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This past month has been busy, busy, busy.
It’s mostly been spent planning for an upcoming trip to France and Germany. I went to Paris a few years ago for a quick stopover, but this time, were spending a good amount of time there, as well as going to Lyon, and ending with Oktoberfest (on my birthday!)
We’re going with ten people, so it will be a bit chaotic but should be tons of fun.
Other things I’ve done this month:
Bought a fancy lame. If you’re not familiar, a lame is for slashing a loaf of bread dough before baking. You can use a knife, which is what I’ve been doing for years, but a lame is much better. You can of course get a less fancy version.
Bought the right tools for making cakes from this book. I can’t pinpoint why I’ve been making these cakes without the right tools, but I have been, and it’s only okay. So my next big baking project is going to be a spectacular cake, and my goal is nothing less than perfection. Stay tuned!
Bought this digital scale. If you don’t use a scale for baking, you’re missing out. It’s less messy and more precise, and you don’t end up with a bunch of dirty measuring cups to wash. This one also has a pull-out display so if you use a bowl larger than the scale, you can see the measurements.
Had the best hazy IPA ever. This is my perfect beer — so cloudy it’s indistinguishable from orange juice. It’s fruity and hazy without the bitter aftertaste that a lot of IPAs have. If you’ve never had a Hoof Hearted beer, go out and find some. You won’t be disappointed!
Made this pie again for a cookout. It reminds me that you can make an amazing dessert that disappears fast but doesn’t take all day. A tiny bit of coarse salt brings takes it to another level. If you like lemon and are looking for an easy dessert, this is a no-brainer.
Been dreaming about fall. Right now we’re in the midst of those days where mornings are 60 degrees but 100% humidity. And are 90. It’s miserable, and cool days and colored leaves can’t come soon enough. I can’t wait to make all the thing pumpkin using my favorite pumpkin spice. FYI, this one is going away, so if you want some, get it here, and don’t wait!