Around Mackinac

What’s a girl to do when she’s got spare time on her hands, time that is rare and quite often sporadic? Well, one must venture out, of course…

Unfortunately I don’t mean out on the water, although that would be incredible.

I’ve been spending a lot of my time at the fudge shops, gathering new ideas, implementing new ideas, keeping to the old routines, learning more about the ins and outs of running a business… it’s starting to get into that busy time of year, so I thought I’d better start posting some pictures! Anyway, I thought I would brighten up some of our tools at work by bringing in some copper measuring cups and spoons to measure out our front-end ingredients, ie dried cherries, ground pecans, and chocolate chips:

I think one of our popular up-and-comers in terms of flavors has been sea salt caramel this year, and it’s rare for us to end a day with any left for sale. We make it daily!

This next one’s from my parents’ front yard. They have the most beautiful wild roses that smell simply amazing. Although lilac season is over, it’s time for the wild roses to bloom:

As I had mentioned at the beginning, I do try to venture out and away from work on my day off. Not too long ago I decided to see Arch Rock again, and after not visiting it since this past winter, I was looking forward to seeing the brighter side of the arch.

Climbing the steps to Arch Rock
The view from Leslie Ave, just past Arch Rock ~ my favorite view

Arch Rock seems so beautiful when seen in the cold of winter, frozen in some kind of time that’s only meant for you. It’s peaceful, and the scene of the lake just beyond the arch makes it even more peaceful. But in the summer, if you happen to visit it when it isn’t too congested with visitors, it’s an amazing sight to see! I wasn’t expecting so much greenery around. That really made it pop!

On the way back down the stairs to my bike, I happened to notice a freight boat in the distance. Thank goodness I took my camera with the extra zoom! I was able to capture a shot:

After my day off escapades, it was back to work once again. My dad likes to attend to his stores at least once a day, and on days when we’ve got everything covered… which is almost every day… he just sits back, relaxes, and enjoys the summer.

Let me leave you with just one more picture of candy from my store, some crunchy goodness I like to call Peco Flake:

Until next time…

~ Heather

A New Season

Hi all,

I started back up at May’s Candy Shops this last week, and had a pretty good first day. We’re experiencing much more business this time of year which is a nice surprise, and I’m very happy to be making candy again. Ready to get hungry? Here are a few pics!

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One of our candy makers working on his short paddle technique.
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Deliciously thin peanut brittle
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Maple Nut fudge, made with maple sugar! It’s one of my favorites to decorate.
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Tour carriages waiting their turn
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A new restaurant to open soon…

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We’ve had some weird weather up here lately – it keeps saying rain in the forecast, and yet it mostly just rains at night and then it’s sunny all day long. A couple of mornings it was incredibly foggy! If you’ve ever watched the movie, The Mist, that’s what it felt like… anyway, we’ve had some very fortunate sunsets as well, and my I enjoyed the view as a few birds enjoyed the water.

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Freight boat!

 

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Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone ~

Heather

October in Full Swing

This has been a good, long summer, and I’m glad that it’s finally October. There are too many fun things going on this month.

When I’m teaching I only get to be back in the fudge shops to make fudge on Saturdays, so this Saturday I prepared myself for a routine day of fudge making. It was slow, but then again, what October doesn’t feel like that after enduring the hectic schedules of June, July and August? I didnt make any fudge art, but I tried a new spin on selling fudge in the form of mini pies. Who wouldn’t like a dollop of fudge surrounded by a layer of graham cracker crust? I guess I’ll be finding out soon, as they just went out into the showcase this Monday.


The big excitement for me and I’m sure lots of the tourists traveling on and off the island this Sunday was the weather. Blowing winds and big waves was the theme for the day, and tourists stopping to chat with me while I made fudge filled me in on how their ferry had canceled a scheduled trip, had shut down altogether for the day, and were just hoping the waves would die down later in the day. I myself wanted to check out the waves, and did so in the morning behind the fudge shop. Sneaking out the back door and walking down the alley behind my shop, the Trading Post, and Seabiscuit, I walked out onto the dock and around the hardware store to get a better view looking at the back of our store, where one can find a very lovely private venue known to me as the Tiki Room. Often times on a hot, summer day, the owners of this Tiki paradise will sit out there and grill something that the wind currents blow in through my fudge shop’s back door and entices me to immediately run out and buy some ribs.

On this day, however, no one was cooking… and a good thing, too! I caught these waves brushing up against the dock and the biggest one almost flew far enough back around to hit me where I was standing:




Since it had started to rain after work, and I’ve been feeling under the weather, I decided not to go out after work on Saturday to get more pictures. The weather was a bit better on Sunday, and it wasn’t raining, so I took some time to snap a few pics down by one of the break walls:


  

  
  
  

So the exciting thing that’s happening this month? My brother’s getting married! I can’t wait because it’s going to be awesome seeing my big brother tie the knot, plus the reception will be filled with tons of his ballroom dancing friends from college. Looks like I won’t be missing much of the Grand Hotel’s ballroom dance weekend, because I’ll be dancing all night anyway! And of course, this month has what a lot of us islanders call the ‘holiday that never ends,’ which is Halloween. More on that in a future post…

~ Heather