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Easy Homemade Egg Nog


4 raw Organic Eggs
2-3 Tablespoons Organic Maple Syrup
1 Cup Organic Cream
3 Cups Organic Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg


Blend in the blender until frothy and serve.


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Cheekwood Botanical Garden And Museum Of Art


Christopher T. Cheek moved to Tennessee in the 1800's and started a wholesale grocery business with his son Leslie. In 1896 Leslie married Mabel Wood, they had two children together the first in 1908 and the second in 1915. During these years the elder Cheek cousin created one of the best blends of coffee, it was sold to the best hotel in Nashville 'The Maxwell House'.


They later bought 100 acres of woodland in west Nashville, hiring Bryant Flemming to design and build the house and garden that would become Cheekwood. It was completed in 1933 and the family moved into the mansion in January just two years before the death of Leslie. Their daughter and her husband resided at the home until the 1950's when they offered it as a botanical garden and museum of art. It was opened to the public in 1960.




















Preparing For Christmas | Am I Thankful?


It's Thanksgiving again. A time to be thankful, to give thanks for everything we have. But am I truly thankful? Or am I just going through the motions?  Thanksgiving falls before Christmas, a time to say thank you; for the gift to come. Christ.

Am I thankful, for the men and woman who fought to protect my freedom, the men, and woman who patrol the area to keep my family and me safe, The men and woman who are a phone call away when someone I love is hurt. For the person who delivers my mail, bags my groceries, makes my food when we eat out. The person who gave me their parking spot? The neighbor who picks up the trash in the neighborhood, the friend who is always there? The job that provides for us? Am I thankful for the little things? Like the beautiful sunrise, a smile, beautiful leaves, time to spend, the laughter of a child, four-legged friends.

Am I truly thankful? Today spend a few moments thanking Him for everything he has given you, from the big things to the little things, like your next breath.




Super Premium 5 HTP Review


Recently the Rosevine Cottage Girls were asked to review called Super Premium 5 HTP by Chronos Pharma. They offered us a free bottle to use and one for one of our friends on the blog! The bottle says it is for mood and weight support. 5 HTP  or 5 Hydroxytryptophan.

I have not noticed a difference in the weight area but it may be because I have not taken it long enough.   I did use it the last few days and they happened to be days that were a bit stressful.  I have noticed that I was able to deal with the stress better and that I had a more positive outlook. It seemed like I was able to sleep better the nights that I took the product and felt more rested when I woke up.  All in all, I liked it and will continue to use it as needed.

And now it is time for you to try this great product! The company has given us the opportunity to giveaway 1 bottle of Super Premium 5 HTP!

use this code 7PE64YHX for 30% off your order.

*Received this product free for my honest opinion*

Supporting Small Businesses This Holiday Season



 
Mademeathens -  handmade jewelry, artwork, dolls, wreaths, and some vintage items
 
Z&mecreations - hand made jewelry, wire work, wrap bracelets, watercolor pendants 
 
Art From The Cabin - acrylic & watercolor art, cards & gift tags
 
Bits And Bobs - Handmade baby bonnets
 
Rosevine Cottage - prints, clothing, stationary, phone cases, computer skins, mugs & travel mugs, bags, notebooks and journals
 
Texas Favorites & Country Treasures - Santas, snowmen, raggedy dolls & bird swings
 
Crafts N Things by Leisa - Crochet items, jewelry and a small inventory of other items. She also has a craft page (https://www.facebook.com/CraftsNThingsbyLeisa/) where lots more items can be seen and ordered.  Can make custom items.
 
Holy Serendipity - Divine Serendipité - Loads of Vintage items
 
Granny Apple Craft - crochet throws, baby buntings, earrings, and other misc.
 
The Creative Tree - personalized items with vinyl, decals and Christmas ornaments.
 
 
Handmade Artisan Holiday Gift Shoppe - Fabric ornaments, jewelry, personalized painted items, felt and vinyl with embroidery., and lots more
 
doTERRA  - essential oils for radiant health and energy support
 
Just 3 Js - wearable art and products for the home, that are created with her art and photography
 
C. Hansen Designs - custom graphic design services and right now right now promoting a 2015 Christmas Card Collection. If you order by Dec 1. you  get a free printed back side with your design.
 
Mowse Made This -  many interesting creations from polymer clay, watercolor and acrylic paintings,  jewelry, crocheting, knitting, sewing
 
Marci's Country Market - rustic country decor, farmhouse decor, country cottage decor, quality kitchen essentials, crafts supplies and seasonal.
 
