Author Archives: Marcia Ren

Just A Note

  “Follow your soul it knows the way” Hello! what’s new? Well…pull up a chair.   It’s Autumn, and there’s magic in the air. Trees are ablaze     sunlight glitters like golden coins.        I sometimes hear cheers from the local high school football stadium and school playing fields.   Children (and adults😉) anticipating Halloween with their creative ways of wearing costumes and the fun transformation come Halloween night.🎃     Here on the coast it often begins raining right about Halloween time and the tantalizing scent of wood smoke, pumpkin spice, apple crisp is a wonderful welcome.       For me this time of year means that I start experiencing a different kind of living here which includes…     frequenting a drive into the city to enjoy window displays inspired by the season then…   returning back to the coast and slowing down to enjoy … Continue reading

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The BBL’s

Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea. ♡ I’m so happy to see you today my friend. ♡ Shall we have a little tea. I think I’ve shared about the Brown Bag Ladies before. perhaps not… On the third Wednesday of each month a group of ladies meet for lunch at a friend’s home out in the woods.  It’s so much fun to get together have a little lunch that we bring in a brown bag hence the name Brown Bag Ladies. Dessert is provided by the wonderful hostess along with drinks… and always the most beautiful Seasonal decor. A super fun way to spend an autumn Wednesday afternoon here on the Oregon Coast.🍂🍁

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Cranberry Orange Scones

Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea. ♡ I’m so happy to see you today my friend. ♡ Shall we have a little tea. ♡ It’s a beautiful morning on the Oregon coast. A little cloudy and misty…perfect for scone baking. Here is an easy yummy recipe for you!   Cranberry 🍊 Orange Scones Makes 8 large scones 2 cups flour 1/3 cup sugar & and extra Tbsp for sprinkles 1 t baking powder 1/4 baking soda 1/2 salt 1 stick butter (cold) 3/4 cup dried cranberries zest of 1 orange 1/2 cup milk 1 large egg Preheat oven to 400 degrees.   By hand, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Grate the butter into the flour mixture on the large holes of a grater. Using your fingers work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles a coarse crumb. … Continue reading

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Anniversary Of The Heart

  “Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories. ~Anonymous   Joe and I got married on October 11, 2003.  We are celebrating 14 years this week. Our wedding was at the Mission Inn Riverside, California. There were 112 guests in attendance. It was a wonderful day.   I’ve been thinking about how quickly those years have traveled by.  Of course I’ve also been thinking about how fortunate I have been. Gratitude.  After an Italian honeymoon we returned to California where Joe & I purchased our first home together. It was a 1926 gardeners cottage known as The Honeymoon Cottage because of a young couple Yeager’s who lived there for a brief time after they married. The house was located on Rumsey Dr. in Riverside, California. It was a house that I had fallen in love with years earlier … Continue reading

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Eat, Paint, Garden

  “Just living is not enough” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”~Hans Christian Anderson Welcome Hello my friend how are you? I hope today finds you well. 🍁Fall often gets me in the mood for cleaning things out.🍁 🍁it’s a change of season thing🍁 You know those cupboards that might need re-organizing… making room for delicious holiday baking. or… closets that out of nowhere have become bulging and full. of the un-used/unwanted This happens quite easily for me since I live in a small cottage with even smaller closets. (which trust me is a good thing)😉 Fortunately the weather here on the coast has been fabulous. summer in October So that cupboard… and sweet munchkin closet will just have to wait. (happy dance)     I’m pleased to share that my week has consisted mostly of gardening… planted three large pink hydrangeas shrubs painting… painted number 5 watercolor  and … Continue reading

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