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whole wheat chocolate chunk fig bread

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Fig Bread -- Made with mission dried figs, dark chocolate and whole wheat flour, this quick bread recipe is a smart food choice for the whole fam. @girlversusdough #girlversusdough #BobsRedMill #bakedwithBobs #ad

Add this whole wheat chocolate chunk fig bread to your meal prep menu so you’re set with a satisfying snack or on-the-go breakfast throughout the week. Made with mission dried figs, dark chocolate and whole wheat flour, this quick bread recipe is a smart food choice for the whole fam. This recipe is a collaboration with Bob’s Red Mill and Valley Fig Growers. I received compensation, but all opinions are my own.

In our household, we thrive on meal prep. It keeps us on track to eat balanced meals throughout the week, it keeps us from wasting food, and it keeps us from having to think about what to eat for lunch or dinner throughout the week when our lives already are filled with so much thinking.

But when it comes to breakfast or snacks? In those categories, I often fall short. So, with the start of a new year and in an effort to set my family up for success, one of my goals for 2019 is to incorporate breakfast and snack time into my weekly meal prep so we’re not all left with frozen waffles or bland peanut butter toast as our only options.

chocolate hazelnut latte

Chocolate Hazelnut Latte -- a deliciously indulgent Nutella latte recipe that will perk up any day. @girlversusdough #girlversusdough #drinkrecipe #chocolate #coffeerecipe

This Chocolate Hazelnut Latte recipe is the perfect pick-me-up coffee drink for mornings, afternoons, or whenever you need a little extra oomph with a lot of creamy, chocolate-hazelnutty flavor. It comes together in less than five minutes and tastes just like (dare I say, even better than) anything you’d get from a coffee shop!

One of our goals when we moved into our new place earlier this month was to give the space some major hygge. If you’re not familiar, “hygge” is a Danish term that implies a cozy lifestyle filled with friends, family, candles, chunky throw blankets, reading on rainy days and drinking hot drinks on snow days.

And while yes, I have accumulated my fair share of throw blankets (perhaps to my husband’s chagrin, who can say), we also love to embrace these chilly winter months by enjoying a warm, indulgent beverage every now and again — like this chocolate hazelnut latte. It’s major hygge in a cup.

crockpot swedish meatballs

crockpot Swedish Meatballs

This Crockpot Swedish Meatballs recipe is more than just a recipe — it’s a dinnertime savior. When life gets crazy (which happens more often than not, amiright), let the slow cooker do the heavy lifting for you when dinnertime rolls around. Add lingonberry jam and mashed potatoes and just like that, you have a satisfying, family-friendly dinner ready to go.

In case you’ve missed it on Instagram, we officially moved! We’ve settled back into apartment life in the Twin Cities after spending last month in Wisconsin with my parents and the six months before that traveling the country in an RV, as one does. We’ve spent the last few days unpacking all of our things — which, since moving out of a less-than-200-square-foot space and into a 1,000-square-foot space, isn’t too much — and making our place feel like home.

So much has changed in the last year for us, and yet, so much hasn’t — including our love for the slow cooker. From house life to RV life to apartment life, I’ve schlepped my slow cooker to and fro and used it to make meals everywhere. And these crockpot Swedish meatballs always reign supreme in my household — wherever that has been or will be.

no knead ciabatta bread

no knead ciabatta bread

Stop trying too hard to bake the perfect bread! With this no knead ciabatta bread recipe, you can make the best-ever, foolproof scratch bread in your own kitchen with ease. Promise.

Happy 2019, friends! I hope the holidays treated you well with plenty of people you love and more Christmas cookies to devour than you ever thought possible. We spent the holidays (and actually, the greater part of the month of December) with my family in southern Wisconsin. We’ve been living here while we transition from RV life to apartment life back in Minneapolis (THIS WEEKEND. We move THIS WEEKEND), so it was good to be part of all of the family festivities this year.

But once the hubbub of the holidays died down, it was time to get serious. No, not with packing, SILLY — with baking this glorious no knead ciabatta bread for y’all. OK, also with packing. But that’s far less exciting.

eggnog bread with spiced rum glaze

Eggnog Bread with Spiced Rum Glaze -- This eggnog bread recipe with spiced rum glaze tastes just like the holiday drink in quick bread form! @girlversusdough #girlversusdough #baking #dessertbread

When Christmas is around the corner, forget the cookies — only eggnog bread (with spiced rum glaze, YES PLEASE) will do! OK, OK — the cookies can stay, too.

SO. Christmas is but a few eves away — how do we feel about this? Are we cool as Jack Frost, or are we roasting chestnuts solely with our stress-induced body heat? For a while I was pretty chill about everything, and then I realized that I was looking at the calendar all wrong and suddenly, Christmas is not two weeks away but ONE week away, and now I’m fairly certain the reason we’re going to have a green Christmas in the upper Midwest is because of me.

Thankfully, there is still some of this eggnog bread to be had, which is made with real eggnog and spices and yes, rum, both in the bread and in the glaze, and it tastes mighty fine with some eggnog on the side. That’s just a suggestion — but a very strong one.

beef wellington

Beef Wellington

This recipe is a collaboration with Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner, on behalf of the Beef Checkoff. I received compensation, but all opinions are my own.

If ever there was a recipe that is meant to impress, it’s Beef Wellington. Beef tenderloin is wrapped in a savory mixture of mushrooms and flaky puff pastry, and the whole thing bakes in the oven to maximum magnificence – and maximum deliciousness (ask my husband, who ate almost half of it in one sitting).

If you want to wow your crowd this holiday season, I highly recommend going for this Beef Wellington recipe. Everyone will be happy and full, and you can claim another victory in the kitchen. Wins all around.