Nearing the Season’s End

The main portion of the tourist season is almost over, marked usually by the passing of Labor Day. Once we get into September, although there is still activity throughout the island, business definitely dies down. I just wanted to post a few of my favorite pictures from the fudge shop this summer:

We start most days by making one or all of our three types of brittle. Here, we’re waiting for the base of our peanut brittle to boil over before adding the peanuts. Sometimes it forms the shape of a heart in the middle, so once in awhile I’ll try to take a picture of it…

It didn’t quite reach that heart shape here
We are literally overflowing with peanut brittle!

 

Below, some of our Pecan Glase, and then some more peanut brittle…

Slicing fudge from the marble tables:

Emptying a kettle full of our third brittle called Peco Flake, a brittle with peanuts and coconut:

And a finished loaf of peanut butter fudge:

~Heather

Sailing part 1

Photos from the Bayview to Mackinac Race:

Last Monday, I snuck out to the park and marina to snap some shots of the boats that were arriving and that had already come in. From my house, I can hear the big boom go off every time a boat crosses the finish line (I assume it’s a gun? Now that I think about it, I have no idea!), but I didn’t realize how incredibly loud it really is when you’re actually down at Windermere Park. It would make for a good wake up alarm! Anyway, it’s really fun to see all the sails scattered about the lake:

After watching some boats sail in, I headed to the marina to see the ones that had already arrived. I was happily surprised to see so many boats in the marina knowing that a huge storm had just gone through the area that night:

As I made my way back into town, I stopped by the hardware store and found that there were even more boats near the fudge shop. Score! I took one more shot, with the Mackinac Island flag off to the side:

As I finish posting this, the boats from the Chicago to Mackinac race are making their way to Mackinac Island, and I’m sure many have already arrived! Part 2 will of course be featuring the Chicago boats and I’m looking forward to seeing a marina filled with a group new boats for another spectacular sight.

~ Heather

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