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Remodeling The Kitchen - When You Stop Counting The Weeks

Well, this has been quite a journey, hasn't it?  Sinks and sub floors, tile and cabinets, saws and drills Oh and BRAD not to be confused with Brad Pitt mind you but the battery powered brad gun that we have all come to know and love around here. Yes, it has been a long and educational journey.

I can't even begin to tell you what week we are on with the kitchen job but it is at least a million, isn't it? And I just know that I should be nominated for some amazing award like the purple heart of the DIY world and any day someone is going to knock at the door and show me the beautiful shiny (it has to be pretty, right?) award. Sigh...  This entire process has been one step forward and a hundred back with crooked contractors and shoddy workmanship to meeting some really great people that will hopefully be lifelong friends.

Right now we are up against the calendar as Mr. Cottage has to go for training for his new job and we need to get this done before said company demands his a…

Revive My Heart In This Desert Place

Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The desert will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the Plain of Sharon. There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God. Isaiah 35:1-2
For the last few months, my life has felt like a wilderness- one I've settled in and "pitched my tent" in and gotten comfortable. I've let myself get comfortable, gave myself permission to settle in and unpack on that parched desert floor.

How much I need Jesus to come in like a spring rain and turn my wasteland to green plains. To revive my heart like a flower in the heat of summer. To bring joy and singing to my weary heart.

With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to the fearful hearts, "Be strong and do not fear, for your God is comin…

Homemade Beef Stroganoff Recipe

This is a simple recipe that we all really love, it's perfect for those cold winter days when you need some comfort food or you have some leftover cream of mushroom soup sitting in the fridge. It will forever, remind us of Grandma Cottage's kitchen. I can see her now sprinkling in seasoning from her little tin canister labeled 'love'. It's a great casserole to bring to a neighbor or friend when sick or in need or if you live in the south to a church pot-luck. This has always been a great crowd pleaser!

1 Bag of Egg Noodles

1 Pound Top Sirloin steak (cut into slices) or a nice roast (if you're in a pinch) sliced thinly against the grain, (not too thinly, it's not a sandwich.)

2 Cup Organic Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 Cup Organic Sour Cream

1/2 Cup Cooking Sherry

Himalayan Pink Salt To Taste

Black Pepper To Taste

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

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Boil noodles according to package directions. Slice beef into thin str…

Fear Fighting: Are you a People Pleaser?

God told me to pray with all my heart. So, I did. I don't think they liked it very much.

I think they had thoughts about it. Opinions. Perspectives. Perceptions.


What do you do when God prompts your heart, but man judges it? They may not say it. They may not whisper it. They may not even admit it, but somehow you know, under the cover of their Christian guise it brews. What do you do with that?

This is what I've been considering. Do I take care of man or do I take care to follow God's lead?

There's risk, big risk, in following God. Moving outside norms, beyond bounds or having an air of "different" can feel like a punishment waiting to happen.  It can feel like you're letting people down. It can feel like their charge over you marks you condemned.

Even more, the fear of being judged, ostracized or talked about behind your back - is real. It is really real. Even worse, in some cases, it is likely to happen. Add that to the enemy, who spits out ugly words…

Cottage Oatmeal

1 cup of oats (not quick oats)
1 3/4 cup of spring water
Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt (optional)
A bit of raw sugar for the top
Cream or milk

Boil on your stove the water and salt. Add oats and raisins and cook 5 minutes. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with raw sugar and walnuts. Add cream or milk if desired.

Soul H2O Book Review

Hello, friends! Today I'm sharing with you an awesome devotional, Soul H2O by Sherry Stahl. I LOVE this book! It truly has been a wonderful way to start my mornings. If you're like me you love starting your day spending time with God, but sometimes it can be hard to fit in long devotionals.

This is perfect because there small but meaty chunks to encourage you through your busy day. It also has a prayer to pray (one of my favorite parts! Why don't more devotionals do this?) and bible verses to help you to "draw from the well" by actually getting into the word of God.
I have it sitting next to my laptop so I can read it before I get online and interact the big beautiful world outside my door. Trust me you need this in your life! And no I'm not just saying that because I'm on the launch team everyone needs a little #SoulH2O!
You can pick up a copy at the following retailers:AmazonBarnes And, & Christian
I received t…

Kitchen Remodel Week 22

Apparently, it's a trend for delivery trucks to not drive up our driveway, rather than drive up the delivery guys drug our new dishwasher up on a dolly. Yep, all the way up, around large holes, over small bumps and through the gravel right up to the back door. They promptly left the very large, and quite a bit grimy box in the living room and disappeared back out the door.

Over the course of the week, we finished installing all of our lower cabinets, hang on! Do you hear it? Angels singing! Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing ore' the plains and the mountains in reply...- ok, ok sorry.

