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Glazed Donut Breakfast Casserole

May 31, 2019 by Nicole Collins I'm officially convinced... Donuts taste amazing with EVERYTHING! I mean, there was never a question that donuts could pretty much make any situation in life better. But, they really are WAY more than just a sweet breakfast pastry. Last week, a local bar/grille was having a beer, burger, and donut pairing special event. They featured a local brewery and local bakery to put together this insanely delicious dinner experience. And, I even got a souvenir glass to commemorate the occasion! The burger consisted of a beef patty topped with a spicy peanut butter and a bacon jam sitting upon a toasted, glazed cronut. You got your choice of fries, chips, onions rings, or

Sugar Free Whipped Strawberry Frosting

May 28, 2019 by Nicole Collins Sometimes, you've just gotta pat yourself on the back and tell yourself that you're a genius. Today is one of those days for me. Actually, it was last Saturday that I walked all over my house telling myself how brilliant I was. I'm pretty sure I texted a few friends to tell them that they are friends with a genius, too. Gotta bask in all that genius glory, after all. A friend of mine had a first birthday party for his daughter last weekend, and he usually enlists me to supply the dessert for his events. This year, he threw me a curveball by asking for a sugar free dessert. Cupcakes, specifically. My first thought was “no problemo”, because I knew I had these Su

Truffle, Mushroom, and Shrimp Flatbread

May 17, 2019 by Nicole Collins Guys, I’m having a problem. And, I need your help solving it. Have you guys ever had something that you REALLY love but you didn’t want to open or use; because you knew as soon as you did and it was gone, it’d be gone forever…(or at least forever-ish)? Aldi shoppers know what I’m talking about. Darn, rotating inventory. It could be your last bottle of a discontinued perfume. It could be your favorite pair of jeans that have about one more good wear before your butt pops out. For me, you know it’s food related. I bought this LIFE CHANGING truffle spread while I was in Italy last November. We sampled it during our cooking class and had the option to buy some from

Breakfast Bagel Bites

May 13, 2019 by Nicole Collins I have been a on a MAJOR breakfast kick lately. Who am I kidding? I’m ALWAYS on a breakfast kick! Are you guys mad? Are you getting tired of the brekkie/brunch recipes I’ve been pumping out? I must warn you. If you say yes, I’m going to question our friendship. Just saying… There are times when a recipe pops into my mind, and I (almost obsessively) can’t stop thinking about it until I make it. Sometimes, I’m just so sure about a recipe. I know exactly what ingredients I want to use. I know exactly how it’s going to taste. I know exactly how I’m going to stage the pictures. And, I’m totally confident that it’s going to be a success on the first try. Today’s reci

Breakfast Toast 4 Ways

May 11, 2019 by Nicole Collins We’re taking a journey through the crazy thought process that is my brain today! Do your thoughts ever take you so far down the rabbit hole that you wonder how you ever get back to reality? I mean, really. Sometimes I wonder if someone were to study my brain, would it look like a ping pong ball bouncing around in there? Would the pictures of my brainwaves be like BOING BING BANG WHOMP BOING? Because, that’s how I feel sometimes. Today’s recipe kinda took me on one of those journeys. It all started with this amazing breakfast sandwich that I bought at the farmer’s market a couple weekends ago. When I go to the farmer’s market, I have to make one complete lap thr

Guilt Free Banana Split

May 7, 2019 by Nicole Collins “Bananas in pajamas are coming down the stairs...” “Bananas in pajamas are coming down in pairs!” Ok at this point, I might as well just finish the song. “BANANAS IN PAJAMAS ARE CHASING TEDDY BEARS. 'Cause on Tuesdays they all try to catch them unawares.” And now that I've gotten that out of my system, we can move on... Alright, maybe I'm not ready to move on yet. Does anyone else remember that show? Please tell me you have some idea what I'm singing about right now. Honestly, I don't know that I really remember the show. But, I remember the song SO clearly. It's one of those songs that I find myself involuntarily singing every once in a blue moon. And, I guess

Spinach, Mushroom, and Ham Breakfast Bake

May 3, 2019 by Nicole Collins Guys, I’m here to save your life today. Aren’t you thanking your lucky stars that you know me right now? And even better, I’m going to save your life AND feed you today. I know, I know. I’m too good to you. When I was driving to work the other day, I heard a story on the radio about a new study that compared the lifespan of breakfast eaters to non-breakfast eaters. We’ve been told all of our lives that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we all thought it was just something our parents said to get us to eat our brekkie before school. But now, there are studies out there that support what our moms have been telling us since we were kids. I just s

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