Spiked Blueberry Arnold Palmer

August 31, 2018 by Nicole Collins I am sooooo ready for the weekend. Like sooooo ready. I know I've been telling you guys (probably a lot) lately that my plate has been super full. I've just got my hands in so many different projects right now that I am completely and utterly exhausted 110% of the time. Usually, when I start to get a little burnt out, I just take a day off of work. Or, if I have a house project I want to work on, I take a day off of work. But, since I started this new job a couple of months ago, I lost 6 weeks of paid time off. So, I can't just take a day off of work when I feel like it anymore. And, I didn't realize how hard that would be until I had to do it! So, I could n

Sheet Pan Greek Shrimp, Potatoes, and Green Beans

August 27, 2018 by Nicole Collins We're going to be a little trendy today. I feel like I'm finally hopping on the sheet pan dinner bandwagon. I'm rarely on the front side of a trend. I'm usually either trying not to get sucked in to the latest fad or I'm just not paying any attention. But, I'm usually the last one hanging on to “the good ol' days” before I finally give in and jump on board. I mean, I was like 10 years behind on the whole Facebook fad. And, I only have an account now because someone else created it for me. There was 1 time in my history that I was ahead of the game and got to enjoy something before the rest of the world woke up and caught on. That was the Fifty Shades of Grey

Crab Hash

August 25, 2018 by Nicole Collins Happy Saturday everyone! It's a good day to brunch, wouldn't you say?!?!? I need some major sustenance this morning, because I have a looooooooooong weekend of painting ahead of me. I hinted to you a couple of weeks ago that I was about to start a little kitchen project. Well, that little kitchen project of painting my cabinets and hanging a backsplash has become quite the “if you give a mouse a cookie” situation. You know the story, “If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk.” Then, he needs a straw, and a mirror and a thousand other things before he finally gets tired, wants to go to bed, has to have a glass of milk before bed, an

Chesapeake Flatbread

August 21, 2018 by Nicole Collins Guys, I'm feeling crabby this week! Not the grumpy kind of crabby, though. The “I need all things crab” kind of crabby. You see, it's been a pretty disgusting summer here in Maryland. When it's not raining (which it has been like 85% of the summer), it's either been stupid humid or totally gloomy and doomy. Baltimore has definitely been like Eeyore with a permanent rain cloud over its head this summer. On the few rare occasions where the sun has come out to give us a nice day, that only seems to happen on a work day. I really don't think we've had a nice weekend all summer. Ok, maybe I am the grumpy kind of crabby. Anyways, I've been craving crabs...BAD! Her

California Cobb Salad

August 18, 2018 by Nicole Collins We've made it to Day 7 in our 21 Day Fix Challenge! Can you believe it? We're 1/3 of the way through! Has anyone gotten on the scale yet to see their success from this week? I normally weigh myself once a day (which I've read once before is a really bad habit); but when I'm on a round of 21 Day, I only weigh myself on the last day of the week. I don't want to feel the pressure or anxiety every day of “ugh, I didn't lose enough weight today” or “great...I'm failing this challenge”. That's a really great way to undo all of your hard work. Instead, I want that super exciting, totally positive moment at the end of the week of “oh yeah. I lost 4 lbs this week. Ge

Chocolate Avocado Pudding Pops

August 17, 2018 by Nicole Collins Happy Friday everyone! Because you've hung in there and made it to Day 6, I've got a VERY special TREAT for you today!!! I am sooooooo excited about today's recipe, because it almost feels like we're cheating. But in reality, we are staying 100% within the guidelines of the 21 Day plan! While I've got cheating on the brain, let's talk about that for a second. We've been talking throughout the week of how I have some little cheats that I do while I'm on the plan. But, another thing that I 100% believe in is the cheat meal. This is not a theory of the 21 Day plan, but it's something that I read about once. The theory behind the cheat meal is that you give your

