Simple Ramblings From A Prim Cottage

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Decor and Merry Christmas

 Oh my is it Christmas Eve already? The weather here makes it feel like it should be Thanksgiving.We've had a very mild Pennsylvania winter so far. Usually we have a little snow by now but it is a rainy 60's and we have some windows open. Figured I'd share a few of my decorating pics. No tree this year with Issaboo.Not worth the fight to try to make her understand figured by next year she'll be big enough to know better. Hubby was a little dissapointed with no tree but sweet Linda sent a little LED lighted tree and he claimed it and put it beside his chair...smile...Above is the red grainery box Hubby found over the summer.Loving decorating it for each Season....
 Small simple Feather tree...My Christmas tree for this year. Yes Issaboo does nose it everyday but hasn't bothered it yet.....

 Elf on the shelf watching for Santa...We had one just like this since I can remember as a child....

 The child's stepback decorated for Christmas....

Well just Wanted to Wish everyone A very Merry Christmas! Hope it is filled with joys, family and Blessings! Remember the reason for the the season in your heart through out the year.We'll be enjoying Christmas at Grandma's old farmhouse crammed full of family and memories.~Amy

Friday, December 11, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop ~ My Post

 Wendy is our gracious host of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. She organized a wonderful bunch of girls to share tutorials and recipes. You can get on the image on my sidebar to take you to her blog.Be sure to visit each day for some great ideas to put you in the spirit. My Tutorial is solid beeswax lotion bars. These are wonderful for dry winter hands,elbows and feet.

  •  Beeswax lotion bars
  • By weight 2 oz each
  •  1 part beeswax can be any type I prefer natural block
  • 1 part coconut or olive oil ( I use coconut but olive is easy to find at the grocery store)
  • 1 part cocoa butter or you can use shea butter as well but it makes them slightly sticky
I like to add a few drops of vanilla,orange or peppermint oil to mine( about 10 drops) but if you prefer all natural they have a lite honey scent.

  • Put in a double boiler and melt ingredients together till thy are a smooth liquid
  • Pour into molds.I have molds from other projects but mini muffin tins or candy molds work well
  • Allow to set 24 hours if they do not pop right out you can put them in the freezer about a half hour to release.

 So over the holidays we all over indulge plus some people at our gatherings have health restrictions so my recipe is Guilt Free Peanut Butter Cookies. They are super easy.Low Carb 6 grams per cookie and just 80 calories. Plus they taste amazing.No one will know they are Better for you.
                                                              Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Preheat oven 350
  • Mix with spoon in a medium bowl ~
  • 1 cup peanut butter, 3/4 cup splenda, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 teas baking soda and 1 teas vanilla extract 
  • Add 1 large egg (must be large for recipe to work) stir till dough is formed
  • Roll into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet
  • use a fork to flatten and form a criss cross pattern
  • Bake 10 min or untill golden brown on bottom but still slightly soft in the middle
  • Remove from oven let cool 5 mins on cookie sheet
Enjoy! Hope you all are enjoying the season.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Monday, November 30, 2015

Yikes Christmas Swap Sign Up

I'm so far behind on things. The holidays have just snuck up. Feels like it should just be the start of Fall but Christmas is less than a month away. I wasn't going to host this when I realized how close we are, but I know many of you look forward to it. So to make things simple only girls who have been in my swaps and know the rules and courtesy can sign up on this one.I'll open the Valentines swap for everyone to join in. Because we are limited on time USA swappers only....  Also since this will be more restricted you may be swapping with someone you have recently swapped with. General swap rules apply. Sign up by Dec 3. Mail by the 18th. Four items must be included. Since we are close it can be general or christmas theme. One item must be a handmade doll or critter.It can be bought or made by you but must be handmade not mass produced.. To sign up comment here. Then email me at cottageprims@hotmail.com   with your name,address,email,blog  please include if you have any allergies or dislikes as well as a short list of styles, favorite things etc. You will be contacted your partner so you can discuss with them as well. As always I will send you a confirmation letting you know I received your sign up. I will email your partner Friday you must email and say hello. Let's have fun!~Amy
Pics are from etsy sellers for ideas. You can visit them to purchase through their shop name if interested.

Ornie Swap Thank You

 Just wanted to drop in and Thank everyone who participated in this years ornie swap. Always such lovely homespun treasures to add to the tree. Above ornie and hand painted tag from my super talented friend Marsha Tattered Chick Blog. The little cinnamon soap she included smells amazing.
 Cute wheel barrel vigenette from Linda Country Pickens Blog...
Snowman Mitten from Sandi Primitive Skate Blog. Sweet Danice always thinks of me and sends the cutest Hostess gifts. She sent the Santa moon ornie...Thank you girls for the sweet new additions to my Christmas tree. I love the memories each year of all the Friendships.~Amy