Friends and Family Sale

Get Your Holiday Gift Shopping Done Early

Phyllis Lifestyle 3 Comments

It feels like just yesterday we were beginning fall—my favorite time of year. Now, October is almost over, and you all know what that means: It’s one month closer to the holiday season! My, how time flies. With the holiday season comes get-togethers with family and friends, cooking, cooking, and more cooking, shopping, and tons of holiday cheer. In this …

Birthday Cake

Big Sister’s Birthday! — A Sister’s Tale

Phyllis Lifestyle 28 Comments

It’s Big Sister’s birthday, so I am giving her the day off! There are many things that I could write about having an older sister.  A few examples: She was the first child—Mom and Dad practiced on her! She was the first to get her driver’s license—and then had to take our brother and me places! She was the first …

Pyrex

Kitchen Classics: History of Pyrex from Vintage Cottage

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From guest editors of The Cottage Journal:  From the classic clear originals to the colorfully patterned Mid-Century mod collections to the now ubiquitous glass measuring cups, Pyrex has been the choice of chefs and home cooks alike for more than 100 years. Interestingly enough, the story of Pyrex doesn’t start in the kitchen—it starts on the railroad. In 1908, research scientists …

Quilt

The Best Time of Year! Fall Reminds Me of Quilting

Phyllis Lifestyle 31 Comments

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the brilliant show of leaves that Mother Nature gives us. I can’t think of anything more wonderful than to walk through the fallen leaves while gentle breezes of brisk air rustle what’s left on the branches above. I have many memories of fall. One of my very favorite memories is learning …

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Phyllis Lifestyle 18 Comments

Anyone who knows me knows I love pumpkin spice everything! Give me anything you can think of flavored with pumpkin spice—I love it all! It all started with a pumpkin spice latte several years ago. I just couldn’t get enough. I am not sure if I have an addiction to cinnamon and nutmeg or if having a PSL signals the …

Pondering Moments

Pondering Moments: Trust During Times of Tragedy

Phyllis Lifestyle 45 Comments

As I sit at my desk thinking about the horrible news of the Las Vegas mass shooting, I can’t seem to compose the words to convey my thoughts. Since we are all friends and have formed a bond through this blog, I am just going to share my random emotions and reactions to the events of the past days. We’ve …

Explore Beautiful Treasures at Antiques at The Gardens

Phyllis Lifestyle 4 Comments

There’s something about shopping for antiques that’s just so special and rewarding. Finding perfect pieces to showcase in your home is always a carefully thought-out process, but selecting an antique takes even more consideration.  Every time you walk by that piece, whether it’s a table centerpiece or a chest of drawers, memories and thoughts of the past rush through your …

Swing

A View from Our Porch Swing

Phyllis Inspiration, Lifestyle 21 Comments

Every morning, Neal and I sit outside watching the world come to life after a long night’s rest. I enjoy having my morning coffee outside, and one of the things I love most is sitting in our porch swing while sipping my coffee. We have always enjoyed having a swing, and we can solve all the world’s problems from it. …

Garden Harvest

Welcome Fall with Garden Harvesting

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Have I told you about the garden we had? A couple of years ago, we decided to start growing vegetables right outside our kitchen. This time of the year during the fall harvest is the perfect time to try your hand at gardening and see if you have that green thumb. For our garden, we transformed a flower bed that’s …

Cast-Iron Baking

Introducing Our New Cast-Iron Baking Cookbook

Phyllis Lifestyle 4 Comments

The fall season brings breezy days, beautiful leaves glowing in red and orange hues, and afternoons spent baking a special treat to enjoy with a warm cup of hot cocoa or coffee. There’s just something about a warm kitchen filled with mouthwatering aromas from cooking and baking that makes me happy. It seems autumn is the perfect time to fire …