Chesapeake Street Corn

June 28, 2019 by Nicole Collins I really think Marylanders take Old Bay for granted, sometimes. You probably think I’m a broken record stuck on “Old Bay” mode, sometimes. But, Old Bay is the official spice of Maryland, after all. Besides the fact that we put it on everything, it’s even produced here. I forget, sometimes, that Old Bay is not a staple ingredient across the country. I just spent some time with a couple New Yorkers last weekend, and they couldn’t get over how amazing Old Bay was. In my mind, a state only 4 hours away in driving distance should automatically know the joys of Old Bay. It’s regional, but I’d consider New York to be a fairly close neighbor. I couldn’t be more wrong!

Grilled Chicken Fajita Skewers

June 24, 2019 by Nicole Collins Thank goodness for grilling season! I have certainly been enjoying grilling season to the max already this year. But, ironically enough…it’s not me that’s been doing the grilling! You see, last summer in Baltimore was absolutely disgusting. It rained pretty much the whole summer. And, we had maybe .2 days of actual sunshine. It was MISERABLE! So this year, I feel like the bestie and I have been taking full advantage of every drop of sunshine we’ve seen so far this year. We’ve already spent basically every weekend at her pool eating, drinking, and tanning allllllllllll day. Then when her hubs gets home from work, he usually breaks out the grill and makes us mor

Truffle Honey Puff Pastry Straws

June 22, 2019 by Nicole Collins Do you guys ever go through a compulsive food cravings? Like you crave something, you eat it, but your craving still isn’t satisfied. And, that thing becomes pretty much all you want like every day. You know what I’m talking about right? For me right now, that compulsive food craving is soft boiled eggs. I know, right? Could that be any more random? But, when I’m thinking about what I want for brekkie or dinner, thought number one for me is “ooo! How about a soft boiled egg?!?” Thank goodness for me, this craving is the simplest of simple using an ingredient that I always have on hand 24/7. I’ve even started collecting soft boiled egg paraphernalia. I’ve gotte

Prosciutto and Caprese Flatbread

June 18, 2019 by Nicole Collins Guys, I've kept a plant alive for 10 whole days! That may not sound like a huge accomplishment to most people, but anyone that knows me knows this is cause for celebration. You know how there are some things that no matter how hard you try, you just can't do? For some people, it's whistling. For some people, it's winking. For some people, it's rolling their “R”s when they're speaking Spanish. But most of the time for me, all I need to do is look at a plant, and it will die. For what it's worth, I can't roll my “R”s, either. After the contractors were finished building my new deck, I got the bright idea that I wanted to start an herb garden. I've tried a few ti

Easy Strawberry Shortcake

June 14, 2019 by Nicole Collins Strawberry Shortcake, Huckleberry Finn. If you know your birthday, jump right in! January (clap, clap). February (clap, clap). March...and so on. Anybody else remember that rhyme from the playground? Man, we had some fun games growing up. Cat's Cradle, Capture the Flag, all the jump rope and hopscotch rhymes... But, having an October birthday, I always felt like I had to wait forever and a day for my turn to jump in the rope when it came to this one. I wonder if kids these days even know what jump rope or hopscotch is. If they can't find it in the app store, probably not. Anyways, we're singing this little ditty for a reason today. Well, we're singing it for a

3 Cheese Breakfast Nachos

June 10, 2019 by Nicole Collins Don’t you love it when you get rewarded for being good even when you were being kind of naughty? You know what I mean…you start by doing something bad, but then you do something good that not only gets you out of trouble, but it gets you praise. It’s like classic “sour patch kid” syndrome. Something sour, something sweet… I was having a conversation with Bisco’s trainer at school a few weekends ago, and we were talking about the certain commands that should always be recognized with big time praise. Specifically, we were talking about the “come when called” command. She said that this is one of the most important commands for a dog to know, and that it should

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