Butter Chicken over Scrambled Eggs + Week 4 of Whole 30

Week 4 of Whole 30 recipes + a recipe for Butter Chicken over Scrambled Eggs // @nicoledula #whole30

It’s day 30 of whole 30, so what I’m eating today (recorded below) is more of a projection, but we made it! We cheated a little on our anniversary (day 26) and ordered flourless chocolate cake for dessert, but we stuck to the diet for the rest of the 30 days. This last week, our motivation was helped along by how good we’re feeling and we hope to continue eating with these principles in mind. We will be adding back beans, corn tortillas, a bit of dairy, chocolate and try to eat bread and sugar in moderation. We’ll see how… Continue reading

CSA 2015: Week 1

CSA 2015: Week 1 // @nicoledula #csa

My CSA is back and I have a lot of pretty salads in my future. I was especially awed by the pomegranate crunch romaine that’s deep burgundy on the outside and fades into pretty pink leaves on the inside. I took an ombre photo of the leaves for me and you and the heart-eyes emoji. The beautiful strawberries were gone in 2 days. They smelled so good!  If I wasn’t on whole 30 I would have been tempted to turn them into a strawberry galette. Eating them as nature intended was pretty great, though. Megan invited me to her summer party (I’m… Continue reading

Shrimp Pacifico Lettuce Cups with Guacamole + Week 3 of Whole 30

Shrimp Pacifico Lettuce Cups with Guacamole Recipe // @nicoledula #whole30

Only one more week to go on whole 30! I can’t believe it. Sometimes it feels like forever, mostly when I think about ice cream, but has gone by quickly at the same time. I set out to take a closer look at what we’re eating, challenge myself to meals that don’t taste like we’re sacrificing anything and to hopefully find new healthy habits. Those things are happening and I’m happy to share the experience with you. I needed to share the recipe for these shrimp pacifico cups because it was one of our favorite meals. A summery recipe that takes… Continue reading

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls + Week 2 of Whole 30

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls // @nicoledula #whole30

I’m just starting week 3 of whole 30 and it’s strange how quickly you can settle into a habit that seemed so restrictive in the beginning. This week has had its challenges, but we stuck to it. A pastry chef friend asked me to come down to visit her bakery and I brought another friend with a sweet tooth to sample treats while I sipped my almond milk latte. My sister-in-law had her baby shower over the weekend and I had to battle buttery garlic knots, chocolate truffle favors and lemon layer cake with buttercream. After the shower, Marc and I… Continue reading

Seasonal Snapshots // Spring 2015

Turntable Kitchen's Date Shake Recipe // @nicoledula

It’s that time again. Another season has come, was awesome and is leaving, but I took photos of the good stuff to share with you. I hope your spring was a good one! Here’s to summer! That time I finally put extra virgin olive oil and sea salt on vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmm. A particularly good Amazon delivery. This beet salad with whipped goat cheese was the prettiest pink mess. This date shake recipe from Turntable Kitchen was so good! My consumption of donuts was up this spring and this tagalong version was pretty incredible. Remember that time my Whole Foods… Continue reading

Frisée Salad with Mushrooms and Fried Eggs + Week 1 of Whole 30

Frisée Salad with Mushrooms and Fried Eggs + Starting Whole 30 // @nicoledula

If you normally roll your eyes at special diets, I feel you. I’m more of an “everything in moderation” person and I try to eat balanced meals while indulging occasionally, but I was feeling like things were a little off-balance for us lately. Maybe it was all the burgers + cookies + bourbon + biscuits + hot chicken in Louisville and Nashville?? I was following along with Erica’s Whole 30 experience and her beautiful and simple meals gave me the push I needed to try it for myself. If you’ve never heard of Whole 30, the rules are here. There is a… Continue reading

White Russian

White Russian Recipe // @nicoledula

Hey, I made another gif! This time to remind you of the decadent White Russian. You see, it made a comeback at the birthday party we recently threw for my Mom. Kahlua + Cream has always been her cocktail of choice, but we’d say, “What about a White Russian?” Her scrunched up face was the response. Marc tried to trick her and add a wee bit of vodka to her Kahlua and cream once, but she detected it immediately. Kahlua and Cream is a little sweet for us, but we do love a good White Russian. For the party, we… Continue reading

Travel // Nashville, Tennessee City Guide 2015

Nashville, Tennessee City Guide 2015 - Burger Up // @nicoledula

As we drove from Louisville to Nashville, our Airbnb host was our hero and messaged us to call for directions around some heavy construction. He saved us an hour of being stuck in traffic. We had encountered some construction traffic on our way to Louisville and in Louisville itself and we really appreciated the kind gesture. We arrived in Nashville and the rain had finally stopped. We settled into our Airbnb home in the Vandy-Belmont area near Vanderbilt University and not far from the 12 South neighborhood. The home was charming and full of our host’s artwork. We met up with… Continue reading

Travel // Louisville, Kentucky City Guide 2015 – Day 5

Please & Thank You Cookie // @nicoledula

On our last morning in Louisville, we sadly packed our things and asked for a luggage cart to load our stuff on. They took that as a cue to pull our car around, too, so by the time we were done checking out, we were good to go. The service at the 21 C Hotel was truly great. Garage Bar, our brunch destination, didn’t open until 11, so we stopped by Please & Thank You, a coffee shop/record store in the NuLu neighborhood. You can’t really see it in the photo, but the chalkboard had “RIP BB King” written on… Continue reading

Travel // Louisville, Kentucky City Guide 2015 – Day 4

Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen Louisville, KY // @nicoledula

We started the day with massages and then pie, so that pretty much says it all. Marc had never had a massage and I had one once, which left me sore for a week! We thought it would be nice since life had been pretty hectic lately. We were greeted in the lobby and taken down into a secret passageway to the spa area. You get access to a shower, sauna and steam room, too. I told my masseuse about my previous experience and he told me he’d be doing a deep tissue massage, but that he would take it… Continue reading