Quick and Easy Flatbread!

With all the craziness at the grocery stores lately, bread can be a tough item to sometimes find. So, today I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe for homemade flatbread! This recipe is also a fantastic way to introduce kids to simple, tasty, basic cooking techniques!

This bread is super versatile, use it to wrap up your favorite sandwhich meats and cheeses, use it to dip in hummus, or greek yogurt dip, fill it with taco or fajita fillings, make mini pizzas, or add sweetened cream cheese and fresh fruit for a healthy delicious dessert! It really doesn’t get any better than this!

Another big plus for this recipe it uses very few, simple, everyday ingredients! You probably have everything you need to make this right now!!

Here’s what you need!

2c. All purpose flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

1tsp sea salt

1Tbsp oil, butter, or shortening

11/3c. Luke warm water

Optional: seasoning mix like southwest seasoning, garlic herb seasoning etc… Add to your own tastes

In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir until well blended. Add 1c. of water and oil and stir to bring ingredients together, add additional water as needed until dough is the consistency of sticky pizza dough. Knead for another minute or two until all the extra bits are gathered up out of the bowl by the dough. When you have the dough together remove from bowl, grease bowl with a little oil and replace dough turning over once to coat with the oil. When you touch your dough it will depress without bouncing back. This is perfect!

Allow dough to rest cover with a damp towel for about 15-20 minutes. This will allow the gluten to rest and make the dough easier to roll out.

Once rested cut into 6 pieces and roll into thin (tortilla thickness) irregular rounds they do not need to be perfect!

Preheat a non-stick pan or lightly greased pan on the stovetop to medium heat. Add flatbreads one at a time allow to brown slightly and turn over, remove from heat and serve warm, or allow to cool and freeze for later use!

Simple. Delicious. Versatile. Perfect! Enjoy!

Bone Island Grill

@tour_the_town visited local favorite Bone Island Grill recently for a quick lunch.

Bone Island Grill is right around the corner from us and is a favorite fun local hangout. It’s a surprisingly big place seating as many as 170 guests! This is a family friendly warm tropical themed restaurant and bar. They serve breakfast lunch and dinner. They host many special events throughout the year. And offer an outdoor patio as well as conference hall space for private parties.

It was a quiet lunch hour when we visited but the staff was friendly and lunch was delicious!

I enjoyed the pecan chicken salad, the sweet pecans with the perfectly cooked warm chicken on fresh greens with vinaigrette was delicious!

Owned by Karen Drushal and Frank Slaby, Bone Island has played an important role in our community often contributing to various charity events and organizations in the area. They even offer a loyalty program and loyalty fundraising program! We highly recommend that you visit during one of their themed events like retro weekend, slaby-fest, or just a week night of DJ Bingo! Stop in for a visit and try the fish tacos! They’re fabulous too! Enjoy!!

If you’d like to know more or see they’re specials visit them on Facebook! Or instagram! @boneislandgrille

Follow us on instagram for more behind the scenes photos! @tour_the_town

Jackson Candy and Fudge Factory

What better stop after the Jackson Coffee Co. than the Jackson Candy Co.! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner this is a must!

Jackson Candy and Fudge Factory on East Michigan Ave in Jackson is a one of kind experience! The minute you walk in it feels like you’ve travelled back in time! The sweet smells…the glass cases full of great handmade candies and fudge…the train running along the ceiling around the room! It’s amazing!

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hey feature fine chocolates and handmade fudge. Along with old fashioned candies, popcorn in a ton of flavors, salt water taffy, and even some sugar free options!

If you’relooking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift choose a heart shaped box and fill it with all of you sweethearts favorite treats!

Bring the kids for taste test of handmade fudge, let them play in the silly mirror, and make a new Valentine’s Day tradition shopping with the Jackson Candy and Fudge Factory!

For more information visit their website http://www.jacksoncandycompany.com

You can also find them on facebook and instragram!

One tip for your trip! Parking can seem tricky but there is a large lot just across the street behind the hardware store!

We had a great time find more behind the scenes photos on our instagram page @tour_the_town

Enjoy your treats and shopping for your Valentine!

Jackson Coney Island

@Tour_the_Town has had a busy day! After a quick downtown photo shoot in the freezing cold we made our way to local favorite, Jackson Coney Island!

