Maple Bacon Bread - perfect for toast, sandwiches, or just as a side with dinner!

I have a giveaway for you on this lovely Tuesday morning!

But first, I have to tell you what I did for my first day of freeeeeeeeeedom (aka the day all the kids went to school).

The husband is actually home right now which is a first. I’ve had kids in school for 4 years now and he’s never been home for it. So he was able to walk the kids to their classrooms with me and then we went and sat at Starbucks for coffee. I don’t think I’ve sat down in Starbucks and had coffee in… well, probably since I worked there. In 2006. Then we ended up having froyo for lunch together.

I know this is, like, regular everyday stuff for normal people but I’ve spent a lot of time alone with kids these past few years (thanks deployments!) and it’s weird to be like a real person who gets coffee and is able to hunt for Pyrex without saying “STOP TOUCHING THAT!” over and over again.

Thankfully, the kids all loved their first day and are looking forward to going back today. Fun fact: Fat Baby (who’s not a baby) said his favorite part of the day was “sleep time”.

Did you notice the gorgeous cutting board under this Maple Bacon Bread?

Yeah, that’s the giveaway! Get excited.

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I was lucky enough to receive the Teak Cutting Board and it is absolutely perfect. When I’m not using it, I’ve been displaying it on my dining room table because I just want to look at it all the time. It’s extra large at 24×18-inches and peak is naturally resistant to water which makes it easier to clean and maintain.

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About the bread?

It has maple and bacon so of course it’s delicious! And I love yeast breads that are supposed to be rustic looking because you really don’t have to pay a lot of attention to shaping and slashing and all that. Just form it into a ball and let it do it’s thing.

This loaf would be perfect toasted with jam, great for sandwiches, or just on the side of dinner.

If you are looking for recipe & entertaining inspiration and would also like to see the cutting boards that inspired them, plus earn additional entries for the giveaway, check out the recipes for Pulled Pork Pizza, BBQ Chicken Puffs, Ancho Smoked Pork, Easy Macaroni Salad, Chipotle Chili Fish Tacos With Peach Pineapple Salsa, Maple Bacon Bread, Chicken Cordon Blue Pizza, Casual Entertaining / Cheese Board, Grilled Sweet Corn & Zucchini Panzanella Salad and Buffalo Chicken Salad with Spicy Ranch Dressing.  

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I am having the worst writer’s block recently. I have several recipes that I’ve made and photographed but I just can’t come up with anything to talk about.

My life is so boring right now, guys.

And yeah, I know my life of Pyrex-hunting, dog parking, and grocery shopping in Colorado Springs wasn’t exactly exciting but it was more exciting that my life right now.

We sold my husband’s car before the move and it’d make no sense to buy another one because hashtag deployment so we’re toughing it out. Which means I’m home all. the. time. 

And uggggghhhh, I’m so bored. 

Anyway, I’m gonna tell you the story of selling my husband’s car.

Also known as the day I almost killed my husband. Twice.

It took months to convince my husband we needed to sell his car. (Which is a total exaggeration because we only had 6 weeks to prepare for the move but whatevs.) He was convinced the Army would pay to have it shipped. And I was all, “Bro, I’ve been waiting for a referral from Tricare since October – the Army isn’t paying for anything they don’t absolutely have to.”

So literally 3 days before the movers came, he finally agreed. 

Our neighbor told us to take it to Carmax (which I highly recommend – they were awesome) and after they looked at the car, made an offer, blah blah blah, my husband says, “I think I threw the registration out.”

Yeah, he cleaned the car out before we drove down there and threw EVERYTHING out. EVERYTHING. 

So we drove the 30 minutes home, dug threw the trash (that was already at the street for pickup), found the registration and drove back. 

And then he realized he didn’t have the title either. 

Omg. 

So back home we went but he didn’t remember seeing the title in the car so we tore apart the house because at this point, I’m panicking. I didn’t know what we were going to do if we had to move this car with us.

Around this time I also realized that I’m a hoarder because while tearing apart my closet, I found prescription packaging from, like, 2006. And paystubs from earlier than that.

So he eventually found the title. In a bag that went to Afghanistan with him.

WHAT. 

HOW. 

And then, 5 hours after starting this ordeal, we finally got rid of the dang car. And then got Chinese food as celebration of not having to take a 15 year old car with no a/c on a 2 day drive to Texas. 

