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I'm Nicole. I am a wife, mother, shop owner on Mackinac Island, and lover of handmade. The little things and little moments inspire me. Follow me on my blog as I write about shop news, my travels, island life and motherhood.
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I love snack time after school with the boys! It’s one of my favorite parts of the day. I love seeing the boys and having them tell me all about their days! They also love it when I have delicious snacks and treats waiting for them!  Here are some new delicious after school snacks that I plan on incorporating into our after-school routine this fall.

Apple Nachos from Good Cook

  Shot from Good Cook. Grab apples, peanut butter, Nutella and some fun sprinkles to make this nutritious and fun snack! 


Critter Crudites from Good Housekeeping

Shot from Good Housekeeping

Grab some apples, blueberries, peanut butter cream cheese and other fruit to make some delicious and healthy veggies friends! 


Grilled Cheese Roll Ups form Brit + Co.
Shot from Brit + Co

Grab some bread, sharp cheddar cheese and make these tasty little treats for an afternoon snack! 

These are some of the new recipes that I’m adding to our after school snack rotation! For more fun recipes, visit my Pinterest here for more ideas! 

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Egg Roll in A Bowl
I love a good, easy recipe! With the beginning of a new season, the easier the recipe the better! I recently stumbled across this Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe from Evolving Table. 
London, from Evolving Table, created this delicious deconstructed egg roll that is delicious and easy to make!
Here are the ingredients for this dish:
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil divided
  • 1 lb. ground turkey or beef
  • 1 ½ cups sweet onion finely diced
  • 1 cup carrots shredded
  • ½ tsp. ginger paste or minced ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • ¼ cup chicken broth regular sodium
  • 5 cups shredded cabbage cut into ¼-inch shreds
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce Tamari or coconut aminos, gluten-free
  • 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp. pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil 
  • Toasted sesame seeds optional
  • Green onions optional

Directions:

  1. In a large saute pan over medium heat drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil and add ground turkey. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until turkey is almost cooked through.

  2. Push turkey to the side of the pan and add onion and other tablespoon of oil. Saute for 3-4 minutes.

  3. Add shredded carrots, garlic, and ginger and saute for 2 minutes. Stir the vegetables and turkey together.

  4. Pour chicken broth in the pan and scrape the bottom of it to deglaze it.

  5. Add cabbage, coconut aminos or soy sauce, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Stir well and cover with a lid. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 12-15 minutes, or until cabbage is to your desired tenderness.

  6. Just before serving add toasted sesame oil and top with green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve over regular rice, cauliflower rice, or eat it in a bowl by itself. Enjoy! 

     

    Let me know what you think! We love this recipe and I hope that you will too! 

 
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This past weekend we were on Mackinac Island getting ready for the new season. There is a lot of preparation involved before that opening day! 

We are enjoying the last couple of weekends of the streets being empty before the crowds arrive. We were also able to spend some time with family and friends and catch a gorgeous sunset! Louie made a little ‘boat’ out of popsicle sticks and duct tape and we all went down to the water to let it ‘sail’. It was so cute! 

On the work side, I’m busy getting the three shops ready for the new season, along with Andrew busily making new changes at Doud’s Market. Doud’s Market has decided to update to self-checkout lines which is an exciting, but big project!

 

I worked on tidying the shops, going through new product that has arrived and putting displays together! We have SO many amazing new goodies for the season. I’ve been sharing on my Instagram many of my favorite new goodies for Mom this Mother’s Day. 

Do you need help picking out a gift for Mom? Check out our Mother’s Day page here: https://littleluxuriesofmackinac.com/collections/mothers-day-gifts.

If you still need help after looking at our Mother’s Day collection, send us an email at littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.com. We’d love to help you find the perfect gift for Mom! 

Hope your week is a good one! You’ll find me in my casual shop clothes and a baseball hat this week moving boxes, pricing, displaying and trying to get it all together! 
Nicole 
Xo
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Shot from Kathryn's Kitchen Blog
With St. Patrick's Day quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to make a special treat for the boys! Earlier this week, Johnny and I made these Lucky Charms Rice Krispie Treats while the older boys were at school.
I followed the recipe from Kathryn's Kitchen Blog. It was so easy and a fun recipe to make with John's help!
Ingredients: 
  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Lucky Charms cereal
  • Rice Krispies cereal
Directions: 
  1. Line a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large pot over low heat, melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, stir in the marshmallows and stir constantly until melted. Be sure not to let the marshmallows brown, they will burn quickly.
  3. Once the marshmallows are melted remove from heat and stir in the cereal until evenly coated.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press evenly (coat a spatula with nonstick cooking spray on both sides or coat your hands so the mixture doesn’t stick). Add Lucky Charms marshmallows to the tops of the treats (optional). Allow to cool for a few minutes and slice into bars.
If you make these yummy bars, tag me in your Instagram stories so I can see the fun! 
xo,
Nicole 
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This week, Andrew and I have been in St. Augustine, Florida with the boys. It has been so fun to see a new spot and to just get away from the cold for a little bit! Plus, we have not been away on vacation since November 2019! 
Since I’m at the beach, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite beachy items we currently have available on the online store + a few things I love to have with me when I go to the beach! 

 

I love these two new dresses that we got in for spring / summer! They are so nice to just throw on when it's warmer outside or even over a swim suit! Shop the light blue one and navy here!
There's always a need for a tiny toiletry bag or pouch when traveling. I love both of these- the silicone one is fun and bright, while the clear ones help me see that I remembered to pack everything without digging through the pouch! 
Of course, I've packed my pouches FULL of items from the Bath & Body section! Including my favorite lotion from Farmhouse Fresh, called Whoopie Cream. We're currently out of that one but we do have another one I love called Sweet Tea Shea Butter in stock that is amazing
This Shea Butter whip is a jarful of refreshment! You'll be tempted to sip this creamy, supple shea butter that calms even the severest of dry skin. Scented like a southern sweet tea with peach, ginger, and white tea - a light herbal treat!
We can never be at the beach without sunscreen, with our fair skin! I packed the ThinkBaby sunscreen that has been great! BONUS! It's on sale over on the website here.
Of course, lip balm! I usually forget to pack this on vacation, but was so glad I remembered to throw it in my bag! Shop our favorite Green Daffodil Lip Balm Here! It has SPF in it too!
Wax-free soy lip balms include vitamin E and SPF 15, which penetrates into your skin for extra care and long lasting protection to ward off dry lips. Use only essential or flavor oils to scent our lip balm, so they are safe. A unique oval shape tube to keep your lip balm from rolling off your desk or night stand and they also fit nicely into your pocket.

Never forget to pack a hat! Especially one that represents our favorite spot! Shop my favorite Mackinac hat here! 
Finally, guess what I packed in? 
My new favorite tote! I'm so excited about this burlap bag. It's been perfect for the beach! You can shop for it here!
This week at the beach has been so much fun! I hope you've been following along in my Instagram stories as I've shared a little what we're up to! If you have a beach vacation coming up soon, enjoy shopping this list as you start to pack!
xo,
Nicole  
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