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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Farm Diary # 3


Hello dear ladies.. 
Another little farm diary post for you.. 
Terry and I went out to the farm yesterday and as we neared the lane we noticed we had a couple of visitors..

I think they just dropped in for a quick lunch... grin.. 
This is the first time we have noticed any of these beautiful Canadian Geese around the farm.. 

We were a bit late arriving and there was so much to do..


I noticed the Trilliums that I picked on our drive on Saturday are still alive and well.. smile.. 
Thank you for all the sweet comments on my last post about the drive.. 
Love having you girls comment on the Face Book page, too.. 

One of the first things I did was to water my plants.. 

Each time we go I try to take a couple.. 

Usually when we go to the cottage for the summer I just put most of them on the back step where it is shady and just let the rain look after them.. 
This year since we will be at the farm I think I just want to have some around, I guess.. 
I still need to take my Pregnant Onion, Prayer Plant and Star of Bethlehem as they are my faves .. 
I will wait though until we get back from Newfoundland to take them.. 

Terry mowed the lawn for the first time this season.. 
Lots of dandelions, eh?  

I have been wanting to change the curtains in the kitchen for some time and finally accomplished that little task.. 

Hard to see but they are just the lace ones that I bought when we did the PEI yard sale last summer.. 

They were only two dollars.. 

I have so many things I want to do to this kitchen but it will have to wait until we get more important things finished first.. 

Like herb beds, garden, pens for the birds, the front stoop fixed and such.. 
All in good time, I am sure.. 

Terry ordered this up for lunch from the Farm House Kitchen.. 

He bought the broccoli especially you know.. 
Lemon Broccoli Pasta... 
I have posted this several times as it is one that he actually requests and our grandsons love it.. 
Normally, he just wants whatever I cook.. 
So he says, anyway.. 

Find recipe HERE..

Looking out the windows you can see how much greener and lovely it is getting here in the Maritimes... 

A ways to go yet, of course.. 
The maples have not come out in full leaves yet or the oak and so on.. 

This is a little chair seat cover I bought at the Thrift for the rocking chair.. 


Someone had hooked it and never used it.. 
I think it may have been meant to hang but I find it comfy to sit on.. 

Before and after lunch I worked at cleaning out and sorting lots of stuff that was stored in the little front entry way.. It is like a little wee porch... It has two windows and two doors.. 
I have requested from our sons that they put me in a wood screen door for the Summer.. 
I still didn't get the curtain rods but the vintage valances will be going there.. Soon.. 

Anyway.... 
When that was finished I made up a pan of squares as I was looking for my Mom and Step Father to come for a visit.. 

Another rhubarb recipe.. 
Rhubarb Dream Bars..

I found it here on the web and just wrote it down ... 
Sort of .. grin.. 
INGREDIENTS
Crust
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
Filling
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups diced rhubarb
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottom of an 8x8" pan with parchment bringing it up the sides so that it will be easy to remove the squares after. Whirl the crust ingredients in a food processor and then press into the prepared pan. Bake for 15 min., crust will still remain very pale in color.
  2. While crust is baking mix together eggs, sugar, flour and salt and whisk well. Stir in rhubarb. Pour onto the hot crust and continue to bake for 40-45min.
  3. Let the bars cool and remove with the parchment paper. Cut into squares.

Let's just say that I am not making them again... 

They were just too stinking good... 
Terry ate almost half a pan at once.... 
We just don't need that kind of heaven.. grin.. 

After Supper we headed home ... 

The sun is going down and once again I am tired... 
This poor old gal just ain't what she used to be.. 

Today we had a town day and tomorrow, Lord willing, we are headed to St. Martins to get the cottage hooked up and the yard cleaned and mowed.. 
All in a day's work but it is the kind we enjoy.. 
Can't wait to see the Bay of Fundy and find out if it missed me.. 

Thank you so much for your loyalty dear friends in coming here and reading my rants and raves.. 

Blogger is giving me stitches by not putting my post in the RSSfeed.. 
It doesn't show up in Reader for almost a day... 
Then tonight I could not load up my photos for awhile.. 

Anyway... 
Whatever.. 
You will see it when you see it, I guess.. 
God bless you sweet girls.. 
xo




Monday, May 23, 2016

A wonderful and wild weekend... The retired kind..

Good Monday Evening everyone.. 
This is the last day of our long Victoria Day weekend here in Canada... 

We had great weather with very warm temps and so summer like.. 
Friday night started off with a great time celebrating a birthday for a dear friend... So much fun and laughs..
Making memories..  
Then Saturday morning we were up bright and early heading to the estate/yard sale in Elgin.. 


We were a bit early but cars were parking everywhere.. 
Terry is already having a good time.. smile.. 

There were tables outside and inside the garage full of stuff and it took me at least ten minutes to figure out that the house was open and full of stuff, too.. 
By that time people were carrying around things that I might have bought.. grin..

I did find some goodies, though.. 
I told Terry we did not need anything and it would have to be special.. 

