Girl Versus Dough

banana coconut cream pie

banana coconut cream pie

I’m taking some time off the next few weeks to spend with my family and our new baby girl. In the meantime, I’ve asked a few of my amazingly talented blogger friends to fill in with guest posts. I’m so tickled to have my dear friend Stephie from Eat Your Heart Out posting for me today. As you may know from her guest post last year, she and I share more than just a name — we also share a love for cats, carbs, cheese and now, this cream pie. OhmahYUM. Major love for this gal and her pie skillz.

Helloooooo, friends! I am so happy to be joining you again here in Steph’s lovely part of the internets. And for such a good reason – so Steph can spend some quality time with her baby girl.

Hold on a hot second. We need to pause right there and talk about how Steph managed to birth one of the few babies in the world who skipped looking “new” and went straight to looking completely snuggable. I use this photo as evidence. This seems unfair somehow, but mostly because she lives too far away for me to pop over and snuggle Miss Avery whenever I wish.

Ok. Unpause. Done being creepy, on to pie. Want to know a secret? I made this Banana Coconut Cream Pie twice for you. Because the first time around it was only just okay. And y’all deserve waaaay better than a just okay pie. You guys deserve a stellar, heck-yes-I-can’t-stop-eating-this-someone-take-this-pie-away-from-me pie.

hatch chile queso dip

hatch chile queso dip

I’m taking some time off the next few weeks to spend with my family and our new bundle of joy. In the meantime, I’ve set up a few posts ahead of time to share. In case you share in my weakness for queso dip of any and all kinds, you will be pleased to know this recipe is a) delicious, b) easy to make and c) totally unnecessary to share.

There are few foods in life I cannot handle myself around:

1) Frosted animal crackers (there’s a reason they’re called “crack”ers). 2) Giordano’s deep dish spinach pizza. I am always in danger of faceplanting right into the restaurant doors as I gallop to them any time I’m in Chicago. 3) Queso dip. Anywhere. Any kind. Amen.

Suffice it to say, this hatch chile queso dip stood no chance of surviving longer than one meal. As in, it was my lunch the day I made it. I regret nothing.

chocolate almond olive oil granola

chocolate almond olive oil granola

I’m taking some time off the next few weeks to spend with my family and our new baby girl. In the meantime, I’ve asked a few of my amazingly talented blogger friends to fill in with guest posts. You probably need no introduction to Erin of The Law Student’s Wife, as her delicious, creative recipes are eye-catching, attention-grabbing and drool-all-over-your-computer worthy. But in case you do, this chocolate almond olive oil granola of hers is a prime example of the serious yums she creates in her kitchen — and because of that, I am so honored to have her sharing this recipe on my blog today. Hugs, Erin!

Why hello there Girl Versus Dough readers!

My name is Erin Clarke, and I blog over at The Law Student’s Wife, where I cook up lightened up comfort foods, easy and seasonal weeknight recipes, stealthy-healthy baked treats, and a few of my Grammy’s good-for-your-soul sweets. I’m so excited to be guest posting for Steph today while she enjoys some extra cuddle time with baby Avery.

A few things I believe in: homemade birthday cards; cinnamon rolls; margaritas; and the power of grilled cheese. Like our girl Steph — the brilliant baker behind such glorious creations as Nutella Babka and Nutella Glazed Banana Bread — I’m also ardently devoted to the concept of “chocolate for breakfast,” and today’s Chocolate Almond Olive Oil Granola is one tasty way to begin your morning.

rhubarb-strawberry curd

rhubarb strawberry curd

I’m taking some time off the next few weeks to spend with my family and our new bundle of joy. In the meantime, I’ve set up a few posts ahead of time to share. This rhubarb-strawberry curd — adapted from my eCookbook butters, spreads and glazes guide — is one of them and it’s kind of the best thing ever, if I do say so myself (well, minus this).

I feel like I blinked and summer arrived. Like it was muddy and brown and blah/gross outside, I closed my eyes and when I opened them there were tulips and bright green grass and buds on the trees and birds tweeting about their summer vacation plans (at least that’s what I like to think they’re chirping about).

Needless to say, it’s been a lovely transition. Don’t get me wrong — I do love me some winter (the Christmas-y, magical, twinkly, snow-white, early December portion of it, PEOPLE. Avert your dagger eyes at me!), which is why I proclaim I will always and forever live in the Midwest as long as life allows me. But that seemingly instant change from gross spring to pretty spring is remarkable. It’s literally a breath of fresh air.

Of course, in addition to all the greenery and chatty birds there is a plethora of seasonal goodness cropping up at the grocery store and farmers markets, like rhubarb and strawberries. I admit that while my love for strawberries runs deep deep deep, it’s only been a few years since I was introduced to rhubarb in the form of my grandma-in-law’s yummy pie (OMG why did I bring that up because now it’s all I can think about) and I haven’t been able to get enough of it ever since. It’s a shame its peak time is so short — but it’s also helped me strengthen my competitiveness at the grocery store against all the other people swarming about the rhubarb. Throw some ‘bows in the name of rhubarb, amiright?? Ahem. I KID.

caramel apple crumb cake

I’m taking some time off the next few weeks to spend with my family and our new baby girl. In the meantime, I’ve asked a few of my amazingly talented blogger friends — or in this case, family — to fill in with guest posts. I’m so excited and honored to have Avery’s aunt Natalie, who blogs at Good Girl Style, sharing one of her delicious baked goods with us. I mean… caramel apple crumb cake. Do you hear that choir of angels? Maybe it’s my sleep deprivation, but I sure do. Anywho, thanks to Natalie for visiting with us today!

Why hello there! I’m Natalie, and if you don’t know me, I write over at Good Girl Style, for Darling Magazine and other places on the interwebs, mainly about poetry, style, and recipes. But you guys, the most important thing is that Avery Kate is my niece and isn’t she the cutest little darling ever? I’m pretty partial. So it’s a pleasure to be able to share something yummy with you while my brother, Steph and Miss Avery take a breather and enjoy family time together. The only sad thing is I don’t live nearby anymore so I can’t share any cute photos of me snuggling the babe, unless I did some fancy photoshop work but that will have to wait because I have a recipe to share with you.

introducing avery kate

avery kate

Our friends from our church small group (all of whom have kids) have been joking with us for the last nine months that a baby “changes your life” (a phrase to which my husband always offers a sarcastic eye roll), and while we knew they were right, we had no idea what, exactly, that meant until 4:15 a.m. on May 9, 2014.

That was the moment Avery Kate Wise came into our lives. And that was the moment everything changed.

Of course, we knew we would be sleep deprived — though Lordy, we did not know just how much (for example: My husband thought he lost his socks the other day until he realized they were already on his feet). We knew there would be times we’d feel equal parts scared, excited, confused and elated. We knew there would be joy and frustration. We knew we were ready for children, but we also knew it would be hard to leave behind a life of greater independence.

What we didn’t really know, however, was just how much our hearts would explode with love for this tiny little creature in a matter of seconds. It was overwhelming, really. The bursts still come throughout these hazy days in the form of cuddles, kisses and staring at her sweet cherub face for hours. I can’t get enough of her.