Cottage DIYs

Window Seat in a Weekend

This space at the top of the stairs was crying out for a window seat! I have always wanted one; have you? When I was growing up, it seemed girls in books always had a window seat… a place to look out and watch the sunrise or sunset, the birds playing in the trees, and …

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Cottage Homekeeping

Coat Room

When we moved into our little cottage, we sacrificed storage space for cuteness. With four people living in 1600 square feet, things get a little crowded sometimes. We all shared this tiny coat closet in our step-in foyer, and it just felt crowded. What to do I wanted to keep the historic charm and character …

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Homekeeping Top Tens

My favorite cleaning products

I have to confess that I enjoy cleaning somewhat. Mostly because I can envision the end of the process, the sparkling home that I will then be able to enjoy life in (or collapse in bed in if I am too exhausted from cleaning). Lately, I have been following Becky at Clean Mama. I love …

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healthy lifestyle

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

  The page on which I have recopied this recipe is falling apart. Again! I’d better post it here before I lose it forever (in which case I could just get it from my sister-in-law, who got it from me and also bakes these regularly). The reason this recipe is so faded and dirty is simply that everyone loves …

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Recipes

Eat dirt!

Mothers everywhere, it is now ok to let your child eat dirt.  And worms!  This fun recipe below is surprisingly similar to my friend over at Hodgepodge’s “Edible Sand” which she reposted from http://householdways.blogspot.com/2011/06/edible-sand-dessert.html. After I made “Edible Sand,” I realized I’d made this dessert 15 years ago with my then-4-year-old, with one change… regular Oreos …

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Recipes

SAVORY SUMMER PIE

Are you up to your ears in tomatoes right now? Here’s a recipe to use some up, as well as any peppers, onions, or basil you may have growing, also! (If you have your own chickens, this recipe is almost entirely homemade. Almost!) 1/2 (15 oz) pkg refrigerated piecrusts… I love these! Quick, easy, tasty, …

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Top Tens

Ten Things I Love About Living in the South

It’s hot right now. And humid! And just, well, icky outside. Makes me miss my northern California days, where we had to wear a sweater sometimes on summer nights. So, I’ll try to focus on the positive… here are ten things I love about living in the South 1. Fireflies (thanks, hodgepodgemom, for reminding me!) …

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Recipes

The Brownies They’ll Never Forget

Long, long ago, I made my brownies from one of those mixes you can buy at the store. And I was content, until I found this recipe. It takes about the same amount of time as using a mix, maybe 5 minutes longer to melt the butter. It tastes immensely better…like chocolate, butter, and sugar …

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Marriage

Advice from an “older woman”

Since February is the “month of love,” I want to share some of the best advice I received when I was engaged to my husband.  At my bridal shower, every married lady wrote a piece of advice on a 3 x 5 card for me to keep.  One quote in particular sticks in my mind …

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