Monday, August 3, 2015

Change Is In The Air!

Change in life is inevitable. Things come and go, and nothing really stays the same too long. One thing that is still the same, though is the lovely atmosphere at our home on the lake.
Cairn Cottage, our little piece of paradise, continues to be a place of peace, relaxation, and comfort...
Activity on the lake has been up. Speedboats, pontoons, and even sailboarders have been seen on a regular basis.
As always, jet-skiing is a very popular lake activity.
We had lots of rain in June and most of July, which caused our water levels to rise significantly. 
.In the past few months. we have been through some difficult changes. My step-father passed away and my mom has not only been suffering from severe depression, but her dementia has increased. Because of this, I have spent much more time with her and having her come to visit at our house has been a welcome respite on some of the most difficult days.
She loves to sit and watch the boats go by or even go out in our pontoon with my hubby and me to go fishing.
Another change that we are currently in the process of doing is helping our son move. He has lived in southern Indiana for the past 3 years. A few weeks ago, he got a job offer up in Michigan but has not found housing there, yet. Since he needed to be out of his apartment last week, we have temporarily been moving his stuff into our house and garage and this week he will be coming home to stay with us until he finds housing.. 
In spite of all the changes, I have had the opportunity to find a few lake signs....yes, I really like lake signs! Here are a couple I recently purchased:


I love the one above, especially since the name of our lake is "Dewart" lake.!
A couple other signs I'd love to get eventually are below. I found them online. They describe lake life so well!


Wishing you a relaxing week ahead, whether you are on or off the lake!
Wishing you
 Ann 
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
Linking over to these blog parties:
No Rules Weekend Blog Party @ Life as We Know It by Paula
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Do Tell Tuesday Lil Mrs Tori
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Be Inspired Party Elizabeth & Co
A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Feature Favorites: no. 2

Welcome to "Feature Favorites" a new bi-weekly post, where I will be featuring different blog posts, photos, and ideas that some of my favorite bloggers have recently shared. 

Beach Bonanza 
Sarah, at “Down, By The Sea”, describes how the weather in Bridport Harbour, on the  Dorset Coast, England, can vary, depending on where you are on the beach.
I agree with the quote she shared about weather:
"There is no such thing as bad weather -Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, and snow is exhilarating." John Ruskin.

Decor and Design
Melissah, at "Coastal Style" shared some living room decorating tips, including lighting, accents, textures, and style ideas.

 Foodie Finds
Sarah at "Sugar Apron" shared a yummy blueberry crisp recipe. I tried making this with fresh local blueberries and it was delicious and easy.

Fashion Frenzy
From the "Beautifully Seaside" blog, comes a showing of a classic cover-up and lovely bag, just in time for a day on the beach.

Lake and Cottage Lifestyle
At “My Secret Garden ” one will be taken on a tour of a quaint turn-of-the-century home and whimsical fairy garden, with a re-purposed bench, tons of English country flowers, and greenery.

Fantastic Photography     
“Top Inspired” shared gorgeous photos of the Top Ten Sunset Spots in Europe, 

Pet Portraits
Judy and Bailey over at “Bailey Unleashed” , shared an adorable picture and inspirational quote.

Teatime Treasures
For all you bookworms and tea lovers, this post is for you! Darlene at "The Tea Enthusiast's Scrapbook"shares her tea book collection...so pour yourself a cup and check it out!

Congrats to all these bloggers and internet sites!
Thanks for sharing your awesome posts! 
I hope my readers are as blessed by reading them as I have been! Feel free to use the button below to let your readers know that you were featured here!


Cairn Cottage

Wishing you
 Ann 
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
Linking over to these blog parties:
No Rules Weekend Blog Party @ Life as We Know It by Paula
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Do Tell Tuesday Lil Mrs Tori
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Be Inspired Party Elizabeth & Co
A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My Chai Just Got Dirty


You may be wondering, by the title of this post, whether or not I've gone off the deep end, or what!?

No, I'm happy to say, I am not "drinking mud", per say! But, I have expanded my horizons! 

A co-worker and friend of mine recently introduced me to something new....DIRTY CHAI.

If you are like me, you may be a bit leary to drink anything with coffee in it. I love the smell of brewing coffee, but really dislike the taste of it, even cappuccinos.  

Some of you hard core chai and/or coffee drinkers (especially if you enjoy Starbucks drinks) may already know about this sweet surprise. I, on the other hand, had no idea how delicious this liquid caffeine high would be!


Definition:    Dirty Chai is a popular coffee shop drink. It's an espresso drink made of a shot of espresso mixed into a 'chai tea'. It's usually made with a chai concentrate, steamed milk and a single shot of espresso.

DIRTY CHAI: A RECIPE THAT’S SO MUCH MORE THAN CHAI AND ESPRESSO

I'm not sure what my co-worker's recipe was that she concocted for me to try, but it appears there are tons of recipes on the internet.(This is truly a new craze!) So, I decided to share a few of them here, including baked goods.

Iced Dirty Chai Almond Milk Latte {Gluten-free and Vegan}-could be prepare hot or on ice.


Dirty Chai Pancakes

Dirty Chai Cupcakes

Dirty Chai Spiced Fudge


Dirty Chai Cinnamon Rolls



Dirty Chai Doughnut Muffins

Dirty Chai Cookies

Chocolate Dirty Chai Chip Protein Shake

Dirty Chai Ice Cream

Dirty Chai Oatmeal

Dirty Chai Latte No-Bake Cheesecake



Here are even more receipes:


Problem Solved....


Wishing you

 Ann 
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
Linking over to these blog parties:
No Rules Weekend Blog Party @ Life as We Know It by Paula
Sharing His Beauty @ The Beauty in His Grip
Creativity Unleashed Link Party @ One Project Closer/The Better Half
Freedom Fridays @ My Turn For US 
Tuesdays at Our Home Our Home Away from Home
Shabbilicious Friday Link Party @ Shabby Art Boutique
A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market