604 Posts Later


“Pain alone is not the enemy: the real enemy is fear, and resistance.”~The Buddha



This is the month of gratitude so thank you for being a part of my life.


(if by chance this is your first visit)



I just recently celebrated a fourth year of blogging and realized that when I first began I knew just a few of you. Over the years as I got to know you better I learned that you are Smart, Lovely, Fashion Oriented, Garden Inspired, Spirit filled readers…😘

and friends!



During that first year I posted “Getting To Know You” today I’d like to take a moment and re-introduce myself.



This is one of my favorite tea cups. Six years ago a student gave it to me at the end of the school year.

my last year of teaching



A few years later on November 1, 2013 I started a blog called Marcia’s cottage.



Back then I chatted mostly about life…

(actually still do)



in a Southern California 1920’s cottage.



Since then I have moved to the Oregon coast



created a new blog life chatting about…(life still)

living in a 1946 beach cottage…



and here we are!

 now what?


let’s begin!



This photo was taken in March, 2014.  I had asked (dragged) my sweet husband Joe to take a photo (who thank goodness is patient,  kind, confident and adoring) he told me that he gets nervous whenever I ask him to take photos. I said “why?” he replied that he thinks I’m a perfectionist. Ha! Ha! Ha!



oh… btw… when I saw the first photo I thought…

okay better take a selfie.



So alright… I am a perfectionist…


a nice one 

with that being said… Here’s the new and improved investigative journalism scoop on me and since I want to be open and honest with you… 


I’d like to begin with I’m quite a contradiction.



1. I like the smell of something new

2. I LOVE really old things that look like they’re ready to fall apart (and often do)

3. I didn’t enjoy school studying

4. I earned a Bachelors of Science in Child Development, California Elementary teaching credential, &  Masters Degree in Education

5. I really wanted to be a 👩‍✈️ Flight Attendant

6. I am afraid of heights

7. I never wanted to be a teacher

8. I taught elementary school for 40 years oops… typo meant 30 felt like 100 (just kidding)

9. I am a little of OCD



10. I lied… Seriously OCD

11. I tend to be a little picky



12. Sorry I lied again I’m terribly picky and please forgive me for not being honest. (I will try to do better next time)



13. I love fashion

14. I think I never have anything to wear

15. I love the smell of meat on the barbecue

16. I am a vegetarian

17. I love Paris in the Springtime

18. I would travel to Paris anytime



19. I love to host Tea Parties

20. I prefer coffee over tea



I’m thinking this might be a good place to insert one of my fun recipes for the week since (the music most likely has stopped) and this list is beginning to look a bit Craig~zie (crazy?)   

Okay just have to say one more thing~y

#21. I thought I might enjoy Blogging

#22. I love Blogging!


605  posts l.a.t.e.r


how’s about a little scoop about you?


Here’s that fun recipe I mentioned earlier




1 tablespoon butter

60 club crackers



2 (11 oz.) bags caramels, melted according to package directions (*you can also use caramel ice cream topping)



 confession: I ate several caramels while preparing 

10 oz. pecan halves, chopped

1 (11.5 oz.) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips




Line a 9×13 pan with foil. Butter foil.

Arrange half of the crackers in the bottom of buttered pan in a flat layer.



Pour 1/3 of the melted caramel over crackers in pan and spread caramel into an even layer. Sprinkle half of pecans on top of caramel and then top pecans with 1/3 more of the caramel on top. Top caramel layer with the remaining crackers. Pour remaining caramel on top of crackers and spread caramel into an even layer.



In medium sized microwave safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.


Pour over caramel & spread evenly. Top with remaining pecans. Let cool until chocolate has hardened, about 1 hour in the fridge. Cut into bars and serve! (If you cool these in the fridge to speed up the process, they will be hard to cut right out of the fridge because the caramel will be really hard. Let them warm up a little before attempting to cut them & then they will cut easily with a sharp knife. These can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.


*I suggest using the caramel ice cream topping as opposed to melting the caramels. The caramels became extremely hard (as in really hard) I’m thinking that the softer filling will be much better.







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7 Responses to 604 Posts Later

  1. Joe says:

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for you, your 605 blog posts and sharing your life!
    Happy Thanksgiving and congratulations on your ‘ Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea’ blog!!!

  2. Jenny Bonynge says:

    You are a WICKED woman! Those bars look scrumptious… And you are delightfully open, honest and funny! It has been quite fun having found you (how did that happen I wonder?) and now following you as you skip along life’s path.

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Jenny! Thank you for being a WICKED follower. So glad you found me too because you are so fun to chat with. The bars are decadent but use the topping instead of melting. I think you will be happier with it. Being so close one day we must meet in person ok? Guess you must know I’m loving the Oregon Coast. Thank you again for skipping along with me.

      • Jenny Bonynge says:

        Yes! I would LOVE to meet in person…over tea/coffee (really your favorite I know ) . Happy Thanksgiving to you & Joe!

  3. Pat Stansel says:

    Really liked your contradictions list —-I guess we all are a little that way ! Congratulations on your blog anniversary—sorry I didn’t find you sooner—I’m enjoying it a lot—I guess it’s the down to earth unpretentiousness that appeals to me !

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Pat,
      So happy to see you here. Thank you for such a kind comment. I’m humbled by it & so happy you are enjoying my blog. XO

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