Category Archives: Coastal Living

An Elegant Life in a Quarantined World

Here I find what now seems to be a golden opportunity for me to learn how I can get the most out of living… Continue reading

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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… http://marciascottagebythesea.com/vacationing-part-one-the-historic-mission-inn-hotel-riverside-california/I’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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