Rosemary Dinner Rolls

These rolls are so amazing! Soft and golden, with a hint of rosemary. They are delicious with butter or loaded with meat and cheese. You really can't go wrong with them! They will be the perfect touch to any meal and perfect for your Thanksgiving family gatherings.

Thanksgiving recipe

Ingredients

Dough:
1 Cup Spring Water Warmed
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil or Grass Fed Butter
1 1/2 Teaspoons Raw Sugar 
1 1/2 Teaspoons Celtic Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt
1 Tablespoon Rosemary
1 1/2 Teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
Topping:
Rosemary sprigs (optional)
Olive oil
Thanksgiving Recipe

Bread Machine Way:
Place wet ingredients in the bread maker, Then add flour. Put salt, sugar, seasonings in different corners then make a small well in the center and place yeast in it. Mix on dough setting then make into 9 rolls. Let it rise again. Brush with oil. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until golden. Lay sprigs of rosemary over the rolls.

The "By Hand" Way:
In your bowl add liquid ingredients (oil and water) that have been warmed (not hot) with your sugar. Sprinkle your yeast on top and cover and let set in a warm draft-free place in your kitchen till bubbly. Slowly mix in the remaining dry ingredients. With a spoon or fingers start mixing until combined fully. Let rise for 20 minutes then begin kneading. Let rise again. Pull it out of the bowl shape into 9 rolls and let rise again. Brush with oil. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until golden. Lay sprigs of rosemary over the rolls. 

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A Grandmother's Legacy

Away in a manger... soft and lilting the lyrics float in my head as the hazy image of my grandmother singing flickers in the back of my head. What I would do to sit with her for a moment and hear her voice again. To listen to her sing... to wake before the sunrises and sit in the kitchen drinking tea and watching the eastern sky blush with the dawn.

So many memories she should have born witness to, so many birthdays and Christmas's she should be here for. So many feasts she should have helped prepare. So many hugs I long to feel. So many pictures she should be in. So very many things I would like to tell her.

And yet her legacy lives on in our lives. Not a day is not touched with her fingerprints, for they are on all of our hearts. Today as the calendar marks the anniversary of her death, and we find the pain anew- and wonder if it will ever stop hurting we remember her legacy. We remember a woman with such an amazingly large heart that she could make strangers family. A tiny lady, who could walk among the homeless and the broken and look past all of the rough edges and love them.


We remember the woman who kept a little can of  'love' on the counter to sprinkle all of the dishes she made with it. We remember a woman who changed the lives all she met. We remember the stories she told... and the love she filled our home with.

I am so thankful for her influence in my life, for the ability to grow up in her shadow. We Rosevine Girls share the amazing treasure of spending nearly every day of our lives with her. Her passing has left a huge unfillable gap in our lives.

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She was a woman of faith, and that made her a unique woman. Much of what I know of faith came from this woman and watching her walk with Christ. Her life was not sunshine and rainbows, she was raised by a sister after her mother died and father abandoned her. She found herself burying her husband and daughter much sooner then any wife or mother ever wants to do- and yet she remained faithful. Yes, I am sure there were dark places, places where she questioned His plan, where the grief threatened to crush her.

She was a strong woman- not in an abrasive sort of way, but in a gentle beautiful way. In a way that bespoke where her strength came from. She was a woman who could believe in you when everyone else gave up. Today as I logged on to Facebook a memory popped up, "Heaven has gained an amazing woman,"... yes, heaven truly did gain an amazing woman that day, and the world is a bit darker without her corny jokes and beautiful voice. But it is by far a more beautiful place because of her.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
May we all be more like Grandma Cottage... at the end of our days, may someone be able to say that about us that we "finished the race" and "kept the faith". May that be all of our legacies. I'll go a bit further, may we all leave behind us as big an impact -a ground-zero if you will-. No, she never ran for office, or became wealthy, or traveled to far off places- but she was rich with love. May the epicenter of our legacy, be as widespread, and the people we loved be as many.

Farmhouse Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving has always been special at the Cottage. Almost all of our family is spread out across the states so it is usually just us and sometimes a few good friends. From early in the morning, the house smells like baking bread and pies, roasting turkey and spices all mingling together in a mouthwatering aroma. Christmas carols play softly (a family tradition started by Grandma Cottage), as we work together on the Thanksgiving feast.

