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Monday, August 9, 2010

An old table and it's uses.....

Good Morning all... I just thought I would start out this morning with thanking the Lord for all of you who are so faithful in reading my blog and letting me know that you are out there.   I don't ever want you to think that I am not thankful for your following of this one and Primitive Lace  if you do. 
In this blog I  am with the help of the Lord trying to instill a few basic skills and  ideas for you as a homemaker.  Also, the fact that if we put Jesus as the centre of our homes then only good things can follow.  Our families today need all the help that they can receive.  I am sure that everyone would agree that Satan has been using the family unit as his main objective in tearing down the work of the Lord.  If he can destroy the family then he gets the Church.. 
With this in mind I have been slowly trying to get this blog in order.  As you know, I am not very computer literate...LOL.. My husband only gave me this computer last Christmas so as you can see these blogs are works in progress.
Therefore, I decided to mainly put the primitive decorating and crafts blogroll on Primitive Lace and keep this one geared towards our homes.  I know that decorating is what most of us love so there are still some on this blogroll but I am trying to add others that I hope will be a blessing to you all. 
I have included cooking blogs and a lovely devotional one by Shirley Buxton.  Her blog is called God Things which is on the blogroll.. I hope you will keep checking in as I can only work on this a little at a time as this is such a busy time of year...
Anyway, with this in mind....let  us get on with the rest of the story...LOL...
I thought I would show you my work table here at the cottage...
I mentioned on the last posting that I had to go and pick up some cukes.  Here are 24 litres of Garlic Dills all finished.  Thank you Jesus.... Then you can see some dill and garlic ready for some Sweet Dill Pickles... My husband's favorite... Also, there are apples and pears that I bought in the half price bin to cut up and dry for potpourri.   The Keepers of the Home make stove top potpourri to sell as a fundraiser at times... And I sell it in my shop.  We all love it..
Also, there are vinegars there with the cheesecloth on them  They are raspberry and nasturtiam flower..  They have to sit for 2 or 3 weeks and then I will bottle them up in separate bottles and wax the tops.... They are used on cukes and greens or as an ingredient in salad dressings or marinades.
Then there is the parsley..  We love this herb.  I put it in a lot of my cooking.. Right now with all the fresh delicious cukes I make a salad that Terry requests daily...LOL
Here is the recipe...
1 or 2 medium size cukes...peeled and sliced
1 or 2 green onions sliced thinly or 1/2 chopped red onion or whatever kind you have on hand.
Place these in a nice bowl
In a separate small bow make the dressing...
1/2 cup of real mayo... not miracle whip
1 1/2 T. lemon juice... and of course I prefer fresh lemons but you can use the lemon juice in small plastic lemon jars you can buy in the produce department
Sometimes I will use one of the vinegars that I have on hand .. we prefer lemon, though
a bit of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
Whisk this together and add to your cukes and onions...
Let sit on your counter until time to serve... only for an hour or so... or put in the fridge if you make it early...
Serve with fresh parsley chopped and scattered over the top of the salad...

Well, my dears that is all for today... Praying that you all have a lovely week.. Try to make some pickles or jams for your gift pantry.... Remember Christmas is coming and now is the time to make these lovely gifts and save lots of money.. I will try to put an idea list for your gift pantries on the sidebar of this blog later ....
I know you are all busy but you can always squeeze and hour here and there.. It is really worth the labor and such a great thing for your children to remember and a fine skill to teach your daughters and sons!!
Actually, my oldest son and his wife are wonderful pickle makers.   He went with me the other day to get cukes and he was telling me his boys ate 48 litres of dill last year....
They must be Henrys...LOL...
If you need any help in this area just email me and I will be glad to help if I can...
May the Lord be with you all this week...
Faye...

3 comments:

  1. You'd be proud of me today Faye! I baked bread and brownies this morning... I just need a couple minutes to take a break before I clean up (and to taste to bread, of course- we've eaten 1/2 the load already!) I'll try to get down for a visit again before school starts... I'll buy a bottle of dills- Lauryn LOVES them! I'll also need your advice on my gift pantry- I've spent hours online trying to find the best deals for supplies. My sister wants me to make her body butter in a twist up tube since she says I've turned into a Hippie! LOL

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  2. You are a real blessing to us, Faye and i so enjoy both your blogs.
    It's a God-given gift to be an encourager!
    Thank you!
    Blessings
    Christine

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  3. I add my agreement to what Christine said, you truly are a blessing to us all!
    I enjoy seeing your table filled with home-mades. Just yesterday I made up some golden glow pickles as well as some triple berry jams for my gift pantry. I enjoy giving homemade gifts the best.
    Blessings to you~ Birgit

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