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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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If you’re like me, you’re excited for the Thanksgiving holiday! A few times we have spent the long weekend out of state, such as Florida, but in the past we normally spend Thanksgiving at my parent's house in St. Johns, MI. This year our plan is to enjoy my mom's delicious Thanksgiving dinner again! 
My mom's stuffing recipe is the best! I will be sharing that with you all on another blog post. Today, I am sharing this fun mini pumpkin cheesecake recipe with you all! I am going to make this for our boys to enjoy. Nothing better than an Oreo crust and pumpkin cheesecake! 
 
When Thanksgiving is at my parents' house it takes some stress off. I am in charge of the salad, an appetizer and helping my mom. I LOVE setting the table! She always leaves that task for me to do. Follow us on Pinterest to see some of my favorite table settings. I love getting inspired for holidays! 
 
Enjoy this pumpkin cheesecake recipe!
 
Nicole
xo.
Pumpkin Cheesecake

MINI PUMPKIN CHEESECAKES WITH OREO CRUST

Ingredients

CRUST

  • 1 & 1/2 cups oreo crumbs
  • 3 tbsp unsalted melted butter

CHEESECAKE

  • 1 and 1/2 packages full fat cream cheese (8 oz packages - for a total of 12 oz for this recipe), room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs

TOPPING

Instructions

CRUST

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Line a regular sized muffin pan with 12 paper muffin liners.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the oreo crumbs and melted butter until it resembles coarse sand.
  • Put 1-2 tbsp of oreo crumbs in each muffin cup.
  • Use a 1/3 cup (or similar) to press the oreo crumbs down firmly into the pan.
  • Bake the crust for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool while prepping the cheesecake.

CHEESECAKE

  • In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth, 1 minute.
  • Beat in the sugar, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin puree until smooth.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Place a little more than 2 tbsp of cheesecake batter in each muffin cup.
  • Bake for 21-24 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake is only slightly jiggly.
  • Allow the cheesecakes to cool to room temperature then place them in the fridge for at least 4 hours to chill before serving. If refrigerating overnight, loosely cover the cheesecakes in plastic wrap.
  • Top with pumpkin whipped cream and mini oreos if desired.

For more details on the recipe and to see more pictures, visit: https://thefirstyearblog.com/mini-pumpkin-cheesecakes-with-oreo-crust/. 

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On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 16th, October 17th and October 18th, ALL Jenna Kator Handbags will be 25% OFF. Then, 15% of the sales will be donated to the Mackinac Island Cancer Fund.

Nicole Doud & Jenna Kator

Nicole Doud and Jenna Kator


Today, I wanted to share how I met Jenna! Jenna and I first met when we were both starting our businesses’. I was looking for a handbag line that would fit in at Little Luxuries and Jenna was just starting her business, the Jenna Kator Collection. Our business relationship quickly grew into a friendship and I count her as one of my dear friends. A few years ago, we created the custom Island Girl Handbag, that was only sold at Little Luxuries. This bag was for the Island Girl in all of us and had the perfect attachment to your bike handles. While this bag is no longer in production, it was such a joy to create that handbag with Jenna.


While Jenna mostly names her handbags for different cities around Michigan, this fall collection honors different areas and their zip codes. We have been sharing in our Instagram stories this week some of the bags, but I wanted to take a minute here to show off a few of the handbags from this Fall Collection that we are loving.

 

Jenna Kator Fall CollectionJenna Kator Fall Collection

906 Crossbody: 906 is the area code for Mackinac Island and the Upper Peninsula! Michigan’s Upper Peninsula presents attractions unmatched anywhere else, there are no words to explain the rugged, pristine beauty of the 906 region. Being hands free to explore is no problem with this 906 Crossbody that is just as beautiful and adventurous as the region.


517 Wallet: One of the original area codes, the 517 encompasses the state capitol along with the south central portion of the lower peninsula. Small town America is well represented with everyday simple joys and pleasures making the little things feel big.


989 Bucket Bag: Central and northeastern Lower Peninsula is the home of so many bucket list adventures, beautiful scenery, majestic lakes and hidden gems. Just like the 989 region, the 989 Bucket Handbag is spacious + stylish making this a bucket list accessory.


313 Laptop Work Bag: 313 encompasses the Metro-Detroit area which set the benchmark for hard work. The 313 Laptop|Workbag was designed to carry on the legacy and reputation that the 313 has set for the entire State of Michigan. Designed to work hard for the hard worker.


231 Tote: 231 is a vacationer’s paradise and everything outdoor enthusiasts could ask for bundled with beautiful quaint towns lining northern Lake Michigan.The 231 Tote was designed to hold all of your essentials for every day and memorable getaways. 


616 Handbag: Experience the lifestyle of art, culture, beer and food in the 616; making it a place that ignites all of your senses. The 616 Handbag has a relaxed creative design just like the area it represents.


