Just Between Us



“Pain is inevitable suffering is optional”~Dalai Lama

Just between us…

It’s great to be home.





 as much as I loved my whirlwind trip to California😎 California



I sooooo longed returning…



to my sweet little cottage. by the sea



With Spring in the air along with…



daylight saving time…



all these projects had  been calling out to me…





👩‍🌾There is always work to do in the garden…🌺🌼🌸🌷



Oh and remember that hutch I wondered if I should paint white?



well…(I painted it!)



and it still needs just one last coat.😉



I had been excited about trying another fun new cooking recipe with Joe…



All that being said…ironically shortly after my return home…



I mysteriously pulled a muscle in my leg which again ironically kept me from doing any of those things until it healed. Which meant doing very little…

(okay to be really honest and just between us)

almost nothing…

other than…



take it easy.





Taking it easy.

Like I said…

( just between us)

It sure is great to be  home.😉




Unfortunately all I contributed to this week’s recipe was the taste testing part…which btw was pretty darn easy and quite yummy! (Thanks Joe!) 👨‍🍳 I highly suggest this simple recipe for Saint Paddy’s Day especially if you want to be Irish for a moment or two.


4 – 4 1/2 cups flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

4 tablespoons butter

One cup currants or raisins (Joe used cranberries)

1 large egg slightly beaten

1 3/4 cups buttermilk




 Preheat oven to  425°. Whisk together four cups of flour, the  sugar, salt, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.



Work the butter into the flour, add currants or raisins. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.



Add beaten egg and buttermilk to well and mix with spoon until dough is too stiff  to stir. Dust hands with a little flour then gently knead dough  just long enough to form a rough ball. If  dough is too sticky to work with add a little more flour. (Do not over knead) Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and shape into a round loaf.



Dough will be a little sticky and quite shaggy. (sort of like biscuit dough) You want to work with it just so that the flour is just moistened and the dough just barely comes together. If you over~knead, the bread will end up tough.



Transfer dough to a large slightly greased cast-iron skillet or a baking sheet (it will flatten out of bit in the pan or on the baking sheet) Using the serrated knive score top of dough about an inch and a half deep in an “X”shape. The purpose of the scoring is to help heat get into the center of the dough while it cooks.  Transfer to oven and bake until bread is golden and bottom sounds hollow when tapped, about 35~45 minutes. Remove pan or sheet  from oven, let bread sit in the pan or on the sheet for 5 to 10 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool briefly. Serve bread warm, at room temperature, or sliced and toasted.



Of  course I think it is best when eaten warm and just baked.👩‍🍳👨‍🍳

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10 Responses to Just Between Us

  1. Freya says:

    Hope you feel better soon. What colour did you paint the hutch? I’m going to be painting a clothing armoire and a little side table White Swan By Debi’s DIY clay based chalk paint.

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Freya,
      Thank you for your kind comments. I painted the hutch white and used Amy Howard chalk paint. I also used Amy Howard clear wax on top. The chalk paint is a little pricey… however a little goes far, and I still have paint left. So now I must look around the cottage and see what else I can paint. Good luck with your project. Sounds exciting! XO

  2. Joe says:

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
    Hope you feel better real soon!!!

  3. Verna,Harvey says:

    You have such a lovely place/ home / garden.I enjoy following your posts,seeing the pictures.Reading about your life there.Living the life you love ! ❤ Verna

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Verna,
      It’s so nice to see you today. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments. Writing a post makes it so enjoyable when I get to meet nice people like you. I’m glad that you enjoy my blog. I hope to see you soon. Take care.

  4. Monica Jackson says:

    Really sweet Marcia, your photos are charming.

  5. Pat Stansel says:

    If you had to pull a muscle, I’m glad you were home when it happened—would have been awful to not have your Joe to help !

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Pat,
      I agree! I am so glad that everything waited until I returned. There’s no place like home (and Joe)
      when you have to rest and take it easy.

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