Girl Versus Dough

twice baked sweet potatoes with bacon + chives

twice baked sweet potatoes on plate

You guys, I’ve eaten so many sweet potatoes in the last few weeks that I might be turning orange. I know this happens with carrots. In fact my dad, when he was a youth, ate so many carrots every day for lunch that his skin did, in fact, generate an orange-y hue for a short time (or so my mother says, anyway). And now I fear the same fate for my own skin. And it’s not that self-tanning orange glow we’re going for — it’s like Violet Beauregarde, but as an orange instead of a blueberry.

Well just stop eating sweet potatoes, you say, and I laugh and laugh. I laugh because will you just look at these bacon, chive and sour cream stuffed sweet potatoes above? Topped with melty cheese and even more bacon?

Ah, yes. I see you’re laughing now, too. Soon you’ll also be worrying about orange skin.

40-minute honey wheat pretzel twists

honey wheat pretzel twists on parchment paper

Major health concerns aside, I’m fairly certain I would be happy to live on the following foods and beverages alone: Pretzels, ice cream and coffee. The pretzels take care of the salty cravings, while the ice cream takes care of the sweet. And I really don’t think I could make it long without coffee. Actually, YOU don’t want to see me make it long without coffee. It’s just not good for anyone.

These honey wheat pretzel twists, however, are not only good for everyone but they are both salty AND sweet. And they take only 40 minutes to make. So actually, I probably could just live on these pretzels alone.

Plus coffee.

four days in asheville

Asheville

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.

caribbean jerk chicken, bean + rice bowls

caribbean jerk chicken rice bean bowls

Wouldn’t it be super neat if you could eat a certain food and it would transport you to the place of its origin? Like if this Caribbean jerk chicken transported me right to a sunny Caribbean beach. That would be just super neat. Just so super duper neat. Just so very — but OH HAI REAL LIFE and your lack of sunny Caribbean beaches.

Real life may not be so super neat, but at least it still includes these tasty, filling and healthy chicken, bean and rice bowls. And I suppose that will suffice (for now).

pumpkin chai doughnut muffins

pumpkin chai doughnut muffins

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.)

joseph joseph bread bin giveaway

bread bin giveaway

Happy day after Labor Day, friends! I know the day after a long holiday weekend can be a real downer, so I’m here for you, today, with a fun giveaway. (cue the Carlton dance!)

A few weeks ago, an awesome local-to-me modern home design purveyor called AlwaysMod contacted me about reviewing their Joseph Joseph Bread Bin 100 and a few gorgeous Lapuan Kankurit kitchen linens. Turns out I’ve been in desperate need of both (ummmm yeah, bread baker without a bread bin, that’s me) for quite some time, so I said heck yes and waited with bated breath until they arrived at my doorstep.

When I opened the package to see the goodies inside, I was astonished.