Hi!
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.
Nicole
xo.

Read a little more about me.

browse

search

newsletter

 
hello there

Sign up for our occassional newsletter to learn about new goodies and upcoming events!

 
 

little luxuries

Black Bean Brownies
Recently, the boys wanted a sweet snack, so I tried a new recipe for them - brownies with a twist! On Pinterest, the recipe was just called “Healthy Brownies”, so I was intrigued and thought we would give them a shot! The secret that made them healthy: black beans! 
Ingredients:
  • 1 Can of Black Beans
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (or Extra Virgin Olive Oil) 
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (Can be Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips)
Directions:
Melt the coconut oil, then mix all of the ingredients together in one bowl with a mixer to make sure that the batter is smooth. 
Bake in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes 
Black Bean Brownies
I loved them! The boys missed having more of a sweet treat and maybe thought they were “too healthy”!
Do you have any “healthier” brownie recipes that you would recommend? 
add a comment | share this


Above Mackinac CondosAbove Mackinac Condos

Above Mackinac Condos is excited to be your newest Mackinac Island lodging destination! Andrew Doud, with the partnership of Bob Benser have created three luxury condos above Good Day Cafe and Doud’s Market that are available to rent May - October. 

Above Mackinac Condos

Five years ago in 2015, Bob Benser purchased Alford’s Drug Store. He sold half of the building to Andrew Doud for the expansion of Doud’s Market. On the left of Doud’s Market, Bob Benser created Good Day Cafe, which serves ice cream, sandwiches, coffee, bakery treats, crepes, sandwiches and more. 

Above Mackinac Condos

Most of the store fronts on Mackinac Island have second stories which are used to house their employees. Instead of using the upstairs of the Doud’s expansion / Good Day Cafe as more housing, Bob Benser along with Andrew Doud worked to create luxury condos to be rented out. The condos are gorgeous, with every comfort. 

Above Mackinac Condos

There are (2) two bedroom condos and (1) four bedroom condo. The four bedroom condo occupies the third floor - it has a large balcony that overlooks the bustle of Main Street. 

Above Mackinac Condos

The condos are very affordable: 

Two bedroom condos - 

$300 a night in May & October

$400 a night in June & September

$450 a night in July & August 

Four bedroom Condo - 

$600 a night in May & October

$700 a night June through September

Above Mackinac Condos

The condos are available for extended stays only. 

As mentioned above, the condos have been afforded every comfort:

  • Pull Out Sleeper Chair 
  • Walk-in Showers 
  • Completely Stocked Modern Kitchen 
  • Washer And Dryer 
  • Air Conditioning 
  • Flat Screen TV's 
  • Internet 
  • Non-Smoking Only 

Above Mackinac Condos

To book your stay call 906.847.3614 or email abovemackinaccondos@gmail.com. When you book at Above Mackinac Condos, mention that you saw this blog post on Little Luxuries’ blog! You will enjoy your stay in the Above Mackinac Condos and you will continue to make it your lodging destination for Mackinac Island for ages to come! 

Above Mackinac Condos

add a comment | share this

 

Doud Boys SkiingDoud Boys Sledding

We love every season in our home, but winter is especially fun because we have a lot more time together just as a family, without having to be in the shops every day! 

We have written out a Winter Bucket List of things that the boys want to do this season! It’s fun to see them get excited about getting outside or doing a project inside. Here’s our list:

  1. Sledding at the Winter Sports Park in Petoskey. The Winter Sports Park is a fun afternoon activity! They have a sledding hill, ice skating rink and even a spot to get hot chocolate and warm up! 
  2. Skiing at Boyne Highland’s or Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs. While the boys are learning to ski, I’ll hit the cross country trails! They have great classes for the kids to start out with and they have a lot of fun learning to pizza down the hills! Watch out, in a few seasons we may have some awesome skiers in the family! 
  3. When the boys want a day of water sports, we load up the car and hit the Avalanche Bay Waterpark at Boyne Mountain. This is a fun spot for kids of all ages - and it is fun for the parents too! It’s nice to escape the cold winter for a day and splash around inside! 
  4. The boys are at the age where they all love being outside, so we love to try to take Winter Hikes as often as possible! Michigan has so many great spots for hiking year-round. One of our favorite spots is the Petoskey State Park, which has winter accessible trails, which lead down to the waterfront! The boys love to see the water starting to freeze on Lake Michigan! 
  5. When the boys are ready to stay inside for a little while (after playing outside all day long!) they love a mug of hot chocolate and making a winter craft! The old art project of making a snow flake out of a coffee filter never gets old! 
  6. Last night, the boys wanted to write a letter to their very best friend, so they all pulled out the art supplies to mail him a sweet card! I love snail mail and I’m so glad that my boys love it too - I hope they never outgrow that sweet spirit of having a pen pal. 

It’s so fun as the boys are getting older to see what they enjoy to do when they aren’t at school! Along with playing legos for hours upon hours, this is their winter bucket list! What’s on your winter bucket list for 2020? 

add a comment | share this
Hello, 2020! Hello, New Decade! 
We spent the last week in our happy place on Mackinac Island. My shops were open for the holiday week and Doud's Market was open late. The weather turned from rain and high winds to the most beautiful snow on Monday. We were very thankful for the snow! 
We spent our NYE taking the boys on a family snowmobile ride and visited with friends. Our youngest, John, was not a fan of the snowmobile ride! 
We are now back in Petoskey, cleaning up from the holiday madness and getting into work mode. I have lots of ideas spinning in my head for the new year. Buying show season begins shortly - - one of my favorite parts of owning a retail shop. If you don't follow me on IG or Facebook, jump on over to @littleluxuriesofmackinac to share new products that you would like to see in 2020 and see what new things are coming this spring! 
I would love to hear from you! 
I hope 2020 is a good one for you! 
Nicole
xo.
add a comment | share this
Nicole's Favorite Salad
This week, I wanted to share one of my favorite (and easy!) salad recipes!
I make this salad for special occasions like Christmas, Easter, or really any special gathering. 
Nicole’s Favorite Salad
What You’ll Need:
Romaine lettuce
Sliced red onion
Broccoli florets
Cooked bacon
Tomatoes
Dressing: 
In blender mix:
1 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped onions
1 tbls. celery seed
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp salt
Blend together just before serving
Add any of your favorite salad ingredients. You can add shredded cheese, cranberries...the dressing is what makes this salad really good!!
My mouth is watering, just thinking about making this salad for our family’s Christmas gathering! I hope you enjoy this scrumptious healthy dish!
add a comment | share this