Hiking is an easy activity for families because it doesn’t require a lot of gear and can be done at any pace. You share a lot of the experience, which is a powerful way to bond, but your kids may have additional, unique experiences based on their age and abilities. A two-year-old wouldn’t wade up [...]
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Some days, we just don’t want to think. But we don’t want the same old thing for dinner. These three recipes will add flare in flavor and appearance. Enjoy! On the lighter side: Antipasto Salad Sometimes a salad is all you need, complemented by fresh, crusty bread from the local farmer’s market. The lemon-garlic [...]
You have the experience. You’ve done the research. But it’s still a good idea to brush up on safety dos and don’ts as you embark on another family camping trip. Do: Reiterate the rules. As a parent, you know how often you find yourself repeating the same request or direction. Just because your family has [...]
Potatoes Michigan is home to more than 312 potato farms, most of which are multi-generational family farms. Seventy percent of the state’s potatoes are used to make the all-time favorite potato chips. But potatoes are much more versatile than that. They can be made virtually any which way, which is why we love this recipe [...]
When it comes to cooking at home, we can cook on a range that is either electric or gas (natural). Occasionally we’ll use the grill on the porch or the crockpot on the counter, but more often than not, we’re using the range and oven powered by one power source or another. As at home, [...]
When summer temperatures rise, taste buds and appetites turn their attention to something sweet and cold: ice cream. Michigan is full of fun, unique ice cream spots that are most beloved and often “must-stops” for travelers. Many have very distinctive flavors you can’t find anywhere else, and of course, most if not all carry the [...]
The foundation should be firm. This speaks directly to obedience training. Your dog should be reliable with certain commands so that you can protect his safety when in and around water, especially if your pooch will be off the leash. The “come” and “leave it” commands are essential. Your dog should be able to handle [...]
One for each of your weekend nights. And yes, Sunday nights count. There’s nothing more satisfying that sitting back and relaxing with a beverage with friends after a day of hiking, swimming, kayaking, bike riding - you name it. These concoctions divert from the norm and will turn into seasonal favorites because of the combination [...]
For many of us, it’s not camping if there isn’t a campfire to sit around in the evening or one over which to cook breakfast. Campfires are essential to the camping tradition, not just for their warmth or food cooking ability, but because they seem to bring out the philosopher and ponderer in each of [...]
Beachcombing can be a relaxing, pleasant pastime. Kids can simply bring their buckets and shovels and spend hours along the shore finding treasures… and it’s just as fun for the adults, too. No phone. No itineraries. Just fresh water stretched out before you. When you visit Michigan in the summer, you can’t help but to [...]