Announcing My Next Cookbook: Lollipop Love

November 18th, 2014 · 25 Comments · Cookbooks, My Books, Personal

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Lollipop Love - coming March 2015

I am so very excited to finally be sharing this news with you all: my third cookbook will be coming out next March! 

The name of the book is Lollipop Love, and it features 40 recipes for the original sweet on a stick. 

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On the California Strawberry Farm Tour and Culinary Event

July 29th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Events, Personal, Sweet Spots, Travel

 
koda farms strawberry
 

A week ago I was lucky enough to be part of the California Strawberries Farm Tour and Culinary Event, thanks to the California Strawberry Commission. Along with several other bloggers, I got spend two days down in sunny Santa Cruz learning about strawberries and enjoying strawberry-themed cuisine. Read on for lots of photos and lots of strawberries...

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Meeting Cookie Monster

May 28th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Events, Personal, San Francisco

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Cookie Monster and the Cookie Monster cookie sandwich

Sometimes opportunities come along that make me so happy I started this blog about baking. Case in point: I got an invitation to meet Cookie Monster and interview him a couple of weeks ago! Cookie Monster in my town! How could I pass up an opportunity to meet my very favorite Sesame Street character? Cookie Monster is a perfect example of how a simple love of sweets can get you far in life. And now that I have a baby girl who is starting to understand Sesame Street, how could I not take her to meet him?

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Pink Ombre Cake for Baby’s 1st Birthday

February 6th, 2014 · 7 Comments · Cakes, Personal, Recipes

penelope bird pink ombre birthday cake

A couple weeks ago Isabelle turned one year old. One! How did my inaugural year as a mom pass so quickly!

I meant to post another update in between her six month milestone and now, but I guess a mega-ish update will have to do. Hopefully these periodic updates are still enjoyable!

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A Tribute to the Queen of the Daring Bakers

November 15th, 2013 · 13 Comments · Personal, Recipes, Tarts

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The Chocolate Caramel Tart, from Daring Bakers August 2007

I've been busy for weeks with pre-trip madness, but on Tuesday I got a sudden, sad reminder of how fragile and precious life is. Lisa, the blogger behind La Mia Cucina and one of the founders of the Daring Bakers, unexpectedly passed away, leaving behind a community of baking bloggers that she helped create.

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A Dispatch Before August Ends

August 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment · Personal

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Driving down the Pacifica coast on a summer weekend

Hello again.

It’s been a while – oops! Every time I finish a post now I feel this huge sense of relief and accomplishment, and I think that now I can focus some time on some other tasks on my list before I need to work on the next post. Lately those other tasks are multiplying and multiplying, and more time passes before I realize to my chagrin that I haven’t gotten to work on any new posts.

isabelle fair

Between six and seven months Isabelle has really started to assert her independence. She’s not having any of the sit-quietly-and-play-with-toys thing anymore and instead is trying to scoot, pull herself up, put everything she can in her mouth, and basically prevent me from taking my eyes off her for more than 10 seconds. I’ve been trying to plan our end of year trips to visit family: baby’s first flight looks to be a 14-hour trans-Pacific journey – daunting to say the least, but we’re looking forward to the adventure! Poor hubby’s been working late, meaning my evenings are often spent putting Isabelle to bed and playing with Snickers (our other child!) so she’s not feeling neglected. We’ve been trying to enjoy our free moments on the weekends while summer’s still here.

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apple fritters from the Gravenstein apple fair

There’s also other food-related projects in the works – some mini writing gigs (have you seen my pieces here and here, by the way?) and a book project that I’ll share more about when the time is right (I know, I’m totally burying the lede, but these days, priorities shift in the blink of an eye).

So…I guess I’m just like any other first-time mom trying to juggle about 100 different things at once, right? The ground shifts and sways, more balls get tossed your way, and sometimes something just has to give. Apologies that the something often turns out to be the blog. I have half a dozen posts in the works, all waiting for me to find the time to type the recipe up or process the photos, or just finish that paragraph where I wrote half a sentence before the baby started crying.

I’m not really complaining. Life is full, and every day I feel so lucky that I get to be with Isabelle, or that some fun new opportunity comes up. I’m just sad I haven’t had time to share it all properly with you. I am thisclose to finishing up a report on a Valrhona event I got to attend a while ago, and I’m crossing my fingers that with a babysitter coming in the weekend I’ll finally find the time to post it. Monday, hopefully! Monday – that’s what I’m aiming for. Little goals, little steps, little victories each day.

Thanks for your patience, and all your kind e-mails. It means a lot! Ok, baby is calling. I’ll leave a little preview of what I made for the Valrhona post here. Happy weekend!

lemon and white choc

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