The Blessed Hearth

The Blessed Hearth


Monday, November 23, 2015

A few ideas...

Hello everyone.. 
Hope you all had a great weekend.. 
We have had a very rainy day and now we are having a bit of snow.. 
We live in the southern part of the province and were blessed not to have as much snow as the north.. 
I am so happy about that.. 
I could cheerfully wait until much later to have snow.. 
It will get here sooner then later, I am sure.. 
Puts everyone in the mood for Christmas, though.. 

Tonight is just another little idea post from Pinterest... 
Hope you enjoy it... 
We all seem to find different ideas on there, eh? 

I am busy getting ready for the craft show in St. John on Saturday.. 
So will post a few pics next time.. 

Take care, dear friends and welcome to the new followers of the blog.. So happy to have you.. 
And thank you so much for your sweet comments.. 
They are what keeps a blogger blogging.. smile.. 
God bless.. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A bit of this and a bit of that...

Hello everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth this evening.. 

I think my posts are becoming a bit typical.. 
A bit of this and a bit of that which occupies me during the week.. 
Oh well, perhaps, I will get more inspired one of these days.. smile.. 

The first pic is a beautiful craft that Shonda (our daughter) made with ornaments from her husband's mother.. 
I thought it was lovely and think I might try something similar... 
Gotta love Pinterest.. smile.. 

I am preparing for the Christmas Craft Show next Saturday in St. John.. 
Tagging and pricing preserves and such.. 

We cleaned our freezer and found an extra turkey so roasted it up and froze most of it.. 
I also made stock and a roaster of gravy to freeze.. 
We are having Turkey and Wild Rice Soup at Keepers on Saturday.. 

I am kind of explaining the photos as we go along here.. 

Another cook book that I love from Amazon.. 

We had to go to the city to renew our passports and we ended up doing another little drive down memory lane.. 
A little place in the country near Sussex where we lived for several years..
A picture of the old house we lived in and where we had a few chickens, geese, sheep and even a couple of pigs..
One day I was outside tethering our old ram sheep on the side yard.. I remember I had on a black top and my skirt was black with a blue floral border.. My hair was in a long braid down my back.. 
An old farmer from up the road who was from England was driving down the road on his tractor.. 
He pulled into our driveway and I went over to see what he wanted.. 
He said he only wanted to ask me if I was from Scandinavia !
I couldn't help but laugh and I have never forgotten that.. 
I still think about it now and then and wonder why he would think that.. grin.. 
He didn't know but I was just a hippie wantabe.. 
Or so my husband has always called me.. lol.. 

We were only in our twenties when we moved there.. The two older kids were in school and later Dustin was born a couple of years before we moved here..
Terry commented that the big old maple trees are still there on the front lawn..  

Up the road a farmer is raising elk and another lots of goats.. 
We had so many sweet neighbors and even now when we see them they are still so friendly.. 
About 30 years ago.. 
Where has the time gone?

Also, making some herbal salves to sell at the show, too..
I have decided to have a Mason Jar Table.. 
Practically everything in mason jars...  

And of course, lots of soup days.. 
Stewed Tomato and Bow Tie soup and one that Mom used to make when we were kids.. 
Poor Man's Soup made with potatoes, onions, milk and parsley.. 

Found a recipe for Pumpkin Fruit Cake.. 
Creamed peas and leftover turkey over rice was on the menu last night from Taste of Home.. 


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-3/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, celery, onion and pepper; cook and stir until tender.
  2. In a small bowl, mix flour and broth until smooth; stir into vegetable mixture. Stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Add turkey, peas and salt; heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.

Well, dearies this is all for tonight.. 

We have Keepers on Saturday at 9 am.. 
A "making and doing " day for Christmas.. 
If you would like to attend please just leave me a message.. 

Hope all is well with you all.. 
Take care and God bless... 

Next time I will post the recipe Hot Mixed Veggies in my last post.. 
Thanks for visiting everyone..


