Family Business
Jun 17th, 2011 by Michelle

I came across this picture and thought how totally blessed I am to work with my family and still have just as much fun as we were are in the picture (my mom is most likely behind the camera).  As an only child I have spent most of my life with my parents either socially or in business and we are still very close.  Since starting Michelle’s Miracle it has been awesome that both my mom and dad can work with me.  Talk about having your back!  As a start up company every day could be the best or worst day of your life, but when family is there to understand help it makes all the difference in the world and keeps me going!  Plus there is so much to celebrate together!  I felt compelled to share this as I don’t think anything can be better than family and it does not have to be by blood family comes in many forms!  Never walk away mad becuase you just never know what the next minute can bring!  Thanks Mom and Dad!

In Celebration of the National Cherry Festival Michelle Makes Her Michelle’s Miracle Salmon Recipe
Jun 14th, 2011 by Michelle

 

This week I was blessed to be able to take my family to Chicago and demonstrate my Michelle’s Miracle Tart Cherry Salmon Recipe on the National WGN Lunch Break.  It was so fun and the kids got come to the studio to what goes on in the back ground.  We are having so much fun promoting tart cherries they really are the most amazing fruit!  Take a look at our segment and go to www.michellesmiracle.comfor more recipes.  Plus we have 20% on all things cherry in celebration of the up coming Natiional Cherry Festival!

http://www.wgntv.com/news/middaynews/wgntv-lunchbreak-cherry-molasses-salmon-85th-national-cherry-festival,0,1955291.story

Mouth Watering Michelle’s BBQ Sauce
Jun 3rd, 2011 by Michelle

I may have blogged about my BBQ sauce before, but I just have to do it again.  Last weekend we had 20 people at our house.  I made my favorite BBQ sauce and it was a hit!  I made enough chicken to feed 30 hoping to make chicken salad for the next day.  Well there was not one piece left!  Everyone was raving and of course I was thrilled and proud to use a product that has so many health benefits and is so easy to use!  Michelle’s Miracle Tart Cherry Concentrate is amazing for your health and incrediably easy to use.  Below is my recipe and www.michellesmiracle.com or your local health food store is the best place to find Michelle’s Miracle.

Michelle’s BBQ Sauce

½ Cup Michelle’s Miracle

2 Cups Ketchup

1 Cup Honey

1 Onion

Mix together, cook for about an hour on low.  Let cool, marinate the Chicken with half the sauce.  When grilling continually basting additional sauce. 

This is one of my favorites as the sauce sticks to the meat and becomes a bit crunchy!

Real Baking with Rose Levy Beranbaum
Jun 2nd, 2011 by Michelle

Here’s a simple natural way to enhance the quality of sour cherry pie–a secret given to me by Justin Rachid of American Spoon Food. It’s called Michelle’s Miracle–an intensely concentrated sour cherry syrup made from Montmorency sour cherries. Thank you Rose!!
httphttp://www.realbakingwithrose.com/2011/05/the_ultimate_cherry_pie.html://www.realbakingwithrose.com/2011/05/the_ultimate_cherry_pie.html
Michelle’s Quick Breakfast
May 18th, 2011 by Michelle

This morning I made my husband and I a great breakfast~  I took a peek in the fridge and pulled what became an amazingly tasty and healthy breakfast!  Try it for yourself~

Michelle’s Quick Breakfast

½ Cup Cottage Cheese

½ Cup Fresh Pineapple

¼ Cup Dried Cherries

½ oz. Michelle’ s Miracle Tart Cherry Concentrate (drizzled)

Sprinkle with Fiber One 

Michelle’s Miracle Meat Balls
May 15th, 2011 by Michelle

For about four years a group of girls have been getting together once a month.  It has been something we all look forward too.  We laugh, talk and eat.  Last night a great friend, Rae, brought the best Meat Balls I have ever had… they even had Michelle’s Miracle in the recipe~

Michelle’s Miracle Meat Balls:

1oz Michelle’s Miracle

1 16 oz. container of Chuck and Dave’s Original salsa

24 Maraschino cherries (mashed until pulverized with a garlic press)

Cut up fresh pineapple,

Heat all together, can also add apricot chutney to thicken and stretch the batch. Put in 1 small bag of Armour frozen meatballs- original flavor.