Anyway, Glazed Lemon Bread! 

I finally remembered to buy baking powder and baking soda and all that! And this was delicious. In fact, I had a perfectly Paleo day yesterday and ruined it with a slice of this. Because I have no willpower. 

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Hot Cross Buns - my favorite Easter tradition! So delicious!

I think Easter’s my favorite holiday.

And yes, I realize that I say that for literally every holiday but I’m serious this time. I think Easter’s my fave.

I mean, Easter candy is most definitely the best candy. Plus you get to decorate with fun, bright colors and dye eggs. And you get to watch Hop as many times as you want and no one can judge you for it.

That’s what the kids and I do. We watch it over and over and over again. It’s our fave.

And finally, Easter food! I love the ham and the salads and, most important, the Hot Cross Buns!

I’ve teamed up with In The Raw this year ot bring you a series of awesome recipes and the first one I’m sharing is… yep, Hot Cross Buns. Because I am obsessed.

I used the Sugar In The Raw Organic White® to make these buns. Sugar In The Raw Organic White® is from the maker of Sugar In The Raw® and is part of the In The Raw® family of sweeteners, which also includes zero-calorie Stevia In The Raw® and Monk Fruit In The Raw®, and Agave In The Raw®.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with how the Sugar In The Raw Organic White® worked in these Hot Cross Buns. It is perfect for baking! And I love how eco-friendly the brand is. Sugar In The Raw Organic White is eco-social certified, Non-GMO certified, USDA Organic and comes in recyclable packaging.​

So Hot Cross Buns! They are sweet rolls studded with raisins and the topped with icing in the shape of a cross. I love making these every year because I think they’re so pretty and my kids love that I make them every year because they are delicious!

If you are interested in the Sugar In The Raw Organic White®, click here to find a retailer near you.

Hot Cross Buns - my favorite Easter tradition! So delicious!

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Cinnamon Chip Bread (Great Harvest Copycat Recipe)

Happy Thursday! We’ve almost made it to the weekend.

It’s actually officially the weekend around here. My kids have a 4-day for parent/teacher conferences – it’s nice to have them home but ugggghhhh, conferences. You guys know I cry every. single. time. that I have to go in there.

So for the first time in the history of me, I pointed at my husband and said, “I’m not going. You do it.”

And he is. 

Basically, today is the best day of my life. 

To make today even better, I’m going to make French toast with this amazing Cinnamon Chip Bread that I made yesterday.

Guys, I’m into the yeast again. 

This is supposed to be like the Great Harvest cinnamon bread but I’ve never tried it so I can’t really confirm. But I just looked it up and we totally have a couple Great Harvests here so I should probably go compare theirs to mine while my husband deals with the conferences. Right?

I can tell you that it’s the lightest, fluffiest bread ever and I love those cinnamon chips so much. And I love that some of the cinnamon chips melted a little during kneading so it almost looks like there are cinnamon swirls in the bread. 

For my afternoon snack yesterday, I smeared a pretty large piece of the bread with sunflower butter and then sprinkled more cinnamon chips on top… best snack ever. 

Cinnamon Chip Bread (Great Harvest Copycat Recipe)

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Meyer Lemon Zucchini Bread

Guys. I made this yesterday and had to get it posted ASAP because IT’S MEYER LEMON SEASON! 

You probably only have until Thursday to find some. So go. Now. Leave work. You need meyer lemons. 

I will never understand why meyer lemon season is so short. It’s like, literally, 6 random days in January. I will also never understand why Walmart is the only place I ever see them. I was at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods 3 days ago. You’d think one of them would have them, right? Nope. Found them on my newspaper run yesterday. So check Walmart if you haven’t found any yet. 

I’ve been craving lemon bread lately because we stopped at SO MANY Starbucks on our roadtrip – because A) coffee and B) clean bathrooms – and every time we stopped, I’d press my face against the pastry case glass and stare longingly at their lemon bread until my drink was ready. It’s just so good.

This Meyer Lemon Zucchini Bread turned out super delicious – light and fluffy with a tart glaze that you can’t really see in my pictures but I swear it’s there. My two oldest kids are in that annoying stage where they pick out any speck of green in their food but they totally loved this bread. 

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