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Homemade Chunky Applesauce

Perfect for pairing with pork loin roast or pork chops.


I used 4 large Ida Red Apples –because that is what I had on hand.


2 tablespoons unsalted organic butter

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 Tablespoons Sugar

2-3 Tablespoons of Water



Peel, core and cut the apples into ½ inch chunks

Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add apples, cinnamon, sugar, and two (or three) tablespoons of water.


Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender, Ida Red apples do not cook down as fast as some apples do, so I cooked for about 20 minutes. If it looks too wet, take the lid off and let some water evaporate.


Serve warm or chilled. Keep in the refrigerated if you are not using right away.



Parlor Dwelling

Parlor Dwelling

Slow down you move too fast!!

During the cooler months, one of the most pleasant things we do at Spring Rose Cottage is to sit in the parlor in the evenings. Theo first used the term “Parlor Dweller” to describe people like me who thrive on both the quiet and reserve of the space.


He subsequently painted “The Parlor Dweller” acrylic on canvas, a study in burnt umber. It is me in one of my favorite wing chairs.

1-a-parlor dweller

Wayne defines a parlor as a living room with no television—and he is quite correct. Sometimes “parlor dwelling” is a solitary affair where one can read, do needlework, write a book chapter or blog posts. Sometimes it can be a group activity like playing a board game, cards, name that tune, or playing music.


One of our favorite endeavors is to take turns reading a book, short story or poems. I enjoy reading out loud and I love to hear someone else read.

I find the parlor is a most agreeable place to dwell.

Daughters of Painted Ladies

I can highly recommend the book Daughters of Painted Ladies, by Elizabeth Pomada (Author), Michael Larsen (Author), Douglas Keister (Photographer), especially if you are interested in Victorian Architecture and decorating in a traditional style.

Book Cover-DoPL

The book gives many wonderful examples for reference. It is organized by geographic regions and lists the cities—many of the homes are open to the public. The really great thing about the book is that it covers all types of American Victorian architecture from places all across the United States. Mostly exterior pictures, but it also does have some examples of interior.

Bulls eye block tapemeasure

This is one of the Bulls Eye trim that is used on the Mahogany door at Spring Rose Cottage. It is paired with a fluted molding to create the door casing on the inside and outside of the Front Door. The same design is placed on the newel posts on the main staircase.

Newal Post bullseye flute

We used this book during the design process of Spring Rose Cottage and for decorating reference. It is especially helpful in woodworking, color schemes and trim ideas.

Front view of house

Patriotic Banner

I call this an up-cycle project. Sometimes, you buy something that works okay, but could be better. This is one of those circumstances. I found a really cute Patriotic Pennant made out of burlap with embroidered letters that spelled out “AMERICA”.

1-Start the banner

It was a little too small for the space I intended to hang it, and a little too rustic for my home. It had an unhemmed edge so the burlap had kind of a shaggy look to it.

2-closeup of A

I don’t have a working sewing machine at this moment. So I had to think of a way to fabricate the border without sewing. I decided to add a 2 inch border all the way around each pennant that would take care of the raw edge that I dislike. I also liked the idea of using a variety of patriotic prints to add some color and interest. So I purchased some fabric and double-sided fusible product (stitch witchery) to use in place of sewing.

3-before and after

This worked really well under the circumstances. All you need is the pennant pieces, fabric, fusible, and an iron. I spent a lot of time lining up the patterns. And I think the final product looks pretty nice.

4-banner done needs stringing

You can see in this view the variety of patriotic fabrics used. Each one is different. But you really do have to see it hanging to get the full impact.

5-finished hanging banner

Spaghetti Squash—Pasta Alternative

Spaghetti squash is an easy to cook alternative to pasta when preparing Italian food—a great low carb substitute base for sauces—including tomato, pesto or white.

1-a-cut spegetti squash

It takes couple of minutes to prepare and about 20 minutes to cook. Take the squash and cut it in half length wise. Clean out the seeds and loose fibers.

1-b-cut spegetti squash

Place cut side down on a microwave safe plate. Cook on high for 20 minutes.

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Let the squash sit and cool a few minutes..

1-d-cooked microwave

When you can handle it, take a fork and scrape at the inside of the squash, the inside should string apart into long fibers.


Place the squash fibers on a plate and cover with your favorite sauce and enjoy a low carb Italian meal.

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We always keep a block of parmesan cheese in the refrigerator, because a little bit of fine grated parmesan cheese adds just the right finish to many recipes.

1-g-sauce it and say cheese

Welcome to Spring Rose Cottage

It is such a pleasure to welcome you our blog about our home–Spring Rose Cottage! Most of the topics I write about are home related in some way—albeit sometimes a remote connection.

Spring Rose Cottage Exterior

I will be sharing some of our family’s favorite recipes, activities, shopping spots, crafts, gardening, hobbies, travels and of course some of the unusual features of the house.

Tower and WitchesHat

I might write about hanging out around Spring Rose Cottage, especially if it involves “Parlor Dwelling”—one of my favorite things to do.

Inside Parlor

The topics will be interesting to me and I hope a bit thought provoking. Feel free to share ideas, thoughts and reactions with me.

Patriotic Pennant Craft Project

I have wanted to do a blog for many years, but could never find the time to devote to it. Well, children do grow up and all of a sudden…one does have time…and the “children” might even help with the technical stuff! (Thank you Theo Leiss for being an amazing webmaster, 3D modeler, animator, sound engineer and my go to person for anything technology related—if you are into that sort of thing, check out Theo’s web page at ).

I really can’t even express how much I enjoy reading other people’s blogs, facebook posts, pinterest pins and appreciate our shared experiences and love of life. My mission is to share some of my experiences, life lessons, and passions—because happy thoughts are infectious. This world of ours could use a whole lot of happy right now and I will try to do my part.

Looking forward to sharing the journey,


The Lady of the House