The Blessed Hearth

The Blessed Hearth


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Blog Journal.. Apple Rhubarb Muffins..

Hello everyone.. 
A little post for your blog journal.. 
A sweet reader emailed me and requested this recipe .. 
I finally found it and decided to post it as the rhubarb is ready in the south and ours will soon be... 

This is a Harrowsmith Magazine recipe that I have had for years.. 

Apple Rhubarb Muffins.. 
For the topping.. 
1/3 cup of packed brown sugar or 80 ml. 
1/3 cup of chopped walnuts 80 ml. 
1/3 cup of all purpose flour 80 ml. 
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 T. butter

For the Batter... 
2 cups of all purpose flour or 480 ml. 
1 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar or 360 ml.
1/4 cup of wheat germ or 60 ml. 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup of fresh or frozen rhubarb, diced or 240 ml
1 large apple , diced, peeled and chopped
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk or 240 ml. 
1/2 cup of melted butter or 120 ml. 
1 tsp vanilla..  

For the topping place all ingredients in a food processor or chopper and process till crumbly.. Set aside.. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
Grease 12 large muffin tins or line with muffin papers 
In a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, wheat germ, baking soda and salt.. Stir until combined and then add rhubarb and apple.
In a separate bowl whisk egg, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla. 
Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and combine just until moistened.. Do not overmix.. 
Spoon mixture into tins and sprinkle with topping.. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.. 
This makes 12 large muffins.. 

Enjoy sweet friends.. 
God bless.. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Here and There ...


Greetings my dears.. 
Hope you all had a great weekend.. 

We have been running to and fro... smile.. 
A day at the farm ... 
Making dinner as usual... 
Terry's favourite meal.. 
Hamburger Gravy, mashed, cabbage, carrots and using up last years preserves.. Mennonite Bean Salad.. 
I felt he deserved a special meal as he had been working hard at getting the back room finished at the farm.. 
The floor is now stained and has 2 coats of varnish.. 
One or two more coats and we can almost put it back to rights.. 
He has to paint the ceiling and put up some boards..
I will be so happy when it is done.. 

He bought me a new tool bag when we went to Calais and I love it.. 
Whenever we go up there I am pushing my glue gun and such into whatever bag or box that is going.  There is always something that I need to do.  smile.. 
 Now all I have to do is grab my tool bag.. smile.. 
It was at Mardens for only a couple of bucks.. 
I love it.. 
Like Terry says... He is just a nice guy.. lol.. 

There is also a picture of Shonda and I along with her friends at Ladies Retreat... 
Such dear girls.. 

A few kitchen pictures from home here.. 
Made my Lebanese Lentil Soup.. 
I included a pic of a great hint I found along the way.. 
Drain your veggies.. carrots, green beans, potatoes or whatever and freeze the stock in ice cube trays.. (I love these ones that Dustin and Veronique gave me for Christmas from Epicure.. They are huge and makes lovely big cubes).. 
You can use them all at once or just add one if you need more broth or just need a bit of stock for gravies and such.. 
Veggie stock is very good, actually.. 

This past Saturday our Keepers of the Home visited the R.E.A.L. Ladies Group in St. John.. 
We had a wonderful time and I will show more pics on my next post.
 My camera is missing at the moment .. It must be in the car.. 

Anyway, they gave me the lovely tulips and my friend Faye gave me the delicious free range eggs .. 
Don't you love those blue ones?  

When we were thrifting I found these great magazines.. 
Five for four dollars.. 
They are full of wonderful tips.. 

Anyway, this is all for this evening.. 
Are you ladies busy doing Spring things? 
I have been housecleaning here and there.. 
Not too organized but accomplishing a bit..

Thank you so much for visiting here.. 
I meant to thank you dears for following the Face Book page.. 
I am having a bit of problem as several readers are not receiving the notifications when I post.. 
My sister said she just went in and clicked on default and signed on again and it worked.. 
I tried everything to see what is wrong but I cannot figure it out.. 
Sorry about that.. 

It is a rainy night here in New Brunswick and I am heading off to bed.. 
Take care and God bless.. xo

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Just plain country....

Evening dear hearts.. 
Want to come along for a drive to see some just plain country.. 
A little place named Corn Hill....
Beautiful, though.. 
The contrasts between old and new and between the blue and the green... 
Old houses and barns and then simply gorgeous new houses and barns that look like cathedrals...
Simply country and simply beautiful.. 
One of our favourite rural drives here in Southern New Brunswick.. 
We are still in early Spring here in the Maritimes although it is greening up more every day as the sun shines and temperatures rise.. 
Love this time of year.. 
When all becomes new again... 

The evening has come.. 
The lights are on in the barns and the cattle are lowing.. 
God is in his heaven and all is well with this little piece of the world.. 

Thanks for visiting here at the Blessed Hearth... 
Take care and come again soon.. 
Hugs and God bless.. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Lace Doilie Curtain...