National Cherry Festival Press Conference
Apr 20th, 2011 by Michelle

My first on stage smoothie demonstration for the National Cherry Festival!

This is the first year that our company is participating in the National Cherry Festival.  We will be demonstrating our Signature Smoothie all week.  This recipe is so easy and tasty!

From the VERY CHERRY Recipe Box
‘Michelle’s Signature Smoothie’
A Power Packed Smoothie Full of Healthy Benefits
Gather Your Healthy Items from the Grocery or Market Shelf!
1 cup Greek Yogurt
2 Tbsp Flax Seed
½ cup Almond Milk
2 Tbsp Michelle’s Miracle Original Tart Montmorency Cherry Concentrate
½ tsp Vanilla
½ tsp Splenda (optional)
Ice
Blend and Enjoy – Best to your health! 

I am so excited I thought some fast facts on how cool the Festival is would be great to share:

Facts About The National Cherry Festival

FIRST FESTIVAL
– Held in 1926

 ANNUAL ATTENDANCE
– Over 500,000 over eight days

 PROGRAM
– 150 events and activities (85 percent are free)

 SOURCES OF INCOME
– Event Sponsors, Local Membership, ticket sales

 MISSION OF FESTIVAL
– The mission of the National Cherry Festival is to celebrate cherries, tourism and community involvement.

 PROMOTION
Through promotional material, including regionally and nationally distributed brochures; news releases; feature stories in national media; National Cherry Queen tours and appearances; interchange with other major festivals in the country; 60,000 Festival week programs; Midwest media blitzes; highway billboards personal presentations

 OPERATION OF FESTIVAL
– Minimum of 35,000 volunteer hours and 10,000 staff hours each year

 FESTIVAL EXPENDITURES
– Over 75 percent of dollars spent by Festival remain in the area

 ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS
– International Festival and Event Association; Michigan Festival and Events Association
– Mid-American Competing Band Directors Association

 FESTIVAL PUBLICATIONS
– “Cherry Creations — The Ultimate Cherry Cookbook” (distributed nationally)
– “Hidden Cherries” — Mackinaw Island Press

 RECOGNITION
– Top Ten Events by USA Today, 1999, 1998, 1997
– Embassy of Michigan Tourism Award — 1976
– Governor’s Declaration honoring the Festival’s 50th anniversary — 1976
– Joint Resolution honoring the Festival’s 50th anniversary by Michigan House and Senate — 1976
– Publication awards, national competition — 1972, 1975, 1978, and 1982
– Annually rated in top 100 Festivals and Events in North America by the A.B.A.
– Named Michigan’s favorite Festival by AAA Michigan Living Magazine Page two — Circulation: 1,000,000

 SPECIAL GUESTS & DIGNITARIES

Miss America, Kirsten Haglund — 2008
Dallas Drake, Detroit Red Wings — 2008
Carter Oosterhouse – HGTV & TLC — 2007
NASA Astronaut, Jerry Linenger– 2003
Governor, Jennifer Granholm — 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
Bryan McElwain, NY Firefighter Co. Engine #201 — 2002
Paris Children’s Choir– 2000
Leave it to Beaver’s Jerry Mathers — 1998
Beverly Hillbillies, Donna Douglas — 1998
Good Morning America Weatherman, Spencer Christian — 1989, 1993, 1998
U.S. Navy Blue Angels — 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
Stanley Cup Goalie, Detroit Red Wing Kevin Hodson — 1997
Brigadier General ,George K. Anderson — 1992
Phoenix Suns Dan Majerle — 1991
PGA Touring Professional Dan Pohl — 1989
Former Astronaut James Lovell — 1985
From Disney World, Orlando FL:
Goofy — 1987
Minnie Mouse — 1986
Donald Duck — 1985
Mickey Mouse — 1984
Budweiser Clydesdales — 1984, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003
Today Show Weatherman Willard Scott — 1983
Hockey great Gordie Howe — 1982
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds — 1978, 1990
Bob Hope — 1978
President Gerald R. Ford — 1975

