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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Two breads in a row!

It’s carb week on Fake Ginger!

Just kidding.

It’s carb week every week in my life.

Have I told you guys that I’ve been obsessed with Captain D’s recently? Yeah, the fast food seafood place. It’s one of the stranger things that’s happened in my life. I mean,  I (very lovingly) make fun of my friends that aren’t from areas by the water when they say that Red Lobster is their favorite restaurant. And now I’m obsessed with Captain D’s? What is life?

I don’t know, guys. The hushpuppies. They call my name.

And the clams. And the lobster bites.  And the fries that are so delicious dipped in tartar sauce.

I’ve been at least 3 times in the last couple weeks. Possibly 4.

I’ve vowed not to go anymore and now that I’ve publicly shamed myself, maybe I’ll stick to it.

So these Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls!

Canned crescent rolls are probably my favorite bread to serve with dinner but I very rarely do it because I could easily eat all 8 before dinner is even on the table. What do they put in them to make them so addictive?

I decided to make them even more addictive by slathering them with garlic butter and then stuffing them with mozzarella cheese. And you better believe I ate so many that I was too full to even have a bite of the spaghetti that was supposed to be dinner.

Super simple and I bet you have all the ingredients on hand already!

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It snowed on Friday!

Yes, snow!

I know!

This is our 4th winter in Colorado and we’ve never had snow before November. I didn’t believe the weather people when they started saying we’d get snow. Mostly because we never get snow when they say we will. I think they just like to play with my emotions. And then it’s when they say that we’re gonna have an unseasonably warm day with absolutely no precipitation that we get half a foot of snow.

That’s just how it works here.

But yeah, I was so disappointed when I woke up and couldn’t see anything coming down because it was so dark. And then I let Penelope (the husky) in and she was covered in the white stuff! It was pretty exciting.

It didn’t stick and never really got heavy so both my kids in school had recess in it which always sounds really cool to me because I’m from Mobile, Alabama and the 2 times in my life it snowed, we just got sent home early.

It also made me incredibly aware of the fact that my kids have basically no pants. So at 6:30 on Friday morning I was ordering all the boys pants that H&M has and possibly a poncho for me. What am I going to do with a poncho? I mean, really?

I think I’m even more excited for fall and winter now. The kids and I went to an apple farm yesterday and bought 10 pounds of apples and 3 big pumpkins. The pumpkins are definitely not going to last until Halloween but, ugh, I couldn’t help myself!

I also made Pumpkin Swirl Bread because once again, I couldn’t help myself. This version is so yummy. It’s a typical pumpkin bread but has a layer of sweetened cream cheese in the middle. It also has raisins which I considered leaving out but I’m really glad I didn’t. I really enjoyed them in this!

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