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Sunday, January 20, 2019

A Stormy Sunday

Hello everyone..
Hope you are all doing well with the
 storm which is blowing outside our windows on this Sunday night.  
It has been forecast for a week now so everyone is probably prepared and many were looking forward to it.  
We live here in Canada so storms are a way of life, eh!
I don't mind them once in awhile but to really enjoy it then it has to be on my conditions!  
Grin.

A list of rules for a lovely storm:
1.  That everyone is healthy and well.  
2.  None of my children or grandsons are working.
3.  The hydro does not even flicker.
4.  A soup or stew is on the back burner. 
5.  A loaf of bread is rising to bake in the oven.  
6.  I have a lovely new book that turns my crank.
7.  A few projects that I can doodle away at.
8.  I can watch a show of Mountain Man or Alaska the Last Frontier..  smile
9.  I don't hear any sirens.. They are worrisome.. 
10.  I spend some time with the Master.. 
Yes, that about covers it..  smile...
So, this was today's  bread..
Yesterday we took a city day as my husband jokingly called it and went to Fredericton.  
I was attending a lovely baby shower but we went early enough for me to call in at the Thrift store.  (Value Village) and purchased a bread pan.  It makes a large loaf and when you turn it out it is sort of braided looking.
Threw a few seeds in there first. 

I also picked up this novel for today.  It is a lovely read.  

We love stir fries.  Do you?  

A hint of ginger and fish sauce and serve it over rice.  

Here are a couple of pages of my calendar that I worked on last post.  

January is almost over..
Then in comes February it's promises of Spring but Winter will still be here for awhile... 
We had a ham last week so I saved the bone and made a soup today.


Very simple but good non the less... 
A little heart day project that I am working on...

A needle felted heart bunting for the mantel.. 
I love hearts whether it is Valentines Day or not... 
Wanting to make a few more things too.. 
Are you crafting any hearts?

Here is a new sandwich idea for you.. 
Found this in one of my old written cookbooks this week.  
just a good old tuna sandwich but in a different way.  

Mediterranean Tuna Sandwich 
2 thin slices rustic bread
1 garlic clove cut in half 
1 can drained tuna
1 medium ripe tomato, seeded and diced small
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon salted capers rinsed and drained 
2 Tablespoons olive oil or canola 
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice sea salt and fresh ground pepper.. 
Toast bread and rub them with cut side of garlic clove 
Arrange bread side by side on plate and mix other ingredients in a bowl.  
Pile on top of bread slices.  

Terry doesn't like open face sandwiches but really they are nicer that way or make a regular one. A nice change..  Well dear hearts this is about it for a stormy day! 

Being on a Sunday we missed our service this morning but so lovely that we can still talk to the Saviour here at home.  
With all the lazy day activities we will still take time for Him..  

Terry just let Charlie out and he said the storm has changed from snow to rain.   
Praying for all those on the highways and byways tonight.  
Thanks so much for dropping by and 
I was so happy to hear from you all last time . 

You guys are just lovely!
God bless!  
Psalms 100  



Sunday, January 13, 2019

The first of January...

Hello everyone... 
Here I am finally.. 
A beautiful Sunday afternoon and I am giving my new laptop a trial run.. 
Can't say that I am doing very good so far but we shall see.  
I won't bore you with all the details of me getting used to this but I am sure as the post goes on you will see my inexpertise..Not sure that is a word but you no doubt get my drift.. 
I loaded my pics on with my tablet and then turned this one to my dashboard .. 
I cannot find how to copy and paste as there seems to be no right click so the pics are all helter skelter... 
Whatever... 
One of our grandsons will show up and guide me before the next post, I am sure.  
Meanwhile, please be patient with me.. 

As usual just sharing some of our days with you all.. 
I think you must be finding this pretty boring each time.. 
Anyway... 
Above are a few little dried wreaths that I made the other day... 
Terry picked me a huge bunch of these flowers last summer (everlastings, I think they are called)..
the pic is below.. 
they dried very well... but I still need to put some ribbon and such on them. 


