Girl Versus Dough

sweet corn + jalapeno enchiladas

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. My sweet (and hilarious) friend Stefanie of Sarcastic Cooking is here today with what can only be described as one of — if not THE — best enchilada recipes I’ve ever seen in my life. And that’s saying something, considering I eat so many enchiladas on the regular, they’re basically they’re own food group in my diet. Stefanie has also been one of my greatest sources of advice and support on all things bebe (she has her own adorable wee one, Andy — I mean, look at that face!), so needless to say, I appreciate and respect this gal in so many ways. Take it away, Stef!

Welcome to motherhood, Stephanie! It is a strange little sorority I too was initiated into recently. Steph, you are in the thick of it right now. Let me tell you, it gets better. We new moms need to make t-shirts with that mantra emblazoned upon it… So our kids can spit up on them.

My son was born in December. In Chicago. In the middle of a polar vortex, whatever that is. I spent a good three months indoors with my dog and nonspeaking-only-communicating-via-crying child. I took comfort in long showers when my husband got home from work and Netflix during the snowy days. I was never really much of a shower kind of person. I mean, I bathe for the sake of those around me and all, but I was never a big fan of it. Get in, get out. But, since Andy was born, I find myself taking very long showers just to have some me time. I also find it is a great time to remember what day it is and what I have to do that day aside from devote 100% of my time to a baby.

mini cheesy pretzel dogs

mini cheesy pretzel dogs

Mmmk so let’s be honest — even though it’s summertime and the kids are out of school and you’re probably (hopefully!) getting those Friday half-day summer hours at the office (at least my friend has these; but she also has things like luaus and pajama parties at her office, so let’s all be jealous for a second and then move along) and Minnesota is ridiculously beautiful right now — I’m coping with a major case of wanderlust. And by coping, I mean stuffing my face with things like mini cheesy pretzel dogs because SOMEBODY is keeping a vacation out of reach for quite a while. Pssh. The nerve.

But really, if I can’t travel to the shores of the Caribbean or the top of the Rockies or the castles of Germany or the… uh… well, anything of Bali (what is in Bali, anyway? Not sure, but I so want to go to there) or in my friend Erin’s case, the farmers markets and bakeries of France, I can be down with my alternative plan, which, as mentioned above, involves copious amounts of mini cheesy pretzel dogs. And baby snuggles.

peanut butter + jelly bars

peanut butter jelly bars

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. Joanne of Eats Well With Others has been a dear friend of mine ever since I met her in real life at the Big Summer Potluck last year. She’s just as much of a gem as you’d think she is by reading her blog, and the food she makes is just as delicious as you’d expect by looking at it — or in my case, drooling. So much drooling. Ahem. Anywho, welcome Joanne and these peanut butter and jelly bars that I’m pretty sure — nope, definitely sure — I want to stuff my face with every minute of every day.

Will you allow me to predict the future for a second?

I don’t really foresee Steph being a PB&J kind of mom.

No, she’ll be sending little Avery off to school someday with cilantro-lime tofu sandwiches on cracked wheat bread in her lunch box. Complete with a side of rutabaga fries.

Quite honestly, that sounds like what I wish I had for lunch every day, so no judgment from me.

But a life with nary a PB&J in it is a sad life indeed, which is why I am sharing these peanut butter and jelly bars today!

Personally, I prefer them to PB&J in sandwich form because peanut butter shortbread cookie crust + fudgy peanut butter jelly insides + MORE peanut butter shortbread topping + salted peanuts for some extra crunch.

That beats out Wonder bread any day.

cookie butter banana bread

cookie butter banana bread sliced

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 cookie butter banana bread has been a looooong time coming — but was worth the wait. A warning: be prepared to go full-on Cookie Monster on this bread once you get a waft of it.

What is this? Two banana-based recipes in a row?? Surely a food blogger wouldn’t allow this redundancy! Except that one involves pie and the other (hint: this one) involves cookie butter so I think we can all agree: Mmmk, yeah, two banana recipes in a row is A-OK.

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.