Jackson Coney Island first opened it’s doors in 1914 under the ownership of George Todoroff. It’s original name was Todoroff’s eatery and the name later changed to Jackson Coney Island in 1931. It’s convenient location next to train depot meant lots of visitors and train depot employees would frequent the small establishment.

George sold the restaurant to the Andy and Don Lazaroff twin brothers with a knack for the restaurant business.

In 1965, Jackson Coney Island itself moved on to bigger things when the original building was torn down along with the McCain Block building next door to make way for the current restaurant and its parking lot.

In 1970, Andy Lazaroff sold out to his brother and Christoff to focus on Andy’s Pizza restaurants. They kept Jackson Coney Island until selling it to Dave White in 1972.

Now more than 100 years later the restaurant continues to call the community together with the diner concept that specializes in a Jackson Coney Dog. A humble hot dog on a steamed bun topped with a perfectly seasoned meat sauce, onions, and mustard. The Jackson Coney is so much more than it’s sloppy southern counterpart. The Jackson Coney has a characteristic meat sauce that isn’t runny sloppy overly greasy or difficult to eat. It’s iconic flavor is something you’ll never forget!

The restaurant also sells a variety of lunch and dinner options as well as some very tasty desserts and classic malts!

The restaurant today keeps with traditon. It has a small dining room with booth spaces and a long bar where you can enjoy your dessert and cup of coffee while visiting with the very friendly staff! There is definitely a taste of Nostalgia when you walk in!

Jackson Coney Island was voted one of the top 5 coney island restaurants in State of MI in 2018, and is a must see when you tour our town!

We want to thank the wonderful staff for allowing to take photos and ask questions! You guys rock! You can find out more by visiting their website, see their menu, and like them on facebook! http://www.jacksonconey.com @JacksonConeyIsland

Hope you enjoyed this weeks tour! Find more behind the scenes photos this week on our instagram page @tour_the_town. Thanks for following along!

Another National Day of Celebration!! Happy Donut Day!

I’m fortunate enough to live in the same city as Michigan’s #1 donut shop! Hinkley Donuts is a Jackson MI iconic food location. In a small unexpected building you’ll find these magical, crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside delights! So good people line up for them!

I’m trying to behave lately so I’ll pass on the extra treats this time but hopefully you’ll find a way to enjoy National Donut Day! Enjoy!!

National Candy Corn Day!

Happy National Candy Corn Day!

Candy Corn was created by the Wunderle Candy Company in the late 1800s. It’s original colors were yellow, orange and white, but it has become popular in other colors as well.

This confection was originally made by hand using corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, fondant and carnauba wax (a wax made from the leaves of a palm tree), but it is now produced using machines however original ingredients are still used in the recipe.


Here are some more fun candy corn inspired treat ideas! Enjoy!

Beef Stir Fry

I feel like stir fry might be every parents perfectly easy, healthy, filling go to meal on a busy night. I know I make it when I’ve run out of ideas on what to make for dinner.

Stir fry is not an actual dish however, it is actually a cooking techniques used. Developed in China stir frying was used to cooking foods in a wok with very hot oil. Essentially deep frying with out the batter and the “deep” part lol!

Stir fry is super versatile too because the ingredient lists can include just about anything. A few of my favorite stir fry ingredients are onions, bell peppers, water chestnuts, baby corn, pea pods, zucchini, and carrots. So many great ways to change up the recipe!

Tonite I was tired and I wanted something quick so I opted for a beef Stir fry, my recipe for tonight’s version is listed below. What do you enjoy in your stir fry? I’d love to know!

2Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1.5lbs stir fry beef marinated, I used Lowery’s marinade it’s great if you want to skip the homemade sauce part

2Tbsp of marinade

1 onion rough chopped
3bell peppers sliced

1 c. Shredded carrot

2 md zucchini sliced thin

2 pkgs of Uncle Ben’s precooked Jasmine rice

1/4 c shredded mozzarella

In a large saute pan or wok, heat the oil, add the marinated beef cook through about 5min on med high heat, add veggies and additional 2Tbsp of marinade cook until veggies are crisp tender. Meanwhile microwave the rice. Pour rice on to serving platter and top with beef mixture, add a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. Serve hot! Enjoy!