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Sausage Gravy Breakfast

August 28, 2017 by Nicole Collins Today's recipe is in memory of my daddy. Because today is his birthday. My daddy was born on 8-28-28. That would've made him 89 years old today. I'll give all of you that remember that I'm only 32 years old a minute to process that. There was a pretty big age gap between my parents (33 years to be exact), but my daddy was the best daddy a girl could ask for. Cancer gave him his angel wings much too soon, in my opinion. But, I'm lucky enough to have some very specific memories of him. My daddy was from Tennessee, so naturally, he was a great southern cook. I was almost 7 when he passed, but I can still taste some of his signature dishes like I just had them y

Pineapple Fried Rice with Shrimp

August 24, 2017 by Nicole Collins It's very possible pineapple is my favorite fruit. I feel like pineapple has been on trend this season too. Every where I look, it's pineapple and flamingos. Pineapple and flamingos. I've gotten consumed by the craze. I'm sure that's not a surprise to you. I bought both pineapple and flamingo milk jar glasses (that I still haven't used yet). I bought both pineapple and flamingo inflatable drink holders for the pool (though I don't have a pool). So, yeah. Pineapple and flamingos. I think I really just like the pretty yellow and pink colors. So, today we're actually going to use the pretty pineapple. And it's going to be a pretty yellow and pink! Pineapple Fri

Baltimore Style Black and White Cookie

August 20, 2017 by Nicole Collins It's the Eve of the Solar Eclipse that will probably break the internet! Cause let's be honest, everyone is going to try to be taking pictures without blinding themselves and then throwing all of their attempts all over the interwebs. Serious note though, I read an article about how you can actually burn a hole in your eyeball by staring directly at the sun during the eclipse without proper eye protection, so please don't do that. Take precautions, and don't look directly at it people! I also read that you can break the camera on your phone by trying to take photos facing the sun directly, so your phone needs protection too. The article recommended using the

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Eggplant Pizza

August 18, 2017 by Nicole Collins I can be kind of a sucker sometimes. It's funny, because I've worked in Sales or a Sales Related job for most of my adult career. So, I've always had the motto “You can't sell a seller.” I'd like to think that I can hold my own in an environment where sales people are coming at you like vultures. Unless there's food involved. Then, it's like I forget everything I know about everything. In a grocery store environment, I am definitely the person that the end caps were created for. I can't tell you how many products I've purchased solely because of their placement on the end caps. Most of it is stuff I don't need, and sometimes it's stuff that I don't even real

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Banana Bread

August 14, 2017 by Nicole Collins Happy half Valentine's Day! Ok, so here's the thing. I've been sitting on today's recipe for a hot minute. It was totally an accident, but it totally looks super lovey dovey in the pics...like it would be perfect for Valentine's Day. And it's all chocolate covered strawberry and stuff, which just screams Valentine's Day. I can be a pretty patient person (when I want to be), but there was no way I could keep this recipe in the vault for 6 more months. So, I'm making up my own holiday. We can have half birthdays and Christmas in July. So, I'm just celebrating half Valentine's Day. Why not? Maybe I'll start a petition to make it a thing. Not that we can only ea

Spicy California Roll Stuffed Avocado

August 12, 2017 by Nicole Collins I LOVE SUSHI... ...Conditionally. You see, I only actually LOVE the cooked sushi. You know, the crab, the shrimp, the steak, the veggie sushi... In reality, I feel like such a fraud when I say that I love sushi. The whole point of sushi is the raw fish aspect, but I just can't get down with that. The majority of my issues with food that I don't like can be put in to one of two categories: smell or texture. Raw fish violates that texture measurement in soooo many ways for me. It's just a little too squishy! I feel like I have to explain myself anytime I have a conversation about sushi. “I love sushi and crave it all the time!” (shouted from the rooftops); “Bu

Reese's Mousse with Junk Food Crumble

August 8, 2017 by Nicole Collins I am pretty much obsessed with mason jar desserts. I mean, could they be any more adorable?!? They're easily transportable; they're the perfect serving size; and you can see their pretty layers because they're see through! #winning I made today's recipe for Jen's birthday this weekend. We went on a girls' weekend sailing trip, and it was absolutely the best! The weather was amazing. The water was sooo peaceful. And the marinas we visited were fantastic. We started at Ferry Point Marina on the Magothy River. It was a fairly small marina, but it is right next door to this restaurant that was hopping! We had dinner there the first night. Crabs, honey jalapeno co

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Cookies

August 4, 2017 by Nicole Collins This one is for the fur babies today. My little boy's birthday was on Monday, so I made him a special treat! And let me tell you, both doggies went NUTS for these cookies. I adopted Charlie about 4 ½ years ago. Monday was his 9th birthday. I was just telling my mom over the weekend how I can't believe he's only been my baby for less than half of his little life. It feels like sooooo much longer than that! Charlie is the sweetest little pup ever. He man be an old man in doggie years, but he has such a child like spirit. When his sister gets a little too rough when they're playing (she's the alpha), and he gets scared; he runs straight in to my arms. It's the c

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