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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Every good gift...


Good Evening everyone.. 
Hope you are having a lovely weekend.. 

Just sharing a couple of pics with you tonight.. 
These two were taken on the way to the cottage..

Note the field of Dandelions in the background.. 
Farming country around us.. 

But when we get to the cottage this is what we see.. 



A beautiful sunny morning on the Bay of Fundy..

The tide is going out... 

Enjoying our days... 


The herbs are growing again.. 
Love this season.. 

Have a blessed Lord's Day tomorrow.. 

God bless.. 

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.


- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

Thursday, May 29, 2014

This week in my kitchen...


Please join everyone in Heather's Blog Hop... 

Picked some lovely daffodils from our garden at the old cottage... 
And made some muffins..  


Delicious fiddle heads with butter and lemon.. 
We look forward to this treat all Spring..


Last Fall my hubby picked High Bush Cranberries that grew along the back roads and we have enjoyed homemade Cranberry Juice.. 
So healthy and good.. 

Then there is the Rhubarb.. 


Homemade Jams and Jellies for next Winter.. 

A quiet lunch.. 
Tomato and Basil Sandwich with a nice hot cup of tea and olives.. 

Do you use lemongrass?? 


I love it in fish dishes or just to simmer in a pot on the top of stove for a lovely room freshener... 


Rhubarb Crumble... 


Eating off the fat of the land.. 
Venison steaks and fiddleheads, onions and mashed potatoes... 


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 so much for your sweet visit.. 
Looking forward to you comments and questions which I will do my best to answer.. 

Hope you join us all in the fun of peeking into each other's kitchens.. 
Click HERE..

GOD BLESS... 


Monday, May 26, 2014

Spring Time Chores..



Good Evening everyone.. 

 Spring is here in New Brunswick or kind of.. 
Although it is still quite cool and we had a heavy frost last night.. 
Had to bring in our hanging pots and tomato plants and then put them out again to be rained on today.. 
Nevertheless it is Spring and everything is turning green and beautiful.. 

Terry and I went for a drive and took a pic of that beautiful scene above.. 
He used to work there in those fields when he was a teenager and whenever I would get a chance to have the car I would drive by hoping I would see him.. grin.. 
Actually, we were looking for violets as I want to make my salves again... 

In the meantime I am in the process of making some Dandelion Lotion Bars.. 

This is a pin I found on Pinterest and they seem to be an easy thing to make.. 
You can find the pin Here..
It is pinned on my Homemade Toiletries Board Here..
I will let you know how I make out.. 

And Terry has put in an order for Dandelion Jelly..

That I made HERE..
It tastes just like honey and is very good for you.. 

We were back out to the farm for a day again.. 
We are trying to get as many days as possible there before we move to the cottage for the Summer.. 

So pretty up there with the choke cherry trees all in blossom and the grass turning green.. 
Don't you love Spring.. 
I guess here in Canada our warm weather is so scarce that we Canadians kind of obsess about it all.. sorry... smile.. 

 Terry picked some rhubarb and I made jam.. 


So love cooking in Aunt Eva's old kitchen.. smile.. 


I think this is our favorite after strawberry... 
Do you like rhubarb jams?
 This is a Rhubarb and Pineapple one.. 


Here is my recipe.. 

Rhubarb Pineapple Jam.. 
6 cups of chopped rhubarb
5 cups of white sugar
Bring to a boil and then turn down heat and simmer until tender.. 
(about 25 minutes)
Then add a 19 ounce can of crushed pineapple... 
2 small packages of strawberry jello.. 
Stir well and heat for a few more minutes.. 
Pour into sterilized jars and seal.. 
You can keep this in your fridge but I find if it seals it keeps in our cold room for a year at least... 
Sometimes I add 2 cups of fresh crushed strawberries ... 
 Enjoy... 

Came across this and thought it was so neat.. 

I use Plaintain in several of my homemade salves. 
The website address is there at the bottom if you are interested.. ok? 

Preparing for our Keepers of the Home meeting Saturday in Salisbury.. 
If you are interested please email me at 
houseofhenry@hotmail.com and I can give you the details.. Should be a great day.. 

