Carrot Salad with Feta & Olives

Carrot Feta and Olive Salad - 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! This salad is one of my favorites of all time. Really. For those of you who’ve been around for awhile […]

Tuesday Garden Party 7.01.14: Two Lessons Already

The Tale of Two Corn Beds - An Oregon Cottage

Here we are on July 1st and I already have two lessons from my garden to share with you for the Tuesday Garden Party! You’d think the lessons would wait, right? The first is this sadness: Lesson 1: The Tale of Two Corn Patches The bed on the left? Planted with our early corn (2 […]

July Dinner Menu Ideas

July Dinner Menu Ideas - An Oregon Cottage

July in Oregon may be hit-or-miss, weather wise (I’ve seen my share of cold and rainy 4th of Julys!), but one thing we can count on is that we will see lots of great garden produce and fruit. Blueberries, raspberries, Marionberries, currants, peas, carrots, beets, zucchini & summer squash, onions, early beans, basil, and more. Yum! And […]

Dollar Store Chalkboard Pots

Dollar Store Chalkboard Pots - An Oregon Cottage

When I was planning our chalkboard theme double graduation party I found pictures on Pinterest that coordinated with our chalkboard theme of painted terra cotta pots, which I thought planted with flowers in the kids school colors would make great centerpieces. The problem was I needed 10 and didn’t really want 10 small terra cotta […]

Ultimate Asparagus Guide: Grow, Harvest, Cook & Preserve

Ultimate Asparagus Guide - Grow-Harvest-Cook-Preserve - An Oregon Cottage

Asparagus is a fantastic vegetable to grow if you have the room- though it takes a few years to become established, once it does it’s a fairly low-maintenance food crop. It can also be successfully grown in most parts of the US (mild, wet areas like Florida are about the only places it doesn’t do […]

Freeze Green Beans Without Blanching Video

Freeze Your Green Beans without Blanching - An Oregon Cottage

Do you guys remember when I wrote about my family not liking the texture (squeaky and rubbery) of blanched and frozen green beans so I rebelled against the conventional method and froze them unblanched? Since I published that post almost two years ago, it’s become one of my most visited pages, almost surpassing my soft […]

Tuesday Garden Party 6.24.14: Highlights

Blueberry-Peach-Ginger Pie via A Hungry Pilgrim

Welcome to the Tuesday Garden Party! I had a great time visiting the link-ups from last week – wow, I tell ya, I’m always inspired and always learn or see something new. Here’s a few I’m highlighting (although it was hard to not include them all…but then it would’ve been just the same as the […]

Chalkboard Theme Graduation Party

Chalkboard Grad Party - An Oregon Cottage

We had a special, once-in-a-lifetime event last weekend – a double graduation party! Our daughter graduated from high school and our son graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. We hosted 60 family and friends for a backyard bbq to celebrate their accomplishments and I had some fun using ideas from Pinterest […]

Flourless Coconut Almond Bars

Flourless Coconut-Almond Bars with Chocolate Drizzle - An Oregon Cottage

Do you think it’s odd that shortly after publishing Real Food Recipes for Weight Loss I would post a recipe for flourless coconut almond bars? Oh, but if you’ve read that (or the rest of my story here) you’ll know that I do eat sweets occasionally and I believe not feeling deprived is one of the […]

Tuesday Garden Party 6.17.14

Snow Pea Blossoms

Happy Tuesday! It’s time to visit over our garden fences again! I thought I’d start with a little mystery I found yesterday: My week-and-a-half old bean seedlings were all beaten up, with leaves torn off! The older beans next to them and the dry beans planted at the same time look better than these. We […]

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