Sugar Break

Hey frands!

So I thought I would take a minute and just pop in and talk about what’s happening lately in my world. I know a lot of you aren’t baking lately (HELLO SUMMER) so let’s chat about some things (mostly) non-sugar related.

Well, first off that picture up top was a “contender” for the cover for my BOOK! But alas, it was not agreed upon by all so whomp whomp, it’s just another picture to send to the archives.

Maybe just maybe I can convince them to put it as an inside image, but we’ll see! We’ve finally narrowed down the cover image (I think!)…and oh lordy, what a process that was. We changed our thought process about 7 trillion times, but it’s only because we want it to be *just right! Hope we nailed it!

But oh the falling sprinkles.

Anyhow, beyond the book (and the blog) I do actually have a life. Shocking, I know. SO here’s what we’ve been up to lately…


It’s been really rainy so far this summer, but after the rain we have been getting some gorgeous skies. Can’t complain.

Also I recently joined snapchat. WHYYYYY?! I have been trying to figure it out as I go, but totally follow me (cookiesandcups) and help me learn! Am I making it too hard? Everyone says it’s easy and I just don’t get it…is it because I am not 16? HALP!

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And of course when it’s not raining, we’re eating ice cream. Like I have to say this summer so far I’ve eaten more ice cream than the past 5 years combined. Not even joking.

Also, an ice cream sandwich making station is the best idea.

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I mean really people. It’s getting out of control.

A few weeks ago I met up with some friends in NYC and we went to the “Fancy Food Show”. Oh y’all…if you ever have a chance to get to the FFS ( I think there’s only one in NY and also San Fran) DO IT. I don’t really know why they call it Fancy Food..because there were tons of booths that were just candy.

I snapped a quick pic of these ADORABLE Funfetti Truffles. I think these need to be recreated soon!

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We literally ate all day ALL DAY at the show and then of course followed it up with cocktail hour and then dinner and dessert. So stuffed, but I loved spending the day with these ladies…



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I’ve been spending the vast majority of my summer evenings at the soccer field. This little dude loves his sport!


And of course when I get home there’s been tons of puppy snuggles. Seriously the best.


I may or may not have spent WAY too much money at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. People, I can’t even.

THIS GIRL is to blame. Seriously love her cute style!

Those sneaks right up there are one of my favorite purchases (totally not on sale). Some of my other purchases were: These PERFECT boots (omg YES), THIS SHIRT (Because Tacos), THIS SWEATER (Stop what you’re doing right now and buy this), THESE JEANS (Yes, a splurge but I have been eying them for ages), these leggings (so fun) and this necklace.

I did get a few other things, but I won’t bore you with they nitty gritty. Seriously Nordstrom, stop taking ALL MY MONEY!

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My other guy “graduated” from 6th grade, which is the end of elementary school for him. Middle School here we come!!

And this…



Also, the moment before you know your slice of cake is officially a DNA specimen.

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Kiddo turns 10 today. We’ve been celebrating for a week, as one does.

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Also, I just had to share this picture, because I am sorry, but I am pretty sure I have the cutest kid to even exist. I mean really. This was taken on a day when his 4th grade class had to dress up like “immigrants”.

Also, my romper is from Anthro. You need one. Excuse the wrinkles in this picture. My iron hasn’t been used since The Great Burn Incident of 1999.

OH and I’ve been doing some fun stuff over at eBay recently…

Check out my guide on What Show’s You Should Binge Watch, My Beach Bag Essentials, My Favorites from June, and How to Make a Simple Ice Cream Cake… to name a few!

So there you have it. My summer so far in an itty bitty nutshell.

I have some fun vacations planned really soon and I can’t wait.



ps- there are no affiliate links or sponsored content in this post. All the items I linked to are just stuff I bought with my own dollars.

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Jul 27, 2015 10:14 am

UGH I’ve been eying the Frye boots for YEARS. And is it tacky that they’re named after me (clearly)? Why did you show me that sale price?!?!

Jul 25, 2015 8:39 am

For some reason I couldn’t comment on the eBay post about “Shows to Binge Watch,” so I’m commenting here! Friday Night Lights – how I miss you so. I’d like to add Prison Break season 1 (because it really isn’t necessary to continue after that. Spoiler Alert: they break out. It needed to end there.), Eureka (yes it’s sci-fi, but it’s so fun. The first couple eps make it seem darker than it is, but it changes quickly and is very light, fun and family-friendly), and Deadwood (it will change your vocabulary, not for the better. NOT a family show!!).… Read more »

Jul 27, 2015 12:35 pm
Reply to  Shelly

I almost dropped the magazine when I pulled it out of my mailbox. If I had a locker that cover would for sure be hanging in it!!

Kim McCallie
Jul 24, 2015 3:03 pm

I’m really looking forward to your cookbook. I was on Amazon today and saw that it was already listed (without the cover, of course) as I was scrolling through forthcoming cookbooks. I added it to my 2016 wish list. I do think that the sprinkles photo would look great on the inside cover. I am usually drawn to cookbooks with lighter or brighter covers. They just seem more inviting. Good luck with everything!

Jul 24, 2015 9:06 am

Love this. I want to be cute and stylish like you!

Cute kiddos and sunsets! Plus I LOVE Shaeffer’s blog too!! She makes me think I need everything, and she’s hilarious!!

Jul 23, 2015 9:24 pm

I thought I was the only one that didn’t get snapchat. Lol! going to check you out, I’m modestmunchies. And that sprinkles pic ??

Jul 24, 2015 12:35 am
Reply to  Faaiza

Those ?? were meant to be love heart eye emojis. I guess I shouldn’t comment with my phone, lol. Also, I couldn’t find you on snapchat.

Jul 23, 2015 3:16 pm

Good pictures – love the Nikes – adorable birthday cake (I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks about DNA after the blowing!! I tell my kids to be sure and not spit when they blow…haha…) – and adorable kids! My youngest will be in 7th grade this year. Hard to believe 😉 I enjoy reading your blog, along with your recipes. And we were just discussing how much ice cream WE have eaten this year too!! (A LOT) That’s too funny!!

Jul 23, 2015 3:07 pm

I agree that the sprinkles photo (although pretty…) should NOT be the cover. The cover should definitely be a photo of something you baked… you have so many yummy photos of your recipes should not be hard to find one that will make people want to buy your cookbook!!! Continue to have a great summer!

Jul 23, 2015 11:16 am

I want that ice cream station. And the Fancy Food Show…. I’d eat ALL of the sweets!

Nordstrom anniversary sale is dangerous. I haven’t gotten anything (yet) because I’m trying to have some self control. the worst.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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