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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Cream Sauce

January 28, 2019 by Nicole Collins I wish brussels sprouts didn’t get such a bad rep. There are lots and lots of vegetables in this world, but the brussels sprouts certainly seem to be the red headed step child of the pack. How do you guys feel about brussels sprouts? Love ‘em or hate ‘em. Maybe you better not answer that question until I tell you a little bit more about today’s recipe. Brussels sprouts was never a veggie that was on my table growing up. We were more of a green beans and corn kind of family. Or, carrots when I was bad and being punished… I actually never really knew what they were until pretty far in to my adult life. And, when I realized they were pretty much just like mini

Saturday Morning Breakfast Bowl

January 25, 2019 by Nicole Collins It’s Friday night. And, the moon is bright. Gonna have some fun. Show you how it’s done. TGIF! Ok, so maybe it’s only Friday morning. But, TGIF anyways! Am I dating myself my singing you this little song this morning? Anyone remember it from the Friday night TV line up back in the 90’s? TGIF was the thing to do on Friday nights in my preteen years. Shows like Family Matters, Step By Step, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Boy Meets World were all in the lineup. They were what you looked forward to allllllll week. And then, there was Saturday morning. I was never a Saturday morning cartoon watcher. I’ve never been much of a cartoon watcher at all, with the exceptio

Tropical Fruit Salad

January 22, 2019 by Nicole Collins I’d like to file a complaint against winter, please. Anybody else totally over this cold weather? I’m not just emotionally over it. I’m physically over it, too. I’ve got the joints of an 80 yr old with arthritis terrorizing my knees, hip, and hands. And, the cold weather is really not making them feel so hot. I crick and crack enough on my own on a day to day basis without the frigid temps trying to snap me in half. Also, we can have the last snow of the season any day now. I hate looking at the weather report, seeing the little snowflake, and wondering what kind of situation we’re in for. It’s like pending doom is always hanging over us. Sorry to be such a

Spinach and Egg White Flatbread Sandwich

January 19, 2019 by Nicole Collins Happy Saturday everyone! How's everyone feeling today? I've got big plans for today, so i hope to have some exciting news to share with you soon! And, how are we all doing with our healthy eating goals? Still on the bandwagon? I am! I'm starting to feel so much better again now that I've started to get some of the junk and gunk out of my system. I never really hated healthy eating. I just love naughty eating too much which cancels out my healthy eating. But, I've put away the snack and the sweets, and I've been practicing my willpower big time. And, I'm seeing results! I've told you many times before that I 100% believe that healthy food can be just as deli

Chicken Chesapeake

January 15, 2019 by Nicole Collins We've reached the time of year when I start going through crab withdrawal. There are a few defining characteristics of most Marylanders: We love our birds...Go Ravens and Go O's! We love our Old Bay on EVERYTHING! And, we love our crabs and beer. Crab is a summertime staple for Marylanders, and you know me well enough by now to know that I don't need another reason to miss the summertime. But really, I think it's the activity of picking crabs that Marylanders love so much. It's definitely a marathon, not a sprint. Having crabs takes some planning. You have to make sure you have newspaper to line your table. You have to make sure you have a few hours to sit,

Caribbean Jerk Salmon Burgers with Garlic Lime Slaw

January 11, 2019 by Nicole Collins I'm finally ready to get my life right. It's time to hop on the New Year's resolution bandwagon and start eating healthy again. The past couple of months I've been really, REALLY naughty. And, I've started to put back on a lot of the weight that I worked so hard to lose a few years ago. I blame my bad choices on stress eating. Even though, that's no excuse. But, I've changed my life and my eating habits once before. So, I'm hoping it's like riding a bike to do it again! If I'm going to be really honest with you, while I've been pumping you guys with chocolate and desserts; I've secretly been eating salads and low carb meals in my real life. Sorry to betray

Remembering Charlie

January 8, 2019 by Nicole Collins Today, we're remembering my baby boy: Charlie Roo. He's been gone a week now. And honestly, it's been the longest week of my life. I've really been struggling. So, I decided to tell you guys about it and about him. You could call this post a heartfelt goodbye. You could call it grief therapy. So, if that's not what you're in to...thanks for stopping by today. I'll have more recipes coming later this week. But, if you want to know a little more about what made him so special...here we go. I adopted Charlie on December 28, 2012. He belonged to the cousin of one of my employees at the time. They had a couple dogs and a couple of small kids, and it had all becom

PB Chocolate CRACKers

January 7, 2019 by Nicole Collins Would anyone mind if we talk about the word “crack” today? Did you know that the dictionary.com app has 54 definitions for the word crack? This includes verbs, adjectives, nouns, adverbs, and idioms. What a versatile word! Here's a peek into by crazy brain for a sec...for some reason, seeing all of those definitions makes me think of that anti-smoking commercial on tv right now about butts. You know what I'm talking about? “There are big butts. Little butts. Round butts. And flat butts. Buns of steel and squishy tushies. Old butts and baby booties.” It's so catchy! Please don't exit this page right now. I gave you the disclaimer that we were going in deep! I

Reese's Mousse Pie

January 5, 2019 by Nicole Collins I don't think it gets better than chocolate and peanut butter together. And, that's the truest of true statements ever spoken, in my opinion. I think I told you guys before that every year for special events with my bestie's family, I always make what they call my “crack pie” a.k.a. my Cookie Butter Pie. But this year, I was challenged to incorporate peanut butter in some way into my “crack pie”. The problem with that request is that my Cookie Butter Pie is PERFECT as is. It's got different layers of textures and flavors with the crunchy toffee bits, the fluffy cookie butter mousse, the creamy chocolate ganache, and the buttery shortbread crust. I was having

Spiked Slow Cooker Caramel Hot Chocolate

January 1, 2019 by Nicole Collins This year has not started the way it was supposed to. Blogger's secret...I oftentimes have my posts written in advance. Sometimes, weeks in advance. Since this isn't my full time job, the reality of my situation is that I have to write when I have time. Sometimes I write about events that haven't happened yet based on the way they're supposed to go. Then the morning I post, I'll make any necessary edits to give the best account of how the event actually happened. So, my posts are always authentic, just pre-planned. This past Saturday, I had tons of time and tons of energy. I got myself 4 posts ahead. That's 2 week's worth of posts for me. The doggies and I s

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