Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Charades


She knows all the right words- she shows up every Sunday. All dressed up and a perfect makeup job. She tells everyone hello, hugs a few necks and finds her seat...

Does she see those looks? Does she hear those whispered words? Does she notice the falseness in the smiles? The slight hush when she walks in? Does she realize she's not welcome here?

She sits a few rows up - the bad girl. The sinner, in a house full of Masked Sinners. No arms welcome her to this place. Just haughty expressions and blind eyes- only finger stopped ears.

How many time has it been this way before? How many times has she longed for acceptance. For God to love her like these white washed terrifying creatures? For him to watch over her. To be one of His children.

The pastor steps to the pulpit - she bows her head and everyone says its just a charade - They wait and watch for that mask to slip away - But they can't hear the words her heat cries... the tears of a broken heart poured out at the foot of a weathered old cross.

Do they realize that their sins nailed Him to that cross as well? The pastor delivers his sermon loud and clear - The reward of sinners... Does she notice he is staring at her while delivering his message- selling his Jesus. She buys the lies whispered to her heart- she will never be good enough for God.

She slips from her seat and silently makes her way out of those sacred walls. Their goes that sinner. Does she hear the soft sigh as the door clicks shut?

Oh darling, don't you know He wants to save you, to carry you - those garish creatures in their white washed walls, the perfect faux lives may not. They may throw stones, but they've forgotten the words of the very one they claim to serve. He who has no sin, cast the first stone. They may not accept you- but many did not accept me...

They forgot that when they point out your own sin they have skeletons in their own closet. While a finger may point at you but four more fingers point at their own hearts. They've forgotten that I died for the sick & broken and not the well.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life," John 3:16

Monday, February 8, 2016

King Cake Recipe

When Tracy was a kid her family did quite a bit of moving, one of those included a stay in New Orleans. Where she was introduced to King Cake! Ever since she has wanted to make this, but we never got around to it. So this year we buckled down and just did it! 

The history and symbolism of the King cake is actually quiet interesting. You can usually find king cake around Mardi Gras also known as King's day. The purple sprinkles represent justice, the green faith and the gold power. They honor the three kings who visited Jesus. Neat huh? If you need some music to go with these tasty treats try New Orleans by Hoagy Carmichael or Mr. Pinstripe Suit by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy these are some of our favorites! 


Cake -
1 16 Oz Container of Organic Sour Cream
1/3 Cup + 1 Tablespoon  Raw Sugar
1/4 Cup Grass-Fed Butter
1 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt
2 1/2 Teaspoons Yeast
1 Cup Warm Spring Water
2 Free Range Eggs
5 Cups All Purpose Organic Flour

In a sauce pan combine sour cream, sugar, butter and salt. Stir often until butter melts. In a small bowl combine water, yeast and 1 tablespoon raw sugar, let stand for 5 minutes. Beat sour cream mixture, yeast mixture, eggs and 2 cups flour on medium speed until smooth. Reduce speed and slowly add the rest of the flour by cup until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface kneed until smooth and elastic. Place in a well greased bowl and cover with oiled plastic wrap. Allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size. Punch down and divide dough in half. Roll each piece out on a lightly floured surface to 22x12 rectangle. Spread filling (See below) over dough leaving a 1" border. Roll up each piece of dough like a cinnamon roll and press the ends down. Transfer to a baking sheet and bring the ends together so it looks like a giant doughnut or wreath. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes while oven is preheating to 375. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until golden. Slightly cool cakes on wire racks. Spread glaze (See below) over the top of the cakes, and sprinkle patches of yellow/gold, green, and purple sprinkles on top. Allow to cool all the way.

Filling - 
1 16 oz Container of Cream Cheese
3/4 Cup Raw Sugar
1 Free Range Egg
1 Teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
Beat together in an electric mixer until smooth.

Glaze - 
3 Cups Organic Powdered Sugar
3 Tablespoons Melted Grass-Fed Butter
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/4 Teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
2- 4 Tablespoons Organic Milk

Stir together powdered sugar, butter, lemon juice and vanilla, Stir in milk until it is spreadable.


