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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Weekending..


A little corner of the old cottage.. 


Seafood Pasta..


Shonda... our daughter visiting the open day at the shop..


the beach today.. 


sweet wee friends checking out the great wheel.. 


someone found something they liked... 

Hello there.. 
Just a few weekend pics for you.. 

My camera broke and so had to buy another one and getting used to it.. It seems I am hard on photography equipment.. 

We had a great time at the opening day of the shop.. 
Had some sweet visitors and enjoyed meeting old friends and selling stuff.. smile.. 

Today it is lovely and hot and it feels like Summer.. finally.. 

Sorry this is such a short post but will do better next time, I hope.. 

Hope you are all having a great weekend.. 
A long one here for Canada Day.. 
Take care... xo

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This Week in my old cottage kitchen... .


Hello everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth today.. 
I am once again joining Heather for her BLOG HOP...

As you can see by the pics on my blog header we are at our old Summer cottage here by the Bay of Fundy.. 
It is an old house but just our cottage so we have not changed it much.. 
No dishwasher here or fancy equipment... smile.. 
Very basic and plain but I do enjoy cooking in it most days.. 

This week has been hectic as I have been up to my little shop and getting it ready to open by Saturday which is our Canada Day long weekend.. 
So the food has not been very inspired... 
But here goes.. smile.. 
Cucumber Salad.. 
Just slice some cukes and green onions.. 
Add salt and red pepper flakes and let sit for a few minutes.. 
Then add a dressing of 1/3 cup of mayo, 1/4 cup of sour cream, 1 T. lemon juice and chopped herbs if you like.. 
Stir to cover the cukes and serve room temp... 
You can just add mayo or sour cream if you like or adjust the measures to your taste.. 

Simple bowl meals.. 
Homemade Mac and Cheese.. 


Poor hubby was starving one night and needed potatoes.. grin.. 
Fresh green beans, potatoes, cuke salad and pork steak and sauce.. 



Adding shrimp to a salad..


Farm fresh eggs... 


The old kitchen here .. 
There is a pantry behind the door...


Summer water...


Tuna pasta salad with Chicken Kebabs on the BBQ.. 
Kind of burned mine.. smile.. 


Chopped veggies and olives...


Quinoa Salad... again...

My mint pot.. 

Had a little birthday party with the most delicious marble cake.. 

Well, that is it for the kitchen this week.. 
Once I get the shop opened I will hopefully get a bit more organized.. 

So go over to BEAUTY THAT MOVES.. and join the fun of peeping in everyone's kitchen.. 
You will love it.. 

Take care everyone and God bless... 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Celebrating at the Cottage...


Good Morning everyone.. 
Just a quick post to keep in touch with you all.. 
We are beginning to settle down here at the cottage although this will be a busy week.. 
We need to go home to get some more stuff as I am planning on opening my shop this weekend... 
But this past week was fun.. 
Sitting on the stoop in the evenings if it was not raining.. smile.. 

Drinking Summer Water and reading this and that.. 

Trying to get the old place back in order during the days... 


Expecting some company so picked a few forget me nots... 
All of my tablecloths are home so I need to remember to bring them down.. 
I really am not a tablecloth person but this old table need refinished, I am thinking.. smile.. 
A good Summer job for my grandsons, perhaps??? smile.. 

We were having a wee birthday celebration... 

Expecting a few dear old friends ... 
And a cake with a few candles, shall we say.. grin.. 

A trip up the street to a beautiful old country inn here in St. Martins.. 

As you can see the view is spectacular!!


Clear to the beautiful Bay of Fundy.. 
We had a beautiful luncheon... 
Lobster rolls, Seafood Chowder, Potato Salad, Soup of the Day and Beef Sandwiches and Dip made by the owner and chef himself... 

Then they took us on a tour of the inn.. 

This dear little rocker actually belonged to the sweet old lady who used to live here in our own cottage.. 
Mrs. Hopey.. 
I had to take a pic of it... 

And then I noticed this pillow that was bought in my little shop.. 

A lovely Victorian home turned into a Bed and Breakfast that used to belong to sea captain here in St. Martins many years ago.. 
The St. Martins Country Inn.. 

Then back we came for some tea and birthday cake.. 

Judy and I have been friends since I was twelve years old.. 
A long long time.. grin.. 
Love this dear lady.. 
Hope you had a great day, Judy... 
And hope you all had a great week, too.. 
Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comments and your emails.. 
God bless.. 
Hugs... 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

At the Cottage...


