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Peanut Butter Carrot Pupcakes

June 29, 2020 by Nicole Collins My number one guy had a birthday a couple of days ago! So of course, we had a birthday party for him! There were party hats (that the guest of honor wore for surprisingly longer than I anticipated). There were bowties. There were candles. And, of course, there were pupcakes! In case you haven't figured it out by now, my number one guy is Mr. Bisco Davis. And, he's officially out of his terrible twos. Though, he's been acting extra cuckoo lately now that I think about it. Bisco is a food motivated guy. He'll do a lot of things for a treat, and he'll do just about anything for some peanut butter. He lets me position and pose him to get the best pictures, becau

Steak and Eggs Tacos

June 27, 2020 by Nicole Collins You guys ever learn how to do something, and then you continuously do it, only not out of necessity but only because now you know how? That has been happening with my approach to tacos these days. You see, allllllllllllll of these years, I've been eating mediocre tacos on flour tortillas straight from the package. I have an electric stove, so I don't have the luxury of being able to char anything over the open flame of a gas stove. Which means limpy tortillas for me. Or so I thought. I've recently learned a trick that allows me to get a decent char on a flour tortilla right in a hot, dry skillet. And let me tell you, my taco game has drastically changed since.

2 Ingredient Dough Avocado Toast Grilled Pizza

June 23, 2020 by Nicole Collins Wanna hear about this awful thing that happened to me this past weekend? It was super terrible. Ok, here it goes… So, I had this plan the whole weekend to grill a couple of things. I’d been craving pizza, so I thought I’d make up some more of the dough from today’s recipe. I had an idea for some grilled salmon that I was looking forward to. I was going to grill some fruit. It was a delicious plan. So, I’m in the kitchen making dough while the grill preheats. I bring out my tray of dough and see that the grill is not at the temp that I need it. Then, I realized that I had the burners on low instead of high (which is the same exact mistake that I made a week ear

BLT Panzanella Salad

June 19, 2020 by Nicole Collins ‘Tis the season for salads. I don’t know why, but salads get a bad reputation. When done right, I love them! Now, I’m not talking about the iceberg lettuce with bottled ranch dressing on top kind of salad. Bleh. Though, iceberg does have it’s time and place. I’m talking about a full of all the greens, hearty, meaty, veggie (and/or fruit) loaded flavor bomb salad with a homemade dressing. Cue the droolfest… This time of year, fruits and veggies are basically all that I want. Which is definitely not a bad thing. But, I’ve also been eating a lot more bread than I usually do…(hello quarantine life). So, I guess I’m making my Libra self proud by finding a balance b

Oven Fried Chicken Sandwich with Old Bay Slaw

June 15, 2020 by Nicole Collins This past weekend was the perfect weekend. As perfect as it can be with a global pandemic and a world in crisis, that it. The weather = perfect. The food = perfect. The responsibility level = perfect. It was one of those weekends where my fridge was fully stocked from a fresh grocery trip. I had plenty to do to keep me busy, but I also had enough done that I didn't need to stress if I had a lazy moment. And, I got to spend the entire weekend with the windows open in the house and my behind outside soaking up the sun. Side note, isn't it crazy how the sun can rejuvenate you in a matter of seconds? I can have toothpicks holding up my eyelids one moment, or I cou

Eggs and Garlic Cheddar Grits with Old Bay Butter

June 13, 2020 by Nicole Collins Sometimes, I feel like a one hit wonder. I use a lot of the same ingredients over and over again in my dishes. Eggs, avocado, Old Bay, repeat. At least, that's how it seems lately. And really, it's seemed like that even more so since I've been home and able to make myself a real breakfast every day. No more are the days of a boring yogurt for breakfast. But let's be honest, is anyone really mad about eggs, avocado, and Old Bay on repeat? Because, I'm sure not. Also, it's worth mentioning that I've only been eating two meals a day. I've landed on a brunch/lunner feeding schedule which I think is how I've been able to get away with those big breakfasts for so lo

Turkish Eggs

June 8, 2020 by Nicole Collins Don't you love it when food surprises you? For example, I'll never forget this food tour I was on a couple of years ago, and our last stop with an olive oil and vinegar store. We had samples at all of the places we stopped on the tour, and the olive oil store was no different. There were little tasting cups and bread cubes all over the store in order to sample the wide variety of oils and vinegars. But then, the owners surprised us and came out with dessert for us. Vanilla bean gelato drizzled with key lime olive oil and coconut balsamic vinegar. The idea of oil and vinegar on ice cream was not exactly appealing, but I was committed to trying everything on this

Garlic Spinach Potatoes Au Gratin

June 5, 2020 by Nicole Collins If you had to list your top three foods of quarantine, what would they be? For me, it would be potatoes, pasta, and eggs. Ironically enough, I'd stopped eating pasta and potatoes for the most part before the lockdown. Not so much because I didn't like them or crave them anymore, but more so because they're both super carby and I can get more bang for my buck with other foods. But, as the stay at home orders continued and we all found ourselves cooking from the pantry, I realized how much pasta I really have accumulated that I haven't really touched in a hot minute. So, pasta became a quarantine cooking staple. One of my favorite dishes from quarantine was one t

Summer Snap Pea Salad

June 2, 2020 by Nicole Collins My thumb is so green right now, most people wouldn’t even recognize me! I’ve been a plant killer all of my life. In most cases, I look at a plant and it wilts right before my eyes. Maybe it’s because the plants know that I’m not their biggest fan. I’ve never been much of a fan of trees or greenery or bushes. And I am 100% against purchasing flowers; because, to me, it’s a complete waste of money to buy something that’s going to die in a few days. But, I’ve always wanted to have an herb and vegetable garden. I don’t have the best planting conditions in my yard, so I’ve always put off the dream. Last year, I started growing microgreens successfully, and I’ve been

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