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February 28, 2020 by Nicole Collins Change is a good thing. That’s a mantra that I have not always been able to accept. I used to be a change hater. Like, when I was first getting started in my professional career in my previous job, my boss told me he was transferring me to another location (which was for my own benefit and ended up being a catalyst to furthering my career); but I cried like a baby with a capital B-A-B-Y for days at the thought of making that move. I’ve always struggled with some OCD issues, and small changes such as the movement of an item on a table can send me into an anxious frenzy. But as I’ve gotten older and worked REALLY hard to accept that change is not a punishmen

Super Berry Greek Frozen Yogurt

February 22, 2020 by Nicole Collins It was a one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater! But today, we’re not working with a purple people eaters. Instead, we are people purple eaters! Say that 10 times fast! It’s the last day in our Taste the Rainbow Challenge. So, we’re finishing it off with the color PURPLE today! Have you guys have fun with this one? I know I sure have. They say we eat with our eyes first, and our eyes have been pretty happy this week with all of the bright colors! Bright colors make me happy, so I definitely feel a lot better than I did when we walked into this challenge. We’re finishing off the rainbow today with a chilled, bright purple dessert. Today, we’re mak

Butterfly BLUEberry Pancakes

February 21, 2020 by Nicole Collins Something borrowed. Something blue. Anyone getting married this weekend? First of all if you are, CONGRATS! And second of all, I’ve got your something blue right here for brekkie! Today is BLUE day in our Taste the Rainbow Challenge! And, I must be honest with you. The options that we had for naturally blue food coloring today were not exactly droolworthy. Our top two choices were spirulina which is described to taste like seaweed and butterfly pea flower which is described to taste like wet logs. Appetizing… I knew that I wanted to do some kind of pancake or waffle for BLUE day, so I figured I could work a little better with wet logs than seaweed. But, st

Going Green Goddess Salad

February 20, 2020 by Nicole Collins Today, we’re doing our part and going green. Our moms would be so proud! I’m sure I’ve told you guys this before, but I write all of my posts in advance. Since blogging is just a hobby for me on top of a full time job, being a single dog mom, church responsibilities, and an attempt to have at least a little bit of a social life; I have to make good use of the free time that I have and plan as far ahead as I can. That’s actually why some posts seem a little less committed to an exact point of time based on how far in advance I’m writing them. A coworker asked me a few weeks ago if I’m actually up at 5:30am typing up these posts since that’s when I publish t

Turmeric Hash

February 19, 2020 by Nicole Collins They call me Mellow Yellow… Anyone remember that song? I don’t know that I can say I remember it, because I really only remember that one phrase. But, whatever. It works for what we need it for today. Because today is YELLOW day in our Taste the Rainbow Challenge! The older I get, the more I find myself drawn to the color yellow. I really love the bright, sunshiney vibe. I even have my guest room walls painted in yellow ombre. And, my favorite sweater right now is a pretty mustard yellow. LOVING IT! Today’s color was a fun one for me. I could’ve easily gone the scrambled egg route or done something with corn. But, I wanted to think a little outside the yel

Mango Green Tea Smoothie Bowl

February 18, 2020 by Nicole Collins … I can’t believe this is happening… But today, we’re celebrating the color orange. … Remember how yesterday I was complaining about the dreary weather? Well, I think I’m about to make it snow. For those of you that have been with me for a while, you know that I don’t do the color orange. It’s my nemesis. The color, the scent, the flavor…keep it all away from me. And, that made ORANGE day in our Taste the Rainbow Challenge especially difficult. There are many orange foods that I wish I loved. I would’ve loved to so something with sweet potatoes, or pumpkin, or butternut squash with you today. But, I DON’T LIKE IT! And, I’ve tried. I REALLY have. So at the

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

February 17, 2020 by Nicole Collins Rain, rain go away. Come again anoth…actually…don’t. :-/ I’m grumpy. Let me apologize for that now. We haven’t seen the sun in forever. Ok, it came out today, but I'm not holding my breath that it's going to stay. My back yard is so swampy from all of the endless rain that the inside of my house is now as much of a mud pit as the outside. And, I’m tired of wearing all of these layers of clothes! So to help improve my mood, we’re going to do a thing. Welcome to the Taste the Rainbow Challenge! Instant mood improvement! Here’s how this works…over the next 6 days, we’re going to eat all the colors of the rainbow one color at a time. Some of the color interpre

PB&J Dog Cookies

February 14, 2020 by Nicole Collins We have a birthday in the house! My first baby, Bella, just celebrated her 13th birthday on Wednesday. I can’t believe it! I brought baby Bella home when she was just 9 weeks old. 13 years later, she’s still my stubborn, headstrong, bossy, independent, super licker, sweet baby girl. This birthday of hers is extra special this year, because I honestly didn’t think she would still be here on this Earth to celebrate it. Bella’s age has been creeping up on her for a long time now. She’s been moving a lot slower, breathing a lot heavier, having more bad days then good. Before Charlie passed last year, my mom and I talked often about how I felt time her time was

Steak and Egg Croissant Boats

February 10, 2020 by Nicole Collins Pop quiz: What is the best pastry in the whole wide world? You guys have to get this right. Do do do do, Do do do… Ok, ready to hear the correct answer? ALL OF THEM! Duh… Did you get it right? And if not, did you at least say croissant? I’m giving ¾ points for that answer. Anything else…I guess would technically be right too, since the correct answer is all of them. Hmm… And now I’m confused, so let’s just get to today’s recipe using one of the most delicious pastries in the universe. Today, we’re making Steak and Egg Croissant Boats! These babies are full of fun and whimsy. And, they’re oh so delicious! They’re such a unique way to think outside the sandw

Mexican Mayo Brownies

February 6, 2020 by Nicole Collins I've doing a lot of extra adulting lately. For example, I loaded up my online shopping cart during a Bath and Body Works sale. But instead of clicking the check out button, I stared at my list of candles then one by one x'd them out of my cart. I closed out of the browser and went about my merry way without spending a penny. Hello, self control. Where did you come from? Actually, I know exactly where it came from. It's something I'm trying out, because I have a new life hashtag. #FloridianByForty Yup, some of this adulting has included making big life decisions like finally putting a timeline date on this dream of moving to much warmer, much sunnier Florida

Crabby Garlic Crostini

February 2, 2020 by Nicole Collins You guys ready to do this Superbowl thing? I am! And, by “do this Superbowl thing”, I mean eat all the food. Nothing else. I couldn’t even tell you who’s playing. It’s a football game, right? Oopsie doopsie, Boopsie! (<--that’s what I say to little Boo.) I am definitely one of those people that “watches” the Superbowl for the social aspect of the occasion. I do enjoy the special commercials. I don’t usually even care about the halftime show, though I am really looking forward to seeing J Lo perform this year. I love everything about J Lo. Other than that, you’ll typically find me at the food table chowing down, drinking beer, and chatting with the bestie wh

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