Thursday, November 19, 2015

A bit of this and a bit of that...

Hello everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth this evening.. 

I think my posts are becoming a bit typical.. 
A bit of this and a bit of that which occupies me during the week.. 
Oh well, perhaps, I will get more inspired one of these days.. smile.. 

The first pic is a beautiful craft that Shonda (our daughter) made with ornaments from her husband's mother.. 
I thought it was lovely and think I might try something similar... 
Gotta love Pinterest.. smile.. 

I am preparing for the Christmas Craft Show next Saturday in St. John.. 
Tagging and pricing preserves and such.. 

We cleaned our freezer and found an extra turkey so roasted it up and froze most of it.. 
I also made stock and a roaster of gravy to freeze.. 
We are having Turkey and Wild Rice Soup at Keepers on Saturday.. 

I am kind of explaining the photos as we go along here.. 

Another cook book that I love from Amazon.. 

We had to go to the city to renew our passports and we ended up doing another little drive down memory lane.. 
A little place in the country near Sussex where we lived for several years..
A picture of the old house we lived in and where we had a few chickens, geese, sheep and even a couple of pigs..
One day I was outside tethering our old ram sheep on the side yard.. I remember I had on a black top and my skirt was black with a blue floral border.. My hair was in a long braid down my back.. 
An old farmer from up the road who was from England was driving down the road on his tractor.. 
He pulled into our driveway and I went over to see what he wanted.. 
He said he only wanted to ask me if I was from Scandinavia !
I couldn't help but laugh and I have never forgotten that.. 
I still think about it now and then and wonder why he would think that.. grin.. 
He didn't know but I was just a hippie wantabe.. 
Or so my husband has always called me.. lol.. 

We were only in our twenties when we moved there.. The two older kids were in school and later Dustin was born a couple of years before we moved here..
Terry commented that the big old maple trees are still there on the front lawn..  

Up the road a farmer is raising elk and another lots of goats.. 
We had so many sweet neighbors and even now when we see them they are still so friendly.. 
About 30 years ago.. 
Where has the time gone?

Also, making some herbal salves to sell at the show, too..
I have decided to have a Mason Jar Table.. 
Practically everything in mason jars...  

And of course, lots of soup days.. 
Stewed Tomato and Bow Tie soup and one that Mom used to make when we were kids.. 
Poor Man's Soup made with potatoes, onions, milk and parsley.. 

Found a recipe for Pumpkin Fruit Cake.. 
Creamed peas and leftover turkey over rice was on the menu last night from Taste of Home.. 


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-3/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, celery, onion and pepper; cook and stir until tender.
  2. In a small bowl, mix flour and broth until smooth; stir into vegetable mixture. Stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Add turkey, peas and salt; heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.

Well, dearies this is all for tonight.. 

We have Keepers on Saturday at 9 am.. 
A "making and doing " day for Christmas.. 
If you would like to attend please just leave me a message.. 

Hope all is well with you all.. 
Take care and God bless... 

Next time I will post the recipe Hot Mixed Veggies in my last post.. 
Thanks for visiting everyone..



  1. Once again, I am enjoying reading your post and have to say it is long past my bedtime, but I just had to know what you had been up to of late. Of course the terrible news from Paris has filled our thoughts and prayers too, going out to all those who lost loved ones. May God continue to bless you and Terry and your family. Best wishes

  2. I always enjoy coming here and reading and looking at your photos.. you bring many, many smiles...Bless you sweet friend.

  3. Oh my goodness, I always enjoy your blog. I love the idea for using Christmas ornaments and I think your turkey recipe will be used for left overs next week. I don't spend a lot of time on the PC, but I sure do enjoy all of your pictures, ideas, and your sweet way of sharing. God Bless.

