Vegan Sea Salt Caramel Coffee Popsicles

Vegan Sea Salt Caramel Coffee Popsicles // @nicoledula #popsicleweek

It’s #popsicleweek, are you excited?!? If not, I’m pretty sure I’m excited enough for the both of us. This is the 4th year that Billy has gathered a bunch of bloggers to create magical frozen treats. Get your popsicle mold ready because you’re going to be craving pops like crazy after the week is through. My early favorite pops are these Cherry Vanilla Pie Pops made with a mochi crust!! I always make vegan pops, I don’t know why. Is there a Buzzfeed quiz to tell me? These pops are inspired by the coffee sea salt caramel ice cream I love… Continue reading

Baby Shower #2

Nicole Dula's Baby Shower #2 // @nicoledula

How lucky can a girl get? Not only did I have one amazing baby shower, but there was a second one in my hometown of Holland, Michigan, hosted by my sister-in-law Bethany and good friend, Janet. We gathered on a sunny Sunday afternoon and it was perfect. My sister-in-law wanted farmers market flowers and chocolates for the favors. She’s such a busy lady and had to work Saturday morning, so I went with my brother and Marc to pick out pretty flowers and the hardest job of all, choosing chocolates from the local candy store, The Peanut Store. They make… Continue reading

Baby Shower #1

Nicole Dula's Baby Shower // @nicoledula

I thought you might like a peek into baby girl’s baby shower! She is so loved already and Marc and I were overwhelmed by all of the love and thought put into our shower. Once the words, “I’m pregnant” came out of my mouth, our friend (and Marc’s cousin) Nancy said, “I’m throwing you a shower!” She and her daughter Allison, kept the details a secret and it was the loveliest surprise. When we walked into the Italian restaurant, I saw red, white and blue balloons in the distance. As we walked closer with increased curiosity, it was a Detroit… Continue reading

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe // @nicoledula

Memorial Day weekend was hot and humid, but I loved it. We made some tasty cheeseburgers on pretzel buns. Our gym had a special memorial day workout class and a new girl passed out! I stayed in my two favorite spots, the one under the fan for strength training and the boxing bag next to the AC unit. It’s 10 am on Tuesday and my deodorant is already failing me. I’m not used to being this warm, you guys. I need to keep emergency deodorant at work. That’s my life now. I love summer, though, and won’t want it to leave.… Continue reading

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade Compote

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade Compote Recipe // @nicoledula

In honor of Beyonce’s album, Lemonade, I’m serving up this strawberry rhubarb lemonade compote that I would totally make for Beyonce if she came to my house. She’s veegz now, right? It’s sweet and tart with a lemony zing from long strips of lemon peel that soften as it cooks. While Beyonce is making us crave lemonade, I came across Tim’s anti-lemon zest manifesto that made me laugh and coincidentally had 3 recipes lined up that all included lemon. After far too much deep thought on lemons, I decided that for me,  lemon has its place. Even boldly mingling with strawberries and rhubarb… Continue reading

Creamy Ramp + Lemon Pasta

Creamy Ramp + Lemon Pasta Recipe // @nicoledula

My week was made when Shoko shared this link to what’s in Prince’s fridge. He had 5 pounds of DUNKAROOS in his fridge! #GOALS He also had Usinger’s braunschweiger, which I grew up eating on thick and hearty pumpernickel bread because my Oma was very German. I HAVE THINGS IN COMMON WITH PRINCE. I highly recommend the link. Now let’s talk ramps. How are they so pretty?? I just can’t resist them in the spring, even though some people are over them. It’s the one time where the people of California are jealous of our midwest produce. I foraged these at… Continue reading

Bacon + Kimchi Cauliflower Fried Rice

Bacon + Kimchi Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe // @nicoledula

As you may have seen on Instagram/Snapchat last week, I tried Goop’s nutritious kimchi cauliflower rice with her buddy Cameron Diaz’s addition of lean beef and a fried egg, but it didn’t capture the magic of our first cauliflower fried rice experience. It was a bit watery and needed more kick. I did some more homework and looked at several recipes, including my favorite kimchi fried rice and the original Nom Nom Paleo recipe we tried during whole 30. The resulting recipe was a success and I may have high-fived Marc over it. I grew up on rice and will always love it,… Continue reading

Easiest Blender Cauliflower Rice

Easiest Blender Cauliflower Rice Recipe // @nicoledula

Last June during Whole 30, I found myself poring over grain-free recipes. The diet never left me hungry, but I did miss certain textures and seriously craved comfort food. Cauliflower rice sounded odd, but fried rice for dinner sounded like a lifesaver. It turned out to be one of my favorite meals. The only problem is that making cauliflower rice is typically a real pain. Most recipes call for it to be blitz up in a food processor and I really hate cleaning my food processor. However, now I’ve discovered this blender method and YOU MUST MAKE ALL OF YOUR CAULIFLOWER… Continue reading

Shrimp Salad

Shrimp Salad Recipe // @nicoledula

Sometimes you just want to eat something that makes you think of warmer weather and maybe sitting on a porch in Charleston. Marc and I spent 3 days there in 2009 (whoa) and it was 100 degrees every day. Unseasonably warm for that part of June they said. We stayed at a bed and breakfast and each day at 4:30, they’d have tea time (iced tea for us) with light snacks. A spread of tiny sandwiches and tarts and crackers and dip. It was so lovely. We felt young and like we were pretending to be grown-ups. We kind of were. Whether… Continue reading