1. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
2. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
1. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
2. A small vacation house.
cran·ber·ry cot·tage
1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
2. Peace, quiet, paradise.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Do you know???

Anyone else find themselves longing for autumn on these last few days of the summer months? I saw the first pumpkin stands when we were at Cranberry Cottage over the weekend. I am planning on stocking up on them soon.

I have been adding little touches that say summer is ending to my home. I put out a crazy quilt I made with autumn colors and some accessories on the dining room table. Not quite autumn but shows it is coming.

I thought it would be fun to add a cutting board under my dough bowl but this one is very new looking. I love the size and shape of it but need to age it in a way that it is still safe. So that means no stain painted on. I am hoping someone will have advice for me about aging a cutting board? I found this link but wondered if anyone has done this before or knows of another way? I know I could just using it intensely but that takes a very long time and I want to use this on my shelves with my speculaas cookie molds.

So if you have any tips, I am all ears.....



  1. Hi:
    I would think you could use oil. Not sure what kind, but bet that would work. Google here you come, They know everything, or think they do. LOL
    Love you, Mom

  2. Soak steel wool in vinegar overnight, then paint the wood with the resulting liquid. Ages it some, though I wasn't incredibly impressed that it looked "older", just darker. I'd try it on a scrap piece if to see if you like the results before using it on your cutting board.

  3. Oil (like olive oil) will darken it a bit. If you want it to look more like it's been used, use a knife to make some cuts, or a hammer to make a few dents. Wash it a few times with a rough scrubbie, to help get rid of the "new from the store" look.

  4. Heidi, have you thought about using a "dye" (like dyeing fabric in coffee, tea or walnut shells). I have not tried, but at least they are edible and would not put you or Jos at risk of being poisoned.

    Have a lovely day.

  5. I have found your new home on the blogosphere! Sadly I have no ideas on how to age the board, but I am in agreement that I am ready for autumn to roll in now! Actually, it feels decidedly chilly today, though the sun is shining and the weather is promising more pleasant days this weekend. Hope you are similarly blessed in Holland.

  6. Come on fall!! My favorite time of year :)

  7. I love summer, but I am finally anxious for some cooler temps. Not ready to put any fall decorations out yet - probably not for another 2-3 weeks. I have no idea how you would age a cutting board. I think I'd go shopping at a vintage shop for one! ;-)

  8. Fall ? Here it seems winter is just behind the door : the first snow (!) appeared today on the mountains tops just in front of our home...

  9. No tips here, but I am like very ready for fall. We had an unexpected storm here last Thursday (thunder, lightening, tons of rain), and since then the weather has been so fall like. No more humidity. Ahhhhhhh.

    blessings, jill


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