Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Mr. DIY and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.
My brother flew across the country with his wife to spend a few days with us. The last time I saw him was in September after our father passed away, so it was nice to see them on a happier occasion, especially now that I'm feeling better. 
Mr. DIY cooks the entire Thanksgiving meal every year (don't hate me) and I just have to set the table and help clean up. Our daughter made some awesome crock pot mac n cheese that is really tasty. Will have share the recipe another time.
 I don't know how you ladies do everything yourself and my hat is definitely off to you!
My daughter came in to help when I was setting the table and put the centerpiece together. I think she did a great job.

Nothing fancy this year... I set the table with our everyday dinnerwear (Mikasa Italian Countryside) and a some salad plate I love that I purchased many years back at Marshalls. I used my favorite vintage "Boopie" glasses for water and champagne and set out some wine glasses just in case.

I thought the tan tablecloth needed a white topper to brighten it up a bit. The topper is part of my greatest Goodwill find.You can stop by HERE to see all the beautiful cut lace pieces I found for less than $6.

Here we all are ready to eat!

My brother and Mr. DIY made the pies.

Of course I broke my no gluten, no dairy, no sugar diet to have a slice of pie and a scoop of ice cream. 

Now that Thanksgiving is past, we still will be counting our blessings and of course, we'll be getting to the Christmas decorating.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Before The Leaves Had Fallen

Mr. DIY is at the Mountain Cottage this weekend working on miscellaneous little projects. 
I stayed at home because I am experiencing a couple of days feeling unwell. There's nothing like being in your own home and having access to all things familiar to help you feel better. I'll be fine in a couple of days -

As most of you know, I've been recovering from lyme disease since last December and I'm happy to report that the last 2 weeks I've been feeling REALLY good for the first time in a long time. My current situation is just a response to a course of antibiotics, but I should be back to feeling good in a couple of days. I'll update you with more details on my other blog My Healing Lyme Journal in a couple of days...I promise.

In the meantime, I wanted to share some of the beauty seen at the Mountain Cottage in the past few weeks...
I've shared this one before - We pulled up to the house late afternoon several weeks ago and I had to get out and take a photo. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Easy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

I don't like oatmeal. 

There, I said it.

I wish I did, because it's on the list of food I can eat.
For those who don't know, I've been on a no sugar, no gluten, no dairy, 50% veggie diet since last December and there are so many things that I don't like. You could call me a picky eater ...
and you'd be right.

The problem is, there aren't very many things I can eat for breakfast and I really needed another option. So, a couple of weeks ago, I tried oatmeal again in hopes that my taste buds have changed.

Nope, still don't like it.

I happened to see a video where the person took a mashed banana, added oats to it and baked it in the oven. 
I gave it a shot because I love oatmeal cookies and granola bars and because it is gluten free and healthy. 
But, it came up flat.
It was a great idea though...
so I added a few things.