Hello everyone... 
How are you all doing?  
I have been missing from here for a few days.. 
Last week I spent several days with Shonda and had a wonderful time.. She is such great fun and I was so happy to spend those few days with her.. 
We attended a Ladies Retreat and were truly blessed in song and word.. 
But like always it was good to get home.. smile.. 

I wanted to show you the little lace doilie curtain that is finally hung.. 

We were up to the farm and I took it along.. 
I thought I would see what it looked like hanging on the door... 
There is a wee porch on the front and this is the original front door..

I decided to leave it hanging and will try to make another for here at home.. 
This was my first try and now I think I will do a better job on the next one.. 

Perhaps it is too long.. 
What do you think? 
I was making it really for the back door here at home and it is a bigger window.. 
I think it is okay there, though.. 

While I was waiting for Terry to lock up I noticed a lot of robins.. 

At one point I counted 15... 
When we were out for a drive a couple of times I noticed flocks of these birds.. 
Usually, there might be 4 or 5 but not such flocks as I have seen in fields this Spring.. 
Have you noticed this? 

Well, dear hearts this is all for this evening.. 
I hope you have a blessed week and thanks so much for dropping by.. 
As always thanks for your sweet notes and for following here or on Face Book... 
God bless.. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ordinary but lovely days..

Good Evening everyone.. 
Here it is another Monday and the another week beginning.. 
We are having Spring like weather here in the Maritimes of Canada..
A bit cold at times but a couple of days this week it is to be rather warm so that will be welcome.. 
I finally finished my moss heart wreath.. 

Terry helped me make it, bless his heart.. smile.. 
I had found a wired heart at the thrift shop for hanging cards or photos on and we used that as a base.. 
I figured we would just use chicken wire but this was a bit easier, I think.. 
He had picked the moss along a ditch when we were out for a drive but I wanted several types and with snow and such we didn't get it.. 
I did see one kind on a trip we took to Calais, Maine last week but forgot to stop and get it on the way home.. 
I just gave up and went with the Old Man's Beard and when I find the other kind I was looking for I will add it then.. 
Just sort of punch it under the top chicken wire.. 
Then just added a ribbon sort of criss crossed, some pine cones and star anise, whole nutmegs and a few silk pansies.. 
I used the glue gun for that.. 
Oh and a dried bunch of basil.. 

I have hung it on the front hall closet door for now but will hang it outside perhaps this week.. 
We have been having tremendous winds and I didn't want it all blown to bits already.. smile.. 

As I said we took a little day trip to Calais last week.. 

It was a very rainy windy day so what else was there to do?  grin.. 
Or so I told Terry anyway.. 
It was a nice day but we were later coming back then intended.. 
Went through the city of St. John after supper..

Then Dustin came out for the day to help his Dad.. 

They went and cut down a couple of truckloads of wood for next Winter.. 
You probably can't see it but he brought me an apple.. 
It was a different type then we usually eat and was delicious ! 

We had donairs for our lunch and I thought you might like the recipe.. 

I found this rather interesting info... 
"In the early 70's, a Greek restaurateur in the city of Halifax introduced the Donair. Within a few short years, virtually all pizzerias had added their version of the dish to their menus. Not to be confused with gyros, the Donair has a vastly different flavor. Originally the dish was made with ground lamb, but this proved too costly and ground beef was later substituted. Technically, this resulted in an aberration of sorts, as the final product was not what the originator had intended. What resulted, however, is the legendary East Coast Donair."

The link is HERE for the recipe that I use.. 

The night before we are going to have them I just mix up the spices and hamburger then shape it into a rectangle, wrap it up and keep in the fridge overnight.. 
The next day I bake it in the over for about an hour and then cool it.. 

The sauce is so simple to make.. 
I don't use the one on the link above.. 
Here is my recipe.. 
1 x 300 mil. can of sweetened condensed milk 
1/2 cup of white vinegar
1 tsp. of garlic powder.. 
Add all ingredients to a glass bow and stir thoroughly with a whisk until well combined.. It may take a couple of minutes.. Place in the fridge to set up .. 
This will take about an hour.. 

Sprinkle a little water on pitas and toast in frying pan for a few minutes.. 
Fry up some slices of Donair meat and add to a pita along with onions, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese and the sauce of course ..  

I buy the foil sheets at the dollar store and they work great.. 
I was wondering how many each our grandsons would eat.. grin.. 
The snow has left us for good, I believe or hope so anyway.. 
Although, we have had a storm in late April before although it only lasts for about a day.. 

I did get my curtain finished and Terry put up my curtain rod this morning.. 

I had hoped to get to it but started my Spring housecleaning..

Cleaned our bathroom and it took much longer then anticipated as usual.. 
I should have had it finished much earlier but there was also laundry and meals and dishes and ... 
Well, you know what it is like.. 
I just need to find a new curtain for the window and replace our shower curtain rod.. 
At least it is practically finished.. 

Well, dear hearts this is all for today.. 
Not much just the ordinary.. 

Ordinary but lovely and all provided for by our Lord ... 

Thanks for visiting and leaving your sweet notes.. 
I will try to reply to each comment again this time.. 
God bless.. 

 Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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