Three Things 7.11.15: Beautiful Coast, Family Gatherings, Backyard Bouquet

Newport Oregon July 2015

Happy Saturday! Welcome to our weekly ‘Three Things” post where you’ll find a peek into my week and some things that are making me happy. I’ll start with three things, however, I don’t want to be limited by that, so don’t be surprised if there are often ‘bonuses’ at the end – just to keep you on […]

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Garden To Table: Thai Grilled Pork and Vegetable Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Garden To Table- use your garden or farmer's market produce to make a Thai style grilled pork and vegetable salad

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gilmour for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Making main dish salads like this Thai style grilled pork and vegetable salad is one of my favorite ways to use our garden produce, though of course it’s just as good with vegetables you’ve bought from […]

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July Dinner Menu Ideas

July Dinner Menu Ideas - An Oregon Cottage

Note: For 2015 I am republishing our monthly menus from 2014, adding in new published recipes when appropriate. I hope you are able to use these seasonal menus as a starting point for your own family menus. Not sure why to menu plan? Check out all the great reasons here, plus get a free seasonal menu […]

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How to Scare Birds Away From Berries Naturally {Using Dollar Items}

How to scare birds away from your garden using items from the dollar store

Keeping birds away from our garden fruit ranks right up there with keeping bugs from eating all our hard-earned vegetables. Last year I shared this organic insect garden spray that works really well on lots of things including basil, beans, cucumbers, and flowering plants like roses and trumpet vines. That has gone over really well […]

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Chipotle Spice Rubbed Grilled Chicken & Salad with Guacamole, Corn & Black Beans

Grilled Chipotle Spice Rubbed Chicken Thighs

We love chicken at our house and all of us could happily eat it multiple times each week with no complaints. Flavorful, yet mild, it works in so many recipes – soups, salads, casseroles, baked, grilled, roasted – that it’s definitely the backbone of our family’s menu. And the brand of chicken I’ve chosen to […]

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