Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Scones | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

I’m snacking on mango slices, baking a cake and writing about these whole wheat chocolate chip banana scones all at once — in other words, I’m living out the thesis of my food life.

It’s a bit of a metaphor for how my brain has felt lately, too — a little all over the place, a little chaotic, a little nonsensical. This week was crazier than expected and so, apologies for leaving you hanging last Thursday (but I hope you were cool with a few extra days to ogle over this gnocchi situation). Hopefully things in my life and on this blog will be back on track.

Now before we get to these scones — the reader survey results! In the Week of Crazy, I realized that I accidentally converged last year’s survey with this year’s survey, so the graphs I was planning to show of each response were all askew. D’oh. Thankfully, I was able to scroll through individual answers from this year, and you guys — thank you. So much. You all are incredibly thoughtful and insightful and downright kind. Overall, it seems like this space is just as enjoyable for you as it is for me, and I’m going to take that into account along with a few of your suggestions and constructive criticisms. (Also, if you want to know more specifics about the results this year, feel free to e-mail me!)

Aaaaaand now, these scones. Whole wheat chocolate chip banana scones, also known as “cookies” to the tot (her words, not mine), which I’m OK with because these are some of the healthiest “cookies” she’ll ever enjoy for breakfast.

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Rosemary Cornmeal Loaf with Lingonberry Butter | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Sorry I skipped out on you guys yesterday! It was a ridiculously busy weekend — all with good things, like Christmas parties and pizza and cookies and minty mochas and babies and cozy couch talk with friends — so busy that I plumb ran out of time to get this recipe up and ready for yesterday. It’s probably for the best, though, because if I had tried to get this post up on this particular Monday, all you may have read was “Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.”

But, Tuesday! Tuesday is a happy day. Tuesday means Christmas is one day sooner than it was yesterday (unless that freaks you out because you have purchased exactly zero presents for people, in which case, maybe head over to Amazon after reading this post), Tuesday means it’s one day closer to the weekend, Tuesday means I’m a little more awake and therefore able to legitimately share this rosemary cornmeal loaf recipe with you. With lingonberry butter. Hold me.

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10 Easy DIY Gift Jar Recipes for the Holidays | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Tis the season to give and get gifts in Mason jars! I, for one, am completely on board with this undying trend. It’s been a constant source of inspiration for me, especially around the holiday season when I am often stumped on what to get for friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc. The jar becomes my BFF, and I fill it with all sorts of goodies from cookie mix to homemade dressing to roasted nuts.

So if, like me, you are a fan of the edible gift in jar form, let this roundup of 10 easy DIY gift jar recipes be your guide this holiday season. Or, send it to someone as a hint for a gift idea for you (I mean, I would love it if someone gifted me a jar of my own peppermint brownie mix, TBH). I’ve included ideas on how to package each idea, too, so all you need to do is measure, pack, and gift away. MERRY MERRY.

First up: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt. I just had to retype that recipe title three times to get all of that goodness in there — caramel bits, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, sea salt, all in a cookie. WORD.

Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt | girlversusdough.com @stephmwise

How to package it: Measure out a HALF BATCH of cookie ingredients (to make 1 dozen cookies). Combine the flour, baking soda and salt called for in the recipe. In a (at least) 1-liter size resealable jar, add the flour mixture, then the sugar, then the brown sugar, then the chocolate chips, caramel bits and toasted coconut flakes. Top with a small sachet/bag of sea salt. Attach recipe ingredients/directions to the jar.

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Pumpkin Chai Doughnut Muffins | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough #baking #recipe #fall #breakfast

Yeah, I did. I did mention pumpkin already.

But in my defense → also chai. doughnut. muffins.

And maybe it’s not quite yet time for flannel and chunky sweaters and scarves and colored leaves and crisp, cool air, but friends — it is always time for these muffins.

(And secretly, I think it is always time for those other things, too, but don’t tell any summer lovers I said that.)

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Why is it that weekends are always one day too short? Or maybe more like five days too short? If we can start a petition for full-week weekends, I would really rally for that one.

Until then, I suppose I’ll settle for the two days (or two and a half, if you start counting 4 p.m. on a Friday as the weekend, as I do) we have for now. And this past weekend was one of the more memorable ones: not only because we went with friends to their family’s lakeside cabin, but also because we had this whole wheat chocolate chip zucchini bread to snack on while we were there. Fresh air, pine trees, calm water, warm sun, cool drinks, babbling babies, grilled food, bonfires, Reese’s s’mores (!), good conversation — it was all there. The days went by fast, but I savored every moment — especially the ones involving slices of this bread.

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Buckwheat Dutch Baby with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote and Basil Whipped Cream | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

It has been an age and a half since I’ve had a Dutch baby pancake. And I don’t know why, really, because every time I do actually enjoy one I always say to myself (probably with a mouthful of pancake), “Self, you should really eat Dutch baby pancakes more often.” I never listen.

That especially was the case this weekend, when I decided to break my two year long streak of non-Dutch baby pancake breakfasting by making this buckwheat Dutch baby. I had already eaten breakfast that day, but when this beauty emerged from the oven at mid-morning, all warm and topped with a fresh, fruity compote and cool basil whipped cream, I knew a second breakfast was in order.

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