Category Archives: Coastal Living

It’s Beginning To Taste A Lot Like Christmas🎄

“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it” – Edith Wharton Hello, sweet friend… CANDY CANE COOKIE BARS 🎅🏻 INGREDIENTS 🎅🏻 preheat oven to 350 degrees F. rack in the middle position 1 cup butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 egg ( just beat it with a fork in a glass)🎅🏻 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 2/3 cups finely chopped miniature candy canes (measure after crushing) 6 drops red food coloring 2 cups flour (not sifted~(pack it down when you measure it) one cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (that’s a 6 ounce bag) 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (thats a 12 ounce bag) 🎅🏻 Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute 30 seconds on HIGH. Set in on the counter to cool. Place the sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer (you can also do … Continue reading

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How To Have A Well Behaved Cat

    In a world where you can be anything be kind.   ❤️ Hello, sweet friends… Our beautiful cat Darjeeling passed away yesterday. I decided to share a post that is a happy memory…and a reminder of all the joy our furry animals bring. In memory of Darjeeling…December 13, 2019   🌸 How To Have a Well Behaved Cat By Marcia Ren Original post was published on WordPress August 25, 2016 🐝 Well I bet you were p.u.r.r.r.haps just a little surprised by today’s post title. P.u.r.r.r.haps not. I  hope you don’t expect a huge dissertation or anything. I’ve recently learned it’s quite simple how to have a p.u.r.r.r.fectly well behaved cat.   Of course you are familiar with Darjeeling our feline mademoiselle. ‘Qui???’ ‘no???’   “I’m easy”….Darjeeling♡ and so you must know she is the smartest sweetest cat.   However, a few months back it was brought to my attention she had been putting … Continue reading

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Tis The Season!

“Do small things with great love” -Mother Teresa Hello, sweet friend… No doubt about it I’m a city girl… yet since moving from California into small town living…I’m discovering I am also… A country girl! The Holiday bazaar season is like a Norman Rockwell painting…come to life… Their signs are everywhere…I recently attended 3 Christmas bazaars… #1 We all know what to expect: You walk into a church hall festooned with decorations… that transform a humble space into a holiday theme park. The tables are filled with homemade baked goods, and seasonal treats; the crafters have created one-of-a-kind gifts and ornaments; knitted, crocheted and hand-sewn scarves, mittens and pet toys are offered at hard-to-beat prices… #2 Holiday bazaars do more than just put shoppers in the spirit of the season… They bring people together. Visitors run into neighbors and out-of-towners they may not have seen since last year. It’s like … Continue reading

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Vacationing…Part Three…A Vintage Christmas Open House🎄

Christmas is too sparkly…said no one ever. 🎄Hello, sweet friend…🎄 I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving…’ve been so excited to share this part of my California vacation with you… I’ve put together highlights from a Christmas Open House I attended while I was vacationing in California. The shop is called Vintique Alley and located in Riverside, California. Now just in case you need a bit of tree inspiration… Here are a few more photos from another Open House I was lucky to visit during my vacation…Mozarts Home Decor located in Redlands, California. One more thing…here are a few ideas for appetizers if you are hosting a gathering… Next week…a peek inside my sweet Christmas cottage🎄 🎄Happy December!🎄

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“Life is only as good as the people you get to share it with” -Darren Criss Hello, sweet friend…🍂 🍂 It’s the little things that make me happy… the order I put into my corner of the universe… HOME this is where I experience the most joy. That being said…much of this month has been spent away from home… visiting family and friends in California and Central Oregon. 🍁 It took a bit of planning… a conscious decision & willingness to take the time for others… traveling to visit those very important people in my life… It’s often so easy for me to get caught up in my own life… that I often forget the importance of going the extra mile (literally) Now with Thanksgiving… just around the corner… I’m experiencing a deeper gratitude in my heart… 🍁 for all November has brought me… and now I feel much more … Continue reading

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