Cozy Cottage

Cozy Cottage

Simple Pleasures
Virginia Borman Grimmer

I like a simple little house
With flowers by the door,
An ample larder for my needs
And not much more in store.

I like a window toward the sun
And doors that open wide,
The trickle of a bath for birds
With feathered friends beside.

I like a tidy nook inside
Where my books and slippers lie,
A cup for tea, a magazine,
And warming hearth nearby.

I like some trinkets on the sills,
White ruffles at the panes,
The comfort of a sturdy roof
To shelter me from rains.

I like the cozy ambience,
A place of sweet retreat
Where life unfolds along the way
And each new day’s a treat.

Breakfast

Overnight guests are plentiful during the summer months.  The trick is to provide a comfortable atmosphere for friends and family.  My kitchen has an open door, cupboard & refrigerator policy.  If you are hungry, help yourself!  Of course, this doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy serving our guests!  We try to vary our menu throughout the week end.  Here are some breakfast ideas that seem to satisfy all!

                                                       Yogurt Parfait

Select a beautiful glass such as a martini glass.

Layer granola, fruit, & yogurt.

It’s quick, easy, & beautiful! Our guests always feel like we have treated them to something special.  Serve with a croissant or a slice of your favorite bread.  We often make homemade bread for that special touch.

                                           Apple Buttermilk Pancakes

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, & thinly sliced

3/4 cup buttermilk

3 eggs, slightly beaten

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

pinch of salt

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/ 2 cup light brown sugar

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

5 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Very lightly oil an oven -proof 10-inch skillet. In a small bowl, mix together the apple slices, cinnamon, and both sugars and set aside. In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the buttermilk, eggs, and oil just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Set aside. In the prepared skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and add the reserved apple mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar and butter have melted and the apples are coated. Pour the reserved batter over the apple mixture and bake until puffed, the edges are golden, and the apples are tender, about 25-35 minutes. Turn the pancake onto a serving platter and cut into servings. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

                                                      The Spread

The spread includes a variety of quick, grab & go foods.  Slice up pears and apples, provide cheese such as pepper jack or brie, crackers, plenty of scrambled eggs, & bacon.  There is something for everyone.  Knowing not everyone is a big breakfast eater, we always try to have a variety of fruit.  Don’t forget the coffee, tea, & juice.  A fresh pot of coffee & a tea box filled with a variety of flavors is an appreciated touch.