Why I Love The Cottage: Reason #13

Mason jars.

I’ve recently become obsessed with Mason jars. I suppose you could really use them anywhere, not just at the cottage, but our home is pretty modern/contemporary and they just don’t really fit into our style there. Our cottage on the other hand is what we like to call shabby-chic and the Mason jars fit right in!

It started with counter canisters at the coffee maker:


And quickly became the summer season’s favourite drinking vessel:


More recently on a girls weekend we surprised hubby by turning some of our favourite drinking vessels into pendant lights for the kitchen:



Next I’d like to tackle making some soap dispensers for the bathroom :)


Why I Love The Cottage: Reason #12

The sunsets.

Bob's Lake sunset 2012

Bob’s Lake sunset 2012

At our friend’s cottage on Bob’s Lake they get some of the absolute best sunsets in the entire world…at least as far as I’m concerned.  I make a pretty big ordeal about making sure I get a glass of wine and get out to the dock or screened porch right at sunset…and believe me I’m not happy if something like say my children not wanting to go to sleep/stay in their beds interferes! The friend once asked me “don’t you get tired of it? It’s the exact same thing every time?”. I don’t though, not at all. It’s the one thing I would change about our own cottage…we don’t have western exposure. We can catch a bit of a sunset on a good night off to the left of the front deck and so we have named it the “Sunset Deck”…it’s probably a bit of a stretch though.

Enjoy just a few of the sunsets from Bob’s Lake, Ontario….

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Why I Love The Cottage: Reason #10

The cow gate. One of the things I love the most about our cottage specifically is this cow gate that you have to pass through on our cottage road.


“Be Kind to Animals, Please Shut the Gate”

Our cottage/Lake House is 5km in from the nearest paved road. At the half way point there is this cow gate where you have to stop the car, get out, open the gate, get back in your car, pull through, stop the car, get out, close the gate, then get back in your car (all while hoping there isn’t actually a cow in your way) and then continue the remaining 2.5km to our place. I love it though. I think it’s so unique and somehow endearing.  Now that we are living here full time and I have to go through that gate almost daily, I have to be honest it is starting to lose a bit of its novelty (especially when I have to get out in the pitch black of night). Plus, this year there aren’t even any cows! The cows are in the neighbouring pasture this year, it’s so disappointing! They did get through the fence the one morning when my  husband was on his way to work…that’s certainly another kind of traffic jam! Is cow poop on your tires the country version of dog poop on your sneaker??


Moooooove over!

Why I Love The Cottage: Reason #9

The wildlife.

I love all the different animals that the kids (and me!) get to see and get close to. You just don’t get that in the city! Here’s a selection of what we’ve seen just since moving up here this summer.


Painted turtle Monkey found on our front step in the morning


This little guy got a concussion on our windows


Yep, bears in the backyard! (See post on that one!)


Yucky moth, sorry.


Snapping turtle laying eggs in our road


Apparently endangered Black Rat Snake *shudders*


A very lazy dragonfly


Jumpy the toad


A young dear in the side yard

Building a Bug Box

Today I am the best Mom ever…at least in the eyes of my boys. The boys have been chasing around bugs and critters for days and today the lightbulb finally went off! We can make a critter catcher or bug box or whichever you like to call it! I even had all the materials on hand!


We’re just going to pretend we don’t notice the champagne box!

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Why I Love The Cottage: Reason #8

Caesar o’clock!

It can strike at anytime; from an early morning ‘hair of the dog’ remedy, to mid-afternoon on the dock, to an end of the day night-cap.

A bit of a garden on my glass here lol!

I think it was 2 years ago that we had the ‘Summer of Caesars’ where we tried all kinds of different spins on the typical recipe (Calamato, vodka, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and rimmer). We tried different hot sauces as well as adding pickle, olive, lime, or bean juice. We tried tonnes of different garnishes including pickles, pepperoncinis, crispy bacon, snow peas, and spicy beans of which spicy beans remains the crowd favourite. We even had a friend who made homemade bacon infused vodka for the cause!

Mat & Steve's Extreme Beans

Matt & Steve’s Extreme Beans…yum!

And being that it was created by a Canadian, what else would be more appropriate for Canada Day?! Only the Caesar! Cheers and Happy Canada Day!!


This year we served Caesars in giant Mason jars on Canada Day