Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

November 2008

The Neiman Marcus Cookie Receipe- Urban Myth or not- you be the judge!

I’m in the process of getting not only my homes, but the other Mermaid Cottages ready for the holidays. Besides the decorating of the homes, this also includes starting to get ready for the holiday baking. This is one heck of a cookie to make but also has an interesting story behind it….. Part of the Internet landscape- Urban Myths- be it the dog from Mexico that turns out to be a rat or now this great story about the $250 recipe for cookies- they make life interesting! Everything I’ve found on the Internet says this is a good old fashioned urban myth- but no matter- this is an un believeable cookie recipe! Try it and see what you think! Yum is what I say!!!

NEIMAN-MARCUS COOKIES (Recipe may be halved)

2 cups butter

24 oz. Chocolate chips

4 cups flour

2 cups brown sugar

2 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Salt

2 cups sugar

1 – 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)

5 cups blended oatmeal

4 eggs

2 tsp. Baking powder

2 tsp. Vanilla

3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips , Hershey bar, and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.
Makes 112 cookies

S’Mores and Holiday Shopping on Saturday

Looking for a way to spend Saturday, enjoy the low country and start ( or finish your Christmas shopping?) Then head south of Savannah to Midway, GA on Saturday Novemeber 29th and visit with Very Jeri & Pamela Martin Designs for the festive fun & shopping!

Tour Pam’s studio, make S’mores (yum!) & warm yourself by the fire. The studio is snug and dry — rain or shine. You’ll find great prices on ornaments, cards, canvases, jewelry, collages & more. We are happy to gift wrap your goodies & there’s even mistletoe for everyone!

This year the ho-ho-hospitality includes a tour of Pam & husband Joe’s personal holiday decorations. There’s a rumor that Joe has been seen dusting & vacuuming just for our special day. You’ll want to see the results for yourself!

Art in the Yard celebrates art, creativity and just plain fun, so

bring friends for a memorable day full of surprises.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

8:30 AM — 4:30 PM

Pamela Martin’s studio in Midway, GA Call 912 572-6964 for directions.

You can also visit their blogs for even more details:



Everyone is invited so we’ll see you in Midway!

Fish Camp cottage- the getaway of Southern Super Stars!

We keep telling everyone that the “slow season” is the best time to come and visit us. Slow to us means the crowds are gone, though we still have alot of visitors, but the restaurants and shops are open, there just aren’t any long waits to be served or shop. The weather is just gorgeous- alittle chilly, but still beach walkable weather for sure!
Tom Sullivan, host of Atlanta and Company , the very popular morning TV show was here enjoying Fish Camp Cottage with his best friend and dog Parker. We were very lucky to have such a well known celebrity from the big city of Atlanta come and enjoy one of our cottages! Tom rode bikes on the beach from Tim’s Beach Gear and just in general enjoyed slowing down ! Visit http://www.atlantaandcompany.com/ for more details on this very informative show! Tom also has his own website to check out http://www.tomsullivan.net/ ( read about his connection with Ryan Seacrest!!!)
Tom checked out on Sunday and Monday our next celebrity to arrive at Fish Camp Cottage was the NY Times Best selling author, Mary Kay Andrews! There is no rest for writers, she just finished her last book – The Fixer Upper – and she’s starting her new book this week. The book will be set in Savannah and where better to begin then Savannah’s Beach- Tybee! Be sure to visit her blog to read what she rode about her first night at the cottage. http://www.marykayandrews.com/ Mary Kay, did you happen to notice the full collection of your books in the cottage? We’re your biggest fans!
Then if that wasn’t all – We had a celebrity from Macon, GA here visiting us- staying at” A Mermaid’s Tale ” Cottage. Terrell Sandefur, Macon’s own favorite son was here doing business in Savannah and we were honored he stayed with us. You can read Terrell’s very clever lifestyle blog, http://www.toastroundtown.com/ and learn more about his visit to Tybee and Savannah. We’re hoping his partner in crime- Ashley Smith will head down this way soon!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, I hope everyone is with the people you love and cherish and enjoying a day of lots of great food and time together. I am most grateful to everyone who is in my life with a special “I’m grateful” to all of those of you in my Mermaid Cottage Family!

As one of our home owners Katie McNulty ( of Fiddler on the Creek Cottage) says:

Count your Blessings, not your Worries”

Enjoy these special Thanksgiving Recipes!

Pumpkin Maple Rum Cupcakes for Thanksgiving….

Look at this great idea for Thanksgiving! Pumpkin Pie may be a tradition, but in the world of Cupcakes lovers, how do you resist! They just sound like Thanksgiving!
Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe makes 12 cupcakes
1 1/2 C flour
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ginger
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t allspice
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 C sugar
3/4 C pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1/2 C vegetable oil
1/4 C dark rum
1/4 C maple syrup
Whisk together flour, spices, baking soda, and salt.
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, pumpkin, and eggs. Beat until smooth.
Mix in the oil, rum, and maple syrup.
Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes.

Try either ( or both!) of these receipes for frosting.

Apple Butter Frosting Recipe
1/4 C apple butter
1/4 C butter
3/4 C brown sugar
2 T milk
2 t cinnamon
1 C sifted powdered sugar
In a saucepan, melt the butter.
Add the apple butter and brown sugar.
Bring to a boil and lower the heat to medium low.
Continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add the milk and the cinnamon and bring to a boil, still stirring constantly.
Cool to lukewarm.
Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until thick enough to spread.
OR try :


Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting


8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 C (half stick) butter, room temperature
1 t vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
2 t cinnamon (add more to taste)
2-3 C powdered sugar (add more or less to make it a stiffness that you like)
Mix cream cheese and butter well.
Add vanilla and cinnamon.
Add powdered sugar.

All three of these receipes come from a terrific cupcake blog entitled Cupcake Project that you need to be sure to visit!