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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas From Our House To Yours. See you in 2015!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie bombs

I made these last Christmas and they were so delicious, I just HAD to make them again!  This is the most decadent - and delicious dessert I have come across in a long time and I have The Domestic Rebel to thank for these.  
You just HAVE to make a batch!  

Here's her recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs Author: Hayley Parker, The Domestic Rebel Recipe type: Bombs Prep time:  1 hour 30 mins Cook time:  30 mins Total time:  2 hours Serves: 15-18 My SIGNATURE recipe. Bomb your diet. Do it. Ingredients ¾ cup butter, softened¾ cup brown sugar¼ cup white sugar2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract2 cups all-purpose flour
Pinch salt2 cups miniature chocolate chips, divided1 pkg fudge brownie mix, baked and cooled1 pkg Candiquik or chocolate almond bark
Instructions Let’s make some dough! In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the milk and vanilla; beat to combine. Lastly, beat in the flour and pinch of salt until a soft dough forms. Stir in ONE (1) cu…

Christmas Movie Decorating

It's almost Christmas and I am FINALLY starting to feel like myself again!  WooHoo!!  Unfortunately, I am waaaay behind on my decorating.  I've managed to get a few things out and I thought I'd share some things from some of our favorite Christmas movies.  Let's get started......
We had more snow last week, so I bundled myself up and went out to take a few pics.  Do you see the movie reference in this one?  And, yes, those are snowflakes flying!!
My son gave me this a few years ago.  It is from one of my all-time favorite shows.
Here's a hint.......imagine it filled with eggnog!
This one might be a stretch, but I realized that I hadn't shared any view of the kitchen either.  As you can see, the main color is red.  The scale was found at an estate sale a few years ago and the snowman hat was from a gift.
So, how did you do?  Did you get all 4 movie references?  I'm so glad you stopped by the cottage.  Stop by again later this week.  I have an amazing recipe to sh…

It's Beginning......

....to look a "little" like Christmas!

It has been a tough week at the cottage.  Last week I shared that we were battling some germs.  Hubby spent the better part of 3 days in bed with a cold and then I got a sore throat....I'm still coughing and sneezing a bit, but, hopefully this is the end of it.

The down-side?  I've barely started my Christmas decorating!  Let me show you the little bit that did get done.


One of the days when my hubby was sick in bed, I got outside and managed to get lights on and hang the garland on the porch.  Can I just say, "It was REALLY cold!"  There used to be a canvas awning that edged the top of the porch. We removed it, but the loops for holding it in place are still there - perfect for hanging the garland with cable ties!  
Let's walk up on the porch and see my sled. This is one of my favorite decorations!  I found the sled at a yard sale years ago.  I added some artificial greens, a bow, the Santa yard stake, and some antique…

Pretty in Pink......

....and green & gold!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This was one of the few that we did not cook.  We spent the day with friends and had a wonderful time. Unfortunately, I spent the weekend feeling 'under the weather' and now the hubby is sick with a nasty head-cold.  I hope this passes quickly!
But, let's move on to today's post.  Tell me what you think of this:
I was featured at Merry Monday.  How Exciting! I was also featured at Mila's Little Things! Remember, you can click on the pics for a better view! This wreath was so easy to make!  I used a wire coat hanger and shaped it into a circle:
Then I opened the hanger near the hook, attached a binder clip (just in case any of the ornaments wanted to slide off), and started stringing the (unbreakable) ornaments:
When I was done, I filled in any gaps with extra ornaments, attached with hot glue.  The blogger who inspired this wreath recommended gluing the caps to the ornaments so they didn't pop of…

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Even  though today was warm, we had some cold weather last week, and, I'm pretty sure more is on the horizon!  
My hubby has been feeling a draft on his feet, so I decided to make some draft-stoppers.  This is one of the easiest projects to complete.  I used some leftover fabric and a couple of bags of rice.  Here's the "How-To":
First, cut your fabric a little longer than the width of your door & 8 inches wide.  
With right sides together, stitch around 3 sides.  I made 2 lines of stitching for a little extra security for all of that rice!
I clipped the corners and turned the tube right side out. I filled it with about a bag and a half of rice.  The amount of rice needed will depend on the width of your door. Filler up and stitch-up the end.  Don't forget to measure it by your door to get a perfect fit.  I also made a loop to hang it on the doorknob for when you needed to open the door! That's it!   Just a few minutes to make and the draft was stopped!
 Did I me…

The 1950's Bathroom Gets a 2014 Update!

