mmmm….{Spaghetti Pie}


northern cottage spaghetti pie - comfort food

I’ve had a version of this recipe in my files for years

I got it from a co-worker from one of my first jobs ever (many many ahem…many years ago!)

I was cleaning out the file and happened upon it and thought I’d spiff it up a bit and make it my own

I think the thing that makes this recipe sooo good is the
green pepper.

For those of you who don’t like green pepper…let me tell ya - I’m not usually hooked on green peppers either.  I’m not a haterbut ehhhhI can take em or leave em

for this recipe though – gotta include them

Here’s the lowdown


Get a pot of water boiling and prepare 1/2 # angel hair pasta according to package direction.

While that’s going:

1 # ground beef, browned & drained, return to pan

1/2 green pepper & 1/2 onion, finely diced added the beef & sautéed up

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Add one jar of your favorite pasta sauce (or homemade if you like)

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In a large bowl, combine 1 carton cottage cheese, 2 eggs & one cup parmesan cheese (& a couple shakes of garlic salt too)

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Now your noodles are done…drain them and place in a 9x13 pan

Pour 2 T melted butter over the noodles

Cover with the cottage cheese mixture

Cover with meat sauce

Cover with foil & bake at 350 for 45 minutes

Add a layer of shredded cheese (mozzarella - I used colby jack because it’s what I had on hand) for an additional 5 to 7 minutes until melted and ooey gooey good!

p.s. leftovers are yummy too!

northern cottage spaghetti pie - comfort food


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Prairie Cottage Mantel

Prairie Cottage Mantel

*We are enjoying the

Prairie Cottage

thing we have going on now for our living room and mantel

{* by “we” I really mean “me” as I’m not sure that anyone else even notices a mantel change around here! I also don’t know that they’d call the look prairie cottage - ha! but I like it…so there!}


I’ve been working to simplify for a more edited look

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cozy mantel

The mantel includes layers of goodies for a calm
yet interesting, textured look:


* a very old wire gate,
*a printers case,
* some dear old cookbooks,
* a wreath,
* a chalkboard,
* little galvanized pots and
* a painted mason jar

all come together for a look I’m quite smitten with
{for now!}

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You know I love a chalkboard tucked in here and there

painted jar


printers case



happy, happy fall y’all!!!

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how to organize your home

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Over the last several days, I’ve shared organization snippets from around this cottage.

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the kitchen

the kitchen crate @northern cottage
the living room

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the laundry room

northern cottage vintage crate storage

 the craft room

craft organization @northern cottage
the homework/creation station & gift wrap cart

northern cottage creation station
the entry

a pretty entry @northern cottage

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As you’ve seen, I love to utilize unique and oftentimes, vintage pieces in my storage and organization!

Here are my biggest tricks:

* To kick off organizing, many times I start by dusting and vacuuming…sounds weird but that gets it in gear and makes you pick.up.stuff & de-clutter!

* Go through each room and make a list of the things you see, remove those that don’t belong in that space and contain the rest

* Group similar things together

* Stack and layer your storage pieces for interest

* Ditch the packaging stuff comes in and re-store the items in cool vintage containers. 

* Think outside the box for your containers – a cool vintage loaf pan only for bread?  no way!!  Use it to store paperclips or cotton balls or cookie cutters – whatever!

* Make use of containers you already have or be on the hunt for unique containers! They can be your best friend in organizing the stuff of life.  Use those
bins, boxes, crates, bottles/jars, baskets, drawers, carts, dressers, shelves, hooks, trays and pails!!


Happy Organizing!!


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Organization: {The Entry}

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a pretty entry @northern cottage

One of my new favorite spots in our home is actually just outside of it….the entry from the garage 

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Look up and you have a row of hooks and a shelf lined with garden goodies

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Look down and there’s a bench and some vintage galvanized tubs underneath

{all ready and waiting for winter mittens!}

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I made this new little magnet board to cover the garage door openers (can you say…vintage sheet yumminess?)

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take a little peek behind the magnet board at the
{now covered} ugly garage door openers

hidden garage door opener @northern cottage

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Around the corner, there is a little shelf holding my projects in waiting and painting supplies

garage shelves @northern cottage

See all those containers holding ‘stuff’
blue bell jar, vintage cheese box, vases, trays, buckets, wire baskets

cottage shelves @northern cottage

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c’mon in!!!

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