Vegan Peanut Butter + Cacao Nib Granola Bars

Vegan Peanut Butter + Cacao Nib Granola Bars Recipe // @nicoledula

The Sunday after Christmas, we drove from my mom and dad’s in west Michigan back home to celebrate with Marc’s family. We left pretty early and stopped at our favorite coffee shop Lemonjello’s. We ordered lattes and some freshly made energy bars. We loved the chewy texture and the hearty ingredients that tasted great and kept us full until lunch. After that first bite, I wanted to try making my own. I loaded these vegan, no-bake bars with all of our favorite things. There’s peanut butter, sliced almonds, cacao nibs, hemp seeds and coconut. They’re quick and easy to make, too. You’ll… Continue reading

Food Adventure // Selden Standard in Detroit, Michigan

Selden Standard in Detroit, Michigan // @nicoledula

Marc and I had an afternoon off together, so I talked him into going to Detroit and trying a new restaurant. He really is so patient with my food obsession. It was between 2 new places, but one was closed on Mondays, so Selden Standard was the place. We pulled into the parking lot and saw that it was busy, but not crazy busy. We arrived around 1:30 for lunch. It’s important to note that they are open 11-2:30 for lunch and then 5-10 for dinner. We were greeted by the friendly and beautiful Natasha, fiancée of executive chef Andy… Continue reading

Raspberry White Chocolate Scones

Raspberry White Chocolate Scones Recipe // @nicoledula

When the farmers market is open, often I’ll treat us to a raspberry white chocolate scone on Saturday mornings. They’re sweet, but not too sweet and perfect for a quick breakfast before washing the veggies that came from the market. I’ve always wanted to make my own version and I’ve finally done it. These are actually not very similar to the scones I get at the farmers market, which are more like a drop scone with trails of raspberry making the dough a touch blue. I saw this technique of rolling the scones over at The Vanilla Bean Blog, a method America’s… Continue reading

Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom Remodel // @nicoledula

It’s finished! Well, it’s been mostly finished for a couple months, but I wanted to hang the finishing touches before taking the “after” photos. I was completely nervous that this remodel wouldn’t be what we were dreaming of, but it turned out even better than we had hoped. Our contractor, Lenox, was so kind and patient. He’s very detail-oriented, which is just what we needed. We’ve done a lot of DIY projects in our home, but we decided on a contractor this time because this little room needed a lot of work. These before pictures are horrifying. We pretty much kept… Continue reading

Spaghetti with Shrimp Scampi + Baby Kale

Spaghetti with Shrimp Scampi + Baby Kale Recipe // @nicoledula

I’m writing today’s post in between bites of lunch. It’s leftover from last night’s meal we cobbled together from a Whole Foods grocery run and a pantry item. My lunch bowl contains spaetzle topped with shredded rotisserie chicken and I dumped a lightly dressed cabbage salad with Asian dressing from the deli on top and mixed. It’s actually pretty good. Sometimes you’re hungry and making food feels like the last thing you want to do. I really get it. That’s why I want to share one of my favorite weeknight recipes with you. It comes together so quickly that mise en place… Continue reading

Easy Chicken Empanadas With Garlic Mojo Sauce

Easy Chicken Empanadas With Garlic Mojo Sauce from Hola Jalapeño // @nicoeldula

Happy New Year! I hope your holiday break was just what you needed. I spent a lot of time in my pajamas, read 2 books and spent time with friends and family. It was perfect. Today I’m sharing a guest post from Kate Ramos of Hola Jalapeño. If you haven’t visited her blog, you’ll be blown away by her creative take on latin-inspired food. For example: Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder, Seeded Pull-Apart Rolls + Warm Green Chile Queso and Pumpkin Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars, to name a few of my favorites. Her marriage to a handsome Mexican man whom she refers to as… Continue reading

Caramelized Onion Spinach Dip

Caramelized Onion Spinach Dip // @nicoledula

I can’t help it you guys, I love spinach dip. Well, I knew it could be improved upon, but there’s something about that creamy dip with fresh bread that gets me. After I made Everything Focaccia a while back, I thought it would be incredible with a good spinach dip. I’m so happy I was right about that. This dip is heavy on the spinach and flavor with the help of sweet caramelized onions. I don’t like spinach dips that are soupy with sour cream or frugal with the veggies. This dip is 100% from scratch, so no dried mixes here.… Continue reading

Christmas Stollen 2014

German Christmas Stollen 2014 // @nicoledula

This recipe is one of the best parts about Christmas. It takes a bit of planning and a whole day of baking, but it’s the coziest food memory I have. My Oma used to bring foil-wrapped loaves of this traditional Christmas bread every year. This is the 6th year I’m making it and the 3rd year making it with my friend, Nancy. That’s why we call it the “Stollen Workshop” now. We split up the ingredients and we both get our mixers going. Every year I think I have the recipe and technique perfected, but each year I write a… Continue reading

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