Bond and Smolders Artisan Bakery

Hello and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I had some pretty cool and spontaneous foodie adventures  over the weekend that this Taurus girl would love to share with you 🙂

One in particular occurred on Sunday morning. I got up early to walk and feed the dogs then headed out to the local Farmer’s Market and also thought that I would surprise my husband by picking up a yummy breakfast for the two of us.

I remembered reading an article in the New Times about a bakery that opened up sometime in the late summer/early fall last year called Bond and Smolders that sells donuts and pastries. I’ve heard rave reviews about this place so I decided to stop by and check it out since it was right around the corner from the Farmer’s Market.

As soon as I walked in, I knew I was in for a treat! I was greeted by a friendly woman at the counter who was decorating these ginormous magnificent looking homemade donuts! I saw labels next to them like maple bacon, smores galore, red velvet, peanut butter cup and nutella. They smelled fresh and looked amazing!

Although the donuts looked delicious, I really wasn’t in the mood for sweets so I continued perusing the counter top and marveled at the large variety of croissants, artisan breads, brioche, muffins, cookies, pastries and vegan baked goods that were on display 🙂

bond and smolders

I ended up ordering the Sultan’s Hat for myself which is made with potatoes, goat cheese,spinach and carmelized onion (below left photo) and the Madame Croque for the hubs which is  a grilled ham and swiss breakfast sammie topped with an egg and bechmel sauce on top (right photo below). They were both divine and kept us full for the entire day.

The gentleman who took my order was super nice and helpful. Since this was my first visit, he took me through the menu that was posted up on the wall so that I could familiarize myself with all of their additional breakfast options. They have quiches, salads, sandwiches, fresh fruit bowls and a wide array of coffee, juices and teas. This place should really be called Heaven!

bond smolders menu

I ordered a cup of coffee while I waited for our order which only took about 10 minutes. The coffee was great and they let you prepare it the way you want to at their little coffee station which is equipped with high-quality honey, raw sugar, cream and milk. As I sat down, I noticed how big and industrial the place looked which you may not expect when you’re looking at it from the outside. There is minimal décor but it has a very comfy and homey feel to it with plenty of seating. I read the paper while I drank my coffee and took note of the families and the younger and older couples who were all sitting down together, enjoying their meals, and receiving very friendly, down to earth service. I kinda wished that I was staying and not ordering my food to go. Oh well. There will definitely be a next time 🙂

There is something very unique and special about this place and I can’t wait to go back with my husband, friends, and family.

Bond and Smolders is located at 1622 Federal Highway (on the southeast corner of Woolbright and Federal) in Boynton Beach and is partnered with Nani’s Dough the baker and creator behind  the beautiful hand crafted donuts.  You can check both places out on Instagram and Facebook as well. If you are in the area or even if you live far way, I would definitely make the trip over there. It is totally worth it!!

Stay tuned for more local foodie adventures!!

Tata for now!

Mrs. Nice Girl


Moroccan Style Cauliflower Rice

You know when you open up a cookbook and it immediately opens up to the page with your favorite recipe?? Well I think I’ve trained my newest cookbook to do just that because lately I find myself going to this recipe page A LOT.

I just purchased a new cookbook entitled “Go With Your Gut” by Robyn Youkilis. This book contains tips on banishing bloat and healthier eating habits. It also has seventy-five digestion-friendly recipes with beautiful pictures. Pick it up sometime. You will love it!!

After following her guidebook over the past two weeks, I’ve noticed some positive changes with my digestion issues. I have been able to recognize proper hunger cues, when my belly is full (not stuffed),  I have more energy and I don’t crave crappy food. I also lost 5 pounds! Yaayyy!!!

Her recipes are delicious, unique but easy to follow and make my belly very happy. I picked this book up at a local bookstore but you can also find it on Amazon.

go with your gut

Below is a recipe that I got from her book for Moroccan Style Cauliflower Rice. I’ve always loved Moroccan food ever since I visited Morocco back in 2006. For some reason, I’ve always had a hard time finding Moroccan style cookbooks. So when I saw this recipe in her book I had to make it for my husband and I. The combination of sweet, spicy and nutty flavors was on point and even better as a leftover meal.


1 head organic cauliflower
1 cup diced white or yellow onion
½ cup diced carrot
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup of golden or regular raisins
2 TBSP chopped fresh chive
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 Cup of veggie broth
2 TBSP coconut oil
2 tsp of orange zest
½ tsp of cayenne

1) Break down the head of cauliflower into large florets. Chop the florets into small pieces and then pulse them in a food processor until they reach a rice-like texture. Do not overchop!  Set the riced cauliflower aside. (I usually make my cauliflower rice in advance and either store it in the freezer for two weeks or in the fridge for up to four days.)

2) Preheat a large skillet over low to medium heat and melt two tablespoons of coconut oil. Gently sauté the nuts for 2 minutes to 3 minutes. (You want a golden color and fragrant aroma).

3) Add the diced onion, carrot and cinnamon and stir well, cooking for three minutes.

4) Add the cauliflower rice to the pan and continue sautéing for one minute.

5) Add the vegetable stock, raisins, orange zest, and cayenne pepper and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

6) Garnish with the fresh chives and enjoy!!



Cleansing Green Smoothie

Hello and Good morning! Happy first day of the weekend 🙂

I love waking up early on a weekend with no agenda and no place to rush off to. Although I am an early riser, my mornings still feel rushed and hectic during the week with little time to enjoy the quiet of the morning.  This morning I cuddled with my doggies in bed for a bit before going out for our morning walk.