I have been wanting a small kitchen stool for the farm and I did get one that is almost new... 
I shall paint it, I expect... 
After we paid for the stuff we headed towards the farm which is in that area.. More towards the east, though.. 

There were also a lot of stuff at the bottom of people's lanes for the spring garbage pick up..

We found the old warming oven at one place.. 
I persuaded Terry to stop and pick it up.. 
He agreed to hang it on the wall in the pantry over top of the old sink .. 
I think it will be kind of neat... 
I need to clean it up or paint the bottom, though.. 
We took another road then the ones we usually travel..
We were not sure where it was taking us but we knew it was in the right direction because we could see the windmills in the distance.. 


Can you see them?  

Old empty farm houses where people used to live and raise their families.. 

Such a beautiful drive... 
Or so I thought ...


Then things took a turn for the worst, shall we say.. 

I don't know what there is about an old washed out road that is not fit for anything except all terrain vehicles that calls Terry's name but there usually is one somewhere.. 

We start out having a great time and enjoying each other's company and then an old road comes between us and I end up wanting to slap him right side of the head.. 

The road above is a picture I took out of the wind shield as we backed up the way we had gone at breakneck speed.... 
Honest.. 
When we turned onto that road I tried so hard not to say anything and just let him drive over ruts and deep water filled holes and rock beds and just hang on with both hands all the time calling on the name of the Lord to give the man a speck of sense.. 

He just kept going.. 
Branches scratching the sides of the truck and a rock hitting the door and then we came to the top of a deep long rock filled hill with hardly room for a bicycle and he proceeds to go over the top... 

"Oh dear Lord ... 
Have you lost your marbles? 
Do you think we can get down there? "

"No... I am looking for a place to turn around," he says... 


Can you just imagine being this high up and looking down and there is not even a road.. 
It was not even a decent cow path... 

Well.. 
Let's just say that after my little tirade the truck suddenly goes into reverse and I am hanging on and trying not to scream... 
He was spinning the tires trying to get back up and I was bumping my head on the ceiling and trying not to cry out for mercy... 
I just wanted out....

By the time I could sit still long enough without having my neck broken to even tell him that we were more or less on even ground...
Oh Lord... thank you... 

Shall we say that we silently drove the rest of the way to the farm.. 

I needed a cup of tea to calm my nerves before I could do anything else.. 
I am telling you that this man is ageing me... 

Yet... 
The next time he says, " Let's go for a drive!"  I will just yell... 
"Wait till I get my sweater!"  
Tell me dear girls... 
What is wrong with this picture?... 
I must be slow minded or something because he will probably find another one of those roads.... 
Oh well.. 46 years later and I still haven't learned.. 
What can I say?  grin.. 

Sorry about that rant.. I do feel better.. LOL... 

Here is the stuff I got..   


Two home made quilts for only five dollars each and I only bought two and there were more there.. 
So proud of myself.. 


A dear little Carnival Glass chicken ... 


Transfer Ware bowls in red which I love... 
An owl wind chime, wild bird coasters, boxes of cards and such.. 
Terry picked up a few things but we did not spend very much.. 

Then on Sunday we had a wonderful day.. 
Morning Worship service, a few hours in the afternoon with our youngest son and then to the Youth Convention where our grandsons were.. 
So blessed to see them there worshipping our Lord.. 
And meeting up with dear old friends.. 
We sat with a sweet couple who have been friends for years and just enjoyed it all..

Today... 
A lovely windy day for some laundry... 


Love fresh bedding.. 
Can't wait to get to bed.. smile. 


The Dandelion Jelly turned out fine.. 
Tastes just like honey.. 


I spotted more dandelions over by Terry's wood pile.. 
I really want to make a bit of soap... 

Trevor (our oldest son) got his bear.. 
What a beauty.. 
I was so proud of him.. 
Can't wait to try a steak.. 

Anyway, dear hearts this is my piece for tonight.. 
Hope you have a great week.. 
I think we are heading farm wards tomorrow again... 

In just two weeks from today we head to Newfoundland.. 
Will chat with you again soon.. 
Thanks so much for visiting and leaving your sweet notes.. 
God bless.. 


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Just a toucht of charm...









Happy Saturday evening to you.. 
Just a few pics that I found and loved this week.. 
The first one is my own from the kitchen at the cottage but the rest are from the web.. 
Which one did you like best and did you notice any thing neat that kind of struck you?  smile.. 
Of course, I loved the waves but I think the one I like best is number 7... or 2.... or 8 ... lol..
Hope you are having a blessed weekend.. 

One last one.. 
Something to think about.. 
God bless you sweet friends.. xo

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Farm Diary #2


Good Evening my friends.. 
Another little farm diary post for you.. 
I have decided to post these farm ones this way and then you will know whether you want to bother reading it or not.. smile.. 