Linda Keeth's Jamberry Nails - Jamberry Nail Wraps, Nail Lacquer, TruShine Gel Enamel and Hand Care items.
 
Little Lyon Farm- re-purposed items, soaps, and anything to make your life a little more natural. smile emoticon
 
Lingerie Luggage - Protecting your dainties in travel or at home storage with Lingerie Luggage bra protective cases. We also have handbag hangers, handmade jewelry, handmade sleeping masks and other handmade items
 
The Vintage Road 2 Retro - Trendy Vintage Goods for the New/Vintage Style of Today's Home with authentic vintage finds. 
 
Liz and Co - rustic wooden signs and felt hangings
 
 
Royal Touch Antiques - antiques, vintage items, hand made and some new giftware.
 
 
Aisling Farms - USDA Certified Organic products from home supplies to personal beauty!
 
The Accidental Farmers - Photography
 
Triple N Acres -  fresh Artisan Bread
 
OMG designs - Graphic Design. Holiday cards, Logos, Business card, Advertisements Etc.

Tracey's Treasures with Love - crochet treasures

 

Avary Rose Designs - custom little girl's clothing, memory quilts, crib bedding & more
 
 
The Posh Print Peddler - home decor and DIY project stencils

 
HM Embroidery Co - Custom Embroidered, Vinyl, and Chromablast shirts
 
Young Living - Essential Oils
 
 
Personal Artwork - Artist that makes portraits from photographs
 
inSpired 365 - Antiques and Collectibles
 
Romans 12:6 Studio - Custom artworks, prints, & photographs by a stay at home mom
 
RWR Designs - hand-lettered prints for your home or office (come in either 5x7, 8x10, or 8.5x11 sizes).

 
Honey Button Stables -  toy ponies, custom work & memory ponies


 
 
 
 
 
 
Handmades by Cupiecakesgumdrop - Handmade hand bags, tablet sleeves, headbands, bow ties, scarves, aprons, wallets, pot holders, oven mittens, purse organizers, coin pouches, makeup bags, drawstring/storage gym bags etc (Check her out on Instagram )
 
 
Jeffreys Antique Co Op Mall - Furniture, collectibles, costume jewelry, glassware, vinyl, books, lp's, vintage toys, prints, and holiday decor and so much more
 

My Oakland Roots  - custom handcrafted metal stamped jewelry and lots of other fun jewelry items


Tea Kettle Junktion - Vintage furnishings & décor
 
 
 Red Pandas Closet -Vegan Gifts & Personalized Jewelry
 

Miss Bella's Treat -  All natural homemade pet treats

High Plains Knot Work - unique rope knot home decor, paracord items and a variety of hand painted signs

Handmade Kreations by Karan - deco mesh and burlap wreaths and table decorations
 
ModTods - DIY children/baby clothing tutorials.
 
POTTEDLADY2001- pottery, acrylic painting, mudding on ornaments and alcohol ink painting
 
Cadee Anna's Bath Boutique - Handmade bath and body products. artisan soap, men's shave soap, sugar scrubs, bath truffles, body butters, loofah soaps, kids rubber ducky soaps, lip balms and more!
 
The Lemon Cat Soap Shop  - Handmade soap

 
 
Naturally Nicole XO - organic elderberry syrup (Immune booster and lessens cold and flu symptoms) and re-mineralizing tooth powder smile emoticon

 
 Ruby Cakes - unique nappy cake creations

 
ChicksWithAprons - Chicken pin cushions, stuffed Chickens and Chicken cat toys.

 
Hand-Knitted Dolls & Teddybears -  hand knit 11 inch boy and girl teddybears which make unique holiday/birthday gifts, baby arrival/christening gifts/baby shower table centerpieces etc. and 6 and 1/2 inch boy and girl non-breakable dolls that would make perfect "long-lasting" party favors for your child`s birthday party.
 
Whimsical Robyn - mosaic art for the home and garden

 


 

 
 
 
Pretty Pintastic Party

Grassmere Historic Farm


Grassmere was built by Col. Michael C. Dunn, it was finished around 1810. It's the second oldest home open to the public in Davidson County Tennessee.  Originally built in the Federal style but was later renovated into the Italianate with the large porches by William Dickson Shute and his wife Lavinia after the Civil war. Together they had four daughters that lived to adulthood.



