Girl Versus Dough

apple peanut butter granola bars

apple peanut butter granola bars

For the past week, I have been on a serious oats kick. Overnight oats, oatmeal, muesli, these apple peanut butter granola bars (obvi) — the list goes on. And I have Bob to thank for it.

Last week I headed out west to Portland, OR for the very first time not only to catch up with and meet some new blog buddies and to explore the amazing city in all its foodie heavenly wonders, but to visit Bob’s Red Mill. And of course, Bob himself (who, by the way, really does look like this in real life). The trip was fantastic and memorable in so many ways, and I already can’t wait to go back.

But I digress. Because oats. Specifically, these oats, in granola bar form with dried apples and toasted roasted peanuts, creamy peanut butter and crunchy honey oat granola. All no bake, all gluten free, all easy to make, all DELICIOUS.

no knead dutch oven bread

no knead dutch oven bread

Ready to bake homemade bread in your own kitchen? This no knead Dutch oven bread is your BFF. You just need three ingredients to make this delicious recipe, and I’ll take you through it step by step. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get some delicious carbs in your life.

If you could see me right now, you’d know I am jumping for joy for this post.


Because this beautiful loaf — this glorious no knead Dutch oven bread — might just be the very best bread I’ve ever baked. Seriously. And it also happens to be one of the easiest ever, too. And I’m going to show you, step by step, just how to do it.

Like I said, so much jumping for joy. And for carbs.

40-minute super soft hamburger buns

hamburger buns on a cooling rack

Make these 40-minute super soft hamburger buns for your next cookout! Tender, topped with sesame seeds and done in less than one hour? We are here for it.

Flour. Yeast. Water. Forty minutes. A hankering for super soft hamburger buns.

That’s all you need to make these bebes!

Confession time: The ratio of how many times we’ve grilled hamburgers this summer to the number of homemade hamburger buns I’ve made this summer is approximately 18:1. And that one time is what you see here in front of you. Yeeeesh.

But! I think these buns will make up for it. Not only are they super soft, super fluffy, super tasty and super easy to make, they take only 40 MINUTES from start to finish. That means no waiting times, no rising times, just good old make, bake and get-in-my-belly-times.

dark chocolate orange mousse with sea salt

dark chocolate orange mousse

I’m calling summer’s bluff.

Because even though the calendar says there are just a few weeks left of it, I refuse to acknowledge these sandy beach days, these tan lines, these sun-squinting afternoons in the backyard, these warm nights with dinner on the deck are nearly ending. I don’t believe it. I won’t.

And yet —

Yet, I’m almost dreaming of cool winds whistling through crunchy leaves, chunky wool sweaters, a scarf wrapped around my neck, mugs of hot apple cider in hand while walking through pumpkin patches… ALMOST. Because let’s be real — I still need a few more sunny days to get rid of those weird tan lines.

Of course, no matter the season, I will always need dessert. That is something that will never change. And when I want to savor as much of the sunny outdoors before it begins to cool down, I also want my dessert to be short on prep and heavy on the deliciousness. That’s why I’m calling this blender dark chocolate orange mousse with sea salt my new best friend. And I’m not bluffing.

slow cooker mexican grilled corn dip

slow cooker mexican grilled corn dip in bowl

I have, admittedly, been writing this post in my head for the better part of July. I may have been physically absent on the blog, but my mind has been hard at work this whole time, cranking the gears along that generate all those ideas for recipes to share. Off the grid I’ve been chopping fresh vegetables, slicing juicy fruits, grilling meats and sipping on sangria and icy beers but inside, in my head, I’ve been blogging away all the while.

This month off was just what I needed: to relax, recharge and renew my sense of perspective, re-energize my creativity. But it’s also been a time to shift those gears that have been constantly turning in my mind. And, alongside those glasses of sangria and icy beers, to eat mountains of this slow cooker corn dip. So thank you. Thank you so much for giving me this time.

make your own pasta bar + a blogging break

make your own pasta bar

I’ve got a lot of feels for today’s post, so bear with me.

Part of the feels comes from the excitement I have over this make your own pasta bar with alllll the yummy pasta sauces. I’ll admit it — I’m a pretty routine jarred pasta sauce buyer. I know, I know. I’m ashamed of it. Especially because whenever I make a homemade pasta sauce and take even one bite, I do a jig in the kitchen, slap my knee and say, “By George, I should be making this all the time!” Or something to that effect (I promise I’m not so weird that I say things like “By George!” At least not often. Ahem).

ANYWAY, I’ve got not one, but three delectable sauces here — including a roasted red pepper sauce, a creamy Parmesan chive mushroom sauce and a garlic alfredo sauce, all made in the blender! — for you to choose from for your next pasta dinner. Or, if you’re in the pasta bar partying mood, you can make all three at the same time along with a big spread of cooked pastas and have your guests go crazy on adding their own sauce and toppings to their pasta bowls. Serve it all up with lots of bread and wine and by George, you’ve got a great party going. AHEM.