Thursday, July 17, 2014

This Week in my Kitchen...

Welcome to the Blessed Hearth today.. 
Once again I am participating in Heather's 

I am once again cooking in our Summer cottage kitchen by the Bay of Fundy... 

my summer kitchen...

Lobster Chowder

Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing

A lovely gift from a neighbor..
Bay of Fundy Lobsters.. the best in the world...

Making more Rhubarb and Pineapple Jams..

Worktable with homemade jams...

Making some cookies.. 

Banana and Bran Breakfast Cookies..

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp cinnamon powder
1/2 cup butter or margarine at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup ripe banana mashed
1 cup cereal corn flakes or other types I used bran because I didn't have corn flakes ..
1/2 cup raisins

Beat butter and sugar till creamy with mixer or wooden spoon. Mix egg and bananas. Mix flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together. 
Add the dry ingredients to the mixture with a wooden spoon. Add slightly crushed cereal and raisins, mix well till everything is blended.
Drop tablespoonful on a greased baking sheet 2" apart. Bake in a preheated oven at 375F for 13 minutes, until it is golden brown and the bottom of the cookies are done. 
The middle of the cookie will be like a cake, test with a skewer inserted in the middle to be sure. Don't over bake.
Remove from the oven and keep the cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then remove and cool in a wire rack. 

Seafood again.. 
Pasta with Mussels and Basil..

Strawberry Season here in the Maritimes of Canada..

Over 40 bottles of jam made... Yummy...

My favorite Summer Cordial... Lemon... 
Here is my recipe...Here...

A great standby... 
Olive Oil Oven Fries.. 
The new potatoes are now available so the old potatoes are the only ones that make great fries... 
With sea salt and a squeeze of lemon... 

Each day I find myself snapping a picture or two in the kitchen - a pile of ingredients, a table waiting for us to gather around, a sink full of soapy dishes, a cup of tea, dinner as it comes out of the oven - simple, everyday moments in the kitchen. These photos serve as a reminder of days gone by and as encouragement to carry on in this busy kitchen of ours when inspiration is lacking.

Hope you enjoyed this little blog hop.. I realize it is not to everyone's taste.. (no pun intended.. grin) but will try and do it every couple of weeks.. 

Thanks for visiting and your sweet comments.. 

God bless.. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

From Here to There and Back Again...

Happy Monday everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth tonight.. 
Last week we went home for a quick visit.. We had to do a bit of laundry as we have no facilitates here at the cottage and then there is the never ending round of lawns for Terry to do.. 

Sometimes, I think people feel sorry for us and think we are in over our heads trying to keep these place afloat but I am telling the truth when I say we enjoy it even if it is work.. 

What else is there to do if you are retired?.. 
I know some folks enjoy travelling or golf or shopping.. 
That is great but for us two oldies we love getting in the truck and heading to one of the places and enjoying our time together.. 

Hopefully, it will keep us on our toes and they will stay flexible.. 
At least Terry's will.. grin.. 

The lovely geese above live at a farm near our house and I so love to look for them each time we pass.. 
Aren't they gorgeous?  

Then on the way to the farm we passed this old abandoned house.. 

Darling Moss Roses.. 
Don't you love them? 
They have just filled the yard with their glory and they have created a place of beauty.. 

At home Terry has these ones growing down the drive.. 

Nothing so lovely as a Summer rose.. 
Did someone say that once?? smile.. 

When we arrived at the farm to check it out and for Terry to mow lawns we found the new pasture fence and gates are in..
As we do not live at the farm and only enjoy it whenever we or our boys can get there we have no need for the pasture land.. 
A farmer wanted to use it so we agreed..
I was inside tidying up a bit and looked out and saw him.. 
Leaning on the fence.. 
Probably, like he did when he was a kid at home.. 
He grew up on a farm you know.. 
Anyway, I expect his thoughts were a little different now then they used to be.. 
I expect he were wishing that those were his cows and hmmm... wonder how much on the hoof???  LOL.. 
Just kidding.. 
We really like having them there.. 
Makes it like a real honest to goodness farm.. 