We went up to the farm again this morning...
Terry had several more things that he wanted to finish before the weekend... 
It is the garbage gathering day and he had some junk to take out to the end of the driveway... 
I am happy because he basically has my raised herb bed made except for filling it with earth.. 
We hope to get that tomorrow... 

I foraged our first cash crop today.. grin.. 


Lots of dandelions... 
This job took an hour or so.. 
Cutting the stems off of the flower so I could make the dandelion tea to make the jelly... 


It is a delicious jelly and full of Vitamin C... 
It actually tastes like honey as I have told you all before... 
Sorry ... 
It has to sit overnight so I will make it in the morning.. 

While we were there we had a lovely guest who came bearing presents.. 


A case full of maple syrups, butters, cream and even a jar of candy.. 
We do a little farm bartering and this is part of the barter.. 
A very sweet part, eh? 

When I finished the dandelion tea I made up a little cream cheese spread as we still had some French Bread left over and we had not had much to eat thus far and thought he needed a snack... 



I know I have posted this before but just chop up some fresh chives, hot pepper flakes a dash of pepper and garlic and mash it all up together.. 
Very good on baked potatoes which we had for supper.. 


He is out there putting up our 911 signs as we will be staying for the summer and he thought we might need them.. 
Hope not.. smile.. 

I spent an hour or two changing the living room around .. 


Changed all the furniture and hoping it will make it more open ... 


Brought this plant from home that will go outside as soon as the danger of frost is over.. 
Love my lemon geranium... 


This old couch and chair are old and out of date but still in great shape and comfy... 


There is a book shelf or two plus lots of  reading material in this old trunk.. 
I want to get several curtain rods this weekend and get the curtains right.. I dislike the ones I made before just from some old fabric I had.. 
Hopefully this job will be finished next week... 

For supper I made a new recipe to me but it is as old as the hills and came out of a very old cookbook.. 

It goes with pork and as we were having pork chops I thought I would give it a try.. 


Rhubarb Dressing.. 
I didn't have much hope for it but it was simply delicious !! 
So lovely to serve with pork with just enough of the piquant rhubarb in it to make it tasty.. 
Here is the recipe.. 
2 cups of chopped fresh rhubarb 
4 cups of fresh soft breadcrumbs ( I used a whole wheat and seed bread)  
1/3 cups of packed brown sugar 
1/4 cup of soft butter 1/2 tsp. salt 
1/2 tsp. of cardamom or 1/4 tsp. nutmeg.. 
I used cardamom as I did not have any nutmeg for some reason.. 
Place in a greased 4 quart casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes.. 


Serve with pork... 
We had baked potato, a chop and some pickled chow ... 

When supper was cleaned up we packed up and headed home.. 

We took the back way as we wanted to check out where there is going to be an estate yard sale on Saturday.. (glee !!) 

I thought you might like to see a couple of rural scenes.. 


See the windmills there at the top of the mountain.. 

And there were carpets of these dear wee things.. 


I so love them.. 
They remind me of when I was a little girl and was always out picking flowers and still do.. 
Mom called them Adder's Tongue but some call them Dogtooth Violet, etc. .. 
Check it out Here..

A little village we drove through where the sale will be on Saturday.. 


Beautiful little village of Elgin.. 

Well, dear hearts this is all for now ... 
Hope you are all doing well and thanks so much for your visits and sweet comments.. 
Here are some answers for you from the last post on the farm.. 

1.. My secret for a moist ham is quite simple.. 
I just pepper it well and add about 1/2 cup of water and bake it at 350 degrees F. in a covered cast iron pot for a couple of hours or less.... 
Sometimes at the end I will pour maple syrup over it or make a clove sauce or pineapple ..... Nothing special.. smile.. 
Thanks for your question, dear.. 

2... I promise to show you the little vintage valances just as soon as I pick up some curtain rods this weekend.. OK?  
Sorry I am so slow... 

3.. The recipe for the cinnamon bun bread ... 
Just use the no knead bread recipe Here..

Then leave out the rosemary and salt..
Mix up and let rise.. 

 Then prepare the Topping.. 
In a glass bread pan melt 2 T. butter in the microwave.. 
Then mix in a small bowl:
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 T. honey (I used maple syrup)
2 T. water.. 
Mix well and add to the glass bread pan.. 

Then when the dough has doubled in size.. 
Turn oven to 350 degrees F. 

Use at least 1/2 of the dough for the bun bread .. 
Then on a nice floury space roll out into a 15 x 10 inch rectangle.. 
Spread with this mixture.. 
3 T. butter 
1/2 cup of white flour
1/2 cup of packed brown sugar..1/2 tsp. cinnamon.. 
Mix together in a small bowl ...
Now spread this over top of the dough and roll like a jelly roll from the short side .  
Cut into 3 equal size buns and lay them into the prepared pan..
Press down with your fingers to even them out.. 
Cover with plastic wrap or a towel and let rise again until doubled in size..  

Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.. 
Remove to rack to cool.... 

Hope you girls who wanted the info reads this post.. smile.. 

God bless you all.. xo

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