GrAcIoUs GrAtiTuDe…♡

Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage. I’m so happy to see you today my friend. Shall we have a little tea.


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I have r.e.a.l.l.y missed chatting with you. Have you missed me too? I sure hope so! Well, anyway how’s everything been going over there?

I’ve got to say this week has been a little bit of this and that.

It seems that I’ve been doing lots of house cleaning. Hmmmm…. perhaps it’s because Spring is just around the corner?

And, when Spring is around the corner, I’m cleaning, and gardening, cleaning, and gardening.

Believe it or not, both of these activities are a form of prayer for me. Cleaning makes me focus on what I need to do. Gardening allows me to release, and let go of all my thinking. The best part of this kind of prayer, is that it always brings me to a state of Gratitude. So right now, a.t t.h.i.s m.o.m.e.n.t, I am feeling very grateful for many things in my life. Simple little things. If you have a minute, I’d  love to share a few.

My Gratitude List:

1. This day

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2. A sunrise

3. My loving, and adoring husband.

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4. A roof over my head

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5. Plenty of water to drink

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6. I don’t have to go hungry

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7. Access to the internet

8. A cool swim in the ocean

9. My furry kids

10. My health…This is a BIG deal. Since good health allows me to do everything.

See, listen walk, write, hug, kiss, think, and experience my world every day. wow…!


 

11. YOU!….yes, you, and you, and you! Some of who I’ve never met. Other than behind this screen.

But, you visit me regularly. And, trust me I’m so grateful. Oh, and just in case you just happened to stumble upon my blog for the first time. Please check out my Marcia’s Cottage page on FB. I have lots of like minded friends there for you to meet. That is where I stop by for a daily visit. And, this way we can visit more frequently. I’m also on Pinterest http:www.pinterest.com/marcialren Also, you might want to read http://marciascottagebythesea.com/2014/11/goodbyehello/ This post will get you all caught up with what’s going on.

12. Oh, and of course the kindness of people I meet everyday. It often seems like we only hear about the unkind people in the world. However, I know first hand that there are wonderful strangers just waiting to be friends. I often meet them. You have too…you know who they are… the ones who open a door, let you go ahead in line, a loving word, smile from a stranger, a kind thought or prayer….or perhaps just say a kind “Hello”

You’ll notice my gratitude list is pretty simple. You don’t need to be a billionaire to enjoy any of these. Actually, something tells me that it doesn’t matter if you have a little or a lot…gratitude is free, and there’s enough for all of us.

Amen.

xoxo…
Marcia

 

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I believe I found the perfect yummy! These look adorable!

Leprechaun Hat S’mores

A fudge stripe cookie base is topped with a marshmallow and then coated in chocolate to create one delicious little s’more hat!

Ingredients:

Keebler fudge stripes cookies
large marshmallows
dark chocolate candy melts
green candy melts
green sprinkles or cake sparkles

Step 1: Melt dark chocolate candy in the microwave, in 30 second intervals on 50% power.  Stir after each heating. Repeat until completely melted. Dip fudge stripe cookies s into chocolate, coating completely. Shake off any excess.  Set on parchment paper, top side down, until candy coating is completely set.

Step 2: Using a toothpick, dip marshmallow into chocolate and coat almost entirely. Shake off any excess. Set on parchment paper, until candy coating is completely set. Remove toothpick.

Step 3: Melt green candy just as you did the chocolate. Flip marshmallow upside down and insert new toothpick in top.
Dip into green candy, just barely, to create a small band of green around the bottom.

Step 4: Coat green candy band with sprinkles or sparkles. Shake off excess.

Step 5: Place marshmallow in center of chocolate covered cookie. Carefully remove toothpick. Touch up the toothpick hole with a small dab of melted chocolate if desired.

Step 6: Spoon some of the remaining melted green candy into a piping bag, ziplock bag or squeeze bottle. On parchment paper, make three small dots of candy in the shape of a triangle. Each dot should be about the size of a chocolate chip. Using a toothpick, swirl the three dots together to form a shamrock shape. Swirl the bottom two dots together first, then the top dot. Pull toothpick straight down to form the stem. Before candy hardens, cover with sprinkles or crushed cake sparkles. Once shamrocks have set up, dust off excess sparkle.

Step 7: To finish the hat, attach a glittering shamrock with a small dab of melted green.

Remember we are all Irish on March 17th! So get your green ready…and whip up some of these yummy treats…of course I am!  Enjoy!

Marcia
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