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Bonfire Party

 Spring is here! Flowers, warm weather and the promise of many memories to be made in the sun. The season of entertaining, BBQ's and pool parties, and picnics at the lake. Last week we had a bonfire, so we thought we would share it with you.

We try to make everything as healthy as possible here at the Cottage even when it comes to Smores. So we served organic marshmallows, Organic graham crackers, dark chocolate, sweet tea (hey you can't live without it in the south!), water and nitrate free beef hotdogs.

We served the tea in this adorable drink server. We bought it a few years ago at Sam's Club.

Tasty bits of organic chocolate waiting to melt in your smore.

Crisp sweet organic graham crackers await your creation.

We used this little bucket filled with ice for a cooler for guest who would rather have water.

We got the Smore station  a couple weeks ago at Sam's Club also- I really love it! It's perfect for so many things, like sandwiches and other finger foods. Oh …

Old Hickory Lake

 Last weekend we spent a day at Old Hickory lake, we had such a great time! It's so beautiful. We took a picnic and sat in the sunshine watching the boaters and kayakers.

One of my favorite things about Tennessee is the many parks and lakes within just a few minutes drive. Whether you want to go hiking or hang out on the water there is something for everyone.

Isn't it beautiful? This lake is made from the waters of the Cumberland that meanders across Tennessee.  There are wonderful parks sprinkled along its shores.

People come from near and far to enjoy the water to jet ski, fish, ski, boat and just hang out with their family and friends.

Many parks include Bbq areas and picnic tables that make it even easier to  enjoy the day.

We just packed a picnic and blanket but there were places to cook and tables available.

The water is still cool, but there were lots of families out biking and enjoying the day.

It is a perfect way to enjoy the day with those you love.

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When God Gives Us A New Dream | Leelee

Up until I reached college, everything went exactly according to my plans. I got the toys that I wanted.  I received all sorts of accolades and was admitted into all sorts of special programs.  I was fortunate enough to be accepted into my first and only choice of college.

My plans were to study education and Spanish.  When I finished college, I would have several job offers.  Obviously, I would graciously accept the teaching job where I would utilize both of my majors and would be able to live in a cute little place overlooking the ocean.  As an eighteen-year-old, I could not imagine spending my career with the littlest learners.  I was adamant about wanting only upper elementary job offers.  Since I was dreaming about my ideal future, I would have fallen in love and married my college sweetheart.

Little did I know then, but a series of redirections would prove over and again that I needed to trust God with my plans instead of going off on my own.

After college was over, I moved back to…

Beefy Nachos

Ingredients:Corn Tortillas Mexican Cheese Mix Favorite SalsaSalt and freshly ground black pepper, to tasteCoconut Oil or your favorite healthy oil Ground beef Refried beans
1. Warm up the ground meat of your choice and the refried beans in two separate pan with a little water.

2. Slice Tortillas into strips or triangles, fry in skillet with oil.

3. When crisp remove to a platter with a paper towel on top leaving behind as much of the oil as possible in the pan and lightly salt with some finely ground Himalayan pink salt.
4. Add cheese in layers between chips.
5. When all of your chips are done, layered and salted, top with cheese, meat, and beans and serve with a bowl of salsa, sour cream and/or guacamole.

Ingredients For Nacho Sauce: 2 tablespoons salted grass fed butter 2 tablespoons organic all-purpose flour 1/2 cup organic milk 1/2 cup half and half 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 (4-ounce) can diced jalapenos 2 cups shredded c…

When God Gives Us A New Dream | Amy Langmaack

When we’re in college, we think we have it all figured out… our careers, our friends, the place where we will live.  We’ve got the road all mapped out and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or says because we are in control.  We’re on top of the world because we’re about to receive our diploma and enter the “real world” for the first time ever.
I was one of those college students.  I went to school with a plan to be an audio engineer and live in Nashville for the rest of my life.  I had a plan to be in the music industry for the rest of my life.  My dream was to stay in that city that stole my heart, and continues to hold a piece of it to this day.  
But God…
God most certainly had a different plan in mind for me.  I ended up discovering that as much as I loved audio engineering, it wasn’t my calling or my place in life.  It will always be a passion of mine, and something that I enjoy in a casual way.  But the pressures of the job were overwhelming and I couldn’t thrive in that si…

White Enchiladas Recipe

This is a super yummy recipe.  Our Aunt Teri made these a lot when we lived back in California.  They are so good.  We took our own route so that we can make it our way which is healthy.  Try these and let us know what you think!  Here is where you pre-heat your oven at 425 F. Not sure what that is celsius, sorry!

Ingredients: 10 Azteca flour tortillas (We use these because there is nothing bad in them. Use what you have.) 2 Cups Grated  Jack cheese 2 Cups Shredded chicken leftovers 3 Tablespoons. organic butter 3 Tablespoons. organic flour 1 Can bone broth (or other broth) 1 Cup organic sour cream 1 small Can of Ortega Chilis diced  (7 oz)
Instructions - Mix one-half of your cheese and all of your chicken in a bowl.
Spoon a bit of this mix into the center of your tortilla and then roll them up.
Place them face down in a casserole dish and continue rolling each of them and laying them side by side.

