Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Simple Everyday Things..

Good Evening, my dears.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth tonight.. 

It certainly has been busy around here and I know you are all the same.. 
Winter is such a slow time and we start off in the Spring and now everyone is going full tilt.. 

I must say that I love the busyness of it all.. 
Nice long evenings and sunny days and even the rainy nights we have been having this week... 

Life is such a fleeting thing and I think we need to find joy in the simple everyday things, eh?  

We have had a lot of joyful happenings in our family with graduation and parties and such., 
I thought I would post a few pics of our days here and there... 

This is our oldest son with his Dad...  
They are going bear hunting ... 

We didn't realize that Trevor was going to be there at the same time so I packed a book, my list notebooks and a coffee and thought I would wait for Terry in the truck.. 
He was only going to stay an hour or so and I like to wait for him sometimes... smile.. 
My friends think I am nuts and perhaps I am but that is what we do... 

Anyway.. it was worth the wait as I received this lovely little bouquet from him when he came out.. 
Ladies Slippers.. 
One of my all time favourite wild flowers...

The Moss Roses are out now.. 
Aren't they gorgeous?  

Terry has bushes planted down both sides of the lane here at home.. 
I am drying them for a few items I like to make.. 
Rose Powder and Bath Salts and such... 

I made up my Violet Salve, finally..

And decorated the jars... 
Find the recipe HERE..

I had an order for a few bottles and my sweet friends who own a Cafe called and wanted a few items for their shelves.. smile.. 

I had made some Apple Blossom Jellies.. 

Queen Anne's Lace Jelly ...

It is kind of neat to have this kind of jelly for them as their cafe is called.. 

Apple Blossom Cafe.. 

We hope to take a little drive down to Hillsborough tomorrow.. 
They live in a wonderful old farmhouse and the cafe is so lovely... 
I will try and get some pics for you.. 

We had Father's Day Dinner at the farm as we had visited with all of our kids on Saturday... 

Terry wanted steak and potatoes.. 
I think it is a guy thing, eh? grin.. 
The mushrooms were good but I am more of a vegetable lover.. 

There was a wonderful graduation party for Jared on Saturday.. 
His parents put on a delicious spread and almost all of our family were there..  
So much fun... 

A little shot that was taken of our three darlings.. smile.. 
All grown up but still my babies.. 

Shonda is in her glory with her two brothers... 
I caught her with her eyes closed..
Don't tell her.. grin.. 

We have been home this week as it is raining a lot and Terry wanted to finish a few things before we go to the cottage again.. 
Probably by the weekend.. 
He is working on the garden and I am catching up with laundry and such.. 
Plus, he keeps going and trying to get that bear... smile.. 
Our garden still is not all in as it has been so wet but I am sure it will get done... 

How are your gardens doing?  
I guess it all depends on where you live.. 
We are a bit behind a lot of you, I am thinking... 

Still wearing sweaters a lot as the heat has not been turned up in our weather yet... 
I am not complaining as I do not care for too much heat but once I get to the cottage then I can take a bit more.. 

Anyway, dear friends, thanks so much for your visit.. 
I am sorry that I have not got around to all of your blogs but that is just the way it is for now... 
We will have internet at the cottage and I hope to do better then.. 

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you and I love your sweet comments... 

God bless.. 


  1. Wonderful post, as always!
    Great photos, beautiful kids you have!
    Love the jelly jars, you're not quite retired I see, grin!
    Hope the rest of your week is lovely.
    I do have some onions up, and the beans are starting, but that's all so far.
    The lack of rain all the month of May slowed everything down.
    We had a nice shower last night, but it did not last very long.

  2. Lovely post and photos Faye , I love me a good steak mashed potatoes and fried onions and mushrooms with a Cesar salad on the side YUMMY ! I do like all the jams and jellies you have been busy making and those jars are soo pretty and cute . Our weather here in southwestern Ontario has been a mix of all sorts . Our gardens are doing well plumping up and blooming like mad . Thanks for sharing . Have a good week !

  3. Hello sweet Mrs Henry,
    Stopped to catch up on what you all are up!
    As always....beautiful, family, food, crafts, things and "faith".
    Think of you much, pray for you often....
    with love for all of us~ Blessings~Lori

  4. Hi Faye, Our garden was under water for about a week. The water would soak in and right away we would get a down pour again. We have had to replace about 6 cucumber plants and about 5 tomato plants. It has been dry the last couple of days with sun I hope it keeps growing. Can not wait for the veggies in the garden. Great pic of the sons and daughter.AND your apple blossom jelly will be perfect for the Apple Blossom Cafe. Terry is hunting bear? Has he ever done that before? Are they black bears? Have seen many black bears in the Adirondacks. We are starting to get a few around here in the last few years. We have a turkey in the hedgerow across the road with 4 little babies! So cute. I can not do the outside work like I used to so today we had our granddaughter (Tori) come over and help Jim do some trimming of bushes and she was a great help. Well,nothing much else. I understand how busy you are this time of year. One thing right after another!!!! Take care!

    Good luck with the hunt, Terry! I really hope you get one.

    God bless, Faye...

  5. All that jelly sounds delicious. i need to make some. Temps in our area of Oregon are going up. Almost 100 on Sunday. We are having church outside and a picnic afterwards. So thankful there's alot of trees so we will be comfy there then come home to a/c in the house. Not walking that day for sure, for exercise like we usually do. Take care and hope Terry gets the bear he is after. Our garden is growing. Take care and God bless you, one and all!

  6. A lovely post as always, wonderful photos. You have some great products and finished off so beautifully. The fabric, lace and doilies are a real delight and enhance the jar completely, stunning. Have a wonderful summer at the cottage.