Until we decide on counter tops Mr. Cottage has laid pieces of wood that he cut to fit the tops of the cabinets over them so we have something to work on.  We're still in a toss up as to what to put on them, granite, quartz, porcelain or butcher's block we're trying to hustle before Mr. Cottage heads to Germany for three months. It would be so much easier if the fabricators …

When The Holiday's Find You Lost

She hugged herself in the backseat of the older car, the seats speaking of its well used years. Beside her on the seat a battered pink backpack held all of her worldly possessions, it wasn't much for her five years of life but it was hers. Her shoes were scuffed and half a size too small and her coat pinched her arm when she shifted in her seat to look out the window.

The social worker called something from the driver's seat as the turned on to another street, she was only slightly interested in where her "new" home would be. After all, she wouldn't be there long, just long enough for them to discover she wasn't worth the trouble and then it was packed up and back in the back of Ms. Cole's car.

Really she didn't blame them after all, mom had always said she wasn't worth much... her eyes shifted back outside to the snowswept lawn. One day she'd like to build a snowman in that pretty snow, to sled down a hill and have someone cheering for her li…

Battle Ship Potato

Looking for a fun meal to serve the kids? Look no further! Delicious protein packed baked potato fully equipped with blast 'em out of the water carrot stick cannons and a tortilla chip sail.  Sail away to adventure with this fun meal!

Baked Potato
Grassfed Butter
Himalayan Salt (just a bit)
2 Carrots
Cottage Cheese
Black Bean Chip

Slice the baked potato, sprinkle with salt and add butter. Spoon cottage cheese on top, place carrots on either side of the potato across from each other and place a chip in the middle.

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When The Holidays Find You Forgotten

Duke is out on his walk once again. He makes this journey daily- it is better than sitting in his place alone thinking of the old times. He pushes his walker down the bustling street; cars pass him their drivers taking no notice of the little old man and his battered walker as they speed by caught up in their own little world. He makes his way to the bank, the same as every other day. He opens the heavy door, and the crunching leaves blow in with him. The tellers wave at him as he makes his way over to the coffee pot- during the war, he learned to like it strong and black.

He looked out the window as he sipped on the brew. Jack would have said it was strong enough to strip paint; he smiled at the memory of his son. How many years since he'd seen that boy? He couldn't quite remember. He'd been leaving on deployment, that last time he saw him. Man had he been proud of his boy. But he was gone now... He watched the dark clouds gather, looked like a storm was brewing. He turne…

Triple Threat Chocolate Chip Cookie

These cookies are just truly amazing. Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate together make this organic cookie a special treat! 

 1/2 Cups of Organic All Purpose Flour1 Teaspoon Baking Soda1/2 Teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt1 Cup Grass Fed Butter1 Cup Raw Sugar 2 Free Range Eggs 1 1/2 Teaspoon Organic Vanilla Extract 1/2 Cup Organic Dark Chocolate Bar Broken Up1/2 Cup Organic Milk Chocolate1 CupOrganic White Chocolate Bar Broken Up
Stir together in a large bowl flour, soda,and salt. Then add butter and sugar. Mix until combined then add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Then stir in chocolate. Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes then pull out of the oven and allow to cool.
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Conspiracy Of Silence Book Review

Ok, here I am with another great book for review.  For the last few days, I have driven my family nuts by randomly laughing, chewing my nails to oblivion and hiding with a flashlight late at night to finish this amazing read!Conspiracy Of Silence by Ronie Kendig. 

I absolutely Loved the story line, the characters are fun and relate-able, it's action packed and shrouded in mystery and a thread of history that keeps you turning each page. Truly an excellent read! I could read it over and over. Can't wait to read the next one! 

If you are a suspense fan you are going to love this book. 

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Kitchen Remodel Week 18 | Oh The Irony

Week 18 of the saga of our D.I.Y kitchen remodel job. Today, our third blind corner replacement arrived- the shrill ringing of the telephone intruding on a pre-caffeinated morning with a rather grumpy UPS delivery guy on the other end. He quickly informed us that we would have to come down and get the "package" because they don't deliver things like that...

You don't deliver packages? Oh, the irony. In the back of my head, I'm wondering when that happened. Seriously? You don't deliver large packages? Our sink, which you delivered to the top of the driveway weighed more than the cabinet.

So...we scrambled to get dressed, seriously- why is it every time I come downstairs in my Pj's I end up showing them off for the neighbors. The last time it was chasing neighborhood dogs away from my chicken coops, but that's a story for another time.

Anyway, we piled in the mini-van for the short drive down the hill (he told us to back down the driveway. *Snort* Yeah,…