The Blessed Hearth

The Blessed Hearth


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall days...

Hello dearies... 

I am taking a break from the household chores and having a nice hot cup of coffee to get me motivated again and I thought I would drop a note here for you qll.. 

I had these pics uploaded from the other day but had not got back to them so here we are.. 
Just a little catch up on the last few days at the farm before we came back home.. 

Up above is a pic of Charlie in the back seat when we went for a little drive to view Albert County at it's finest... smile.. 
You just have to act like you are going to go in the car and he gets right antsy and wants to tag along.. 

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving at the farm !! 
The grandsons love being there and decided they should all buy it and split it 5 ways for the future... grin... 
They sure fill a room when they are all there together.. 
So love those boys... 
Yes, I am just a typical grandma... smile.. 

I did get a couple of batches of pumpkin done up.. 

A few to sell and a few for my friend Pam... 

The leaves were particularly lovely this year, I think.. 

Hope these views don't bore you all... 
We had a good amount of tomatoes and so I did up several batches of a soup base that Carmen from Keepers of the Home showed us how to make... 

This is a rice dish that I made and from delicious !  

And here is the link for the recipe if you would like to try it.. 

We had a great Keepers of the Home meeting ... 
It was all about breads... 
Carmen made a cheese bread and a lovely eggplant spread.. 

And Faye made homemade tortillas... 
It was all wonderful.. 
I did an English Muffin bread recipe... 
I will try to recap all the recipes and such with you at a later post, perhaps.. 

This is a little inspiration photo I copied... 

I have a cupboard a bit like it in our bedroom full of quilts but I think I need to revamp it all.. 

Well I guess this is all for this afternoon.. 
Terry went up to the farm with Dustin to get a few things so I better make haste and get supper in the oven.. 
I made a meatloaf and want to make a potato puff to go along with it and a Caesar Salad... 
My friend gave me a recipe for Caesar dressing and I love it.. 

1 cup of mayo 
1 T. lemon juice 
1 T. balsamic vinegar (I used white wine once) 
salt and pepper
Minced clove or two of fresh garlic
Parmesan cheese to suit 
I also added a splash of fish sauce and a pinch of red pepper flakes.. 
Whisk together and store in mason jar in the fridge.. 
You won't be buying anymore expensive salad dressing with this recipe.. 
I won't name the brand but you know which one I mean.. grin.. 

Well, have a great week my loves and please leave me a note.. 

I am starting my cleaning from the back door through.. 
I did the closet and laundry today.. 
This is going to be a slow progress, I am afraid.. smile.. 

God love ya all..

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Another day .. another season.... home again...

Good Morning dear hearts.. 
Well, here I am back again at home.
A most beautiful word, don't you think?  

We had a great time at the farm for the Summer but now another season has started and we are back ... 
Although, it was an enjoyable experience for the most part staying at the farm for over 3 months; it is a great feeling to be back home.. 
The biggest attraction here is our waterbed.... 

And oh how I have missed thee, too, of course.. 

On with the story.. 

Which is not much really.. 
I did upload a bunch of farm pics last night but was too tired to do the post.. 
Then this morning I have too much to do but just wanted you to know we are back and I will endeavour to get back into the world of  blogging ..

Really, this is what I wanted to see.. 
This is for you dear friends....

Just making sure you are still there after all this time.. 

Hope to read some little notes if you are... 

God bless.. xo

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Farm Diary 8 Almost over..

Good Morning everyone.. 
Here I am finally..

We have not been home very much the last few weeks and when we were we did not have time for the internet except to check a few quick emails and that was all.. 

Today is a beautiful sunny day and I am home alone.. 
Doing laundry... smile.. 
I have all day to hang it out and fold and put away whatever I am not taking back with us.. 
Terry has gone to Moncton to help our youngest son so I am just enjoying being here at home.. 

We are not back to stay yet.. 

We did get our turkeys put in the freezer and they were large.. 
I think anyway.. 
From 25 pounds down to 16... 

One was called Thanksgiving and will be in the oven on Monday which is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada.. 
All the family will be at the farm for the grand finale and then we will mostly be home, I think..  

Our garden work is almost finished and the herb beds are done.. 
We really enjoyed our stay this summer and will consider doing it again next summer if all goes well... 

The pics above are just a few I had in my camera.. 
The summer has certainly not been all work.. 
Lots of play.. 
Day trips to the Bay, shopping across the border and town days... 

One Saturday was spent at a Keepers of the Home friend's house.. 
Remember Faye with the pantry and log house that I did a post on once? 
Well, she hosted a lovely harvest day for us all and it was great !! 
Lots of girls and lots of info on canning, preserving, drying, kefir, herbs and such.. 
She has lots of neat equipment to demonstrate like the Tomato press in the pic.. 
Then a lovely lunch and lots of fun.. 
Were so blessed to have some new ones with us, too.. 

