Girl Versus Dough

vitamix blender {giveaway}

Vitamix Giveaway

It really is the most wonderful time of the year. We’re preparing for the holidays, we’re drinking hot cocoa and hot apple cider, we’re baking cookies and cozying up by fireplaces and snuggling in sweaters and scarves. Oh, and we’re giving away blenders.

But not just any ol’ blender, my friends — a fancy, fun, pretty, beautiful, awesome, blenderific Vitamix blender, to be exact. Meep! (That’s me squealing in delight for you guys.)

dark chocolate peppermint meringues

dark chocolate peppermint meringues on parchment paper

Hey you know what you should make this week? And by should, I mean need to? These. You should/need to make these.

Let me just put it this way: They taste like the holidays in cookie form (although, hold up — are meringues considered cookies? Or are they more like a candy? Or are they just in their own hybrid category? I like to think of them as cookies so let’s go with that), but that’s not even the best part. The best part, THE BEST PART, is that they are filled with chocolate frosting.

You’re welcome.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me explain in a little greater detail why, exactly, you really should (need to) make these meringues.

crescent-topped cheesy vegetable bake

cheesy vegetable bake in baking dish

The holidays are thisclose and you guys, I AM SO EXCITED. This excited! Anyway, you get the point. Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away, then it’s the Christmas season and my heart could just explode from all the holiday cheer.

Due to all this excitement, I have been eagerly baking/creating holiday recipes for all y’all for quite some time now. Mayhaps even before Halloween. And one such recipe is this crescent-topped cheesy vegetable bake — a new creation in my kitchen but surely, undoubtedly, one that will become a tradition among my family for our holiday dinners.

sweet potato-marshmallow cinnamon rolls

Sweet Potato Marshmallow Cinnamon Rolls

Sometimes I wonder if I could be one of those people who literally eats the exact same foods every day for his or her entire life. I mean, it would be convenient and there are plenty of foods I love enough to eat on a daily basis. Mashed potatoes are one of them. Same goes for peanut butter and jelly. Bread, duh. I could probably live on enchiladas, too, and cookie dough ice cream for dessert.

But then I think about all those other foods I love that would be neglected (like my beloved brussels sprouts, or macaroni and cheese, or my mom’s spaghetti sauce) and I realize that eating the same foods every day for my whole life would be a real drag (these are the things that take up space in my brain sometimes, I know).

One thing I could eat every day — if my hips would allow it, anyway — are breakfast rolls, reason being because there are so many variations you could make. Like these gingerbread rolls, for instance. Or these raspberry-filled ones, or these Meyer lemon poppy seed ones. Most likely, however, I’d go for these sweet potato-marshmallow cinnamon rolls time and time again because… well, I don’t think that really requires an explanation, do you?

creamy deviled eggs with red onion, capers + dill

Creamy Deviled Eggs

Ummmmmmmmm these deviled eggs? I can’t get enough of them. I may have eaten half of them for breakfast.

But we’ll talk more about those eggs in a second. We have more important things to discuss… like a surprise baby shower!

It’s a surprise baby shower for my dear gal pal Stefanie from Sarcastic Cooking, who is expecting her little dude in December. And since we all can’t get together in real life to celebrate (which is a darn shame), we are doing the next best thing we food bloggers know how to do best — share our food, virtual-style (though seriously, can someone come over and help me finish these deviled eggs before I do?).

pineapple-macadamia nut parfait + liberte coconut yogurt

Pineapple-Macadamia Parfait

To say I’m already missing summer is an understatement. The hubs and I spent the weekend in Arizona to celebrate a dear friend of ours marrying his love, and while the overall desert landscape left something to be desired for this lake and tree-loving Minnesotan (though this view took my breath away time and time again), we spent a good portion of the weekend wondering why we love to live in the blustery, snowy (though more currently, rainy and dreary) Midwest.

A few days of constant sunshine and 80-degree weather in November will mess with you like that.

Before the weekend, however, while still in the aforementioned lake and tree-filled though rainy and dreary Minnesota, I was spoon-deep in this tropical parfait, feeling anxious excitement over the fact that in just a few weeks, it’s Thanksgiving (my second favorite holiday) and a few weeks after that, Christmas (my favorite holiday). Obviously my mind is conflicted between wanting to go back in time and wanting to jet ahead of it — season-wise that is.

Next spring, though? For that I can wait a bit. I still need a few more months of deep breaths and sleep-filled nights before our little lemon-sized babe enters the world. (Deep breath.)