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Monday, February 28, 2011

No-Knead Cinnamon and Raisin Bread Recipe.. Easy..



HAPPY MONDAY MORNING ...
Here we are again at the beginning of another week and going  into one of my favorite months.  Our anniversary is at the end of March....41 years... Imagine.
When we were younger and Terry's parents had celebrated their fortith one I thought that we would be years away from it and that his parents were OLD:)
Well....HELLO... here we are and past it now...
I am so thankful to God for the many years we have had together.
This past week in Psalms I was reading where we are to thank God for his KINDESS in the MORNING and to PRAISE Him for his FAITHFULNESS in the EVENING...
Did you ever notice that verse before... I probably read it often but it didn't sink in.. Anyway... I think it was in Psalms..

And so this morning I thank Him for the kindness of the many years we have had together..
I said all that to end up by giving you a recipe that is my husband's
favorite all time BREAD RECIPE.. 


NO KNEAD CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD...

1 package active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups of warm water (105 -115 degrees)
1 tsp. sugar
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour. divided

1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup raisins
In a large bowl dissolve yeast in the warm water and add sugar and honey and stir.  Add butter, salt and 2 cups flour...
Beat with electric mixer on LOW until blended..

Beat on high speed  for one minute..
Stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon.
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size...
Punch down by stirring with a heavy spoon.  Stir in raisins and cinnamon.  Spoon batter into a loaf pan.  Let rist again until batter reaches the top of the pan.. (I forgot and let it rise higher)
Bake in a preheated 350 degrees oven for forty minutes or until when tapped it sounds hollow...Cool on wire rack..
This batter bread is a wonderful treat for breakfast or in "munchkin's " lunch sack as peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches..
This recipe came from Alaska....
If you get a chance to try this you will find it very easy and very tasty..

Now just a quick shot up how much SNOW was outside my KITCHEN window on Friday morning...

That is the curtain at the top and than the sky and then that is SNOW... You have to see it to believe it..
Acutally, Terry shovelled snow from the roof onto the patio but the last storm doubled the height of the snow..

GREAT TO BE CANADIAN, EH?  lol..

Thank you again for dropping by .. I look forward to hearing from you.  I read and enjoy every comment and email from you all.
So my dears have a wonderful and blessed week.
and remember He is the BREAD OF LIFE.... 
HE is ALL we need...

 LOVE AND PRAYERS
Faye

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Country Bedroom Fix-up....

Hello...
 Here I am with some of the pics that I had promised in the last posting of the little fix-up of our master bedroom...
As I had told you it would only be a little redoing that and would not cost very much.
Actually... I only spent $30.00 for the bedcoverings, $5.00 for the bookshelf and $15.00 for a couple of old prints that I really liked... So.. in all $50.00....
Pretty frugal, eh?  Terry thought so anyway.. smile.. The coverings were such a great buy.. Thank you, Lord...

So.. my dears lets go in and see the changes..
 

A few years ago Terry changed our flooring from carpet to this pine one.. I love it and it was so frugal to do.. He just laid pine boards then stained and sealed it...
The walls were still okay but I did need new bed coverings....

I had picked this up at Walmart for only $30.00 last year and was so happy to get such a bargain.. It is a king size too. The bed is only queen but where Terry built such a high base it needed a king size to hang right.
I made up some cushions and changed the angel to this Annie that I finished up last week..
I also took down the old swag over the headboard print and replaced it with a berry star sprig..
I still like the curtains, too. I topped them with some old crochet valances..


I changed the rocker cushions and added another old Raggs doll that I had made.
The candolier above I had picked up at a thrift store for a few dollars so I added different candles and an old prim cat that I already had.
Also.. I finally got the little bookshelf painted for some of my books..


Here is the quilt cupboard that my sweet husband made out of an old wardrobe.. We had painted it this mustard color and stained it..I changed the handles to wood ones that I painted black then kind of antiqued the cupboard with some dry brushed black paint.. Then I added the light garland.. That is just a set of mini lights with 3 inch rags tied a bit apart.. An easy and fast touch ....
On top I added a bird house and crow that Shonda had given me for gifts...
I love prim crafts but what ever is your own thing.

There... that is the most of it..
Nothing major just a few touches to welcome Spring...
Here are a few close ups... 


The old Raggs doll with her stitchery and cat..




The candolier with candles and rags..


The Word with a simple candle and a bird nest..


On top of the quilt cupboard..


A little gift from one of our grandsons...


Cushions and a bear from England..

The Soldiers Letter..
one of the prints I picked up at the Thrift..
The other print... 1913
Some dear lady...

1969...
 Just look at us...
The only pic that Terry and I had taken before we were married..

FOREVER..FOR ALWAYS.. NO MATTER WHAT..
It will be 41 years next month..
GOD IS GOOD...

