Canvas and Paddle Instagram Takeover: Roo Kee roo

Did you follow our Instagram this past week as Roo Kee Roo did an awesome Instagram takeover? 

Roo Kee Roo has been a partner brand at Canvas and Paddle since the beginning of Canvas and Paddle, three years ago! The first piece of work that Canvas and Paddle asked Roo Kee Roo to create was the iconic scene from the Grand Hotel, as it watches over the Straits of Mackinac and greets every visitor that come to the island. The paddle designed prints were inspired by the uniforms that used to be worn at Fort Mackinac, back in the day! 

As you can see, the rest of the prints were inspired by memories of Mackinac Island and time spent there! When you come into Canvas and Paddle, we hope that you are reminded of your days spent on Mackinac Island and how special of a time it was.

We are excited about their latest creative work: Arch Rock! This is just a sneak peak of what the print will look like, to purchase the finished product, stop into the store this summer! Today is the Opening Day for Canvas and Paddle, so next time you are on Mackinac Island, come on in! 


All About S'mores

One of the best parts of camping is when the sun sets for the evening and everyone gathers close by the fire, huddled in sweatshirts and blankets. 

Someone in the group might pull out a guitar or the radio plays slowly in the background. A fun song might be sung or a game is played to keep everyone entertained for the evening. Eventually, everyone’s favorite part of the night is here. The time when the wooden sticks are pulled out and it is time for s’mores to concocted. 

Growing up, only graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows were used to create s’mores. However, it seems like these days, s’mores are getting much more creative and tasty! Here are three s’more recipes that if you haven’t tried, you need to make sure that you incorporate into your next campfire roast.

S’mOreos 

S'more Recipe

What You’ll Need:

  • Oreos

  • Peanut Butter

  • Graham Crackers

  • Milk Chocolate

  • Marshmallows


Picture Provided by Taste of Home // Recipe Provided by Christina Smith, via Taste of Home

Candied Bacon S’mores

What You’ll Need:

  • Graham Crackers

  • Chocolate

  • Marshmallows

  • Candied Bacon

Picture Courtesy of Shared Appetite


According to Shared Appetite cover the strips of bacon with brown sugar. Bake in an oven at 400 for about 15-25 minutes. Then add the bacon to your s’more! You know what they say, don’t knock it til you try it!

Peach, Brie and Dark Chocolate S’more

What You’ll Need:

  • Brie

  • Dark Chocolate

  • Peaches

  • Graham Crackers

Melt the brie, instead of the marshmallow! Then add some peaches and dark chocolate to the graham cracker for a sophisticated and savory twist on the traditional s’more. 


Photo and recipe courtesy of Joy the Baker for Grate, Pair Share magazine. 


Next time you go camping, try one of these new variations of a s’more. When you do, tag #CPandMe on Instagram for us to see what tasty or savory treat that you created! Or better yet, pop into Canvas and Paddle on Mackinac Island to tell us all about it! 

Top 3 Camping Spots in Northern Michigan

The outdoors, some may argue, is best experienced while camping! We've picked three sites that are a must visit in Northern Michigan. Let us know if you've been to any and what your experience was like! 

WILDERNESS STATE PARK
Mackinaw City, Michigan

Wilderness State Park offers some of the best views in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. The white sandy beach stretches as far as the eye can see and the water is perfect for swimming. This campground offers multiple camp sites right on the lake, so you can wake up and lake! There are numerous hiking/biking trails at the park that go for miles. A short drive from Mackinaw City or to the quant town of Cross Village where the historic Legs Inn restaurant is for a night away. A hidden treasure that is about a mile west of the park is a small party store that serves fresh made doughnuts every morning. Ride your bike from the park and enjoy the best doughnut in the north!

Get more information about Wilderness by clicking here.
Reserve your campsite for your next camping excursion by clicking here

Images credit: www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=509&type=SPRK


SLEEPING BEAR DUNES
Beulah, Michigan

Another gorgeous scenery site in the lower peninsula of Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes is located just south of Traverse City. This site is open year round and offers many different types of sites, (RV, tent, walk-in sites and group sites). There is something for everyone here. Hike the dunes one day, and enjoy Fishtown the next. This location really has it all. Sites here go quickly, so if you are looking for a summer escape, book early.

Get more information about Sleeping Bear Dunes by clicking here.
Reserve your campsite by clicking here

Images credit: www.leelanau.com and www.nps.gov/slbe


TAHQUAMENON FALLS STATE PARK
Paradise, Michigan

One of the best the upper peninsula of Michigan has to offer. Tahquamenon Falls is a Michigan Must See and what better way to do that, than to camp! The falls feature both a lower and upper falls lookout, giving you a lot of site seeing in a day. The park itself has many trails but also includes it's own brewery on site! If you love fishing, this is a perfect spot for you. This site features both electricity units and non-electricity units for a more rustic and classic take on camping. Whichever you choose, it will not disappoint - you are in Paradise remember! 

Get more information about Tahquamenon Falls by clicking here.
Reserve your campsite by clicking here