Well, tonight we are back at the cottage here in St. Martins.. 
The waves today were awesome although I didn't get a picture ... 
I just sat on a rock for awhile .. 
So thankful for the beauty we enjoy in this old world.. 
Our God is a wonderful Creator and just to think 
He knows my name.. 
He knows my every thought.. 
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call ..
Click to hear this beautiful song.. 

Just some stuff I have been reading.. 
Nothing too deep.. smile.. 

It was rainy this morning so a cup of soup tastes pretty good.. 
Cleared up in the afternoon, though.. 

Our dear daughter and family have returned home from Florida safe and sound.. 
Thank the Lord.. 
Here is a little pic I came across of her in downtown Disney.. 

She is pretty happy that they now have a Starbucks.. 
Doesn't take much to please the gal, eh? grin.. 

Well, must go.. 
Terry just called and he will be home in an hour so I need to make him some Supper.. 
Not sure what, though.. 

Have a great night everyone.. 
Thanks for your visit and look forward to hearing from you all.. 
God bless... 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The purple days of Summer...

Good Evening my dears.. 
Hope all is well with you.. 

We here in Eastern Canada are trying to get over the storm Arthur.. 
He sure wrecked havoc on our poor landscape.. 
Thousands of trees are down and still thousands of people without hydro.. 
We were so blessed to keep our hydro and trees but others were not so fortunate.. 
Praying that their power comes on soon.. 

One of the saddest things I heard was that my most favorite place in New Brunswick which is Kings Landing has suffered terrible losses and will be closed for who knows how long.. 

I just posted some pics of some of God's beautiful artistry .. 

We went for a little drive out Tynemouth Creek way and came across this lovely patch of Blue Flags although they are really purple.. 
So gorgeous..

Farmers are making their hay and the scent in the air is simply beautiful..

We have an old bedroom here in the cottage for our Summer guests which is purple.. 
Every year I think I should change it up a bit but all these years later and it is still purple.. smile.. 

A couple of years after we had bought the old cottage the youngest child of the first owners dropped by for a visit and told me that this room used to be her parent's room .. 
At the foot of the bed is a portrait of one of her older sisters who was raised in this house.. 

The people at the museum called me and informed me that I could buy it if I liked and of course, I did.. 
So sweet to think that even though she is gone her picture is still hanging in her parent's old room, eh? 
The dear lady was Pauline and she was in her eighties then.. 
Since then she has gone on but I still remember that visit with a smile.. 

The last pic is of my sweet husband who is always ready to jump out and pick me a bouquet.. smile.. 
We keep a pair of scissors in each vehicle just in case.. grin.. 

Thank you my sweeties for stopping by during these busy months.. 
I know I am not doing a great job in keeping my promise to blog better so please forgive me.. 

Tomorrow the shop is opened again for 3 days so hopefully it will be busy.. 
Had some lovely visitors who read the blog and stopped by.. 
It is so nice to meet you all.. 

I have some Rhubarb Jams made for those who are interested.. 
For as long as they last anyway.. 

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you all.. smile.. 

Hugs form St. Martins.. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

In the Midst of the Storm..

Hello everyone.. 
How are you all doing? 

Here in Eastern Canada we have a visitor by the name of Hurricane Arthur... 
I believe he has had rather more power in the States and has downgraded to a tropical storm here but we are having fierce winds and tons of rain... 

But you dear girls who have faithfully followed my blog through the years know that this is my kind of weather.. smile.. 
I do not want it to harm anyone but when it is just a tropical storm then it is not too bad for people.. 
The hydro is out all over the province but ours is doing ok so far.. 

This afternoon Terry and I went for a little drive just to see how the Bay of Fundy was doing.. 
The waves were wonderful although I have seen them much higher.. 
We even went over to Lighthouse Road as the waves are more awesome there.. 
On the way over Terry informed me that we were supposed to stay off the roads but I hadn't known that.. 

There were several trees down and my friend lost 2 of hers.. 
We have one huge elm tree on our lot and it is right over our bedroom.. 
Terry thinks I am silly but I plan on sleeping in our grandson's club room if this wind is not down by the time we go to bed.. 
I love the wind but not when I am under a tree.. grin. 
Several years ago here a huge tree fell on my VW but didn't do any damage.. 
They were calling it the Miracle on Beach Street... lol.. 

