Category Archives: Garden/Tea Time

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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FOMO, Painting, and A Garden Party

 “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. each moment is all we need, not more” ~Mother Teresa “Welcome….so glad you are here” Marcia Hi…any chance you have driving plans to view the solar eclipse? As exciting as it sounds (along with FOMO* tugging at me) it looks like I’ll be hanging out enjoying the view from  a sweet little cottage.   A few weeks ago I had also contemplated applying for a part time job (18 hours a week) at a little church I attend. I thought it would be fun & might be a great fit for me. However before I even applied I decided that perhaps it wasn’t such a great idea after all. I mean seriously how would I have time to do all the really important stuff in my life? With Cami performing 4 times a week in The Wizard of Oz there doesn’t seem to be much time between … Continue reading

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The Painted Lady Tearoom

  “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”~Henry James Just in case this is your first time visit here.… Hello, and Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea.  Today you are in for a special treat.  I’m taking you to the The Painted Lady Tearoom located in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. A beautiful drive inland (approximately 2 hours) from where I live on the coast. I checked the weather and it looks like a beautiful summer 82° perfect day so what do you say we grab our hats and head on out for a super fun day!  From the moment you step on the grounds you will encounter a magical garden experience atmosphere like no other Where blended displays of flower gardens meander around the 1900 historical home A charming beautiful gorgeous lovely Tearoom and bed and breakfast made even sweeter by … Continue reading

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A Good~bye July Garden Tour

“It was a good time to start something new. We have two lives, and the second starts when you realize that you have only one.” ~Isabelle Dubois-Dumee Earlier this week my husband surprised me by taking this photo. He was inside our home and saw me taking photos so he snapped one of me as he called out. It was a fun candid moment. real time This got me to thinking of how sometimes I wait until I think the moment is just right to do something (in an effort trying to capture the perfect moment) subsequently missing the moment because I’m trying to capture it. does this make sense? For example waiting to take a photo so I get exactly the picture I’m looking for.  Hesitating to invite that new acquaintance for coffee because perhaps it’s too soon or.…holding off to have a party until you get the perfect room all set up to sit everyone … Continue reading

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