Coffee Break

Coffee Break Sally's Baking Addiction

I feel like we haven’t chatted in awhile. I share 2-3 new recipes a week, but I miss real conversation with you! Let’s change that. Because I miss you! And I really like coffee. And breaks.

Heck, while we’re at it– let’s add some pumpkin coffee creamer to that cup o’ joe. K? If you do not care for coffee, grab tea, a smoothie, heck- a cocktail! It’s ok, I’ll wait as you open that bottle of wine.

Do you know what I’ve been doing the past 2 months straight? Preparing posts for the rest of this year. I was baking pumpkin bars in July. Christmas cookies last week. I feel insane, but I need to get this done now or else my blog will have zip, zero, zilch on it while I’m on tour. And seeing all of these Fall and holiday recipes together, oh my gosh. GET READY for some truly incredible things. I honestly can’t pick a favorite but just to name a few: my favorite Thanksgiving stuffing, pecan pie, truffles, scones, cheesecakes, more snack bars (heck yes!), Fall cocktails, pumpkin cookies. And I have more posts in my baking basics series coming too. Not quite finished it all, but I’m almost there.

I’d like to say thank you to Kevin, my friends, family, in-laws, and neighbors for helping me taste test it all. Anywhere I’ve gone the past two months, I’ve brought baked goods with me. “Here, taste this! And this!” My plumber even got some pumpkin bars. And I sent our UPS man on his way with cookies. My life is so odd.

Oh, and this doesn’t even count all the current work! I mean all the baking / writing / shooting / editing / posting I’ve been doing right now too. Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to getting on the road soon.

Sips more coffee.

Homemade Pumpkin Coffee Creamer

Did you know you can literally make your own PSL at home? I’m serious! And it really tastes like the real deal. Starbucks sent these to me and I even got Kevin (“coffee tastes like burnt dirt”) to drink one. Life is complete.

Starbucks PSL at home

Speaking of the hubs! It’s our one year anniversary this Sunday.

I really cannot process that. Doesn’t this seem recent?

Wedding Photos

What feels like yesterday, also seems well in the past. I can still smell Kevin’s cologne and taste the sesame-crusted salmon, yet I wrote a cookbook, saw heavenmy favorite band, relaxed in Mexico, and turned 30 since then.

We were originally going to travel somewhere to celebrate but, to be honest, we’d rather do something special around home since there is so much travel ahead. He’s coming to Seattle with me in a couple weeks, so we’re planning on a nice dinner there as well. Seattle locals, do you have any good recommendations?

I plan to post a few more wedding photos on Sunday too, so check back.

Let’s see, what else is new. Oh! I tried some real-deal macarons last week from Ladurée. My parents were traveling and picked me up a variety. I tried the pistachio first and I’m so glad I did because it ended up being my favorite. But, let’s not kid around here, they’re all incredible. The raspberry filling in the pink one is outstanding and I adored the lemon flavor. The other flavors are vanilla, salted caramel, and cool mint. I’ve never been to France but for these and many, many other reasons- I would love to visit.

coffee break macarons

If you haven’t seen by now, I’m officially on snapchat! I’m as excited about snapchat as I am in the beginning of this post. My username is the same as Twitter and Instagram: sallysbakeblog. It took me forever to learn because I’m not as cool as you super tech-y kids! How old do I sound?

Fall Favorites. So awesomely basic. Join the fun.

Pumpkins in autumn!

via Pinterest.

My friend Kathleen– you know the one who designed our wedding signage— is a master calligrapher and owns Sincerely Designed. I sent Kath an advanced copy of Sally’s Candy Addiction for promotional purposes and she made the pumpkin spice toffee on page 109. Amazing. You have to try it this Fall. And just look at her beautiful calligraphy. I can’t get enough of this talent.

