For our last full day together at our team meetup, we had time blocked for pausing on the work stuff & doing something fun, so we went for manicures and pedicures. We basically took over the salon and it was a great chance to chat & relax. Once we got back to the house, we baked cookies! ❤️ Team Hedwig!
I snacked on some treats from a recent Try the World delivery today while helping users in WordPress.com live chat. Pictured: Chocolate Truffles from Truffette de France (Canada), Orange Gingersnaps from Nyåkers (Sweden), Sablés à la confiture d’Abricot from Orientines (Morocco). I’ll share a full review of the subscription box soon. This morning the plumbers came by and disconnected a gas line from an old built-in gas heater and removed the wall-mounted toilet from the master bathroom. Both had been there since 1960. I’ve been really nervous to start the bathroom renovation, because water & pipes & mystery, I guess, but there’s no turning back now. (Ahh!) This weekend I’m going to go check out a few bathroom vanities I’ve seen online to see if I want to buy one of them, because I’d really rather cross them off the list if they’re a no go and move on. It’s all happening now! Keep my bathroom & bank account in your thoughts. 😉
We baked Peanut Butter Blossoms this afternoon to reward ourselves for spending a few hours cleaning and organizing things around the house. It’s been several years since I made these, so they’re a nice treat! This week on the blog, I… recommended five books to read in the winter, shared a recipe for homemade Simple Cranberry Sauce, celebrated Jane Austen’s birthday, shared photos from the DFW-area Automatticians’ Christmas Dinner, livetweeted the GOP debate, and posted a bunch of ebook deals. And oops I found more book deals! Several of Susan Mallery’s books are on sale for Kindle right now too: Click the title to view the book on Goodreads & the price to buy on Amazon. Chasing Perfect (Fool’s Gold #1) – $2 Almost Perfect (Fool’s Gold #2) – $2 Finding Perfect (Fool’s Gold #3) – $2 Sweet Spot (Bakery Sisters #2) – $2 The Girls of Mischief Bay (Mischief Bay #1) – $2 Under Her Skin (Lone Star Sisters #1) – $2 I’m a sucker for a romance series that takes me back to …
Sometimes I really, really want homemade chocolate chip cookies, but lately two things have stopped me from having them: (1) our wall oven broke several months ago and we’re relying on a fancy toaster oven until we remodel our kitchen in a few more months, and (2) I’d love to eat a whole bunch of them but really probably shouldn’t. Well, problem solved! Because: (1) My toaster oven (the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven) is actually really good at being an oven and handles all sorts of things (from these cookies to whole dinners) fantastically well, and (2) baking only two cookies at a time means they’re always fresh out of the oven when I eat one and also that there won’t be a pile of them sitting around ruining my attempt at eating remotely healthy on weekdays. These cookies will take you about a total of 15 minutes and one bowl, so they’re totally worth the tiny bit of trouble.
On the eve of my thirty-third birthday, three things I love: Bob's Burgers comic book (early birthday surprise from the husband), macaroons from @hautesweetspatisserie, and my homemade cold-brewed iced coffee. 33 tomorrow! A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jul 6, 2015 at 7:35am PDT
My BFF is visiting me for the weekend & so I’ve taken her to my favorite pizza place in Dallas (or anywhere) and tried a new bakery: Cookies! From Haute Sweets in Dallas. Macarons: cookie butter. earl grey. raspberry. caramel. So pretty & delicious. #cookies #treats #dallas #hautesweetspatisserie @hautesweetspatisserie A post shared by Kim Jones | (@owlpacinophotos) on Jun 26, 2015 at 2:14pm PDT Found a new favorite! SO GOOD.
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