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Sea Side Living Room

I have been working on a project in the living room since August.  I was trying to make the living room a bit nautical like a sea side cottage. Cool colors and white covered sofas and some home made wide striped cushion covers.  I may not live by the ocean anymore but I can pretend, right?  Well, life got crazy, then horrible, then sad and now it just sort of is. A blend of sad and hope that the future will be better.   Well anyway, I decided to finish what I started.  I am so sorry it is so late and now on the 2nd day of fall here in the U.S., I am doing my summer living room post.I actually started with the couches.  I found them on the Ikea website and loved them.  They are the Ektorp white slip covered sofa and love seat.  I had been looking for awhile on Craigslist for these sofas or something similar but I could only find a dark gray or a reddish color and that was not at all what I wanted for my seaside shabby chic kind of cottage feel. 


These sofas are great. The slip covers ca…

Stuffed Bell Pepper's With Mr. Cottage

One dark and stormy October night- 
Oh! Hi there, sorry about that. Today I'm mastering the grill with my trusty side kick Tongs to show you how to make Stuffed Bell Peppers. Ready? Well then, here we go,
Ingredients: Bell Peppers (I made six) Celtic Sea Salt  Onion Powder Mrs.Dash Lemon Pepper  Garlic Powder and what ever else sounds good to you. 1 lb. Grass Fed Ground Beef (Use what you have, this can be made with ground chicken, turkey, bison,`1 what ever sounds good to you.) 2 12 Oz. Cans of Hunts Tomato Sauce (I like Hunts for the flavor, if you have a favorite... by all means use it or... HOME CANNED! YUMMY) 2 cups Precooked rice Rice Coconut Oil
Step 1: Wash your peppers and slice off the tops.  Remove the stem but reserve the tops.  Remove seeds. Rub peppers with oil (I use coconut oil) coating inside and out. 


Step 2:  With a POW! and a BANG! Sprinkle salt and pepper and what ever your favorite seasoning is over the peppers (Feel free to make sound effects, it makes life so m…

Ikea Couch Review

I've been meaning to get this up for awhile, several months ago we purchased these couches from Ikea. They were super easy to put up and we absolutely love them! They look nice and are very comfortable. This couches will go with so many different styles and being white they really brighten the room. There have been more than one stormy night spent on these great couches. If the slip covers get dirty all you have to do is pull them off and throw them in the wash and line dry. Mr. Cottage and I put ours together and it was so easy! I think we had both put together in a half hour. 


The pieces to the couches were delivered in giant boxes for us to assemble.

Then you take them out of the box and following the directions attach the arm of the chair. 

Then the other.


Screw on the legs.

Slip on the slip cover.

Slip the pillows into the slip covers and put in place. That's it! 




Banana Nut Bread

We use organic ingredients here at the Cottage, but feel free to use what you have.  Everything is measure for measure the same as normal ingredients so use what you have. This is a recipe our grandma Cottage used to make a lot.  It brings to mind sweet memories as the sweet smelling breads wonderful aroma wafts through the house.  Mr. Cottage likes to take it to work and share with his co-workers who love it.  I am making a loaf of it today for one of the men to take home. I hope that you enjoy the recipe.  Tell me what you think of it and let me know how you make it your own.
Ingredients: 2 Cups Organic Unbleached All Purpose Flour 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda  1/4 Teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt (this salt has lots of good minerals in it) 2 1/3 Cup Organic over-Ripe Bananas Mashed 1/2 Cup Organic Butter 2 Organic Free Range Eggs 3/4 Cup Organic Raw Sugar  2/3 Cup Chopped Walnuts (optional) Obviously if there are nut allergies in the family it is simple to just omit this part of the recipe.  It…

Remembering Them...Infant / Child Loss Remembrance

 I'm not really sure how to write this post. My mom said to share my heart so here goes... today is pregnancy and infant loss day. Today we remember all the little ones gone to soon and pray for the families who have lost their precious bundle of joy. Some of us will be lighting candles tonight in a "Wave of light" at 7 PM. Other I'm sure will be doing other things.


