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.

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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August Announcement

Hi Everyone,

With August here and social distancing still ongoing I started thinking of picnics and stay-cations during this season of life that we are in! My hope is to share with you some recipes and craft ideas for the kids. So, as the month progresses Alissa & myself will be sharing a variety of posts & ideas with you; we will see how this goes! 

I come from a very large family. Lots of aunts, uncles, cousins! Our family did not have a lot of money but, my dad always made sure we were surrounded by love, family and food! Some of my favorite memories are summer picnics with my big family! Everyone would gather at my parent’s house. Dad would start early in the morning; he’d husk and clean the roughly 5-6 dozen ears of corn he purchased from a local farm, or he would soak and clean the clams purchased for those who liked them or he would make his special hand made burgers. Not to mention all the side dishes prepared from vegetables from my dad’s garden. We did not have much money but, that did not seem to matter to any of us. We had family and memories and that’s what mattered most!

If you have try any of these recipes & ideas and you enjoyed them or have any questions please leave us a comment below; we love to hear from you!

Do you have childhood memories of picnics with your family? If so, please feel free to share them with us. 

Quick & Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli cheddar soup is my absolute favorite soup option so when I put together this recipe I was looking for something that would be easy to make but also definitely satisfy my love of broccoli cheddar. This soup is thick, creamy, and full of delicious cheese & broccoli flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 Tbs onion powder
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 4 heads broccoli- cut into florets (you can also use frozen broccoli if that is easier)
  • 4 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (you can also use mild cheddar, cheddar jack, etc)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 – 1 cup chicken broth (veggie works okay too)
  • Nutmeg (optional)

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in large pot over medium heat; add onion powder. Mix well & allow to become a golden brown.
  2. Add flour to butter/onion mixture. Stir well & allow to thicken (no more than 1 minute).
  3. Pour in milk & half-and-half, a pinch of nutmeg (if desired), salt, and pepper. Stir to combine & add broccoli in.
  4. Cover pot, reduce heat to low & allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in 3-4 cups of cheese until melted.
  6. Add in chicken broth starting with 1/2 a cup at first until you get the soup thickness you desire.
  7. Using a blender, immersion blender, or potato masher break up the broccoli into smaller bite sized pieces or until puree’d (smooth & creamy).
  8. ENJOY!

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Take a Virtual Field With Us!

Let’s take a field trip from our couches! You don’t have to get dressed, you don’t have to pay, you can grab a snack, a comfy blanket, and settle in to tour the world!
We’ve been doing this for the past week & it’s been a lot of fun! Did you know that there are famous parks, museums, & landmarks that offer virtual & video tours and that Google maps also offers inside looks at certain locations?! 

How do we do it? We connect a computer to the tv (with HDMI or using a smart tv) and travel around the world learning lots of interesting things & facts! 

It’s all free!

United States

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The White House- Video tour 

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Dry Tortugas, Florida

Guggenheim Museum, New York

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Around the World

British Museum, London

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Korea

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Buckingham Palace, UK

Windsor Castle, UK

Westminster Abbey

Holyroodhouse; Queen Elizabeth’s Summer Castle in Scotland

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*** The links above were found by Alissa at Cherished Cottage but there is no sponsorship/partnership with the linked sites/locations. The use of these links & the sharing of them by us is solely to provide information on free activities to do at home. ***

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Check out our list of free activities to do at home here.

Free Activities to do at Home

 While we are all home trying to keep ourselves busy & entertained I thought I could share some ideas to hopefully make this time a little easier.

Scavenger Hunts

Whether indoors or outdoors you can do some fun scavenger hunts with the kids to keep them entertained! I’ve designed 3 types of scavenger hunts you can download for free! The first one I shared in an earlier post but I’ve added it to this one as well. All of these are downloadable & free; you can find the download links below.

Ice Painting:

This is a pretty easy activity & it will keep the kiddos busy for awhile. Fill a bowl with ice cubes and put some paint blobs on a paper plate/piece of cardboard. Any kind of paint will do, but if the kiddos are younger then I’d suggest using non-toxic paints if they’re prone to putting things in their mouths. Give your kiddo a dry paint brush and let them paint the ice cubes in the bowl.

