Brown Butter Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

brown butter cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting // my bacon-wrapped life

Happy December! We’re officially smack dab in the middle of the happiest, coziest, most butter-and-sugar-filled month of the year – and I couldn’t be happier about it. Although I’ll always miss living somewhere that snows during the holidays, the weather in the Bay Area has been semi-cooperating with lots of rain and gloomy days, so I’m feeling fully in the cuddly Christmas spirit!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus

roasted butternut squash hummus // my bacon-wrapped life

Whew. What a week, huh?

I never talk about politics, or anything too heavy really, in this space because I truly don’t think that’s what it’s for. This is supposed to be a happy place, where we can all come together and celebrate the amazingness that is butter and sugar and bread and bacon. I would never want a single person to come to my blog to check out a recipe or learn a new food trick, and find themselves feeling uncomfortable or alienated by anything I write here. But I think we can safely say this week was hard, disappointing, and aggressively eye opening, no matter what side of the aisle we’re on, right?

So while I won’t ever get overly political, I also don’t believe in pretending everything is happy-go-lucky when there are really serious, devastatingly divisive issues facing this country right now and I think everyone is feeling a little wonky this week. I strongly believe that education is the first step towards understanding and discussion, so personally, I’ve been reading every article I can get my hands on and am planning on working through this list to learn everything I can about what happened and what’s next for our country. And I can honestly say that I’ve never looked forward to Thanksgiving more than I am this year. I think we all need a day of eating, drinking, and holding the people we love most really, really tight right about now!

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Sweet + Salty Candy Bar Blondies

sweet and salty candy bar blondies // my bacon-wrapped life

What’s the only thing better than candy on Halloween?

That would be candy inside of blondies on Halloween, of course!

I love making fun, festive treats for basically any holiday, and Halloween is no exception. While it’s always the best excuse to eat copious amounts of candy straight-up, I always have fun finding new ways to fancy up the Halloween treats situation around here. And to me, the highest calling of your excess-Halloween-candy stash is baking it into something rich, buttery, and truly more than the sum of its cookie + candy parts.

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Carnitas Pizza

carnitas pizza // my bacon-wrapped lifeIt’s time for some FOOTBALL food!!

Yes, I know I’m a little late. But we’ve been traveling for the first few weekends of the season, so this is our first proper lazy Sunday posted up in front of Redzone all day – just the way I like it! Of course, my favorite part of football (besides fantasy football, which I surprised even myself by being alarmingly obsessed with) is all the amazing FOOD you have a built-in excuse to eat while you park yourself in front of the couch every Sunday. Now that I’ve officially married into a Steelers family, I’m taking my responsibilities as a Lookabaugh very seriously this football season.

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