Monday, August 29, 2016

Lime Cupcakes

Ingredients For Batter:

1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Grass-Fed Butter (room temperature)
1 Cup Raw Sugar
2 Free Range Eggs
1/4 Lime Juice 
1/4 Cup Organic Milk


In a bowl mix butter until creamy, then add sugar. Mix until thick and fluffy, mix longer than you think you should. Add eggs one at a time. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, and baking powder until combined. Fold into wet ingredients half at a time. Don't over mix. Spoon into muffin tins and bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Beat cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Pour in cream. Beat until combined. Spoon into an icing bag and ice cupcakes.

Ingredients For Icing:

 16 oz Cream Cheese 
1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar 
1 Teaspoon Vanilla 
1/2 Cup Whipping Cream

Slice a lime thinly and place on top of the icing.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Remodeling The Kitchen Week 4

The excitement has loooonnng since worn off, this week we are tearing out our brand spanking new tile (yes you read that right). Some of them were loose so up they came. Let's just say this happened with lots of ice cream and tears - and prayer. We're now waiting for the guy who put them in to come back and put them in again.

The search for cabinets and countertops is continuing, seriously does there have to be so many choices? We got our layout designs back, thank goodness we had two different people do them because the first one we hated.

What do you think? We're currently in a toss up between Shenandoah Cottage cabinets in linen and raw wood. We're looking at really light colored countertops- then we looked at all the ways to finish the edges and decided we needed more coconut ice cream before deciding.

Check out weeks 1, 2, & 3

Thursday, August 25, 2016

DIY Collage Art Work

If you have been following us on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen the pictures of the artwork we did for the living room. We've gotten so many questions about it, we decided to go ahead and make a tutorial so you can do it too!

First off we used PicMonkey to make a collage of some of our favorite photos. We used a sepia filter over the top. Then headed over to Staples and order a 36x40 color engineering print for 11 dollars and some change. 

Then Mr. Cottage and I made a quick run to the hardware store, A.K.A. his favorite store and picked up a 1/4" sheet of wood. We had them cut it down to the size we wanted there. We had them cut it wider than the actual print, then when we got home we marked how far over the print would come.

 Then following that line we placed a strip of painters tape.

We used American Paint Company in Uncle Sam to paint it.

Just one coat gave it the kind of weathered white washed look we were wanting.

After that was dry we covered the unpainted section of wood with mod podge and the laid the print over the top. We had to work quickly because it dried really fast, make sure there aren't any wrinkles in the paper. But don't push really hard or you will tear the paper. We found using a roller worked really well, but you can just use your hands.

Next using PicMonkey again we found a script we liked and printed the words. We actually split the word in half to keep all the letters the same size.

Using a pencil or a sharp pointed object trace the letters. Don't worry about tearing the templets.

Next lightly trace over the lines with a pencil.

Using a fine tipped paint brush paint in the letters.

When that dries, we used 19 gauge galvanized steel wire and 1/4" staples to hang it.

Twist the wire into a knot at the ends so that it won't slip through the staples.

Staple the wire to the back of the wood.

Stick the felt pads on each of the four corners so that it doesn't scratch your wall up.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

You Are Mine

Even when everyone else has forgotten you, moved on and left you in the dust He will never forget you. He will scoop you up out of the dust and say mine.


You don't belong to them, you aren't theirs to trample- you're mine. My handiwork. My precious creation. Handmade, molded, beautiful. You are my treasure, my work of art. You are my uncut diamond. Where others may skip over I see potential. I see amazing beauty.

Even Joseph spent time in a dungeon. Even Joseph was abandoned, trampled on and neglected. Forgotten by his fellow man, but not His heavenly father.

If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalms 139:8-10

You may feel like you have been forgotten in the dungeon- but He hasn't forgotten you. No more than a painter could forget his works of art. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Organic Peach Crisp


8-12 Peaches
1/2 Cup Raw Sugar
1 Cup Organic Flour
2 Cups Organic Oats
12 Tablespoons Grass-Fed Butter


Pour peaches in a casserole dish, sprinkle with sugar. In a bowl mix oats & flour cut in butter until crumbly. Cover top of peaches. Back at 350 until top is golden.

Related Post: Canning Peaches

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kitchen Remodel Week 3

This week it’s all about cabinets… and waiting. If you happen to see someone wondering around the home improvement store pulling out their hair it’s probably us. Just wave and keep walking. Because we can, make cheese and an odd assortment of other things we wanted to make sure that our cabinets were sturdy and would last a long time; ideally wood, not particle board or melamine. Something that won’t peel like our other cabinets by the stove did. With all the boiling we’ve done over the years the paper stuff on the outside began to peel.

The last week was spent crisscrossing between cabinet makers, surplus stores, Lowes and Home Depot. On the bright side, we found this adorable little restaurant that serves Caribbean-style food called Pollo Tropical. It’s kind of our new addiction, ¼ of a chicken with rice and beans and a slice of guava cheese cake- ok, ok, back to cabinets.

As Mr. Cottage likes to tell us- we have expensive taste (Insert stunned face, moi?)

so of course when looking for cabinets we fell in love with white, bead board, and beautiful molding. Unfortunately, that is not in our price range, so we found some we liked at the surplus store called antique white and raw oak. We’re leaning toward the raw wood and then painting them ourselves. Which means we have some DIY in our future and will save us lots of money. To put in the Antique white it would be around $2400 where the raw would be $937.

Then there are counter tops, we don’t want to go with marble because let’s face it with the amount of cooking we do we’d destroy it. We want something light in color, sturdy, beautiful and long lasting.  We want a miracle.  Right now we are looking at either quartz or granite.

Check out week 1 and 2!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

In The Desert

Sweat drains down the sides of your face, sand swirls around your feet in never ending tornados as you stagger across the sun-baked ground. Behind you lies a trail of luggage. Everything had been going great- right up until the car broke down and left you stranded in the middle of a godforsaken nowhere and half way to nothing.

Why? Why did this happen? Why? You fall to your knees and shout at the crystal blue sky above. WHY? Then out of nowhere a battered truck chokes down the road, it clatters to a stop and the weathered driver offers you a ride. With relief, you sink into the seat that had seen better days 30 years ago as air conditioner blasts in your face. Ok well, that was horrible, but now, everything will be ok. Then you spot the town 'Nothin' Special' printed on a weathered sign, underneath POP. 150- that's counting the critters.

Your heart sinks as the engine starts coughing smoking. Great. Just great.

"Sorry, this is as far as I can take you," you nod not trusting your voice and slide out of the truck as the driver lifts the hood.

See the culture and wisdom of Egypt gave Moses much of the background he needed. But it didn't prepare his character or spirit for his role as God's prophet and Israel's deliverer. A seemingly pointless 40 years in the desert did.There God seasoned his servant, just as Abraham, Joseph, David, and so many others were seasoned as they spent long years in the proverbial desert, preparing for their calling.

Sometimes it seems that God has set us aside, forgotten us in a dessert. When in reality He's undoing our self-efforts, equipping us with character and building our faith. Most, if not all, spiritual heroes have spent time in a "desert"

When you feel like you've been left in the dessert remember, He doesn't put you there without a reason.