Our next meeting is on the 15th at our fellowship hall at our church in Salisbury and is a bread day.. 
Learning to make different breads and the use of the pizza stones and such... 
You are invited.. 
Just email or call me.. 

Then there are pics of some of my canning and herbs and such... 

A few of our trip to PEI doing the 70 mile yard sale day.. 
What fun that was... 
Beautiful scenery, good buys and just a great day together.. 
There really is still no one I would rather go with then the dear man who tries to get me right up where I don't need to walk a lot with my blessed feet.. smile.. 

Then just a few fall days that we are having here now.. 

I dug out some fall decor to take to the farm.. 
We have spent the last few Thanksgivings at the cottage in St. Martins so all of the decorations are almost all down there.. 

We will try celebrating at the farm for a change and hope it turns out ok.. The house is a lot smaller then the cottage and when you have everyone it can be a crowd... 
But the grandsons insisted that this was the place to go.. smile.. 

I hope all is well with you my dears and soon I will be back and on here again, Lord willing.. 

Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely notes.. I get my sweet sister to read them to me on the phone as you know I have no internet at the farm... 

Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you sweet friends.. 
Till next time.. 
Faye... xo

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Farm Diary # 7...

Hello there everyone.. 
So nice to be able to make a little post here tonight.. 
It has been a while... 
As you know we are doing the farm thing this summer and it is passing very quickly.. 
Already, the mornings are cool and when we go for our drives we noticed leaves exchanging their green for some brighter shades.. 
It makes me feel a bit sad as I love the Summer and do not look forward to the Winter months as much.. 
Everyone is saying we are in for quite the Winter ... 
Lots of blackberries and high wasps nests seem to be the main reason for the forecast but only time will tell.. 
Meanwhile, we are enjoying our days... 
They are busy ... just like yours... smile.. 
Looking out the pantry window this morning before we left for church... 

I have enjoyed my swing in the old apple tree.. 
Especially on really windy days.. 
You know me and my love for the wind and rain.. 

Here is my bunting that I had posted about last time.. 
My sister wanted to see a pic of it.. 
Just a little something to watch blowing in the wind while I swing away.. grin.. 

Sometimes, I have some lovely company while I am out on the swing... 
Some are awake and....

Some may not be... grin.. 

We love it when some of the family come by...

We put them to work out in the blueberry patch... 
Lots of blueberry jam and jellies... 

Finishing up the lids for some for the Apple Blossom Cafe in Hillsborough... 

Our chickens grew and grew... 
Until they were ready for the freezers... 
Terry and Trev were giving some lessons to the younger generation on how to put up your chickens.. grin.. 

They decided they would rather donate fish for the table.. 

Love this time of year when the harvest is ready and enjoy putting it up for the Winter... 

Oven dried tomatoes... 

I love how they turned out and will be so nice in soups, sauces and such... 

Pickles... Bread and Butter and Ginger slices... 
My friend came up one day and brought her steamer juicer and helped me do up lots of blueberries and blackberries already to make jelly.. 
So appreciated her help and had a fun day... 

One of my three herb beds.. 
I have never had so many herbs to do up.. 
Pesto, dried parsley in the microwave, rosemary salts, vinegars, 
soap balls, candles and more...

Note the large plant to the right.. 
That is a castor bean plant and I didn't even plant it.. 
I don't know where it came from but I love it and will save seeds for next year... 

Drying herbs all over the house.. 

I did up some mixed bunches just to see how they will turn out... 

And then of course we go to visit the dear Bay of Fundy.. 

All these pics are from Riverside-Albert in Albert County, of course... 

We were late getting in this little garden but it is coming right along.. 

Hope the frost delays until it gives us some green beans and tomatoes.. 
My first year at growing leeks.. 
Hope they get a bigger... 

A sweet friend, Becca gave me the quail eggs and such.. 
I put the colored ones in my egg basket as they are so pretty... 

  I pickled the quail eggs using Jamie Oliver's recipe and they are tasty... 

Well, dear hearts this is all for tonight.. 
God has been good to us and we are having a good time.. 
Thank you so much for all of your sweet emails and such.. 
We are slowly going to be moving back home here and I look forward to that, too.. 
Lots of projects to do and plan on.. 

We lost a dear friend this past week and it so reminds us that life is short and temporal. . 
As much as we love our lives with our homes and families we really are just passing through.. 
Whatever we do influences our tomorrows and what they may bring and it will be the bigger picture.. 
Keeping my hand in His... 

God bless you sweet friends and thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet notes... 

PS... I almost forgot to mention that we have Keepers of the Home meeting this Saturday and it will be so good.. 
All about putting up the harvest.. 
Pickling, canning, herbs and much more.. 

We are being hosted by my friend in her log house.. 
If you would like to come just call me or leave me a message and I will try to get back to you... 


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