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I’ve Been Nominated For A Liebster Award!

We are so excited and honored. Thank you so much Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead for nominating us for the Liebster Award!  If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, here are the rules, write a blog post about the award in which you: 1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. 2. Display the award on your blog (by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.) 3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, (which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.) 4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself. 5. Nominate 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. 6. Create a new list of questions for the your nominees to answer.Here are 11 Random Facts About Me:I am actually a twin (the youngest) but I have eleven other siblings in heaven.I love gardening, nothing beats the thrill of getting you hands dirty planting then pick those veggies you grew. T…

When The World Says No

When the world says the job is too big, too tough, that there is too much need to bother trying to throw back one starfish, won't it just wash right back up on the shore? Why bother even trying? It won't change anything. After all, you can't save the world. Does it sound familiar?


You know they are just trying to protect you because they love you and they just have your best at heart. But is it really the best? The truth is life is messy. Sometimes we are called to get our hands dirty. To pick up that starfish and take a chance. To look at the people who love us and are trying to protect you and say, "Its Ok, we got this". Sometimes He says "Yes" when the world says "No". He says "Go" when the world says "Stay". He says "Now" when the world says "Wait".

 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clo…

Organic Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients: 1 Package Frozen Organic Peas
3 Smallish Organic Potatoes Diced
13 Organic Mini Carrots
6 Cups Organic Broth (or enough to cover veggies to simmer)
6 Baby Bella Mushrooms sauteed until tender
1 Medium Sweet Onion diced and sauteed until tender then added to a stock pot.
2 Stalks of Organic celery chopped and Sauteed until tender then added to a stock pot.
1 Teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
1 Shake Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Sage
2 Bay Leaves
For The Roux (thickener for the stew portion)
1/2 Cup Organic Unbleached White Flour
1/2 Cup Organic Milk
For the Mashed Potatoes
3-4 large baking potatoes (for Mashed Potatoes)
Butter to taste
Cream or milk
Celtic Sea Salt
Topping
Spanish Paprika (Optional)
Directions:  Saute' your vegetables until tender, add to large stock pan with peas, diced potatoes, carrots, bone broth or chicken broth, and seasonings. Simmer together until vegetables are done. Meanwhile, boil your potatoes and make m…

Gardening Fun

Gardening is something we always look forward to in the spring here at the Cottage. Here is some of the layouts and designs that we have done here at the cottage. 
-Circular Garden-

This garden we did a few years ago but have since torn out. We used bender board and light and dark mulch to divide it into separate sections. With different colored flowers in each section.




-Recycled Water Fountain Garden-  This water fountain broke a few years back so we have been trying to figure out what to with it. Mrs. Cottage suggested turning it into a planter. 
-Rock Fence Garden-
I love this garden layout. We just piled rocks onto each other to make a border around our bulb garden. 
-Simple Flower Bed-
This is another simple layout. We just made a simple single layer of rocks form a border. We bought a couple sets of outdoor lights and attached them to ropes and strung the ropes from tree to tree.

-Raised Beds-

These are out raised beds we use for our veggies. We added Cattle Panels in between the bo…

Re-Grow Your Lettuce and Other Veggies

Ever wonder what to do with your Lettuce stumps?  Mrs. Cottage started doing this a few years ago and it works really great. Just put it in a jar or cup add water so that the tip were the root use to make sure that it stays covered with water then after a couple of days put the part that was in the water into the ground. This one will be going out to our raised beds once the ground thaws enough to be able to dig a hole. This works with onions celery and I have heard you can do it with carrots too.