Homemade Dog Biscuit - Sweet Potato

The howlidays have arrived, and while you’re in the kitchen whipping up batch after batch of Christmas cookies don’t forget to make some for the pup too. Today I am sharing Jack’s favorite (and easiest to make) homemade “cookies”.

Jack's Favorite Dog Treats
1.5 cups of coconut flour
1 cup mashed sweet potato
¾ cup smooth peanut butter
1/4-1/2 cup cooked carrots (chopped finely)
3 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients.
3. Roll out and cut your out your favorite cookie cutter shapes.
4. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
5. Baking times will depend on the thickness and cookie size. Jack’s were cut with mini cookie cutters and only cooked for 6-7 minutes. I also made some that took 20 minutes, just keep an eye on the puppy cookies.

Winter Activity List

Even though it feels like winter arrived weeks ago, today is the official start. It’s also the shortest day of the year, which means it’s all uphill from here – have to think positive, right? Today I thought I would share with you nine things I would like to do this winter.
Have someone special take me snowmobiling.
Go to the Eben Ice Caves.
Build a snowman.
Have a bonfire in the snow.
Go ice-skating.
Curl up, watch a movie and enjoy a cup of cocoa.
Go ice fishing.
Rent a cabin up north.
Go sledding.

Warm up at the Cocoa Bar

Baby it’s cold outside, so warm up your guests with a hot cocoa bar. Have you ever noticed during Christmastime you constantly have people randomly stopping over? I am always prepared for unexpected guests with a hot cocoa bar. I used a vintage sled that I bought at The Lamb’s Tail as the table, which has been one of the most talked about features of the table. Hot cocoa made from scratch is definitely a winner as opposed to using packets.

Groupon Coupons

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I used to be super embarrassed to use coupons, but now I try not to shop unless I have coupons that I can use. I recently made a list of everything I wanted to get family and friends for Christmas, prior to shopping I searched online for coupons and that’s when I discovered Groupon Coupons.

Groupon Coupons are verified from lots of our favorite retailers like Lord& Taylor and Charming Charlie! If you like saving money, especially on the things you are already going to buy – head on over to Groupon Coupons and see all the savings for yourself. I used to Friends & Family that was posted for Lord & Taylor to score gifts for my mum, while I used the $10 Charming Charlie coupon to get myself the perfect accessories for Christmas and NYE parties.
Groupon Coupons aren’t just for stores; you’ll also find great coupons for restaurants, activities and more! I recently went out of town and ended up using a ton of Groupon Coupons to save money on the trip. One of the best things about Groupon Coupons is the fact that I don’t have to search all over a variety of different sites to find not only the coupon I want but one that is actually verified by the company, the site does it all for you!

The Lamb's Tail

Over the summer my mum somehow managed to get herself on TheLamb's Tail mailing list, and right after seeing how cute it was she talked me into going after we finished apple picking at Blake’s Orchard. The store is in a gorgeous vintage barn and features handmade, one-of-a-kind furniture and décor pieces that are created from salvaged and reclaimed items. My mum and I recently took a trip out to the store again a couple weeks ago to see what they had for the holidays, and let me tell you it did not disappoint. Not only was it gorgeously decorated but there were also a lot of unique décor pieces as well as pine, birch and more to get your own house into the holiday spirit. Check out their Facebook page to see what’s new every Thursday. Here’s a peak at The Lambs Tail during Christmas…

Popcorn Gift

I don’t know about you but in my family at the holidays whether it’s at my parent’s or my grandparents house you can always find a big tin of popcorn. The popcorn usually is the three mix (cheddar, butter and caramel), and most of the indulging happens when Christmas movies are on.

 This year we are going with something a little more sophisticated Grand Rapids Popcorn Holiday Signature Sampler which includes:
1 (4 ounce) bag of Butter Popcorn (everyone loves it!)
1 (1 pound) bag of Christmas Crunch Popcorn (my favorite!)
1 (1 pound) bag of Caramel Corn (my brother’s favorite)
1 container Drizzle Popcorn (my mum’s favorite)
2 (4 ounce) bags of Cinnamon Nuts (my dad’s favorite)

I will also be sending this to friends and family who live out of state to give them a little something different from the mitten state.

10 Things to do in Metro Detroit for the Holidays

You know that song… “There’s no place like home for the holidays”? Well to me, that lyric couldn’t be truer. I absolutely love being in Detroit around Christmastime. The city becomes a magical place filled with holiday tradition and plenty of twinkling lights. So if you’re from the Detroit-area or plan to visit during the holidays I hope this list helps guide your activities when you’re in my home sweet home. 10 things to do in Metro Detroit for the holidays:

Big Bright Light Show
Buildings in downtown Rochester are covered in glimmering holiday lights, creating a gorgeous Christmas wonderland. Bring popcorn and a thermos of hot cocoa and drive through to enjoy the lights or park and stop by Sanders as you adventure around Main Street and enjoy the view. Don’t forget to stop at Royal Park Hotel to check out their life-size gingerbread house.

