Here’s to 2017!

overhead image of fruit tart

Deliciously organized fruit chaos in the form of fruit tart. This was my favorite recipe published in 2016! And I loved seeing your versions on Instagram, through email, Twitter, and so on.

From a work standpoint, one of my resolutions in 2016 was to begin ditching my tripod. It’s been my photography crutch for 5 years, so this was certainly a challenge but also an invigorating leap as I faced a new (better!) lighting situation when we moved into the new house. On a personal level, I honestly tried to step away from the computer and technology. Kevin and I tried for date nights once a week, but those slowly fell to the back burner once we moved and I started Sally’s Cookie Addiction. It’s a goal for 2017: not just *one* night a week, but most nights free from work and technology. I gave myself more breaks and time off, which opened my world up to new adventures, travel, hiring 2 incredible assistants, and generally being easier on myself. Most bloggers can agree that it’s overwhelmingly impossible to step away, but I find that the more often we step away– even for just 30 minutes– the more motivated and inspired we are.

collage of 12 images from sally's life in 2016

Finding a work/life balance has been fabulously energizing.

For Sally’s Baking Addiction, 2017 means getting back in touch with our baking roots. The more you and I chat over blog comments, emails, tweets, and messages the more I learn that YOU want to keep learning in the kitchen along with me. I love this! That means we’ll be focusing more on classic baking recipes, as well as simplifying recipes that sometimes leave us intimidated. And more baking basics posts to geek out with each other! And as I plan out my editorial calendar, I’d like to stick to a Mon/Weds/Friday post schedule but some weeks will be new recipes on Mondays and Thursdays. Bear (bare??) with me as I find a schedule that works best with my content creation. 🙂

My next cookbook will be published in 2017 and, like 2016, I hope to try my best to push through life with a positive and hopeful attitude!

As always, thank you for being here during these 5 years (!!). Thank you for helping shake up my world and routine this past year. I’m sincerely grateful you show up each day to read, learn, bake, and genuinely be your awesome selves. An even sweeter 2017 awaits us!

Have a safe and happy new year. See you on Monday!


  1. Lynne (Lynne's Recipe Trails) says:

    I have been a follower of yours for years now, and love your posts. Looking forward to a great year of baking with you.
    Happy New Year Sally 🙂 Hoping 2017 will be a good one !

    1. Thank you for sticking with me for so long, Lynne!! 🙂

  2. Happy New Year Sally! I cant wait to see all the new creations you have in store for us this year! All the best this year!

    1. Thanks, Reshana! Happy New Year!

  3. Laura | Tutti Dolci says:

    Happy New Year, Sally! That tart is such a stunner! Can’t wait to see all that’s ahead for you in 2017! xo

  4. Sharon K (The Farm Chick Bakes) says:

    One of the reasons I can’t wait to read your blog each day (although I may run a day or 2 behind on them, I ALWAYS eventually get to them!) is I can literally hear a smile on your face in your words. You put so much style and finesse into your blogs but most of all that SMILE in them. It makes my day like sunshine….you’re so positive and willing to help and learn from your readers/fans. That’s rare! I envy the success you had and hope to one day just take that leap of faith and quit Corporate America! Until then, I learn from you everyday! Thank you, Sally…Happy New Year! 2017 is going to be a fabulous one! Cannot wait for your Cookie cookbook!

    1. It’s been such a pleasure chatting with you this past year! Thank you so much for all the kind words and support, always. 🙂

  5. Sally! You are quickly becoming a member of my immediate family because I recently started using your recipes and your name is mentioned so often. I just came across your site about a week ago. I made the carrot cake last week with the cream cheese icing and toasted pecans. Easily, it was the best cake either of us had EVER eaten. 

    Please take some time for yourself! I would hate for you to get burned out.

    Thank you so much for sharing. As others have said, you make us look like rock stars and our families happy! 

    1. WELCOME! I’m so glad you found and are enjoying my website and recipes 🙂

      Thank you for the advice to take time for myself. That’s my goal this year!

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