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 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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Add Hot pepper sauce if desired and serve.  I always loved making this and the neighbors loved when I did too because I shared.  Those young men fairly lined up at the door to get a container of this chili.  It made me smile to share it.


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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:

2 Cups Milk
1 Cup Sliced Mushrooms
Celtic Sea Salt 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!


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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 Popsicle molds and freeze and eat in the summer.

With this take 1 capsule of the kelp powder daily by mouth.

Just enjoyed one of these and they are very good!  I will try to take some before and after hair pictures and maybe nail photos over the next few weeks and tell the difference that we see.  We are excited!

 Blessings ~ Rose Vine Cottage Girls

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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 an event, don't go empty-handed. Take with you some sort of little gift. Flowers are nice,  a container of ice cream, a dessert, cookies or home-baked bread. Something home-made is always nice. But bring something to bless them.



3. Always use your manners in someone's home or party.  Don't be loud or wild and encourage your children to treat your friends home with respect.  If you break something, clean it up and replace the item if possible with a new one.

4. If you make a mess clean it up. That goes for you children too it is never nice to leave your friend with a big mess.  Children, clean up toys, papers, paints etc.  Adults, offer to clean up and help with the dishes if that is the format for the event. 

5. Don't dunk your food twice in the dip.  Double dipping is very rude.

6. When at the table eating always keep your elbows in at the table and do not put them on the table.

7. Use your napkin.  Unfold (don't snap) your napkin and place it on your lap.


8.  Don't lick your knife or your fingers (ok, maybe only if it is Bbq and you are at a casual picnic but use your napkin please).


9. Don't take the biggest thing on the serving plate or take too much.  There are other people that are there and hungry take others into account.  If it is a buffet type of event, don't rush in but let others go before you.

10. When the butter is passed, take some and place it on your plate and use that butter for your bread or roll.

 11. Complement the meal but don't over exaggerate or embarrass your spouse or date.  Don't say this is the best chicken I have ever eaten.  Roses chicken is always so dry but this is the best in the world.  Don't tear someone down to lift up another.

12. Thank your host or hostess for the meal.

13. Do not leave with out thanking your host or hostess

14. If you your stay is extended at the friend's house and you are sleeping there, clean the room that you slept in.  Strip the bed and make it with fresh sheets and leave it as clean or better than you found it.  If you are there more than a week you should sweep the room or vacuum the floor.  This will bless your friend. 

It is also nice to drop a note in the mail thanking them again and telling your friends how much you enjoyed their event.

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: 

Ribbon 
Red 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 card. Now make a small bow and hot glue gun it to the top.


 And you just made a card for your sweetheart! 




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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:

Cardboard
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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Snow White Room Re-do

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


Turn out onto floured surface and knock back (punch down). Now you can either roll out to a 1/2 inch thick or pull off medium size chunks of dough roll them into a ball and pat down. Which is what I am doing in the picture.

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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:

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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