These are little prairie dolls I made from clothespins for two wee girls I know..
I found almost the whole set of Little House on the Prairie books for them and I thought they might like the dolls to go with them.. 

Soup days are very common here in the Henry house.. smile.. 
Trying to add more grains.. 
This one has barley, wild rice and something else, I think.. 
Just a tomato and chicken stock base and veggies.. 
I am not a meat lover so can leave that out really easy .. 
Especially when Terry prefers something else... 

Christmas just about depleted my gift pantry except for preserves so am pottering away making a few things.. 
A wee wreath here, a bottle or two of air freshener there or whatever... 


I used a bottle already for a hostess gift... 
Found a few more bottles in my closet the other day so plan to make a few more... 
I was telling Shonda about the idea of using glass vinegar jars for spray bottles.. Whether it is for room fresheners or cleaners.  
They are lovely. 
The spray contraption from the plastic bottles fit right on the nice glass one.. 
The only thing is that she and I bought our glass jars of vinegar in Calais as we couldn't find the right ones here in New Brunswick... 

Shared this on Instagram the other day.. 
makes perfect sense, eh? 

This is the pile of flowers all dried.. 
I just laid them on a shelf in the sunroom and then cut and glued them to small grapevine wreaths.. 
Will show you a pic when they are finished... 

Had a lovely time opening these dear gifts from our son the other day.. 
They were a bit late but not any less appreciated.. 
It was fun to receive them and know he wrapped each one.. 

We like you have the dearest children.. 
No matter how old they get nor how far away they roam they will always be our babies.. 
Miss this one an awful lot at times... 
So many of us here in Maritime Canada have loved ones out west working so I am not alone in this for sure.. 
Just pray daily that God keeps his Hand upon him.... 

We have started having our town days once a week again and we look forward to them.. 
Do you have a town day?  
I think it may be a retired couples who don't live in the city kind of thing.. grin.. 
I do enjoy this one day but unlike my dear mother I am not a shopper and never have been.. 
I prefer thrift and book shops above everything and farmer type market stores.. Love them, too.. 
Anyway.. 
Here are my finds the other day.. 
A dear little jam jar (old china), a tray to put this laptop on for when i use it, several books, cookbooks, Louis L:Amour although I think I have read every one but I am lucky if I can find one that I almost forget (grin), fancy cutting scissors, a valance for the laundry room, a pale yellow lace tablecloth, a potholder, a woven basket for my crochet, a sign that says Always Kiss Me Goodnight for our room... (just to remind him)  grin and a recycle bag or two.. 
In the Salvation Army they have lovely bags of cloth and such that you can buy for your purchases for only 25 cents.. 
The one above is from Old Navy... 

Sometimes after church on Sundays we go to the Big Stop for lunch.. 

We almost always buy the same thing.. 
He gets Liver and Onions and I buy soup or chowder.. 
This is clam chowder... 
It is better at times then others... 
This was a fair day... But the last time it was delicious... 

I dug out my crochet the other day and made a coffee cup cozy... 
It is finished but needs to have a couple of buttons sewed on and I have a plant pot hanger also mostly finished.. 

Love these winter days for pottering about, don't you?
I keep my little chochet projects in this little bag I made.. 
It is an old piece of embroidery tablecloth or such that was pretty well done for but salvaged enough for a drawstring bag... 

I wanted to share once again this recipe for good health... 

It s called Fire Shot and I really think it makes me feel better.. I bought a couple of little shot glasses at the thrift and try to take this on a regular basis.. 
It can't hurt you anyway I guess unless you are like my friend Pam and alergic to something like cinnamon.. 

Anyway dear hearts this is all for today.. 
Not done very well and I know there are misspelling but can't figure that one out yet either.. 
But all is well.. 

This old body has it's days with whatever but am blessed beyond measure... 
Have lost several dear ones the last few weeks and it makes me appreciate all that God has done for me.. 
Don't want to get melancholy but if I went today there are no complaints. 
He has been faithful... 

