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Heart Shaped Chocolate Strawberry Cake | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Nothing like coming to you with a little Valentine’s Day dessert inspiration the day before! I hope you’ll forgive me when I tell you it’s a chocolate strawberry cake that is halfway homemade but all seriously, truly, decadently delicious. It’s exactly the kind of dessert you want for the day — chocolate-y, a little extra special and made with love (but not so much that you’re in the kitchen all day long and leave no time to hang with your main squeeze/BFF/awesome self).

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Denver Omelette Crescent Bake | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

I love pancakes and waffles and muffins and all types of breakfast foods, but if I’m being totally honest, my breakfast life almost always consists of peanut or almond butter toast + fruit. Every now and then, however, I crave an omelette. Plus toast. I always need/want the carbs.

That’s one of the many reasons I love this Denver omelette crescent bake — it’s like a big-batch variation of a classic omelette made with cheese, ham, peppers and onions all on top of a soft, buttery crescent crust. It’s the best of all breakfast worlds.

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Cheesy Garlic Herb Pull Apart Bread | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Hello, hello! As I mentioned in my last post, I’ll be popping in here a few more times over the next few months to share some recipes I’ve created in partnership with Immaculate Baking. So if you’re still here, hello! And lucky you. Because these recipes I’m planning to share are ones you’ll to want to file under “keepers” (in my humble opinion, at least) — starting with this cheesy garlic herb pull apart bread. HELLO. ← for officially the fourth time.

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As I write this, I’m sitting in the passenger seat of our car heading back to Minnesota after a few days of holiday celebrations with family and friends in Wisconsin and Illinois. I spent a good part of the week writing this post in my head, procrastinating on it, mulling it over around and around in my mind. But if I’m being completely honest, I’ve been mulling over and procrastinating on this post for the better part of a year. It’s the post where I tell you that I have decided I am closing the invisible doors on Girl Versus Dough, because after seven and a half years, it is finally time.

It’s time for me to come to terms with the fact that I have been slowly losing my true passion for food blogging over the last 12 months, to admit to you all that my heart is just not in it anymore like it used to be. It’s time for me to stop resenting deadlines and client work and having my daughter at home on a work day, her little hands tugging on my pant leg while I’m standing on a step stool taking pictures of perfectly sliced bread, telling her, “Just one more minute, sweetie, just one more minute,” all the while feeling my frustrations build over her presence, the food’s presence, a looming deadline’s presence. I don’t want that for her. I don’t want that for me. And I don’t want you to come to a blog where I don’t write about what’s really going on behind the scenes, where the genuineness is lost and all that I give you is a shell of my self plus a recipe for bread or cookies. It’s not why I started this blog in the first place and it’s not how I want to end it. So I am closing the doors now before it gets there. It’s the right thing to do.

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Truffle Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Better late than never, right? These truffle stuffed chocolate chip cookie cups come to you just days before Christmas, but! Lucky for you, they take little effort/time to make. So you can keep up your holiday spirits, pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa, make these cookie cups in your Christmas PJs while watching “Christmas Vacation” — you get the idea. If you need a last-minute party treat, holiday dessert or cookie exchange recipe, these sweet cups are here for you.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Biscuits | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

In true Girl Versus Dough fashion, I bring these lemon poppy seed biscuits to you only six to eight months after I first thought of them. They’ve been in my phone’s Notes and in my hopes and dreams every day since then, and now here they are, just for you, just in time for Christmas breakfasts and brunches and other holiday get-togethers where biscuits are always welcome.

To be honest, I was waiting so long because I wanted to make them with a very special flour, one that I’ve been wanting to bake with for, like, years now. So to say these biscuits have been a long time coming is a grand understatement. But they were so worth the wait.

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