Mimi Sue's Cottage

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Doggie Treats and Doggie Rescues



Kellee Katillac has an adorable dog. His name is Oliver and he is a humanitarian, er, dogitarian. He is doing his part, with a little help from Kellee, to help the animals who have been displaced by the recession. They've already raised a lot of money by making adorable little scarves available to bloggers who decorated them and then sent a picture of the scarf and the doggy back to Kellee. A sponser paid for each completed and blogged scarf. So now, if you go over and take a look at Kellee's blog, (a cute video of all the scarves and animals), the sponsor will donate even more money to a very good cause. So go on, take a look, it'll make some little furry creatures very happy.

I have a fun little recipe that my little puppies love. It's called Peanut Butter Treats and it only takes a few minutes to make.

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup water (more or less)

Combine all ingredients. Roll into little balls and flatten with tines of a fork or roll out and cut with one of these cute cookie cutters that you can find on ebay.

Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

I also want to show you this cute little dog bed. It's not mine, although I bought a suitcase to make one, but haven't got around to it yet. I saw this on Tina's Cherry Hill Cottage blog a while back. It belongs to her sister Kathy. Cute, no?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fun with Mimi Sue

Look who came over to spend the night with Mimi while his mommy and daddy had an anniversary getaway. We had so much fun... We made pancakes...We ate pancakes...We did the dishes...Then we watered the front lawn...

Then we pushed the bike all around the house for an hour and a half...

Then we went to McDonalds for lunch.

Did I tell you we had so much fun?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Sayings

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another; "What! You too? Thought I was the only one." C. S. Lewis

Thursday, September 24, 2009

One Year Ago

What a difference a year makes.
Sometimes I think finishing this house is taking forever, that we don't ever get anything done.

And then I looked at some pictures taken in September 2008. Maybe things are getting done after all.
Here's a couple of pictures of the backyard. This will be our summer of 2010 project.

We'll see if a year makes as big a difference in the backyard.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Garden Flag

I decided to make another little garden flag last week. A flag bridge between summer and fall. It's just a rectangle with tabs and jumbo rick rack. Debbie Mumm fabric with sunflowers and bees.
It sits right by my front porch and waves hello in the breeze.

It's starting to get down into the 40's at night. It won't be long now. Happy First Day of Fall!

Monday, September 21, 2009


Anthony and Cleopatra

Romeo and Juliet

Mary Englebreit and Little Debbie

Thank you Janis. They were delish.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Sayings

"The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache." Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Thursday, September 17, 2009

What I Bought

Welcome to Mimi's shopping blog. It seems like that's about all I've been posting about for days. Anyway. I don't know what's the matter with me. I need another purse like I need a hole in the head. But this one, they tell me, is THE color for winter...eggplant. I wouldn't have bought it but can you see the bow?
I need more Halloween decorations like I need a hole in the head but I bought this anyway...

AND here in Utah these cute little bracelet watches are all the rage. They have little alligator clasps so you can change the beaded bands. I had the blue and brown, at the boutique I bought the silver and clear. So, that's about it. I have some fun things I've been working on that I'll show you next week.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Boutique Season

Here in Utah, in the fall, boutique season rolls around. There are boutiques in churches, in conference centers, and in back yards. One of the biggest is about a mile from Mimi's Cottage. The Mutton Hollow Country Barn Sale.
This wonderful barn is jam packed with mostly home made goodness. It even spills out into the yard.
They have several sales during the fall and one just before mother's day.

You can rent a booth and sell your wares, if you want to.

This sale has been going on for like 30 years. A great way for stay at home moms to make a little Christmas money. And a great place to buy a few adorable Christmas gifts.
What did I buy? I'll show you tomorrow.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Christmas Planning

I don't know why, but I always stress over neighbor gifts for Christmas. I just need a little something to give to neighbors and friends who bring us a little something. That shouldn't be so hard, right? One year I made some dill dip mix, another year a package of fudge, this year I'm thinking some spiced almonds. In a cute little cellophane package with a tag like this. Only in Christmas paper. What do you think? I'm already worrying about this and it's the middle of September.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Sayings

"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness... " Isaiah 61:10

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Peach Shortcake

It's peach season here in northern Utah and they've been so delicious this year. I bought these at a local farm stand last week.
I peeled and sliced them and sprinkled about a half cup of sugar over them.
Then I made a little biscuity shortcake. I like the recipe on the Bisquick box. I pat them into a little roundish thick pancake shape. Then bake them in the oven. I like to serve them just a little warm.

You simply must whip up your very own whipped cream. It really makes a difference.
Split the shortcake in half and spoon on the peaches. Then spoon on the whipped cream. Then spoon some in your mouth. They're delish.

We use this same recipe for strawberry shortcake, of course. We also love blackberry shortcakes, really just about any fruit, or a mixture of fruits will do.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Into the 21st Century

Well, ladies.... Here it is, my very own laptop. It's so speedy! It's so new! It's so great! My old PC was...so...very...slow. When I was downloading pictures, I could fold a load of laundry, make my bed, and take a little nap during the download. Not anymore! It took us a week to get it all set up. Now we're ready to go. Thank you to the mister for my early birthday present. Pretty good for a girl who learned to type on a Selectric. You younger girls will have to go look that up.

So many of you wanted to know what I bought at Swiss Days. I bought a scone for breakfast and that cute little hat for baby A. And that's it! Pathetic, I know. Janis, Sue, and I are going to the Country Barn Sale tomorrow. (In Kaysville) I'm almost positive I'll buy something there.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Swiss Days

First, I'd like to wish everyone a happy Labor Day. I sure hope you are all having fun with your family and friends. I had some fun last Friday when daughter #1 and I went to Midway, Utah for Swiss Days. There's food, fun and entertainment galore. We got there about 8:30 AM and it was already packed with people.
They have a wonderful craft show and sale.

They had all kinds of cute crafts, lots of halloween, Christmas, pottery, metal stuff, paper crafting and cute little hats for adorable little boys.

These cute things were made out of window screen and then painted. Does anyone know how to make these? I tried to google painted window screens and didn't have any luck.