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Cottage Charm Part 3 - Excuse Me

Excuse Me
No, I'm not shouting, and no I'm not angry. It's time for our next charm class! Excuse me is used before you do something that will inconvenience a person but I am sorry is used after. Let's say I need to pass you in the hallway but you are in front of me.

I stop and say "Excuse me," or "Pardon me" but if I accidentally step on your toe or knock books out of your arms while passing I say "I am sorry," (Without sarcasm here) Moms and dads lets use this to speak to our children too, not just require it of them.

Excuse me is also used when you have not heard what someone has said and you need it repeated. You say "Excuse me, could you repeat that" Never say huh? (you are not a grunting pig or other creature.) You could also use "I beg your pardon," here. (Note to parents I beg your pardon is not to be used as a snotty come back to something your child has said that is rude or shocking.)

I beg your pardon is liter…

Cottage Charm Part 2 -Please And Thank You-

Please and Thank You
  I suppose that this is a good place to begin. The use of the word please is from the 14th century. It means to give pleasure or satisfy. So it would have been - may it please you to close the door. Sound funny? Maybe, but today as in the 14th century it is a show of good manners.

So if you are asking for something say please. If you need a favor from a friend or want to borrow something from your mom what is the word, yes, please.

We, child and adult alike need to remember not to simply demand give me this or hand me that, but make your request sweetened with "Please," and if offered something "Yes please," or "No thank you,"  is also a beautiful reply. (Although in the south this would be yes sir or mam for those polite souls.)

The next is "Thank you," Thank you fly's in the face of this "entitlement generation" and makes us stop and at least for a moment feel gratitude toward another. A well said thank you…

Auntie Betty's Pizza Sauce

OK, no we are not Italian, but Auntie Betty is Sicilian and Italian and makes the best sauce we have ever had.  She is actually not our aunt but a friend of the family that gave us her sauce recipe.  This needs no further introduction at all because it will stand on its own.  Our only advice, use a good quality sauce and don't burn or scald the garlic.  When the garlic smells very aromatic and is just a little golden, it is done, pour the sauce over it.

Related Post: Homemade Pizza Rolls

Put olive oil in your sauce pan and turn it to about medium / low heat.Add 5 cloves of garlic chopped – gently cook while stirring until fragrant and golden but not brown.To this add a can of tomato sauce + small tomato paste. Stir well.Add Romano cheese and Parmesan cheese (grated).
Related Post: Homemade Pizza Dough

Cook for about 50 minutes on low

Roll out your dough and place in your pan.  Add sauce to the dough and other ingredients you like for your pizza.  Things like Romano Cheese, parsley flak…

Organic Chocolate Java Cake

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.For the Cake:2 1/2 Cups Organic flour  1 1/2 Cups Organic Raw Sugar 1/2 Cup Cocoa or carob powder2 Teaspoons Baking Soda 1/2 Teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt 2/3 Cup Organic Coconut Oil Melted or your favorite oil2 Tablespoons Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar 1  Tablespoon Vanilla2 Cups Cold Coffee Get a 12x8 casserole pan and place the first five ingredients. Mix together in the pan.  Make three wells and put oil in one, vinegar in the next and vanilla in the next. Stir well and add your coffee. Stir this to combine and place in a pre-heated oven.Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.Topping: After cake the is out of the oven, sprinkle this on top of cake or top with your favorite icing. 
1/3 Cup Organic Raw Sugar1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon  

Fix Them Drawers! With Mr Cottage

Well, it has been a while and I have been forced uh, er... encouraged to do a post on my recent household honey-do list cross off. I am not much of a writer and so this all does not come easily or I guess naturally for me.

Well, it all started with the silverware drawer and too much silverware.  You know the story, it is all good and fine until one day and the bottom drops out and silverware is all in your Tupperware and it is just one hot mess down there. Follow me you guys?  Come on, we can be real here, right?

RoseVine Girls Soap Mold  Well next we find a handyman (not me) that was some friends sisters boyfriends (you get this right) and he took the drawer (ok 2 drawers - we had to put the silverware someplace... it couldn't stay in the Tupperware drawer now.)  So and so takes it and gives it to said boyfriend who is not heard of again and leaves the aforementioned drawers out in the rain and snow (insert unhappy wife).  Finally, she gets them back from boyfriend an…

Cinnamon Rolls

We made these for the equine obstacle course this weekend and let's put it this way...none came home. The host loved them so much that he took all of them. <3 These are yummy cold, amazing hot out of the oven and the icing... well let's say it is memorable! Our host said that there is never enough icing on cinnamon rolls but these ones are great. This was coming from a professional baker and cake decorator.

2 1/2 TeaspoonsYeast3/4 Cup Warm Water, Plus 1 Cup Room Temperature Water  1 2/3 Cup milk1/2 Cup Sugar1 Tablespoon Celtic Sea Salt3TablespoonButter1 egg9 Cups Organic flour Filling:1/2 Cup Butter, Melted1 Cup Raw Sugar2 TeaspoonsCinnamonIcing:
2 Cups PowderedSugar
1 TeaspoonVanillaExtract
2 TablespoonsMilk or Water
1/2 Cup Cream Cheese  

Dissolve yeast in 3/4 cup warm water, set aside. While yeast is dissolving, mix additional 1 cup of water, milk, sugar, salt, andbutterin a mixer fitted with the dough hook until smooth. Add dissolved yeastto mixture. Ad…

Pigs In A Blanket

Ingrediengs: 1 Package Uncured Organic Beef Hot Dogs (Cut into pieces about 2 inches thick)  1 batch of dough 

Blanket Dough:
 2 Cups Organic Flour 
3 Teaspoons Non-Aluminum baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tarter 
1/4 Teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt 
1/2 Cup Organic Butter 
2/3 Cup Organic Milk 

Bake at 350 F. until done