Fudgy Butterfinger Brownies

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetabl oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 standard sized butterfinger bars (or 6 minis)
DIRECTIONS
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350°
  • In a small saucepan combine sugar, water, and unsweetened chocolate chips. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until chocolate is melted and smooth. Set aside and allow to cool (about 5 minutes)
  • Chop up 1.5 butterfingers and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, baking powder, salt, and chopped up butterfingers. Stir to combine.
  • Pour oil, eggs, and vanilla over dry ingredients. Turn on mixer at medium-low speed & drizzle melted chocolate into bowl. Mix until combined. Don’t overmix!
  • Pour into prepared 8×8 baking dish
  • Chop up remaining butterfinger and sprinkle crumbles over top of brownie mix.
  • Bake 30-40 min or until a toothpick can be inserted and comes out with some moist crumbs. Do not overbake.
  • Cool completely before cutting.
Enjoy!

*** Butterfinger is owned by Ferrara Candy Company (a subsidiary of Ferrero), we do not own any rights to the name Butterfinger. This post is not sponsored or promoted by Butterfinger, Ferrara Candy Company, or Ferrero.

Chicken & Zucchini Bake

Baked chicken and zucchini casserole is low-carb, extra creamy, and full of good veggies.

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons butter; divided
  • 2 pounds of boneless chicken breasts; cut into 1 inch strips
  • 2 large zucchini; cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper; chopped
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 ounces low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese; divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Crunchy/ fried onions optional
Directions
Preheat oven to 400°
  • Using a large skillet on medium/high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add chicken to melted butter and cook until well browned on both sides (about 8 minutes). Once cooked, set chicken aside in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add zucchini and bell pepper to skillet, stir occasionally so they don’t burn. Cook vegetables until they are soft; about 4 minutes. Once the vegetables are softened transfer to bowl with chicken.
  • Add last 2 tablespoons of butter to skillet and melt. Add flour, stirring constantly until it started to brown; about 1 minute.
  • Add chicken broth & milk to skillet and bring to a boil; whisk mixture often to prevent flour from clumping or burning.
  • Once the flour mixture starts to boil, remove from heat and add cream cheese and 3/4 cup of mozzarella. Stir until melted.
  • Drain any liquid from the chicken & veggies then add to skillet and add salt and pepper. Stir everything together until well-combined.
  • Transfer to a prepared 9×13 casserole dish & sprinkle remaing 1/2 cup of cheese over top.
  • Add crunchy onions to top of casserole
  • Bake 20-25 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Enjoy!

Safety tips for traveling with your furry friend

I frequently take my dogs places with me- so much so that whenever I open the door to leave they are by my side, ready to go in the car. In fact, they know that when I say “in” that means to get in the car. Not long after we got Hershey, I heard about a local car accident where one of the drivers had a dog in their car that wasn’t buckled in so when paramedics arrived & opened the door the dog bolted from the car.* This scared me so bad; I kept thinking ‘How would Hershey react?’ and realistically, most dogs run when they’re scared.

Let’s go over some statistics from PetPro Supply Co first: 

  • 43.3 Million households in the United States have at least one pet.
  • 84% of dog owners who take their dog in the car don’t have their dog properly restrained; only 16% properly restrain their dog. 
  • 60% of dog owners have been distracted while driving due to their pets
  • If a car crashes at 25mph their unrestrained dog can be projected forward at a force that is equal to 40 times their body weight. So, a dog that is 75lbs can reach impact at a force of 3,000 pounds… this could be fatal. 
So what can you do to keep your furry pal safe? 

Passenger seat, yay or nay? 

A lot of websites recommend against traveling with your pup in the passenger seat due to the risk of injury resulting from an airbag but if you DO travel with your pup in the passenger seat make sure they’re properly restrained.

Why & how should my dog be restrained?

If your dog is in the front or back seat they should be restrained; this will keep them from wandering, jumping out of windows, jumping out of the car when the door is opened, and will reduce the risk of the driver being distracted. It will also keep your pooch safer if an accident should happen. There are a variety of restraint types by weight/car that can be found on websites like Chewy. The AKC website recommends crash-tested safety harness seat belts that clip right into your car’s buckle. These will keep your pup’s neck safe & prevent them from flying off the seat in the event of an accident.
If you prefer to not have your pup on your seats then another option is to get a crate. There are dog crates made specifically for cars; they are crash-tested and are usually made from a durable material like aluminum and have some padding for impact protection. A crate for the car needs to have enough room for the dog to be able to move around & lay comfortably. It also needs to have good ventilation. 

What else can I do?

