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God Gives Such Beauty To Everything That Grows In The Fields

Chocolate Bark - Toffee and Peppermint

Peppermint Chocolate Bark
Ingredients: 24 oz  Organic White Chocolate 24 oz Organic Dark Chocolate 70 % Caco 1 Container Of Peppermint Candy Canes Stevia Liquid to taste
Directions: Pound the Candy Canes until they are broken up. (we used a rolling pen. Just remember to put the Candy Canes in a bag before breaking them up or you will get a very large mess) Melt the dark chocolate and lay it on a wax paper covered cookie sheet and allow to cool and harden. Melt the white chocolate and sprinkle candy cane pieces over the top of the chocolate. Allow to cool and harden then break it up.

Toffee Chocolate Bark
Ingredients: 24 oz White Chocolate  24 oz Dark Chocolate  1 Bag of Toffee  Directions: Break up Toffee. Melt the dark chocolate and lay it on a wax paper covered cookie sheet and allow to cool and harden. Melt the white chocolate and sprinkle Toffee pieces over the top of the chocolate. Allow to cool and harden then break it up. 

Christmas Memories

When I was a little girl we didn't go to the store and buy Christmas Stocking we would use our stockings that we wore everyday, you know the tan ones that came way up so on your thigh and hang them on the mantel.  If we didn't have a fireplace one particular year mom would give us pins and we would pin our stockings on a chair or the back of the couch that year.

We could expect a cookie with sugar sprinkles, a bright orange an apple and some nuts.  If we were very good we would get a piece of home made taffy that our mother made.  She had a pretty bowl and she would cut up fruit and fill that bowl with it.  It was only used during very special times. She would cook up a big fat chicken and save its feathers for our pillows.  There were sweet potatoes from our garden and green beans canned from that year with our own sweet onions.

There were pies on the sideboard waiting for little girls to taste them and relish in the beauty of their sweetness. It was such a good time.  We …

DIY Feed Bag Christmas Stockings

So I have all these feed bags laying around with nothing to do with them and well I decided to play around with them. I had seen a photo on Facebook where someone had taken theirs and cut them into stockings to use to decorate there coops. So I grabbed a stocking from the mantel and used it for a pattern cutting around it and leaving enough room for a seam allowance.  I zig-zaged around the edges.  flipped it right side out so the seams are on the inside and flipped part of the top over to make a cuff. The weave of the bag was really loose and it kept raveling so I put a seam at the edge of the raveling part letting it make a fringe.  Then I decide to add some embroidery to the cuff.  This is the whole stocking. This is the embroidery. 

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Here is the soup that I made today as we wait for the ice storm to approach.  We are praying that it misses us but are preparing for the cold.  This soup is really flavorful and rich.  I think you will like it, I know we did.  I use organic ingredients, you use what you have.  Organic milk, butter, flour it is measure for measure normal ingredients.  Make this your own and do not be afraid to tinker with it.  Please write us back and let us know if you enjoyed it.  We love to hear from all of you.Ingredients:5 cups organic milk
4 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
1 Cup Cream
9 cups of bone broth (can use any broth or stock, we just happen to keep bone broth in crock pot handy for our daily drinking delight).
2 1/2 or so pounds baby red potatoes, sliced into small bite sized pieces
3 - 4 slices of nitrate / nitrite free bacon, finely diced and cooked until crispy
1 medium organic sweet onion minced and sauteed
2 teaspoons of Celtic Sea Salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup salted organic butter
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Mr Cottage's Nature Tree

This is Mr. Cottage's tree. Every year you can be sure to find something new handmade or store bought on this giant tree. This tree always stand in the entry way to greet anyone who enters.
The Bethlehem Star that sits atop this tree is made of twigs and nuts. Bear ornament  Cross ornament  Bear ornament Owl ornament  An old fisherman lives here with the catch of his life! Bird and nest  Boating anyone? This was a gift we made for our dad for his first father's day.  He kept it on his wall but it is hung on the Christmas Tree every year too.  It reminds us all that we need to be a fisher of men.
Home made ornament that we made for the tree one year. This is the back of another homemade ornament that my dear friends and I did and then all signed.  They now live in Freetown Africa serving as full time missionaries.  Gold Bird I think this was actually on a gift basket some one gave us. Who can have a nature tree in the Rosevine Cottage without a chicken? 

Moose ornament 

Turkey Sub

What you need: Balsamic Vinegar Olive Oil  Mayonnaise 1 long French baguette or Italian Roll  Lettuce  Turkey Nitrate Free Provolone Cheese Pickles  Pepperoncini Celtic Sea Salt  Pepper Directions:   Slice your roll down the center, slather both sides of the bread with mayonnaise. Pour Vinegar and oil over both sides generously. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the oil vinegar and mayonnaise. Place cheese down the length with cheese, follow with turkey and lettuce. Pour more oil and vinegar. Follow with more salt and pepper. Add pickles and Pepperoncini. Cut into four pieces and serve.