I absolutely love our morning walks! It’s such a wonderful way to start the day. Sometimes if we’re lucky, there is a cool morning breeze that lets us enjoy our walks more before the heat and mugginess hit us.  Unfortunately that was not the case during this morning’s walk, but that’s OK. We know where the shady spots are and we find ways to stay out of the heat.

After coming in from a hot walk outside, the last thing I wanted was my usual hot mug of coffee. My body was craving something cool and refreshing so I made a Cleansing Green Smoothie! I posted the recipe below and a youtube video (<==== click here) on how to make it. The video features Katherine Nilibrink from Life where I got the inspiration for this delightful concoction.

Fresh Mint
Fresh Parsley
Ginger (I love ginger so I used a 1/2 inch knob)
Pineapple (you can also use green apple or grapefruit)
1 Lime
1 Celery Stick
1 Cucumber
1/2 Tablespoon of Spirulina
1 Cup of Water
Ice (optional)


I blended all of the ingredients with my Ninja Blender for a little over a minute and then poured the smoothie into two mason jars so I can enjoy one later.


I had to resist the urge to gulp it down and “chewed” my smoothie instead. I am trying to be more mindful with my eating habits and take my time enjoying my meals. This green smoothie was the right amount of chunky so I let it sit in my mouth for a bit while I chewed it and enjoyed all of the different flavors that made up my delicious breakfast drink.

I hope you enjoy your weekend and do something healthy for yourself.


Healthy Rewards


Hello there! I hope you are doing well  and that you have some fun and relaxing items on your agenda for this weekend. My husband and I are going out on the town for a friend’s birthday party and then I’m sure the rest of it will be spent doing work around the yard and house, grocery shopping, school work and hanging out with our fur children 🙂

I’m sure that many of you may have heard of Gretchen Rubin. She is the author of the very popular and best-selling book entitled The Happiness Project. I read her book back in 2014 and I loved it! Throughout her book, she shares her scientific research on happiness and her experiments with incorporating ways to be happier into her lifestyle. What I liked most about it was that it didn’t feel too self-helpie (even though I enjoy some self-help books) and that she already was a happy person to begin with. Her main goal was just to find ways to be happier and enjoy life more which is something we could all benefit from. If you have any interest in learning about ways to increase happiness in your life, then I would definitely pick up her book or listen to her Happier podcasts.

happiness project
I was very excited when I learned about Gretchin’s Happier podcasts that she hosts with her sister, Elizabeth. I’ve been listening to her podcasts on YouTube<=== (quick access) during my morning commutes and they are very enlightening and entertaining.  Earlier this week, I listened to one of her podcasts about the strategy of rewards. It got me thinking about the ways I tend to reward myself for getting though a stressful work week and how those rewards can undermine my good healthy habits.

I have found that during busy, frustrating and hectic work weeks, I tend to reward myself with chocolate treats, visits to Starbucks and takeout food for dinner. Although takeout can be very convenient in an emergency, my priorities are to eat clean and avoid high sodium comfort food so rewarding myself with treats and takeout isn’t healthy and often continues into a normal week.

I need to start treating myself with healthy rewards like taking yoga, going to my favorite exercise class, visiting my parent’s pool, taking a warm soothing bath, getting a mani/pedi or a massage, or a new book. Rewards don’t have to be something that I have to eat. As long as I know I have something to look forward to either right after work or that weekend then I will save my money and time for the healthy reward 🙂

Healthy rewards don’t always have to be something that you buy also. Here are some other ways to treat yourself without spending money:

1) Go for a walk. Take your favorite tunes or your spouse, family member, friend or dog.

2)  Practice peaceful meditation and calm breathing.

3) Go to YouTube and find an exercise or yoga video.

4) Visit your local library and check out a book you’ve always wanted to read.

5) Give yourself a mani/pedi.

6) Listen to an awesome  podcast.

7) Write in your journal or blog.

8) Go for a bike ride.

9) Take a day off work for a wellness day.

10) Go for a drive or walk by the beach.

These are my suggestions. What are your healthy rewards?

be happy

Work-Out Cramps

Good morning!!!Happy Sundaayyy!!

This morning I woke up feeling rested and refreshed.  I took my boys for a walk around the neighborhood, made some coffee, paid some bills and tried out an at-home Tabata workout!

tabata workout

It felt good to start my day by doing something healthy for myself.  That is until my work out cramps started to kick-in…Ughhh! I was just finishing up a set of burpees and about to start some shoulder press/squat moves when all of the sudden the abdominal cramping started to kick in. I tried to power through but it got to the point where I had to stop. I felt dizzy and nauseous…womp womp 😦

I took some deep breaths, put a cool towel around my neck and face, hydrated and continued to focus on my breathing. I don’t know why that happened to me. I drank water beforehand and during my workout, warmed up, drank only one cup of coffee and I didn’t eat anything. It’s definitely been a while since I’ve done a tabata style work-out so maybe I pushed myself too hard. Or maybe puking and dizziness means I’m doing tabata right?? LOL! I just don’t know.

Perhaps I am lacking some nutrients or I need to change my pre-workout diet. I also heard that yoga twists and stretching in the torso area also helps.

yoga cramp relief

Afterwards, I made a super healthy breakfast with tomatoes, broccoli, eggs and fruit and then took it easy for the rest of the day.

It really bummed me out that my workout got interrupted and I’d really like to prevent that from happening again. If any of you have any ideas or tips on how to prevent abdominal cramps during a hard work out I would really appreciate it! 🙂