The Blessed Hearth

The Blessed Hearth


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Just Lovely Ordinary Days.. .

Hello, my dears ... 
Thank you for dropping by the Blessed Hearth today..

Just sharing a few everyday pics with you celebrating our ordinary life. 

So thankful for these days.. 
When everything is the same but lovely non the less.. Trials come for sure and little worries that usually do not amount to much but wonderful moments sprinkled here and there making our ordinary day special in so many ways.. 

We are all fine even if we are sick and we are doing well even if it is storming outside.. 
Our bodies are slowing down and things are so long getting accomplished but we are still able.. 
Not everything is kosher but everything is still good.. 
Ordinary but blessed.. 

Coming out in the semi darkness and putting the coffee pot on.. 
Looking out on a Winter's morning and knowing that mercy is renewed and God's grace is sufficient today.. 
Thanking Him and feeling His sweet presence in our moments.. 
Just another ordinary day .. 
Thank you, dear Lord..

 Planning the menu and perhaps trying a new recipe.. 
Sharing it with the sweet man who has been by my side for 45 years.. 
Phoning my Mom or sister and then the phone rings and it is one of our children..
Blessed with friends near and far and hearing their sweet voices every now ant then..
So ordinary but so sweet..  

Getting some craft supplies together and doing a little research on Pinterst..
Making a new table runner or a valance.. 
Loving the creative urges that are so ordinary.. smile..  

Putting a pot of soup on the stove or mixing a salad.. 
Baking a batch of cookies and listening to the Christian Radio station. 
Rejoicing sometimes to a truth spoken that quickens our spirit and we say.. Yes, Lord.. 
Folding a load of lavender scented laundry.. 
So thankful for the ordinary.. 

Terry bringing home a parcel or card from the mail .. 
An ordinary but welcome surprise... 

A hot cup of tea with just a rice cake is ordinary but so satisfying..
Reading an old book that has been read before but full of inspiration and the joys of living.. 
Writing a blog post for sweet girls who bless my life ..
Ordinary simple pleasures.. 

Watering the plants and scrubbing a floor.. 
Ordinary chores but necessary.. 

Decluttering a closet or organizing a cupboard.. 
Ordinary housework but the music makes it sweet.. 
Putting a match to a stick of Sandalwood incense, closing the curtains and setting the supper table... 
The fires are burning and the candles are lit.. 
The CD plays a sweet melody and life is good..
Smelling the coffee.. 
An ordinary but good thing..  

Going out into the cold evening to a warm little church and hearing the Word of God .. 
Looking across the way and seeing sweet grandsons listening so intently....
Yes, thank you my Lord for Pastor teaching on embracing the ordinary.. 

Going to bed.. 
A warm shower, clean flannel sheets and reading His Word.. 
Knowing He is near... 
Just waiting to hear from me .. 

Thanking him for my ordinary day and the dear ordinary people who bless my life and make it so wonderful..

Just wanted to include a little recipe for some friends of mine.. smile.. 
Tried my hand making Jar Salads.. 
So nice to have in the fridge for a quick lunch or whatever.. 
This is an Asian one.. 
A layer of dressing then shrimp then rice noodles, bean sprouts and then lettuce.. 
The first one was really good but after a day or so the rice noodles became soaked with the dressing and were a bit gummy.. 
My friend suggested not putting the dressing in until you served the salad and I think that is a great idea. 
I loved loved the dressing though.. 
Here it is... 
Soy and Rice Wine Vinaigrette
4 tsp. rice vinegar 
4 tsp. soya sauce
1/4 cup of oil ( of your choice) I used canola 
grated fresh ginger to suit..
pinch of garlic
pinch of hot chili flakes.. 
Put all in a jar and shake.. 
Makes enough for a couple of salads.. 

*I loved it over the hot rice noodles, too.. 
Add a few shrimp, chopped green onions and veggies of choice and you have a nice bowl meal.. 

You can find lots of recipes on Pinterest and such.. 
Really, all you do is put whatever salad you want to make such as Greek, Spinach or whatever and put it in layers in your mason jars..
Keep them in the fridge for a few days at a time.. 

Let me know if you make these and what kind ... 

We had to cancel our Keepers of the Home last Saturday due to snow but it looks like good weather this Saturday so it will be on, Lord willing.. 
Hope we have a good turnout... 
Please let me know if you are planning on attending. 

Thanks dear hearts for stopping by and leaving your little notes.. 

Take care of yourselves and your families and enjoy these ordinary Winter evenings..
 They will soon be over.. 

 I Thessalonians .. 4:11
Also, make it your goal to live quietly, to mind your own business and to work with your own hands as we instructed you..

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Sunday Post...


Good Evening, everyone..
I hope you are having a blessed Sunday.. 

I found these two photos on Pinterest and thought I would share them with you this evening.. 

Psalm 100:3
Know that the LORD Himself is God, it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves, we are His people and sheep of His pasture.. 

Then there was this one.. 

The dear woman.. 
I even love her clothes.. I think I would be quite comfortable wearing this.. 
Well, perhaps not the hat thing.. smile.. 

Proverbs 31: 19
In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.. 

