Posts in the category: Holiday

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

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

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

Strawberry Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Pie with Chevron Crust

Strawberry Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Pie Recipe // Dula Notes

This pie was a little miracle that happened while we were visiting the west side of Michigan recently. My sister-in-law and I made plans to walk to the farmers market and do a little browsing and buying without anything particular in mind. The Holland farmers market has a great selection of produce and flowers, so it doesn’t even make sense to have much of a plan. The peonies were clearly the star of the market and Bethany chose a bouquet of deep fuchsia peonies to take home. Aren’t these succulents great? They were planted in cement containers and I just… Continue reading

Vegan Thai Peanut Popsicles

Vegan Thai Peanut Popsicles Recipe // Dula Notes

It’s Popsicle Week! If you didn’t catch last year’s Popsicle Week, Billy dared to dream the dream and brought 26 bloggers together to make delicious frozen pops. This year has grown to 37 bloggers and that means 37 popsicle recipes for your summer! It’s warm in Michigan and quadruple testing this recipe was the best kind of summer research. I have a big freezer bag full of these and it makes me happy. Four batches means 40 popsicles and even though I’ve eaten so many, I still love them. And excellent news, each version was Taystee. Everyone loves thai peanut sauce,… Continue reading

Heart-Shaped Salted Molten Chocolate Cakes

Heart-Shaped Salted Molten Chocolate Cakes

Maybe I’ve been watching too much of The Taste, but I feel like Anthony Bourdain would tell me these molten chocolate cakes are so 2004. And they kind of are, but who cares? They’re delicious. My valentine was temporarily put on a big project at work with some late nights and my job has been crazy busy, so Valentine’s Day 2014 was me picking up an aged ribeye for sharing and making a side of creamy polenta topped with a quick sauté of the shiitake mushrooms and broccoli I purchased earlier in the week with no particular plan in mind. I made… Continue reading

Blood Orange Gin Cocktail

Blood Orange Gin Cocktail Recipe // Dula Notes

Remember that bonus recipe I was telling you about? Or did you just hear the part about Blood Orange and Vanilla Waffle Donuts? That’s ok, I completely understand. When I was left with extra glaze from the waffle donuts, I just couldn’t throw it out. It was too pretty and too perfect to go to waste. Marc said it would be great for making a cocktail and he was so right. Some cocktail recipes call for super fine sugar and citrus juice as separate ingredients, but the glaze takes care of both in one easy step. The cocktail below is a… Continue reading

Vegan Everything Focaccia

Vegan Everything Focaccia Recipe // Dula Notes

For New Year’s Eve, I planned to make rosemary grape focaccia because it was such a hit the last time. I bought the ingredients and was feeling good about that decision when I went to bed, but then I woke up suddently at 4:30 am on NYE day with the idea to make everything focaccia. I tried to go back to bed, telling myself that it would mean another trip to the grocery store. The idea wouldn’t quit, though. As soon as Marc stirred, I asked him in his sleepy state if everything focaccia sounded delicious or if I was crazy.… Continue reading