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 […]

Great about Grains

I have been wanting to write this post forever!!!! i have been tweaking and perfecting this recipe for a few weeks and i finally think i have it down. i was so excited when i was asked to experiment with the new Great Grains Banana Nut Crunch that i had a really hard time making […]

#bestself2015 week 26

we have reached the halfway point of #bestself2015! 26 weeks down 26 weeks to go! i actually had a really good week health wise. i have been working outside like crazy and the garden has been producing so many veggies that it’s been hard to keep up just to eat them all. i have been […]