Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Homemade Pop Tarts

Mackinac Island's Watercolor Cafe is well known with the locals for their Poppies - or homemade pop tarts, so when a recipe for homemade pop tart dough popped up in my Pinterest feed the other day I thought I'd give them a try. I'm posting the recipe here because for some reason the link works on my phone but not on my laptop... 

This recipe is from Jennifer Pineda (In Jennie's Kitchen). She shares the dough recipe freely, but if you want her filling recipes you have to subscribe. Rather than do that, I just used different kinds of my own homemade jam. I made peach / mango, blueberry, and raspberry, and they were sooooo good. My taste testers (thank you Aimee and Travis) told me they liked how this dough was a little sweeter than regular pie crust and slightly cookie-like.

Homemade Pop Tart Dough 

1 1/3 cup flour, plus more for rolling
1/4 cup corn starch
1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for rolling
1/8 tsp. baking powder
4 Tbs. cold butter, cut into 8 pieces
pinch of salt
1/4 cup + 2 Tbs cream (I used half & half)
1 egg

Additional cream (or half & half) and powdered sugar for glaze


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse to mix. 
  2. Add the butter and pulse until it forms a sandy looking mix. There will still be some pebble sized pieces.
  3. Pour in the cream. Pulse until you get a rough ball of dough.
  4. Place dough on lightly floured surface and knead a few times until you have a smooth dough.
  5. Roll to the thickness of a pie crust and cut out bottoms and tops for your pop tarts. (I used a mix of half flour and half powdered sugar to roll mine out.)
  6. Beat the egg in a small bowl.  
  7. Place a spoon full of jam in the center of a piece of dough and spread. Don't get too close to the edge.
  8. Brush a thin ribbon of egg around the outside of the dough, close to the edge.
  9. Place another piece of dough on top and use a fork to crimp the edges.
  10. Use a fork to poke holes in the top piece of dough so steam can escape. (This will keep them flatter.)
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for about eight minutes. (I baked mine on parchment.)
  12. Cool on a wire rack and glaze if desired. (I made the glaze with half and half, powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla.)
  13. Sprinkle with sugar or sprinkles if desired.
One batch of this recipe made eight, three-inch square pop tarts.

Friday, March 15, 2024

I Love Mackinac

Sometimes it's the little things about Mackinac Island that make me smile. Little things like the picture above. This young man, his siblings, and his parents were having dinner out at the Mustang the other day, and while they were waiting for their food, the kids popped over to another table to paint. I've never seen something like that on the mainland, but scenes like this are fairly common on Mackinac in the winter. It made my heart happy because not one person batted an eye - not the server, the other patrons, or the manager. 

It reminded me of the time my daughter and I went to breakfast at the Mustang years ago. She was about five and wanted to sit up at the "counter," A.K.A. the bar. I patiently explained, that people under 21 weren't allowed at the bar, but we could sit at any other table because we were the only ones in the restaurant at the time. The owner came over and told K that she could sit at "the counter" this one time because no one else was there and that was the only time it was allowed.  She was so incredibly happy.

 It was such a little thing, but it made her day.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Carhartt Army

This time of year, the first boat and the last boat often look like this - filled with workers. Many of them commute daily, so when the boats run all winter, as they did this year, it works out well for business who have construction projects.

Do you know what we call these hard-working folks?  The Carhartt Army. (Before hip-hop artists started wearing it and Carhartt became cool, the brand was well-know for its warmth and durability. It remains very popular with tradespeople who work outdoors.)

Wednesday, March 6, 2024


I took this picture today on my walk to the bank. Scenes like this are common on Mackinac in the spring - snowmobiles parked when there was snow, that now need to be driven on dry pavement to get them home. It's a typical scene at the end of March or early April but not typically in early March. I'll tell you, this has been the weirdest winter. 

And yes, when this happens we have little choice other than to ride the snowmobile home, scraping pavement all the way. Although we'd squirt dish soap on the slides, since without snow there's nothing to lubricate them as the track moves. (Slides are pieces of plastic that prevent the track from rubbing on metal as it moves. If the slides get too hot, they'll melt. The skis also have protectors called "wear rods." They are positioned at the bottom of the ski so they wear instead of the ski material.)

Sunday, March 3, 2024


Today was rehearsal number one for Mackinac Island Community Theater's newest production: Hello Dolly. After all the fun I had participating in Little Shop of Horrors, I tried out again. This year I requested a part without lines because I just didn't feel I had the time to memorize them, so I'm in the chorus. 

The weather today was perfect for a walk to MICT's new rehearsal space at Mission Point Resort.

Friday, March 1, 2024


Today was a glorious day - calm, quiet, and sunny; a perfect start to a new month. And even though it's only March first, it really feels more like mid-April. The winter of 2024 has certainly been an odd one weather wise, that's for sure, but Mackinac looks beautiful in almost any weather.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Finish it February: Table Runner

I finally managed to finish  this Easter table runner, and in the nick of time, too. I say finally because I bought this fabric in 2008 at the same time I bought the fabric for this and this. It was one of those things I just never seemed to get around to, you know. There were always other projects calling for my attention, so the fabric just sat. And sat...

I actually packed up a couple of boxes of fabric to donate to the thrift shop when I was cleaning out the basement. I decided that since I hadn't gotten to any of those projects (in a very long time) it was time to bless someone else with the fabric. My hope is someone else can put it to use, because it wasn't doing anyone any good collecting dust in my basement.

Good thing I finished it this year, as 2024 may be the last year I will have a kid at home for an Easter dinner!

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Finish it February: Thread

As I've sewn this month, I've tried to finish off spools of thread leftover from other projects. I didn't manage to use all of them, but I did make a dent in the thread collection.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Finish it February: Princess Leia's Accessories

A friend and I have been working on costumes for  a Comic Con we plan to attend this spring / summer. I'm going to dress up as Princess Leia in her Rebel uniform from Return of the Jedi. My friend has a resin 3D printer, so he's been making the "hard" bits while I've been working on some of the "soft" bits. He printed Leia's blaster (NOT a real gun pictured below) but I needed to make her holster. Not something I ever imagined myself sewing, truth be told. Luckily I had the little one on the right to use for reference since I couldn't find a free holster pattern anywhere on line.

I also made a strap for her coms unit, 

and a pouch for her belt. It's significantly larger than the screen accurate version; I made this one big enough to hold my phone and a small wallet. If I was looking to join the Rebel Legion the inaccurate size would be an issue, but since this is just for fun it won't be a problem. The Rebel Legion folks take Star Wars costuming very seriously!


I'm not sure which Comic Con we'll make it to, but getting everything together has been a lot fun.  

Monday, February 19, 2024

Street Pizza

I popped into Doud's the other day to pick up a few things and was greeted by these happy folks; just standing there, on the corner, enjoying some delicious Doud's pizza. I have absolutely no idea who they are*, but they were pleasant as could be.

* Many people assume that everyone on Mackinac Island knows everyone else, but that isn't always the case; especially this winter. This year lots of projects are happening around the Island, so there are many new faces staying for the winter.  While it is true that long-term year-round Island residents know virtually all of the other long-term year-round Island residents, that doesn't mean we know every single person who decides to stay the winter.