Thanks for dropping by and I hope this was interesting...
I am wondering what you are all doing just before the new season arrives..

Love to you all...
Faye 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Frugal Country Bedroom Fix-up..

Hello my dears...
Good Morning to you .. Just wanted to share my weekend project with you all..
I love our bedroom... Oh.. there are bigger and better but this one is ours and it is one of my favorite rooms here at home.
HOWEVER, it needs a little fixing up.. Kinda stuck in the the same rut for a few years so yesterday and today I am striving to give it a facelift.  A frugal one....lol...
Here is what it looks like before I started working on it yesterday.. I guess you could call it the BEFORE pic...
Remember I am not doing major reno... just a bit of tweaking...lol
I still love the paint and the border that Shonda (our daughter) did a while ago...She stamped on the border with 3 square sponges..And it only took her a couple of hours.. The DEAR girl...
The candle chandolier needs a little tweaking as does the old rocker.. 
And some new or different bed coverings..
 It is a water bed as I had mentioned before..Remember? 
Terry built a base for it so it quite high.. I love it.. But it requires king size bedding..


This is an old wardrobe that Terry redid for a quilt cupboard.. I love the country look but I think this needs another coat of antiquing and redone some to look more prim..
I am not sure what to do with it..
New drawer pulls and knobs...
Right?  We shall see...

A small corner wall that I love and  won't change..
It is a sweet reminder that I wake up to each day..
But some other wall changes are needed...
Then...



Perhaps change some chairs around..
I did not take any more pics of the dressers and such for now..

Anyway... this is what I am working on and you can check back on Monday or Tuesday to see how I make out... ok?
Hopefully, I  will complete my weekend project..

With that in mind I did a little surfing the web and found some inspiration the other day..


These pics are mostly country style... I love prim but there are some wonderful ideas here..
Most are from the Country Living Site

The old pieces here are beautiful..
I love old quilts and antiques...


I love the bookshelves which I need ... I picked an old one up at the thrift the other day... It is only small but I want to paint it and fill with books.. I have books everywhere..
Do you girls have a lot of books?

In this I loved the old planter at the foot of the bed..
My mother has one... maybe she is tired of it, eh?  lol...
No.. I don't  have room...
Nice, though...

Lots of pillows .....


The little stand.... the old trunk...

Another old stand, books, old white porcelain pieces. pics on a rack...

My friend Tammy's bedroom.. I love the bedding and the cushions..

I love her fireplace, too... Tammy is very  prim..
Also.. she is very talented and does most of the renos herself..
I am not that smart .. I NEED Terry for anything of major redo.
But this time I am just wanted to give it a bit of a facelift and am on my own.. smile.. 

Our bedrooms should be sweet and cozy and clean, of course.
Now I must confess that if there is any room in the house that needs constant attention it is OUR ROOM...
I was wondering why that was as I am dusting down the spider webs and picking up books and stuff..
Then it came to me... This is a room that I live in... I use it a lot..
Not only for sleeping but relaxing in.. 
Therefore, I need to give it more attention in the future.. So if I get it all spiffed up I will be more motivated.... smile...
I hope so anyway.. 
I wanted to thank all you sweet ones for commenting on my last posting.. I appreciated it.. And I called my Mom and read them all to her.. She really enjoyed that so thank you so much.
Also... I would like to welcome any new followers...
If you have a blog please let me know...
Don't forget to check in next week for the AFTER pics..lol..

Have a wonderful blessed weekend and don't forget to take your families to church tomorrow...

Blessed be the Name of the Lord...
Faye

Ps... I posted  a breakfast recipe on my other blog last nite.. Just in case you are interested...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

MARRIAGE --- 12 TIPS I learned from my MOM..


Good Morning Dear Ladies...
Yesterday, Terry and I visited my Mom and Step-Dad to help them get the snow off their roof... Well, Terry did that and I helped Mom make dinner... We have a good time doing this as my Mom and I love to cook but she still uses her own methods and it makes us laugh... lol..
MY MOM... A KEEPER OF THE HOME....

Yesterday was Valentines Day and when we walked into their home  I noticed 2 cards on the table that they had given to each other... He is 80 in April and Mom will be 77... 
That shows you that ROMANCE need never die..smile..

As I was thinking about this post I thought I would like to share with you a few things that my Mom has taught me about MARRIAGE and about home and about family.
Not by TELLING me but by SHOWING me...
No matter how  OLD you are you can still LEARN  from your MOTHER... right?
As my Mom gets closer to 80 I want to appreciate every moment that we share together
I hope you will find  this little list inspiring and interesting....

1.  Serve God... no matter what... Make Him the CENTRE of your HOME...

2.  Work out the problems in your marriage and be CONTENT....
Not everything will be perfect....Make the best of what you have...

