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Blackberry Sour Cream Muffins

Yesterday my sweet baby turned three months old. Yesterday my baby turned three months old. THREE MONTHS! Where is the time going? Before I know it she’ll be way too cool for me, and then driving, and then coming home with some dude to tell me she’s getting married Father of the Bride style. I’m positive that’s how my parent’s felt when I brought Mr. T home to meet them. Then they got all weirded out and Famous Julie started asking really bizarre questions and my dad wouldn’t

Rustic Bread

Do you like bread that’s crusty on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside? Who am I kidding? … Of course you do! Do you think that it’s probably too difficult to make and you are never going to be able to experience this magic in the comfort of your own home? Think again. This bread is so ridiculously good, and it is so ridiculously easy. All that is required is a little planning as you need to start this bread about 24 hours before you want to eat it. With that being s

Cranberry White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Merry Christmas Eve, peeps!!! I’m so super stoked for Christmas this year. Baby Girl has been so fun and obsessed over Santa. Like, full on fangirling every time. Until he tries to talk to her, then she clams up and stares straight at her feet. She thinks EVERY dude that has a white beard is Santa. Pretty sure that every dude with a white beard thinks he is Santa as well, though. Anyway, whenever Santa sees Baby Girl he usually likes to come and talk to her. She is so shy if

Apple Cinnamon Artisan Bread

Over on my Instagram (follow me @playzwithfood!) we have been celebrating Pie Month and it has been GLORIOUS. Ya’ll know I have a thing about pies. Well, any dessert really but PIES. I could talk to you forever about pies. With that said, if I’m going to interrupt pie month for anything you KNOW it’s got to be good. I’m always looking for ways to up my artisan bread game, and with this crusty slice of heaven I think that’s what I have done. It couldn’t wait any longer because

Pumpkin Seed Cranberry Artisan Bread

I will seriously never get over Fall time. It is my favorite season by leaps and bounds. I think I’ll like it even more (if that’s possible) when I have a garden of my own. For now I just peruse the farmer’s markets and buy stuff from everyone else’s gardens. Actually, the farmer’s market was kind of the inspiration behind today’s recipe. And Fall/Halloween time. Also, good news, guys. This post is actually a two-parter. I teamed up with local chef and personal friend, Lindse

Pumpkin Cornbread

Ah, Fall… The season of ultimate nostalgia. At the beginning of fall I always think I love football and then I realize I actually have no time for football. But I do love me some good game day food. I know that much. Hopefully you guys are still on the pumpkin bandwagon because that’s exactly what I’ve got for you here today. Some delicious pumpkin Cornbread to go along with your bowl of soup or chili or whatever warms your soul. And let me tell you what. That maple butter? H

Thin Crust Pizza

You want to know one of the MANY reason I know there is a God? Because pizza exists. If I didn’t want to be a better example to my children, I would sustain my life solely on pizza. I’ll guzzle down the occasional salad in front of people, too. You know. For morale. But you better believe pizza is my one true love. For this reason, there will probably be an entire section of this blog dedicated to the glorious pie someday. And you KNOW I’m always game to try a new variety. Ri

Orange Cranberry Scones

I had never been a fan of anything that called itself a scone unless it was deep fried and smothered in honey butter. But my life has forever been changed. I’ll never say no to falling in love with more carbs. It all started with these Lemon Rosemary Scones and has snowballed into more and more delicious flavors. These tart and sweet little carbo-bombs are the perfect pick-me-up for any morning. They are also perfect to grab and go on busy mornings. My recipe uses fresh cranb

Whole Wheat Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Not everything that I bake has to be totally delicious unhealthy. Only like 99.3% of it. Those odds could be worse. These banana muffins are pretty healthy and totally bomb. I don’t mind feeding them to Baby girl for breakfast! Along with her cocoa puffs and sugar yogurt. JOKING. Kinda. Sometimes you just gotta stuff your kids with stuff they’ll actually eat so they don’t starve themselves to death. They live to see another day where we can try harder to stuff green things do

Whole Wheat Multigrain Bread

I’m super excited today, because I’m sharing my first video ever! I’m probably going to look back on this first video and cringe after a little more experience, but I’m going to need you guys to bare with me. I love this video right now though because it features my most favorite little sous chef in the whole world. Baby Girl can bake a mean loaf of bread. And if I’m being honest, this little video is like being a fly on my kitchen wall. It is definitely true to life and it’s

