Let’s catch up! There’s so much to chat about today.
First, it’s October! Didn’t that creep up?? I feel like it was August last week.
I hope you’ve been baking up a storm this fall season. My baking has been sporadic– a little here and a little there– because life has been ca-razy. I’ve spent a few Sundays with my slow cooker making a big batch of these BBQ turkey meatballs last weekend and slow cooker chicken chili before that. I’ve been looking for a slow cooker chili with sweet potatoes and lots of black beans– maybe some ground turkey in there too. Do you have any recipes like that? Speaking of chili, I have a new chili recipe coming soon. I made it last week and we ate it– just the 2 of us– in 2 days. And it makes, like, 8 huge servings.
On the baking front, I’ve found some winners recently that will surely be on my annual must-bake list. A few: super-moist spice cake and brown butter pumpkin oatmeal cookies. Some of you have tried the brown butter pumpkin oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips instead of the icing on top. I’ve done it that way and they’re incredible. I’m dreaming them up with white chocolate chips and maybe some dried cranberries too. Butterscotch chips maybe? I adore those cookies and pretty much anything sounds good with them!
This guy! Franklin is 7 months old now, clocking in at about 45 lbs. The vet says he’ll be about 60 lbs by the time he’s done growing. We’d thought he’d be bigger than this, but I sort of love that he’s so cute and teeny! Um, “teeny” compared to our 120 lb grizzly bear Jude of course. Franklin’s current favorites: darting around the house with his toys and growling at the mums on our porch. He’s hilarious.
Speaking of, I tried to snap a pretty picture of the mums but someone conveniently butted in.
Two weekends ago, Jude wasn’t feeling very well– whimpering and crying whenever he moved. Obviously I was a hysterical mess. We took him to the emergency vet where they discovered he has mild arthritis in his back knees, though the X-rays showed he was fine elsewhere. We took him to our regular vet last week and she discovered all the pain was in his neck. He must have slept on it funny or jumped up/down somewhere when we weren’t around. He’s been on pain meds and a little steroid since. He’s feeling back to his normal self now! Thank you for all your kind messages about him in the interim. He is loved!!
By the way, here’s a real picture of the mum. Without the bum.
Oh and I also tried to take a picture of this pretty leaf but that was too much to ask as well.
Phoenix is gorgeous!! Thanks for all your food suggestions; we went to Copper Blues and then Hanny’s last night. Seriously good food. We had nachos and other apps at Copper Blues then I got thin crust veggie pizza at Hanny’s. I’m here until Thursday shooting some promo material for the paperback edition of Sally’s Baking Addiction– and I’m told I must go to Churn for ice cream!
I’m teaching hands-on baking classes in Chicago next month. I’ll be at the America’s Baking & Sweets Show again this year. The dates are November 11th – 13th. It’s over a weekend. I’ll be teaching two baking classes and doing a demo on stage. I’m especially excited about the baking classes. These will be for a smaller group where we can talk about, learn about, and bake some of my favorite recipes together. If you purchase a ticket for either class- Friday’s class or Saturday’s class- you will not only bake with me, but you will also receive a copy of each of my cookbooks (including the NEW extended paperback edition with 8 bonus recipes) as well as free swag from two of my partners, McCormick and Diamond of California.
Here are the classes:
Friday November 11th 4:30 – 6pm: Cookie Baking & Tips. We’ll make cookies together! Click here (and scroll down) to buy a ticket. There are a limited number available because it’s a smaller class.
Saturday November 12th 10-12:30pm: Perfecting Pie Crust from Scratch. Just in time for the holidays! We’ll bake apple pie together. 🙂 Click here (and scroll down) to buy a ticket. Again, there are limited available!
Again, the price includes free copies of my cookbooks and swag from my brand partners. 🙂 This is a really fun show. I went last year and it was basically a baker’s or dessert lover’s dream. Kiosks with homemade candy, food samplings, adorable themed cakes on display, cake decorating tables, baking products, sprinkles galore, cute aprons, cookbooks, on-stage demos and more. It was easily the highlight of my book tour and I’m thrilled to be going back. I really hope you can come! We’ll be making this:
Other stuff! Work has been overwhelming. It’s so difficult to manage writing a cookbook and this website simultaneously. Luckily I have a support team, Stephanie and Hilari, to help out. They’ve been helping me with day-to-day tasks– pretty much anything besides emails, comments, photography, writing, and recipe testing. And somehow, I still feel so swamped each day. I try to make a habit of shutting down all electronics and the office door once dinnertime hits, but it’s been difficult. It’s time for a few days off! This weekend a few of my college girlfriends are coming in town to visit. You know the kinds of friends who you don’t see very often but when you get together, it’s like no time has passed? That’s us. I’m soooo looking forward to it!
Hope you’re having a great week so far.
Q: Have you ever been to Phoenix?