How to Make Cream Cheese Danishes From Scratch!

How to Make Cream Cheese Danish From Scratch

It’s Cozy Cottage Weekend time!  Come on in to my kitchen today, as I share one of my favorite recipes!    To me, cottage living harkens to days gone by when times were simple.  Grandma or Mom putting on their hand sewn aprons and making breads or rolls from scratch.  Nothing else smells quite like home to me as much as fresh breads baking in the oven!  I can’t take credit for inventing today’s recipe, as I clipped it from a magazine.  The magazine was either Country Woman or Taste of Home, and I can’t remember which one (I used to get both).  I have a whole sack full of clipped recipes to try, and the ones that get rave reviews go in my handwritten cookbook to make again.   … Continue Reading

Ways To Use Tomatoes From Your Garden-Tuna Stuffed Tomato Recipe

Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes

Today’s (Cozy Cottage) Inspiration is tomatoes!  We are blessed to have a local minister and his wife for next door neighbors.  They have a thriving garden with veggies and flowers that they share with us.  Since we closed on the home a few months ago , they have been bringing us presents of produce :).  One of the things they have been giving us are tomatoes!  There seems to be an over abundance of crops this year.  It has been a very bountiful season here.  So what does one do with all those garden fresh tomatoes?   Being that it is just the two of us, we don’t go through tomatoes very quickly.   There are the usual things we use them for; salad, maybe a sandwich, taco night, or … Continue Reading

4th of July Party Food Recipe-Easy Cream Filled Strawberries

Stuffed Strawberries

This week I have been inspired by berries and the various things one can do with them.  I have been been picking berries (some varieties I have never tasted before) a lot lately and will be experimenting with different recipes using them.  Today I am bringing you a recipe my mom made for our Mother’s Day tea party.  It’s all about strawberries today, so if you love strawberries or are looking for red colored foods for your 4th of July celebrations, I have a perfect appetizer for you!   This strawberry recipe is: Quick Easy So delicious & Looks impressive ( elegant if you will) A low cal , low fat dessert if you make this with skim milk and reduced fat cool whip   So without further ado I bring … Continue Reading

Tea Sandwiches-Chicken Stuffed Cones

Tea Party Appetizers-Chicken Salad Cones

I am kicking this week off with another yummy recipe from the recent themed tea party we had for Mother’s Day.  I wasn’t intending on posting the full recipe for these cones, but I have had a few friends see the photos on my personal Facebook page and ask for the recipe.  If you missed the last yummy tea appetizer recipe for Cranberry Feta Pinwheels (where I showed a photo of today’s cones) , click HERE.  By popular request, today I am sharing a fun (and visually appealing) twist on tea sandwiches that your guests will be impressed with. **Note:  the original recipe called for crab meat, but since Mom and I are not seafood fans we did a twist on this cookbook recipe and used chicken instead.     … Continue Reading

Tea Party Appetizers-Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

Cranberry and Cheese Pinwheels

  I promised I would share all kinds of photos, DIY, and recipes from our 2nd annual Mother’s Day tea last week.  I am starting Monday out with to DIE for tea party appetizers that are SO easy to make and yet look and taste impressive.  It only takes 5 ingredients too!  Before I get to that though, I wanted to share a few other photos of some of the food we had that I won’t be posting recipes for.  I invite you to sit back with a good “cuppa” this week and join in on some elegant tea party fun!      Aside from having both iced tea and hot tea for our party, we had a variety of little tea foods & desserts.  Such as :     … Continue Reading

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Drop Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Drop Cookie Recipe

Who wants chocolate?!  Remember my hilarious cookie gone wrong story a few months ago?  It was called “A Crumby Story” and it’s a humor post on my first attempt at making these cookies.  Check it out for a laugh at my expense if you haven’t seen it yet :D.  I am happy to say that this time I got the cookies right!  I discovered my issue was the use of butter and spelt flour..so um…DON’T use those unless you too want to wind up like a scene from I Love Lucy’s chocolate factory episode.     Back to the recipe! These are the perfect , quick and easy cookie to make when you are having one of those chocolate cravings and don’t want to go to a lot of fuss. … Continue Reading

Homemade Streusel Topped Coffee Cake Recipe

Easy homemade coffee cake recipes

Can you say comfort food?  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the smell of anything cinnamon baking in the oven.  It’s such a warm, homey smell.  Your home will be filled with that very aroma with today’s recipe.  This is a traditional coffee cake recipe that Mom always made when I was growing up.  I just made some over the weekend and thought I would share.  It is all made from scratch, but it is quick and very simple to make!       ***Tip #1:  I used all organic ingredients, and because shortening is a trans fat that is bad for you, I personally used a different kind of shortening called “Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening”.  It doesn’t affect the taste of the cake.   Homemade Streusel … Continue Reading

Cooking with Cast Iron-How to Make the Perfect French Toast!

The Best French Toast

Since my cast iron cooking tips were so popular in the past, I am back with more today! (In case you missed the others click HERE for the perfect Grilled Cheese, and HERE to learn how to clean and season your cast iron skillets.)  Cooking with cast iron is especially good for breakfast foods and breads.  In fact, cast iron skillets make the best French Toast ever!  No joke  So today I am going to share my personal recipe for the best french toast ever (not just in my opinion, but according to the rave reviews from the fiance Matt and all of my family that has tried it as well) and all of the little tips I have picked up along the way.   2 reasons why I love making french … Continue Reading

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Inspired Sandwiches!

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer…Had a very shiny nose!   And if you ever saw it…  Are you singing along with me yet?  :)   Today’s inspiration is a fun little “recipe” if you will, on how to make Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Sandwiches.  This is a Fun (and yummy) project that would be great to make with kids or grand kids.  I suggest playing Rudolph music or watching the classic Christmas movie about Rudolph while making (or eating) these.  I think the kids will get a kick out of that!  By the way..if you don’t have children, no worries.  I have included an adult variation of this project as well.   To see step by step photos on how to make these, and get the scoop on adult … Continue Reading

Autumn Appetizers-Bacon Cheddar Ham Cups!

Fresh out of the oven

Get ready for an easy YUMMY Fall recipe that makes the perfect party food or dinner complement!  While most of the things I make in the kitchen are from scratch and made with organic ingredients, once in awhile I just want something quick and easy to prepare that is a crowd pleaser.  When it comes to cookin’ (not baking), I quite often don’t have a set recipe-I just throw stuff together (but with a plan in mind of course).  I will do my best to tell you the quantities I used for this recipe , and if you like you can adjust things to your taste.  It’s a pretty flexible recipe!   Here is what you will need: Muffin pans (this recipe makes about 20 muffins) 1 container of refrigerated … Continue Reading

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