 Entertainment Benefits

 Kids
–  Free events for kids
–  Cherry pie eating, Turtle Races, Pet Show, Sand Sculpture, Junior Arts/Crafts, Midway,
     Prince/Princess Program, and Kids Parade

 Special Kids
– Only event like it in the Midwest
– Provides mentally and physically challenged kids all types of activities. Past activities include:
    Elephant Laura rides, carnival midway, “fun and games” program in the Open Space Park

 Seniors
– Lots of activities for seniors
– Golf, shuffleboard, bowling, Euchre

 Families
– Open Space Park: Entertainment Stage, Cherry Farm Market, Air Shows, Food and Beverage,
    Souvenirs, Fireworks
– Downtown: Junior Royale and Cherry Royale Parades, Cherries Grand Buffet
– Other: Family Car and Truck Show

Is Giving Really Recieving?
Mar 25th, 2011 by Michelle

Hola,

I can’t believe it has already been a year since our return from the Orphanage Outreach trip we ventured on with no idea what we were in for.  When we arrived in the Dominican Republic last year it was very late and we could not see a thing.  We slept in barrack style, bunks, took navy showers and applied tons of bug spray.  By the time it was light I was ready to go, there were sounds of children starting their day in play and laughter. 

I went there to do something good, thinking that we would give so much to the children.  Wow, was I wrong!  The whole time we were there my twin boys were smiling and it was not because they just won a video game match, it was because a new friend taught them how to dunk a basketball!  I was behind the camera most of the time watching through the lens, and I can tell you how many times I became teary eyed at the difference our new friends were making  in our lives.  Dominicans live in the moment, they are not concerned with time or deadlines and that is something I wish we could do more of here – live in the present (the gift to be alive).

We loved it so much we are going back tomorrow!  I am excited to see friends I made last year and meet new ones.  It is my hope that each time we go I can bring back a piece of their way and incorporate it into my own life.  I have come to the conclusion that “giving” is not what we think of when it comes to time with people.  We have recieved so much more!  Orphange Outreach is an amazing program!  www.orphanageoutreach.org check it out!

Comfort Food with a Tart Cherry Twist
Jan 16th, 2011 by Michelle

My mom makes the best meat loaf and I am proud to say she has taught me the recipe with exact results.  She makes the meat loaf like most recipes, egg, bread crumbs, onions, etc.  It is the sauce that makes it so amazing, it consists of Catsup, Worcestershire, a titch of mustard, and brown sugar.  We put half on top of the meat loaf and bake for about 45 minutes at 350 and then add the rest of the sauce.  Continue to bake for another 45 minutes. 

Today I decided that Michelle’s Miracle Tart Cherry Concentrate would be awesome to mix with the Catsup. Guess what…. yep just as I suspected it was amazing!  There are so many ways to use Michelle’s Miracle to make unique and extremely tasty recipes~  Enjoy!!!!

Michelle

Supporting Agriculture
Jan 12th, 2011 by Michelle

Until recently I had not thought about how many pounds of tart cherries Michelle’s Miracle has purchased.  I just had not thought about it as I  had been focusing on educating as many people as possible on the health benefits of a 100% natural Tart Cherries grown in Northern Michigan, whom many refer to as “God’s Country” myself included for sure!  However, after I figured it out, I was even surprised that we have purchased close to 6 million pounds of tart cherries.  This started with one bottle at a time and very little resources.  We have only just begun to ramp and tell the world about the power of tart cherries.  It is such a great feeling to help people all over to feel better and to conserve the land at the same time.  My hope is that if you read only this, you will be enticed to learn more about Michelle’s Miracle and the amazing health benefits of tart cherries.

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