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 […]

weekend recap

i did a lot this weekend friends! well… kind of. friday night we went out to dinner with the found cottage founders to fire rock grill in byron center. I think that place might be the only thing i miss about living around that area. and the convenient short drive to work and target but […]

Cottage Road Trip Grand Rapids Guide

i absolutely love working weekends at The Found Cottage. LOVE IT. i get to see all of our lovely regulars but i also get to meet the people who drove from hours away just to come visit us! i cannot tell you how honored that makes me feel when you walk through the door and […]

delicious brunch strata

brunch is good for me. brunch is most likely good for you. wither it’s going out or staying in i love a good solid brunch. usually i prefer a bit of egg with my brunch but sometimes (like this past weekend) i lean more towards the lunch in brunch. anyway. i have a whole library […]

weekend recap

it was a good weekend friends. busy as all get out but good. friday night i got a pedicure with my sister and sister in law before heading over to my parents house for pizza. my mom and sisters were leaving for mexico on sunday for spring break so we all got together one more […]