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Showing posts from December, 2014

Pork Soup

Ingredients:  4 Pork Chops Dusting of organic flour Celtic Sea Salt to taste Mrs Dash Chicken seasoning to taste 2 bay leaves 3 Carrots Chopped  5 Yukon Gold Potatoes Chopped 1 Sweet Onion  1 Bag Organic Corn 1 Bag Organic Peas 12 Cups Bone Broth (we made our own bone broth, but if you use just broth make sure you season it to taste) Directions: Chop your onions, carrots and potatoes and pork chops. In a pot cook carrots, onions, peas and corn in the bone broth. Season to taste.  Usually the bone broth is pretty flavorful so not much is needed.  Add bay leaves. Roll pork chops in flour than throw them into a pan and cook until just done. When carrots are tender add potatoes. Cook until potatoes are fork tender add pork, simmer. Remove bay leaves and serve. 

Christmas At The Cottage

Silent night- as darkness falls there is a glimmer of little lights that add cheer to the darkness.

There is a chill in the air but they add warmth.

The sound of carols being sung is in the air.

The smell of wood burning in a fireplace keeping a family warm.
Joyful talking and laughing drift past.

It is Christmas time again, family and friend gather around the hearth.

Pause and remember the babe in the manger The savior that hung on the cross to set us free. To remember to love our neighbors and share the good news.

May you experience His love and blessings anew.May you walk ever closer to Him this year. May you have overflowing love and joy. Merry Christmas friendsAnd a very blessed new year.
May not only your stockings overflow but your hearts as well.
God bless you, friends. 

Merry Christmas, from our home to yours.

Snowflake Hot Chocolate

Two of my wonderful friends came over a few days ago and after a nice walk (and mad dash home because we all forgot to bring coats) we decided to make hot chocolate. This is great especially if you have little's (or not so little's) that love the Frozen movie (wink. Look kids Elsa Hot Chocolate). So here we go... Snowflake Hot Chocolate. 
Ingredients: 1 3/4 Cup Organic Milk of your choice 1/2 Cup Organic White Chocolate  1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla  1 Teaspoon Raw Sugar  or Sweet Leaf Stevia to taste.
Directions: Heat milk, vanilla, sugar and chocolate in pan. Stir with whisk until chocolate is melted. Now pour it into fun mugs(we got the red and white one from Starbucks last year) and top with wipped cream and if you really want to make it look pretty add sprinkles, We got these ones at Ross.

I hope you enjoy this recipe.  We sure did.  Sitting by a roaring fire with laughter floating in the air.  It is perfect for these sweet holiday moments.  Merry Christmas everyone. 


5 Christmas Mantle Ideas

Hello, everyone! I am sorry that we have been so quiet for awhile. We thought we would do a post on simple Christmas mantle decorations for different distinct looks. The first one we will look at is a simple western motif. We really love this one.
Western Mantle:
The picture over the fireplace is Wizzy over at the R-Lit Ranch.  It was taken at a great event over at the ranch last year.  I paired it with some metal candle sticks and some cream colored candles. 

The simple garland is made of pine cones and twine.
I think they look great together, simple but festive. Old Fashioned Christmas Mantel:

This mantle is a simple one.  The iron candle holder gives some soft light in the evenings.  The gold ceramic one gives a pretty glow even when it is not cold enough for a fire.  The stockings I sewed out of ticking material once used for feather mattresses and pillows.  It is a tan striping and I just love the vintage feel.  On the mantle and above the fireplace on the wall are old family ph…

Cream Of Broccoli Soup

Need a yummy soup recipe for a cold afternoon? Or a bowl of comfort food that always makes you feel like you are home? This recipe is bound to fit the bill!
Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Organic Butter 1 Cup Organic Flour 2 Cups Organic Milk 6 Cups Organic Broth 2 Cups Organic Broccoli 
Directions: In a large pan melt butter, add flour. Stir in milk and broth. Cook stirring constantly until mixture is slightly thickened. Meanwhile steam broccoli until tender. Add the steamed broccoli to soup. 
If you are using bread bowls cut the middle of your bread out and ladle soup into the inside. We like to add a touch of hot sauce to ours but either way is delicious! 
If you don't have the organic stuff then just use what you have. :)

I know Just What You'd Say...

The house is so quiet, so still. How can life change so fast? Your clothes are still hanging in your closet. Your bed is still made where I made it the day after you went to the hospital. I walk through your room so still. Everything just the same... or almost just the same.  The night light in the bathroom is off. Your cane rests in the corner of the room instead of in your hand. 

Despite the heater humming your room seems so cold. Like stepping outside on a snowy morning and knowing no one else is out. Your footsteps seem to echo over the frozen ground. 

I can't stand to stay in this room long but sometimes I just can't stay away. I half smile at the boxes of Christmas village stacked in one of your closets that you loved so much. How many years did we put it out together? How much fun we had as I handed you things to put out and smiled up at you telling you if it was "the perfect spot" which of course it was... perching on a ladder with steaming hot cups of coco on …