Scared dogs often run away from whatever is scaring them; so dogs often flee car accidents if they are not restrained properly & if paramedics/help don’t know there is a dog in the car. So what can you do to keep your dog safe in the event of an accident?
– Get your dog an ID tag with their name & your info. You can find some here and here

– Keep an ID card in your car. This one has a detailed card to keep in your glovebox, wallet, or center console & a smaller one to keep with/near the dog. 

– You know those “Baby on Board!” stickers parents have on their cars? Get one for your dog! These are made with durable magnets/material to withstand changing weather conditions & stay on the car. 

– Don’t open the windows too far & lock the windows so your pooch can’t jump out or open them further (Milton has done this). 

– Train your dog early on to be comfortable in the car. 

Happy and Safe Travels with your Furry Friend!

You can find Milton & Hershey on their Instagram account.

*The dog mentioned in the story was found a few days later & was returned home safely.

*Some links shared are affiliate links.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2021

You can click on the photos to be taken to the listings for more info & ordering.

Be sure to order N O W to get your order in time for Mother’s Day

Embroidered Mama Hat
$19.50
More colors & personalization available

These hats are perfect for any mom that likes to keep the sun off her face but stay cool- the back is mesh to help prevent sweating!
“Mama” is embroidered onto the hat so it won’t wear off.

Mama Bear Pastel T-Shirt
Pricing: $18.00 – $23.50
Sizing: XS – 3X

Customization for shirts is available upon request.

Galaxy Mama Bear Mug
$15.50
More handle options available


Strong as a Foster Mother
$22.00 – $22.50
Multiple color options available


Personalized Engraved Bar Necklace
$35.00

Additional color options: black rhodium, rose gold, 24K gold coated, white rhodium



Dog Mom Sweater
$24.50

Cat Mom Sweater
$24.50

Dog Mom T-Shirt
$19.00+

More Colors Available


Cat Mom T-Shirt
$19.00+
More Colors Available

White Chocolate Puff Corn

Guys, this recipe is SO easy & so yummy!

Ingredients:
– 1 bag of Puffcorn (butter flavor)
– 12 oz White Almond Bark
– Colored Sugar sprinkles of choice

Directions:
– In a glass bowl microwave the almond bark in 30 second intervals; stirring between. Melt until the almond bark is smooth & creamy; be careful not to over-microwave as it will dry out or burn.
– Dump the bag of Puffcorn into a large bowl & drizzle the melted almond bark over top.
– Using a sturdy rubber spatula toss the Almond bark & Puffcorn until the corn is completely coated.
– Pour the coated Puffcorn out onto wax paper & sprinkle with sugar sprinkles if desired.
– Let dry/ harden & serve!

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Top 25 Christmas Movies

It’s December!
Since it’s finally acceptable to be Ho Ho Holiday Happy I thought I’d share some of my all-time favorite Christmas movies with you. This list includes classic Christmas movies, children’s Christmas movies, Hallmark movies, and more. Sorry, no Die Hard though LOL

I didn’t list these in any specific order & I tried to include where you can watch them this if I found a place 🙂 Unfortunately a lot of these seem to only be available on DVD right now or when airing on tv.

  1. The Santa Clause

    Where to watch: Disney Plus, Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  2. The Year Without a Santa Claus

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  3. Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch

    Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  4. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

    Where to watch: Unfortunately I’ve only been able to find this one as a DVD on Amazon
  5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    Where to watch: This is another one that I’ve only been able to find as a DVD. However, a lot of local channels seem to be planning to air this this year so be sure to check your TV Guide!
  6. Home Alone

    Where to watch: Disney Plus, Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  7. A Christmas Story

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime (rent/buy), local TV listings
  8. A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Where to watch: Local TV, Dvd
  9. Frosty the Snowman

    Where to watch: DVD, Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  10. Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
    (TV Movie version, 1996)

    Where to watch: Local TV, Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  11. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

    Where to watch: Disney Plus, Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  12. Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
    (my favorite of the two)

    Where to watch: Disney Plus, Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  13. Elf

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  14. The Santa Clause 2

    Where to watch: Disney Plus, Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  15. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
    (my favorite)

    Where to watch: Disney Plus, Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  16. The Star

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  17. The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Where to watch: Disney Plus, Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  18. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  19. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  20. Polar Express

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  21. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

    Where to watch: Disney Plus, Amazon Prime (rent/buy)
  22. A Christmas Detour

    Where to watch: Hallmark Listings, Amazon (buy)
  23. A Cookie Cutter Christmas

    Where to watch: Hallmark Listings, Amazon (buy)
  24. Christmas Under Wraps

    Where to watch: Hallmark Listings, Amazon (buy)
  25. Let It Snow

    Where to watch: Hallmark Listings, Amazon (buy)

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What We’re Doing About Etsy’s Changes

Some of you may have noticed that prices on our Etsy store have increased; this is because Etsy has increased the amounts that they charge us. In order to continue bringing our customers quality items we’ve had to raise prices. In addition to raising prices we’ve also had to limit certain product offerings through Etsy.
I did not want to do this & to be honest, I’m not happy about it. Some of you have been such loyal return customers for years now & you’ve come to depend on our consistent pricing so it was really hard to raise prices. We want to be able to offer you the best quality & variety of products at affordable prices.


