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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Geraniums and Pewter...

Good Afternoon, my dears.. 

Here I am posting in the afternoon for a change.. 
Normally, I don't get to it until after supper but this is another very snowy day in New Brunswick.. 

My get up and go seems to have got up and gone.. grin.. 
So, I thought I would do my post now and perhaps do something else later on.. 

Terry is out on a mission..
Snowblowing.. 
The dear man loves the challenge of  just finding enough room in our drive for our vehicles .. 
 Well, not really.. 
The challenge is in finding the vehicles after the storm is done.. 

No ... just kidding.. grin..
It is bad but like I said before this is not a new dance.. 

Anyway.. 
Here are some pics of our mantel that had a little facelift.. 
Not much but a change none the less.. 


Pewter, geraniums and an old picture..
Pretty simple.. 


I may have told you that I bought this picture at the Museum yard sale in St. Martins several years ago.. 

All it needed was a new glass ... 


It is called.. 
WAIT FOR ME.. 

She is tying her shoe and you can see the shadows of her friends leaving her behind.. 
Did that ever happen to you?  smile.. 

The cast iron candle holders were a gift for Christmas one year and I love the battery operated candles.. 
Much safer and a bit prim looking.. 
I must admit that I have this love affair going on with geraniums lately.. 
They are just so cheerful and we kind of need it here in the Winter..

I have been enjoying going into my Sun Room and watering them all.. 

My Gram always had geraniums and I often think of her.. 
She was such a dear thing..
I decided to put a primitive string of lights up for the Winter months.. 
I am sure they help Terry see his tablet and brighten up the evenings..smile.. 

You girls said in your comments that you like posts about our home and the old farm.. 
 You also mentioned the soups... 


Here is one I made on Monday.. 
Irish Stew.. 

One of our favourite meats is Lamb..
Many years ago when Terry and I were in our twenties we lived on a little hobby farm.. 
We raised sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks and turkeys.. 
Not very fancy farming but I loved the sheep and still do.. 
We had 2 ewes and an old one eyed ram..
I went to a farm auction one day by myself and bought them.. 
Terry was a bit surprised.. grin 
Every Spring the ewes both almost always had twins... 
That is when we began to eat Lamb.. 
It costs a lot here now and we do not get it very often.. 
Our son found some on sale and brought us up a bunch of chops.. 


So... 
I used a few of them instead of stewing meat and it was delicious.. 

So easy to make .. 
I just put the chops in a stew pot along with onions, carrots and celery, a couple of handfuls of barley, bay leaves, salt and pepper and let it simmer for a couple of hours and kept adding water..
Then just added chopped onion, carrots, potatoes and celery and herbs.. 

Simmered away until lunch time and voila... 

If my friend Christine from Ireland reads this she will no doubt have a chuckle as I am sure it is not a bona fide Irish Stew but it is my Canadian version.. smile.. 

Yesterday, we  went to St. John.. 
That is where our daughter and her family live as you know.. 
They are leaving for Florida for March break once again so this Mama wanted to see them before they left... 

It was  a lovely time with them .. 
Shonda made us Supper.. 

It was all lovely but her Dad delights in her Apple Pie.. 


Her brothers tell her that she makes a mean apple pie.
It was so so good.. 

 I will be glad when they get back home once again.. 
I hope they have good weather and have a break from shovelling snow.. 
Their decks have at least 5 feet of snow on them as do most of us.. 

Well, dear hearts that is all of today.. 
Not very interesting, I know but will come up with something better next time, I hope.. 

So nice chatting with you and receiving your lovely emails.. 

One dear girl from SC made my day yesterday by sending me the funniest email.. 
She had taken a pic of the snow they received there and figured I would get huge enjoyment from the chaos it had caused when we have so much here.. 
It was really funny and I so enjoyed it but I do understand that this is normal for us and not normal for you southern ladies.. 
It is beautiful, though but still... 


I will admit to being very tired of it all.. 
Come on daffodils... 


God has been good though and we are all safe and well.. 
So blessed to have a roof over our heads and wood in our furnaces.. And faithful road crews who clear our highways and byways.. 

Take care and don't forget the give-away HERE 
Looking forward to all of your sweet comments.. 
I read and cherish each one.. 
xo 


Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Winter Sunday... .

Greetings everyone.. 
So glad you dropped by .. 

Today is Sunday and another week soon will begin.. 
But for today we are having a day of rest.. 

This morning we gathered at our little church and was so happy that the huge storm they had forecast did not happen..
Although, the roads were messy because we did get some snow there were folks who made it there.. 

I so love walking through the doors of this wee church.. 
My heart swells with the love that I feel there and the Spirit of the Lord is real and genuine.. 
There were songs of praise and then Pastor preached another message that spoke to our hearts. 
Afterwards the coffee was perked and we had a bit of fellowship.. 
I love this time because we get to catch up with everyone's week especially since we had the huge storm last Sunday.. 

We came home and had our Sunday dinner.. 
Sorry, no pic.. smile. 
Fish... Mashed, veggies and a salad.. 
Just ordinary food but it tasted very good on this Winter's day.. 

