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

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Years Eve Punch

I found this delicious punch recipe on Pinterest.

We served it at our church for the home tour and then 
I made it again for Christmas Eve. 

Very refreshing.

It is 
1 can frozen Pina Colada mix
1 can frozen orange pineapple juice
4 cans water

Mix in large jar.  (I got mine at Walmart)
Add pebble ice (my friend Lisa calls it rabbit poop ice)
You can buy it by the bag at Sonic

Then carefully add 2 two liter bottles of lemon lime soda
(I used one regular and one diet)

Add one bag of frozen raspberries
I added mixed berries cause that's what I had in my freezer

The berries kind of sit on top and look pretty and sometimes 
they end up in your glass and then they taste pretty.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we did.  It was a great big hit.

                        Have a Safe and Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Packing it Up

I hope your Christmas was as much fun as ours.

There was lots of family, friends, and food.

Very delightful, although we missed the California kids so much.

Now all of this needs to be put away until next year.

Even though the decorations will be put away,  I'm hoping to keep
the Christmas spirit going all year.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given...and his name shall be called... 'The Prince of Peace'."     2 Nephi 19:6

Merry Christmas from Mimi's Cottage!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Fun

We've been having some Christmas fun around Mimi's Cottage this week.

We started out on Sunday with cinnamon rolls for dinner.
A cinnamon roll and a cup of hot chocolate.
Well balanced and oh so healthy.

Then on Monday we made a boatload of candy cane popcorn
for neighbors and friends.  I found the recipe and downloadable tag

On Tuesday I made a couple of Christmas stockings for a son in law
and our newest little grandgirl.

Today one of the grandboys and I made these snowman ornaments for
his mommy and his Mimi's tree.

They are made with the littlest canvas painted red.
The snowmen bodies are fingers painted white and used as
a stamp.  Snowflake fingerprints, sharpie pens for the details,
and ribbon to hang them by.  We tried to make some
with his 6 month old sister but that turned into a disaster!

Got the idea from HERE

Last week I made a couple of these cute candy holders.  They're made out of an old jar with the lid painted red and a Dollar Store candlestick also painted red.  I got the idea from HERE.

While the paint was drying on the snowmen ornament we made reindeer
cookies that I saw on Pinterest.

Sooo many fun ideas out there! 

Not one single original idea once again.

Tomorrow I hope to come down from my sugar high.

And clean up the mess we've made having all this fun.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011


December is always a busy month for me.

Well,  I guess everyone is busy in December.

There's home tours, parties, shopping, wrapping, decorating,
baking, cleaning, and the list goes on and on.

So here's the conversation the Mister and I had the other day.

Him:  "I think this would be a great time to get a few things
done around here."

Me:  "Really?  Like what do you have in mind exactly?"

Him:  "Like finish up door trim, baseboards, things like that."

Me:  "NOW??"

Him: "Well, not if you're going to get snippy about it!"

We've lived in this unfinished house for three years now.  And NOW
he wants to start moving around furniture and empty the linen closet?


One thing I've learned after almost 40 years living with this man
that when the project mood strikes it's best to just get out of the way.

Unfinished door trim...

Finished door trim

Gotta love it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holiday Home Tour

Last night we had our neighborhood Christmas home tour.

We met at our church building for some appetizers and a
nice little lesson on making our Christmas more meaningful.

I was in charge of the refreshments and the serving table decorations.

So I made these little flags out of scrapbook paper and stuck them in
a pot from the dollar spot at Target.

I made a table runner out of aqua and red Christmas fabric.

It was simple, not very expensive, and I think it turned out pretty cute.

I took my camera with me.

But I didn't take one single picture.

So here they are waiting to go to the party.

I didn't take any pictures of the home tour either.

Sad,  but true.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"If Christmas can point our hearts toward our Savior, we can rejoice even in the imperfections of the season..."  Dieter Uchtdorf

Friday, December 9, 2011

Apple Dumplings

It's been colder than normal here in northern Utah this past week and when
it gets cold I want to turn on the oven and bake something.

A friend of mine gave me this easy recipe for apple dumplings a couple of weeks
ago so I thought I'd give it a try.

When apples are baking it sure makes your house smell good.

Apple Dumplings

2 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and sliced into eighths
2 tubes crescent rolls
2 cubes butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
cinnamon, to taste
1 can Mt. Dew  (I know, weird huh)

Roll each apple slice in crescent roll.  Place in buttered 9 X 13 pan.  Or
you could use cooking spray if you're on a diet. ;)
Melt butter, add sugar and barely stir. You want grainy, buttery, sugar.
Add vanilla.  Pour mixture over crescent rolls.  Sprinkle cinnamon over all.
I probably used about a tablespoonish.  Now pour Mt. Dew all around the
edges of the pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.

Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.  Pour juices from the pan
over all.  Delicious.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pretty Poinsettias

I love so many things about Christmas.

Poinsettias are just one of those things.

Every year the Mister and I visit a local nursery just to
look at this beautiful Christmas treasure.  Well, and
to buy a couple to bring home.

This year I remembered to bring my camera.

AND I remembered to take a few pictures!

(A Christmas Miracle)

One greenhouse for the red...

One for the pink...

Gorgeous symbol of  the Star of Bethlehem.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"May peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through."  Anonymous

Friday, December 2, 2011

Wild East Wind

Yesterday we had quite the windstorm.

The weatherpeople said we had category 2 hurricane winds.

Kind of unsual for our land locked State.

This is what it did to our patio.

And this is what it did to our neighborhood.

We lost a lot of our hundred year old trees.

Our patio.   (pics are loading out of order!)

The Mister and I spent the afternoon at our friends home.
(Along with lots of neighbors and friends)
We helped them cut up and haul to the front yard
what's left of a huge pine that crashed onto their roof
punching a big hole in a guest bedroom.

Siding and shingles are everywhere.

Fences are down, metal sheds are crumpled, and trampolines are
no longer in the correct backyard.

Our daughter #1 and her little family are staying with us until they get their electricity restored.

We've been so blessed! Our trees have survived, losing only a few branches. 

It's been a wild couple of days here in Northern Utah!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"True success in this life comes in consecrating our lives--that is, our time and choices--to God's purposes."   D Todd Christofferson

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011

I have so many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Not the least of these things is you!

Happy Thanksgiving

Love, Mimi

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pinterest Projects

I've been spending a little too much time on
Pinterest lately.  But there sure are some
cute ideas all over that website.

Saw this easy idea there. 

 I had to make a couple for the
California sweetpeas.

And a baby one for their little cousin.

Super Cute!

Should I make one for me?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has."  Epictetus

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Baby Turkey

Saw this cute idea on Pinterest.

Had to make one for our newest little grandgirl Margaret.

Probably won't wash very well since it's made out of grosgrain ribbon.

She's gonna be adorable for Thanksgiving.

Where did this week go?  Time is flying by waaay to fast.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."  Melody Beattie