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Pumpkin Stuffed Shells

Shot from Eat Yourself Skinny

I made and shared this recipe last year, but it’s SO good I had to share it again for fall. It’s the perfect fall recipe that the whole family will enjoy! 

Pumpkin Stuffed Shells from the blog Eat Yourself Skinny 

INGREDIENTS

20 jumbo pasta shells

For The Filling:

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree

1 cup grated pecorino cheese

1 large egg white

2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp fresh sage, minced

Pinch salt and pepper

For The Marinara:

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup chicken broth

¾ cup crushed tomatoes

¾ cup pumpkin puree

2 Tbsp pecorino cheese

2 tsp. fresh sage, minced

½ tsp. basil

¼ tsp. nutmeg

½ tsp. salt

¼ cup pecorino cheese (for topping at the end)

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook pasta shells according to the package instructions, until al dente, and drain. Rinse with cold water and arrange on a baking sheet to cool until ready to stuff.

To make the filling, mix together pumpkin, pecorino cheese, egg white, nutmeg, cinnamon, sage, salt and pepper in a large bowl until all incorporated and set aside.

To make the marinara, drizzle olive oil in a large skillet and saute garlic until fragrant. Add chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, pumpkin, pecorino cheese, sage, basil, nutmeg and salt mixing well until everything is combined. Bring to a boil then turn down heat to medium/low, cover and allow sauce to simmer for about 15 minutes. This is when you can stuff your shells.

Using a pastry bag (or a spoon), fill each shell with about 2 tablespoons of filling.

In a 9" x 13" baking dish, spread about ¾ths of the marinara in the bottom of the dish and arrange shells on top. Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes.

Remove foil, sprinkle with additional pecorino cheese and bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes until hot/bubbly and cheese is melted.

Top with remaining sauce and serve!

This is a recipe that I loved making  every fall! I made it last week and the whole family loved it! Happy Fall, I hope you enjoy it! 

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Lavender Hill Farms

One of our favorite places to go as a family is Lavender Hill Farm, in Boyne City.  It is one of the largest lavender farms in the entire state of Michigan, boasting 25 varieties of lavender. 
Lavender Hill Farms
Doud Boys
They have walking trails that will take you through the fall foliage which we did with the boys just a few weeks ago. It was so beautiful to see all the leaves changing. The trail is longer than a mile, but you can turn around at any point you want and head back.
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Lavender Hill Farms
One of my favorite parts of Lavender Hill Farm is their boutique shop. It’s filled with so many lavender goodies, such as spa products or a lavender treat to eat! Almost all of the products are made by local artists and women owned companies. We love supporting local whenever we can! Their dried lavender bunches are some of my favorites. The purple color makes such a pretty display piece and the smell is so calming. They sell candles, spas, sachets, lavender lemonade and so much more! 
Lavender Hill Farms
I hope that you have a chance to make it to Lavender Hill Farm sometime soon! 

 

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On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 16th, October 17th and October 18th, ALL Jenna Kator Handbags will be 25% OFF. Then, 15% of the sales will be donated to the Mackinac Island Cancer Fund.

Nicole Doud & Jenna Kator

Nicole Doud and Jenna Kator


Today, I wanted to share how I met Jenna! Jenna and I first met when we were both starting our businesses’. I was looking for a handbag line that would fit in at Little Luxuries and Jenna was just starting her business, the Jenna Kator Collection. Our business relationship quickly grew into a friendship and I count her as one of my dear friends. A few years ago, we created the custom Island Girl Handbag, that was only sold at Little Luxuries. This bag was for the Island Girl in all of us and had the perfect attachment to your bike handles. While this bag is no longer in production, it was such a joy to create that handbag with Jenna.


While Jenna mostly names her handbags for different cities around Michigan, this fall collection honors different areas and their zip codes. We have been sharing in our Instagram stories this week some of the bags, but I wanted to take a minute here to show off a few of the handbags from this Fall Collection that we are loving.

 

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906 Crossbody: 906 is the area code for Mackinac Island and the Upper Peninsula! Michigan’s Upper Peninsula presents attractions unmatched anywhere else, there are no words to explain the rugged, pristine beauty of the 906 region. Being hands free to explore is no problem with this 906 Crossbody that is just as beautiful and adventurous as the region.


