Holiday Cooking: The Very Best Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Last night when I went to sleep, I pulled the covers over my face, grabbed my husbands arm, threw it over my chest, backed him into the farthest recesses of our bed and fell asleep.I was very comfortable.At 4 am, I woke up because I couldn’t feel him anymore, so I popped my head up, crawled back over to him and nudged my head into the pocket that sits between his underarm and his right chest breast, and I fell back to sleep.Because. . .I was comfortable.I like to be comfortable.This is one of the Read more […]

Holiday Salad: Kale with Dried Cranberries, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds, Candied Ginger and Orange Dressing

Warwick:  Nicole. I’m really sorry about last night.Me: Sorry? Why are you sorry?Warwick: Because I was snoring so much. I don’t know why I was having such a hard time breathing.Me: Oh. That’s okay.Warwick:  I should have just gotten up and used Saline Drops. They helped a lot this morning when I got up.Me: Well, don’t worry about it. . . .I’m glad you’re feeling better . . . .and you know. . . .I’d rather sleep next to you snoring, than not sleep next to you at all.Warwick: Really? I never would Read more […]

Thanksgiving Table – My Absolute Favorite Macaroni and Cheese

I don’t even know why I’m mad anymore.Maybe it’s because everybody always blames everything on me. Right now, I should be calling my husband on the phone but I’m a little ticked off. He left this morning without kissing me, and that is no way to start your day off. A kiss from me could cure world hunger, create world peace. I’m just sayin’.Anyway it’s probably because I yelled at him. Because he said my daughter could get crabs.Him: Does Shelbi have on those new jeans we bought this weekend? Me: Read more […]

The anatomy of a Christmas Card, Butternut Squash Dressing, and The Vegan Holiday Kitchen GIVEAWAY!!!

Update:  The Winner is. . ..Nerissa Maldonado 6 days ago My favorite Thanksgiving Dish is my mom’s Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread.  Yummy my taste buds are watering just thinking about it. She has given me her recipe several times over the years but mine never comes out like hers (my kids are quick to point this out to me too).Oh well! I try. Please contact me in the next 48 hours at to claim your prize, or another winner will be chosen.- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -November Read more […]

Barley Risotto & A Giveaway: The New Sonoma CookBook by Connie Guttersen RD, PhD

UPDATE:The winner is . . . .Ashley Murray- Please contact me at in the next 48 hours to claim your prize!- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -Why does anybody love another?Looks?Brains?Heart?Maybe. I’m sure all those things played a part in my attraction to my husband. But what really reeled me. . . .He always dresses up on Halloween.When I found that out, I was a goner.On Sunday, October 9th, Warwick and I commemorated our 12th wedding anniversary.We Read more […]

Cuban Black Beans and Rice (Moros y Cristianos)

Hi.I’m back.I know it’s been awhile. But, ummm, I’m sure you forgive me. I’m back in Houston with my children and my husband, and my dad is still sick, but getting better everyday. No more dialysis. No more fever. The heart is ticking away all on its own. The respirator, gone, gone, gone. He’s still in ICU and heavily sedated, but yesterday he squeezed his hand, opened his eyes, and moved his neck. . . .all great news.But. . ..and there is a but. . . .throughout all the craziness. . . .not sleeping. Read more […]

Do Something Good For Your Heart: 15 minute Quinoa Salad with Carrots, Tomatoes, and Beans

As I type this, my dad lays on the operating table in Miami.Surgery just finished. Today he received a brand new heart. It was beating fast and furious. Strong, regular beats. But now there are a few problems, and the surgeon hasn’t closed him up yet, but I know it’s just a matter of time, before they wheel him into the ICU, and we watch as he recovers, grows strong, and begins again.He got the call yesterday, and had like 20 minutes to grab his things and rush to the hospital. Do you know what Read more […]

Lawry’s Spicy Summertime Recipes and A GIVEAWAY!!!

UPDATE: 8/30/11And the winner is. . . . . .Ashlee:I like to cook…just not during the week, since I don’t like to be rushed while cooking.  So, my favorite thing to eat during the summer, is my husband’s yummy grilled steak…that HE cooks! Ashlee, please contact me at in the next 48 hours to claim your prize!- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -I don’t consider myself a lucky person.And, I don’t consider myself a griller.But Read more […]

Alligator Gar Balls: Is it an Alligator or A Fish?

Don’t forget to enter the Unofficial Harry Potter Sweet Shoppe Kit Giveaway!Recently, I got that fuzzy, warm feeling in my belly.The kind that comes from nostalgia, the smell of fresh cut grass and peppermint toothpaste.My husband’s uncle gave me a fish. Freshly caught, head attached, armor intact.Big whoop.Oh yeah. It is BIG.  And is totally worth a WHOOP.It was an Alligator Gar.This was a baby. Only about 3 ft in length.I’m getting teary eyed just typing the name.They are the most awesome fish Read more […]

Homemade Lower Sugar Fig Jam and Canning In the Microwave

I’m mad at him.A few days ago we woke up in our bed, I looked at him and smiled. He leaned over and kissed me.  I said, “Wait, is the door locked?”  And he quickly looked up at the door, which is easily 20 feet away, at the teeny tiny little knob and said, “Yeah, it’s locked.”Reason #1: He has good eyesight, and mine is going to crap as we speak.Exhibit A: New glasses.Yesterday I woke up, looked over at him, and smiled. He leaned over and kissed me. I said, “I need your help with something,” and Read more […]