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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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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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Today I'm sharing two new recipes that I'm loving for spring!
Avocado Corn Salad from the blog, Cookin' with Mama!
Ingredients:
  • 3 Corn Cobs
  • 2 Large Avocados
  • 1 Cup Grape Tomatoes Cut in Half
  • 1/4 of a Small Purple Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chopped Cilantro
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries

Salad Dressing:

  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 3/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic

Instructions

1. Boil the corn for 5-7 minutes and then allow to cool. Cut off the corns flesh with a knife or corn slicer tool.

2. Cut the avocado into large cutes, tomatoes into halves, thinly slice the onions and chop the cilantro. 

3. Place everything in a bowl and add the dried cranberries.

4. Prepare the dressing by mixing the salad ingredients together. Pour over the salad ingredient and toss to coat everything well.

5. Serve and Enjoy! 

Shot from Amanda's Cookin'

The next recipe that I am excited about for Spring is from Amanda's Cookin'. It's a Mexican Chicken Casserole that is delicious and the whole family will enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups of Crushed Tortilla Chips
  • 15 oz. Black Beans, Drained and Rinsed
  • 2 Cups of Chopped Cooked Chicken, If you're in a hurry a rotisserie chicken works great for this!
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 21 Ounces of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • (1) 10 oz. Can of Rotel Tomatoes, Undrained
  • 2 Cups of Shredded Jack Cheese
  • 2 Cups of Shredded Medium Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tomato, Diced
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro, Rinsed and Chopped
  • Jalapeños, optional

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 13×9 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Crush tortilla chips lightly and sprinkle approximately 1 cup across the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Layer diced chicken and black beans over the crushed chips.
  4. Stir 1 teaspoon of cumin into the cream of chicken soup. Spread the soup mixture over the chicken and beans, using a spatula to gently spread it evenly over the entire top. Add canned tomatoes over the soup layer.
  5. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the tomato layer and top with remaining crushed chips.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until casserole is hot and bubbly and the cheese is fully melted.
  7. Garnish casserole with cilantro and chopped tomatoes.
  8. Serve immediately with a slice or two of fresh jalapeño.

 Tips & Trips: 

  • Do not drain Rotel tomatoes before adding to casserole.
  • You can substitute Doritos for regular tortilla chips.
  • For another flavor element, mix a 4 oz. can of diced chiles into the soup/cumin mixture.
  • Prepare ahead of time except for the tortilla chips over the top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. When ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap and sprinkle with chips. Bake until hot and bubbly. 

 I hope that you and your family love these as much as we do! If you make them, tag us in your photos over on Instagram! 

 

 

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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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This winter we are working on a few house projects. One that I am super excited about is our half-bathroom remodel! 

I thought I would share a few pictures of the new pieces that are going in the bathroom! I can't wait to show you the final result!

Olive Branch Wallpaper from Magnolia

 

Lavendon Farmhouse/Country Distressed Accent Mirror from Wayfair

 

Hildred 2 - Light Dimmable Vanity Light from Wayfair 

 

Valle Single Hole Single-Handle Bathroom Faucet in Oil Rubbed Bronze

 

Rectangular Bathroom Ceramic Vessel Sink Art Basin in White

Custom

I'm SO excited for this vanity! It is being custom built for the bath and I think that it will complete the room perfectly and also provide enough storage!

 

I can't wait for the half-bath to come together and show you the final results! 

 

 

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