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Sunday, December 01, 2019


Thanksgiving was home in Minnesota this year.
In the previous two years, we have traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to spend the week with Nate.  This year we traded a beach for snow - because we are waiting on our fifth grandchild to make an appearance here in town.  While we would have loved to have all our children and grandchildren here we loved having our friends join us.

We had a lovely afternoon and evening with our growing Minnesota family
and our friends the Parsons. 
Inviting others into our home for holidays and really any time is normal.

Memories were made, traditions continued, friendships deepened.
Games were played, football was watched, silliness happened.
Though we couldn't be with all our immediate or extended family for the holiday we cherished the time we enjoyed with the friends and family we gathered with.

We have so much to be thankful for,

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


There is no doubt that chicken pot pie is comfort food and with the Minnesota winters upon us, it has become a regular dish in the meal rotation here.

No kidding, I have made this pot pie twice in the last three weeks!  Both times I doubled the recipe and dropped off a pot pie to my friend, Marian and her family.  Marian is on a long road to recovery from shoulder surgery and cooking for her family of four is a challenge, to say the least.   Let me just say that when you don't have use of your arm/shoulder and even hand, daily life is a challenge. 
I've had a few surgeries in my days -- none involved my arms/hands/shoulder, but I've experienced the exhausting days of not feeling 100% and feeling so tired just because the body is healing.  But, just thinking about not having use of my hand/arm to use for weeks on end stirs up a little anxiety!  I can't imagine being so restricted.  Marian has set the standard high -- I haven't once heard a single complaint or negative response from her.

So, back to the chicken pot pie and meal reviews.
Marian texted me during dinner...
Her son, Marshall's comment:   "Oh my, this is delicious.  Who made this?"
Marian:  "My friend, Cheri"
Marshall:  "She needs to cook for us more often"
Also texted from Marian:  "....and Jeff has a new death row meal.  It really is divine"

I also served the pot pie last Friday evening when friends came for dinner.
"This is the best pot pie I've ever had" was the review.
(photos courtesy of Marian Parsons, a.k.a Miss Mustard Seed)
I love feeding people good food - and I also appreciate easy to make meals that don't keep me in the kitchen all day!  Be sure to double this recipe for two pies! You won't regret it!

The full and printable recipe can be found here.

FULL DISCLOSURE:  My friend, Deb, at Cooking on the Front Burners is the source of this delicious plate of comfort food and has so many more wonderful recipes to try.  Deb and I have been friends for nearly 40 years and even shared a hospital room when we each had our youngest daughters!  She's an excellent cook, has beautiful photos of food and tablescapes and is a joy to call my friend.  Please, go visit her blog and Pinterest  account for some great meal ideas!

I plan to make four of these and freeze them for when our family is here over Christmas.
If you make this recipe, tag me on Instagram @mycottagelife and share the reviews!

Friday, November 08, 2019

Dresser Project

In between prepping the yard and garden for our Minnesota winter, I spent a bit of time working on some antique furniture pieces I purchased earlier this fall.  
It all started when I came across this mint green dresser on Facebook Marketplace for $15.
I knew I could turn this funky piece of furniture into something unique and for that price, I didn't have much to lose if it didn't turn out like I expected it to.

Anxious to see the wood under the paint, I brushed on some Ready Strip, waited about an hour and voila! It is so satisfying to see a beautiful oak top!

Because I planned to leave the top, and paint the dresser in MMS Milk Paint I didn't need to remove the remaining paint.  The wood drawer pulls were painted with gold spray paint which was easily sanded down to the wood in about 20 minutes for all eight.
A little ambition, creativity, elbow grease and this was the reward ...
 Painted in Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in the color Typewriter.

This is the photo I posted on Facebook Marketplace.
The dresser sold within a few hours for a very nice profit.
Shortly after finding the mint green dresser, I found a few other wonderful antique pieces which means I have more projects to keep me busy as the snow falls!