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The Cottage Project

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Every time we visit our cottage on the Oregon Coast, I visualize how it will look and feel when it is finished. Something like this.

instead of this

It’ll get there. In the meantime, it’s never too early to start shopping for treasures and bargains. I found this adorable white wicker dresser at a thrift store.

And this dresser and vintage wool blanket at Vintage Rabbit in Spokane –

This print I picked up in an antiques store in Post Falls, Idaho

This cute little whale print is from Cole Paper Co

And my sister found this lamp at TJ Maxx

What do you think of my finds?


I Blame Pinterest

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You’ve done it . . . we all have. You find a recipe or a craft on Pinterest and think, “OMG, I have to try this!” I have 11 boards with nearly 500 pins right now, including this one from Annie’s Eats:

Cornmeal Waffles with Salsa and Egg

So I gave it a try. It was actually very yummy, though not as photogenic as Annie’s.

So then I got to thinking . . . what else could my waffle iron tackle? How about biscuits and gravy?

Delicious! Then I remembered a Pinterest recipe for Banana Bread French Toast and . . . you guessed it! Banana Bread Waffles!

Tasty, but didn’t hold up as well as the biscuit dough.

Now, on to dessert – (coming soon to a Pinterest board near you)!

Summer Lovin’

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Summer loving had me a blast,
Summer loving happened so fast . . .

I’m about to make a confession . . . I think Grease is one of the all-time best movies, EVER!

I know it’s a little cheesy, especially when Frankie Avalon croons to a Didi Conn beauty school dropout, but it’s fun.

So when I heard it was being shown at the INB Performing Arts Center as a sing-along, I rounded up my bestest-girlfriends for a night of hand jivin’ and greased lightening.

(sorry so fuzzy – random stranger took this photo on my phone)

I got chills they’re multiplying,
And I’m losing control . . .

I guess I’m not alone in my adoration. There was a plethora of poodle skirts and greasy DAs in attendance (if you don’t know what that means, ask someone from the Greatest Generation, or an aging Baby Boomer). And when John Travolta turned into the camera with that cig hanging from his mouth and those gorgeous blue eyes looking straight through you, every Pink Lady in the house whistled and cheered.

You can have your Rocky Horror Picture Show or whatever form of audience-participation entertainment you choose, give me a good old-fashioned, boy-gets-the-girl musical anytime – cheese and all.

We go together
Like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong

Pistol-Packin’ Mama

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I know I’m a day late with this post, but I was too busy all weekend, having fun with my Mom and with my boys!

This was my 25th Mother’s Day. On May 11, 1987 I wrote in my journal:
Bill woke me up at 4 am to tell me Jayce was awake.
Ate doughnuts and Coke for breakfast.
Saw a grandmother smile at me and my baby and feel like I am now part of an exclusive club.

And here are the 3 boys that put me in that club –

So, on Saturday I and my sisters took Mom to yard sales and lunch – it’s become a tradition, one I look forward to every year.

Here’s what I bought

Relic bag for summer

1928 radio cabinet that aspires to become a wine cabinet

Then, on Sunday all 3 boys attended church with me (awwwww!), followed by a pizza picnic on the lawn of Pedals 2 People, where Jayce works, and then . . . the shooting range! They started me off with a .357 Magnum (made my teeth vibrate!), then a .22 handgun with a scope, a Baretta 9mil, and finally a 1911 .45 (my favorite of the 4).
And yes, I can still shoot – here’s the proof –

If zombies ever attack, I’m ready!

A Few of My Favorite Things

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Worked on the cottage project last weekend

and while we were there, I was reminded of some of the reasons why we love our home-away-from-home:

Grabbing a hot cup of coffee, throwing on your sweatshirt and strolling the empty beach before anyone else is awake. The seagulls walk beside you, scanning the waves for a late breakfast of mussels and crabs, and sometimes you find beach agates

Speaking of breakfast, the Nelscott Café opened 3 years ago with one of the more eclectic and original menus I’ve ever seen. Their sausage gravy is to-die-for, but you might want to try the S’Mores French Toast – gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate between two slices of graham-dipped French toast slices.

The Beach Dog Café 

serves up the best bacon I’ve ever eaten – thick, salty, slightly sweet – with eggs, cottage potatoes, and an English muffin that reminded me more of a fluffy biscuit, topped with out-of-this-world homemade jam.

In a few short months, these bushes just outside our door will produce wild blackberries

Old-fashioned saltwater taffy made in small batches and stretched on a 1940s taffy pulling machine


Great shopping – from antiques to Tangers Outlet Mall (and remember, no sales tax in Oregon!)

Stepping back in time when you walk through the doors of the Bijou Theatre. The Bijou Theatre was built in 1937.

You can catch new releases and old favorites here and they boast the best popcorn on the Oregon Coast.

Like microbrews? Try the offerings of the Rusty Truck Brewery at Roadhouse 101, (Hubby liked the Slant 6 Pale Ale) where you can also get great seafood, ribs, pizzas or steaks. While you’re waiting for your entrée, snack on roasted peanuts – there’s always a full bucket of them at your table, and the shells get thrown on the floor.

When can I go back???

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