You could even get a little extra creative & give them some blank paper to paint on with their “watercolor” paints!

Sounds really simple but it’s a lot of fun to see what color combos your child can make & as the ice melts or gets mixed around the paint colors will blend & erase. Essentially creating an endless canvas.

Paper Chain “Diary”:

Did you ever make a paper chain as a kid!? If not, it’s pretty easy to do- you can find video instructions here: https://bit.ly/3dFO6X5
If you want to get even more creative do one or two strips/links a day per person. You and your kiddos can write something interesting about that day or something they learned on the strip(s) and then connect it (them) to the last loop of your chain. It’s a great way to pass some time each day but also a great way to improve memory & recall. Plus, when all this passes it could be something to look back on.

Use Blankets & Empty Boxes to Build a Fort:

 If it’s a nice day outside you can also do this outdoors!

We used to play a game with the forts we built; after making the fort we’d turn the lights down & someone would hide in the fort and the other person would try to sneak in without getting caught. Again, such a simple thing to do but building a fort is a great way to work on problem solving skills as well creative thinking; and of course they can make a game out of it once the fort is built.

* the kids could also use their fort to play hide & seek *

If you’re especially adventurous & live in an area that’s warm enough you can even camp outside & teach the kiddos some great survival skills.

Create an obstacle course: 

This is another idea that can be done indoors or outdoors. Using old boxes or other odds and ends such as chairs, cushions, blankets (remember when you played The Floor is Lava? If not..you pretend the floor is lava, you can’t touch it. Instead you have to get to your destination by jumping and climbing from one obstacle to the other.) and set up an obstacle course for the kiddos to get their wiggles & giggles out. You could time them, give them various challenges like racing to see who gets to the end first, time limits, etc.

Take a virtual field trip:

Grab a snack and nestle up together while checking out some of these amazing virtual tours right from the comfort of your own home! 

Check out this blog post to see a list I compiled of some virtual field trip ideas!

Driveway/Sidewalk art: 

If you live in an area that gets a lot of foot traffic the kids can make some fun/encouraging artwork for people walking by to see and read. The idea would be to put a smile on someone’s face.You could take this a step further & make yard signs if you wanted!

Bake: 

There are so many recipes online, you could look for recipes based on the ingredients you have at home and use the opportunity to teach the kiddos some math & cooking skills. You could even make some goodies for pups with this recipe.

Have a movie day:

Make some popcorn, let the kiddos pick a movie or you show them a movie you love. Grab anything that will make it cozy & turn off the lights like in a movie theater. 

Order Takeout to Support Local Businesses

You don’t have to leave your home to do this, there are a lot of delivery services that are currently offering free shipping or discount codes to support small business/family-owned restaurants.

DoorDash & Uber Eats offer safe & no-contact delivery services with no delivery fees.

To get $5 off your first 3 orders (totaling $15 off) through Door Dash
you can use this link to sign up: https://drd.sh/jPgw5B/

To get $7 off your first order with Uber Eats use the promo code: eats-alissaw1172ue at sign up.

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Indoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids

How are you & your family handling social distancing? I’m sure a lot of you, like our family, are trying to find ways to stay entertained or to keep the kiddos busy. I’ve been coming up with resources for our family & thought maybe it would be beneficial to share these resources with all of you.

I’m going to be posting at least once a day with some sort of activity/idea/etc of things to do with your little ones or things you can do yourself.

Some ideas that I have so far are: indoor scavenger hunt, free online field trips/tours of museums, state parks, and aquariums, game ideas, recipes, etc. If you have any requests/ideas please feel free to comment, message us, or email us with your ideas! We’d love to hear them!

Today I thought I’d share the indoor scavenger hunt I designed for the kids. There are two options, one is pre-filled in for you & the other I’ve designed to be fill in the blank so you can print a few copies & have unlimited scavenging opportunities! Both copies offer 20+ items to find around your home.

Both copies are free to download; just enjoy!
We’d love to see our scavenger hunts in action so if please feel free to tag us or hashtag us (#cherishedcottage) on social media so we can see!

Stay tuned tomorrow for two other scavenger hunts plus some additional ideas/activities to keep the kiddos busy at home.

Stay safe & healthy everyone!