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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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Can you believe that winter is almost over? We are ready for the snow to be gone, but can't believe it's almost time to re-open the shops!
This winter on Mackinac Island has been one for the books because of all the snow accumulation and frigid temps! My husband, Andrew has been commuting back and forth to Mackinac Island via the ice bridge. While this is never a safe way to travel, thankfully this year it has been exceptionally smooth. During the winter, in order to keep Doud's Market stocked, Andrew will meet the trucks from downstate Michigan in St. Ignace. After that, they unload the truck, just to reload all the products onto a trailer, pulled via snowmobile to the island. It's not a simple process and takes many, many hours. But, no one goes hungry on the island! I've included some pictures below for you to get an idea of just what the process looks like! I've also included a few pictures of our family crossing the ice bridge.
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John is 4 months old, already! To escape the winter, we just went on a family vacation before the busy summer season starts! This was our first big road trip as a family of 5. We went to North Carolina and were excited to explore a new place as a family. If you want to see some pictures from our trip, check out my Instagram page!

 

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Photo Courtesy: Cafe Delites

There’s no better feeling than knowing at the end of a long, busy day (when you’re going 100 different directions in a limited number of hours) coming home and knowing that you have one of your favorites on the menu for dinner! This family favorite is easy and perfect for the mid-week stressful days.
I make Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken often in our home. Almost all the boys love it (minus one slightly picky eater!) and best of all, it’s quick and easy! Seriously, it takes only 25 minutes total. Additionally, it’s a healthy option that the entire family will enjoy. I found this recipe from Café Delites, via Pinterest. To view more of my favorite recipes on Pinterest, visit here! 
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Without further ado, Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken:

Ingredients:

Chicken: 

  • (2) large boneless, skinless chicken breasts halved to make 4 fillets
  • (3) teaspoons of Italian seasoning or Italian herbs
  • (2) teaspoons minced garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • (1) tablespoon olive oil, for cooking

Topping:

  • (4) Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • (1/4) cup red onion finely chopped
  • (4) tablespoons of fresh basil, shredded
  • (2) tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • (1/2) cup of freshly shaved parmesan cheese

Balsamic Glaze:

  • (1/2) cup balsamic vinegar
  • (2) teaspoons brown sugar 

Instructions:

  1. Season chicken with Italian seasoning, garlic and salt. Heat oil in a grill pan or skillet, and sear chicken breasts over medium-high heat until browned on both sides and cooked through (about 6 minutes each side). Remove from pan; set aside and allow to rest.
  2. Combine the tomatoes, red onion, basil, olive oil in a bowl. Season with salt. Top each chicken breast with the tomato mixture and parmesan cheese.
  3. Serve immediately with balsamic glaze (optional).

 

Balsamic Glaze: 

  1. (If making from scratch, prepare while chicken is cooking.) Combine sugar (if using) and vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low; allow to simmer for 5-8 minutes or until mixture has thickened and reduced to a glaze. (If not using sugar, allow to reduce for 12-15 minutes on low heat).

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Doud's Market is getting a new look come this spring! Here's a sneak peak.  Look for new exterior paint colors, updated logo, branding throughout the store and more little things you may or may not notice on your next visit! 
We are really excited about the new changes!! 
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