Author Archives: Marcia Ren

Summertime🍒Teacups🍒 Blueberries🍒 Scones

    “If you want to be happy, be.” ~Leo Tolstoy     Hello!     I’m in the cottage kitchen ready for a cooking date with Joe.         A while back I went blueberry picking 9.9 pounds I’ve been collecting ideas & recipes ever since for all the ways to use them!     I wish they had already been picked when I hosted a spontaneous summer tea…     Speaking of which …     Let me share a few photos of that day     To save time I had ordered the food from a wonderful local deli-bakery. this usually works best for spontaneity 😉     sandwiches…     pastries…     and chocolate cupcakes.     Teacups were filled with a wonderful rose tea purchased from the Butchart Gardens.   👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳      BLUEBERRY SCONES (These scones are great for breakfast, brunch, dessert, and perfect for summertime … Continue reading

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Hello, From The Southern Oregon Coast

                Traveling…it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller   Hello, from the Southern Oregon Coast…     August has arrived…     and I’ve been staycationing     however for many August means vacation time     This small out-of-the-way beach town has had its share of visitors      I’m thinking that many have chosen to vacation here whether for a day…week…or even an  entire summer…         because where else can you go to escape the heat     and crowds…     other than a small-out-of-the-way beach town     Recently as I sat sipping coffee with a friend     watching kids and adults perusing the shop windows     and walking around enjoying the scent of the ocean     mingled with that of fish and chips.     August has arrived here at this small … Continue reading

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A Simple Life Continued…

  ‘The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking” -Robert H. Schuller     Hello, sweet friend! I just returned from my morning walk.         This particular morning the fog covered me like a cloud.      I reflected on the week as I floated (noticing the fog lifting and driftwood freely scattered)     Along with many walks on the beach…     the week also included baking two pies…one of which was entered in the Coos County Fair apple pie contest…      the other was baked just for fun after picking blueberries out in the country one afternoon.     This being my third summer to enter in the apple pie contest and also the third year since downsizing a California lifestyle by moving to a small town and even smaller cottage on the Oregon coast.     today’s walk in the clouds was … Continue reading

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Company Is Coming!!!…and…A Cottage Tour!🍒

    Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter…     Hi, sweet friends…         This past week marked 3 years living on the Oregon coast.     I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate than to have friends from California stop by for a visit.     This was their first trip since my move and to say that I was excited would be an understatement…     more importantly I felt honored since this is not an easy trip to make.     I mean seriously you have to be part Amazonian, Pioneer…     and Explorer.     traveling through woods…rivers…     over bridges…through tunnels…winding roads…watching out for deer…       This trip is not for sissies. no siree!     That being said.. I was determined to make it worth their effort and so I quickly … Continue reading

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Summer at The Cottage

      ”Home is where you lose the world and find yourself” ~Marcia       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 … Continue reading

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