Braided Cardamom Bread or Finnish Pulla -- this delicately spiced bread is soft and full of flavor with a hint of sweetness from the icing drizzle. @girlversusdough #girlversusdough #holidaybaking #Scandinavian #breadrecipe

If there is one recipe I need you to make this holiday season, it’s this braided cardamom bread, a.k.a., Finnish pulla, a.k.a., the softest, pillow-iest, most delicately spiced and icing-drizzled bread of all the breads.

Don’t get me wrong — I love all the bread babies that have come out of my kitchen. I can’t pick a favorite. But if I had to choose a carb that was meant to celebrate the holiday season, this one is it. It tastes like Christmas in loaf form, and while I’m all for cookies and hot cocoa and rocking around the Christmas tree, this year, I’m breaking tradition with slice after slice of fresh-baked braided cardamom bread as the new way to make the season merry and delicious — er, bright.

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Cheddar-Scallion Biscuits -- Easy homemade biscuits filled with layers of melty cheese and sliced scallions. @girlversusdough #girlversusdough #scallions #cheddar #biscuitrecipe

We’re back on the mainland from two weeks in Kauai, Hawaii and to be honest with you, I’m conflicted. I keep going back and forth between wishing I could click my heels and be immediately transported back to the island and its beautiful landscapes and sunny skies and sandy beaches. But now, I’m bundled up here in a scarf and cozy knit blanket with a hot cup of coffee and the leaves outside are brilliant reds and oranges and yellows and I’m fully in love with this fall weather, too. Why can’t there be a place where both seasons can co-exist? I would live there forever and ever if I could.

But since I can’t do that, I’m going to embrace the cooler temps and the fact that I can bake these Cheddar-Scallion Biscuits in the oven without sweating in my kitchen. Though, let’s be real – I would make these biscuits anywhere and everywhere, because they’re worth it.

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2016 Girl Versus Dough Reader Survey | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

It’s that time again!

The time when I ask you all the most pressing questions about your life, like how do you get out of bed right when your alarm goes off, or how do you make your hair look so cute like that, or how do you manage to make that smoky eye look good instead of like raccoon eyes, or how do you style those Instagram photos so amazingly, or — actually, it’s not any of those things (though if you have tips on them, let. me. know.).

It’s actually more of the “whaddya think about this blog?” variety. The “what do you want to see more of around here?” kind. More carbs? More meals? More anything? More everything?

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Four Days in Asheville, NC | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough #asheville #travel #vacation

We spent four days there but it only took a few hours for us to fall for the place. Between the food, the gorgeous scenery, the eclectic people, the fresh mountain air and the Southern charm, we knew right away we picked the perfect place for our getaway.

Before we left, a lot of people asked us, “Why Asheville? What’s in Asheville?” At the time, we knew about the Biltmore Estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the famous food and the breweries. But after having spent some actual time there, we now know there is all of that, sure, but also so much more.

So why Asheville? Because there are red brick walkways and cat-head sized biscuits. Because there are rolling green ridges and unique, hoppy brews. Because there are fried green tomatoes, warm goat cheese grits, patina-laced castles and pretty paintings. Because there are sprawling rose gardens and rows of vineyards. Because it’s a great place to go for a baby-free or family trip, for a weekend or a few days. And we already know we’ll be going back.

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Butternut-Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake with Bourbon-Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting | girlversusdough.com @stephmwise

Be still my pumpkin and bourbon and cake-loving heart.

This sheet cake, you guys. Can I tell you something about it? It’s pretty tasty. And I think you should make it for your Halloween-ing weekend.

I actually made this cake a few weeks ago for my friend Lauren of Keep It Sweet Desserts, who just had an adorable baby boy named Liam whose cheeks I want to squish through the computer screen. Sadly, I couldn’t literally share this cake with her as we live a few hundred miles from each other (which is so unfortunate, considering all of the dessert yums that girl makes that I would happily take from her if we were neighbors). Instead, I gave it to my husband to share with his co-workers and apparently they loved it, said the three crumbs that came home with him later that day.

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Slow Cooker Pear-Quince Butter | girlversusdough.com @stephmwise

How was your weekend? Ours was pretty great. We bought pumpkins and drank pumpkin beer and ate pumpkin mac and cheese and I almost bought a pumpkin Halloween costume for Avery (but I didn’t, because my deep-down Pinterest-driven-yet-not-so-crafty personality wants to DIY this situation so she will probably end up being a baby for Halloween).

And to answer your obvious question, no I am not yet sick of the pumpkin. Or of the apples, or the pears or the quinces.

Have you ever tried a quince? They’re admittedly not the most beautiful or convenient of fruits, but when they are baked — or in this case, slow cooked with brown sugar and vanilla bean and pears to a sweet, caramelized fruit butter perfection — they are quite tasty. And by quite tasty, I mean erase the “quite tasty” and replace it with “YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM.”

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