  7. How lovely your jars look. I make Apple jelly but have not come across apple blossom jelly. It sounds delicious.

  8. Hello dearest Faye...oh, what a delightful ''visit'' I had today! Your blog is such a beautiful, inspiring place to come and be refreshed...I love the simplicity in each of your lovely pictures, and your words are so descriptive that I feel as if I am truly visiting with you in your sweet home! :)
    You have been quite busy preserving I see! Preserving is one of my favourite pastimes, and oh! Isn't decorating each jar delightful...? I especially like how you decorated the jars of violet pretty!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week thus far? How chilly it is here in South Africa rain as yet, but plenty of nippy wind! I must be off, for I have some work in the kitchen to complete...but such tasks never feel like 'work', do they...?
    I have been making marmalade lately! Making marmalade from fresh, organic fruit is such a joy - and the oranges we harvested from an old orange tree across the road! Hmmm...just lovely to have tea and marmalade toast on a crisp sunday morning!
    Blessings to you, dear Faye!

  9. I have never heard of Violet Salve, Faye. It is winter here in Australia so the violets are blooming everywhere in our back yard. I will have to ask Mr.Google how it is made as it sounds intriguing.

  10. Oh what a beautiful post. I have never heard of Violet Salve either, Faye. Summer here in western NY, but the nights are still cool enough to open the house up. Have a lovely Thursday, thank you for sharing. Blessings

  11. I like your pink ladies slippers. We have yellow ones growing wild here. Your apple jelly looks delicious and I like the way your decorated the jars. So pretty.

  12. I really enjoy your posts Faye, all your jelly's are so pretty, I love the way you have decorated your violet one's.
    Our garden is growing quicker than I moving but then so are the children!! This is such a busy time of year & I just am not having the time to keep up looking at blogs.
    I love the photo of your children all together, they all look so happy.
    Fondly Michelle

  13. You have indeed been busy, my friend! My, everything you have made looks simply wonderful! I bet the apple blossom jelly must be oh-so-tasty and sweet :)

    Thank you for having such a sweet and warm's always a delight to visit with you, Faye. Take care and enjoy the remainder of your week. Love and hugs!

  14. Lovely post, Faye. I enjoyed reading that you sometimes wait in the truck for your husband. I do the same more often than not, and now and then I like to taking my knitting into the garage while he potters about in there. Love those moss roses and the sweet bouquet of lady slippers.
    Love the photo of your children. :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Faye, your days have sure been full! I always enjoy seeing all of the goodies you make up in your kitchen.
    Are the fellow hunting black bears? We have had nine roaming around our little town. I heard that they had to shoot three of them.

  16. Always so busy Faye. Sweet jars, love the look of them. Loves me a good steak and mashed taters too, yum!!!!! Blessings Francine.

  17. Oh you've been very busy making all those 'potions', Faye. They look lovely. We may be going to Moncton next week and I want to go to Hillsborough to visit the sweet shops there so will look for the Apple Blossom Cafe too. Is it hard to find? Hillsborough seems to be a happening place and I'm sure the tourists traveling to Fundy Park and The Rocks will enjoy the shops and perhaps leave some $$ behind. The weather is a bit too chilly for me. The wind never stops blowing here it seems. Have a a good weekend at the cottage!

  18. Where do you find all of your energy?? You are always busy as a bee :)
    Love all those homemade good things you've been making. I am getting a hankering to start canning, but it is early yet for produce in our part of the country, so I will wait :)
    I'm thinking about making some pineapple-apricot jam. Have you ever had it on skillet fried potatoes and onions??? One word : delicious!

    Have a lovely rest of your week.

    Smiles :)

  19. I always feel delighted and energized when I read your blog post ~ you are an amazing gal! Your husband as well!! Do you mind sharing your recipe for the Apple Blossom Jelly, and the Queen Anne's Jelly? They do look so lovely in the pretty decorated jars! I think Yummers when I look at your photos! Thank you for taking the time to share the beautiful snippets of your life(lives)!

      4 cups of apple blossoms
      4 cups of boiling water
      Pour the boiling water over the blossoms to make a tea..
      Let this sit overnight...
      Strain next day through a sieve lined with a coffee filter..
      I had to squeeze the tea out of this to get 4 cups..
      You can add up to a 1/2 cup of water, if needed..
      Put this tea into a large pot and add:
      8 cups of sugar
      1/2 cup of lemon juice..
      Bring to a full rolling boil and boil for several minutes.
      Add 2 packages of liquid certo and stir..
      Bring to another rolling boil
      take off the heat ..
      Stir and skim for a couple of minutes.
      Place in jars and seal....

      Here is the recipe for you my friend.. You use the same recipe but just change the flowers for whatever one you would like to make...
      Please let me know if you happen to come back and see this.. ok? xo

  20. You have certainly been busy, I love the way you dress up your jars of goodies, how wonderful to have enjoyed so much family time. My green peppers seem to be taking their time this year, I have had a few buds but not like normal but I did buy my plants in a new place this year so maybe that is it, the seeds we planted for the beans just took off wonderfully and they are getting close to the picking stage!

  21. ahhhhh ladies slippers, queen Anne's lace, rhubarb, forget-me-nots.......none of which will grow in my part of Texas. :^( You know how to make this old Connecticut Yankee homesick! But it's okay, and I am loving your posts complete with wonderful pictures of your lovely homes!!
    Blessings to you,

    Have a blessed weekend!!

  22. Lovely to catch up on your news. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

  23. I love catching up with you.
    Keep us posted on that bear. :-)

  24. Bear hunting! Gosh we do not have scary creatures like this in Australia - we just have the worlds most poisonous snakes and spiders instead.