3.  Always make sure that you  PRIMP  just before your husband gets back home.. I noticed my Mom doing this since I was a small child.. Just before my Dad would be getting in from work she would fix her hair and make sure she was tidied up..I never forgot.

4.  Always kiss him good morning, good night and good bye..

5.  Make good meals with what he likes... Don't just dote to your kids... He is IMPORTANT...

6.  If it is just you and him then put on the candles and light them and make it a SPECIAL time even when it isn't..
(One day last year I dropped into Moms and she did not know I was coming.  It was an ordinary day but she had the candles on and the potato salad was decorated with sliced tomato  and everything was fancy.. I asked her what was special and she said  "Oh, nothing... I just wanted to make it nice for him"  ... Sweet, eh?

7. Take pride in your husband  and see that he is dressed  as well as you dress yourself...
My Mom was telling me yesterday about how our pastor always complimented my dear Dad when he was alive about how nice he always looked.. My Dad told him to give the credit to Mom..
Do you know she even combed my Dad's hair.. Always..
No.. I don't do that....lol..

8.  Go with him as much as you can and always stop for a cup of tea..It doesn't need to be much... just a treat (as my Mom calls it) 
.I know with children that is not always possible but when it is....
Be each other's best friend...Enjoy being with him...

9.  Have as much COMPANY  in your home as you can manage and always have FUN...Entertain together..

10.  LAUGH together .... a lot...

11.  PRAY together... daily...

12. CHERISH your MARRIAGE... it is precious....

Okay???

 I hope this blesses you..
A little different posting but as Keepers of our Homes we need to make sure our relationship with OUR HUSBAND is a priority.. It affects not only our children's happiness but our own...
As was once said... The best thing you can do for your child is to LOVE THEIR FATHER...

In Titus 2:4......to teach younger women to love their husbands ... to love their children...
I wish I could say that I have faithfully followed these wee tips that I learned from Mom...Sometimes I fail.... But I have learned that when the rubber meets the road that the dear man I married ( and sometimes drives me crazy. ) is GOD'S PLAN for my life and I need to do ALL I can to keep that relationship SWEET....
Right???

Have a wonderful week my dears and thanks for stopping by and Yes you still need to listen to your MOM...smile...


PEACE...

Monday, February 14, 2011

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY....
May God richly bless your marriages and homes today.
Love and Prayers.
Faye.. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bean Salad Marinade Recipe and An Old Cutlery Idea...

Happy Friday my dears....
 Can you believe how quickly this week passed?  I am posting a little recipe for you.. It is very healthy and versatile...

It is a marinade for dried beans.. 
You can soak the beans such as navy, pea or whatever kind you like overnite.. Then cook them according to the directions on the bag... (or used drained canned ones)
I use the small bag of Great Northern beans...
In the meantime you make this simple marinade.

MARINADE FOR BEANS
6 oz. good oil
4 oz. good vinegar such as cider or red wine
juice of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp. marjoram
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. parsley or chives
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
You can change the herbs to suit you.. Use fresh or dried..
Whisk this together and pour over the HOT, freshly made and drained beans.
Marinade until cooled.

Drain the marinade in a jar and save.
Use the marinaded beans in salads..

You can keep them in your fridge in a covered jar for at least a week.
I take out about a cup or so at a time and mix with the veggies. This is enough for the two of us as the salad part of our meal..
Add such small chopped veggies as these:
celery, onions, radish, green pepper, and more fresh herbs if desired.  I added fresh parsley....
No extra dressing is needed.. You can use the leftover marinade if you need more, though.. 

Terry loves this and I keep it in a jar in the fridge and we have it for several little salads during the week..

I wanted to show you one little idea that I found on the web... 

Old silver cutlery handles ..
They would be lovely on cupboards or hutches or any little thrift find that needs them.. 
Just a couple of screws and voila ... handles..
I expect you need to bend them a bit..
Neat,eh?
Well, thank you for visiting.. Enjoy your weekend with your precious familes...
Remember...Jesus loves you ...
Hugs..
Faye..

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A frugal project and a "GET TO KNOW YOU" quiz....


                                                  Hello my dears... 
This is looking out my sewing room window this past weekend.. We had MORE  snow...

Oh well... that is great thing about Winter..lots of snow...  
 I thought I would show you a little project that only took a little over an hour to accomplish..
I had picked up an old linen tablecloth at a thrift store and decided that I would use it for something other than what it was purposed for...
Actually, my Mom has done this for years..
She says that there is really not anything as lovely as linen for drying dishes. 
Anyway... I decided to use her idea and make up a few tea towels.. 
16 of them actually from one large tablecloth...
Here is all you do...  
Divide the tablecloth into half and rip as you go...Then keep on halving and ripping and so on until the tablecloth is used up...