So, what are you doing about it?

Well, we’ve looked into a few options and this is what I’ve come up with- we are going to offer 3 alternative ways to place your orders with us. By doing this we will be able to offer our regular prices, processing times, and free shipping services to our U.S. customers.

How can I place an order now?

Well, you can still place an order in our store on Etsy if you’d like. We still love using our Etsy storefront & are happy to be a part of the Etsy community so as of now we plan to never get rid of this option.

You can also follow us on Facebook, on Instagram, and on this website. We will post a larger variety of product offerings on these sites. Products offered will still continue to have our free shipping in the US guarantee & will be at our original price-points.
Additionally, these options allow us to broaden our custom orders & allow us to offer porch pickups when available.

How do I order through Facebook, Cherishedcottage.com, or Instagram?

On Facebook or Instagram you can either comment to let us know you’re interested in an item or you can message us about the item/to request a custom order. We’ll set it all up for you & send you an invoice to pay for your order.
On Cherishedcottage.com we are working on setting up a storefront. We will also be posting shoppable blog posts where you can checkout on our site directly.
I also want to add that if you follow us on Etsy & like an item there you can always email us to find out that non-Etsy pricing & receive an order invoice that way. Our email is: cherishedcottage98@gmail.com.

What about Lazy Dog Vintage?

Nothing is changing with Lazy Dog Vintage; we still have our booth space & still absolutely love our Lazy Dog family! We will still be continuing to stock our booth and continue to offer the same pricing there. If you see something in our booth at Lazy Dog please know you can talk to Ashley or Justin about placing a custom order through them & all items in the store can be purchased directly in the store.

Will you still offer sales & honor coupon codes?

Yes! We will always honor our return customer coupon code & we will continue posting sales & offering coupon codes.
*Please note: these sales/codes are only valid when purchasing from us directly. If you’ve come to use from Lazy Dog they offer their own awesome sales throughout the year that we participate in & you’ll definitely want to check out.

The Breakdown

We are still on Etsy & don’t plan on leaving Etsy.
We are now offering you the option to order from us directly through our blog, our Facebook page, and our Instagram page.
We are still going to do sales & coupon codes on our own sites.
We are still selling at Lazy Dog Vintage.
Overall nothing is going away, we’re just giving you more ways to order from us.

Restaurant-Style Baked Potatoes

There are so many ways to make baked potatoes- stove, microwave, grill, oven, etc.
Our family loves baked potatoes so I made up this recipe to mimic those we get at a restaurants; it turned out delicious!

Ingredients
– Yukon Gold potatoes (this is what I prefer but really, you can use whatever you prefer) as many as you’ll need
– Olive Oil
– Sea Salt for garnish

Directions
– Preheat oven to 450
– Clean potatoes & dry thoroughly
– Lightly oil cookie sheet
– Using your hands or a basting brush cover the potatoes with a little bit of oil
– Sprinkle sea salt over potatoes

Bake for 30 minutes or until you can easily pierce the potato with a fork.

Serve & Enjoy with your favorite toppings.

Fall 2020 Cleaning Checklist

Fall Cleaning? What? Yeah, it’s a thing I do and only recently realized it isn’t a thing for most people. Call me weird, but I do a deep clean every season- then the “spring cleaning” wont’ be a huge undertaking that turns into pure frustration and anger cleaning haha.
I thought I’d share my fall cleaning checklist with you so you can tackle it with me! Cleaning, fun fun.

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2020 Fall Fun List

Can you believe it’s fall already!? This year (for me at least) sometimes feels like it’s dragging on but then when I sit back & think of the year as a whole I can’t believe we’re already in the fall!!
I realize that this year has been tough for a lot of us & we’ve missed out on a lot of our usual spring/summer activities that we really enjoy. So I tried to come up with a list of fun fall activities that can mostly be done at home & if not can hopefully be done with whatever social distancing/health requirements are in your area.
I hope you enjoy this list & feel free to share what you do you with us either in the comments or on social media!

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