{Cozy Autumn Quilts} ♥

As we move full force into crisp autumn days, we get to enjoy the things that come with the passing of summer… like eating up the last Garden Produce, less lawn mowing (yay!), seeing the beauty surrounding us with amazing colors of the changing leaves (what a show we have here in the northwoods!)

We’re saying farewell to shorts and t-shirts and moving into jeans and warm sweaters, trading out flip-flops for leather boots (with cute little socks peeking out, of course!)

And curling up around a fire with a warm cozy quilt.

I’ve been sewing up a storm with lots and lots of custom quilts sized from darling CRiB sized, to THRoWS, and TWiN BeD sized and MoRe.  I’m loving every minute of it!  I get to work with these amazing customers and custom select the PeRFeCT fabric palettes and combinations that fit them, their cozy homes & their busy lives.  What a joy it is to be able to provide something that gives a little extra comfort at the end of a hectic day or to make a very special gift for a very special someone. ♥  I get to help provide a soft place to land at the end of the day!!  Amazing that I’ve ended up here, getting to do this!

Here are some shots of some recent creations that have made their way to their new homes (all over the globe ♥ … to europe, israel, canada, austrailia and many right here in the U.S.)

Sweet Cottage Quilt {NorthernCottage}

{NorthernCottage} Custom Crib Quilts

Cozy Cottage Quilt {NorthernCottage}

Gorgeous Sweet Quilt by {NorthernCottage} Romantic Cozy Quilt {NorthernCottage}

{NorthernCottage} Happy Quilt

{NorthernCottage} Happy Quilt

I’d LoVe to make a quilt (or a sassy little garland or coordinating hoop art) for you or for someone you adore!! ♥

You’re invited to pop over to the shop to explore and order a READY to SHIP or CUSTOM Ruffle Rag Quilt – as well as all kinds of other pretty goodies!!

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{Homemade Chicken Tetrazzini}

ding ding ding ding – dinner’s ready!!

Homemade Chicken Tetrazzini {NORTHERN COTTAGE}

We found a new FaMiLY FaVoRiTe!!

It all started with this pin from here – YuM!  This recipe reminded me of a yummy local restaurant that has a fab chicken tetrazzini on their menu – & I decided to try to re-create.

So I used the beginnings of that pin as my base (so delish!) & added more garlic and fluffed it up a bit for my family!

Served with spinach (yes my kids LoVe SPiNaCH – they’re weird like that – love it!)  and some cheesy garlic bread (because we can’t get enough cheese or butter or garlic…apparently) 

Cheesy Saucy Chicken Tetrazzini - mmmm!! {NORTHERN COTTAGE}

CHICKEN TETRAZZINI
(adapted from plainchicken.com)

here are the ingredients for the chicken seasoning/rub

♥ 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Combine above and sprinkle on (rub it on in!!) to 2 lb chicken tenders (I take chicken breasts, remove and bit of yuck – you know what I’m talking about! and slice into about 3 even strips)

♥ 1/4 cup butter, divided
♥ 2 cloves of minced fresh garlic (or a couple teaspoons of jarred garlic)
♥ 1 tsp salt

2 cups heavy cream

If serving over pasta, get that going now.

In large skillet, melt half of the butter over medium-high heat.  Brown the chicken tenders until done on all sides and golden brown, about 8 minutes.

Place remaining butter into the skillet (feel free to add a few more bits of butter if ya like – we like!), when melted, add the garlic, a teaspoon of salt (& just a splash of white wine if you happen to have a glass nearby – if not it’s still great without!)  Now add the cream, lower the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens up a bit (5-7 minutes or so). 

{NORTHERN COTTAGE} browned chicken

Pre-heat your broiler, place a serving of cooked, drained noodles in a heat-safe bowl, add some chicken and that delightful yummy sauce, place a layer of provolone cheese over the top and place in the broiler.  Cook for a minute or so (watch as it starts bubbling and browning up quickly)

Carefully transfer from that bowl to a dinner plate (so you’re not eating from or serving kiddos a sizzling hot bowl!!) 

You can serve this over pasta of your choice (angel hair, fettuccine, etc) or rice or mashed potatoes – all good!!  This would be yummy on wild rice too!

Saucy Chicken Tetrazzini - mmm! {NORTHERN COTTAGE}

Serious Yum!!  Enjoy!!

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{Wedding Guestbook Quilts}

Wedding Guestbook QUILT {NorthernCottage}

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing and tying and ruffling here at the cottage as of late. 

One of my shop items that has been getting a lot of attention has been the very special WeDDiNG GueSTBooK QuiLTS 

They are a very unique alternative to a traditional Guestbook. 