Thanks for dropping by once again and hopefully this blog will pick up and I will be more faithful to it... 
Loving these January days and the sweetness of home that they bring.. 
Candlelight, soup simmering on the stove, quiet chores and projects and sweet music.... 
Hubby busy in his workshop downstairs and Charlie snoring on the rug.. 
God is good... 

Sending hugs and blessings your way...

Sunday, December 30, 2018

December Days.



Hello dear hearts.. 
Here I am at last with a Christmas review post.  
I am struggling with my old lap top tonight even though I was gifted with a new chrome book.. 
This one I am used to and although it takes a lot of patience I thought I would use it until I get more used to the other computer.. 
This old brain of mine takes a little practice when it comes to techy stuff.. grin.. 
Anyway.. 
I hope you had a blessed Christmas season.. 

I worked away at decorating the house and making gifts.. 
Above are the Snowmen Buntings I made for a gift exchange and for Shonda and Tammy.. 
Made a valance out of old lace type curtains that I collect.. 
I always look for them at thrift shops as they can be used for lots of crafty type things... 
They were hung with some snowflakes in the kitchen windows...
Crochet ones and the bigger ones are plastic but look like glass especially with the sun shining in the mornings..

Made some bread.. 

The No Knead recipe of course.. 
Find it HERE

Another day I made some cinnamon ornaments for a wee tree...



I should have taken a pic of them hanging and dusted with cinnamon... 
It was Martha Stewart's recipe... 

Just posting a pic here and there of some of our meals..


Chicken and Rice Casserole... 
With a salad...
I have four of these sweet vintage cups that Shonda gave me several years ago... 
So sweet...

Then there is the mantel which always seems to turn out the same every year...

So love the Christmas lights around the house.... 

An old vintage cat I have had for years...
Really like vintage Christmas decor.. 
Do you?  
Well the days passed during the month.. 
Celebrated with different events and had a wonderful time.. 

The days wound down and Charlie was just enjoying the sun waiting for all the company to show up.. 


Another vintage decoration.. 
An old stable with the manger scene... 
This one is rather old, I think... 

One of our treat meals that we sometimes have ...
Fried potatoes and onions..

We didn't get the tree up and trimmed until a couple of days before Christmas... 
On Christmas Day Terry and I just had a slow day waiting for the grandsons to show up in the evening to stay over night with us.. 
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They showed up in two different cars.. 
Drove themselves, of course... smile.. 

We had some treats and tried this one out.. 
They enjoyed them.. 
Terry and I had not had them for years.. smile.. 
We loved having the boys over night.. 
Talking and laughing.. 
They so enjoy each other's company.. 
Cousin love is a special thing.. 
I so love mine but a couple of days before Christmas one of my dear ones went home to be with the Lord.. 
We will miss her so much.. 
But some glad morning......

We put the turkey in the oven and it cooked during the night.. 
Terry got up and checked it from time to time.. smile.. 
In the morning I got up early and made Cherry Cheese Squares for the dinner.. This is their favourite Grandma dessert and Aunt Shonda brings the best Apple Pie .. Their Mom, Tammy brought her sweet creations.. That girl is a natural baker..

Then their parents arrived along with my Mom and Step Dad.. 



It gets pretty chaotic as you can image but just so lovely.. 
Shonda and Trevor both helped immensely with getting the meal on already.. 
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I seem to get a bit overwhelmed now a days... 
I can get a lot of it done but when they all get here I can't seem to pull it all together but they help so much that it all turns out fine.. 
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I forgot to take pics of the food but it was turkey and veggies like most Canadians serve for Christmas dinner.. 
The turkey was so huge that I didn't bake a ham this time.. 
Terry bought one  and it was in the fridge but we will have it for New Years, I guess.. smile. 
Actually there was only a small tray of turkey left over along with the carcass which makes a delicious broth to freeze... 

