Friday, March 16, 2018

These days of March....

Happy Weekend my dears.. 
Friday has rolled around again already.. 
The weeks are flying by and we here in New Brunswick go from storm to storm each week.. 
Oh well.. 
We are looking forward to Spring days although there is not a lot of snow as we have had in the past.. 
Just no tulips or daffodils growing outside yet.. 
But the market has them and they sure do cheer up a stormy week.. 

So pretty... 
The days have been a full of comings and goings and a bit of doings.. 

Made a bit of bread and an apple pie.. 
I am not a pie maker like my Mom.. 
She is an expert.. 
I used to make 30 pies at a time to freeze but have lost the touch as far as rolling out the dough.. 
Terry thought it tasted good but I was not that happy with it.. 
I divided the Cinnamon Raisin Bread dough into two loaves.. 
One with raisins and one without.. 
The link is HERE..

Then we made a little road trip to Sussex. 

We have a bit of snow but nothing serious.. 
It is a pretty drive which you who have followed the blog has seen pics of every season, I think.. smile.. 

We came home to a one of our chickens which we raised at the farm.. 
All cooked and ready to go.. 

I just had to make the Couscous and boil some potatoes.. 

It was so delicious!!  
Here is the link is HERE

My dear hubby had mashed potatoes.. As you are aware he is just not too adventurous.. grin.. 
He liked the roasted chicken with the lemon and crushed fennel seeds but asking him to eat Couscous with olives just was not happening.. It was not a lot of work so we had both..  

A little teapot I picked up at the Thrift.. 
It did not have a handle but when I was cleaning out the pantry I found one on the top shelf...Fitted perfectly.. 
Love green Depression glass.. 
Do you?  I actually love pink also although I gave most of mine to Shonda.. 

Looking through the mint to a snowy day out there.. 

Dear old Charlie is wondering why I have been taking his pic so often lately.. 
I told him to blame Penny.. smile.. 
She is a sweet follower who enjoys pics of Charles.. 
Here he is when he was just a baby.. 

Cute, eh!!  

Still making biscuits here and there.. 

So nice on a snowy afternoon with a cup of tea and Rhubarb jam... 
Recipe HERE

Just found this lovely cookbook on my bookshelves.. 

One of my favourite cookbook authors.. 
Marion Cunningham.. 
I had bought it awhile ago and kind of forgot about it.. 

Terry brought me up a grocery bag of tomatoes that I froze last fall.. 

Such a great way to put away tomatoes for a day when you are not so busy as one is in the autumn.. 
A nice winter's afternoon is a great time to do up a big pot of tomato soup.. 
Just hold them under a hot water tap and they peel so easily and they taste wonderful.. 

Made a Chicken Pie for supper.. 
It was very tasty.. 
The recipe was in Marion's cookbook above.. 
Sorry about all the cooking going on here this post.. 
I guess it is all I have for tonight.. 

I am about finished... 
Tis evening.. 
Time for this old gal to go to bed.. 
I love to read a bit every night and the bedding has all been changed and smells like Gain.. 
The window will be open and the wind is blowing.. 
Terry found the right spot for my new wind chime.. grin.. 
I would say that all is well and God has been faithful!
So appreciate Him tonight.. 

Thank you sweet friends for dropping by the Blessed Hearth another time... 
I do look forward to your sweet comments and thank you so much to the new followers and likes on the Face Book page.. 
We are now over 500.. 
I don't worry about the numbers but it is a bit rewarding so thank you ... 

May God bless and keep you and your sweet families.. 
Enjoy your time with them.. 
Tis fleeting.. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Stormy Day here in New Brunswick...

Good Evening lovely people... 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth.. 
So happy you dropped by.. 
We are in the midst of a storm here in New Brunswick.. 
The wind is blowing rather hard and snow is coming down.. 
It is to turn to rain later on tonight.. 
Typical March weather for Eastern Canada ... 
All is cozy and snug here on the home front, though.. 

Charlie likes to inspect it all and see how it's going out there.. 

Checks it all out and then wants back in.. 

Wondering on what is keeping me... grin.. 

I was in the pantry making some cookies.. 

We haven't had any around here since Christmas, I think.. 
I am saying that the weather made me do it.. grin.. 

In between house chores I was checking out some books I bought at the thrift stores this week.. 

Love the new cook book.. 
Miss Dahl's... 
She had a show on for awhile and I loved her vintage dishes and cooking style..  

I made her Spinach Barley Soup.. 
Oh my.. 
It was delicious!! 

