favorite recipes from the garden

let me just start this out by saying it is amazing how recipes that are filled with veggies can turn fattening in a hurry. in a real hurry. even if it’s good fat. it’s a lot of fat. i learned my lesson with my fitness pal (now that i’m attempting to log things again) that […]

favorite resources for bread making

i have tried to make bread so many times. i simply do not have the patience nor do i have the technical mind that it requires. i like to add a dash of this a dash of that. you simply can’t do that with bread. it’s science. joe on the other hand loves making bread. […]

natural vs. sure gel jam

let me start out by quoting queen bey, I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly. i love canning and i’m terrified of botulism. which is a conundrum for me. the first year i canned so much stuff and ended up throwing it all away because i was convinced it was laced with microorganisms that […]

the best blueberry muffins

anytime i’ve ever made muffins they never turn out as awesome as the giant big as your head ones you could get at a bakery. i always followed instructions filled it to the appropriate line in the ban and only ever got muffins the size of my palm. sunday….. i broke the rules. (GASP!) i […]

roasted veggie pasta

ok so i’m not on a diet. but i am really working hard at tracking my eating habits via my fitness pal and trying to stay within my calorie range as well as my macros. which is a lot to manage i feel? not only do you have to watch your calories but fat, carbs, […]

homemade limoncello recipe

maybe it has been the ridiculously cold and late snowy and rainy weather we’ve been having in west michigan that has me craving something citrusy and tart and something anything that reminds me of summer. i have never been in to lemon but within the past few years i’ve really appreciated the “palate cleansing” properties […]

how to build a simple cheese plate

i love cheese.  i love a good cheese plate. sometimes i tend to go way overboard with cheese and cheese plates and sides and relishes and etc. it’s very very easy to get carried away when building a cheese plate. usually because everything looks so good and i can’t decide what direction to go with […]

rosemary breakfast potatoes

this weekend i finally busted out my new brunch at bobby’s cookbook. i bought it when it first came out but had no time or energy to really prepare my own brunch so this weekend when we decided to hermit up i decided to go for it. i’m not much of a breakfast potato gal. […]

finally friday

it’s finally friday! i’m so excited for this weekend. you don’t even know. well…now you do because i just told you! this weekend is going to be full of junking, shop stuff and friends and food and friends and junking and junking with friends. it’s set up to be a good weekend. photo ps thanks […]

killer coffee cake

i friggin love coffee cake. i love biscotti, i love bundt cake and i love coffee cake. i also love magazines. wait what? i’m a cooking/baking/seasonal magazine hoarder. i love the big beautiful pictures and the glossy pages. loooooooove them. i was so geeked when i saw that King Arthur Flour came out with yet […]

weekend recap and happy waffle day!

it’s monday..again. but hey! it’s national waffle day so it’s a reason to celebrate right? let’s start with the weekend recap and then we will transition into a waffle day recipe. let’s rewind back to friday. i headed up to pentwater later in the afternoon after a customer appreciation event and worked from a coffee […]

lemon blueberry scones

here is what i have learned about summer. summer is as precious as the bountiful berries and fruit that it produces. they do not last long. i talked to some farmer men at the holland market wednesday morning and they said we have about 2 weeks of blueberries left. i refrained from loading my car […]