Yellow Birthday Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Well, I basically blinked and my baby turned one. Guys, the time FLIES. It really, really does. I can’t believe I’m a year down into this mom-of-two thing. I may have a few more wrinkles and a backlog of eleventy billion hours of sleep I need to catch up on, but man — every day spent with my two girls is sweet (and sometimes sour, when one of them steals a toy from the other one or, heaven forbid, one is eating a banana and the other one isn’t and the one who isn’t eating a banana MUST HAVE THE BANANA NOW, but I digress).

From the last week of April through the first two weeks of May, three of the four of us have birthdays. Addy’s is April 27, mine is May 8 and Avery’s is May 9. So essentially, we just have one ridiculously long birthday celebration for almost a month, with lots of cake. It’s the best.

For Addy’s birthday this year, we had a small family party with some brunch food (guys — I just discovered that I really love quiche. Quiche is tasty! Will be having more quiche in my life) and this yellow cake with chocolate buttercream frosting — a classic birthday cake for a really special little lady. And a good time was had by all.

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We're Moving Into an RV. No, Really. | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

I mean, there it is. Secret is out. Mic is dropped. We are moving into an RV starting this summer and traveling the country full-time with our family. SURPRISE!

Let me back up. Let me back way, way, way up.

You may recall last January when I officially declared myself done with blogging. At that time, I was eleventy billion years pregnant, we had recently moved into a newly built house and I was burned out with a capital B. I needed a massive break from blogging and social media and the internet in general. But you know all of this. And you also know the when and why of my decision to come back to blogging in this space. It bears repeating that I missed it because I missed the community (you guys!) and the recipes. These are things in my life that fuel me, both literally and figuratively, and I find so much joy in the creative process of food blogging that I decided to bring Girl Versus Dough back to the present in a new, more true-to-me way.

We're Moving Into an RV. No, Really. | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

But the rest of my life? It wasn’t feeling right. My husband, Elliott, and I had been doing a lot of reflecting in the last year on our life, how it had gotten to what it is now and whether we were happy. Short answer: We were not.

Long answer?

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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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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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A Season of Hope | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Happiest of Fridays, friends!

In case you missed our announcement on the social media, we are excited to share that we’re adding another little pumpkin to our family next April! For those who are interested, I’ll be 14 weeks along this Sunday (the babe is the size of a peach or a lemon, if you’re into those fruit comparison things) and yes, we are definitely going to find out what we’re having (coincidentally, on the same week we’re closing on our new house)! Because I am the worst with surprises and I have a serious need to plan ahead.

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