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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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Tortellini Minestrone Soup

One of my favorite soups to make for winter is Tortellini Minestrone Soup! It was so chilly and rainy this past weekend, so it was the perfect meal to warm us all up!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion, Diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
  • 4 Large Celery Stalks, Diced
  • 2 Large Carrots, Peeled & Diced
  • 2 (14-ounce) Cans Diced Tomatoes with Juice
  • 2 (14-ounce) Cans Kidney Beans, Rinsed and Drained
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons Dried Basil 
  • 4 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 (9-ounce_ package cheese tortellini
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Set a large pot over medium-high heat with olive oil. Once hot, add in the onions and garlic and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the diced tomatoes with their juice and the beans. 
  3. Season with salt, black pepper, oregano and basil.
  4. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Cook until the veggies soften, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Add the tortellini and cook until they float, about 3-5 minutes
  6. Serve the soup with a sprinkling of cheese on top.

This recipe takes just around 50 minutes to make and is so delicious! Tell me, what’s one of your favorite soups to make for winter? 

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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.
Mackinac Ice BridgeN&AUnloadIce Bridge
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!

 

Nicole xo

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