Summer at The Cottage




”Home is where you lose the world and find yourself”





Hello…it’s wonderful to see you here today.





For the last couple of months I have made a conscious attempt to unplug from social media (summer break) as in checking my phone and being online constantly... mindless Internet surfing etc…do you ever feel that way?



It’s been a freeing experience. Definetely more time to enjoy the great outdoors…





 photographing…painting…writing…summer reading…I’m currently enjoying Anne of Green Gables (remember Anne?) the loveable…impetuous…day dreaming orphan







I’ve even been doing some flower watching





Recently these beauties are of particular interest to me…as they peep through the fence



soon they will take over



There is no doubt bird watching has become my new go to social media. I’m constantly checking on them. Unless you are new to my blog In case you are new here you know that I recently shared about  birds nesting in our backyard birdhouse which I had thought was just a decoration Those eggs hatched and the birds flew away.





Surprisingly just recently another family discovered the old nest (that I hadn’t removed because it was so cute) and moved in.



I can just tell this is going to be a wonderful summer.💕


That being said here is a fabulous healthy recipe for summer. It makes a great side dish or perhaps even the main meal.







1 green cabbage, medium sized and thinly sliced into strips

1 large carrot, peeled and cut into julienned strips

1/4 cup red onion, halved then thinly sliced


1 cup of mayonnaise (I used vegenaise)

1 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp + 1 tsp cider vinegar

1/2 tsp whole grain Dijon mustard (this is the kind with seeds in it…you can substitute regular Dijon if you choose, but you may want to use a little less.)

1/4 tsp black pepper



Joe thought it would be great to add a touch of the Oregon coast and so we also added about a half cup of cranberries. Joe is always right😉


In a large mixing bowl Combine all the ingredients for the dressing. Use a whisk to ensure everything is well combined. Combine & toss the dressing with the cabbage, carrots and red onion until everything is evenly coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.




This is little birdie is part of the new family that moved in. There is some work being done in the neighborhood so it gets a little noisy…sorry about that😉







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3 Responses to Summer at The Cottage

  1. Joe says:

    What a wonderful reminder to ‘unplug’ and plug into the wonders and flavors of Summer’
    Thank you!

  2. Jenny Bonynge says:

    I’m with you Marcia! Since we recently returned to living in the country our reception is not as instant as it used to be, which has turned out to be a good thing. It has forced me to limit my time on our electronic devices and I am limiting what I look at. This morning, as I was just sitting down here at my laptop, a fox walked by…we’ve seen him 3 times now! I think he’s sending us a message that “real” life exists just outside our window.

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Jenny,
      Just today as I was walking the beach I noticed people enjoying the beauty. A few were looking for agates….children running up to the water and then quickly running back. Seagulls landing on rocks then flying away….You don’t need anything superficial for entertainment….it’s all there naturally. I’m happy for you Jenny in your new surroundings.xo

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