Tomorrow is Monday and another week full of potential.. 
What are your plans for the week?  

We had a bit of a storm here Friday night and ended up postponing our Keepers of the Home meeting but Lord willing we will have it this Saturday.,.. 
We will share all with you afterwards.. The recipes, how to's and such.. 

Anyway, this is just a little check in with you all.. 
Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to hearing from you and what you are all busy doing.. 

God bless, dear hearts.. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A January Farm Day...

Hello there everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth .. 
So glad you dropped by.. 
Well, we are having some changing weather here in Eastern Canada.. 
Terry and Dustin (our youngest son) spent a couple of days last week working at our old farm up in the Kent Hills.. 
Those of you who have been following the blog for awhile know we have this old place that we both love and visit whenever we can.. Mostly during the Spring and Fall but when we have a good Winter like we are having so far this year we get to even go on Winter days.. 

Terry always goes even when the lane is plugged with snow.. He just snowshoes in..
He loves it.. He makes a fire and heats up a can of beans on top of the stove and just enjoy his own company... smile.. 
He putters around doing this and that but last week Dustin went up with him for two days to do some work.. 

Dustin loves it there, too so I think they enjoyed themselves.. 
I sent lunch both days and Terry sent the leftovers home with him.. smile... 
They finished the pantry floor and got all the walls finished in the back porch.. 
I was excited to go see what was accomplished so we headed out there on Saturday.. 
It was a beautiful day as you can see.. 

The old place looked sweet on this January day...

They had fires on so the house was quite warm and it did not take long to heat it up.. 
I loved the floor and was excited to stack stuff on the shelves... 

Then we had dinner.. 

Place mats sent to us from our dear friends the Mayo family from Wisconsin.. 
Aren't they lovely ? 

Just a bit of simple farm fare.. 
Terry's kind of meal.. 
Steak, mashed, squash, carrot and parsnip mix... 
A little Israeli Salad on the side...  

Then later after all was cleaned up... 
A bit of Magic Fruitcake made with my own Mincemeat and a lovely cup of tea.. 

A couple of pantry shelves.. 

Slow but sure it is all coming together.. 
I will share more pics as we get things finished.. 
We need to hook up an old porcelain sink and a cubby... 

This is an old cupboard that was given to us last week from a sweet friend..  

It is full of little cubby spaces.. 
I left it just as it was except cleaning it ... 
I found the little red cow curtain at the Thrift store this week and we got it hung.. 
I was going to make it but this was only $2.00... 
All in all it was a lovely day.. 

Dustin was in and blew out the snow as a surprise for his Dad.. smile.. 
He was pretty happy about that.. 
We went up again today and there is not hardly any snow ... 
We have had rain and mild temps the last couple of days so the snow has left for awhile anyway... 

I guess this is it for today, my friends.. 
Thanks so much for your sweet visit and I look forward to hearing from you all.. 
Your comments are what make the blog so much fun... 

Keepers is on Saturday and I will share the recipes with you after.. 

Isn't God good.. 
So thankful for all of his blessings this day and for being able to enjoy these times together..
Most people would rather be going on a cruise but this is what turns our crank.. 
Florida and such just does not call our names.. grin.. 
But that old farm shouts it out to us...

Sending hugs your way..  


Monday, January 25, 2016

Keepers of the Home...

Hello everyone.. 
Just a wee post to remind you local girls of our Keepers of the Home meeting on Saturday at 9 am... 
We will be cooking breakfast together first of all .. Lots of coffee, too.. 
And then a small devotional along with a bit of discussion.. 
We will be learning some new recipes for home made cough drops, a fresh lemony dish washing recipe, micro-wave popcorn you make in a lunch bag and finally a valentine burlap bunting ... 

Please bring a notebook and if you have a glue gun it would be good although we can easily share the ones we have... 

Please let me know if you are coming so we can have enough supplies for the craft and such... 
Hopefully, the snow they are calling for will not amount to much or will be over by Saturday morning,... 

You can email me at or leave a comment here or on the Face Book page.. 

Hope you are having a good week, my dears.. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Marmalade Days in January...

Happy Friday evening everyone.. 
How are you this day?  

Posting clementine marmalade and marmalade loaf recipes for you.. 

Winter is the time to make this lovely treat .. 
It sure makes your house smell great, too.. 

Hope you enjoy the weekend.. 
God bless you my friends.. 

Clementine Marmalade
16 clementines 
4 cups water 
1 lemon halved 
7 cups white sugar.. 

  1. Scrub & rinse clementines, place in water in a large pot..
  2. Squeeze lemon - reserve juice. Bundle the lemon seeds with cheesecloth and tie it off. Add bundle of seeds and the halved lemon to pot.
  3. Cover the pot and simmer for 2-3 hours until fruit is soft.
  4. Remove pot from heat, cool overnight; discard bundle of lemon seeds, do not strain liquid.
  5. Scoop fruit out of the liquid into a large bowl. Halve the clementines, scoop pulp and seeds (if any) into a strainer set over the pot that was used to boil the fruit. Save all peels. Rub pulp through strainer.
  6. Add sugar and lemon juice to pot. Heat gently, stirring until sugar dissolves, then boil for a few minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, finely slice clementine peel then stir into boiling sugar-lemon syrup. Continue boiling until marmalade reaches setting point (220*F at sea level) then remove pot from heat, skim foam for 7 minutes..
  8. Fill sterilized jars and seal.. 
  9. I turn the jars upside down for about half an hour to make sure they seal and to distribute the peel... 
  10. Makes 7 x 250 gram jars..


