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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I’m going through this weird sandwich thing right now.

I don’t eat sandwiches often, I’m just really not a fan. Like, twice a year I’ll crave a Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki but that’s basically it. And y’all know I’m addicted to Jimmy John’s but since I get the lettuce wrapped sandwich, I consider that more of a portable salad.

A portable salad with mayo oozing out the sides but a portable salad nonetheless.

In the past two weeks, I’ve had Subway, Jimmy John’s with actual bread, and Schlotzsky’s. Because I want ALL THE SANDWICHES. I even plotted out a route for this week’s Pyrex search that takes me right by a Firehouse Subs since we don’t have one in my part of the city.

It’s bad.

And it gets worse.

On Monday, I walked the kid to school, put the other two in the car and drove straight to Walmart for bagels, chive & onion cream cheese, and…

Spam.

And then I came home and fried the Spam and made a bagelwich.

Something has happened to my brain. That’s the only explanation.

Today’s recipe is a not a sandwich but don’t be shocked if you see me instagram a BLT or something equally weird on this PB&J Banana Bread soon.

So yeah, the bread is a delicious peanut butter banana bread but you swirl some jam into the batter and top it with a streusel topping. It may be my favorite banana bread recipe yet. I just loved the little pockets of jam in the bread and who doesn’t love a streusel topping?

Aaaaand, the best part! It’s not one of those annoying recipes that only fills up half a loaf pan! This one was nice and tall!

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You guys, my stove is fixed!

A guy came out last week, looked at it, and said “Yeah, I’m gonna have to get someone out here to fix this.”

And I was all, “Waaaaait, I waited here all afternoon for you to come out here to tell me that you were going to have someone come fix it?”

Like I’ve said, the Army is all about efficiency.

So, they sent out their resident stove expert yesterday and all 4 burners immediately lit up when he tried it. The universe really likes to make me look stupid.

But luckily, the next time he tried, none of them turned on.

Five minutes later, he had all the burners working and 2 out of 3 of my children had decided to become “stove fixers” when they grow up.

Stove Saga 2014 is officially over and I will not mention it again! Woohoo!

I made Chocolate Chip Banana Bread to celebrate! I’ve been really craving banana bread for some reason and since the only way to improve banana bread is to add chocolate, that’s what I did. It was so moist and so chocolatey. I’m pretty excited to have another piece later today.

You guys know that my baking pet peeve is quick bread that only takes up about 1/3 of the baking pan. Unfortunately, this one is one of those. Ugh. If you’re like me and like a quick bread that takes up the whole pan, try a couple mini loaf pans instead!

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We have less than a week until Big Brother.

Who else is excited?!

I wait all year for Big Brother. All year. I bought the live feeds weeks ago and plan on staying up 24 hours a day, reading all the forums, and basically being a psycho. So if you don’t hear from me for the rest of the summer, you know why.

Also, if you want me to respond to an email/tweet/text/whatever, you  may want to mention the show. I’m telling you, for the next 3 months, my life is Big Brother.

It’s such a weird thing to be obsessed with, right? Like, a bunch of strangers move into a house with cameras on them 24/7. And they’re always boring 23 hours of the day. But that one hour of fighting or crazy drunken antics…

I can’t explain my own obsession.

But today I bring you bread! Really, really easy bread made from Bisquick (or whatever baking mix you use) and cheese sticks. They aren’t the prettiest breadsticks but my kids ate the entire batch the night I made them and them begged me to make them the next day.

Easy Cheese-Stuffed Breadsticks

8 breadsticks

Ingredients

2 1/4 cup Bisquick, plus more for dusting
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
8 string cheeses
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together Biscuick, Italian seasoning, and salt, removing any large lumps. Add milk, and stir to combine.
  3. Generously dust work surface with baking mix. Turn out dough, and knead about 15 times. Shape into a ball, then roll into a 1/4" thick rectangle.
  4. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 8 strips. Place a string cheese in the center of each piece of dough, and fold the dough around the cheese. Stretch the dough as needed to entirely cover the cheese, and seal edges.
  5. Place stuffed breadsticks on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with melted butter.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until brown.
  7. Serve warm!
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