Girl Versus Dough

day of the dead cookies

day of the dead cookies on parchment paper

In high school, I was fluent in Spanish. I had taken Spanish classes since the seventh grade and by the time I was 17, I could write full essays in the language. I even dreamt in Spanish a few times.

And then, time passed. And I forgot most of it. These days, I can barely understand a quarter of what they’re saying on Telemundo (which I don’t actually watch, for the record, but sometimes stumble upon in random bouts of channel surfing, JUST FYI).

What I do remember, however, was everything there is to know about Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Why that, of all things? Because of the sugar skulls, obviously.

twix caramel fudge

twix caramel fudge on plate

I currently am snacking on this fudge while writing about this fudge and all I can think to say is: YUM. WOW. CARAMEL.

Which, really, is about all you need to know regarding this fudge.

OK, I guess you also need to know that it’s made with Twix bars, which have been my most favoritest candy bar since youthdom, along with white chocolate chips and even more caramel. Caramel on caramel on chocolate on cookie in fudge form — yes, that’s right. YUM. WOW.

brioche doughnuts with blackberry jam filling

brioche donuts on baking sheet

I wish I could transport myself back to last Sunday, when these brioche doughnuts made their debut in my life. That was a good day.

Instead, it’s Thursday and I’m sitting here with suddenly very subpar peanut butter toast wishing it would magically turn into a doughnut. Le sigh.

So you better believe that, this weekend, there will be a repeat of doughnut making. Complete with that blackberry jam filling and snowy powdered sugar sprinkle. And you are all invited.

pumpkin challah

pumpkin challah sliced in cooling rack

Happy hump day! And welcome to the Virtual Pumpkin Party of your dreamiest dreams.

The lovely and talented Sara has assembled a mass of bloggers who are celebrating the best of what this season has to offer: And that is pumpkin. PUMPKIN EVERYTHING. We are bringing a virtual pumpkinpalooza to you, so you best get your carb-loving face ready because my contribution is this carbo-loaded pumpkin wonder known as pumpkin challah. #YAS.

cinnamon plum baked oatmeal with toasted almonds

cinnamon plum baked oatmeal in ramekins

Everyone in this house knows that Stephanie needs breakfast, and she needs it now (my parents, siblings and old college roommates know this about me, too). Hangry Steph is a very real side of me that I don’t like to let out often, but it happens every now and again. And oftentimes, that time is breakfast.

A cup of coffee in hand will help keep this side of me at bay for a little while. But if I wait much longer than two hours past wake time, I get anxious and twitchy and my stomach begins to growl (or am I actually growling? Hard to say). Suddenly, my mind is totally consumed with thoughts of food and getting that food into my belly as soon as possible. And in that moment, the very last thing I can handle is waiting even longer for breakfast to actually be done.

So that’s why, in this house, we prepare ahead. With cinnamon plum baked oatmeal.

lighter lasagna bolognese (+ a giveaway)

lighter lasagna bolognese on plate

(This giveaway is closed.)

This lasagna, you guys. Oh, this lasagna.

It’s “last meal” worthy. It’s “fancy weekend date night at home” worthy. It’s “comfort food on a Wednesday” worthy. It’s “dinner party with old friends or new acquaintances you need to impress” worthy. And you don’t even need to bust out your fat pants for it.

Lighter lasagna bolognese, you guys. That’s where the pasta party is at, and you want to go to there.