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”

Sinus Relief Vapor Rub & Shower Steamers

Cold and flu season has blown through our house with a vengeance this year. Our youngest has been battling RSV and all the fun stuff that comes along with it for over two weeks now. My life has been a blur of doctors office visits, medications, nebulizer treatments and many, many sleepless nights. The twoContinue reading “Sinus Relief Vapor Rub & Shower Steamers”

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”

Top 10 of 2021: A Year in Review

What a year this has been. So many opportunities, life changes and adventures have crossed our path. I will be forever grateful for our loved ones and memories this year brought us. As I sit here sipping mocktails with my daughters I can’t help but thank you for your support. Without you I would haveContinue reading “Top 10 of 2021: A Year in Review”

Holiday Simmer Pots

Simmer pots are an easy way to make your house smell amazing in a pinch. Now, you might be wondering what exactly a simmer pot is. Essentially, it’s fragrant materials added to water and heated up to help the aroma permeate the air; almost like a perfume for your home. Normally I throw everything intoContinue reading “Holiday Simmer Pots”

Summer Squash & Bacon Quiche

When the weather starts turning cooler I find myself wanting to use my oven more to cook. This quiche is an easy recipe that takes little time to prepare for a warm breakfast or dinner. to make a lighter version of this – just omit the crust and shorten the baking time! The bulk ofContinue reading “Summer Squash & Bacon Quiche”

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

As gardening season starts winding down, what I consider to be soup season is just starting to pick up in Northern Michigan. It might still be occasionally warm late in the day; however, the evenings and nights become chilly quickly. A bowl of warm soup with crusty bread always makes me feel happy at theContinue reading “Roasted Red Pepper Soup”

Freezer Stored Kale

I love being able to enjoy produce fresh from the garden. In winter time we don’t get to enjoy very much fresh grown vegetables – which is why I preserve much of my harvest. I love storing my fresh kale in the freezer because it’s incredibly easy to throw into soups and stir fry dishes.Continue reading “Freezer Stored Kale”

Fudgy Eggplant Chocolate Cake

Some of my favorite recipes have hidden healthy ingredients in them. This one happens to have a good helping of eggplant. Did I lose you yet? Keep reading – I promise these are well worth the effort. Eggplants are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They may also help improve your heart health as wellContinue reading “Fudgy Eggplant Chocolate Cake”

Scallop Squash Pie

Summertime is my favorite time of the year. Long days at the beach, cold treats and full gardens make summers fun in Northern Michigan. Summer squash grows well here and I’m constantly finding new ways to use up these delicious, bountiful vegetables. I used white scallop squash as the base for the pie. It reallyContinue reading “Scallop Squash Pie”