Countdown to Christmas

November 28, 2017 by Nicole Collins Who's ready for Christmas?!?!?!?! I am! But, I feel like I'm always ready for Christmas! I'm definitely the person who shops all year for Christmas gifts. And my Christmas tree was up long before Thanksgiving. It's my favorite time of year, for sure! I just wish Christmas could be in one of the warm weather months. That's the only thing that could make it absolute perfection for me. I've been shopping for Christmas décor (like I don't already have enough) since the stores started rolling it out in September. I saw the cutest countdown to Christmas at my fav craft store that had a little magnet as the marker to change the days in the countdown. I thought it

Roast Beef Sammie with Cranberry Horseradish Cream

November 25, 2017 by Nicole Collins Happy Saturday! How was everyone’s Thanksgiving?!? Is everyone still full? I know I am! Any Black Friday shoppers out there? You know, I’ve NEVER gone Black Friday shopping. Never. Not once. I know! I hear it’s something that everyone should experience at least once, but it’s just not an activity that intrigues me one little bit. Soooooooo many people! I certainly prefer to shop in the world at 7am while everyone is still sleeping and I have free reign of the store. Black Friday shopping truly sounds like a nightmare to me. Thank goodness for Cyber Monday! I actually have a list of a few fairly normal things that I’ll never, ever, EVER do. Also on the list

Cranberry Ginger Spritzer

November 22, 2017 by Nicole Collins Give thanks. Why is that something that we only focus on this time of year? Isn’t it strange how holiday season seems to make us really reflect? For most people, tomorrow is the official kick off of holiday season. We think a lot about family, and food, and giving, and all the things that are supposed to make us feel warm and fuzzy inside. But, so many of us stress ourselves out during this joyful time. We ask ourselves questions like “What if he/she asks me about (insert your personal uncomfortable topic here)?” “How am I going to afford this?” “What if I gain weight?” “How will I get through this season without my lost loved ones?” Why do we do that to o

Chipotle Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

November 19, 2017 by Nicole Collins Today we're addressing a very serious topic. It's an age old question that will be more relevant than ever this week. So, here it goes... Mashed Potatoes: Skin on (lumpy) or skin off (creamy)? I know...that's a tough one. And, it could really spark a heated debate! Now, the turkey is all fine and good at Thanksgiving dinner, but we all know the real stars of the show are the sides! I mean, there are soooo many! How could they not be?!? And, the mashed potatoes are the cool kids on the playground. I mean, come on. Buttery, starchy, (sometimes garlicy) mountains of carbs? Yes, please. I'm am 100% on Team Lumpy. Not that I don't love a good creamy mashed pota

Teriyaki Chicken Salad with Sweet Onion Teriyaki Vinaigrette

November 17, 2017 by Nicole Collins I'm sad that Farmer's Market Season is just about over. But, since we're eating green this week, today's salad is the perfect reason to get your Farmer's Market fix for the year before it's too late! I'm excited to say that this year was the year of Farmer's Markets for me. I had 100% been taking for granted how much fresh food was actually available to me in my city. Farmer's Markets have always been about the produce, for me; but I truly never realized that the markets have so much more to offer! There's sooooo much talent in this world. From jam makers, to artists, to jewelry crafters...and on and on! The Farmer's Market has truly become my happy place.

Thai Chicken Salad Collard Wrap

November 13, 2017 by Nicole Collins So, I just looked at the calendar and realized Thanksgiving is next week. When did that happen?!?!? All I can say is that I hope time keeps on flying by so that it can be spring again before I know it. Because, I am OVER this cold weather already! You guys know I've been in total comfort food mode which has 100% been brought on by the chilly weather, but I figured we'd keep it healthy and low carb this week. I mean, we're all a week and a half away from the kick off of “eat everything in sight” season, so the least I could do for you is set you up for success. We're going to keep it kinda short and sweet today. I'm still recovering from the events of yeste

Mama's Turkey Meatloaf

November 10, 2017 by Nicole Collins There's no place like home. And today's recipe is inspired by Mom Collins, herself. This past weekend, I went to a showing of The Wizard of Oz. But, it wasn't your typical “sit and watch an old movie” type deal. The entire score was being played by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra while the movie was going on. Movie with Orchestra is what the event was called. It was sooooo cool! It's been ages since I saw that movie. But, I'd forgotten how many popular quotes came from that movie. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” “Some people without brains do a lot of talking, don't they?” ← Totally relevant these days. And of course, “There's no place l

Lentil Soup

November 6, 2017 by Nicole Collins I've been waiting on today's recipe for a loooooooooooooooooong time! About 6 years, to be exact. So, remember a couple weeks ago I was telling you about one of my employees, Leila? She's the one that inspired this braised beef. If you do remember, you may also remember I told you she makes this AMAZING Lentil Soup that I've been trying for years to get the recipe out of her. Well, folks. I finally did it. Kinda... So, here's what happened. Last week, for the first time in months, I made a recipe for one of my weekly meals that wasn't one of my own. I found this recipe for a Chipotle Lentil Soup that looked and sounded delicious. I had a really busy weekend

Halloween Hangover Trail Mix

November 4, 2017 by Nicole Collins Halloween Hangovers... You know what I'm talking about.. I think there are probably 2 types of Halloween hangovers. The first is when you wake up from a night of costume themed partying and way too much “boos”ing. The morning after symptoms include a massive headache and a hankering for something uber greasy and unhealthy. So, really just a standard adult hangover that you wake up with on November 1st. The second type of hangover applies to adults and children, alike. This Halloween hangover is when you eat more candy in one night than you've eaten all year and you wake up feeling all kinds of icky. The morning after symptoms include being dead tired from b

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