Its cold here, I can hear the rain pinging against the top of the chimney. Ping. Ping Ping. It's a lonely sound. Christmas carols play softly from the kitchen. Yes it's early for it. But I'm just in the mood for it tonight, a group of geese fly over- I know because I can hear them honking as they fly toward the lake. Its almost dark now. There are eleven in our family we will be remembering tonight. Eleven of my siblings, a few cousin's babies, my dad's navy friend's child, a friends nephew, a friends... so many.


My heart breaks for each one. Each family.  7 O'clock...

We pray…

Making Broth With Mr. Cottage

Hi there Mr. Cottage here. How are you all doing? I hope you brought your aprons because today I'm going to show you how to make broth.
What you will need:
Crock pot or slow cooker, raw apple cider vinegar, veggies (I used carrots, celery, squash, zucchini, onions, and mushroom), 1 gallon bottle of water, salt, and last but not least... bones (Cue the spooky  music) Dunt-Dunt Da, (You can use chicken, beef, pork ect. You can also throw chicken feet in if you have them.  Yes I know, that sounds gross right? But they are really high in collagen and make a very healthy broth.) I like to add some extra collagen in my broth too.  

First Chop your veggies.

Put your bones in the crock pot. Well not your bones- Oh you know what I mean. And add the veggies. . Pour the water in until full. Add about a tablespoon of Celtic sea salt. Cook on low for two days, then strain all the veggies and bones out, depending on the state of the veggies you can either keep them and make another batch or thr…

DIY Lamp Shade Re-Do

We decided to re-do this lamp and shade we picked up at a local thrift store. This was super easy and actually pretty fun- that is if you like making things. What you will need:
Needle  Thread  Strips Of Muslin Glue Gun Lamp Shade  and a bit of burlap or other fabric.

Start with a circle patch of fabric and begin sewing the strips in tiny circles branching out until you reach the desired size.


When your done tuck the end under your rose and stitch in place. Knot your thread and snip. You can add a leaf of burlap if you want but be careful because burlap frays a lot. 


Figure out where you are going to put the roses and heat your glue gun. 

Dab a bit of glue either on the roses or the lamp shade itself. Either will work. Press the roses quickly onto the lamp shade and hold in place until the glue hardens. And your done! You have a brand new lamp. 








Shabby Roses, Burlap, Muslin, Shabby Chic, Cottage Chic, Feminine, 

Mama's Loco Beans

2 Pounds dry pinto beans Rinsed, soaked and cooked.
2 Onions Chopped
4 Garlic Cloves Chopped
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Mrs. Dash South West Chipolte
1/2 Teaspoon Celery Seed
2 10 Ounce Cans Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
Approximately 8 Cups Water or Broth
1 Sweet Pepper Chopped
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
2 Bay leaves
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
3 Organic Sausage
1/2 Teaspoon Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime
2 Teaspoon Celtic Sea or Himalayan Pink Salt

Rinse your dry beans in a colander to make sure they are clean and the bag does not have any stones or other debris. Next, pour the dry beans in a pot and cover with enough water to cover the beans plus a few inches.  Let set overnight.  In the AM drain your beans and replace with fresh water.  I used about 8 cups of broth.  I chopped up the onion and garlic and put them in with the beans with my bay leaves.  I let this cook for an hour or so until the beans are done and tender.  
I then added my spices, the tomatoes and green chi…

DIY Shabby Chic Mirror Re-do

We found this great mirror at a yard sale for $5. Isn't it pretty? 

The only problem was that the gold didn't match the house... at all. So we decided to paint it. We took paper and spread it over the glass then taped it down to keep the paint off of it.


Then we took a dry wash cloth and dusted the frame just to make sure there was no dust or dirt on it. (don't worry we did put paper down under the mirror so we wouldn't get paint on the floor)

Closer shot of the details on the mirror

We used Annie Slones white paint, it took about two coats to cover the gold.


After the paint was dry we applied the clear Annie Sloan's wax to the frame and let it dry.

Here are some closer shots of some of the details on the mirror.



What do you think? Let us know in the comments!







Annie Sloan, Shabby Chic, Chalk Paint, Furniture Make Over, White Mirror, Crafting, Decorating, DIY,  Furniture Re do, decor