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Grandma's Secret Chili Recipe

2 Lbs of (grass fed if possible) top sirloin steak (ground) 2 Lbs. of (grass fed if possible)  Top sirloin steak (cut into cubes) 3 lbs of crushed tomatoes - canned from your garden is amazing and so sweet, but use what you have available to you. 3 organic Sweet Onions 3 organic Bell Peppers 1/4 cup Organic Chili Powder 1/4 cup fresh cut Parsley Leaves 1 1/2 teaspoon Cumin 1 1/2 teaspoon Pepper 2 tablespoon Celtic Sea Salt Red pepper sauce to taste. 54 oz of Red Chili Beans (dry, soaked, and cooked or canned organic beans if you would rather) 1/2 cup Grass Fed Butter

Brown meat in 1/2 cup of butter, season to taste.  Drain the meat reserving liquid and use it to brown the onions and peppers adding what you need to the pan as you go. 

Season these as well to taste. Put tomatoes, onions, peppers, meat, beans, herbs and seasonings in the stock pot and simmer until all seasonings have mingled and it is hot throughout. 

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Organic Cream Of Mushroom Soup

This cream of mushroom soup is the most wonderful tasting soup, a true comfort food. 
We eat it just as is, use it in green bean casserole, chicken with mushroom gravy and the list goes on!  The dish is great paired with a hot crusty bread and sweet butter. 
Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Grass Fed Butter 1 Cup Organic All Purpose Flour 2 Cups Milk 6 Cups Organic Chicken Broth 1 Cup Sliced MushroomsCeltic Sea Salt to tasteOrganic Onion Powder to tasteOrganic Garlic Powder to taste
Directions:  In a large pan melt butter then stir in flour until thick. Add milk and broth and whisk well until well combined. Season and cook on medium / low and stir till mixture is slightly thickened and bubbly.


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Rapunzel Hair Kit

Rapunzel Rapunzel, Let down your... WOW! What Gorgeous Hair!
We have gotten the Rapunzel hair kit from Bulk Herb Store for our Cottage Girl tresses and thought we would make it a review of the product.  The formula is supposed to help support healthy hair and nail growth from the inside out.  You can't beat that!

The recipe calls for:
Rapunzel Hair Mix
1 Tablespoon Butcher’s Broom Root Powder (optional)
1 Tablespoon Oatstraw Powder
1 Tablespoon Nettle Leaf Powder
2 Tablespoons Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Powder
1 Kelp Powder Capsule a Day You can get capsules here and a capsule maker here 
You mix the first 4 ingredients well and place in a jar.  Then daily you make a smoothie with

*note Nettle leaf should not be taken with blood thinners.

1 frozen banana
2 cups of frozen berries
1 or 2 Tbsp of your Rapunzel mix powder (above)
2 cups coconut milk
1 tsp of Celtic Sea Salt
1 tsp of Vanilla Extract

Place ingredients in blender and mix.  Drink one a day or you can put them in Popsic…

Cottage Charm Part 1 - Responding To Invitations

"Wow, people are so rude."  "Don't they know what RSVP means?"  I hear this all the time and practically speaking many may not know.  So we decided to do a "Cottage Charm" article. 
1. When invited to an event always respond by phone, mail or email.  To not respond is rude and shows a lack of respect to your host or hostess.  The letters RSVP stand for the French phrase  "répondez, s'il vous plaît,"which means please reply.  Normally on a formal invitation, there will be a date they need you to respond by.  Please always respond well before that date.  It is best to respond when you get the invitation so you do not forget and then put the date right on your calender (what ever form you choose paper or electronic).  If you say you will be there then please be there.  Your word means everything.
Also, don't be late.  Be there in time and show your friend you are a person to be trusted and relied upon.
2.  If possible, when invited to …

Bust My Buttons Valentine

Yes, we are one of those people... you know the ones. The ones that feel the need to make something instead of buying it.  So, because of that we love to make cards. We have paper and stamps, glue, ink and glitter enough to make a card factory I'm sure but we just love to create things and this card is a perfect outlet.  We used this as a Valentine's Day card but you could use it for a birthday, anniversary or really anytime to say that you love someone dear to you.  

What you will need: Hot Glue GunRibbon Permanent MarkersRed Card Stock   Buttons

First, fold white card stock in half and cut to the size you want. Now take the permanent marker and begin writing love and drawing tiny hearts until the card is covered.

Take the red card stock fold one side 1/4 of the way to the center and cut out your heart. Warm up your hot glue gun and glue buttons onto the heart.
Then when it dries flip it over and run the glue gun around the edge of the heart and press it to the center of the…

Home Decor - Making Wings

We were working on decorating our little girls room and wanted something really magical and to look like something out of a fairytale. These wings were a simple and fun project that we did as a family and it turned out so pretty.  We ended up making a second pair. What You Will Need:Paper Plates CardboardGlue scissors

These are super easy but slightly time consuming, it goes a lot faster with a helper. Cut out the desired wing shape from the cardboard.
Lay it in front of you and begin cutting feather shapes out of the paper plates. Wrinkle them up a bit, you don't want them to look like you glued to paper plates to a piece of cardboard.

Glue each feather in the desired spot feel free to do different shaped feathers remember no feather is alike.

You can even go back later if you decide you want to cut them a little more.

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Organic English Muffins

Cheyenne made these Organic English Muffins for us and we fell in love with the recipe.  We love to have them for a delicious sausage and egg sandwich in the morning and they are great for make ahead and re-heat breakfasts.  I have never frozen the sandwiches so I am not sure how they do, but if you try it let us know what you think!

Ingredients: 4 Cups Organic All Purpose Flour 1 1/2 Teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt 1 1/2 Cups lukewarm Raw Milk  1/2 Teaspoon Raw Sugar 4 1/2 Teaspoons Yeast 1 Tablespoon melted  Grass Fed Butter

Pull them out and brown them slightly in a pan on the stove. And enjoy! These are good both warm and cold.

And good luck keeping people out of them! No, Mr. Cottage, you can't have one!


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Romantic Decorations

What you will need:
Glue or Mod Podge
Letters (I used 10 photocopies of old letters from my great grandfather to my great grandmother when he was in the hospital after WWI war but you can use however many you want). You could even use some french script wrapping paper as a background if you could find it.
A large sheet of paper 
A frame (This one is old)
A small heart or small pair of wings

Check the sheet of paper to the frame to get an idea of how it will fit. Now lay the paper in front of you and lay out the letters the way you like them. Now glue them  in place and allow to dry for at least 20 minutes. My frame didn't have the glass or a back so I taped mine to the back of the frame. Now if you use a heart you are going to want to use something stronger then tape (Trust me I learned this one the hard way). If you use wings you can just tie them on. And you are done!

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