day 13 – #30daysofgratitude

Giving thanks today for a mama who taught me to cook. She didn’t just teach me the basics like chopping, boiling and how to read a recipe, she taught me the invaluable skill of cooking from what’s in the pantry. She made sure that I knew how to plan a month of meals and how… Continue reading day 13 – #30daysofgratitude

day 2 – #30daysofgratitude

Thankful for days at home to catch up on chores and the DVR, for views of fall leaves outside our windows, for time to bake this tasty little pumpkin spiced treat and for a cup of coffee late in the day. *Don’t forget to make it better for you – sub in that whole white… Continue reading day 2 – #30daysofgratitude

you’ve come a long way, baby

If you aren’t me, then you know my type. I’m a firstborn daughter and I’m good at it. I have type-A perfectionist, high-responsibility tendencies. I was the honor student. I’m fiercely loyal and protective. I’m determined and I don’t give up easily. I’m a Consumer Reports reader, a list maker. A terrible candidate for risk,… Continue reading you’ve come a long way, baby

of fajitas and love

February has been the fastest month on record for our little family. Obviously, it’s literally a short month, but it’s so packed with activities that we haven’t even actually celebrated Valentine’s Day yet. (We’re hoping to correct this in a couple of days.) The hubs and I have been ships passing in the night –… Continue reading of fajitas and love

brownies, that is all

When you have nothing inspiring to draw from in the kitchen, turn to chocolate. Good plan, eh? It was a busier-than-usual week at the Cozy Cottage, so there’s not much culinarilly-inspiring to share. (I’m pretty sure I just made up that phrase. Feel free to use it.) I went back to the well on the… Continue reading brownies, that is all