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Pumpkin Bread

This bread is near and dear to our hearts. There is nothing like the smell of this bread wafting through your home... well, maybe the taste.  This harkens back to fall here at the cottage when the pumpkin patch is nothing but frosty leaves and the precious fruit of its vine is safely tucked inside the walls of the cottage.  We roast the pumpkins or steam them and make the mashed pumpkin from them that we use for this bread.  You can feel free to use canned pumpkin for it.  It will turn out just lovely. Grandma Cottage loved to make this with our mother.  It will always remind me of her and bring sweet memories of her to my mind.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.  This is a wonderful recipe because you make enough for you and two neighbors. They will love it.
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Preheat oven to 350 F

3 1/2 Cups Organic Unbleached Flour 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda 1 Teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt 3 Cups Organic Raw Sugar 1 Teaspoon Organic Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon Organic Nutmeg 1/2 T…

Remodeling The Kitchen Week 9 - Desperately Seeking Beautiful Fire-clay Sink

Fire clay sink, fire clay sink - where fore art thou affordable, beautiful 33" Fireclay sink.

I'm searching high and low for you, knowing you must be out there, but alas you are always just out of my reach. I thought I found you a couple times but it was always your distant cousin 29". Still I pressed on- then I found you. Amazon.... can't you hear the angels sing? "Amazon".

There you were the beautiful Latoscanareversible Fireclay farm house sink, 33" LFS3318W ready to sit atop my cabinets (that I still haven't ordered because they are not in stock) and nestled with my lovely counter tops I still haven't decided upon.

The price? $420 For once in this entire rehab nightmare renovation I am smiling. I email Mr. Cottage (the only way to get a hold of him these days as the frenzy of closing the company hits an all time high). He is as excited as I am, and I do comparisons and find it other places for $700 to over $1,000. I am EXCITED -like jumping…

The Captive Maiden Book Review

We grew up on a steady dose of fairy tales and the bible, if you take a look at our room you'll find the walls covered with sleeping beauty wallpaper.  To say we love fairy tales is kind of an understatement, so we were super excited to find The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson!

We read it within two days (ok, so nothing else got done in those two days but it was so worth it!), this is Brianna's favorite in the series. The characters are loveable, the story line is fun and believable, it's a fresh retelling of a classic tale.  If you love fairy tales we highly recommend you pick up this book. You can find it on Amazon here.

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Secure your own mask

Secure your oxygen mask on your face before putting it on your children…
It sounds funny when you first hear it.  I am a parent and if things go wrong I want to protect my kids first but if you ponder it, how can you protect your children if you are unconscious or dead? Well you can’t, right?
The same goes for us and our faith.
We can’t expect our children to develop the habits of faithful bible reading, memorization, prayer and walking out their faith if they are not seeing that in our lives.They will not just do what we say, but will do as we do. We must remember to be faithful before them!
Moms and dads, they have to see that we make it a point to put God and our relationship with him first.  Before our jobs, the stacks of laundry or a having a perfectly clean house (yeah, right), getting all the dishes done or the huge TO DO list gets tackled. They need to see that we make him a priority so they can see the steps we take to do that same thing. Pray. Not only is it urgent that we cover…

Texas Cheese Fries Knockoff

If you're like us you like to cheat every once in awhile and order a plate of something fried (if it has cheese and bacon its even better), so when we ran into fries covered with cheese and bacon at a restaurant- lets just say we fell in love. So today we're going to show you how to make this treat in a way that isn't as bad for your body.

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Mild Cheddar Cheese
Nitrate Free Bacon
1 Bag Frozen Organic French Fries (You could make these yourself but we just by them because we usually make these at an ungodly hour while watching a movie marathon. Less dishes!) When we make them ourselves we use the Yukon Gold Potatoes in the food processor with the french fry blade.
Coconut oil
Himalayan Pink Salt
Black Pepper

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Cook bacon until crispy. Heat coconut oil in a pan, toss fries into oil and season with salt and pepper. Remove to baking sheet and cook (following instructions on container for store bought).…

Hero's And Princesses: Author Of My Story

She was a princess, she didn't have to cook and clean and wash and sew. But she chose to. She excepted these seven crazy misfits, she loved and cared for them expecting nothing in return. She had nothing and no one. She was on the run for her life. But she won people over, not with her pretty face or popularity or a great sense of humor or dazzling smile. Not by having her life all together and knowing exactly where she was going, but by loving people. In all their broken beautiful forms. She met the evil in the world with kindness. Her name was Snow White. She'd lost everything, but she still had love.

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Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.…

Pulled Pork Tacos

Ingredients: 1 Pork Butt 1/4 Cup Ketchup 1/4 Cup Worcestershire Sauce  2 Tablespoons Liquid Smoke 1/4 Cup BBQ Sauce 2 Tablespoons Molasses 1/4 Cup House Salad Dressing 4 Tablespoons Lemon Juice 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder 1 Teaspoon Salt 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
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Directions:Place pork butt in a pan and season with all the ingredients. Cook at 200 degrees for 4 hours or until done (should me 160 - 145 degrees inside- make sure you check it at the thickest part of the meat). Remove from oven and shred. Serve with lettuce and your favorite salsa.

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Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Collection Review

About a month ago we won Influensters Not Your Mother's badge and got these great products as a prize. We thought we would go ahead and review them for you. Over the last weeks, we've been trying them and have to say we LOVE them!

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The dry shampoos work wonderfully, perfect for those moments you're about to walk out the door and realize you need to wash your hair, like the Saturday we went to Remembering World War II.

