August Dinner Menu Ideas

August Dinner Menu Ideas - An Oregon Cottage

Welcome, I’m glad you’re here! If you’re new, you may want to subscribe to get our email updates so you won’t miss any of our easy recipes & diy projects! Thanks so much for visiting! August is full-on summertime here in the Pacific Northwest – school doesn’t start back until Labor Day and the weather […]


The Ultimate Onion Guide: Grow, Harvest, Cook & Preserve

Ultimate Onion Guide-Grow, Harvest, Cook & Preserve via An Oregon Cottage

Onions. They are truly the workhorse of the kitchen, aren’t they? I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that I don’t use them in something, actually. While not expensive to buy and obviously easy to find, it’s still fun to grow onions. They’re easy, don’t take up a lot of room, and can […]


Decorating With Summer Flowers

Sunflower-Ikea Container Centerpiece - An Oregon Cottage

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared any seasonal decorating updates – and to be honest, with our graduations, other family activities, and increased work, I just didn’t have the desire. I simply updated the late spring mantel occasionally with a vase of whatever was blooming from our garden. And that’s just fine sometimes. But I did […]


Homemade Garlic-Mint Garden Insect Spray {that really works!!}

Homemade Garlic-Mint Natural Garden Insect Spray - An Oregon Cottage

Okay guys, I’m excited to finally share with you the results of the get-rid-of-nasty-garden-bug experiment I’ve been conducting on my poor, bedraggled basil plants and trumpet vine that I shared a bit about here. I know I’ve teased you with my testing for long enough – we all deal with bugs, so I know you’ll be […]


Tuesday Garden Party 8.05.14 {With CoHosts!}

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Welcome to the first Tuesday Garden Party with co-hosts! It’s the same garden party you’ve known, only now your links will be seen on this blog AND four others. Just link up like normal and your link will be seen on all the co- host’s blogs. Each week one of us, Michelle, Brooke, Shelly, Tracie, […]


Spicy Cumin Lime Coleslaw

Spicy Cumin-Lime Slaw - An Oregon Cottage

Well, I think it’s firmly established around here that I like slaws and I like them dressed with light vinaigrettes (those weirdly sweet, mayo based salads are just not my thing). All of the slaws I have in our recipe index – Caesar Slaw, Spicy Asian Slaw, and Cranberry, Walnut, & Feta Broccoli Slaw – […]


Easily Make a Replacement Cappuccino Carafe

Easily Make Your Own Home Cappuccino Replacement Carafe - An Oregon Cottage

Here’s yet another guest post from Brian (sheesh, you think he wants to take over here?). Oh, and can you tell we like our daily coffee? As you all probably know by now, one of the first things I do every morning is stumble into the kitchen to make macchiatos (which are like cappuccinos, but […]


Budget Curb Appeal Ideas

Budget Curb Appeal Ideas - An Oregon Cottage for Hometalk

Do you guys remember a while ago when I wrote about ways you could increase your curb appeal with a few diy projects? While I was emphasizing a cottage look (of course), the 5 updates I showed from our own house’s example translate to any style or location. Things like planting flowers, making your entry welcoming and freshening […]


Tuesday Garden Party 7.29.14 {Announcement!}

Drying Onions - An Oregon Cottage

Happy Tuesday Garden Party! Besides the normal mid-July garden harvests we’re enjoying (zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, broccoli side shoots, cabbage, kale, chard, early tomatoes, and blackberries) two fun things happened this last week: I harvested all the onions and got them into the shed to dry. That in itself is not all that amazing – the […]


Sweet and Spicy Canned Onion Marmalade

Sweet and Spicy Canned Onion Marmalade - An Oregon Cottage

I’ve been making this onion marmalade off and on for years, ever since seeing the original version in Jan Roberts-Dominguez’s food preservation column in The Oregonian newspaper years ago when I first started canning. I love sweet onions and was looking for a way to preserve them through the winter. This sweet and spicy onion […]


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