weekend recap preparing for baby

i was thinking this morning that i can’t remember the last time i woke up on a monday and did not have a sore back and shoulders. i’m not complaining, i love productive weekends around the house and cottage. this weekend we stuck close to home working on the house, nursery, garden and the bottomless […]

simple easy canning recipes

i took a canning class with my friend aimee about 7 years ago shortly after i got married and was in full on new wife duties. i had newly discovered my love of cooking, baking and all things food. don’t get me wrong i’ve always loved eaten it but even in growing up in a […]

farmers market mornings

on wednesday mornings i’ve had this ritual for a while where i try not to schedule my gym appointments or early morning meetings and i get to the farmers market first thing before work. if i time it right i have about 15-20 minutes of quiet, concentrated shopping time wandering the market. i try to […]

Simple Strawberry Fruit Leather

there is something about michigan when the sun is out and the farmers markets kick into full gear. i do this every year where i have this fear that come september i’m going to be freaking out that i didn’t can enough, didn’t freeze enough, didn’t process enough of the spring and summer produce. then […]

tulip time food strategy

So once a year my younger sister, joe and I have tulip time fried food fest. Rather than have a bit here and there we commit an entire night to hitting up the best food stands at the tulip time festival in Holland, Michigan. This year my sister brought her boyfriend because she felt he […]

birthday fudge

first off, thank you so much everyone for your kind words about yesterdays post. it sounds like we all just need to allow ourselves a bit of grace. I needed the encouragement and i really really appreciate it more than you know. on a totally different note let’s talk about dessert. i was tasked with […]

white sandwich bread

i don’t know what has gotten into me the past few days. oh i know! my house is a mess. when you are embarrassed to let the mice exterminator into your house because of all the clutter you know you have a problem. even though i’m probably the main culprit here in this household it […]

apple oat streusel cake

i told you that i have been on a baking kick lately. last night a good coffee cake sounded delightful to me so i decided to whip one up with some left over ingredients from last weekends shenanigans. my mom used to make these banana muffins that were kept moist from baking with applesauce and […]

Cupcake Toppers and Magnolia Cakes

owning a shop is just downright dangerous. we have the CUTEST line of paper party supplies at the shop. kiddo birthday hats, theme birthday kits (wilderness, mermaids and pirates currently) cake toppers, candles and more. one of my favorite pieces of the collection though are these cupcake decorating kits. they make even the simplest cupcake […]

lemon blueberry cake

ok so my latest thing is to bake. i am slowly getting better at it and it’s been pretty therapeutic. however the cravings to bake is usually sweets sweets sweets. so i thought by adding fruit it doesn’t exactly count as like really bad right? especially if i have just one hot from the oven […]

coconut maple granola recipe

ok so sunday joe and i spent the day cooking and baking and doing a little food prep for the week. i really really really wanted to make something healthy with our first jar of maple syrup we received from the people who make it in our sugar shack in the back yard. sounds sketchy […]

Max and Erma Tortilla Soup Knockoff

ok  so pregnancy cravings are in full effect. but it’s not for one category in particular. it’s like nothing will sound good to me until something does. that is how i ended up mowing down some olga snackers last week sunday. (ps did you know a fricken basket of those buggers has like 1300 calories?!) […]