Hello everyone.. 
How are you all doing?  
We woke up to a rainy day here at the cottage ... 
This is what I saw at the end of our street when I went for a little walk ... 


They are out there waiting for tide to come in so that they can get back into the harbour.. 


I expect they are making their breakfast.. 
I wonder what they are having... 
Lobster rolls???  
I think not.. smile.. 


A couple more a little further down .. 
My cousin who goes out fishing quite often says that they either nap or make a big breakfast while they wait.. 
Lobster season will soon be over, I expect.. 

As you probably noticed I am not blogging like I should.. 

We have been trying to clean out a lot of stuff here as we settle back in.. That effort takes time and energy which I don't seem to have a lot of lately.. smile.. 
Our sweet grandsons came out and gave us a hand the other day.. 
Grandpa and I sure appreciated it.. 

Anyway.. 
Because of going back and forth to home and such I have not been on the computer much.. 
This afternoon I was on the phone to an old friend and I said that I didn't have many pics for putting on a post.. 
She told me to just pick up my camera and go around the house and then POST.. grin.. 
So... Dawn.... 
Here are some quick pics around the old cottage... 
You can see for yourself on Friday, Lord willing.. grin.. 









Just a few little spots here about the place.. 
Today was rainy as I said and whenever I took a break I looked at some of this stuff on our old trunk coffee table.. 


It was kind of fun to find some magazines and cookbooks that I found while trying to clear the place...

Have you read the version of the New Testament called The Message.. 
Very interesting.. 

Did I show you how I covered one of my favorite poetry books last year?  


Make a cover with some gift wrap and glue an old photo on the front.. 
I love this book and it was getting a bit tattered and torn... 


Just needed some tape and such to keep it together.. 
I marked some of my favorite poem pages on the front.. smile.. 

Well, I guess it is time for a pot of tea.. 
The sun has come out this evening and it is beautiful now.. 
Tomorrow is to be sunny and bright.. 
Goody... 

Take care dear hearts and sorry for the pathetic post but it is all I have.. 
May God bless and keep you.. 
Hugs..

Thursday, June 12, 2014

This week in my kitchen..

Hello everyone.. 
Hope you all can join us for the blog hop over at

We have had a busy week trying to get moved down to our cottage by the Bay of Fundy for the Summer months.. 
I am sorry that my pics are a bit scarce.. smile.. 

Above is looking out my kitchen window at the apple tree all in blossom here at the cottage .. 
As you know our Spring and Summer are a bit behind most of the world.. grin.. 
With our cool temps we are still enjoying the homemade bread...
No Knead, of course.. smile.. 




And making use of the whole chicken with some lovely soup... 


I have discovered Bok Choy find it a delicious change it in our soups.. 

An old shelf on the cottage wall ... 


One of our favorite salads..

Mushroom and Garlic.. 
Put a couple of cloves of garlic and a pinch of salt in your mortar and pestle .Squash it all about..Add 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice and then with a whisk slowly add 1/2 cup of good olive oil.. 
Slice a package of mushrooms into a bowl and add a 1/2 cup of chopped red or Spanish onion ..
If you are making a big salad just double the dressing.. 
Pour over your dressing and add some chopped herbs.. 
Let it sit for a few hours to blend flavors.. 

Juice making..
Making our weekly ration of homemade high bush cranberry juice..
The bags of berries are getting depleted and they won't be ready again until Fall.. 
We will do up twice as many as we enjoyed it so much this past Winter.. 

We still have lots of rhubarb so next week when we get more settled I hope to make some Rhubarb Cordial.. 

Pork Chops, again... 

Terry loves his chops.. 
And I love my Spanish Rice so we kind of repeated last week's menu but changed the rice around.. 


Oatmeal Chocolate Cake.. 


An old standby that quenches the crave for chocolate.. 
Each day I find myself snapping a picture or two in the kitchen - a pile of ingredients, a table waiting for us to gather around, a sink full of soapy dishes, a cup of tea, dinner as it comes out of the oven - simple, everyday moments in the kitchen. These photos serve as a reminder of days gone by and as encouragement to carry on in this busy kitchen of ours when inspiration is lacking.


Thanks for dropping by and if you have any questions I will hopefully eventually get to you.. 

Getting moved down here takes a few trips back home where the Internet has been moved from there to here.. smile.. 
Thanks for your patience.. 

God bless..