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Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Rainy Evening at the Farm....


Good Evening my dears.. 
So glad you dropped by ... 
Just a short post for you today.. 

Terry and I went up to the farm on Monday and had another nice stay.. 
It rained here in New Brunswick for a few days and it was quite cool.. 

I thought I would just post a few pics of one of those rainy evenings in the old farm house.. 

The rain was pattering against the windows and you could hear the wind around the chimney... 
But the fire was lit and the kettle was humming out in the old porch room.. 
Supper was cooking.. 
One of our favourite casseroles was in the oven.. 
Chicken and mushrooms with rice and another pot of our lovely Spring fiddleheads were simmering away.. 
Terry was reading a few farm magazines as I set the table and finished getting the meal ready.. 

My Mom was wondering why we love it up there so much but it is hard to explain.. 
I told her it was like the place calls our name and away we go.. grin.. 
It sounds rather dreary, I suppose especially in places where there is lots of sun and heat but we are having a weird Spring here.. 
Oh well... At least it is not snow.. smile.. 
And the next week is to be much warmer... 

We are enjoying the few days a week that we have been able to go to the farm.. 

Next week we shall we heading to the cottage and getting it ready for us for Summer.. 
Love the Bay of Fundy but we love the old farm place, too.. 
Next post, I will show you a bit more of our activities there.. 

Before I close I wanted to include this link for info about our fiddleheads as several were wondering about them last post.
I believe they only grow in certain parts of the world.. 
And one has to make sure that they are the proper fern or else they are poisonous..
We are happy that they are found here.. smile. 
Here is the LINK....

And I think I should give you the recipe for the casserole although I hoped to link to one but couldn't find any.. 

So ... 
Chicken and Rice.. 
In a frying pan with a tablespoon of oil brown as much chicken pieces as needed for your family... 
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.. 
In a casserole dish place 1 1/2 cups of raw rice on the bottom.. 
Add a chopped onion and 2 chopped stalks of celery and 1 can of drained mushroom slices, salt, pepper, 1 clove of crushed garlic and a bit of parsley... 
In a large measuring cup or bowl whisk together 1 can of cream of mushroom soup and 3 cups of chicken stock..
Pour over top of rice mixture and stir.. 
After the chicken is browned on all sides then place on top of rice.. 
Cover and bake for 1 hour or until your rice is tender.. 
Check after half an hour to make sure there is enough liquid.. 
If not then just add more chicken stock... 

This is lots for 4 people.. 
I had about half left and made this the next day with the leftovers.. 

Chicken and Rice Casserole Soup.. 
Just place the leftover casserole and chicken pieces in a pot along with the rest of the chicken broth and/or water... 
Add a chopped carrot or two, a bay leaf, chopped parsley, a bit of thyme and salt and pepper.. 
I added  a piece of lovage... 
Then I just let it simmer on the wood stove for an hour or so but you can simmer it on the stove for probably a half hour... 
A nice salad and bread and you have another meal.. 
smile.. 

Thank you everyone for dropping by and leaving your dear notes.. I love to hear from you and welcome to the new followers of the blog.. 
So glad to meet you here and I have so enjoyed your emails that you have sent lately.. 
You bless my life and may God be near you all.. 
xo


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26 comments:

  1. Thank you Faye for the smiles. You certainty know how to brighten any day!!! Blessings

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  2. Hi Faye... Glad to hear you are spending some time at the farm. I now how much you love it there, But I totally understand how the cottage draws you also. Two different worlds but we all love them equally the same! Home is BEST, though....LOL! Nice post, Dearie!

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  3. Today was a lovely change after the cold dreary days we had. You make your farmhouse look and sound so cozy Faye. Have a good weekend.

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  4. A rainy day is nice sometimes. It's fun to putter about the house and listen to the rainfall. Thanks for the recipes - yum!

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  5. Being winter here your casserole is very timely. I am just about to go up to the shops so will purchase the ingredients I don't have.
    I love the photo's of the rain on the window and the nice cosy atmosphere inside the house.

