Thanksgiving is Coming!

As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching we thought it would be a great idea to run a Thanksgiving series for all of our followers.

Thanksgiving has been hosted at our house for quite a few years now and each year we’ve made some little changes here and there in the hopes that the day will go smoother and be less stressful than the year before. So in the next few weeks we will be sharing some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes with you as well as some helpful tips and decorating ideas. If you’d like to stay up to date with the series follow us and you’ll get notifications in your inbox!

If you have any specific questions related to Thanksgiving send us an email and we’ll be sure to answer them for you! Our email address is cherishedcottage98@gmail.com.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Recipes

  1. Deviled Eggs with a Twist
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Veterans Day!

Veterans Day holds some special meaning to our family, we are a large family and many members of the family have either served our country in the past or are currently serving. It’s very important to show your gratitude to these men and women who risk their lives to keep ours safe. So first off, from our family to you and yours: Happy Veterans Day!! And Thank You!

Because we believe in showing our thanks in every way possible- one of the things we have done is lower the prices of everything in our store until midnight November 11 (in other words, until midnight Veterans Day) we are also offering everyone who purchases something a coupon code that they can use when they do their holiday shopping!

So stop by our shop (link is in our About Us page) and buy yourself or a veteran close to you something special.

You can buy earrings

  
Fall decorations

  

Some decorations for Thanksgiving


Or some household decorations

  
We even have Christmas ornaments up!


And again, we are so grateful and we thank you!

Handmade Christmas Ornaments in a Time of Need

Since November just began we have tried to get some Christmas things up on our shop. I know, I know, it isn’t December yet! But we wanted to get them up sooner rather than later (we have some Thanksgiving things up too!) and I wanted to share the story of our gingerbread man ornaments with you.

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One Christmas many years ago when I was very very young Lisa (my mom) lost her job. This was a huge blow to our family and Christmas was looking pretty bare that year. For our family Christmas is extremely important and we have a long list of traditions that we stick to every year, we also come up with at least one new tradition each year. One of the traditions that we have is to buy a few new ornaments for our tree, usually Dennis and Lisa buy each of us kids an ornament and then a few for the family. But this specific year we could not afford ornaments and Lisa was extremely upset about it so Dennis decided to make his own ornaments for us.

Eventually Dennis came up with the idea of these gingerbread men, and so he set out to make them. He drew, cut, and painted them by hand and tried to give each one a little character. I mean, check out the sleepy gingerbread man with the butt flap! He even cut out a few extras that Jessica and I could paint and make our very own.

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Our Little Gingerbread Girl
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Gingerbread Boy in Overalls
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Gingerbread Man in Vest
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Gingerbread Man with Gumdrop Buttons
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The Infamous Sleepy Gingerbread Man With the Butt Flap!

The next year our family was back on our feet but we loved Dennis’ ornaments from the year before so much that he decided to try to make a few more for that year. The idea of doing birds came about because we live in the country and have a lot of little bird visitors in the winter. Dennis is a bird watcher and four of his favorites are the cardinal, blue bird, and blue jay so that is why we only have those four as ornaments (for now!). These are also completely handmade by Dennis and they also mean a lot to our family.

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Cardinal with a Pine Cone
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Cardinal on Holly Branch
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Blue Jay on Holly Branch
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Blue Bird on Holly Branch

We wanted to share our family memories with everyone and that is why we have decided to add them to our shop. We tried to make them affordable because we know life is hard and we believe everyone should have a decorated tree for their holidays!

Stop by our page and check them out! Don’t forget to comment and let us know what you think!