My name is Nichole. I am a 20 something wife and mother from a small Ohio town. I love to cook and bake and often find myself spending most days in the kitchen. While spending my days in the kitchen, I try to prepare healthy, well balanced meals for my family as much as possible. I do admittedly have a killer sweet tooth though, as well as an irrepressible urge to bake so, while many of the recipes I share are healthy, many of them are covered in butter and sugar as well!  Life’s all about balance anyways right?! And, nothings more balanced than a cupcake in each hand!  :)

My Blogs

New York Style Cheesecake with Homemade Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream

Last week was a milestone of sorts. I turned 25! I’m not at all the person I thought I’d be at this stage in my life, but thankfully I can say I’m pretty happy with where I’ve ended up ....more

Homemade Coconut Oil Flour Tortillas

My family is trying hard to buy as much locally as we can, and to make a lot more of our food homemade. It’s been an ongoing process for the past couple of years, but this year, we’ve been much … Keep Reading... ....more

White Chicken Chili

Winter in Ohio has been brutal this year. I’m not sure that I have ever been more ready for spring! Between the bitter cold days and endless snow, I’m just so so done with it all! ...more

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with White Chocolate Mousse

Happy New Year!!! Among the many things I hope to accomplish this year, being a better blogger is definitely at the top of my list. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day of being a … Keep Reading... ....more

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

I’m beginning to think someone pressed the fast forward button on my life. I’m in a constant forward moving motion, and relaxation and rest are only a fond, and distant memory that I hope to relive one day very soon. … Keep Reading... ....more

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

Fall is here! Cool weather, crunchy leaves, and comforting food make this my favorite season of them all! As soon as fall hits, a switch flips in me almost immediately, and I become a crazed cooking maniac ....more

Low Fat Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread

I’ve already mentioned my gardening troubles, so I clearly am not one of those people handing zucchini out to everyone I know, just to try and clear out my overflowing garden. Thankfully most of the people I know are one … Keep Reading... ....more

Grilled Parmesan Garlic Chicken

We eat a lot of chicken at my house. I’m always looking for recipes to switch it up, and keep it appealing, so that we don’t resort to less healthy meat choices too often. When I stumbled upon a recipe … Keep Reading... ....more

Whole Wheat Waffles

I’m a morning person…kind of. I love to get up early, have my coffee, and….well that’s all. I love getting up and drinking coffee ....more

Garden-Inspired Cooking: Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

The first summer after we moved into our house, we had an amazing garden. Our second summer here, it was just okay. Our third, we managed to grow one or two things. Now, this is our fourth summer and all we’ve managed to grow well is weeds. We are great at weeds! I’m not really sure what happened to our gardening skills, but that’s beside the point. In fact, most all of that was just useless rambling....more
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