Terry was busy doing his thing so I thought I would take a few pics and have a chat with you all.. 

I have a sweet cousin who lives just up the road a ways from us .. 
He is from my Dad's side of the family.. 
His Mama is my first cousin.. 
Almost all of Dad's family are horse people... 
They love and own horses... 

Although, Terry was brought up on a farm and had horses and my Dad had horses we do not.. 
I seem to have missed that gene even though I went riding a lot as a child.. 

Well, this dear lad has a sweet wife and two little ones who all love horses and have such beautiful pics on Face Book that I asked if I could borrow a few just to show you .. 

I have received several emails and comments of girls who live in far flung parts of the world who are mesmerized by Canada's snow.. 

I thought you might like to see these beauties outside on a Winter's day.. 
My cousin has a wee wee lad who is already learning to hold the reins.. grin.. 

Isn't that adorable?  
Just imagine the creak of the sleigh and the bells jingling.. 
Lovely, eh?  
I know it is cold but they are bundled up and having a blast... 
We Canadians are a tough lot.. eh?  

Anyway.. 
For the rest of the post I just took a few pics from my lazy boy looking into the Living Room.. 

Lots of snow covered apple tree branches.. 

The lamps are lit on this late afternoon... 

An old tea set... 

I bought this many years ago at an Antiques Flea Market.. 


Lovely old pattern sitting on a sweet patchwork runner that a dear friend made for me.. 
Also, many years ago.. 


Looking outside to the apple trees and hydrangea bush.. 


All sound asleep but hopefully will start to awaken soon.. 
I love Spring..  
That is all I am going to say.. smile.. 

So now.. 
I think I will go and make a hot cup of tea and have a cookie or two.. 


I made these yesterday for our fellowship at church ...


But I kept a few to have with our tea today.. 
Would you like the recipe.. 
It is from our daughter-in-law, Tammy who is an awesome baker.. 

Sugar Cookies.. 
1 c. butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups of white sugar
1 egg
2 1/4 cups of flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 tsp. vanilla 
I add a grate or two of nutmeg.. optional
1/4 cup sugar for rolling cookies.. 

Oven 350 degrees F. 
Cream together butter and sugar until light. 
Add egg and mix well.. 
Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla and nutmeg. 
Scoop out cookie dough and roll in small bowl of sugar..
Set on cookie sheet and press down lightly with fork or your two fingers.. 
Bake for 10 minutes or until just lightly browned.. 
Leave them on the tray for a few minutes then transfer to cooling rack.  

Tammy found this recipe on the internet.. 

That is all for today except to remind you all of my little give away that you can find HERE..

Thank you, everyone for your kind responses and comments.. 
I had to clarify a few things in the comment section so hopefully you won't find it too complicated.. smile. 


I wanted to explain that on the top part of my sidebar is my Face Book badge.. 
You do not need to belong to FB to be able to read this .. 
You can just click on the badge and check to see if there is anything new. 
I am trying to put some small thing on or bring up a past post.. 
Ok?  

God bless you all on this Winter Sunday.. 
xo


ALSO
WITH STEPHANIE..HERE...

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Vintage Give-Away Post ....


Hello everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth.. 

It is time to thank you sweet people for following the blog.. 
There are now over 500 Google Followers along with Email, Networked Blogs and such.. 

This makes me happy, of course.. 
It is rewarding when you take the time to post and you realize that there are lovely ladies somewhere in the world who are interested in this ancient  older keeper of her home and what she is puttering away at... smile.. 
Thank you.. 

So... 
In return for your faithfulness in reading and commenting I would like to give away a few little things.. 

Nothing much, mind you but just a thought as my Mom would say..

Let's get started... 
This is what I have put together thus far.. 

A couple of drawstring bags made out of vintage fabric and doilies.. 

And... 
A bottle of my home made Between the Sheets Lavender Powder and a few of my Mom's doilies... 
A bar of my Patchouli Soap and a Cider Soaked Pantry Potpourri.. 

And... 

Some little thing will be made out of this Anne of Green Gables fabric.. 
Since her province of P. E. I. is next door to us here in New Brunswick.. smile.. 

Also ... 
Not shown but a few tags and who knows what else.. 
This is not just one prize.. 
I will break it up into 2 or 3 and add a few other little bits.. 
OK?  

Now.. on with the show.. 
In order to win you have to.. 

1. Most important you have to be a follower of my blog.. 
If you are not then just go to the sidebar and sign up with Google or whichever way you like best..  

2.. Leave a comment and tell me something about yourself and what is your favourite topic on the blog. 

3.  For an extra chance you can like the page on Face Book.. Or if you have already then just share this post and mention this in your comment.. 
The widget is at the top of my sidebar and you do not have to be a Face Book member to read that page as I often add other things that are not on here.. 
Sorry if I have confused you all.. xo


Make sure to leave your first name if you do this through Anonymous so I can contact you if you win.. 

It is open to all and I will announce the winners on Feb. 28.. 

That's that ... I think.. smile.. 

 We are still in big time Winter here in the East of Canada.. 