Soft & Fluffy Orange Rolls

It’s SPRING you guys! When Spring comes around I find myself craving any and all things citrus. These orange rolls are fresh and zesty and everything you’ve ever dreamed of having from an orange roll. I’m not going to lie to you, though. I used to not like orange rolls. *GASP* I know. I know. But I was young and stupid and my only concern was that there wasn’t any cinnamon in these intruders that called themselves sweet rolls. But now I’m older and wiser and my palate has cha

Blueberry Muffins with Brown Sugar Streusel

These blueberry muffins are the real deal, my friends. They are LOADED UP with fresh blueberries. You won’t get a single bite without one. Unless you eat like a bird or something, like a single crumb at a time. Seriously, take a lesson from Carl’s Jr’s gross commercials and eat like you mean it. Don’t miss out on these muffins. Those commercials always confused me. The reason those women are probably attacking those hamburgers like that is because that’s the first hamburger t

Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini with Bacon

There’s tortellini, and then there’s alfredo tortellini and then there’s alfredo tortellini with broccoli in it… and THEN there is Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini with BACON. BACON! This stuff is already filthy rich and then I added bacon and I basically went into a delicious cheese covered bacon coma. I think if I was to become a vegetarian, (don’t worry, Dad. I won’t) I would probably miss bacon the most. If I was a pig, I’d probably be a cannibal. Weird thought. One of the thi

Famous Julie’s Banana Bread

This recipe is a great one to have in the arsenal. It’s a classic, purely unadulterated loaf of banana bread. Not trashed up with nuts and chocolate and Nutella… although you are more than welcome to incorporate it in if that is what you’re looking for. But if you want to start with a clean canvas for your newest masterpiece, this is the recipe for you. It’s a beautiful thing really. And you can see tiny chunks of banana in there if you look real close. It’s swoon-worthy. Fam

Utah Scones

Scones are one of my favorite foods. I have a lot of favorite foods, and every single one of them is equally terrible for my health. But SO good for my spirit. I should probably clarify, though… UTAH scones are one of my favorite foods. Not the scones that are served with coffee at coffee shops that are baked with fruit in them sometimes, and are reasonably okay for your heart. I’m talking about the ones that are deep fried in oil, then covered in butter and honey and sugar a

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Here we are… once again. I “accidentally” let my bananas ripen a little too much. I know, I know. We’re all real bummed about it because now we get another delicious treat. Oh, the horror. No, but for real, these muffins are pretty awesome. I would much rather eat a handful of these than a handful of bananas. I’m actually not a huge banana fan unless they are mixed into something else. Like a smoothie, or a muffin, or a cake. Obviously the former is the healthiest option but,

Honey Buttermilk Bread

My mouth is watering so much that I actually suspect that it might be crying. Crying because it doesn’t have this bread in it right this very second. I have made quite a few different bread recipes, and I’m not going to lie to you, this is probably one of my favorites I’ve made yet. It is SO soft. Like piling your lunch meat on a pillow and then going to town. Or, my personal favorite way of consuming carbs… with a pound of butter slathered over the top after pulling it strai

Lemon Rosemary Scones

This is a Pioneer Woman recipe and I’m obsessed with her…. I mean it…. Eh hehm…. If you love scones and lemons and all things happy, you will love this recipe. It is ridiculous in all the best ways. The rosemary on top just takes it to an entirely new level of FRESH. AND THEY ARE SO PRETTY! They have beautiful flakes of yellow and green in the glaze. LOOOVE. They are also the perfect balance of crumbly and moist ALL AT THE SAME TIME. I don’t even know how that is possible but

Pumpkin Biscuits with Maple Butter

What’s up FALL?! It’s actually been Fall for a while now in case you were wondering but this is the first pumpkin recipe on the blog, so now it’s O-FISH. Ahh…. I don’t think I can pull off the whole shortening words thing. I’m only 24 and I’m already way too old for that crap. Now! Back to the biscuits. I didn’t know if I was going to appreciate these but they were crazy magical. I popped them warm out of the oven, split one in half and watched as the steam billowed off the t

Cinnamon French Toast

I’m a sucker for all things cinnamon. I don’t make it a habit to say no to things smothered in syrup either. “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” Four hundred and thirty points to whoever can name the movie that quote came from. Speaking of, yesterday I was smelling candles to try and decide which one I wanted to burn in my house and I smelled a couple Christmas ones and I got WAAYYY too excited for Christmas. It’s o

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