This little pink cottage, a gift from my dear mother, has always held a special place in my heart. Simply quaint and romantically cozy - this is the dwelling I would be content to reside in.
Standing behind my cottage is a "Dayton" oval plate made in Grafton, West Virginia, a gift from an aunt.
Also given to me by Mother, this ironstone hanging plate from Staffordshire, England. The verse you may be familiar with:
Not knowing where I went
By chance I saw a pleasant scene
The cottage of content."
I just had to share my most gorgeous Hibiscus flower - one of many blooming on a small tree on our back deck.
A recipe for my "Cottage" theme today:
Cottage Potatoes Recipe
courtesy Paula Deen
3 large Idaho potatoes
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 onion, diced
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Scrub the potatoes, slice them, and put in a pot with water to cover. Boil the potatoes until tender, then drain and mash them with 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the cottage cheese, onion, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir the mixture gently, and then put in a greased casserole. Dot with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.