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Another week of Ramble and Roll Post..

Canning for a new Generation, Irish Pantry..
Good Evening dearies.. 
How are you all doing? 
We are having a lovely week of warmer temps and it seems to be a great time to get some outside work done.. 
Terry has been at the wood lot cutting wood and putting more in the wood room all week.. 
I hope to get the windows cleaned tomorrow as next week is to be cooler.. 

I think this post will be a ramble and roll sort of one.. 
Again... sorry.. 
I received these two cookbooks and they are lovely.. 
From Amazon.. The Irish Pantry
From Chapters... Canning for a New Generation.. 
I am enjoying going through these cookbooks.. 

On with the story.. 
This is a pic of my treat meal.. 

Everyone is trying to watch what they eat and as a senior I am trying to be 
Once a week I have something I love and this one wins out almost every time.. 
Pasta and Shrimp.. 
What would your treat meal be?? 

Rambling along here.. 
Terry peeled 50 pounds of squash and I cooked it up, mashed and bagged it all for the freezer for the Winter.. 
What is your process for freezing squash?  
Some bake it but I boil it... 

We are saving the seeds for next year... 

Drying and putting away.. 

Here is a delicious soup that we had this week.. 
My sister gave me some recipes in a gift bag and this one was mixed in with them... 

Dr. Smiley Soup.. 
1 cup rice, uncooked (not instant)
3/4 gallon of chicken stock
2 tsp. black pepper.. ( I only used 1/2 tsp.)
1 tsp. celery salt 
1/2 tsp. paprika 
salt to taste..Not a lot of salt is needed..
6 eggs
4 stalks green onion.. 
In a large pot boil rice in chicken stock until soft and beginning to break up..  Add seasoning.. In bowl mix eggs well and pour slowly into boiling soup mixture.  
Simmer for 30 minutes .. 
Just before serving add chopped green onions.. 
Serves 4 - 6...
This egg drop soup recipe was shared by an Asian friend who relies on this dish to relieve cold and flu symptoms .. 
He believes pepper is the key.. 

There you go ... 
I only made half of the recipe for us and found it very good..

Rolling along here.. 
I am preparing to have a table at the Mission Point Craft Sale and have been pottering along doing up preserves to sell.. 

Here are some more Old Fashioned Pumpkin Preserves with cloves... 

Tuesday night we went to Bible Study.. 
Such awesome teaching of the Word of God.. 

It was so nice one day this week that we went Rose Hip gathering..

We always go to the same place... 

Some things I do with rose hips.. 
1..Make a lovely face oil.. 
YouTube  recipe here..
2..Rose Hip Syrup and Jelly.. 
3..Dry for crafts and potpourris.. 
4..Freeze some for Rose Hip Tea.. 
Don't freeze or store them in a metal container.. 

Rose Hips are very good for you... 

As we were near the farm we decided to go and fill our water jugs with the Spring water we love.. 
We arrived there to find we had some sweet company waiting.. 

Our youngest son, Dustin.. 

He and his Dad were happy to see the work that has been done in the fields.. 

Trees cut down and all ploughed up .. 
More pasture land for the cattle.. 
Dustin loves the old farm almost as much as his Dad.. grin.. 
We had a nice visit and then we all headed home for supper.. 

Then last night we made Bone Broth... 

Our oldest son gave us a bunch of bones.. 
They simmered until 2:30 this morning and then Terry turned it off.. The dear man.. 
Today, I just skimmed off the fat and put it through a sieve and ended up with 8 delicious quarts of organic broth ... 
Thanks, Trev.. 

I will use it to make a soup like this one we had for lunch yesterday but I used Chicken broth and wild rice ...
And Bok Choy... 

I think I have rambled and rolled along enough.. 
One final preserve that is finished.. 
I sold and ate all of the ones I made earlier in the Fall so made another batch of Hot Mixed Veggie Pickle yesterday.. 
Love these ... 