Terry and I took a little trip out to check on the farm and he had to wear snow shoes in order to get in ... 
He actually had to take one off to beat the snow away from the back door as the shovel had blown away.. 
All was well and Spring will come again... 

Thank you so much for your many comments of sympathy last post.. lol.. 
But really... we are fine..

The power has not gone off at all and our son got his driveways done and our other son drove home in the blizzard for a couple of hours but arrived safely.. 
Our daughter is getting in shape to head to Florida next week by helping to shovel the snow away from her deck.. grin.. 

Life is good.. 
And there is always soup.. 


Right??? 
And even if you can't see out your windows there is still light and one can craft... 
 and when you go to the city there are new mountains that reach above the trees.. 
Man made snow mountains made by trucks carting the snow out of the city and blowing it into huge mountainous  piles.. 
Unbelieveable  ... 
 Even when you are Canadian there are still some things that amaze us.. 

Oh well.. 
We can have some company over for dinner.. 
And have some home made no knead bread.. 
I now have a link on the sidebar with the recipe as people request it quite often.. 
This loaf was made in a casserole dish and sprinkled with dill seed.. 

And... 
Just in case you don't believe me here is another pic copied from  Twitter.. 

Now, that is hilarious, eh?  
Seeing is believing.. grin..

We may as well laugh even if we have what I call a wallowing day.. 
The thing is that it can only last for one day... 
Grin.. 

Thank you sweet friends for all of your visits and lovely comments.. 
Looking forward to you all signing up for the give-away.. 
God bless.. 



Monday, February 16, 2015

When the snow just won't stop...


Well....
 Good evening, everyone..
It is finally over.. The worst storm that I can remember.. 
We have lived here in this house for 30 years and I have never seen this before..  
This is what we woke up to this morning.. 
This is our Kitchen window over the sinks.. 

Seeing is believing.. Right?
See the top of the pine tree there.. That is the top of it.. 
The storm started early Sunday morning and went on until this morning.. 
Blizzard conditions with white outs and high winds..

Yesterday, I was speaking to our daughter on the phone and she was wondering what kind of soup I had going.. smile.. 
The kids kinda make fun of me because storm day is just another excuse to make soup,, eh?  

After awhile I did make this one.. 

Olive Garden\s Zuppa Toscana Soup  
The recipe is HERE..
It is on my Pinterest.. 
I made mine with Kale though... 

First thing today, Terry got ready to go in to help Dustin (our youngest son) with his snow removal business.. 
He had done some snow blowing last evening so he would be ready but when he went out this morning the driveway was full again... sigh.. 
He is not a spring chicken any more and I felt bad about him having to do the drive again and then go and push the snowblower all day.. 
But the Lord sent a special someone to plow him out.. 

We have great neighbours... thank you, sir.. 

While I was waiting for him to actually get gone.. 
You know what I mean.. grin.. 
I decided to feed the birds some leftover bread that I had..  

Yup.. This is our front door.. 
See the drift.. 

Right up to the roof.. 
The birds found the bread though.. 
Crows, actually.. 

And this is our front family room window.. 

I cannot see out at all.. 
But that is fine..
 The house is darker then usual, though but the sun manages to get in around the top... 
I will just double up on Vitamin D.. smile.. 

Terry will shovel it away after today.. 
He just needs to help our son as the poor kid has so many driveways to do and there is just so much snow.. 
Really, we Canadians hardly ever whine this much but this is unreal... 

Anyway... 
On with the show.. 

I needed to do something fun today so I made this wreath.. 

I copied it off of one that I seen in a UK Country Living a while back.. 
And glued the pic on my home made calender.. 

Does anyone know what kind of style this is?  
I don't know but it is pretty and brightens up my foyer on this Winter's day... 

You just tie knots in fabric. I used 4 or 5.. 
 I was blessed to have a pile of vintage quilt blocks in my workroom that I forgot I had..
Tie a red ribbon on a grapevine wreath and then secure the knotted fabrics in bunches around it.. 
Top each knotted bunch with an old piece of jewellery..
I used my glue gun.. 
It was a really easy wreath to make.. 

I had to show my friends who do not live here in Eastern Canada and are fans of Anne of Green Gables just what her house looked like today.. 
I found this on Twitter and it was by Scot Meiklejohn..


A 7 foot tall snow drift blocks the front of Anne's house in Summerside, PEI.


Well, dear hearts this is all for tonight.. 
I hope you enjoyed the snow pics and I look forward to hearing from you.. 

The sun is trying to get through.. 
Just like the storms of life.. 
This too, shall pass.. 
I hope I didn't bore you all with the weather.. 
If you are Canadian that is what you talk about.. 
Some weather we are having, eh?  
No.. really.. that is how we talk.. grin.. 

We have reached the 500 Google Followers so next post I hope I have a little give-away ready for you all.. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and following the blog and liking my FB page.. 
You guys rock.. 
xo

Okay, okay... Just this one last one from the weather station .. 


The guy said he thinks he needs a bigger snowblower.. 
Only in Canada, eh?  
LOL... 

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