weeknight enchilada protein bowls

guys.. i’m super excited about this dinner i made last night. i have been seeing people substituting out spaghetti squash for noodles for a long time now but i’ve never had the guts to actually try it out. a gal from work brought in a bunch from her garden and i had to give it […]

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 […]

biscuits and gravy breakfast casserole

my friend julie brought me  a slice of this casserole at work a few weeks ago. she had found the quick and easy recipe on pinterest but let me tell you, it tasted like she slaved away in the kitchen all morning. i practically inhaled the biscuits and gravy and demanded the recipe for myself. […]

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, […]

where i ate

back from a quick get away with my mom to chicago to relax and recharge a bit. most of you know that when i travel i am all about the food and the shopping. however this time both my mom and i are working really hard to be healthy and not over do it but […]

weekend recap wine country edition

what a weekend. i mean like seriously. i’m going home because i have to. i am going kicking and screaming though because i am in my element here. the people are my people and the food is fantastic. i don’t wanna go home. i’m going to try and break this down as best i can. […]

finally friday napa edition

surprise!!! we are in napa. it was a pseudo on a whim trip half planned half not. we had the flight and hotel booked for a while but seriously packed the morning we left and reserved everything on our cell phones. i felt very millennial about that. we arrived at 11am CA time which was […]

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 […]