    Diana

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  6. That looks so cosy and lovely. Thank you for the recipe. It looks like a good one to feed a big family. I am looking forward to seeing more of the farm.

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  7. Faye, thanks for the link to the Fiddleheads. I will check them out. I have never heard of them here in Australia. I have those two recipes ready to print out so thanks heaps for them. It is cold here at the moment....well cold for us anyway...probably a heat wave for you. LOL! The weekend will be warming up though and we Aussies do like our warm weather ;-)

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  8. Thank you for the link, its wonderful to hear what others enjoy to eat. Your farm looks so cosy, we are having a lot of rain here this morning too, like you a very strange Spring weather wise.

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  9. Thank you for the recipes, Faye. We've had a strange spring here too. It went from snow to extremely hot and humid and back to cold and rainy. At least it's never dull! Have a blessed day.

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  10. Hi Faye! I just found your blog and I love it! I'm from Buffalo, ny but my sister in law lives in Moncton. It is beautiful up there.the next time we visit her I plan to visit your wee store!
    Blessings to you and your family....patti

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  11. Morning Faye, I love your table settings. Great blues, the table cloth to the dishes, always looks warm and wonderful as does your food. Love visiting you down on the farm.Blessings Francine.

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  12. Sweet Faye, how I love visiting your blog and how I have missed you during the last few weeks. It's so good to stop in for a visit :)

    Your rainy evening at the farm looks so sweet and cozy....and your food looks absolutely delicious! Thank you, dear friend, for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Happy weekend. Hugs!

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  13. Yum....this looks like supper for one night next week!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!
    I can completely understand the pull of the old farm. I owned a house and land in the country before sweet hubby chased me down and married me. He had a house in town and no interest in living in the country. Sometimes I just like to go out to the boonies, sit in the backyard and breathe the fresh air. Occasionally when he goes on a motorcycle trip, I spend a night or two in the old house. It is so refreshing and spirit lifting!
    Be blessed,
    J

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  14. It is nice to have a getaway spot!

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  15. Your farm table looks so pretty, I do love vintage blue things. Your food looks so good, I love to see photo's of the farm & can't wait to see posts of your Summer home.
    Fondly Michelle

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  16. Hi Faye :-)
    Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog! I shall add you to my blog list next time I'm on the computer, I'm on my phone right now.
    Such lovely food in this post! Good, hearty food :-)
    I hope you have a lovely weekend x

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  17. Love your blue themed table setting, we have had a cooler month of May here but now that June has come the temps are starting to rise to their normal and above, so maybe it is heading your way. We have had so much rain too that we do not need to water the garden which has been very nice! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  18. Thanks for sharing your rainy window photo. I find it mesmerizing, sort of otherworldly with a life of its own. Anticipating seeing photos of your cottage. Faye, how blessed you are!

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  19. What a beautiful time at the farm you had.. nothing like getting away, and enjoying the peace and quiet, even if it rains! Your chicken casserole and soup sound wonderful... I love to reuse my leftovers like that too! Your lovely blue table setting is just charming and special... and I have to tell you... I'm a bit jealous over those fiddleheads, my my how I miss them! *smile* ... Hope you are having a lovely day and that the sun has returned...Much love to you my friend :)

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  20. What a blessing it is to have that lovely farm for you and Terry. I would have a hard time leaving there. It looks so cozy and I would love having a wood cook stove. I'm sure it makes the food even more tasty. Love the casserole and the soup. May just try both recipes. Have a lovely weekend.

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  21. I love the blue and white table set for dinner, so pretty and homey.
    Amalia
    xo

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  22. Oh the gorgeous blues, I love them!

    I am so glad you shared the casserole recipe, I have saved it and hope to make it at a later date. I think it would be a nice tummy warming winter meal.

    xTania

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  23. How cosy! You live your lives so generously, Faye, thank you.

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  24. Such a treat for me when you share the farm. Thank You :-))

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  25. All your photos are lovely, and the first photo is amazing! Everything looks so comfy and heartwarming. :)

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