One thing we love is decorating the table! This year we chose white and green pumpkins with tarnished silver candlesticks and dried hydrangeas.


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We reused the gold disks from the garden party and hung them from the ceiling throughout the room.




We found these great silver candle holders from an estate sale, we loved the aged look so we didn't bother polishing them.


We used chalk paint on little orange pumpkins to make them this adorable green, and the chicken wire napkin rings.


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 Mix matched silver platers set off the white of the bone china and linen napkins perfectly and tie the candlesticks in perfectly.



The neutral tones of the dried hydrangeas really pull this look together. We waited until later in the season to clip them so we would get this neutral look but earlier in the year you would have them more colorful. Simply clip them the length you are wanting and put them into your basket or vase without water and they will dry this way.



Churches Of Nuremberg - Frauenkirche

Frauenkirche was built on the initiative of Charles IV Holy Roman Emporer between 1352 and 1362, who selected Master Stone Mason Peter Parter - who worked on the Prague Cathedral - for the building works.  Frauenkirche or "The Church of Our Lady" was built as a hall church with two aisles and a tribune for the Emporer. The church contains 9 bays supported by four columns. One of the most notable features of the church is the mechanical clock installed in 1506  that commemorates the Golden Bull of 1356. The Holy Roman Emporer and the Prince-Electors are shown around the clock.

Frauenkirche

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Nuremberg Germany

The earliest mention of the church dates back to 1442. Frauenkirche sits in the Grand Market in place of a Jewish synagogue destroyed during the Pogrom of 1345 after a black death outbreak. The church houses many sculptures -some heavily restored- along with numerous works of art from the middle ages.

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Nuremberg Germany

Charles IV son was baptized here in 1361.

The church is shown in Leni Riefenstahl's 1935 propaganda film about the Nuremberg Rally as Hilter receives salutes from Nazi troops.

Nuremberg Germany

Since 1984 the balcony beneath the clock has been used for the opening ceremony of the Christkindlesmarkt.

It was built a Catholic church in but changed to protestant after the Reformation, before reverting it back to Catholic in 1916

On January 2, 1945, it was damaged by British bombs as the allies fought to capture Nuremberg.

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Nuremberg Germany


Nuremberg Germany

Mr. Cottage 

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Cranberry Orange Cookies

Christmas time is just around the corner, and these cookies are the perfect thing to ring in the season. Seriously they taste like Christmas as the orange and cranberry swirl through your mouth. These are super easy to make and really really tasty!

Christmas Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup frozen cranberries
Zest of 2 mandarin oranges
1 to 1/2 Tablespoons fresh mandarin orange juice 

1 Teaspoon almond extract
3/4 Cups raw sugar plus extra to dip cookies in
21/2 Cups organic all-purpose flour 

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Christmas Cookies Recipe

Directions:

Blend frozen cranberries and 1/4 cup sugar in a blender, process until cranberries are broken down. Combine flour and the rest of the sugar in a large bowl. Using a pastry knife or two butter knives cut butter into the flour until it is a fine crumble. Stir in almond extract, orange zest and juice and cranberry mix. Knead the dough with your hands until it forms a ball. Shape into a log about 2 inches in diameter and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2-72 hours. Cover cookie sheet with silicone mat. Preheat oven to 325F. Remove cookie dough from refrigerator, and cut slices off about 1/4th inch thick. Pour sugar into a plate and dip cookies in it on both sides. Place on the cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 
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Thanksgiving A Holy Holiday

As Thanksgiving draws near and family and traditions grow further apart, the true meaning and purpose of Thanksgiving becomes foggy and even forgotten. Amongst the clutter, and bustle of the "holiday season," it gets lost. Like an old box of ornaments in the attic, it sits gathering dust, waiting, hoping to be opened. To be remembered. But when it finally is opened its met with indifference and even disdain.

It's just a day off. Just a day created by a bunch thieves and murderers. Turkey day! A time to sit back and watch football. The beginning of the Christmas rush- Black Friday shopping. Strip that all away- peel it back like layers of old wallpaper in a house. Pull back the layers of commercialization, the family commitments, the hurry, tear away the calendar date. Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Devotional

The purpose of Thanksgiving wasn't to feast or party. It wasn't about the shopping or the football. It was about thanking God for keeping the pilgrims alive during a long voyage across the ocean to an unknown land in search of freedom to worship how they pleased, it was to thank Him for sustaining them through persecution, diseases, crop failures and blizzards. It was to thank God for sending them someone to teach them how to survive in this new world that they sought refuge in.

