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Fluffy Pancakes


These are our super fluffy pancakes.  They have such a great rise in the pan and melt in your mouth.

For these pancakes we take

1 cup of organic flour
1 1/4 teaspoon of non-aluminum baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
2  free range cottage eggs
1 cup of cream, half and half or sour cream
1/2 cup milk
coconut oil


Place dry ingredients starting with flour in a mixing bowl. Add your eggs (beaten) sour cream and milk to the top and let sit 5 -6 minutes. You will start to see the cream or sour cream and eggs reacting to the leavening. This will make your cakes more fluffy.

Gently fold in the ingredients. Do not over mix.

Cook on an oiled griddle on medium heat.  When bubbles form on top and pop making air holes, flip your pancake. When finished keep on a plate in a warm oven until all are done and ready to serve.
These are amazing with strawberries sliced on top and whipped cream.

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In Going Home

 
I can smell it before I ever see it. It has been 15 years but it is as if not a day and yet it is forever and a day. The light is fading and yet I feel a desperate need to see it again. We make our way down the road and the local traffic is thick. I am crazy- in a sort of panic to get there before the sun sinks into its depth.


Before we can even park I slide out of the passenger seat and us girls run for the sand. It is cool and January but I pull off my shoes and run for it. There it is the sun sinking but my feet are enveloped by the coolness and the salty breeze is in my hair, I am home. Tears come unbidden - what a fool I am- but it is a homecoming an embrace- a welcome home, I wonder- how I ever left... even more, how will I let it go again?

I long for home, not the place I now call home but my childhood home. The place of laughter and friends, my mom and my dad. If only I could walk the short distance home and walk in the door.  If only I could hear their voices and throw my arms around them.  I long for their embrace but they are gone.

Living Room Reveal

 

Welcome to the Cottage living room! We're going for and ocean/lake country feel around here. Instilling both of the things we love with a mix of shabby chic, and French.


The table we picked up at a yard sale to refinish and sell... we ended up falling in love with it and kept it. The chairs are mismatched finds from yards sales. We recovered the cushions on the brown and white chairs with canvas and a French label. The end chairs we found at a local Ross.


 The couches are from Ikea. We added a collection of throw pillows, the green ones and cream ruffled ones are from Ross. The three square one are from Hobby Lobby. The two on the love seat we recovered with canvass and muslin. The throw blanket tossed over the arm is a yard sale find.

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We have block out curtains on the end and thin sheer lace in the middle to let in filtered light.



The shells in the box we collected on a trip to Huntington Beach, the box we found at Ross a view years ago. We filled the trifle dish we filled with larger shells and a candle. On either side we filled half a gallon Mason Jars with sand and small tea candles.

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This is the serving dish we bought at Sam's Club for our Bonfire Party. We filled it with a few birds nests and shells. We added a cute red bucket, dried rose beds, small white milk-glass pitcher and a candle.




We repurposed this table from an auction, it was originally black but we chalk painted it white and sanded it off in a few places so the black showed through. We added some shells to decorate, a half gallon jar like on the coffee table, and rolled throw-blankets. The sea squirt lamp we found at Goodwill.


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The mirror above our fire place is yet another yard sale find we did a makeover on. The Candle sticks on either side of the fireplace are from Mrs. & Mrs. Cottage's wedding.

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We found this cute drift wood garland at Ross.



The bookshelf is another auction find. The flag displayed in the case is Grandpa's service flag.



This chair is a family heirloom, it was originally one of my aunts, it then got passed to another aunt on her death, and then on to a cousin who decided she didn't have room for it, then on to us. We made a canvas slipcover to cover the original upholstery so it would match the house and draped this lace shall from Cracker Barrel over the back.



This TV. consul traveled with us on our move from California to Tennessee seventeen years ago. On the shelves beside the main section are a display of family photos, shells, a dolphin sculpture and a sail boat. Above we placed a large jar filled with blown eggs (all home grown -wink-), a small family photo and a sea gull sculpture.


We picked up this adorable basket at Hobby Lobby (seriously we love this store! They have the greatest stuff!) and filled it with shells. Can you tell we love the beach?


We found this sail boat at Burkes Outlet (another one of our favorite stores!), we paired it with a cross from a bouquet from my aunt and uncle) and a pretty shell.


The light house we found a Goodwill, we paired it with cute blue bird salt and pepper shakers (they are too cute not to display!) and two bowls we made on a girls night out ceramic class last year. We placed a couple shells in one and a handmade candle in the other.


The Mrs. & Mrs. frame is from Kirkland's.  The lamp we got at Freds. The chairs on either side of this dresser are more yard sale finds that we painted and recovered with caves and French labels. The dresser is another yard sale find. We replaced most of the original knobs.




The throw pillow is from Kirkland's.

 
 
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Vintage Baseball Game


Today we are sharing our trip to The Sam Davis Home for a vintage baseball game. We had such a great time and can't wait to go back!


Its the perfect family friendly game- with no cussing and no fighting. You don't have to worry about what your kids are going to hear while there, and you learn about the history of this fun sport.


It is delightful family fun.  We took a picnic but they had vendors there selling food and ice cream (which if I may say was delicious!) as well. If you go be sure to bring fold out lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on.


The games are shorter and only last a few hours which is great if you have small children or just don't want to sit in the sun all day- this was the first game I didn't read a book through, I loved it!


The team members are all volunteers that love the history of the sport.






















Step back in time and enjoy an afternoon of history, fun and baseball!



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