The Friday Roundup!

Yay, it’s Friday!

Usually, the week flies by pretty quickly for me with work and blogging, but this week, it couldn’t go by fast enough so I could sink my teeth into the weekend. Why? Because I have a little something called “New Book Syndrome.” It happens when you get an awesome new book by your fave author of all time and want so desperately to read it in some freakin’ peace and quiet.

For me, that new book is Tilt by Ellen Hopkins. Have you read her stuff? TRULY INCREDIBLE. No other words. Also, the antithesis of uplifting, so if heavy teenage problems ain’t yo thang, my next suggestion would be picking up a lighter read, such as Goodnight Moon or perhaps The Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar. 

Moving on! This week, I baked up a storm.

I paired caramel and cinnamon into one fantastic snickerdoodle.

I made some redonkulous bread with caramel and apples and am STILL giving away some awesome paper bakeware HERE.

I cookified some blondies.

I ruined a pumpkin pie‘s day.

I bred owls into cookies. Okay, not really. But kinda.

And I went all rebellious on you and whipped up a seasonless summer dessert.

Other bakers were busy this week, too.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread from Sally’s Baking Addiction
Apple Fritters from Buns in my Oven
Graveyard Pudding from Make. Bake. Celebrate.
Cake Batter Bark Blondies from Lemons For Lulu
Chocolate Caramel Marshmallow Cookies from Kitchen Meets Girl

This Week, I…

1. Got Happy Hour with Dorothy. It was fun to get out, just us girls, and have some appetizers and drinks. And guilt-free shopping 🙂

2. Have you registered for Online BlogCon yet? If not, you need to!! Here’s what’s up: Online BlogCon was created by Dorothy and Ashton with the idea that since blog conferences are typically so expensive (registration costs, airfare, hotels, and the like) it’s not always feasible for you to drop everything, give away your left lung, and make it to each and every one. Online BlogCon is exactly that–online–so you don’t need to leave your house or your jammies. Registration is $15, but for that, you’ll get three days (October 22-24) of access to knowledgeable guest speakers, networking with sponsors and other bloggers, potential local meet-and-greets, and fun prizes and giveaways. It’s an awesome concept, and I’d love to chit chat with you there!!

3. However, speaking of blog conferences, I am going to BlogHer Food ’13 in Austin and would love love love! to meet some of you there if you plan on going. I hear Austin has great food 🙂

4. I have been baking a lot lately (let’s just call it therapeutic baking) and I’ve found I have a backlog of posts and only seven days in the week to post. *sigh* Looks like we may double-post!

5. Plus, with Halloween approaching swiftly (okay, still a month+ away, but for me, it’s practically tomorrow), there will be a multitude of gross, creepy and spooky treats coming your way. Break out the black sugar and Reese’s pumpkins.

6. UGH, speaking of which: last week I was all hell-bent on making my own Reese’s PB pumpkins. Everything was going fine + dandy until my chocolate starting being super temperamental. I didn’t burn it or anything, and did it how I normally do it 374682467834 times before, but it turned out so annoying and gross. So did like, three other dishes I made. One of the lame things about blogging: not being a perfect superhero baker all the time. #egocheck

Anyway, I’m off to read and preheat my oven. I’ve got tons of treats lined up next week, including another fun giveaway, so stay tuned!

As always, you can send me an email to chat, Tweet me, pin food with me, or peep my life on Instagram.

Have a great weekend!! What are your plans??

xo, Hayley


  1. You really are a baking machine!! You have more treats lined up??? How do you do it girl??? Thanks for the shout on on my Cake Batter Bark Blondies!!! Can’t wait to see what your next post brings!!!

  2. I’m so excited for BlogCon! It’s such a wonderful way to get all of us together. 🙂 You had such a yummy week Hayley!! I’m pretty sure you dedicated this week to me.. pumpkin pie, samoas, snickerdoodles… all my favorites. Thank you for linking up to my banana bread! Woot woot!

  3. I love how much you bake. Makes me feel better about myself. I had SO much fun last night, thanks for being my justifier. 🙂 And thanks for the plug about Online BlogCon! Yay! Oh, and may I borrow the book after you’re done??????

  4. Thanks for linking up my cookies! And I don’t know how you have time to bake so much- I am sooooo impressed! Have an awesome weekend!

  5. I have never read her books, but I do love a dark story so I will have to check them out! I don’t know how you find the time to bake so many out of this world treats. You rock! Hope you are getting some down time this weekend. Hugs!

    • OH. MY. GOSH. If you like really dark–I mean, we’re talking teen hookers, lots of drugs and problems, then you’ll love it. I’m a voyeur by nature, so I love reading heavy stories unlike my own so I can almost live vicariously through them, though the books are kind of hard to digest at times. Check her out: Ellen Hopkins. My faves are Tricks, Identical and the entire Crank trilogy.

  6. You are one busy baker girl!!! Love it though because it makes me feel oh so much better about all the baking I do too:-) I hear you on the backlog of recipes and so few days to share them! Can’t wait to see all the fun goodies that you share this next week!!!

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