It was was three days of praying and giving thanks. Of being with family and friends and thanking God for them. Three days of praise and worship, that was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.

How has He sustained you? How has he brought strangers into your life to teach you on your journey? Where are the places he's carried you through failures and diseases? Find the places in your life where His arms have encircled you and seen you safely through. What are you thankful for- don't answer that quickly, don't whip out a pat answer and move on. Dwell on it, what is close to your heart? Don't just say I'm thankful next to a 2-second answer, what are you really thankful for? Who are you thankful for. Now take a moment to celebrate this holiday the way it was intended. Pour out your heart to your Father.

We live in a culture that has forgotten how to be thankful, in the rush to have the newest and biggest 'whatever' we have lost the art of simply being thankful. Let's change that, you and me, starting in our own homes. Let's learn to be thankful again, and to come before our Lord with praise as we thank Him for the many blessings He's bestowed on our lives.

Do you know the real story of Thanksgiving? Do your kids? Do your grandkids? This year make sure they know the true story. Spend some time with them, more than just a family dinner on Thanksgiving night. Whether it's listening to an audiobook or a radio drama while doing holiday baking. Or curling up together on the couch next to the fire watching a movie or read a book together. Or gather around a table playing a game. The time will be well spent. When they are old and have children and grandchildren of their own, it won't be the football game they watched or the amount of pie they ate that they will remember, but the time spent with you. So make some traditions, it's not too late. You will be glad you did.

Here are a few of our favorite adventures, some that I grew up with and others that I enjoy now.

Movies:

This Is America Charlie Brown - The Mayflower Voyagers
the Peanuts gang tells the story of the Mayflower voyage from England to the new world, in 1620. They detail the hardships the pilgrims faced while trying to adapt to their new land, and how it was the help of the Natives Samoset, Squanto and the Wampanoag Chief Massasoit that helped them survive. The special ends the next fall when the pilgrims share their bountiful harvest with the Natives in a feast of Thanksgiving.

Animated Hero Classic Series: William Bradford
The story William Bradford, Squanto, faith during trial

Dear America: A Journey to the New World
The story of a twelve-year-old Pilgrim girl's first few months at Plymouth Colony.

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving
The widow Mary Bassett and her 3 children have come on difficult times, which becomes especially apparent when they can't even afford a turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner. The widows oldest daughter writes to their wealthy and estranged grandmother for help.

Radio Dramas:

A Thankstaking Story
On a snowy Thanksgiving Day, Whit, Connie, Eugene and a few of their friends end up stuck at Whit's End. To pass the time, they tell a zany story of the Scrunch and his plan for "Thankstaking."

A Thanksgiving Carol
Whit and the gang use Kids' Radio to tell Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol with an unusual twist.

Thank You, God
At Thanksgiving dinner, Whit tells the story of how his stepmother changed his life.

The Legend of Squanto
This audio drama brings to light the story of one of America's early legends — "Squanto." History remembers Tisquantum as the Native American who taught early settlers to fish and farm. He's even credited with the first Thanksgiving. But few hear the story of the condemnation that dragged him outside America to a life in chains and what he discovered after his exile. It's an inspiring true story of this little-known early American that triumphed over injustice and changed what would become the United States.

Books:

Thanksgiving: Time to Remember
By Barbara Rainey

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Paparazzi Jewelry Review

We got a package the other day from the lovely ladies of BringingYourBlinging filled with beautiful Paparazzi jewelry! 

These metal earrings are the first ones. They are so pretty and look great with her dark hair.


 Paparazzi has gorgeous jewelry for just $5, all nickel and lead-free for every style. The children's line is only a dollar!


We just love these beaded dangle earrings. They are so pretty and not too heavy. Brianna has very sensitive ears and she didn't have any trouble with them itching or hurting at all. 


These beaded earrings are part of the collection and we think they give a perfect touch to this outfit.


The rhinestone earrings are Cheyenne's favorite! She loves the sparkly stuff!
Aren't they pretty? You can dress them up or down and they are gorgeous.


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This last one is a set. The pearl beaded necklace comes with free earrings.  They are so pretty and girly. We love these!