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Ham, Apple, and Horseradish Cream Grilled Cheese

September 30, 2017 by Nicole Collins We're taking the grilled cheese to the next level today! I absolutely LOVE grilled cheese sandwiches. I mean, who doesn't? I feel like grilled cheeses are pretty much the first thing that anyone ever learns how to cook. Besides microwave hot dogs, that is...gross. When I was college, I lived off of grilled cheeses. My school served the best grilled cheeses that I've ever had to date. Well, maybe until today. Today's grilled cheese is at least a close second. I had some long school days, because I pretty much worked full time and went to school full time all 4 of my years there. So, I had to be smart about how I scheduled my classes, which meant cramming a

Maple, Apple, Cheddar Croissant Bake

September 26, 2017 by Nicole Collins Today's recipe was almost a PB&J Croissant Bake. Then, for a second, it was going to be a Reese's Croissant Bake. Next, it took a left turn and became a Caramel Apple Croissant Bake. But somehow, it ended up being a Maple, Apple, Cheddar Croissant Bake. TOTALLY not anywhere near what I originally had planned. I love it when a recipe evolves in to something totally different from how it started. Though, I must note, none of those first 3 ideas are off the table. In fact, they are DEFINITELY still on the table. Just not today... Regardless, we were having a croissant bake today. And, that's mostly because I had some mini croissants that I refused to waste a

Middle Eastern Spiced Braised Beef with Rice

September 22, 2017 by Nicole Collins It's officially fall, which means my countdown to spring has officially begun. And, it's time to start burying myself in comfort food. Today's recipe is loaded with warm Middle Eastern spices to help battle the chill that's hanging in the evening air. It will warm us from the inside out! I actually got the idea for this recipe from one of my employees, Leila. She is an AMAZING cook! She's from Algeria, so a lot of her cooking is influenced by her African and French roots. She just has such a knack for creating these warm comforting flavors out of the simplest ingredients. And thankfully, she enjoys my cooking as much as I enjoy hers, because we share lunc

Truffle Honey Flatbread Pizza

September 18, 2017 by Nicole Collins There are so many exciting things happening today! And that's not a typical Monday morning sentence. First thing to be excited about today...Dancing with the Stars! As much as we all know I hate the fall and winter, the only things that gets me through are the tv season premieres that start popping up this time of year. And, Dancing with the Stars tonight is the first one of my shows to come back! Any other DTWS fans out there? What else is on your “must see tv” list? It's funny, because I haven't always watched DTWS. I've only been watching the past couple seasons. I don't know what took me so long to hop on board! I actually started watching during Robe

Dessert Cheeseboard + My New Favorite Jewels!

September 15, 2017 by Nicole Collins Chocolate, cheese, and jewels... These are a few of my favorite things! A couple of weekends ago, I hosted a jewelry party. The company is called Chloe and Isabel, and the jewelry is absolutely fantastic. There are a ton of different styles and colors, the jewelry is well made with 100% replacement guarantee if anything happens to it, and the prices are great! Win, win, win all around. I met my merchandiser, Emily, at a police fundraiser event last year; and her and I kept in touch ever since. It took us (well, me) forever to be able to coordinate a date to have the party, but it was totally worth the wait. I had never hosted one of those direct sales hom

Prosciutto, Fig Jam, and Caramelized Onion Flatbread

September 11, 2017 by Nicole Collins Figs aren't just for Fig Newtons anymore, folks! Are Fig Newtons even still around? I truly don't know. I was never much of a fan of them, so I can't say that I've kept up with that weird little cookie. Honestly, I don't have a ton of experience with figs. They've never really been on my radar until this year. I've never actually bought a fresh fig. But, they're everywhere right now! And by everywhere, I mean all over Instagram. I mean they're probably actually all over the grocery stores and farmer's markets. But, insta is what piqued my interest. So, that's everywhere in my opinion. I've just decided to put “buy figs” on my end of summer bucket list. I

Monte Cristo Breakfast Pizza

September 9, 2017 by Nicole Collins It's confession time! I'm sure you guys love confession time. It's when I share all of my embarrassing little secrets with you, and you can literally LOL without me ever knowing. Well, you're welcome. I'm here for you. There are a few detours that we'll take from today's confession. So, let's just start at the center. I talk to myself...A LOT. You see, I've spent a lot of time by myself over the years. Growing up, I was the only child in my household until I was 11. I've lived roommate free for about 10 years. I have a pretty crappy commute, so I spend about 2 hours a day alone in the car. I have an office at work where I can shut the door, close the blind

PB&J Chia Smoothie

September 5, 2017 by Nicole Collins I can't believe it's time to say phrases like “back to school”. Like, when did that happen? Before you know it, we'll be saying “Welcome to 2018”. Crazy! I shouldn't even care about back to school. But, I do. Not because I have to go back to school or even because I have anyone in my life that has to go back to school, but because of all of the extra traffic that back to school brings. My commute to work is already tough enough. Pretty much every major highway in Baltimore is going through roadwork which makes things 100 times worse. But, back to school traffic definitely brings people out of the woodwork. It's not my favorite. Then again, pretty much the

Honey Chipotle Chicken and Summer Bounty Flatbread

September 1, 2017 by Nicole Collins I have a big problem. And unfortunately, there's not a thing I can do about it. At least not until May 2018. My problem is that it is September. And September means fall. And fall means cold. And cold means no more tank tops and flip flops. No more summer produce. No more Farmer's Markets (for the most part). We're entering in to my least favorite time of year. There's a very good chance I'll be whining about this for the next 6 months. Consider yourselves warned. Though, fall means I get to have a birthday. And, the end of the year means Christmas. But, those are really the only saving graces. I just can't believe that this weekend is considered the last

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