After dinner we had our gift opening and last of all our Yankee Swap which is a blast... 
Just so much fun and laughter..

Then it was picture taking time.. 
Our little grandsons all grown up....

So so thankful for this dear family that God has gifted us with.. 
We so missed our youngest son, Dustin... 
He could not get home for Christmas but he had a good day and we talked and he received his parcels .... 
As I always say but it is so true ... 
God is faithful... 
I am so glad I know Him.. 
Aren't you?  

Well thank you sweet ladies for being patient with me the last couple of months with my not so often blog posting.. 
I am hoping to do much better once I get my new computer up and running.. 
Thanks for your sweet messages of concern.. 
All is well.. 

I thought I would include this last pic of Shonda and her husband at their home on Christmas Day that she had posted on FB.. 
I thought it was so sweet and a lot of you sort of know her as she has always been a part of my blog... 
That is Ginger sitting there in the middle.. 

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and may God bless you and your families abundantly in 2019!
Love and appreciate you all... 

Jeremiah 29:11


11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


Monday, December 24, 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas everyone!  
Hope you all have a blessed and wonderful day with your families! So happy to have you visit the past year. 
Hopefully I will soon get a new computer and be able to post more.. 
Take care dear hearts and God bless!
Love and Prayers
Terry and Faye 
xo



If you look for me at Christmas,
You won’t need a special star.
I’m no longer just in Bethlehem,
I’m right there where you are.
You may not be aware of Me,
Amid the celebrations.
You’ll have to look beyond the stores,
And all the decorations.
But if you take a moment,
From your list of things to do,
And listen to your heart, you’ll find
I’m waiting there for you.
You’re the one I want to be with,
You’re the reason that I came.
And you’ll find Me in the stillness,
As I’m whispering your name.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Last Week of November...


Hello everyone.. 
So happy to finally get back here.. 
It seems to be taking me longer and longer.. 
I am not sure why.. 
Usually I feel like I haven't much to offer on here so just keep putting it off. 
But here I am for tonight anyway.. 
We have had such weird weather here in New Brunswick this month.. 
Getting lots of snow.. 
I do not remember a November quite like this one before.. 
I think we are going to have a long winter but really we are Canadians and we just go with the flow... 

I have been pottering along.. 
\Doing a bit of this and that.. 
Bought some pears and made a cake.. 





It will be prettier next time as I think I would increase the cake recipe but it was different and tasty... 


The kitchen windowsill ....

A few herbs growing and putting the roots of some green onions in water.. 
They grow very well and get more out of them...

We so enjoyed having our grandsons for supper the other night.. 
Made them a loaf of bread.. 

The no knead recipe to the rescue once again!  smile.. 

And a couple of toppings.. 
Olive Tapenade and Herbal Cream Cheese... 

Salad and House Dressing along with Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon.. (sorry I forgot to take a pic) 

And... 


Carrot Cake...
We had a lovely evening... 

One morning we went for a drive out to the farm...

We were wanting to pick some greenery and such.. 


First stop as always was for coffee... 

Charlie usually gets a timbit donut for being such a good dog.. smile.. 

By the time we were almost to the farm the weather had turned .. 


We only got one bunch of branches with cones on them.. 


The roads were so bad that we had to turn around ....

We will go another day.... 

But a bowl of homemade soup was welcome when we got back home.. 


One of our faves... 
Julia Child's Leek and Potato Soup.. 

Christmas is soon going to be here and I am hoping to get a few things made..
  
How are you doing getting ready for Christmas? 

So many people have their trees up and houses all trimmed... 
I guess I need to get at it.. 
Perhaps tomorrow... smile.. 

Well this is not an inspired post for sure but it was nice to touch base with you all again... 
I need to get my act together and get a few pics taken.. 
I do get around to posting a pic on Instagram more often..
You can catch me HERE.. on there... 

Take care dear hearts and have a blessed week.. 
Thanks for dropping by and I look forward to hearing from you all.. 
God bless... 
xo