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Chocolate Cardamom Cookies | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

One of the very first times I met Sarah, it was at a local blogger brunch at Melissa‘s house. Sarah brought danishes from her then forthcoming cookbook, The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. They looked perfect. They tasted perfect. It was at that moment that I knew, instantly, Sarah and I are kindred baking spirits and I couldn’t wait to get my oven mitts on her book.

Fast-forward nearly a year and a half later and here we are — the book is here in my hand, the oven is on and I am finding myself once again drooling over those amazing danishes on page 65. But also over the Lemon Bread on page 96. And the Blood Orange No-Churn Ice Cream on page 283. But of course, also, over these chocolate cardamom cookies, which can be found on page 246, on my kitchen counter and in my belly.

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JORD Wood Watch Giveaway | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Happy post-Thanksgiving, everyone! How are we doing? Have we fully recovered from the turkey hangover yet? I officially called it quits on leftovers yesterday — I just couldn’t do it any more. It was all fun and games and pumpkin pie and green bean casserole until my belly said enough is enough. Time to move onto Christmas cookies and holiday gifts and glad tidings!

Speaking of holiday gifts and glad tidings (not the cookies, though those are coming your way soon, too!), I’m here today to share with you a fun partnership between Girl Versus Dough and JORD Wood Watches that gives you, dear reader, the opportunity to get your own unique watch (and/or one for someone you love) at a generous discount. Hip hip for the holidays!

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Happy Thanksgiving. | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

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I just wanted to pop in on this celebratory Day of Eating to wish you and yours the happiest, coziest and most peaceful Thanksgiving.

I know this month (year?) has been a bit of a whirlwind for all of us, each in our own way, and my prayer for this holiday and for the remainder of the season is that despite all of the brokenness, differences in opinion, heartaches and longings we bring to the table, we also bring joy, gratitude, love and compassion. It’s a tall order, to be sure, but it’s the only thing that will keep us going forward together. That, and a belly full of turkey and pumpkin pie, amiright.

However and wherever and with whomever you celebrate this holiday, I wish it to be full of all the good things. xo

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Bacon Quiche Crescent Cups | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Well, y’all, it’s here. The Week of Eating. Which for me is generally followed by The Month of Eating (Christmas Cookies and Hot Cocoa), concluded by The Big Christmas Feast and then repeated once more by The Big New Year’s Feast and then finally, finally, I am worn out. Mostly.

So we should do this thing right and kick things off with a hearty breakfast/brunch of bacon quiche crescent cups, amiright?

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Bacon Wrapped Maple Bourbon Turkey Breast | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

In case you have forgotten, Thanksgiving is exactly ONE WEEK AWAY. No, I do not know how this happened. Yes, I am freaking out a little bit that I have seven days to prepare for the holiday (though I’ll be honest, the “preparation” this year basically consists of me and my big bad preggo self showing up at my parents’ Thanksgiving table, maybe helping out with making a couple of appetizers and sides, but more so making plans to faceplant into the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie). How are you doing?

If you’re in charge of the bird this year, may I highly suggest this bacon wrapped maple bourbon turkey breast? It’s the perfect main dish to serve for a smaller crowd that’s really into trying new things on Turkey Day while also keeping with tradition. I know this because I served this to my own family last week (as a pre-Thanksgiving dry run, if you will) and I swear there was applause — maybe it was just me. For myself. Hard to say.

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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bread Pudding | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

It’s Monday, I’m home from a fun-filled weekend up north celebrating the husband’s 30th birthday that consisted of birthday cake and pie and tacos and wavy chips with French onion dip (KRYPTONITE) and yet I still have all the cravings and room in my belly for this caramel apple cinnamon roll breakfast bread pudding situation. It’s too good to pass it by for the sake of the diet.

One bite and you’d understand. So let’s grab our refilled mugs of coffee and hang out and dunk our forks/faces into this deliciousness.

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