Now for your sauce! Grab one of your skillets and in there place your butter in the pan …

When God Gives Us A New Dream | Cassie

We all have our plans don’t we? We all like to imagine that we have complete control over our days and years… all with the ultimate goal of achieving whatever it is we happen to be dreaming of. For some, maybe a select few, this may actually work out; however, the vast majority live out a very different storyline than originally imagined- especially for those of us who follow Christ. It isn’t wrong to dream, it isn’t wrong to plan, but if we really want to please God then we need to be ready to do (or not do) whatever it takes to follow His will. We choose to do this with all of the love in our hearts because, deep down in our souls, we know that is the only way we can ever truly please the Father and be personally fulfilled.I was no different than most other young people in my attempts at planning a future. I’ve only really had a couple of dreams in my life regarding how I would spend my adult years. First, around middle school and up through the first year or so of high school, I tr…

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Hermitage Fall Craft Festival

This weekend we went to the Fall Craft Festival at the Hermitage, it was such a beautiful day to be out! The Hermitage was the home of our 7th president, Andrew Jackson. We didn't tour the home, this time just went to the festival. There were lots of great artists there, and live music from the 70's  to listen to as you strolled through the festival. I even got to play a violin!! Apparently I am pretty good because the lady was impressed that it was my first time playing one.

Aren't these mugs cool? Perfect for coffee! This person's ceramics were all in these earth tones.

These paintings were amazing! This artist came from Romania. I really loved the emotion of the one closest to us. What do you think?

This artist's take on the Nashville skyline. Love this one!

This is a table of old toys that kids could really borrow and play with. I love the rings with the ribbons. It is called graces. We this game when we were kids -  they ended up a tree.

This shop had some gr…

When God Gives Us A New Dream | April

In early 2011 I started suffering from panic attacks.  As a follower of Jesus, I knew that worry and fear was not His will for my life.  I started to fight back by the power of the truth.  Once I was healed from anxiety and depression I started to teach women how to get empowered through scripture and how to fight back.  

In June of 2012, I felt called to start a ministry that would help women overcome anxiety, fear, panic attacks and depression by knowing the Truth of God’s word.  The ministry was called Healed Whole New and it caught attention very quickly.  I saw that so many Christian women were suffering from mental battles.

I could see God in the details and women from all over the world were connecting to the ministry.  I felt like my dreams were finally coming true and I would soon be able to quit my corporate day job in Human Resources.On April 2015, I was preparing to go into my day job and I felt so excited in my spirit.  I prayed that God would make a miracle happen that da…

Pancake Breakfast

There is nothing like a stack of pancakes in the morning, the smell of warm maple syrup on the back burner and the smoky smell of bacon on the griddle. It is the taste and smell of home. This is a more traditional thinner pancake recipe, but it is still oh so good!

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of organic flour 1/4 cup organic sugar 2 teaspoons of baking powder 1 egg beaten 1 cup of organic milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Maple Syrup Grass Fed Butter
Directions: In a large bowl place your dry ingredients. Beat the egg and add it and the milk to the dry ingredients. Fold together until combined.

Heat your oiled griddle and ladle the pancake mix and cook until air bubbles come up in the batter and pop leaving little holes and the sides don't seem so wet on the edges.  Flip your pancakes with a spatula to the other side and cook until done.

Lift them from the pan onto a plate in a warm oven and continue until you have enough or the batter is gone.

Add a dollop of soft butter and warm syr…

CVS Unilever Dry Spray VoxBox

We got the CVS Unilever Dry Spray VoxBox in the mail a couple weeks ago, Mr. Cottage tried it out for us (Thanks, Mr. Cottage!!). He had never tried spray deodorant before, but he really liked this one. He said it worked well and lasted a long time and that he liked the smell.
You can find our unboxing video below.   

Received this product free for my honest review.

When God Gives Us A New Dream | Britt

Dreams. We all have them. From the time that I was a young girl all I dreamed about was getting married and starting a family. A small dream, and a cliche dream, maybe, but it was my dream. I was married at a young 20 to a wonderful man, and after a couple of years, we decided to expand our family. At the time, my husband was in the middle of graduate school, and I was working full-time. We figured that this would be a good time as we were currently on school insurance, and the baby would be due around the same time he graduated. We had a job pretty much lined up for him after graduation, that offered fairly good insurance, too, and we thought that this righteous desire would granted us fairly quickly.

However, that was not the case. Months passed. I continued working, he continued schooling, and I was left feeling a bit empty. Negative pregnancy test after negative pregnancy test crushed my spirit. Why could we not have this one thing?

Fast forward about 8 months. Although a pregnan…

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

These cookies are Brianna's babies. She made up this recipe to take to her acting class and they were such a big hit. The ingredients are clickable (except for the eggs ... sorry) and can be ordered on Amazon. They are a great treat for the chocolate and coffee lovers. Mr. Cottage's friend at works loves them!  He begs dad to have us make more.

Ingredients 2 1/4 Cups Organic All Purpose Flour 1 Cup Organic Cocoa Powder 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt 1 Cup Grass Fed Butter, softened 1½ Cups Granulated Raw Sugar 1 Teaspoon Organic Vanilla Extract 2 Large Eggs 2 Cups Chocolate Chips    3/4 Cup Instant Coffee (if you're using a strong brand, you can cut it down to a ½ cup)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, ½ of the instant coffee and salt in small bowl.
In large mixer bowl, beat butter for 30 seconds then add, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy.
In another small bowl beat eggs, then add the rest of…