A Quarantined Life…Rose Castle Cottage

Take time to make your soul happy💕

Hello, sweet friends…

A handsewn mask made from Cami’s🐾 pet scarf💕
A perfect Easter Day spent at home during quarantine…

Slowing down and getting more enjoyment out of everyday life starts where the heart is – at home.

Garden side terrace
New pillows for garden…
Planting my first Victory garden…tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers…

I am BLESSED to be in my home environment. Enjoying waking up early to blue skies and sunshine.

I’m blessed to be here enjoying my surroundings…

Garden delights…
Alfresco dining.

in small ways celebrating every breath I am STILL able to take.

Cecil Bruner roses on arbor ready to bloom…
Rhododendron in bloom…
Dainty Bluebells providing a profusion of color…

Positioning our new home plaque…

I have been blessed in many ways during this time of quarantine to experience this moment in time. A time to find the value of each day…appreciating nature’s simple beauty and nurturing my soul in those ways which I most enjoy…

New collage for Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea website

these many blessings are my new wellness.


What’s Cooking?

Joe usually prepares salmon for our Sunday meal. This week I decided to try out an Ina Gartin recipe. Fortunately I had most all the ingredients. I substituted flour for the corn tortillas.

Roasted Salmon Tacos

Dill from our garden


Directions for the slaw

3/4 pound green cabbage, cored and finely shredded

1/2 seedless cucumber, unpeeled, halved lengthwise, seeds removed and very thinly sliced

1/4 cup good white wine vinegar

3 tablespoons minced fresh dill

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions for salmon

Olive oil, for greasing the pan

1 3/4 pounds center-cut fresh salmon fillet, skin removed

2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder

1 teaspoon grated lime zest

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, divided

12 (6-inch) corn tortillas

4 ripe Hass avocados, seeded and peeled

3/4 teaspoon Sriracha


  1. At least an hour before you plan to serve the tacos, toss the cabbage, cucumber, vinegar, dill, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper together in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate, allowing the cabbage to marinate.
  2. When ready to serve, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Brush a baking dish with olive oil and place the salmon in it. Mix the chile powder, lime zest, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a small bowl. Brush the salmon with 1 tablespoon of the lime juice and sprinkle with the chipotle seasoning mixture. Roast for 12 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until the salmon is just cooked through.
  3. Wrap the tortillas in 2 foil packets and place them in the oven with the salmon. Roughly mash the avocados with the remaining 2 tablespoons of lime juice, the Sriracha, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  4. To serve, lay 2 warm tortillas on each of 6 plates. Place a dollop of the avocado mixture on one side of each tortilla, then some large chunks of salmon, and finally, some of the slaw. Fold the tortillas in half over the filling (they will be messy!) and serve warm.
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7 Responses to A Quarantined Life…Rose Castle Cottage

  1. Donna Kelly says:

    You know that we love salmon too…and ALSO tacos!!!! Omgoodness …..so easy and sounds so yummy!!! Well wasn’t that a different kind of Easter meal this year!? Just like ours and alone too! Here’s to a new tradition!!!!! I am envious of roses budding in your yard too….we are supposedly having snow flurries today !!!!

  2. MarSea says:

    Hello Dear one Marcia
    I finally realized I don’t think you receive my answers back when I respond here
    so I just wanted to forward to you and say I just love you and your life and all the
    Blessings you share with me and your friends!
    Love Ina Garten I was going to name my red stove after her or another great cook
    I know and so I did and now my red stove is now Elaine. Great recipe. Glad you liked my plaque and
    Got one for you too! Wish you could of told everyone you saw mine at Seashell
    Cottage and wanted one for your home it would of been fun!
    Your Rose Castle Cottage is enchanting like you! Love the Cami mask ….super duper idea and BIG HUGS
    You are looking more beautiful than ever!

    • Marcia says:

      Hi Donna,
      Such interesting times we are living. I really am thankful for the comfort of my home. I just feel so troubled by all the difficulty that so many people are experiencing though. I pray that soon all will be better. Btw… This Salomon recipe is very good.

  3. Joe says:

    Wow, you seem to really be making the best of this difficult time for all of us with grace and style.
    Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Marcia says:

      Hi Joe,
      Thank you. I hope that this difficult time for so many will be over soon. Glad you think I’m inspiring.

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