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It truly feels like I say this every month, but October was an incredibly busy month for me. I filmed a fun holiday cookie segment with The Today Show, and hosted a conversation at a local bookship with my friend Erin Jeanne McDowell about her new new book, Savory Baking. And outside of Hummingbird High, I’m making lots of big moves—most of which I’ll be able to share with you soon!

But the first is this: remember how Erlend and I were supposed to get married in the summer of 2020, but the pandemic pretty much killed our plans (in fact, you can still buy my original wedding dress here, lol)? Well, after losing deposits and rescheduling and canceling again and again because of variants and such, we decided to just elope… to LAS VEGAS.

If you know Erlend and me in real life, the thought of us eloping to Las Vegas is a little hilarious. We are the least Vegas-y people ever—we don’t gamble, we don’t go clubbing, and neither of us have been to Vegas since we were little kids. But it’s still pretty difficult to get married in Portland’s city hall, and what turned into an idle joke (e.g. “ugh, maybe we should just get married in Vegas”) quickly became a reality. So this upcoming weekend, we’re heading to Vegas with just two of our good friends, signing the papers at some cheesy chapel, and finally getting hitched. Hooray!

photo of michelle from hummingbird high getting married
photo of michelle from hummingbird high getting married

Some folks have asked me if I’m sad about not having a more traditional wedding. Honestly, I’ve never been a Big Wedding Person to begin with—even our original plans involved us getting married at our local city hall with just our parents, with a small reception dinner at our favorite (and now shuttered?) Portland restaurant.

I’m saddest about not having all my friends and family from around the world be in one place (Because when will there be an occasion for that ever again? Probably never!), but aside from that, I love how low-key our plans are. We took these photos with a tripod and a timer, I made our cake (with this “vintage” recipe on my site!) and decorated it with the flowers from my bouquet (that I picked up from a local market). For us, all of it is just a simple and quiet way to celebrate our relationship of so many years.

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In Case You Missed It: New Recipes and Posts

Here’s a list of everything new on my different Hummingbird High channels:

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Food For Thought

This past month, I also spent a LOT of time thinking and reading about food beyond the baking recipes you see on this blog. Here are the ideas and issues that resonated with me:

  • “11 Moments That Show How ‘The Great British Bake Off’ Crumbled” in Eater and “‘Mexican Week’ Was Not An Accident For ‘The Great British Baking Show'” in The New York TImes. I love The Great British Bake Off, but I’ll be the first to admit that its lost some of its magic after transitioning to a new channel and losing Mary Berry and the two original lady hosts, Mel and Sue.

    And even when Mary was at its helm, both she and Paul made some questionable judgements—the Eater article has a great summary of things like them being weirded out by common flavor combos like peanut butter and jelly, or maple and bacon—that made me realize how we needed more diversity and youth on the show. I haven’t seen the newest season, but from the uproar about their woefully misinformed Mexican Week, it sounds like the show is still trending for the worse. What do you guys think?

  • “Everyone Wants A Tip Now. Do You Have To Give Them One?” in Vox. I love going out to eat. But I’ve noticed I’m expected to tip for literally everything every time I do, including at places like fast food drive throughs and restaurants where I pick up my own food and bus my own table. It’s getting unaffordable, especially since my own income is so unstable these days, too! This article describes this experience as “tipflation”, and does a great job outlining why it’s such a murky issue.

Recipes and Resources To Save

And here are all the recipes and baking/cooking resources I saved for myself:

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New Cookbooks

We’re still in the middle of peak cookbook season. Here are the new ones I added to my collection this month:

Finally, On A Lighthearted Note

I thought this video poking fun on the super fast paced cooking videos of TikTok was spot on. Seriously, how is somebody supposed to cook from these videos?

@logenkershaw Like dang, slow down please😫 #chef #food #breakfastburrito ♬ original sound – Logen Kershaw

That’s all for now, folks. I hope you all are staying safe and healthy! Please let me know how you’re doing in the comments below, and feel free to share the ideas and issues that are floating around in your heads, too.


Michelle holding Weeknight Baking cookbook covering her face.

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Weeknight Baking:
Recipes to Fit your Schedule

Over the past several years of running Hummingbird High, I kept a crucial aspect of my life hidden from my readers: I had a full-time, extremely demanding job in the tech world. In my debut cookbook, Weeknight Baking, I finally reveal the secrets to baking delicious desserts on a tight schedule.