January…A Day At A Time



“In my life’s chain of events nothing was accidental. Everything happened according to a need.” -Hannah Senesh


💗Greetings, sweet friend!💗





I find that many things I do around the home mirrors what often is going on within me.



 I’m very much aware that there are spaces in my life that Id like to switch around.



Recently I felt the urge to switch decor in the cottage



and discovered that when switching things around

going slowly works best.



Sometimes I toss things out….

other times I just switch things a bit.



 January a new month…




The month of beginning again

(no matter what has been in the past)




I have a new beginning to  dream…





This week Joe and I prepared a Florentine tuna casserole. It had a combination of tuna, pasta, spinach, and cheddar cheese. It was Joe’s idea to switch around the recipe by using mini bowtie pasta (farfalle) and sliced sauteed 🍄 mushrooms. I must say this change was a great switch!





1 package (12 ounces) egg noodles, cooked and drained

2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained

2 cans (6 1/2 to 7 oz. each) tuna, drained

1 large jar (4 ounces) diced pimientos

2 teaspoons grated onion

2 cups grated Cheddar cheese, divided


Cook the noodles in boiling salted water following the package directions.



Combine the cooked noodles, well-drained spinach, tuna, pimiento, grated onion, and 1 cup of the shredded cheese.



Top with the remaining cheese; cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.



If by chance you happen to be in the mood to switch things (recipe) up you can also replace the pimientos with diced roasted red peppers, and substitute frozen chopped cooked kale for the spinach. or anything else you might desire.😉




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10 Responses to January…A Day At A Time

  1. Joe says:

    Thank you for reminding us that we can keep things in our life, toss things out or switch things to discover a new way of looking at our lives.

  2. Frances says:

    Thank you for reminding me to take it slowly when switching or replacing things. Also, I love your sofa cover. My sofas are odd sized. One is from the 50’s that at one time it was a corner group. But the centre little table is missing. So, I butted both halves together to form a longer sofa. My other one is a Lazy Boy recliner three seater sofa with muted soft blue background with pink n cream large cabbage roses. I enjoy reading your pages. Cheers, Freya

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Frances,
      Thank you for stopping by. It’s nice to see you. I must admit I haven’t always taken things slowly…it’s been a learning process.;) My sofa cover came from a company called Surefit. Have you heard of them? I’m satisfied with mine. You can go on line and check out their styles and colors. They have a nice selection. I’m actually thinking of switching mine for Spring. ;} Your recliner with the soft blue background and cabbage roses sounds lovely. Xo

  3. Mary Jane Newman/Pike says:

    Thanks for the new recipe and glad you are making suggestions for changes in it. I am ready to try it looks delicious. Take care of that new Sous Chief in the kitchen! We all enjoy your Blog.

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Mary Jane,
      I have a feeling that you will be switching up this recipe up to a whole new level.;) Yes I am enjoying my Sous Chief in training. Ha! Thank you for your very kind comments. Xo

  4. Jane says:

    Hi sweet friend….

    I love all the postings of the darling pink cottage by the sea….. I love January… I know some people think it is gray and dark but I find it warm and cozy…. I think the nesting comes out and it is time to rearrange the feathers… I know you too have been doing that around your darling cottage. I have been busy cleaning out drawers, closets and cupboards and finding the most amazing treasures that have been long forgotten….Oh, dear, I hope this is not a precursor of things to come…. Daniel is even doing things about the house… He is changing all the light fixtures in the garage and in my catch all closet under the stairs where I store all my stuff…. I need to get to that closet in the coming days….
    I am so enjoying all of your recipes that you and Joe make together on your Tuesday cooking days… Tuesday around here have always been special. When I was the young bride Daniel was so busy starting up the business and involved in so may outside activities I was beginning to feel left out…. Tuesday night began to be my night and it is still after all these years…. I love Tuesday’s!!!!!
    I have decorated my house for Valentine’s Day…. I have the dining room set with my Valentine dishes. I will be hosting some Valentine dinners so that will be fun…. I leave the dishes up the entire month of February since they look so happy…. plus I love the pop of red and pink.
    How are Cami and Darjeeling? I have not seen their photos lately…they are so sweet and precious….
    Well, sweet friend I am off to water my plants on the front porch…. and then start my dinner… tonight, it will be pork chops with homemade apple sauce…I am hungry today more so than usual…. Got to get back to Zumba with my friend Becky….

    Blessings and love to you……

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Jane,
      I am so happy to see you. Thank you for your sweetness. I don’t mind the gray either. It does create a cozy stay at home kind of mood. This last week winter arrived on The a Oregon coast and I must say I love it! I’m finally learning how to dress appropriately for the weather. Layers…layers…and more layers. Anyway I smiled when I read what you wrote about finding the most amazing treasures while cleaning things out. That’s exactly what happened to me this past week. I found my grandmothers antique watch (doesn’t work) that my father had saved for years. It is just the face of the watch on small ribbons. It says 1896 on the back. I knew I had it somewhere, and then when I was cleaning out the loft closet I came across it. I was so happy! I had an affinity to my grandmother. I also came across an old cd from a retreat I had attended. I thought it was lost. I’ve been listening to it these last couple of days. It’s a long story but the cd and my grandmother are connected in a wonderful way. By cleaning things out I found both. So grateful! And I’m so happy to hear that Tuesdays are so special for you. What fun your guests must have coming to dinner at your lovely home. That is something I hope to do more of in the future as Joe and I meet more couple friends. Cami and Darjeeling are doing well. Darjeeling loves the stormy weather and prefers sitting in the sunroom while the wind is howling. Cami hides under the covers. Ha!
      Your dinner sounds wonderful…it made me hungry! It’s late and I’m thinking of going into the kitchen for a snack now.;)
      Well sweet friend thank you for stopping by and all your lovely comments. I’m going to read a little and then off to bed.
      Take care my friend. Hugs and ❤️ Xo

  5. Jane says:

    Oh, sweet friend… I am so happy to hear that you found the most beloved treasure of all….. Your Grandmother’s watch….. a blessing to have…. I am wistful as I never had a Grandmother to love and to be loved back….. Happy day to you sweet friend… truly so happy for you….

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