  4. Beautiful photos of your travels and doings this week Faye. Those plates of food make me hungry....not a good thing after 10:00 at night! :) Its a busy season. Take care and have fun at the craft show. Blessings. Pam

  5. Lovely photos as usual, Faye. It looks so cool over there. I have just been to the pool as we are in the middle of a heatwave here in Australia. I should move to Canada I least during our summer :-)

  6. Dear Faye...Amongst all the craziness that is our world it's so nice to read through a blog like yours and just feel comforted by ordinary everyday your new header photos by the way...just the thing for the coming colder days. Jackie oxo

  7. Hello Dear Faye, The days are getting cooler here and Jim and our son-in-law have closed up their cottage for the winter. So, I will be home more. We did go to the Adirondacks for 5 days around Oct. 1st. The leaves were fabulous and the weather likewise. It was so calm and peaceful. Faye, I adore the gold frame with the ornament Christmas tree that Shonda did., What a thoughtful way to keep her mother-in law's ornaments. I have so many old, old ones. That is a great idea! Thepicture of the farm reminds me so much of my parents farm that Mom sold after my Dad passed away. Except our barn was a lot longer and a lot bigger.....two more silos, too. See why I always talk about it and want to keep it in my book of memories? Our hill was a bit higher but it is quite the same. All your pictures are wonderful. I love the new cookbook. You will have so much fun with that. I, too, have been so worried over this Paris thing.God be with all of us.

    Say hi to dear hubby. and God bless us all!



  8. As always I love going along on your journeys through pictures, and memories!
    I love that old house!
    What a great memory from it, you are still something else.
    You make me smile!
    Bless you both, happy trails!

  9. As always I am inspired by all your doings. The pickled pears label was amazing, so simple but so very effective. Some beautiful looking food, making me feel so very hungry. Take care.

  10. Your blog is aways filled with wonderful pictures, recipes that inspire me to do the same. Love the tags on the pickled pears. Good luck at your show. While reading your farm story...I can't help but think of my farm life - oh how I love it - with my empty nest...I have an urge to fill the far, I've been able to curb, Al wants pigs. Men go through empty nesting too.....

  11. I just love your posts, The retro baubles re great. all the food looks so yummy, stay warm and safex

  12. I always enjoy reading and seeing what you have been up to . I see Yummies have been happening again in your kitchen which must always smell so wonderful . Lovely photos and post as always . Loved your farm story I was asked once when talking on the phone if I was from the east coast ? nope it is just from being raised by British parents and having both the Canadian and Brit accent lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  13. Hello, What another lovely Home style post! Always makes me happy to be at home. We love your style and we eat it up like a hardy bowl of soup!
    Blessings, Roxy

  14. Hi, I'm over from Mari's blog. I love the ornament picture. I have some like that. What a neat idea! Your blog looks warm and homey!

  15. Hi, I'm over from Mari's blog. I love the ornament picture. I have some like that. What a neat idea! Your blog looks warm and homey!

  16. I love the Christmas bauble picture - what a clever idea. And how I would be pleased to find an extra turkey in my freezer! :-)

  17. Oh, Faye, I so love your blog ! The picture that Shonda made of the ornaments is absolutely beautiful ... I have some of Ward's parents old ornaments so similar to those ... what a great keepsake. Your blog makes me feel warm and happy and inspires me ...I love all the pictures and your stories (Scandinavian girl ) thank you so much ! Your turkey a la king is on my list for this week ... best wishes to you and Terry !

  18. Oh Faye...I do love your posts :0) a mason jar table is just perfect for a craft fair. Easy carry :0) Thank you Sweet Lady for sharing your wisdom with all of us... mari

  19. Thanks so much for joining and sharing your wonderful recipe for turkey al la King! We hope to see you again at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.

  20. Dear Faye I would LOVE to attend your keepers meeting on Saturday but alas I live in England!! :) I love your blog, I ordered the book you mentioned on a post gone by "Irish Pantry" it arrived yesterday, such a lovely book. Best wishes to you, its cold and raining here on the east of England, but our logs got delivered today for the woodburner :) x

  21. This recipe sounds so delicious! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Happy Thanksgiving!

  22. Lovely pictures and story line....and those are some FAT goats!!!!!! I guess they are just about my favorite animal!
    Hugs to you and blessings,