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Frozen Mango Lemonade

Winter strongly hangs on in Northern Michigan until well into May. Notoriously we will still have frost warnings until mid-June some years. Right around the beginning of April I start wanting garden fresh foods and light beverages to help ward off the late winter season blues. You can start finding different seasonal produce available inContinue reading “Frozen Mango Lemonade”

Vanilla Snow Ice Cream

Springtime might be starting to peek through in other parts of the country; however, winter continues to hang on through much of March here in Northern Michigan. I try not to be envious of those whom are able to start on their spring cleanup and enjoy the last parts of our frosty season here. IContinue reading “Vanilla Snow Ice Cream”

Vanilla Extract

My grandmother lived in southern Texas when I was younger. Whenever she travelled back to Northern Michigan to visit she often brought fresh produce like key limes and avocados. She also brought back vanilla extract. I didn’t fully understand why my mom appreciated the gesture until I was well into college. Have you ever lookedContinue reading “Vanilla Extract”

Elderberry Gummies

Cold and flu season has struck out household with an unwavering vengeance this year. I pride myself on the fact that we are normally extremely healthy; however, that is not the case lately. It seems like just when we get over one illness another roots itself in our bodies. Both of my daughters have gottenContinue reading “Elderberry Gummies”

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs are relatively easy to make and I find they are great little gifts for friends, coworkers and teachers. Part of the appeal is the sensory details that make up the scrub. The first one that most people notice is the scent. This recipe has a fun peppermint scent perfect for holiday time. TheContinue reading “Peppermint Sugar Scrub”

No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake

12 Days of Sweets: Day 12 Cheesecake isn’t normally a dessert I tackle. I can never quite get baked versions to come out correctly and usually my no bake versions never taste quite right. This recipe is foolproof. The mint flavor isn’t overpowering and this cheesecake has an amazing smooth, creamy texture. The best partContinue reading “No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake”

Creamy Vanilla Caramels

12 Days of Sweets: Day 11 Caramels are an easy crowd pleasing homemade gift around the holidays. I also love that homemade caramels are so much more delicious. This recipe is extra creamy and full of vanilla flavor. I find that once I start eating them I can’t have only just one. Making caramels MayContinue reading “Creamy Vanilla Caramels”

Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies

12 Days of Sweets: Day 10 Cookies are the most iconic Christmas treat. Many spend hours baking cookies for gifts and treats for friends, family and neighbors. I absolutely love this little cream cheese cookie recipe because using different sprinkles gives your variety and makes it seem like you’ve baked a bunch of different batches.Continue reading “Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies”

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