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Turkey Sandwich with Horseradish Dill Slaw

March 30, 2019 by Nicole Collins We’re keeping things nice and simple today, guys and gals! For a moment, I wasn’t sure about posting today’s recipe. I mean, it’s essentially just a turkey sandwich. But, it’s a really delicious turkey sandwich, so we’re going with it! This sandwich is my interpretation of a sandwich I had for lunch while at a leadership retreat a few weekends ago. It was a weekend long event, and all of the meals they served us were gluten free. Everything was also labeled, so there must have been a lot of dietary restrictions in the room prompting these serving measures. I picked up a sandwich that had the most incredible sounding description: turkey, havarti, and horseradi

Southwest Shrimp Stuffed Avocado

March 27, 2019 by Nicole Collins I’ve got a song stuck in my head today. Well actually, it’s a jingle. A little ditty, if you will. “Avocados from Mexico”. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t you hear this little song play every time you pick up an avocado? That’s not just me, right? Please say yes, and if not; please smile and nod. Here’s another funny thing that I think about every time I think of avocados. One of my coworkers hates avocados, and she has a funny little name that she calls them. She pronounces it like Ah-Vah-Kah-Doos. “No AhVahKahDoos” is what she’ll say. It’s sooo funny. But, what’s even funnier is that I find myself saying “Ooo, I need some AhVahKahDoos” when making my

Asian Sloppy Joes

March 24, 2019 by Nicole Collins I have a question! What cuisine do you always crave? You know, what’s the one food or type of food that is and always will be your go to? The food that you will never turn down… What is it? I feel like there are sooooo many people that would answer this question with “pizza”. But, that’s just not the case for me. I like pizza and all, but I don’t need it 24/7. The bestie and I have this conversation every so often, and my answer is the same almost every time. It’s a toss up between Mexican and Asian food for me. I’m almost always in the mood for something from these categories. It’s not like there’s one specific food item that does it for me. My taste buds ar

Baked Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

March 22, 2019 by Nicole Collins Raise your hand if you love fried foods. I do! I DO! I mean, who doesn’t? There is nothing like the crispety crunchety crackle of deliciousness when you bite in to something fried to perfection. Anyone drooling yet? In reality, I don’t eat a lot of fried foods. There are lots of reasons for that. On top of the fact that I’d like my arteries to survive free and clear until I reach the ripe young age of 100, I really hate the act of frying. I hate the way my house smells for days after I’ve fried something. I hate all of the oil that I have to dispose of after I fry. I hate the splatter burns that I ultimately end up with because I’m an impatient fryer. The onl

Chicken and Waffle Salad

March 19, 2019 by Nicole Collins It’s possible we’re going to fall on both the naughty list and the nice list today. Don’t tell Santa! I know it’s no where near Christmas time so this conversation is totally not seasonally appropriate, but I love Christmas. So, we’re talking about Christmas for a few minutes today. My little nephew is at the age where he can be threatened with the old “I’m going to tell Santa about this behavior” gag. I remember being at the house with him a few weeks before Christmas while he was acting up, and his grandma got Santa right on the phone (via one of those Santa apps) to give him a message. The kid stopped dead in his tracks. I could barely keep it together try

Tuscan Ciabatta Breadsticks

March 15, 2019 by Nicole Collins I think it’s funny how Americans are always trying to reinvent the wheel. Sometimes, we just need to follow the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Now that I’m a world traveler and all…(hello, 1 trip to Italy)…I especially noticed this while I was traveling in another country. For example, I was really REALLY bothered by the fact that we have the audacity to change the names of cities in other countries to more Americanized names for our benefit. We’d see street signs for Toscana and Fiorenze, and I was totally confused until I realized these cities are what we know as Tuscany and Florence. If the Italians named the city Fiorenze, the city is called

Italian Grilled Cheese

March 11, 2019 by Nicole Collins Are happy accidents the best, or what? Seriously. Don’t you just love it when something fantastic comes from something totally unplanned? Like when you find a $20 bill in your coat pocket from last winter. Or, when you make the Walmart trip you’ve been dreading and end up bumping into an old friend. That’s some of the purest joy right there, if you ask me. Today’s recipe is 100% an example of a happy accident. Here’s the story…I was actually working on testing another recipe when I accidentally created today’s sammie. I was trying to make a better version of a sandwich I had at a leadership retreat (and I’ll tell you all about that sandwich and experience soo

Fancy Dessert Donuts

March 9, 2019 by Nicole Collins Is there such a thing as food being too pretty to eat? Cause if there is, today’s recipe would definitely fall in that category! I have to admit something to you. I’ve kind of become obsessed with the pictures for today’s recipe. I can’t stop looking at them. Is that crazy? I probably don’t want you to answer that. I took these pictures a couple of weekends ago, and I feel like I’ve made a point to stop what I’m doing at least once a day to look at them or show them to someone/force someone to look at them. And, I made one of these pics the background on my laptop, so I get to look at it like all of the time. I’ve always been like a baby raccoon and a moth to

French Cucumber Salad

March 5, 2019 by Nicole Collins Happy Mardi Gras everyone! Who’s ready to stuff their face today?!? *Raises my hand as far as I can stretch it* I think most of us know that Mardi Gras translates to Fat Tuesday from French to English. Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday which officially kicks off the season of Lent. Most Christians celebrate the season of Lent by giving up or sacrificing something (like food) to honor the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for us during his crucifixion after 40 days travelling in the desert. So on Fat Tuesday, we stuff our faces to hold us over for the next 6 weeks while we “fast”. In the US, New Orleans is Mardi Gras central thanks to

Tea Sandwiches 3 Ways

March 1, 2019 by Nicole Collins Pinky’s up, everyone! Break out your fancy hats and your best china, because we’re having a tea party today! I love a good tea party. Pretty teacups. Finger Sandwiches. Lots of pastries. Fun colors, patterns, and designs. Tea parties are the perfect mix of fun and elegance, in my opinion. The funny thing is is that I never used to like hot tea. I used to be an iced tea drinker to the core, but I wanted nothing to do with hot tea. But, the bestie is a hot tea addict, and she finally convinced be to step over to the bright side a few years ago. And, now I’m obsessed. I’m sure I’ve told you guys before that I have a little bit of a problem spending all of my mone

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