Pumpkin spice toffee from Sally's Candy Addiction cookbook

Ok, gotta jet. Finally going shopping for book tour clothes. Talk soon. xo


  1. It’s so exciting that you’re going back to my hometown, Seattle! There, you can get real, authentic PSLs:) I just moved to Virginia for college, and I’m so bummed I’ll miss you at you’re seattle book signing, but I’ll try to get my family to go for me. I miss baking so much in college… Anyway, one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle is called Wild Ginger. I highly recommend it if you want an awesome variety of Asian cuisine! Good luck on your tour!

    1. Thanks so much Jamie! Sad to be missing you– shoot me an email. I’ll mail you a signed bookplate for your copy of Sally’s Candy Addiction!

  2. Sally, 

    The Laduree is life changing. I went to Paris this summer and was in heaven with the raspberry macaroons. Went to the one in London afterward and it didn’t match up, sadly. I am so excited to see you when you come to Portland, Oregon!


  3. Hi Sally! 

    You are absolutely my favorite. I aspire to be as well respected as you in the blogging and baking community. Thanks for the great recipes and posts! <3 

  4. Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been a year now since your wedding. Time flies so fast! It’s too bad you’re not coming down south to NC on your book tour. But I hope you have fun!
    That pumpkin coffee creamer looks SO good…I’m totally going to try that! I cannot wait for your cookbook release – counting the days until the twenty-ninth! Now to persuade my mom to let me use the kitchen is a whole other problem…

  5. Hi Sally, I just made your Oatmeal Lemon Creme Bars.  I have waited to taste them all afternoon, and WOW,my husband, a long time lemon lover, could not stop raving about the super taste. I will certainly be making them again and again. This is my first time writing to a recipe web site,but could not pass up the opportunity to sing your praises. So glad I recently bought your Baking Addiction cookbook. Keep up your wonderful sharing and have a super and safe book tour.

    1. Wonderful Marilee- thank you! Let me know any cookbook recipes you try. Those oatmeal lemon creme bars are incredible. A personal favorite!

  6. Hi Sally!  Definitely check out Bakery Nouveau while you are in Seattle.  It is one of our favorite bakeries.  The Twice Baked Almond Croissant and Praline Dream Cake are AMAZING!  Also- I highly regard Stika & Spruce for dinner.  My hubby and I live in the Capitol Hill area and this is a favorite local spot for fancy foods.  Hope you have a great time in our city! I will try to see if I can make it out to your event in the U-District.  

    1. Thank you so much for the helpful suggestions Ann, I really appreciate it! Bakery Nouveau looks right up my alley. Hope to meet you! Thanks again.

  7. Sally, everytime you mention your booktour I feel a little sad that you cant come to Southern California. I feel like there are so many of your fans who do get to see you…I’m kinda feeling left out. But of course dont come to a city just for my sake! (I’m not royalty!!) 😛

    I just had one of those pumpkin lattes (the same ones you posted a pic of) and they are nice!
    So looking forward to your fall recipes. I went to Target and got a hug can of pumpkin in eagerness for one of your upcoming recipes. 🙂

    1. Iram, we are working on a LA date in the new year. Haven’t given up yet! I have a new pumpkin bar recipe coming next week– you need to try it when I publish the recipe.

  8. A fantastic choice to have a special dinner in Seattle is The Herbfarm! It is in Woodinville, WA, it is truly a special place to have dinner. Go to their website to see what the theme is while you are in Seattle.

  9. While in Seattle, try ‘Din Tai Fung’ an amazing Taiwanese/Chinese restaurant in University Village near University of Washington Campus. It will be unlike any other Chinese you have ever tried! (Also fabulous shopping in U Village)

  10. Hiiiighly recommend Toulouse Petit in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. I never miss it when I’m visiting. Google their menu. Seriously so delicious, cool atmosphere, and great service. I didn’t read through all your comments, so I apologize if someone else already suggested it!

  11. I would love to see you in person.
    Can you Please come to the books A million bookstore in Bridgeport , WV. On your book tour ?
    I would definitely go there to see you and get a picture with you.

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