We can’t wait for the FUN Virtual Trunk Show Weekend! If you have any questions, reach out to the staff at Little Luxuries via email (littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.com), social media or by calling 906-847-9980. The DISCOUNT code will come out in an email THURSDAY evening for use on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 16th - October 18th. If you aren’t on our email list, head to the website homepage now (https://littleluxuriesofmackinac.com) to sign up.

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Fall in Petoskey
During the fall we move back to Petoskey for the boys to attend school, while Andrew and I commute back to the island for work! It makes things even crazier than normal, but we love staying busy!
I wanted to share a few of our Petoskey Fall Favorites:
Pond Hill Farm is located a little north of Harbor Springs and is so fun to visit in the fall! They have a pumpkin launcher, animals to see, hayrides, pumpkin patch and more! It’s the perfect family friendly outing for you and your kids on a fall afternoon!
Apple Town in Brutus, Michigan, a little north of Petoskey on the way to Mackinaw City is another fun family spot to visit this fall! Stop in for fresh apple cider and the best apple donuts! You won’t be disappointed with their hayrides and corn mazes! 
North Perk: You know how much I love a good chai tea latte! Pre-Covid, I loved to pack up my office work and head down to North Perk to sip on my latte while getting stuff done! Now it’s just a quick pop-in and then heading back to my home office with my chai tea latte.
Little Traverse Wheelway: We love this biking / walking path along Lake Michigan that is right in Petoskey! It’s great to head down to there after school to go for a walk or bike ride and maybe stop at the park to  burn some energy from sitting still at school all day! It’s so nice to walk along the Wheelway during fall to see all the colors changing!
Petoskey Pretzel: The boys love Petoskey Pretzel for a salty treat! The pretzels are always fresh and so tasty!
Next time you are in Petoskey, especially during fall, be sure to visit some of these favorites and let me know what you think!
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Nicole Doud's Fall Favorites

A few months ago, I shared some things that I was loving for summer, including some summer decor and cute new shirts! If you missed it, read the blog post here.
Now, I’m sharing some things that I found for the new fall season that I am excited about!
With the new fall season rapidly approaching, I know that I’ll want to cook more! I recently purchased these two cookbooks:
Real Life Dinners by Rachel Hollis: The title alone sold me! The book has over 80 recipes that are going to fit right in the the chaotic and busy season that all working Moms find themselves in! With the boys going back to school, the shops still open, etc. easy dinners are just what our family needs! I’m excited to dig into this new cookbook! I’ll be sure to update you and share my favorites once I’ve started using it!
Magnolia Table, Volume 2: You all know how much I love Joanna Gaines! I’ve been so busy with the summer rush, that I never purchased Magnolia Table Volume 2 when it came out in April. So I recently ordered it here. 
I’m super excited to get into this book! Have you made anything out of this book? If so, do you have a favorite I should start with? There are 145 recipes in this new edition, so tell me where I should start! I love flipping through a beautiful cookbook, so I am super excited about this one!
This dress comes in six colors and is versatile for work and for date night! I ordered the black, but if I love it, I might go back and order a few more in the other colors! It is lightweight and doesn’t have to be dry cleaned, which is a huge plus!
Have you ever shopped Amazon for your clothes? If so, what are some of your favorites? I would love to know!
If you know me, you know I love natural ways of staying healthy! With fall coming quickly and the boys going back to school, I stocked up on Elderberry Syrup to keep our immune systems strong!
These are just a few things that I am loving for the upcoming fall season. I’m excited to hear if there are other cookbooks you love or other Amazon fashions that you’ve found you can’t live without!
XO,
Nicole
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Doud Family Fort Mackinac

One of our favorite family activities is visiting Fort Mackinac! I feel like so many people overlook this huge piece of history on the island, so I wanted to take some time to share more about what we enjoy so much about Fort Mackinac.

Doud FamilyFort Mackinac

There are 14 buildings in the fort and all are open for you to visit! Did you know that the fort has the oldest building in Michigan? You will learn fun tidbits about Mackinac’s and Michigan’s history while on your tour of the Fort! One of the buildings is called Kids’ Quarters, with has interactive games and hands-on displays that your kids will love! 
Doud Boys Fort Mackinac
We love eating at The Tea Room for lunch! The Tea Room is operated by the Grand Hotel and has tasty lunch treats for you and the kids!  
Doud Boys Fort Mackinac
This summer, we’ve been enjoying Movies After Dark at the Fort! We just went to watch The Lego Movie on the Parade Ground at the Fort this past week and the boys loved it! They are always having fun events like that at Fort Mackinac for you and your family to enjoy. 
Doud Boys Fort Mackinac
Next time you’re on Mackinac Island, be sure to add visiting Fort Mackinac to the list! 
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