Nicole Davies

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a Marine spouse and mother of three daughters, ages 16, 10, and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom most of their lives while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the past I have worked as a social worker for child welfare in the state of Pennsylvania. I have also taught preschool for ages 2.5 - 4. During my master’s program I interned as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adults, teens, and kids. My ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed therapist. Our family has lived in Onslow County for 10 of the last 15 years, which has given my children a stability that is rare among military families. While NC has been my home for several years now, I am still a Yankee at heart! I will always choose a Philly cheesesteak over a pulled-pork sandwich. In addition to taking care of my family and my educational pursuits, I enjoy traveling to destinations near and far; a novel in which I can get lost; and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.

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Grilled Veggies, Where Have You Been All My Life?!!

Yes, they were so good I took a picture.

I think I am late to the whole world of grilled veggies.  But better late than never, because I have become a huge fan of putting vegetables on the grill along with the meat!

Mark came home from work the other day and started rummaging around in the vegetable bin in the refrigerator.  He seemed pretty intent of finding something or other, so I asked him what he was looking for.  He said he was hoping we had some fresh corn.

It seems he was talking with his coworker on the way home about grilled corn.  (I think they talk a lot about food on those afternoon drives!)  He was quite eager to try some grilled corn after hearing how good it tasted.  So I headed out to the grocery store while he did his time on the treadmill.

I was skeptical, I admit.  I had seen pictures of grilled corn and it seemed a shame to mess up those pretty yellow cobs of deliciousness with those browned patches.  I figured it would taste dry and burned.  I couldn’t have been more wrong!

When Mark got done with the grilling I tried one bite of the grilled corn and I was hooked!  That corn tasted better than I would ever have imagined.  The corn was still wonderfully juicy and it had a smoky taste that made the sweetness of the corn even better.  What a treat!

I had given the asparagus I’d planned to steam to Mark and he’d cooked it on the grill, too.  And it was simply delicious, too.  It was crispy tender and burst with flavor.  I usually put some butter on asparagus, but this stuff didn’t need a thing besides the sprinkling of salt and pepper Mark added when he tossed it with a little bit of olive oil before it hit the grill.  Amazing stuff!

Preparation of grilled vegetables couldn’t be easier.  All you have to do is add some olive oil to hold in the moisture and toss it on the grill.  The corn takes about 5 minutes on a side.  The asparagus was on and off the grill in about the same amount of time.  The best part is that Mark is the one doing the grill cooking so my preparation for grilled veggies is just to clean and cut them!  How much do I love that?!

I’m late to the whole grilled vegetables thing, but I am making up for lost time.  We’ve had grilled veggies about four times this week since we discovered them.  I am pretty sure I’ll be trying more of my favorite veggies on the grill in the near future!

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