When you place your order, we work together to select the perfect fabrics to coordinate with YOUR wedding and home décor.  Then I cut your quilt pieces and then send them your way to hold until your special day (along with special fabric marking pens).

{NorthernCottage} special day quilt with pretty frame

Once your big day arrives, your guests leave signatures or special love notes ♥!! 

wedding guestbook quilt ready for guests to leave their love notes {NorthernCottage}wedding guestbook quilt sign {NorthernCottage}wedding guestbook quilt signing {NorthernCottage}

wedding guestbook quilt pieces {NorthernCottage}

BaRN WeDDiNG - Northern Cottage Quilt Guestbook Sign

Then you send it all back to me here at the cottage & I get to sew them up into a one-of-a-kind, amazing QUILT that will be a cherished keepsake…which you can have on display & cuddle up with to remember your special day ANYTIME!  These special rag quilts are entirely meant to be well-loved and used (not hidden away)!!

Guestbook QUILTS {NorthernCottage}

The picture below shows the ReVeRSiBLe Quilt Backing option where designer fabrics are used on both sides of the quilt squares allowing double the squares to sign and results in a gorgeous top and back of the quilt (the top being the ruffle-y, wonderful rag quilt top we all adore ♥ and the back being more like a traditional quilt with smooth seams)

Ruffle Rag Quilt Backing {NorthernCottage}

For us old married couples, really, when was the last time you looked at your old wedding guestbook – ummm…ever?  With this option – you get to feel the love of that day literally surrounding you for years to come!!

This makes the most fantastic, special gift!!  It doesn’t have to be just for weddings, either!!  It has been ordered for:

♥ weddings (of course) – signed by all guests or just the wedding party or family or extra close friends! 
♥ one for the bride & one for the groom to sign as a gift to each other with their thoughts/feelings of the day to be forever remembered! ♥
♥ bridal showers
♥ baby showers
♥ new baby crib bedding
♥ retirement gifts
classroom teacher gifts (where all the little kiddos sign the squares (oooh how cute!)
♥ family reunions
♥ anniversary gifts (think 25th or 50th wedding anniversary – how special!)
♥ special present from all the grandchildren to a special grandma or grandpa
♥ housewarming

You’re invited to pop over to the shop to explore and order a Special Day Guestbook Quilt for your next SPeCiaL DaY!!

 

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{Sweet Vintage Sheet Canopy}

Sweet DIY Vintage Sheet Canopy {NorthernCottage}

Did you know today is National Hammock Day….did you know there was a National Hammock Day?

In light of this….thought I’d share a lovely little spot we pulled together last week.  It’s a DIY little canopy made of stuff you probably have on hand….a hoola hoop (if you don’t have one you can get one at the dollar store!), some sheets and some twine

A BReeZY SuMMeR Canopy {NorthernCottage}

Pulling these items together creates a lovely little spot to enjoy some summer moments!

Vintage Sheet Canopy {NorthernCottage}

a perfect spot to read a book

Sweet Vintage Sheet Canopy {NorthernCottage}

Inside looking up this is your view…

View Inside a Vintage Sheet Canopy {NorthernCottage}

Of course, I layered the top with a lovely scrappy garland which you can purchase here.

Scrappy Garland {NorthernCottage}

Many a page has been turned in this little sanctuary already.  It has turned into a delightful, cozy, cocooning spot for enjoying a breezy, sunshine-y day – perfection, right?

{NorthernCottage} Breezy Vintage Sheet Canopy

As a base for the Canopy, we layered lots of different vintage sheets and quilts and pillows atop our hammock (but you could just as easily do this on the ground or even INSIDE over a bed!)

To make your own canopy, grab a hoola hoop (from the garage perhaps), fold some sheets (pretty vintage sheets if at all possible) over the top and safety pin them in place….attach some twine at the top to hang from a hook or a branch of a pretty tree…. you can finish it off by adding trim, ribbons, garlands etc to make it even prettier!!

Make Summer Memories DIY Vintage Sheet Canopy {NorthernCottage}

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I’ve listed some custom PiCNiC QuiLTs and GaRLaNDs in the SHOP that you could use as a base for your own special space…..feel free to pop over and check them out here

…We also have a very portable nylon hammock that we bring camping with us and always try to set up near our campsite.  Oftentimes, we find both kids sharing the hammock relaxing, reading, snoozing – one of my very favorite sights ever!!  There is something completely lovely about a tech/gadget-free afternoon swinging away in a vintage sheet decked out hammock!

I NEED to make use of it more myself (rather than doing laundry or sweeping or ahem…blogging) and concentrate on savoring the fleeting moments of summer!

Happy summer day to you!! 

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