Author: Sarah Himes

Menu Monday: The Brass Cafe

Since 1984, The Brass Cafe has grown over the years from a small establishment to a full-service fine dining experience. “It’s been a journey,” says owner, Lisa Swindlehurst. “The bar and restaurant industry has changed and evolved over the years, and we’ve tried to keep up with the times”. According to Swindlehurst, The Brass Cafe is much more food-focused now. Like…

Manistee County Creates “County Ca$h” Initiative to Boost Local Sales

Many small business communities have been getting creative in ways to encourage patrons to get out and shop, and this includes Manistee County. We chat with Kristina Bajtka from the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce about this “county cash” initiative. “Manistee County Ca$h is an exciting new program that the community can support and buy local,” explained Bajtka. “We want…

Michelle ‘No-Bakes’: Butterfinger Nutter Butter Truffles

Decadent and delicious – we’re talking truffles in this week’s edition of Michelle ‘No-Bakes’. She takes one of the most loved flavor combos, chocolate and peanut butter, and transforms it into a quick dessert. It’s easy enough that even the kiddos can help make it. Butterfinger Nutter Butter Truffles from Tastes of Lizzy T Ingredients 16 ounces Nutter Butters cookies (crushed) 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)…

Author Spotlight: Antoinette M. Schippers

Born in the Chicago area, Antoinette “Tiyi” Schippers is no stranger to witnessing eerie and mysterious happenings. When she was just three years old, she had her first sight of an eerie presence when her closet door handle began to randomly turn on its own. “My earliest childhood memories include family, holidays, birthdays, maybe a favorite toy, but my clearest,…

Wellness for the Family: Having a Healthy and Safe Halloween

With COVID-19 in mind, many are nervous about the traditional festivities that come with Halloween, including trick-or-treating. We get advice from a BCBS registered dietitian, Shanthi Appelo, about alternative ways to celebrate our favorite spooktacular day. “I know that safety is at the top of parents and children’s mind as we head into the holiday,” says Shanthi, “and the Centers…

Conjuring Up a Costume Idea with ‘Frightgeist’

If you’re still trying to conjure up a costume for Halloween, Google might be able to help. Their “Frightgeist” online costume hub is the perfect place to find out what’s trending nationally and locally, and the chances of you seeing someone else in the same costume. According to Google’s Frightgeist, dinosaur, pirate, skeleton, Minecraft, and clown costumes are hot picks…