuna and corn poke with lime crema, smoky avocado and mushroom soup, miso shrimp and shishito skewers, and tumeric roasted cauliflower, was OUT OF THIS WORLD. It was nice to throw up our feet all weekend and let others do the cooking!

The red & black table scape was my favorite. Romantic and moody, right?!

Back in the Kitchen!

After traveling nonstop for the past 2 months, it feels good to be back in the kitchen. One of my assistants, Hilari, visited last week and we baked from sun up to sun down. 5 straight days of recipe testing for Pie Week 3.0, plus we baked and photographed 7-8 old recipes. I like to reshoot old recipes because it breathes life back into them. Maybe you didn’t know they existed until the new pictures show up in your inbox or on social media. Reshooting old recipes also gives me the opportunity to add extra helpful tips or rewrite any confusing directions. Here are some old recipes we worked on. I still need to edit the new photos for a few of these, so definitely check back!

And so many more.

By the way, my annual Pie Week is a week dedicated to only pie recipes. The 2018 Pie Week begins next Monday October 29th!

This deliciously moist and spiced apple bundt cake is smothered in a buttery brown sugar glaze! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I also created a separate post for Homemade Whipped Cream. I’ve written the recipe for homemade whipped cream as a topping about 100 times, so I figured it deserved its own blog post. Would you be interested in a round-up of all my recipes that use homemade whipped cream? Sort of like 50 ways to eat salted caramel. Let me know!

How to make the creamiest homemade whipped cream for topping cheesecake, cupcakes, pumpkin pie, cake, strawberry shortcake, and so much more! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Sprinkled

Thank you so much for all the support with Sprinkled, my video mini series. 6 of 8 episodes have aired!

In these videos, I take recipes that are already on my blog and create them on camera in my own kitchen. Filled with extra baking tips and advice, these 10 minute episodes are an in-depth look into why these recipes work. Also in the episodes are interview style scenes, shots of me working, writing, editing, photographing, and recipe testing. And my dogs, of course. You can find all the episodes in the Sprinkled section of my website or on my video production team’s youtube channel.

October Baking Challenge

October Baking Challenge: Homemade Toffee

Thank you so much for the participation in Sally’s Baking Challenge every month! I truly love seeing you push outside your baking comfort zone. This month is all about homemade candy, which I know many of you have been nervous to tackle until now. Here is my video tutorial for the pumpkin spice toffee. Participation is strong this month and you are killing it!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! What did you bake? More life posts right this way.

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  1. I can’t wait to make those snickerdoodle cookies. They’re one of my faves. I also second Robeez. I bought them for all of my kids. They are the best for new walkers. https://www.robeez.com/ And they’re on sale 20% off until the 31st. (But you can also find knockoff ones that are just as good.)

  2. So nice to see you enjoyed the Finger Lakes! I’m from Upstate NY and moved to Montgomery County MD a few years ago. I definitely miss that area, but I spend a lot of time searching for scenic places down here too. In the meantime I’m trying to decide which one of your apple cider recipes to make. Your website is my go-to, I appreciate your scientific take on baking!

  3. Yes I would be interested in a round-up of all of your recipes that use homemade whipped cream.
    I have not been baking anything yet. We are still going back and forth to Virginia for my husbands other medical appointments . I am going to need exploratory surgery they found a loop obstruction
    in the ct scan I had done at the hospital in Elkins WV where we currently live a week ago. So I will be making a half recipe of homemade macaroni and cheese in the meantime and then homemade mashed potatoes. And maybe some homemade fudgy brownies as well. So I will get your first cookbook from books a million someday after the exploratory surgery and after I heal from that. The consultation for that is October 30th. I hope to cook and bake all food from scratch as my everyday normal but there is just some that is not supposed to be made from scratch in the snack food world. Have a wonderful day.

  4. You can find socks that have a flexible full rubber sole. I bought some for my kids, and lost them, and then found them when they were too small for the feetsies. Sigh. Search “socks rubber soles” on Amazon.
    Also, every recipe I’ve tried is wonderful! Thank you!

  5. Hi Sally,
    I grew up near Canandaigua Lake and sometimes vacationed on Seneca Lake. Yes, the area is very beautiful! You don’t know how lucky you were to get the weather you did lol! We used to say we had two seasons – winter and August. Don’t ever worry about your baby girl having a meltdown in public. When my oldest two were young, they did that a lot. I was so embarrassed and horrified. But that’s life! We have to live our lives with our children and manage the meltdowns and do the best we can. You’d be surprised at how understanding most people are. The picture of the two wine glasses is one of the beautiful pictures you’ve ever taken and one of the best I’ve ever seen! Keep doing what you’re doing Sally!

    1. You are so sweet!! I took that picture with my iPhone and didn’t even realize how beautiful it was until I uploaded it on my site. We definitely lucked out with the weather because it was sunny and in the 60s. Crisp fall weekend.

  6. Hi Sally,
    Pedipeds, best baby/toddler shoes ever!! Both my kids learned to walk in them. They are soft leather so they can easily walk naturally and they work great on all floors.
    Also, thank you for all your recipes and ideas, everything I’ve made has been fantastic!!!

  7. I made your homemade caramel sauce. I’ve tried several different caramel recipes before with not much success. But your recipe was so much easier and delicious!! Success!! I have a feeling I will be making this often. Thank you, Sally! 🙂

  8. Dear Sally,
    I’m glad I stumbled upon your site. It looks delicious. I have done baking and can relate to your recipes and love of chocolate. Your daughter sounds wonderful and loving. My mother told me when I was an infant, I went straight from crawling to running! No walking for me!
    Carole

  9. Zupano booties! Perfect for hardwoods- our daughter was an early walker and just turned two and we are on our 5 and 6 pair!

  10. My little guy is just a few days younger than Noelle 🙂 I’ve been putting him in scooties by Hudson Baby (you can find them on Amazon). They’re like little slippers with grips on the bottom – they work great for him! They Velcro on so he can’t get them off as easy as his socks and they seem to have decent grip.

  11. I’m so excited that your next Sprinkled will be pie crust!! I have such a mental hangup with pie crust so I’m excited to watch. I’ve loved them all!

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