A Trip to the Apple Orchard + an Apple Recipe Roundup | girlversusdough.com @stephmwise

It’s a funny thing, taking a four and a half-month-old to an apple orchard — because all she can really do is pick leaves off the apple trees and sit on pumpkins — but last weekend, we decided to do it anyway. Because it’s fall and it was beautifully warm and apple picking is what you do is what I told myself when I came home with 10 pounds of apples. Ahem.

A Trip to the Apple Orchard + an Apple Recipe Roundup | girlversusdough.com @stephmwise

Rest assured, if you are an apple hoarder like I am, I have an om-nom-nommy apple recipe roundup at the bottom of this post for you to use them up in — pies and breads and muffins and pizzas, oh my. But I digress. Because I’m first here to bombard you with a gazillion photos of apples, my baby girl, my baby girl with some apples, apples on trees in the backgrounds of photos of my baby girl — you get it.

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Pumpkin Zucchini Bread | girlversusdough.com @stephmwise

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Sweet, pumpkiny, zucchini-y, delicious loafy goodness right thurrrr. That’s what that is.

Have I had too much coffee this morning? Mayhaps. But it’s only because I heart you and I have exciting things to tell you about/give away to you today.

So here’s a fun-slash-kinda ridiculous factoid about me: Apart from that one time I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and was averse to it (it’s like I didn’t even know myself), I haven’t gone a single day without coffee since I was 15. Right? RIGHT? I blame this on my first job being at a coffee shop. Basically my entire life has been caffeinated.

Whether this is a good or bad thing is debatable. Though according to me, I think it’s been just fine. Me has also had two full cups of coffee already, so there may be a little bias.

Pumpkin Zucchini Bread | girlversusdough.com @stephmwise

But I can’t help myself. The best part of waking up is coffee in my cup (and definitely not the kind that goes with that jingle). There are few happier moments in my day than when I take my first sip of hot coffee yum-yumminess with a hearty breakfast sitting in front of me, waiting to be devoured. And if that breakfast is this pumpkin zucchini bread? EVEN BETTER.

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40+ Zucchini and Corn Recipes | girlversusdough.com

So it’s nearing the end of the season (wwhhyyyyy???) and I feel like I failed summer. As in, I just really didn’t get to enjoy it like it’s made to be enjoyed, you know? I never once put on my swimsuit, I didn’t have a single bonafide beach day, I didn’t get to go for a long bike ride in the 90-degree heat and sweat through every pore of my body (attractive.) or enjoy an outdoor concert (that one’s changing this weekend, though, if that rain stays away. STAY AWAY, RAIN).

This is all thanks to the little munchkin who was born right at the start of summer, so I’m not mad. I’d much rather chomp on chubby cheeks and sing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” for hours and hours (OK like maybe 45 minutes, but still) than roast in the sun on a beach towel. Truly. Also we already have family vacation plans to a warm, sunny, beachy location next year so maybe that’s what’s keeping me going, I do not know.

That being said, I have very much enjoyed summer in the form of food. I recently polished off an entire pineapple with my by myself this week (some of it in my guacamole!), I have had no less than five drippy ice creams on cones and I’ve probably devoured enough zucchini and corn to last a lifetime, and yet I am not sick of it one bit. Because whenever I think I might be, I remember that The Season That Shall Not Be Named and its dearth of fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables is inching ever closer and so in protest, I will continue to eat all the zucchini and corn.

In case you, too, are on the zucchini and corn bandwagon like me and/or are drowning in the bumper crop of either, I’ve gathered a roundup of tasty recipes for you from the Interwebs! Feast your eyes on more than 40 recipes that include zucchini and/or corn, startinggg…… now.

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cookie butter banana bread

I’m taking some time off the next few weeks to spend with my family and our new bundle of joy. In the meantime, I’ve set up a few posts ahead of time to share. This cookie butter banana bread has been a looooong time coming — but was worth the wait. A warning: be prepared to go full-on Cookie Monster on this bread once you get a waft of it.

What is this? Two banana-based recipes in a row?? Surely a food blogger wouldn’t allow this redundancy! Except that one involves pie and the other (hint: this one) involves cookie butter so I think we can all agree: Mmmk, yeah, two banana recipes in a row is A-OK.

cookie butter banana bread

This recipe has been a thought bubble (I originally typed “buttle” — what? SLEEP DEPRIVATION YOU SLAY ME) in my head for a really, really, ridiculously long period of time. And I don’t really know why I kept putting it off; though it probably has something to do with the fact that I’m allergic to naners and I knew this bread would be amazeballs and it would be torture of tortures to bake it and smell it and watch my husband eat slice after slice AND then declare it may be the best bread I’ve ever made. Spoiler alert: All of the above happened. Harrumph (I mean, hooray!). At least I could console myself by eating spoonfuls of cookie butter.

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peaches & cream streusel bread

This is the last recipe I prepped for the blog this week before baby. I feel like I should light a candle and break out into ballad. “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” anyone? It’s my favorite.

*Crickets*

No? That’s probably wise.

Anywho, I have quite the stash of posts set up for all y’all while I take maternity leave for a few weeks. I also have some really super/cool/awesome guest posts lined up from my blog friends, so you best get started whetting your whistle for those. I just didn’t want to leave you hanging with English muffins for weeks on end, ya know? (Though on second thought, maybe that’s not so bad.)

Can I be honest about something? I’m ready for a break. As much as I love (LOVE LOVE) what I do, I’m ready to take a step back for a bit from the kitchen to enjoy other parts of my life — like being a mom for the first time. I’m ready to take some time to refocus my energies here so that, when I’m ready to be back in the kitchen, I can make the yummiest of yums for you guys. Because you are here and I am so grateful and you deserve only the yummiest of yums.

peaches & cream streusel bread

But for now, break time. Time to be a mama. Oy, that’s a little terrifying to write.

This peaches and cream streusel bread was the perfect recipe to end my preparatory baking/cooking binge (a.k.a. nesting, a.k.a. my house has never been so clean nor my pantry/fridge/freezer so well organized! It’s amazing! It’ll last for maybe a week!). It comes straight from my new eCookbook, “Quick Bread Love” (if you don’t have a copy yet, get thee one!), and it truly is my favorite recipe from the book. Can I say that? Is that like choosing a favorite child? I don’t know these rules yet.

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OH MY GARSH, YOU GUYS. It’s here. It’s really here. Somebody pinch me and hand me a cookie (I need both to know this is real life).

I am so giddy to announce that my eCookbook, “Quick Bread Love,” is now available for purchase!

This eBook has been in the works for many, many moons (OK like four months, but still) and has required many hours of hard work in the kitchen, behind the camera, on the computer, on the floor in a heap of butter and pouty faces (ya know, when things didn’t go as planned) — but I loved every minute of it. Truly. And I am so excited to share all of that hard work with you today.

So what will you find in “Quick Bread Love”? 31 tasty, easy quick bread recipes (including sweet and savory loaves, muffins, scones, biscuits and coffee cakes!), for sure. But here’s a more in-depth smattering for you of the goods:

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