Gingerbread Terrarium Party

Molly's Gingerbread Terrariums // @nicoledula

If you didn’t catch these gingerbread terrariums over on Molly’s blog, you have to check them out. She’s so creative it kills me. And then another super creative lady that I love, Megan, decided to have a gingerbread terrarium party! And can you believe I was lucky enough to be invited? I brought some mason jars, a rolling pin, marzipan and a sticky gingerbread cake. I highly recommend that easy cake recipe if you want to make your own terrariums. We made succulents out of marzipan with green and teal food coloring. Megan had tons of fun sprinkles, crumbled graham crackers,… Continue reading

Northern Michigan Pasties 2014

Michigan Pasties // @nicoledula

I made Michigan pasties back in 2011 and I’ve wanted to revisit the recipe for the blog and take prettier pictures. If you aren’t familiar, pasties date back to 13th century England and came to northern Michigan around 1864 when Cornish and Finnish miners migrated in large numbers for work in the copper mines. It was an easy lunch for miners that heated them on their shovels over a flame. Their dirty hands could hold the pasty by the crimped crust, eat the filling and toss the edge of the crust if they wanted to. I don’t recommend tossing this crust,… Continue reading

Seasonal Snapshots // Fall 2014

Seasonal Snapshots // Fall 2014 @nicoledula

The sun is peeking out from behind the pretty gray-blue clouds and it’s time to share my favorite fall pictures before the snow comes and it’s officially winter. Enjoy! I’m getting ready to make another batch of my favorite chocolate chip cookies. One of my favorite photos from our fall trip to Traverse City. That night we enjoyed a free concert and a cold glass of cinnamon girl cider. I was so happy when watermelon season spilled into fall for a few weeks. The pumpkin tahini bread is my favorite recipe of 2014. I can’t get enough of those pretty sesame… Continue reading

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe // @nicoledula

When my brother and I were kids, we were weirdos and loved brussels sprouts. My Dad hated them and he’d go into a funny speech at the dinner table about how gross they looked and smelled. It made us giggle, but I’m sure my Mom was less than thrilled by his performance. Despite his best efforts, though, we were excited when mom made them for dinner. Nothing fancy, just boiled and minimally seasoned. My love for them only grew when I started cooking and could prepare them in new ways. Roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper was my favorite… Continue reading

Pumpkin Butter Crumb Cake

Pumpkin Butter Crumb Cake Recipe //

After making a slow cooker full of delicious pumpkin butter, I dipped apple slices in it, I gave some away and I still had about a cup left. My sister-in-law was visiting and I wanted to have something sweet around. I thought of my favorite crumb cake recipe and substituted pumpkin butter for the jam I normally use. It turned out so good! I also bought 3 tubs of Jeni’s ice cream and then we chose our favorite scoop flavor for on top of this pumpkin butter crumb cake. I need to recreate that food moment. I’ve been making this cake for… Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 @nicoledula

I had the best Thanksgiving and I hope you did, too. I started things off right with a pumpkin cronut on Wednesday morning. The flaky layers! The pumpkin pie filling! After work we drove to the west side of Michigan and saw several people pulled over for speeding and one car on fire in the median. I hope everyone was ok, but I like that you never know what’s going to go down on a holiday weekend. Did I ever tell you about the time two guys almost got into a fist fight over our table at a restaurant? I think… Continue reading

Tahini Celeriac and Potato Mash

Vegan Tahini Celeriac and Potato Mashi // @nicoledula

I’m really excited for this three day work week. My sister-in-law is hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time, which means we’ll have sweet potatoes and I’m really looking forward to that. We’re making Erika’s beautiful recipe. The dinner will begin with growlers of local beer, spiked cider and Mom’s deviled eggs. Then we’ll have turkey, fresh rolls, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, red skin potatoes and pomegranate kale salad. For dessert my mother-in-law is bringing a pumpkin roll and cheesecake. This Thanksgiving gathering will be unique because Marc and I usually go to my Mom and Dad’s while my… Continue reading

Apple Marzipan Galette

Apple Marzipan Galette Recipe // @nicoledula

I’m an aunt, you guys! Miss Molly Irene arrived on November 13 and our whole family couldn’t be more smitten. Check out my Instagram feed for a sweet photo of her followed by a celebratory waffle cone with my new favorite flavor salty caramel coffee (!!!) We went to the hospital on chilly Saturday and just couldn’t get enough of her. She likes to stretch out her little arms even when she’s wrapped like a baby burrito. I made Meg some raspberry chia pudding for her little hospital fridge and we brought Matt some snacks, too. We bought Molly a Mini… Continue reading

Pomegranate Kale Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Pomegranate Kale Salad // @nicoledula

I was going to share this salad next week, but I love it so much that I couldn’t wait. It will be on our Thanksgiving table and it’s been on our dinner table 4 times in the last 2 weeks. It’s simple, pretty and the hearty kale leaves stand up to the dressing, so it lasts for days. It looks like a diva salad, but it isn’t! This is also the official salad of the baby boom of fall 2014. My very first niece is expected to make her debut at the end of this week, a good friend is due next week… Continue reading