“Sometimes we have to let go of the life we have planned to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~anonymous
Hi! I hope you had a good week. This week marked the Second anniversary living on the Oregon coast. Lots has changed yet much remains the same
It is very quiet this morning as I begin writing today’s post. I hear the foghorn and sound of waves in the distance.
The weather is cool, the air is fresh. I’m feeling extremely grateful on this midsummer day.
I look out of a small window propping myself up with more pillows to get comfy so we can chat.
I still have a few hours before the painters arrive.
They are close to finishing.
I can’t tell you how surprised I am after many years spent imagining what a dream house would look like (which includes & not limited to dreaming, scheming, selling, buying, throwing out, giving away, hauling….)
to now know without a doubt
that a dream house isn’t so much what it looks like in our mind or what we most likely imagined.
That dream house appears once we truly embrace who and what we are.
You know that authentic person/style which reflects each of us.
A house any house can come alive become a home right here where we are now.
(trust me on this one)
I’m convinced once we begin embracing all of it
(whether our home is large, small, fancy, ordinary, with limitations, and of course even those unpredictable inevitable frustrations)
an authentic beautiful home will be awaiting you and I.
This week I baked up pink cupcakes as a celebratory salute to this 1946 beach cottage that had a birthday and got painted pink.
It only took 71 years for this cottage to get such a happy color. better late than never. 😘
I took the semi homemade approach to baking.
Using the store bought cake mix (Betty Crocker’s super moist French vanilla)
I added an olive oil instead of vegetable oil & a drop of red food coloring.
I would like to share a wonderful buttercream frosting recipe that is simple, quick & perfect for decorating all kinds of cakes, cupcakes, or for sandwiching in between two cookies.
Easy buttercream frosting
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2-3 cups confectioners’ sugar (depending how sweet you want it)
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
a dab of pink food coloring
In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until very soft and light, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until smooth and fluffy. Use immediately or cover & refrigerate until needed. Makes about 4 cups. Enjoy!💕