Girl Versus Dough

fireworks pancakes

Fireworks Pancakes

As if you haven’t been inundated enough with Fourth of July recipes, I’m here with another one for you. But! It’s for pancakes, which I like to think doesn’t count. Because while you may have all of your beers and brats and salads and popsicles lined up for the holiday, you might not have thought about breakfast. And what is a holiday if you don’t start celebrating it first thing in the morning, amiright??

Ahem. Sorry, I got really excited about breakfast for a second.

But seriously, let’s talk about fireworks pancakes for a bit. They’re mini pancakes dyed red, white and blue and then decorated with icing and sprinkles so they look like fireworks. I don’t know about you, but I love pancakes, and I love icing, and I LOVE sprinkles, so I’m definitely going to celebrate the holiday every morning this week with a big batch of these babies. One does not simply eat these pancakes for one breakfast this week.

cilantro-scallion swirl rolls

Cilantro-Scallion Swirl Rolls

Yesterday was my and Elliott’s fourth anniversary. We celebrated with Chipotle for dinner and a “Game of Thrones” marathon — because that’s how we roll. It was a perfect way to spend the evening together, being lazy and eating food (my favorite hobbies), especially after eating and walking our way through the hilly streets of San Francisco all last week (I’m exhausted, but my calves are stunning).

By the way, if you haven’t had a chance to make your way over there, GET ON IT. It’s a beautiful city and there is so much to see and do — and so much food to eat. So, so much food. I loved it.

By the way again, if you haven’t had a chance to watch “Game of Thrones” yet, GET ON IT. It’s kind of disturbing in so many ways, but also? Amazing. I’m hooked.

By the way again again, if you haven’t had a chance to try the corn salsa at Chipotle yet, GET ON IT. Stephie led me onto it recently so I tried it for the first time last night and it is the business.

Anywayyyy back to the story. So I’ve been married to my best friend for four years now. In some ways, it feels like yesterday (so cliche, but so true). And in other ways, it feels like we’ve been together forever. We’ve gone through a lot in the time we’ve been married — moving four times (and soon to be five, but that’s a story for another day ;)), going to school, graduating from school, getting first jobs, losing first jobs, being separated by oceans, being in the same room together for too long, struggling with money, struggling with marriage, struggling with whether to eat Thai food or pizza for dinner… and so it goes.

chocolate-glazed banana bread muffins

Chocolate-Glazed Banana Bread Muffins

You know how you stumble across a food blog and you just know you’re going to love anything and everything posted on that blog, ever? That’s what happened to me when I discovered Georgia’s unbelievably amazing blog, The Comfort of Cooking. Not only does this girl take the most breathtaking photos of food, but she’s got a great personality to boot (she also loves cheese, which pretty much makes us besties already). Anyway, I’ve asked her to post for me on this lovely Monday while I get back into the swing of things post-vacation (I’ll be back on Thursday, promise!), so I’ll stop talking now and let her take it away with these chocolate-glazed banana bread muffins. OH YES.

Hey there, lovely Girl Versus Dough readers! I’m Georgia Johnson from The Comfort of Cooking, a blog where I share easy, delicious twists on traditional comfort foods. I love everything about food, and the butter on my bread is cooking it for and sharing it with family, friends, and basically anyone who loves good food, too! Some of my recipes are light, some indulgent, but all are scrumptious, fresh and frugal.

It makes me so happy that Stephanie asked me to guest post for her today. I’ve been a longtime follower of her here, and am thrilled to be able to contribute in some small way. Today, that “way” is by sharing these amazing Chocolate-Glazed Banana Bread Muffins with you!

orange almond meringues

Orange-Almond Meringues

This gal… oh, this gal. In case you don’t know Stephie of Eat Your Heart Out, get thee over to her blog, stat. She is one of the funniest, most talented and sweetest (she sent me a birthday card — with a kitten wearing a party hat. I MEAN…) bloggers I know. Not only do we have the same name, we also share a confusion over how many shallots is one shallot, a borderline creepsville obsession with Adam Levine and a serious love of our cats. Basically, she’s my soul twin. Oh, and she made you all cookies for a guest post while I’m gone, so… yeah. Cue your applause now.

Hello, Girl Versus Dough readers! I am so thrilled to be posting for Steph today. I love everything about her site and her recipes, but even more than that, I adore her! Sometimes I think that we were twins separated at birth –- we are both reality TV-loving, carb and cheese-addicted, Adam Levine-obsessed cat ladies who believe that pants are totally optional at home. Not to mention that we share a name.

Basically, we are the coolest people ever.

I was raised in a home where, when someone was sick or recovering from surgery or going through a death in the family, food was the answer. It was not unusual for my momma, upon hearing that a friend was going through a hard time, to immediately head to the kitchen and pull together a big pan of mostaccioli, some salad, and a dessert to take over to the family.

sausage-stuffed piglet buns

sausage stuffed piglet bun on wooden spoon

Ermagerd you guys, I have the most ADORABLE guest post for you today while I’m on vacation. Leave it to the lovely Caroline and Monica of Pass the Cocoa to come up with something so cute and creative (and delicious). These two are super smart and talented — they’re both college students (at Harvard! And Northwestern!) and in their free time, they bake up yummy things for their blog. And we are all the happier (and droolier?) for it — at least I am, anyway, any time I visit their blog. Anywho, enough of my babbling… let’s talk about piglet buns!

Hello wonderful Girl Versus Dough readers! My name is Caroline, I’m a college sophomore, and I blog with my friend Monica over at Pass the Cocoa. We are both so thrilled that Stephanie asked us to do a guest post for her. I love her beautiful food photography and recipes that you could actually make and eat all the time. My favorites are (true to the blog’s name) the bread recipes, and in that vein, I wanted to share this recipe idea: sausage-stuffed rolls in the shape of pigs!

blue cheese buckwheat cornbread muffins

Blue Cheese Buckwheat Cornbread Muffins

I’ve got nothing.

I mean really. I’ve been sitting here for the last 20 minutes trying to think of something to write, and I’ve got nothing. Nada. Zilch.

I thought about talking about the weather, as we do, but I figured we’re better friends than to have that kind of vapid conversation. I thought about talking about how I’ve decided I have the soul of both a 12-year-old and a 90-year-old, because I love coloring (true story, I have a coloring book and it is AWESOME) and going to bed at 9 p.m. (I also recently complained along with my parents about “the state of this generation” (I had some lovely things to say about it, too) and couldn’t believe how crotchety I had become in that moment. Oy).

I also thought about talking about these muffins, how they’re equally sweet and savory, with bits of blue cheese and sliced scallion scattered throughout and a unique texture and flavor imparted by the buckwheat. That’s probably my best topic because it’s food (duh), but now I’m distracted because these muffins are so dang good and I need to go eat one now (see above, 12-year-old).