Spinach barley soup

Recipe by Sophie Dahl from Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights
Serves 4-6
-3 tablespoons of olive oil
-1 onion, chopped
-2 large fresh sage leaves, chopped
-6 1/2 cups of vegetable stock
-6 cups of spinach, washed and chopped
-3/4 cup of pearl barley
-Salt and pepper
-1/2 cup of grated Parmesan
Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pan, put in the onion and sage leaves and cook on a low heat for about 5 minutes. While that's cooking, heat the stock in another pan. Stir the spinach into the onion mixture and cook for another few minutes. Pour in the hot stock and cook, covered, on a low heat for 10 minutes. Add the barley and leave it cooking for another half an hour or until the barley is soft. Season to taste. When it is ready, ladle into bowls and sprinkle the Parmesan on top.

I used chicken stock and did not add sage as I am not a sage lover... I used parsley and stirred the parm in the soup.. 

We had a lovely Caesar Salad in my new salad bowl for lunch..  

This afternoon I did up a tea towel that I picked up, too.. 

Hoping to do up a bunch of these... 

Terry worked outside blowing snow for awhile... 
I had bought myself a new wind chime from Amazon.. 
The one Dustin gave me has been beaten around a lot so I brought it in and ordered another one.. 
Terry put it outside our window last night and let us just say that we woke up quite often.. 
The wind was fierce..  
He said in the night.... 
" Something has got to change with that wind chime, Faye!"
So today he went out and put it around the corner.. 
Tonight we will see how that works.. grin.. 
Then he decided to have a break.. 
The paper and a race he had taped makes for a stormy afternoon.. 
And a few zzz's.. grin.. 

Charlie kept himself entertained at times.. 

I don't know what he thinks he sees out there.. 
He has to look under the dining room table and a tea trolley to see anything.. 
He give a few huffs every now and then.. 
One thing for sure is that he leaves a mess on the windows... 
Sometimes deer come and try to get some old apples that had fallen and so I think he is looking for them.. smile.. 

For supper I cooked a pork chop and a half.. 
I am not a meat eater and Charlie even gets half of my half.. grin. 
We also had baked potatoes.. 
Love love my potato baker.. 
Found it at a thrift store many years ago.. 
The potatoes taste just like oven baked but just a plug in instead of turning the big oven on.. 
A bit of coleslaw and pickles and that was supper.. 

Evening is here again... 

Time to light a bit of incense and make a cup of tea.. 

I am enjoying the sweet scent of these incense sticks I found at Chapters on half price.. They even came with it's own holder.. 
What a lovely smell.. 
I am thanking the Lord for the little cheque that finds it's way into my account now every month.. 
I am not a spender perse but sure enjoy these little finds.. smile.. 

Like this tea towel ... 


Thank you so much for visiting.. 
Sure have enjoyed your visit here on this stormy day.. 
Looking forward to hearing from you.. 
We need 2 more likes on the Face Book page to make 500.. 
(hint hint)  smile.. 

Take care and enjoy your sweet families and the last of these long evenings this week.. 

Time changes on the weekend and Spring is around the corner..
I will miss the long evenings, myself.. 

God is good ... 

Joining Friday Foto Friends...

Friday, March 2, 2018

Your Daily Biscuit...

Hello there everyone.. 
Happy Weekend to you all. 

Last Saturday I visited a ladies group that our daughter, Shonda does in the St. John church.. 
We had a lovely time and I did a wee cooking lesson on making this Daily Biscuit recipe.. 

I came across a version of it on the web and thought it was lovely.. 
I shared with the ladies that I had a bag of hamburger buns in my cupboard for a month or so.. They had fallen behind the lazy -susan and I had not noticed.. Anyway, when I did find them, they still had not gone bad.. Can you imagine?  What must they put in them things to keep that long?  
As you know I have been pushing easy peasy no knead bread practically since I started the blog.. Just because homemade bread is so much better not only for us but for our growing children.. 
You know exactly what is going into it.. 
No knead bread is a 5 minute stir and then let it raise and bake.. 
The recipes are HERE  and HERE
If you search my blog there are many variations to no knead.. 
Terry's fave is Cinnamon Raisin No Knead Bread that I posted on Valentines.. 

Well, this biscuit takes a maximum half hour of your time.. Ten minutes to mix up and 18 minutes to bake... 
There are just so many variations of it that you will not get sick of them.. smile

I will include some ideas for you but for now here is the recipe.. 

Daily Biscuit Recipe.. 
3 cups of flour
2 T. sugar *
1 t. seasalt 
1 T. baking powder
Whisk with your whisk .. 

Measure out 1 cup of milk and add 1 T. lemon juice.. 
Set aside.. 

