Searching for the sweetest little pea….

My holiday visit to Sweet Pea Baby Boutique in Traverse City, Michigan, was filled with fun items including baby clothes, Melissa & Doug toys, Piggy Paint, and MY board books! As many of you know, I have four board books that make great gifts for little ones! See why this sweet store is Merry & Bright this Christmas… Sweet Pea is located at 205 E. Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

 

 

 

In search of the Perfect Christmas Tree…

We are going on a tree hunt! Last weekend my family and I went in search of the best Christmas tree in Northern Michigan. Our adventure lead us to find some adorable animals (see pictures below.)  we ended up finding our dream tree at the Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm in Traverse City. my family all agreed, we found the best family Christmas tree in all of Michigan! You can pick from pre-chopped trees or cut down your own. They will help you strap it to your car roof, and hand your kids a cookie. So, if you are looking to find a festive tree farm look no further than the Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm: 6777 Herkner Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685

Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm: 6777 Herkner Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685

 

 

 

Lately I have been loving Italian Homemade Limoncello!

Limoncello makes the perfect holiday gift that the receiving end can put to use  right away. During the Christmas season it is a delicious aperitif to have on hand, especially if you have a little Italian in you (like me!)  It is pretty easy to make and very easy to enjoy… The simple mixture only requires fresh organic lemons, vodka, sugar, and water. Last week, over the course of a few days, I make some of this yellow liquor and have been enjoying it ever since! Store in the freezer and serve ice cold.

What you need: Organic lemons, pure grain alcohol 190 proof/ 95% vol (I used vodka), sugar (to make simple syrup), water, and a glass container. In short, using a vegetable peeler, you peel the lemons. Put them in an airtight jar with the vodka. Let the mixture sit in a cold dark place for a few days (I used my garage refrigerator). Then you strain the mixture, add some simple syrup. Pour it in to a pretty jar and enjoy! Here is a link to the exact recipe that I used. I also made a milkier version, which tastes more like a lemon Baileys after dinner drink. I will look for the link to that recipe and post it here once I find it.

After peeling the lemons, I used the actual lemon to make my kids mouth watering homemade lemonade… It was SO AMAZING! To make my simple organic lemonade I hand juiced all of the lemons into a glass container. I added simple syrup to taste which I had leftover from making the limonchello. It was one of the best cups of lemonade I have had in years!