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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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We’ve been talking a lot about Mother’s Day gifts! Today we’re sharing my favorite Mother’s Day gifts to give! 

I recently saw these Tea Drops and LOVED them! They are individually wrapped and perfect to add to a cute gift! Just open the bag and drop in the hot water. If you aren’t sure what flavor of tea they like, Tea Drops are perfect because you can just give them one of each! 

Have you ever seen a Tea Mug? These are NEW this season and we love them for the avid tea drinker! The side of the mug has a cute little tea bag holder. Paired with the Tea Drops, you will have the perfect gift for your Mom! 

The perfect Michigan made Artisan Caramels that were made exclusively for Little Luxuries! These caramels are a delicious sweet treat and are the perfect addition to any present!

Have you tried the amazing Hanover’s Michigan Mints? These delicious chocolates are made in my hometown of St. John’s, Michigan! I love the Michigan Cherry and Mint Chocolates! We have a variety of milk chocolate and dark chocolate - if you want to add these to a present, you won’t regret it! 

The cutest gift for Mom or grandma is the Kitchen Buddy Spatula. What an adorable pairing - one large spatula with handy, dandy measuring table on the back, paired with it's mini-me! These are great gifts for the avid baker, mom and child cookie baking tag team, the always entertaining hostess, and / or anyone who has a kitchen!

I’ve mentioned tea a lot, but we know the Moms out there love their coffee!! Our Lake Charlevoix Coffee is back in stock! This is locally made in Northern Michigan by an awesome company and we love selling this- and you love drinking it!

 

A PERFECT gift for Mom and Grandma: Beth Mueller and it’s back in stock! We have so many mugs, plates, trays and more in for the new season. This makes a great gift for Mom. It’s classic, yet reminds her of her best summer days on Mackinac. 

My favorite part of any gift is our signature line, Mackinac Bath and Body! Goat’s Milk Hand Lotion, Body Butter, Bar Soap, Room Spray and Body Spray are all included in four different scents. We already have them packaged in a gift box ready to go, if that’s easier for you!

If none of the options above interest you for Mom, shoot us an email! We’d love to help you pick out the perfect gift to send to Mom this year.

 

Xo,

Nicole 

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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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