Harissa Zucchini Turkey Meatball Wraps

August 16, 2018 by Nicole Collins Happy Thursday everyone! And, welcome to Day 5! So, I was taking inventory of all of the delicious food we've had (and will have) this week, and I was trying to decide which recipe is my favorite. Picking a favorite recipe is like picking a favorite child (I'd imagine). You're not really supposed to do it. You're supposed to love them all the same. But, you inevitably can't help the fact that one edges the other out just a smidge. So, though they're all truly my favorite, if one recipe this week had a little bit of a slight edge, it'd be the one we're having today. And that may be solely because we're having naan bread today. As I'm writing this post, I'm fe

Southwestern Pasta Salad

August 15, 2018 by Nicole Collins We're halfway through week 1 in our challenge! It's Day 4! Just like with any change to your eating plan (or anything really), the first week is always the hardest. But, if you're still with me, then you've over the hump after today. So really, that sounds like smooth sailing to me from here on out! I've been able to keep my head in the game this week (for the most part), and I think it's truly because I know you guys are here with me. Whether you're following along on the plan or not, it's just nice to know I've got you guys in my corner. So, thank you!!! I think diets fail for so many people because they feel like they're limiting themselves from what they

Caribbean Sushi Bowl

August 14, 2018 by Nicole Collins It's Day 3! Are you guys feeling good? Are you starting to believe me yet that this plan really is easier that it seems on the surface? I sure hope so! I don't mean to keep talking your ears off about carbs, but I really want you guys to know how much I mean it when I tell you that I feel like I've figured out the secret to managing carbs on this plan. Today's carb trick (because I feel like these tricks are the most valuable at this point) is to make sure you've got lots of other supporting characters to take some of the work off of your carb. That's exactly what we're doing today. ½ cup of rice might not sound like a lot when you're making it the base of a

Italian Coldcut Wrap

August 13, 2018 by Nicole Collins We made it to Day 2! How are you guys feeling today? Are you totally excited to go on this journey with me? I hope I didn't overwhelm you too much yesterday, In fact, I hope I inspired you to make some healthy changes in your life even if you don't want to do a round of 21 Day with me. But, I hope you decide you want to play too. Strength in numbers, right? We can totally be cheerleaders for each other! If I'm going to be honest, I could use a little extra support this round. I told you yesterday that I've been the busiest little bee the past few weeks, and it's been exhausting! It takes real commitment to change your eating habits, and it's been tough to st

Freezer Breakfast Burritos 2 Ways + 21 Day Fix Challenge!

August 12, 2018 by Nicole Collins It's time for our next challenge! I told you a couple of week ago that we were going to do a 21 Day Fix challenge, and now the time has come! I'm going to give you the cliff's notes version of the plan, give you LOTS of recipes that can fit in to the plan, and hopefully set you on the path of a healthier lifestyle! But first, a quick apology. I've have been the busiest little bee lately. And last week, it got to the point where I was so exhausted that I hit a big wall. I told you all a few weeks ago that I've been having a little trouble getting motivated, and last week was the tip of the iceberg. So, I'm sorry that I only spent one day with you last week. B

Grilled Chipotle Chicken Salad

August 8, 2018 by Nicole Collins I'm thinking of changing my name to The Yummy Muffin: Grill Master. What do you guys think? Do you like the ring of that? Nah, just kidding. But, I have been waiting a hot minute to tell you guys about something REALLY fun I got to do a couple of weeks ago. So, I work in the food industry now. And, that means that I get some really awesome food related opportunities. Had I known that many many years ago, I wouldn't have waited so long to move on from my last job. Anyways, a couple of weeks ago, I got to take a grilling class at work! It was 2 full days of all things grilling and barbecuing...which I'll have you know are two totally different things! We starte

Pineapple Poblano Guacamole

August 4, 2018 by Nicole Collins What do you do when you find something you love, but you’re not sure if you’ll ever see it again? Sounds like kind of a loaded question, right? Well, don’t worry. I’m not asking you to dig deep and do some heavy soul searching or anything today. I’m talking about food, folks. I’m always talking about food. And today, I’m specifically talking about food you find at grocery stores, like Aldi, that have a rotating inventory. It’s one of the things that I love and hate about stores like this. Since their product lines are constantly changing (up to weekly in Aldi’s case), it’s devastating to find something you love. I’ve been known to stock up in an embarrassing

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