16 Tips for a Happy Marriage

My brother (I just kind of adopted him years ago and so did my family) is getting married next weekend, and I am just tickled pink!! He is such an amazing man, and she is an equally amazing woman. They complement each other so well, and I wish them a lifetime of happiness that they both deserve. I am by no means a relationship expert, but I have learned through the example of my parents and grandparents, from the way my future mother-in-law talks about her late husband (my would-be father-in-law), by observing working relationships, by screwing up in several of mine, and finally through the love I share with Mr. Cozy Cottage. So I thought I'd share, and hopefully many others will agree.


Fried Cube Steak

Growing up in the South, I ate a lot of fried foods. It's not the healthiest in the world, but I do balance it out now. One of my favorites is fried cube steak. It goes great with a side of mashed potatoes, smothered in gravy, or chopped up into a salad (with ranch dressing, … Continue reading Fried Cube Steak

My First Gluten-Free Failure

It was a total and utter catastrophe, y'all. I was covered in GF flour, as was the counter, the flour, and the dog (he helps by sitting by my feet). My pie crust, instead of rolling easily into my antique Corningware pie dish, had crumbled itself into the plate. Large parts of it were stuck … Continue reading My First Gluten-Free Failure

Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a great substitution for pasta in a variety of dishes, and a good way to get some veggies in your system without feeling like it's a chore. It's a good source of niacin, B6, potassium, and manganese, and a little goes a long way! It's very filling. One of the best things about it is that it's so versatile.

How to Get Motivated to Clean

As a homemaker, I frequently find myself in a rut. The daily routine sometimes seems daunting despite the tasks being relatively simple. Laundry, dishes, tidying, dusting...it seems never ending. I know others feel the same way. Here are some guaranteed ways to beat the demons of "laziness" and "procrastination".

Genealogy Remembers Them All

The reasons people start tracing their family tree are as varied as the people themselves, but no less important than another. It is a time consuming, tedious process, and many researchers end up passing on their information to the next generation when they pass because there is just so much to look for. Your family tree will never be done. There will always be something more to research, another ancestor before them, and then, of course, your generation is still adding to the tree.