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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Herbal Papaya Review + Coupon code


 We got a package in the mail from a company called Herbal Papaya, with samples of some of there great products. Papaya has many healthy benefits- it is loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins A,C,E and Beta-Carotene. Papaya helps support the immune system, fights toxins and helps fight free radicals. It contains super enzyme papain which breaks down proteins ans speeds up metabolis. Papaya supports a healthy digestive system and helps maintain blood platelet function.


This company is based in the good ol' U.S. of A. They are an USDA Organic NON-GMO farm based in Texas.

They sent us samples of several different teas, organic papaya seed powder and papaya leaf extract. I enjoyed the tea, it has a strong earthy taste. Tracy and Brianna didn't care for it. I want to try it chilled as well! I really liked the papaya leaf extract, I feel like it gave me more energy and just made me feel better. We all loved the powder, we put it in smoothies and it tastes great!

They have offered our readers a 10% off coupon code PAPAYAJAN until 3-05-16 (March 5, 2016).

Check out our smoothie recipe in the video below!





Thursday, February 4, 2016

Beginnings Of The Cottage


 We moved here after a week long road trip from California- a trip that involved multiple tornado storms in front an in back of us and a stressful drive up Route 66. But that is a story for another time. In the end we made it and after several months of living with a pastor friend we moved in right before Christmas. This is what it looked like... Three trees and a whole lot of room.

Helping mom water the tiny shrubs.
This is after we added some fencing to keep us out of the ponds and grandma added a rose garden.  She sure loved her roses.

Slowly but surely we started making the house our Cottage...
Grandma planted a rose garden, we put in flower beds and arbors, planted a few snowballs bushes, we planted trees that was our Father's day tradition for many years. Later we put in two fish ponds- Grandma Cottage's pride and joy, and also her worst enemy. We put in a patio. Hung bird-feeders and bird houses.
Grandma Cottage's newly constructed rose garden. This is how we got our name. It all started in this tilled up patch of dirt. Little did we know that Rosevine Cottage Girls would sprout from this ground.

Our massive garden... 
Us with our grandma and the bounty of our organic garden plot.  We grew up with this green thumbed lady to our delight!
Recently we started using raised beds because that huge garden was just too much for us girls... Mr. Cottage was doing a lot of traveling, and we just couldn't keep it under control. These boxes are great!
I remember planting these trees... they were about 4-5 feet when we planted them.



Later we moved the roses to another spot because they just didn't like the soil where they were anymore.
She's changed a lot, this Cottage of ours. Things are added a few things removed. Those trees we planted every Father's Day tower above our heads. Some things never change- the ponds are green more often than not, the flower beds constantly need weeding, the orchard needs tending, the garden needs water. Some days we feel like crying- others we end the day with a glass of lemonade laying on a floaty in the pool watching the stars come out over the spot where the roses were originally and listening to the tree frogs and crickets. Do we miss California? All the time. It will forever hold a piece of our hearts... but this place holds a chunk. The Cottage has a mind of its own, it doesn't always follow our "plans" but it is an amazing journey...


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Don't Postpone Joy

Don't postpone joy. For many of us we don't have time to do fun things. We have work, or school, or kids, or a thousand other things that have to be done- we'll do that craft, or read that book, or call your friends and invite them over for tea or a BBQ, or take that walk tomorrow. Well I hate to say it dears but tomorrow may never come.

Take a break, breathe, stop in that mad dash of life- in the end you won't remember all those hours you put in on "work", but you will remember that time you went to the beach, or made cookies with the kids, walked in the leaves...

Breathe, life will still be there. But you will never have today again.  Make time each day for something that gives you joy. Maybe its just a cup of coffee or a good book, Make time for it- even if it is just a few moments.



Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine Cupcakes

 Batter:

2 1/2 Cups Organic All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 Cups Organic Raw Sugar
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
2/3 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Bragg Raw Apple Cinder Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
2 Cups Cold Coffee
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Wilton 710-1491 8-Pack Rose Icing Decorations, Medium, Red


Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, soda and salt in a bowl. Make 3 wells in the mixture; pour oil in one vinegar in one and vanilla in another. Pour in coffee and gently stir. Scoop into muffin liners. Bake at 350, for 18 minutes. Allow to completely cool, then ice and place decorations on the top


 Icing:

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


Beat cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Pour in cream. Beat until combined. Spoon into icing bag and ice cupcakes.

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