2. Ice Skate at Campus Martius
Right in the heart of downtown Detroit you’ll find the Rink at Campus Martius Park. I suggest going at an off-time (i.e. not a weekend), so you don’t have to wait in long lines to skate.

3. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo
The front half of the zoo is illuminated in more than five million LED lights, including animal sculptures, illuminated trees and more. A family-friendly favorite!

Stroll throughout the ground of the Ford House. Thousands of glimmering lights brighten up the path along with glowing luminaries and fire pots to warm up at. Carolers get you into the holiday spirit and you can warm your spirits along the trail with hot cocoa, popcorn and more. Come in from the cold and enjoy the house decked out for Christmas with gorgeous decorated trees that include Eleanor Ford’s custom-made vintage ornaments that I am absolutely obsessed with!

5. Wayne County Lightfest
Westland is home to the Midwest’s largest and longest drive-through light show, with four miles of more than 47 holiday light displays. A gorgeous event for the entire family, don’t forget the cocoa and popcorn to enjoy the ride! Read my thoughts on the lightfest here.

6. Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
Take a lantern-lit journey back in time with the sound of carolers in the distance and the scent of roasting chestnuts. You will find horse-drawn wagons, Model T rides and even Santa himself with live reindeer, it’s no wonder this has becomes one of Michigan’s favorite ways to spend the holidays.

7. Lights along Lake Shore Drive
Grosse Pointe Shores and Grosse Pointe Farms is home to some of the most gorgeous homes at Christmas time. It’s definitely a sight you don’t want to miss.
8. Crossroads Village
Christmas at Crossroads Village offers live entertainment, costumed villagers, model trains (for the Sheldon Coopers of the world), holiday music and more. It’s fun for the whole family.

9. Holiday Walk at Meadowbrook Hall
The manor is transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland.
10 . Take a Carriage Ride
If you’re looking for a magical way to explore the streets of Detroit, a Christmas carriage ride may be perfect for you. Hop on a private carriage ride with your significant other or family, and see the city in a whole new way.

*Note: the only things I have not done on the list is are the Holiday Walk at Meadowbrook Hall, Crossroads Village and Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Made in Michigan Gift Basket

I’m a big fan of supporting Michigan businesses and this holiday season I decided that neighbors, friends and family would be getting a basket filled with some of my favorite items from Michigan. Some baskets will only contain made in Detroit products, while others will have things from Detroit as well as various other areas of the state.
Here is a sneak peek at one of the baskets which includes:
Sanders Caramel and Chocolate
Faygo RedPop
Better Made Potato Chips
Michigan Mittens
Grand Rapids Popcorn

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Twinkling lights light up the night as you stroll through the grounds of the Ford House. You will hear carolers in the distance, as you warm up at one of the toasty fire pits and look around at the brilliant glow of the lights. Along the mile-long trail you will come across hot cocoa, popcorn, adult beverages and more. 
Come in from the cold and enjoy the Ford House decked out for the holidays featuring the most gorgeously decorated trees that include Eleanor Ford’s custom-made vintage ornaments (absolutely stunning), a portrait of Edsel Ford himself created by Diego Rivera as well as The Postman by Vincent Van Gogh. 
When you exit the house you’ll finish your walk with a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, where you can stop and take a peak in the Play House windows, listen to the storyteller, then head to Santa’s workshop where the magic happens and over to the garage to meet the big man of the hour himself…Santa! It’s a great event for couples, families and friends. After completing your tour take a drive down Lake Shore Drive and check out all the gorgeous lights on the houses.



Gift Guide: Made in Michigan

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Michigan is home to some absolutely amazing and unique companies, and I have collected some of my favorites to bring you my Michigan Gift Guide.

Wayne County Lightfest

When I lived in Pittsburgh something I looked forward to was heading down to Oglebay Resort in West Virginia to see the Winter Festival of Lights. This holiday light display is one of the nation’s largest, and covers more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort. Not only is it a gorgeous drive, but also the lights are absolutely amazing and there are cute little shops you can stop in along the way.
 I recently found out that Michigan is home to the Midwest’s largest and longest drive-through light show featuring four miles of more than 47 holiday light displays that line Hines Drive at the Wayne County Lightfest. It may not be the massive light display show that I was used to seeing in West Virginia, but it was definitely gorgeous and made for a beautiful December drive.