My First Week of 2019

 

     Life is not graded on how fast you can move through it but rather how much you can enjoy it”– Mary Carlomagno

 

Hi!

 

How has 2019 been going for you? so far…

 

 

 

 

Shortly following Christmas I began packing up the lights and trees…

 

 

By New Years’s Eve the bulk of Christmas had been stored away.

 

 

Feeling excited about the New Year…

 

 

I decided to freshen up the cottage changing the energy a bit…

and with Joe’s help…

 

 

began moving the furniture around.

 

 

I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing…

 

 

or if I’d even like the end results…however I knew I had been bitten by the bug for a change.

 

 

That being said…

 

 

after moving e.v.e.r.y s.i.n.g.l.e peice of furniture around and to a new space…the room (s) felt more comfortable and inviting…things seemed to flow better…and trust me this is a very good thing in small cottage living. No sooner had this change occurred that Joe received a call from 2 different friends who mentioned they would be in town and were wondering if we could meet for lunch. Yes, of course!

So…..

we made 2 dates…

met for lunch…

 

 

and then invited our guests over for dessert and coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The timing was perfect because I was able to share the results of the new and improved rooms with company…

 

 

which of course brought me great joy.

 

 

Being reminded that when I make the effort to bring about a change in life… that this change will often foster something wonderful….

 

 

My intention for the change was to create something better…worthwhile…adding more beauty and quality to my life…and those I share it with.💕

 

Enjoy your weekend!

I’ll be heading to an Epiphany party this weekend and everyone has been asked to bring an appetizer. This recipe looks great…and I’m thinking they would also be a great addition to a winter soup!

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CHEESY PUFF PASTRY STARS

INGREDIENTS

1 puff pastry sheet

1 egg

5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

chopped chives and salt, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 360° in a lined baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.  Roll out the puff pastry sheet onto a floured surface. Use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut out individual pastry stars and place half of them on the baking sheet. Add parmesan cheese and top with another path pastry star. Using the beaten egg, apply a thin layer of egg wash to the top of each pastry star. You can sprinkle a little cheese on top if you want.

3. Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until the stars are puffed and golden. Sprinkle with chopped chives and a pinch of salt. Serve immediately or keep in airtight container for up to two days.

 

Marcia
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Reflections of 2018

 

 

 

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

-C.S. Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, dear ones…

 

 

2018 has been a year with new things…

 

 

As the year’s end quickly approaches…

 

 

causing much reflection…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I look around to see what was…

 

Photo taken with Focos

 

what is now…

 

 

and best of all…

 

 

the wonder and hope of discovering what will be…

 

 

A hope rises within…

 

 

a hope that is as important in life as breath itself.

 

 

 With this hope I anticipate the coming new year…

 

 

 

 

I feel like a child experiencing something new for the first time…

 

 

with a sense of wonder and excitement.

 

 

That being said my wish for you in 2019 is that no matter where your life is at this moment that the coming year is filled with Peace…Love…and Hope.

 

 

 

Cheers to 2019!

 

 

I apologize that you can’t hear the sound as well as I planned…anyway this is a video from a walk on my 65th Birthday this year…and probably the most significant occurrence for me  in 2018.😘

Marcia
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Merry Christmas!🎄

 

 

    “There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it” -Edith Wharton

 

Hello…

 

 

thought I’d drop in for a quick visit…

 

 

Joe and I have been enjoying a pre-Christmas holiday and will soon be heading back to the coast… spending Christmas at home.

 

 

While away…I’ve been reminiscing…

 

 

it’s been lovely…

 

 

strolling through the season…

 

 

gatherings with new friends…

 

 

visits from long time old ones…

 

 

a little shopping…

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Tea…

 

 

Christmas tea parties…

 

 

The Nutcracker Ballet…

 

 

sweet Love and Joy…

May all be yours…

Merry Christmas!

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Here is a yummy recipe that I serendipitously discovered on the napkins I had purchased! I haven’t tried the recipe yet…but look forward to baking some up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcia
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“The Season of Giving”🎄 Marcia’s Christmas Tea

 

‘’Come, let us have some tea and talk about happy things”

-anonymous 

 

Hello…

 

 

It’s that time of year…

 

 

 

 

The time where…

 

 

 family…

 

 

friends…

 

 

and traditions all come together….

 

 

It’s that special season which influences both the sacred…

 

 

and secular parts of life…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas is everywhere!

 

 

 

For a little over a month the world is surrounded by holy images…

 

 

and a belief in a love greater than ourselves…

 

 

Many years ago I was fortunate to discover a tradition which resonates with Grace, Hope, and Compassion…

 

 

where kindness can be extended & friendship and giving from the heart becomes a source of great joy…

 

 

I discovered that hosting a Christmas tea…

 

 

is the perfect way to begin…

 

 

sharing the enjoyment and spirit of this joyful season.

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EASY CLOTTED CREAM RECIPE

1 cup heavy cream…whip until stiff peeks form.

 

 

Add 1/3 cup sour cream and 1 tbsp confectioners sugar.

 

 

Mix together. Serve with scones or over fruit.

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Everything is ready…come let’s have tea!💕

 

The trick to enjoy your own Christmas Tea…💕☕️ and make it look effortless is to plan ahead doing a little bit each day.🎄☕️

 

Marcia
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Marcia’s Christmas Cottage Tour🎄

 

“It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters; it’s who’s around it.”

– Charlie Brown

 

 

Hello, sweet friend…

 

 

 

 

We will be having company for the weekend…and everything seems aglow… as we wait in joyful anticipation of our friend’s arrival…

 

 

A perfect moment to share this years Christmas decor…

 

 

before the season gets away from me.

 

 

This year I wanted to emphasize the white lights.

 

 

Having recently returned from Paris influenced this.  more

 

 

That being said…

 

 

I also decided on placing a tree in every room…

 

 

the trees are small other than the ones in the living room…

 

 

and kitchen.

 

 

I enjoy the smell of pine and since all the trees are faux I placed a pine wreath on the coffee table in the living room.

 

 

For me one of the best things about decorating with white lights…

 

 

is in the darkness…

 

 

they are the brightest…

 

 

magical…

Marcia
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