Over on Light House Road the daisies were everywhere and as I was soaked to the skin anyway with my picture taking I decided to gather a few and put them on the dining room table.. 
I love daisies.. They are just so country.. eh? 

I made muffins today, also.. 
Bran muffins..

We have been home a couple of times last week but I will post on that later.. 

This storm reminds me of one of my favorite songs.. 
Just click HERE..
It will bless your heart..

No matter who we are we all go through storms in our lives.. 
Even when we know Jesus as our Savior life still happens to us.. 
The difference between knowing Christ and not knowing Him is that when the hard times come we have a refuge.. 
He is there beside us during the storm and he comforts us and lightens our heavy load.. 
We don't need to visit him or call him up He is there beside us at all times.. 

I find Him precious... 

Well this is it for tonight dear hearts.. 
Thanks so much for your visits and comments and even your phone calls..
So sweet.. 

Hope where ever you are you and your families are safe.. 
Take care and may the Lord bless and keep you.. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It was a good day...

Yesterday was Canada Day and I hope you all had a blessed one.. 
We had a really good one.. 

I opened the shop for several hours but earlier we had received a phone call from our youngest son.. 
They decided to come down to the Bay and celebrate his birthday with us.. 
When they called about the time they were halfway here I 
 closed the shop an hour early and hurried back to the cottage to thraw out some BBQ food... smile.. 

Dustin is our youngest by quite a few years.. 
His brother and sister were 12 and 13 when he arrived so the poor kid kind of had 2 sets of parents.. grin.. 
We all so enjoyed having that dear baby in our family and of course over the years he was no doubt a bit spoiled ... smile.. 

But today he is a parent and a great Dad to 2 wee boys.. 
We were so glad to see them all.. 

The oldest one is having a great time with a mask that he found upstairs in the Cousin's Clubhouse.. 
The wonderful Abe Lincoln.. 
He even received a history lesson and I was quite impressed in how well he understood it all.. 
When I was finished he told me.. 
Well, he accomplished his mission anyway, Grandma... grin.. 
Kids are so smart these days, eh? 

Later, we were all walking down to the beach and he had it on but I had forgotten.. 
A couple of teenagers we knew were biking towards us and they were grinning.. I thought they were just being friendly but then later I realized he was out in front with that thing on.. 
No wonder they were grinning.. 

Sometimes I think parents (and we were also guilty) of buying high priced toys when sometimes they get more enjoyment and learning experiences from something like a dollar store mask.. ??? 
Maybe... smile.. 

Dustin wanted to know what we were having for Supper.. 
I told him BBQ hot dogs and hamburgers.. 
It seems that this is an awesome supper in the Summer time.. 
Terry did put on a few kebabs, though and of course a Caesar Salad and baked potatoes are always delicious.. 
In the morning when I knew they were coming I had Terry rush up to the store and buy a cake mix.. 
I know.. 
I never use cake mixes but I was in a hurry ... 
I baked the cake before I left and was certain I had icing sugar in a can in the pantry.. 
When I came home I looked in vain for it and then figured out that it was in the cupboard in a can at the farm... 
Oh Brother... 
But I had brown sugar and made this old standby.. 

1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
1/2 c. cream or evaporated milk
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine brown sugar, white sugar, cream and butter. Boil for 2 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat add baking powder and vanilla. Beat to spreading consistency - spread on cake.

Then we all walked down to the beach again and watched the kids and dogs play in the water.. 

Did you know this is an edible plant?
I bought a book from Chapters about edible wild plants here in Maritime Canada and you can eat the little peas on this one.. 

The fog started coming in over the Bay and the kids had to be in Moncton for the fireworks...

All in all it was a wonderful day.. 

We miss our boys when we are here and we miss our daughter when we are home but are so thankful for the time we get to spend with all of them.. 
Shonda and her family are vacationing in Florida.. again.. 
I ask .. 
What is wrong with P. E. I..... grin.. 
one of my favorite places in the whole world... 

Thanks so much for visiting and it is so great to meet so many of you who follow the blog and come to the shop,, 
You guys are great and I appreciate you.. 
It is so nice to know you are all out there.. 

Praying that God will bless you all with a wonderful Summer Season with your families and friends.. 


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