Monthly Archives: August 2020

Let’s Go To Florence…

When you love what you have, you have everything you need. Hello, sweet friends… Years ago Joe and I traveled to Florence, Italy. It was so beautiful. I smile as I remember those days of international travel. For now travel as we knew it is on hold. I’m grateful there are wonderful places close to where I live that I can visit. today I’m taking you to one of them which is just a little over an hour away. The Florence we are visiting is one of the Oregon Coast’s leading destination towns. With it’s scenic boardwalk… harbor lined historic buildings… interesting landmarks… unique shops… choices for coastal dining… antique shops… and art galleries. it’s the perfect outing & fun get-away. I’m wondering what fun places you have close by where you live? What’s Cooking? Recently my niece suggested that I bake these lemon cookies. I have to admit that … Continue reading

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It’s A “Shore” Thing…& A Great Pasta Recipe

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. -Anne Frank Hello, sweet friend… Well…here we are in August still dealing, coping, and doing our best in regards to staying healthy & making choices on how to do so, since March… No doubt you need a break from everything I certainly do …so today I’m taking you for a visit to Shore Acres where you can enjoy the outdoors and all it’s beauty. The gardens are perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean… and fortunately for us even with the current pandemic the park is open to the public. What’s Cooking? This past week I decided to surprise our neighbor with a meal. She had recently gone through surgery and with her daughter being an essential worker I knew they’d appreciate a home-cooked delivery. The meal was easy to … Continue reading

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East Coast charm

This post was originally published back in 2015… Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea. ♡ I’m so happy to see you today my friend. ♡ Shall we have a little tea. ♡ How are you? Hope you had a good week. Any plans for the weekend? In last weeks post mentioned about an upcoming vacation to the East Coast. It’s sort of funny to use the word “vacation” since I live in a small coastal town on the Oregon Coast, that often feels like I’m always on vacation. Well, so anyway… Earlier in the week Joe and I flew into Boston on the red-eye, rented a car… And, then took a leisurely drive through Cape Cod.. where we stayed in a lovely hotel. And later in the week took the ferry to Nantucket where we are spending a few days at a charming Bed and Breakfast. I love this … Continue reading

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Meet Anastasia

In the current world situation feeling “happy” takes a bit of effort at times. Continue reading

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A Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe

”If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.”-Dolly Parton Hello, sweet friends… I thought that this week would be a perfect time to share some extra sweetness… Yes, today I’m sharing the mother of all everyday cakes. I spoke about it in last week’s post: Midsummer Diaries…A Vlog This cake recipe is delicious and comforting. and we could all benefit from a bit of comfort right now. The house smells gorgeous when it’s in the oven, it’s a cinch to make and you can vary it by changing the jam in the middle, adding butter cream, fresh cream strawberries or raspberries. The possibilities are endless. VICTORIA SPONGE CAKE INGREDIENTS 1 1/4 cups self-rising flour, sifted 3/4 cup superfine sugar 3/4 cup soft margarine 3 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1tbsp strawberry jam Confectioners’ sugar for dusting 1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and … Continue reading

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