Blackberry Black Bottom Pie | @girlversusdough

The only thing better than pie, in my opinion, is a pie with a layer of chocolate at the bottom. And that’s exactly what this Blackberry Black Bottom Pie delivers.

It also happens to deliver a creamy cheesecake-like layer, as well as a topping of fresh blackberries tossed in a sweet compote. All of this is placed on top of a flaky, buttery crust. It’s exactly what your weekend needs (if you can wait that long). You’re welcome.

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Spiralized Zucchini Nachos | @girlversusdough

Nachos: Let’s discuss.

How do you like ’em? Are you the kind of person who likes every chip to have equal amounts of all of the toppings (um hai, that’s me, Miss Perfectionist/Slightly OCD)? Do you like plain chips with melted cheese, no extra toppings needed? Do you like real cheese or that fake hella-yellow cheese sauce made from… I don’t even know, not cheese? These are the important questions of our time.

For me, these spiralized zucchini nachos are exactly how I want nachos to be: Extra loaded with toppings. Equal distribution. Mega flavor. Lots of (REAL) cheese. And oh so easy!

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Chocolate Chip Muesli Bagels | @girlversusdough

When I think about these chocolate chip muesli bagels, I think about all of those times in my past when I would eat plain whole wheat bagels for breakfast, and I weep. Because I could have been having a chocolate chip muesli bagel instead.

These bagels, my friends? They are the business. The bagel business. They will up your breakfast game like you wouldn’t believe, they’re satisfying and delicious, and the best part? They’re easy. I mean it! I even have a video in this post showing you how to shape them so you’re ready to roll into bageldom without fear.

So let’s do this! (No plain whole wheat bagels lovers welcome.) (JUST KIDDING.)

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15+ Summer Bucket List Recipes | @girlversusdough

The school bell might be ringing soon and the sun might be going down sooner and yes, it might even feel a little chilly at night (which I secretly but not-so-secretly love) but you know what? Summer isn’t over until we say it’s over. For me, there are still several weeks left before we can officially say goodbye to this carefree, bountiful season and hello to apples and pumpkins and colored leaves and chunky scarves and eventually to the Season That Shall Not Be Named – though department stores would have you think otherwise with their Halloween decorations and Christmas music already (TOO SOON) — so while we still have these last few precious weeks, let’s soak them up.

Let’s put our feet in the water. Actually, let’s jump in the water with our clothes on.

Let’s drink all the iced coffees and lick all the ice cream cones and get our hands sticky with popsicle juice.

Let’s run through sprinklers and roll the windows down and feel the wind in our hair and perfect our farmer’s tans and check off all the things left on our summer bucket lists. For me, it’s all of the above plus making and eating a few of my favorite summertime-lovin’ recipes from the blog. I’ve got my work cut out for me but hey! There is still time. Will you join me in making the most of it?

Blueberry Lemon Muffin Bread | @girlversusdough

First up on this recipe version of a summer bucket list: Blueberry Lemon Muffin Bread. It’s sweet and full of juicy blueberries and fresh lemon and it’s just like eating the season, but with a streusel topping. GOALS.

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Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats | @girlversusdough

Everything’s coming up peaches! And I like it. I like it a lot.

Earlier in my youth I was actually allergic to peaches. I KNOW. It was a sad state of affairs. But somewhere between then and now — poof! — my allergy went away and now I can eat all the peaches. And believe me, I do. And I especially love to eat them in Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats form. (Spoiler alert: I think you will, too.)

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Sparkling Mango Chili Lime Agua Fresca | @girlversusdough

Ahhh, Monday. We meet again.

Does anyone else feel a) like summer is going by WAY too quickly, b) like they haven’t had nearly enough ice cream sandwiches for the season and/or c) like they need a vacation after every busy weekend? And also d) like they need this Sparkling Mango Chili Lime Agua Fresca in their life?

I definitely feel all of the above. Especially the latter. Because one sip of this refreshingly sweet, spicy, sparkly drink and you’ll feel like you should have been drinking these all summer long. Good thing there are still a few weeks left!

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