Flowers in the garden

Mid-Michigan is still experiencing chilly days even though our Spring flowers are blooming.  Today it is only in the 40’s, and we are expecting rain.  My garden is producing a spectacular display of flowers this year, perhaps because it is aging. We moved to this home ten years ago this coming Fall.  Just saying that…

Applewood Estate 100 years

We visited Applewood Estates in September for their 100 year celebration. It is the former home of Charles S. Mott and his wife Ruth Mott in Flint Michigan.  The home is lovely with gardens and several buildings to tour and experience.  I wanted to share some of the photos of the lovely estate which was…

Michigan cherry pork chops

Fruit and pork marry very well.  In fact, most people serve apples every time they serve pork chops.  I think it has been written somewhere in every cookbook, that fruit should be served with pork roast, pork chops, or pork loin. I tried a cherry glaze made from frozen cherries and feel like it has…

Sweet Annie garden wreath

A couple of weeks ago I was gifted a fresh bundle of Sweet Annie, an herb also known as annual wormwood.  The plant is a variety of Artemisia with fern-like foliage. Sweet Annie has long been used for making dried wreaths, arrangements, sachets and decades ago, simply for hanging to deter insects. I happen to…

Summertime gelato

Today feels like fall to me in Michigan. I already have a sweatshirt on after the bursts of rain came down these past couple of days. So, I decided that I better catch up with my blog, and post some of my favorite summertime memories. We tasted some amazing gelato this summer up North at…

chilled cherry soup

We are in the middle of summer and today is projected to be another hot summer day.  As I am considering what to prepare for the week ahead, I had to reflect back to one of the best tasting chilled soups I have ever ordered in a restaurant. Last month, we were in Charlevoix Michigan…

A trip to the Vineyard

Last week we visited Northern Michigan and took a trip to the Ciccone Vineyard.  The vineyard is owned by Madonna’s father.  Yes, the one and only Madonna.  The vineyard was planted in 1996, and is situated on the Leelanau Peninsula. Suttons Bay is about 15 miles from Traverse City.  Ciccone has 14 acres of grape…

A garden walk on Old Mission Penninsula

            Last week we had a wonderful day touring gardens along the Old Mission Peninsula in northern Michigan.  The annual garden walk was organized by the Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City, which is a member of Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. The garden club has many community service projects which…

a visit to cranbrook gardens

Summer is a time for spontaneous day trips.  Last week Monday we decided to take a drive to Cranbrook Gardens in Bloomfield Hills Michigan, for a tour of the property and gardens.  Cranbrook House and gardens was established in the 1900’s for the daughter of the founder of The Detroit News, Ellen Scripps. By the…

Kilwins chocolate kitchen tour

Kilwins Chocolate shops are located all over the country in many states from Florida to New York.   But, Michigan is home to 24 shops.  Just about every small town up North has a Kilwins, which is known for delicious  boxed chocolates, taffy, caramels, fudge, caramel apples,  handcrafted marshmallows and even ice cream. Walking into…

Up North flowers

Each summer when we travel up North, I am always delighted to admire the lovely window boxes and street flowers that fill the shopping districts of the Northern Michigan towns.  Here are some of my favorite flower boxes — but, realize that there were so many more that were equally beautiful.       The…

Visiting Bay Bread Co.

Last week, we were in Traverse City Michigan enjoying the lovely weather and the view of the water.  Every visit we make to the city includes a stop at this wonderful bakery.  Visiting Bay Bread Co. is a tradition for us, since the charm of this bakery and the delicious baked goods are worth the…