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1) Here is the kitchen! The contractors are finishing the first full month of work. The house has exposed wood beams throughout, which is most definitely what sold us on it in the first place. We’re waiting on the appliances and countertops and they’ll continue to work on hook-ups and electrical detail next week. The estimated finish date keeps changing, but I’d say it’s all worth the wait! Also, those two. 😉

2) I loved hearing about all the pies you want to make this summer. And your favorite pie varieties and helpful tips. Last weekend, I baked a few new pies to share on Sally’s Baking Addiction in July. I wasn’t completely happy with a particular key lime pie I made, so I’m going to give it another shot with a different type of crust. Have you made any pies in the past week?

3)  A few of you emailed me about the way I prepared the zucchini on the grill this past week. Oh my goodness, it couldn’t be any easier! I sliced 4 medium zucchini into spears, then placed them in a large zipped-top bag. I added 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, a few shakes each of fresh ground black pepper, red pepper flakes, sea salt, and garlic powder. Then placed them on a grill for 6-8 minutes. It’s so simple, healthy, and made perfect leftovers to have with the next day’s lunch.

4) A video teaching you how to make homemade nutella (!!!!)

5) We are having family over this weekend to CAMP in the backyard! I haven’t done that since I was about 10. The main reason we’re doing it is because our niece is visiting from the west coast. We were going to camp somewhere fun, but this just ended up being most convenient because we’ve got a baby nephew who needs to sleep inside. Just got all the s’more fixings for the bonfire and I’m making a giant cookie pizza for our niece’s birthday. Keep you posted on that!

6) You know I love me some chicken tenders and Chelsea shared a garlic parm version I’m looking forward to trying!

7) I’ve got a no-bake gluten free fruit tart if you’re looking for simple, healthier dessert options for the 4th. You can decorate with sliced strawberries and blueberries. So patriotic of you!

Healthy Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart-2

Have a great one!


All Comments

  1. Hi Sally! I read your blog all the time and have made many of your baked (and savory!) recipes because I know they will always come out well and delicious. So I just wanted to say thank you and to let you know how much I appreciate what you do! Congrats on the new home; so exciting and enjoy your weekend with family. 🙂

  2. I made a strawberry pie and a blueberry pie within the last week! I used your latest blueberry pie recipe, it turned out great!

  3. Your mid construction kitchen looks amazing…that island will be huge!
    I laughed at the picture of your furry kids…Jude looks like the seasoned picture subject…looking off to the side in a dignified pose while little Franklin has that look of not quite knowing why he has to sit and ready to bolt right toward the camera. Handsome boys the two of them are, that is for sure.

  4. Sally I love your kitchen and am crazy about wood beams. Please keep posting pics of your kitchen to show us the progress.  

  5. Hi!  First time visiting your site.  I happened to find your recipe for a lemon blueberry cake with cream cheese frosting a year or so ago.  It was to die for.  Tonight I made a chocolate cake for my hubby’s bday, from a box mix and premised frosting.  It is truly inedible.  I remembered the name of your site and won’t evergl back to the box.

  6. LOVE your blog. Bet you can’t wait for the kitchen to be done. 🙂

    I made a Peach, Nectarine and Raspberry pie with Oatmeal crumble on top (regular butter pie crust on bottom). YUM!

  7. We were just talking about camping in the backyard. I am not a huge fan of camping so this location is ideal for me. My husband cannot wait to take our 15 month old daughter. I am highly encouraging of the backyard. Have fun!

  8. HOMEMADE NUTELLA!!!!!!!!!!!! I NEED to make that! 🙂

    Your kitchen looks great! I still can’t get over the Jude/Franklin pics. It looks like they’re really getting along!

  9. Sally-I’m drooling over your light-filled wood beamed kitchen! Wood beams throughout would sell me on a house also! You are of course well versed in capturing life in photographs, but may I give you a bit of been-there-done-that/motherly advice? I would encourage you to also break out the camcorder & capture these moments. To be able to hear your voices, hear the dogs’ voices, see the emotions in action on your faces is just priceless & something that will become a family treasure years from now. Perhaps you already do this, idk, but just felt compelled to send you my two cents! Congrats on your new home! 

    1. Corrie, thank you and you’re absolutely on point. I really should be filming more of this exciting process. Thanks for the advice!

  10. Hey Sally!! Congrats on your new house and this kitchen looks amaze balls! Can;t wait to see it once all done! And these two are the cutest!! I love dogs and I am seriously planning on getting one this year end! Fingers crossed!!
    Hey just wanted to give you a head’s up about your Pinterest boards – seems like Pinterest is showing that you have zero boards!
    And I wanted to email you regarding some stuff but can’t seem to find your email!
    Have a fun relaxing long weekend!

    1. What the heck! Ok, I’ll look into Pinterest right away. Thank you for letting me know. Here is the best email: info (at)



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