New Traditions: An Italian-Themed Thanksmas

New Traditions: An Italian-Themed Thanksmas

In 2018, Grant and I began a fun tradition with some of our closest friends - Friendsgiving. The tradition continued each year, with 2020 bringing plans to getaway to the Finger Lakes region for wine tasting and new scenery to be enjoyed by the three couples. Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 pandemic, our plans had to [...]

Meaty Marinara Sauce

Meaty Marinara Sauce

Ingredients 1 lb Italian sausage1 lb ground beef1/2 medium onion, diced2 cloves garlic, minced(2) 6oz cans tomato paste(2) 14.5oz cans crushed tomatoes15oz can tomato sauce1/4 cup water, if necessary3 Tbsp brown sugar (this offsets the acidity of the tomatoes)1 Tbsp basilChopped parsley, to taste or for garnish Instructions In a large pot, cook and crumble [...]

Caramel Apple Pizza

Caramel Apple Pizza

Ingredients Premade sugar cookie dough2 large apples, diced (I prefer Granny Smith)Lemon juice1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted1/2 cup mini chocolate chips1/2 cup caramel sauce4oz cream cheese, softened1/4 cup butter, room temperature1 cup powdered sugar1 tsp vanilla1 Tbsp cream (can substitute milk or half and half) Instructions Preheat oven as instructed on dough package. Press [...]

Silver Beach: A History

Silver Beach: A History

Alright, in all honesty I wrote this short piece on the history of the Silver Beach Amusement Park when I first began working at Shadowland in May 2014. Today I met a group of my girlfriends for lunch on the bluff of St. Joseph, and took a walk around the familiar beach. I absolutely loved [...]

How to Build an Awe-Inspiring Charcuterie Spread on a Budget

How to Build an Awe-Inspiring Charcuterie Spread on a Budget

One of our favorite gatherings are wine-tasting parties. Grant and I live in Southwest Michigan's wine country, and I have worked in the wine industry for over seven years. Thus, we have quite a bit of wine aging in our home, and many wine-loving friends. Want to know a secret though? The wine is not [...]

We’re Still Here

We’re Still Here

Oh hi there! Our unexpected hiatus has kept us away for far more months than we would have liked. Life has been consistently busy. However, as the weather chills and our house projects begin to slow, I have high hopes to share here what we've done over the past six months as well as talk [...]