Looking forward to hearing from you.. xo

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Pantry Findings...

from my Mom..

Hello dear hearts.. 

A few pantry findings that I found as I work away at deleting my many many photos... 
I love old dishes and these are a few that are in the cottage pantry..

We are having cold days here in New Brunswick and I have been pottering about doing little tasks that I have been wanting to do.. 
Painting a mirror frame, making marmalade, potting a few plants and such.. 

What are you busy doing these winter days.. 

Thanks for dropping by for this little wee post.. 
God bless you my friends.. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

A Motley Post...

old barn in Bloomfield

Hello dearies.. 
Just a little post for you of the last few days... 
We have been having a bit of weather here in Eastern Canada.. 
Snow, freezing rain and then sun... 
Must be Winter, eh? 

A friend and I were invited to a lovely girl's home for dinner.. 
She is one of the Keepers of the Home group and is from Romania... 
We were so happy to be invited to her lovely home.. 
She made us a marvellous meal..  
Delicious home made Rolls.. 
Polenta and Soup... 
You put a big scoop of the polenta in your soup and take a taste of both together.. 
So yummy.. 
So sweet of her to take the time to create all of this... 
And then a Chicken Dish... 
Lots of tender chicken and veggies... 
The broth on this dish was so good and the bread soaked it up so nicely.. smile.. 

Then we did have a dessert which I forgot to take a picture of.. 
A glorious trifle.. 
All chocolate and caramel... 
Then we spent a couple of hours just chatting... 
Carmen is so talented and showed us some of her handwork.. 
She showed Lindsay how to make a scarf just while we sat about and chatted.. 

Rather nice, I think.. 
We had a blessed time talking about the Lord and His goodness to us.. 
How he leads our lives and fills us with joy.. 
Amazing how lives cross each other.. 
Romania or Canada we serve the same God and are apart of His family... 
Thank you, Carmen and to your sweet family, also.. 

Then on Friday night we had some sweet company here for supper.. 

My Mom and Step-Father.. 
She brought me a bag of parsnips and a bag of lemons.. grin.. 

I have been making a drink each morning before eating anything.. 

A handful of parsley and juice from a lemon which I roll on the counter to get it juicy.. 
Place these along with a half of a cup of water in a blender or such.. 
The taste isn't great but not too bad.. 
It is supposed to help one lose weight.. 
Do that for 5 mornings then take a 10 day break before you do it again... 
I saw this on the web somewhere... 

Terry and I took a drive to our cottage on Saturday.. 
I had seen the weather and thought it was only 4 cm. of snow so could not be too bad.. 
But the further we went the worse it got... 
We had stopped in Sussex for a coffee and Terry is driving along this windy slippery road.. 
It does not look like it in the photo but it was snowing then freezing rain and windy.. 

Please note that the driver does not have 2 hands on the wheel... 
Nope ... 
A one handed driver.. 
Just what every nervous old lady wants... lol..
What can one do but hang on tight and pray.. 

We finally arrived in St. Martins, though.. 

After checking the cottage.. ( the poor old place always looks so desolate in the winter) we drove down to the harbour.. 

I just can't imagine being out on the Bay in a fishing boat on a day like this but I am sure there were some.. 

Quite a day out.. 
Loved the wind, though.. 

We brought along a little snack to have with our coffee.. 
 I love making a little simple lunch and taking it with us.. 
Do you ever do that? 

Here is a project that I hope to get under way this week.. 

You dear followers who have been faithful down through the years may remember me making this a couple of years ago.. 
Well, I sold it at my shop and think I would like another for myself..

I saw this in the British edition of Country Living.. 
I think I will do it in reds and such... 

Anyway, dear hearts this is all for tonight.. 
Just a motley post about a our days... 
Nothing very exciting but busy just like everyone else.. 

A little catch up for you, though before I go.. 
How I make hair rinse.. 

2 tablespoons of cider vinegar with 1 cup of water.. 
Place in a squeeze bottle and add a few drops of essential oil to suit you.. 
I wash and rinse my hair and then squeeze some of this in .. 
Rub through my hair and put a towel about it.. 
I do not rinse it out but that is up to you... 
Lavender is lovely or Rosemary ... 
I used Patchouli this time.. 
It is supposed to help your hair thicken and helps it to stay healthy.. 

You asked for my Chicken and Wild Rice recipe.. 
I don't have a recipe but will make it again this week and try to write down what I do... 

If I forgot to answer any of your questions then please just remind me.. 
I am kind of forgetful lately.. smile.. 

Looking forward to hearing from you.. 
Either here on the blog or on the Face Book page.. xo 

God bless you all..

Ecclesiastics 4: 9-10 
9  Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 
10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!


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