I hope you girls who live nearby can attend the Craft Show in St. John at Mission Point Church on Mark Drive on Nov. 28.. 
I will be having a Mason Jar Table.. 
Everything in Mason Jars from preserves, potpourries, aprons, soup herbs, salves, dips and such... 

There will be lots of crafts there and all, too.. 
I will post some pics on the Face Book page later... 

Thank you, dear hearts for your sweet visits.. 
I love your comments and will try to answer any questions and please know that I appreciate each and everyone of you.. 

God bless you and your families.. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Down Memory Lane...

Greetings to you all.. 
Another week has rolled around and already we are almost in the middle of it ... 
Time seems to be flying and Christmas will soon be here, eh? 

I found this wonderful recipe for Pickled Pears in last month's issue of the UK Country Living.. 
As you know this is my favourite magazine and a wonderful book store hold it for me each month.. 

Do you buy it?.. 
I so love UK ones... 
Even the adverts are lovely and homey.. 

Stirlings had a great buy on pears last week and I doubled the recipe to make these.. 
They are made with fennel and coriander seeds.. 
Aren't they beautiful and so good.. 
You serve them with hard cheese and meat... 
If you are interested in the recipe just leave a comment and I will post it next time.. 

On with the story... smile.. 
We went to St. John on Sunday and made a little trip down Memory Lane, I guess you could say.. 

Terry and I have been married 45 years and although it was a long time ago in our minds it only seems like yesterday.. smile.. 

We were just a couple of kids.. 
I was 17 and he was 20.. Imagine !
He was working in St. John when we were married and so we moved to the city and over on the West Side.. 

I love that side of the city.. 
One used to have to cross the Reversing Falls bridge to get there but now they have a new bridge.. 

We were situated near the St. John River.. 

We had bought a wee second hand trailer and moved it down from  home into a little trailer park... 

So just for fun we drove around the park .. 
I think ours would have been about 4 trailers down on the left.. 
I think anyway.. 

I remember that first little home so well.. 
A wee living room and kitchen.. 
The most wonderful stove that I have ever owned.. 
It was propane which I still love to this day and it was yellow.. 
With a griddle on top in the centre... 
I have regretted losing that stove for 45 years.. lol.. 

Two wee bedrooms and a bath... 
We would open our windows and the wind would blow so lovely off of the river and the rain sounded so great on that metal roof.. 
You girls know me and my stormy weather love affair.. smile.. 

Shonda was born while we lived there and I would wash her little diapers in a my new spin dry washer and hang them out on the line.. 
I would look first up to the house above or one that was there and check to see if the lady had done her laundry.. 
Her husband or someone in the home must have been a chef as there would be white chef's coats and hats blowing in the breezes..
If they were then I would do our laundry.. smile

For a treat we would go and buy fish and chips at least once a week at the DeLuxe.. 
They tasted so good but in hindsight we should have stayed away from there... 
You know what I mean..   

Then we would go to the Mall.. 
It was one of the first malls in the province.. 
Imagine living that long that you remember when there were just stores.. grin... 

There was a Kmart there then, though.. 
Now, of course, it is Walmart.. 
Another sign of the times.. 

The Reversing Falls are famous.. 

And there is the new bridge there in the distance ... 
St. John is known as the Port City.. 

The cruise ships come here into the harbour and take bus tours out to St. Martins all summer and fall.. 

A few of my Mom's brothers worked in the port and the pulp mill is also here on the West Side.. 
I even learned to like the smell..

I have such wonderful memories of that wee home.. 
Our first grocery order,  the little china cupboard built in the kitchen beside my first wee pantry, the first meal that I cooked Terry....a potato scallop, sausages and canned peas.. 
And his favourite... A chocolate cake.. 
The only thing was that the oven didn't register the right temp and the scallop was not cooked and the cake fell.. lol.. 
The dear man ate it and said it was delicious.. 
We only lived there for a year before we bought a new trailer and moved to the North End...