Well, girls hope all is well and looking forward to hearing from you all .. 
Let me know about your springtime projects .. 
God bless.. 

Joining the Weekend blog hop at Pumpkin Sunrise Here,,


Thursday, May 22, 2014

This Week in my Kitchen...

Joining Heather at BEAUTY THAT MOVES for the weekly blog hop.. 

Sharing my old cottage kitchen along with the one here at home this week..












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.

Come and join in the fun HERE...

1. Rhubarb, Lovage, Chives from the garden..
2. Our first meal back at the cottage on the Bay of Fundy..
3. Celebrating with our favorite meal.. Pasta au Shrimp.. 
4. The everyday dishes at the old cottage.. Brown Transferware
5. Oh joy.. The fiddleheads are ready and free for the picking. 
6. Fresh homemade rolls made by a friend.. 
7. Last years pickles for a friend.. Sweet Dills
8. My lovely Lovage herb that I can see from my kitchen window. 
9.  Using a Lovage stem for a straw in my tomato juice. So gooood..
10  Making Saltine Pudding...
11. Lovage, Chives and Sorrel for today's salad.. 
12.. Washing dishes the old fashioned way.. 
  
Thanks for dropping by and leaving your lovely comments.. If  you have any questions I will try to answer in the comment section.. 

God bless...



Monday, May 19, 2014

Loving the Weekend..


Good Evening everyone.. 
How are you all doing? 

We had a wonderful long weekend here in Canada.. 
It was a very busy one but really enjoyable, too... 
We started it out by going to our old cottage down by the Bay of Fundy for a night.. 
Our first night there for the season.. smile.. 


I so love the Bay and enjoyed the sound of the waves and all.. 
The tide was out when we first arrived but came in later, of course.. 
Terry had to start cleaning up the yard.. 
A very big job as the Winter must have been quite awesome this year.. 
So many fallen branches and such.. 
He did accomplish a lot but we need to keep going down for a day or two a week until we go full time.. 

I started cleaning the cottage.. 
I managed to get the fridge, stove, cupboards and floors and such done.. 
Still much more to do.. 

It seems to take me three times as long as it used to.. 
Old age... Oh well...
 It will get done when it gets done... smile.. 

We enjoyed our supper on the stoop ... 
So nice doing that.. 
I love Spring ... 

The rhubarb is coming along rather slowly..
Our Spring has been so late but it is here now, thank the Lord.. 

We only stayed the one day and night.. Terry had to pick up a bush cutter he had rented to use up at the old farm... 

We had some family visit.. 
She kept me company while Dustin helped his Dad.. 

Out in the back field cutting down bushes... 

A little lad is watching Grandpa..

Doing a scary job.. 
Putting up the new flag.. 
At least this year he has a better ladder.. smile.. 

Sorry but you need to read the story to see what I mean.. 
It was not so scary this time... grin... 

The sweet lad in the middle is having a birthday... 

He is eight years old now.. 
They grow up so fast.. 
Happy Birthday, dear.. 

And on Sunday we had a wonderful service ... 

We are so blessed to attend this little church.. 
The youth were all at their annual Youth Convention celebrating their walk with God and enjoying sweet fellowship.. 
Five of our grandsons were there.. smile.. 

Today we were back out to the farm for a few hours doing a bit more bush cutting.. 
I scrubbed and waxed the old kitchen floor and made lunch.. 

But now the long weekend is over and we are back home.. 
I told Terry we had better stay home for a few days this week so I can catch up with my housework... 
Laundry has piled up while we were running the roads but it is great to be able to do these things together.. 
Retired life has it's moments.. smile.. 

He just informed me that he is going to the cottage again tomorrow with our other son to fix something down there.. 

This old gal is staying home and washing towels.. 

How about you? 
Did you have a good weekend? 

Thank you so much for dropping by and I look forward to your sweet comments.. 

Please keep my sweet blogging friend Donna's husband in prayer for healing.. 

Thanking God tonight for his grace and mercy and His healing power.. 
Hugs..

Joining Karen over at Pumpkin Sunrise with her Weekend Linkup