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend. It's been pretty cold here and this morning we woke up to snow.  The schools had a 2 hour delay and now it's raining.  Yes, that snow is wet and HEAVY!!  So glad I don't have to go anywhere today! 

Last week we were able to complete one of the very important projects at the cottage - updating the electric.  We already upgraded to breakers from fuses and changed the old outlets to 3-prong. The last step was to add some outlets. One of the most important ones to add was the bathroom.  Let me tell you the story...
The cottage has a beautifully preserved 1950's pink-tiled bathroom.  The problem was that the outlet that was in it, didn't work.  So, for the past 4 months since we moved in, I've been running an extension cord from the bedroom into the bathroom so I could dry my hair.  On a side note....I burned through 2 extension cords and before the breaker box was installed, the fuses were blowing -- my 1850 watt blow dr…

Redhead Redo

Welcome back!  Today I want to show you a dresser redo that I recently completed.  Since we did not bring our bedroom furniture with us when we moved, we needed a place for clothes!
This little beauty was found in a local antique store at a reasonable price.  It had a lot going for it:
solid wood
in fairly decent shape
no SMELL!  That's a biggie for me!
Although, she was a redhead - not the color I was looking for, and the knobs?  Well, a little large for me. So, what did I do???  I sanded and taped-off the top, the top decorative molding, and the piece around the middle (don't you love my technical terms?) and stained them a dark walnut.  The rest of the dresser and the drawers were scuffed and painted white.
Let me just share something with you.  I've read tons of posts on repainting furniture that sound quick and easy.  This project was easy, but not quick!  I used 2 coats of latex primer and 3 coats of white latex paint.  I also used a brush. Spending big bucks on a paint spr…

The Autumn Lull

It's that time of year.  Halloween is over and we're gearing-up for the holidays.  I don't get carried away with decorating for Thanksgiving and I tend to like things simple anyway.  
Here's a peek at the dining room:
I keep the same centerpiece, just fill it with seasonal flowers.  The placemats have been around for a few years now.  They were a sale purchase! My Pilgrim shelf sitters have been with me for 20+ years.  They were purchased at a craft fair.
That's all for today.  I've been busy with a few projects and recipes at the cottage so be sure to stop back to see what I've been up to!
Have a great week!
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The Sunday Showcase

Crock Pot Lasagne

The weather is turning cooler and there's nothing like a delicious recipe that is easy to make.  Introducing......
 Crock Pot Lasagna

Here's the recipe:

1 pound ground beef 1 24 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce 1 cup water 1 15oz. container of ricotta cheese 1 8oz. package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, divided 1 egg 2 tbsp. chopped parsley 6 lasagne noodles, uncooked
BROWN meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and water. In a bowl, mix ricotta, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella, 2 Tbsp. Parmesan, egg and parsley.
SPOON 1 cup meat sauce into slow cooker; top with layers of half each of the noodles (broken to fit) and cheese mixture. Cover with 2 cups meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles (broken to fit), cheese mixture and meat sauce. Cover with lid.
COOK on LOW 4 to 6 hours or until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; let stand, covered, 10 min. or until melted.


I have made this recipe a several times and it is a huge hit.  Add a salad and you h…

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

The Good:  We now have a rebuilt front porch that can  be decorated for the season.


The Bad:  This indoor/outdoor carpet that was on the porch floor.
The Ugly: 

Pull up a chair, pour yourself something to drink and I'll tell you the story. When we bought the cottage, we knew the porch floor had a "soft spot".  It was at the top of the "to-do" list, so shortly after arriving, we peeled back the carpet and had a look.  It wasn't pretty, as you can see above.  There was also paneling on the sides of the porch.  I didn't like the look.
So, it was pryed off to expose this: Seeing that rotted beadboard broke my heart! And this: Fortunately, the wasps were long gone! Next. some of the floor was opened up and the extent of the damage was apparent:
The job was getting bigger by the minute.......time to call the professionals!   The demolition continued: Our contractor was able to save us some money by salvaging what we had. The cedar siding was carefully removed and saved a…