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The shampoo and conditioners are awesome! They leave our hair soft and shiny, and it isn't really harsh on it like some other products we've tried. The best part? They're sulfate, paraben and dye free. This is wonderful for our family because we have very sensitive skin.

French Door Number Tutorial

Hello everyone! Today we are painting our house number on the front door. Mrs. Cottage has wanted to do this for years, but we just never got to it. Last week the weather was perfect for painting so I decided to slap on a fresh coat of paint before winter. 
What you will need: Rounded carving tool Tape Fine paint brush White paintPicMonkey Paper Scissors

It had been a few years and it really needed it. 

So after a quick wash and taping around the windows because I'm notorious for getting paint where it doesn't belong (please tell me I'm not the only one!) I hit it with a fresh coat of semi-gloss black paint.

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Right, about now I was feeling brave and happened to have white paint for the back porch. So I decided to bite the bullet and paint the numbers on it too. I mean how hard could it be- right? (Insert Mr. Cottage's worried frown).

So I hopped on the computer and headed over to Picmonkey. If you haven't tried it yet, I use it…

Why My Kids Skipped Children's Church

Oh! Mommy! We guess what? We taught the class today!
This is what welcomed me the last time my girls went to children’s church. The teacher admitted they did indeed teach the class and helped her with the facts of their story that she herself didn’t know. I don’t fault her, maybe she was a new believer, but from then on the girls stayed with us.

Thankfully that our pastor was smart and engaging, the girls sat and learned under him as we did and learned more at home under their father and I the rest of the week. Before the twins could write, I bought colored pencils and drawing pads and had them listen to the sermon and draw out the message. Then at the end of the service, I asked what they learned and had them show me their pictures and explain it. I was struck by how much kids really get the deeper things and how their little hearts interpreted the powerful message.

We underestimate our children so much. We let shows talk down to them, people talk down to them , give them a dumbed do…

Fruity Hot Oatmeal

1 3/4 cup of apple juice
1 cup of old fashioned oats
1 apple chopped
1/2 cup blueberries fresh or frozen

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Boil the juice and add your fruit and oats to it.  Cook for 5 minutes stirring.  Add cinnamon.

Spoon into bowls and serve hot.

Remodeling The Kitchen Week 10

Come on home stretch! We are SO ready for this to be done. Now that the floor is in we're patching the walls and deciding on a sink and dishwasher this week. We still need to sand the patched places and paint it again, but its starting to come together. 

We couldn't resist any longer, so we pulled the fridge and stove back into the kitchen. It's so nice to cook on a real stove again! You never know how much you appreciate being able to boil water even. Ha ha! If I never have to cook on another hot plate again I would be very happy!
We're ordering cabinets this week! Yes, we are excited and doing happy dances. Hopefully, in the next two weeks, we'll have a kitchen again! Then we need to just get our counters picked out and ordered. Stay tuned! 
Check out last weeks post here

DIY Jean And Daisy Napkin Rings

Today we are making these adorable daisy and jean napkin rings! 
You are going to need:                               Paper Towel RollsBlue JeanGerber Daisies Glue GunScissors

Step 1. Cut paper towel rolls in the size you need for your rings.

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Step 2. Cut a jean strip to cover the roll.

Step 3. Using the hot glue gun, run a strip of glue across the roll continue laying rows of glue and pressing the blue jean until you reach the end. Please be careful it will burn your fingers if you touch it.

Step 5. Squeeze a circle of glue into the center over the raw ends. Press flower onto the glue and hold until it cools.

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The Love Of A Mother

Morning dawns on another day –sunlight piercing through finger print smudged- windows-, for now all is quiet and still.

As if life is holding its breath for the chaos that will no doubt ensue far too soon.

You make your way across the floor using your mad ninja skills to avoid the spill of Legos booby trapping the walkway behind the couch and the fire truck that will wail if it moves.

.@RoseCottageGirl 's Share How You Should Never Underestimate the Role You've Stepped Into as a Mother! #momlife — TheLaundryMoms (@TheLaundryMoms) October 4, 2016
The collection of miniature kitchen utensils and cups that you could swear you put away a thousand times and reach for the prize…


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Spinach Egg Breakfast Cups

The Crust2 Cups Organic All Purpose Flour
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons Organic Raw Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Grassfed Butter
2/3 Cup Organic Milk

Stir together in a medium size bowl flour, baking powder, sugar, cream of tartar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add milk, and stir until combined, but don't over stir. Roll out and mold into a muffin tin (this should make 4-5)

The Stuffing4 Eggs Scrambled eggs (seasoned how you like it)
3 Tbsp Diced Ortega Chilies
3 Tbsp Of Spinach
2-3 slices Nitrate Free Bacon fried and chopped

Remodeling The Kitchen Week 9

Week 9, I can't believe it's been this long, but alas it has. This week has been rainy and chilly (very untypical for a southern September but we'll take it.

This week Mr. Cottage has been cutting holes in the walls to run the wires so we can swap the stove and refrigerator. Insert crying face as he messes up our shiplap. We think he takes way too much pleasure in cutting open the walls.

The tile guy finally came, ripped out our loose tile and regrouted! Sorry about the horrible lighting but he showed up at 6:00 at night while we were eating dinner. We are so ready to have your kitchen back! I don't think I can look a chicken in the eye again.

This was my view yesterday morning, floor finished. Mr. Cottage finished wiring while we girls headed out to look at appliances. Today after church we'll be mopping, and putting drywall back in place. We're praying the place we are getting our cabinets from will be able to deliver them this week and that counters will …