Add 1/4 cup of chopped cold butter to the dry ingredients and use your hands or pastry blender to turn to a crumble.. 
Then add 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce..* 
Blend in with the butter.. 

*Add 1/2 cup of raisins (opt.) You can just make them plain..
Add your milk and with a fork and turn just until mixture holds together.. 
Turn onto a floured parchment sheet or silpat.. 
Knead a few times until it holds together. Shape into a rectangle about 1 inch thick.. You can use your rolling pin if you like.. 
Using a knife cut into 12 equal parts.. 
Brush with milk and a sprinkle of raw or granulated sugar or cinnamon sugar.. 
Put your silpat or parchment on a cookie sheet..

Bake in 450 degrees F. oven for 17-20 minutes or golden brown.. 

* Add 1/2 cup of raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, dried blueberries or grated cheese..

You can also use 1/2 cup of mashed bananas in place of applesauce and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.. 
Replace the sugar for coconut sugar or perhaps honey although I have not tried this.. 
Savoury version.. . 
Add 1/2 cup of grated cheese of choice and/or a couple of tablespoons of chopped herbs such as chives.. 
Sprinkle a bit of cheese or herbs on top in place of sugar.. 

Add 1 tsp. of black pepper and stir in.. Sprinkle some lightly on top.. 
Wonderful served with soup, chili or salad.. 

We really enjoyed being with the ladies and was blessed with Shonda's devotional on Building your Faith.. 
Hope to visit again soon.. 

This is all for tonight my dears... 
Hope you find this helpful.. 
Let me know how you make out with them... 

Looking forward to hearing from you.. 
God bless.. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

This and That..

Hello dear hearts.. 
How are you all doing? 
We have had a lovely sunny day here in New Brunswick.. 
It sure feels like Spring and makes one think that she has arrived.. Won't be long now.. smile.. 

Just writing a little post about our doings as usual.. 
The sun has been shining in the windows and make me long for the garden so I did a few plant chores.. 
My Pregnant Onion which I love had outgrown her pot so repotted her and her many babies in a nice new home. 
It has a few specks on it so cut it down and sprayed some homemade Insecticide..
1 heavy T. Castile or pure Soap to 1 litre of spring water.. 
Place in a spray bottle.. 
I find this works really well.. 

On another day when we were at the market I bought a lovely big box of pears and made these.. 

They are so delicious with one in bowl along with a some of the juice and a bit of whipped cream.. 
Perfect ending to a supper meal.. 

Love fish meals.. 

On another day my friend Dawn and I each made this bread.. 

And sent each other pics of how it was turning out.. smile.  
Neither of us liked the apples on it but the bread was good.. 

This is a photo of an old church near where I grew up.. 

My sister sent it to me.. 
When we drove by the other day it was being renovated to be a house or something.. 
Such a shame that so many of these old churches are not being used as churches any more.. 
Matt. 24: 12-14.. 

I haven't accomplished near the chores that I hoped to... 
As always... 
I did get all of my cupboards and pantry cleaned and organized though.. 

I love blue dishes.. 
Do you?  

What do you like for breakfast.. 
Here is one of my favourites.. 

Eggs and bacon are not anything  I ever want .. 
Terry loves that .. 
Whenever I cook rice for supper I always make extra so I can have a breakfast bowl.. 
I just put a speck of oil and butter in a small fry pan.. Add some chopped peppers, onions, and here a few asparagus.. 
A shake of chili flakes and garlic powder and that is all it needs .. 
Salt and pepper.. 

Try it .. You might like it.. grin.. 
A couple of old dishes that I love.. 
I bought the mild pitcher at an antique store and my sister gave me the little salt shaker/pepper set.. 

Came across this on the web.

How true it is for me.. 

A few old books around here.. 

So that is all for tonight my friends.. 
I am afraid it is a bit mundane on here tonight.. 
Sorry about that.. 
I will try to do better next time.. 

I do have a prayer request for you who believe in the power of prayer.. 
A sweet blogger, Donna who I have learned to call friend is in need of strength and peace.. 
A very short time ago she lost her husband to cancer.. They are only middle aged and she still had two girls home with her.. 
And an older girl who with her husband and children moved home to be near her Momma.. 
Yesterday, I received the saddest email from her requesting prayer for her and her family. Her sweet Julie had been killed in a car accident on her way to college.. 
My heart so goes out to her... 
She said her heart was shattered and only Jesus was holding her together.. 
So thankful she has faith in God.. 
He alone can give her the peace and strength she will need.. 
Please join with me in lifting her and her sweet family up in prayer.. 
The Dawson Family 

Thank you .. 
God bless and and hug your loved ones..