• A Valentine’s Day Cocktail

    Here's to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned
    For me, one of the greatest pleasures in life is to head to a chic, big city hotel bar, in the late afternoon, for a handmade cocktail.  It's so relaxing and intimate.  If you're like me and don't happen to live in the city, the...
  • The Best Books for Juicing & Healthy Eating

    Let juice be thy medicine and medicine by thy juice.- Hippocrates
    In our new quest for healthy living, my mom and I have had a lot of fun adding some new juicing and healthy cooking books to our kitchen library.  Healthy living resolutions can sometimes be hard to stick with but we've found that having books with gorgeous pictures and great...
  • American Spoon Cherry Peach Pumpkin Chili Recipe

     American Spoon was ahead of the curve when it comes to the artisanal movement.- Florence Fabricant
    This past fall when my mom and I visited Traverse City, Michigan we stopped in the American Spoon store and picked up some of their Cherry Peach Salsa and Pumpkin Chipotle Roasting Sauce so that we could make their...
  • New Year, Healthy Start

    The greatest wealth is health.- Virgil
    Happy 2015 everyone!! With a new year here and the clock already ticking, my mom and I have both made the commitment to make this our healthiest year ever. For the most part, we generally eat healthy (except for the occasional French fry run to McDonald's!), but we've decided to really kick things up a...
  • Rustic Apple Tart Recipe

    A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.- author unknown
    There is something incredibly romantic about an apple orchard in the fall.  I don’t know what it is about them that make me think of a simpler time but they always do.  Maybe it’s the way the sunlight falls on the apples in just the right...
  • Cherry Bombe Magazine

    There is something nostalgic about a magazine.- Jordan Vouga, art director and founder of Ancestry Quarterly
    As a self described magazine addict, I was so excited to read in Vogue that print magazines are beginning to make a comeback.  In a world that has become digitally oversaturated, it seems that people are starting to gravitate towards content that you can hold...
  • Howse’s Sweets

    Life is uncertain.  Eat dessert first.- Ernestine Ulmer
    One of my favorite childhood summer memories is opening the screen door to Howse’s Fudge in Harbor Springs, Michigan and being met with the aroma of rich, creamy chocolate.

    The only thing that matched the intoxicatingly delicious scent was the sight...
  • Meet me for lunch at American Kitchen

    We all need to make time for a burger once in a while.- Erica Durance

    My mom and I recently had a fabulous lunch at American Kitchen located in historic downtown Bay City, Michigan.  I can’t say enough about how fabulous the food is.  The menu is based on classic American comfort food with a gourmet twist.  There...

  • Blueberry Crumble Pie

    Pie makes everybody happy.- Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory
    With blueberry season in full swing here in Michigan, I thought that it would be the perfect time to make a blueberry pie.  Ripe, juicy berries hang from lush, verdant bushes in blueberry patches from Saugatuck to Saginaw just waiting to be picked and made into crumbles, pies or jams.