So many years ago... 

So many changes in our lives but also in our world.. 
When we lived there we did not serve the Lord and it was several years before we acknowledged our need of God in our daily lives and came back to Him.. 

It was then that we experienced the best change of all.. 
A life with purpose and joy and the hope that serving Jesus brings..

Memories of many years ago but still fresh and lovely in our hearts.. 

Sometimes when I can't sleep I remember when we were back there in our little bedroom.. 
The curtains are blowing in the breeze and the rain is falling and I am hugging Terry and our whole life is ahead of us... 
Our baby is sleeping in the carriage beside our bed.. 

Time marches on though ... 

We headed back..

Home Sweet Home... 
So thankful for all the blessings of God that we have in our lives today.. 
A very busy and full life.. 
Dear sweet children and grandsons and a husband who is so dear.. 
He drives me nuts lots of days but basically one of the dearest men on earth.. 
God is good.. 

Please forgive me my trip down memory lane, dearies...
I seem to be a bit emotional today.. 

We lost a precious aunt this past week and one of my dearest friends and a cousin the week before.. 

I think it has made me a bit sentimental... 

God bless.. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

The blog is back....

Hello my dears.. 
So glad to be able to post here tonight.. 
Early this morning my dear sister called me to say that something was wrong with The Blessed Hearth... 
She said some popup kept her from seeing anything of the blog.. 
Great !!
You who have been following the blog know that I am not a computer wizard by anyone's imagination.. 
I started blogging about 5 years ago when we bought our first computer.. 
A dear lady who was my hero most of my life. (Sara) told me to learn everything I could about it when I mentioned to her that we had bought one.. 
I decided then to try and do just that.. smile.. 
I had found a few blogs that I loved and took the plunge for one of my own.. 
It was scary many times but through trial and error I managed to get a blog started... 
It was called Primitive Lace and really was just a learning phase for me.. 
When I started the Keepers of the Home group I decided I would try a blog about Home.. 
In time, I stopped the first one and centred my time on The Blessed Hearth.. 
It has been a blessing and I have met so many dear people... 
I never really know who reads this or even just looks at the pics but am so thrilled when someone like my sweet cousin told me today that she never misses a post or my sister and you all leaving sweet comments either here or on my FB page... 
After she called I took a look and my heart sank.. 
I took about an hour and tried to fix it and thought for sure it was over... smile.. 
We went to the farm for the day and when we came home I tried for about 2 hours to find what was wrong.. 
I could not get rid of the pop up.. 
Believe me, I am praying and asking the Lord for help and as always He was faithful and I happened to find a forum that said to delete java links.. 
I did.. all of them and checked and it was fixed.. 
Thank you, dear Lord.. 
Here we are.. 
Just a little everyday post of things we are doing..
Home things.. 

Shonda did a lot of painting, the dear girl.. 

Cupboard doors are all painted in the Linen colour.. 
She and her Dad were busy for hours... 

Then she glazed them all.. 

As usual, I cooked.. grin.. 
Soup season is back again and of course this soup junkie is back on board.. 
Vegetable Soup.. 
Eat as much as you like.. Hardly any calories.. 
Flavoured with pesto... 

We are doing our counter top, too so I won't be able to show you the finished job for awhile.. 
It is hunting season here, you know.. grin.. 
All in due time... 

Then another drive to the farm ... 

Isn't this beautiful.. 
A house in Albert County, of course.. 

I cleaned and decluttered the cupboards and took some of the excess to the farm house.. 
Just a few old dishes and such.. 

Terry started the floor in the pantry and I made some no knead bread..

Caesar Salad...

And stew...

It was a fun day but I did wonder how I would get this blog fixed.. 
So glad it worked.. 
I will have to return the blog list and such again later.. 
Somehow the Spam Pop up was coming through one of the links ... 
Disgusting, eh? 

Anyway, dear hearts thanks for your visits and comments.. 
I really appreciate you all.. 
God bless... 


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