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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A THIS AND THAT POSTING....

Happy Rainy Monday ... My,  we have had sooooo much rain!!  It has been raining for days here in New Brunswick  and still no sun in the forecast until Wednesday..Oh, well it could be much worse....
Just giving you a little posting tonight...
I read something the other day about the lost art of having mealtimes around the table....  
I know with just Terry and I having meals now without our children we sometimes don't.... I do love setting a table, though... Through the winter season it is nice to have a cozy supper with the fire burning and candles scenting the air with the table set with this old set of dishes or some other one..
I do think it is important for families to have meals sitting around their kitchen or dining room tables at least once a day...
It is such a blessing to touch base with each other and talk about your day... Also, it is a good opportunity to teach your children some little life lessons...
Such as...
Teaching them that saying Grace is a small way to show your thankfulness to the Lord..
You can teach them good manners..Good manners never go out of style...
Teach conversation skills by example....
Also, the setting of the table itself is a skill that they can use... 
And how to be kind  to each other...
Anyway, just thought I would touch on that.... I am sure there are many more things we could add...

I actually started this post last night but decided to finish it this morening... Guess what?  It is still RAINING!!
I was just speaking with my Mom on the phone.. I am so blessed because I still have her and I can call her everyday... Anyway, she was saying how she really doesn't mind all this rain... I guess that is where I get it... I really don't mind it either... But of course my basement is dry and my heart goes out to those who are suffering because of water in their basement....

To change the subject.....lol...
We had a Keepers of the Home meeting on Saturday and had a good turnout...
Thanks to all the girls who came.....

We started the morning with coffee, tea, homemade apple muffins and toast with homemade pumpkin butter...  We also tried a Chai Tea recipe....
Then we had a lesson on Discouragment....
God is so faithful ....
We also had a litttle decorating lesson on how we can decorate a shelf,  table or windowsill with birdnests...
The girls seem to like this little tip...
In the pic they are starting the craft for the day...
A Cheesecloth Swag stamped with Stars...
It was such an easy craft that a Linsay and Mel decided to make a few for the Fellowship Hall..
.. Then we learned how to make Hamburger Helper from scratch thus no preservatives and all fresh...

You can make these litttle kits ahead and on a busy night you just add hamburger and a can of tomatoes or such and you have a neal that the children and Dad will love...
Thank you to
 for these wonderful and healthy recipes...
As Moms I do think it is important to try and lessen the amounts of preservatives we are putting into our children.. As someone said to me the other day that rather than open a can of  soup that I would probably make it from scratch...lol.. That is true because to me it is just so much better tasting and so much better for you and yours and really does not take very long...
This recipe for Hamburger Helper is something to use when you are busy but it  is still healthy....
Isn't that great???

Well, girls I need to go and try and accomplish somethings today...
I asked my daughter last night what she would like for me to make her for Christmas...lol...
Anyway, she would like a Primitive Doll..... And that is something as you know I love to make .. So I am heading to my sewing room....
Pick out some fabrics and buttons....
Have a wonderful week and let me know what you are planning to make someone for Christmas...

Oh, I almsot forgot.....lol....
You girls wanted me to post the Pumpkin Butter recipe...
Here it is....
PUMPKIN BUTTER
6 CUPS OF PUMPKIN PUREE.
You can cut your pumpkins in half... take out the seeds, etc.. and place them cut side down on a cookie tray.. Roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the fork will puncture through easily.. Then scoop out and put in your blender.... Or you can just peel and boil on top of the stove and mash and puree if you have a blender...
PUT YOUR 6 cups PUREE INTO YOUR CROCK POT..
ADD...
1 1/2 CUPS OF WATER
2 CUPS OF BROWN SUGAR
6 TSP. PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
1 TABLESPOON OF VANILLA
1 SMALL CINNAMON STICK  (if you like cinnamon) optional
BLEND WELL AND TURN YOUR CROCK POT ON LOW FOR 5 OR 6 HOURS UNTIL IT THICKENS.... STIR ONCE IN A WHILE..
I PUT THIS INTO MASON JARS AND FROZE IT  AS IT WILL NOT KEEP WELL.. 
IT DOES KEEP IN FRIDGE FOR 1 MONTH....

A GREAT GIFT FOR YOUR GIFT PANTRY .
PLACE IN A BASKET WITH A HOMEMADE BREAD OR MUFFINS AND A CIDER MIX...

OK... GIRLS .. I WILL BE LIFTING YOU ALL UP IN PRAYER...
GOD BLESS..
FAYE...


6 comments:

  1. Even though it's raining outside, I'm reminded of the hymn we sing 'There is sunshine in my soul today' - maybe you know it. It is great to know the Lord's presence anyway.
    I love the stars on the cheesecloth.
    And you are spot on re preservatives etc. It's a big concern.
    Thanks for a lovely visit!
    Christine

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  2. Oh Faye- what an on time lesson you had for us on Saturday! It was great to be inspired again, after how long? LOL
    I will defunately be making up some of those mixes to have on hand
    I am still thinking about Christmas gifts... a gardeners theme probably (but don't tell :~) anyone- LOL)

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  3. I like this blog, love the old photos and the set up of it all ! I am following this blog to ! Have a great day!

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  4. Yesss! The pumpkin butter recipe!! Oh- thank you thank you, Faye!
    I love setting the table and having dinner with my Hubby, too- it's so special to be able to eat together and talk about our day. (And I LOVE the plates- I let out a tiny squeal over those!!)

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  5. Me again, Faye- just a quick pumpkin butter question- do you leave the lid off the crock pot or cover it? I have heard of people leaving it off when making apple butter, so I was just curious... thanks!

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  6. Hi Paula.. No, I don't leave the cover off. I did one time for my apple butter and one time I didn't and I could not see any difference.. It certainly would not hurt to, though. Just use a wooden spoon to keep it aside a bit but it thickened up lovely. Hope you like it..
    I am making roasted appleaauce today....
    Blessings...

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