It will vary how many you get depending on the size of your cloth..
Then...
Double up a quarter of an inch seam on all sides...
Some girls would press these sides and all but they are only tea towels so I just turned as I went.. EASY...
Actually, some sides are already finished for you...
VOILA....

Sixteen tea towels for the grand total of $4.00...
Can't beat that even if you figure in your time..
I ironed them  just for you all....lol...
I expect that the next time they go through the washer and dryer they will just be folded..lol..


Now.... for a little fun..
 I was over visiting Linda and she had this little quiz going on so that she could get to know her visitors a little more...
She thought that perhaps we would also like to do it on our blogs.  And as I thought it was a lovely way to get to know you all I decided to do it also..
I hope you will enjoy the quiz as it is very simple
You can copy and paste the questions or just number from
1  -  5 on the comment section and put down your answers...


1. Would you rather be knitting, crocheting, hand stitching doing embroidery, sewing using your sewing machine or all of the above?

2. Do you have any kind of crafty or sewing thing that you are working on now?

3. Do you like to cook from scratch or do you use prepared food?

4. Will you have a garden this next summer......what will you grow and will you start your own seeds?

5. Do you live in the city or on a farm which would you rather if you could?

1.  I love sewing with my machine and then finishing up my projects with hand sewing and / or embroidery..
2.  I have a couple of prim dolls on the go along with some cushions and a bit of crochet... 
3.  I love cooking and usually it is from scratch...
4.  I look forward to having a couple of herb beds for making homemade salves, mixes, etc. and Terry does the veggie garden.  My favorites are cukes, green beans, garlic, and tomatoes...
5.  We live in a small village in Eastern Canada but if we were younger we would like to farm on the side... I think.... Although, we do have an old homestead that we visit as often as we can... (It is not the same as actually farming the land, of course)..

Well, thank you so much my dears for stopping by.. I hope you will try answering this wee quiz ..I know that there are not as many followers on The Blessed Hearth yet but I am thankful for all that are.  I want to welcome all the new ones.   It will be nice getting to know you all a bit better...
Take care and may God bless and keep you all...
                                      
                                               HUGS....

Friday, February 4, 2011

LENTIL SOUP RECIPE AND DINNERWARE STORAGE IDEA...

Happy Friday, everyone.. Another weekend is here... Thank you, Lord...
I think that almost everyone loves the weekends unless they have to work..
I still love to strive to accomplish a few chores on the weekends even though we no longer HAVE to do it then.  We can putter along all week unless Terry is actually working...lol.. He does once in a while..
So, with that in mind I thought I would give you one of MY favorite SOUP recipes.
I know that I make soup often... (Most days, to be honest)  Terry has learned to appreciate most of them...lol..
I just can't imagine opening a can when you can make such a big pot so EASILY.
Then you can freeze it or use it for lunches.
I don't make as big of batches as I used to but we still eat it ALL...
This is a recipe that I made up as I love Middle Eastern food.  I took 2 recipes and kind of combined them.. I could eat this for breakfast... I think it is my favorite..

LENTIL SOUP
LENTIL SOUP
1 - 16 OZ. can of lentils
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 - 3 cloves fresh garlic, sliced
1/2 cup raw rice
1 cup water
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup freshly chopped parsley
1 tsp. cumin
salt pepper to taste..

In a soup pot put lentils, water and chicken stock.  Add the rice and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
In a separate frying pan saute the onion in the olive oil until transparent.. Add the garlic at the end just for a moment.. (until you can smell it) Set aside..
When the rice is cooked add the onion mixture, lemon juice, cumin, and parsley..
Season with salt and pepper..
I guess I must confess that Terry does not like this soup.. I can't quite get him into some of my concotions..lol..

With your fry pan just add a pita and toast on both sides.. It goes lovely with your soup and is a nice change. I try not to eat a lot of bread so this is a nice solution.

Also, my friend Christine who lives in Florida posted these wonderful BISCUITS that you can freeze.. They would be lovely to make on a Saturday morning and then have them for the week..


Thank you, Christine for letting me link to your site.. That is her photo of her biscuits.. 
Also, I wanted to share a couple of organizing tips for your dinnerware and cutlery..
Sometimes it is not only convenient to store it on the counter but pretty, too..

I found this pic on the web and have tried to find where but cannot.. If you know could you let me know where I found it.. It was a very good site...
This is just a canner rack and wide mouthed mason jars for your cutlery.. Neat, eh?
They would be handy and easy to put away..Also, add a decor touch...

Then I used this at the farm.. It is a plate rack that I picked up at a thrift store.
I do not have much cupboard space there and this works lovely..
Well, my dears this is all for today..
Thank you so much for stopping by and remember that I delight in your comments...  

God Bless...
Faye..