 Their daughter Kate married her husband William Croft here in 1888, they had two daughters Margaret and Elise. In 1902, William Croft moved his family to Cuba for business reasons. Every summer Margaret and Elise returned to Grassmere to stay with their grandparents and aunts. In 1931, the girls moved back to Grassmere where they stayed until their deaths in 1974 and 1985 .


We always have a great time at this beautiful house and the Nashville zoo. We go every year! Even if we have seen it a ton of times it's always fun to stroll through the leaves and enjoy the beautiful lines of the house. 





Isn't this the perfect spot to sit and relax?




I love the barn on the property! It would be perfect for a harvest party or a barn dance!


 Check out our trip to the zoo this year! Or one of our previous trips!



Preparing For Christmas | Unplug


Tap. Tap. Tap. Scroll. Scroll...

While the children play they sit, there phones in there hands as if it were part of them.  Their eyes glued to the screen- paying no attention to their children. Whatever is on their screens it commands their full attention. Aliens could have abducted them and they would never have known.

Is this how you want your kids to remember the Holidays? Through a screen? How do you remember Christmas growing up?

Turn off the Cell phones, the Television, the computer, the IPad, the video games, the 'whatever' that keeps your family separated in their own little world. You don't know who will be with you next year, or whose chairs will remain empty. Treasure the 'now', because it will never come again. Your kids will never be this age again. Your grandkids will never be this age again, and your parents may not be with you next year.

Around this time last year my grandma passed away unexpectedly, leaving us to face Thanksgiving and Christmas without her for the first time since before I was born. She had lived with my parents since they were married and then suddenly she was gone... Every year she had been there decorating, baking, filling out cards, singing and finally supervising when she could no longer help. I will never forget the stories she would tell of years gone by...

Even when she couldn't remember what happened 5 minutes ago, she could sing Christmas carols. I have so many wonderful memories of being together this time of year. She loved Christmas. Which in turn she passed down to my sister and I. Its a special time of year, a time for family. For memories that you will treasure for the rest of your life. For laughter and baking and singing. For celebrating the birth of our savior.

Years later, once the gifts are all long forgotten, the wrapping paper thrown away and the lights burnt out that is what you will remember. The time spent together. Stop with the cellphone and look around you and treasure your family... so many others don't have what you have. Treasure them.



Mrs. Cottage's Cornish Game Hens


Leftover cooked long grain rice
Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil and Garlic
Himalayan Pink Salt
Pepper
Paprika
Sage
Poultry Seasoning
Cranberry Sauce

4 Cornish Game Hens

Wash hens inside and out, remove giblets. Part skin from the meat  in back and front, season with garlic, salt, paprika, sage, poultry seasoning and pepper if desired. Spoon inside of bird cranberry sauce (you can find our recipe here), follow with rice, then sauce then rice again until filled. Season outside of bird and cook for 1 hour 19 minutes in a greased pan at 380 F. You can spoon more cranberry sauce over the top if you would like.

Serve with a couple of vegetables and some cold cranberry sauce if you like.


How To Brine A Turkey


A couple years ago we raised a bunch of free range organic turkeys and chickens for the freezer. When we took them to the butcher, I know I could have done it myself- I actually have before once with the help of a very dear friend and another time Mr. Cottage and I took on a very large turkey. It took about 6 hours in a January sleet storm. But I am a wimp so you will have to cut me some slack I did raise these guys after all. The people at the place we took them were stunned.



I think we took six all at one time all weighed over 20 lbs. The biggest broke their record at 50 lbs. I'm not exactly sure what the four of us are going to do with a 50 lbs bird...



We decided to brine and then smoke one of the turkeys for thanksgiving. We picked the smallest (hey there are only so many meals you can make out of turkey!) and looked around on the internet for a good recipe. After looking at a couple we finally decided to just come up with our own.


1/2 Onion chopped
4 Bay leaves
1/2 Tablespoon Sage
1/2 Tablespoon Thyme
1/3 Cup Raw Sugar
1/2 Cup Of Salt
1 Gallon of Water
1/2 Tablespoon Pepper

Dissolve salt and sugar in water, add onions and seasonings. We used our canning stock pot because we couldn't find anything large enough to hold the turkey. Covered the top of the pot with plastic wrap then stuck the whole thing in the refrigerator for 72 hours. When it was time to cook it we rinsed the bird before cooking.