517 Wallet: One of the original area codes, the 517 encompasses the state capitol along with the south central portion of the lower peninsula. Small town America is well represented with everyday simple joys and pleasures making the little things feel big.


989 Bucket Bag: Central and northeastern Lower Peninsula is the home of so many bucket list adventures, beautiful scenery, majestic lakes and hidden gems. Just like the 989 region, the 989 Bucket Handbag is spacious + stylish making this a bucket list accessory.


313 Laptop Work Bag: 313 encompasses the Metro-Detroit area which set the benchmark for hard work. The 313 Laptop|Workbag was designed to carry on the legacy and reputation that the 313 has set for the entire State of Michigan. Designed to work hard for the hard worker.


231 Tote: 231 is a vacationer’s paradise and everything outdoor enthusiasts could ask for bundled with beautiful quaint towns lining northern Lake Michigan.The 231 Tote was designed to hold all of your essentials for every day and memorable getaways. 


616 Handbag: Experience the lifestyle of art, culture, beer and food in the 616; making it a place that ignites all of your senses. The 616 Handbag has a relaxed creative design just like the area it represents.


We can’t wait for the FUN Virtual Trunk Show Weekend! If you have any questions, reach out to the staff at Little Luxuries via email (littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.com), social media or by calling 906-847-9980. The DISCOUNT code will come out in an email THURSDAY evening for use on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 16th - October 18th. If you aren’t on our email list, head to the website homepage now (https://littleluxuriesofmackinac.com) to sign up.

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Happy Fall from Mackinac Island!
Fall on Mackinac Island
I have been blown away by your support of the shop and our island this fall. It has been wonderful to see you in the shop showing up for small businesses like mine online and in person. Every sale matters, so thank you for supporting Little Luxuries and Mackinac Island tourism, especially this year.
Every fall, we welcome a group of women to the island for Women’s Wellness Weekend. Jenna Kator brings tour busses of women from all over Michigan (and more states, too!) and so many of you drive yourselves and come up for the festivities too! Past years, we have had workshops on wellness, a silent auction and plenty of time for shopping! 
During the weekend, we hosted the women in the shop for a Jenna Kator Handbag Trunk Show. Since this year’s festivities have been canceled, we have decided to take them ONLINE! 
What does this mean?
Jenna Kator
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 16th, October 17th and October 18th, ALL Jenna Kator Handbags will be 25% OFF! Then, 15% of the sales will be donated to the Mackinac Island Cancer Fund! 
We can’t wait to celebrate the weekend (virtually) with you! Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram, because there will be some fun giveaways that you don’t want to miss out on!
Each year, I am amazed at the amount of money we are able to donate to the Mackinac Island Cancer Fund. You and your friends always show up in BIG ways for this cause and I appreciate it so much!
We can’t wait to celebrate this Jenna Kator Trunk Show virtually with you - so grab your girlfriends and mark your calendars for next weekend, October 16th, October 17th and October 18th! 
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We are so excited to have Shore Bags in our sister store,  The Artists Market of Mackinac Island. This incredible company is new to the shop and we wanted to take a chance and introduce them to you!
 
Shore Bags has been in the cotton canvas industry for over 20 years and in 2015 they started created eco-friendly bags from raw content, which means they are bio-degradable helping to reduce waste and avoiding plastics! Every purchase supports women, as they are 100% minority women-owned. They oppose unfair manufacturing practices of any kind and create bags that you will want! 
 
Shore Bags headquarters are located on just across the shores on Lake Michigan and we are so excited to partner with them in selling their bags.
 
All-In Pouches: are conveniently sized for thousands of small goods-- from a collection of markers or road trip snacks to charging cables and makeup. These pouches have a sturdy metal zipper with pull tab and handy loop ring for snapping them anywhere you'd like. Size: 11" x 7" x 3”.
City Shopper Tote: This simple bag features leather handles and a full lining, making it both elegant yet basic. It also features heavyweight canvas, inside pocket and leather trim. Size: 17.5" x 17.5" x 6".
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