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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Making Bread and such....


Hi everyone.. 
Here we are midweek already.. 
The weather is a little messy today here in Eastern Canada.. 
A bit of snow this morning but now rain... 
I am not complaining at all.. 
We are having a great Winter and Spring just seems as though it may appear very early..

Yesterday morning as I passed by the living room I noticed the morning sun shining in there.. 
I loved it so much that I grabbed my camera and took a pic... 
Then as I was visiting my friend Pam today I noticed she had taken the sun shining in her living room, too.. 
We both live in New Brunswick so we appreciate the same things, I guess.. smile.. 

It was such a lovely day that Terry and I headed to the farm ...


We arrived early and Terry set to work and I made a hot cup of tea to have while I did a bit of baking.. 

I had been talking to my Mom and she thought they might visit.. 
I decided that a loaf of bread was in order.. 

I love making the no knead bread.. 
Just no bother at all.. 
Three minutes and it is stirred up and covered with a cloth and then forget about it until it is ready to put into pans and rise again ... 

Here is the recipe from a past post.. 

No knead Rosemary Bread..
2 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
2 c. warm water
1 T. sugar
2 tsp. salt
4 c. flour
2 tsp. chopped rosemary
olive oil..

Just put the water and sugar in your mixing bowl and stir well ..
Add the yeast and stir again..

Add two cups of flour and stir well.. Then add the other 2 cups of flour and salt and mix well with a wood spoon..
Cover with a damp tea towel and rise for an hour or until doubled..
Then with oiled hands divide dough into two parts or( make just one bread pan size) and form into buns ... 
Sprinkle top with sea salt and chopped rosemary.(opt)
Let rise a second time...
Bake in an 375 degree oven for 30 - 35 minutes 

Just to let you know that I usually turn this into just one loaf and put it in a good size sprayed bread pan or in a pie pan..
And leave out the rosemary and salt as hubby likes it plain..

You can substitute the flour with part whole wheat or 12 grain if desired.. 
You can make rolls, pizza dough(my husband loves it but it is quite bread like), Shonda makes several small pizzas for lunches, use different flours, make French bread, cinnamon buns, subway breads and so on.. 

I like to divide the batter in two and make 2 loaves or 1 French and 1 regular or perhaps rolls.. 
You get my drift, eh? 

There was a recipe that I had pinned to Pinterest and thought this was a good time to try it out.. 

You can find the recipe HERE..


I thought they took a bit of time but they do make a big pan of bars.. 

Terry decided he was hungry so we just had a quick egg sandwich.. 

Do you like a slice of tomato with your egg salad?  



I did not cut all of the bars and put thyme sprigs on each of mine as we would not eat them all.. 
So.. just a leaf here and there....
I wasn't sure how the thyme would go over either.. smile.. 

I also had a Partridge Stew on the wood stove simmering away.. 

Mom and my step-father arrived later on and she brought me a little project to help her with..  


Mom had bought a quilt just like the fabric above at an auction.. 
She is going to put it on her guest bed come Spring cleaning time.. smile.. 
Then when she saw the cushion covers at the thrift store she purchased them to make a couple of cushions to decorate the bed, too.. 


It only took a few minutes to sew them up into covers for her.. 
Even though my Mom is 82 in April she still loves to decorate her home and do what she can for projects.. 
Plants, baking and cooking recipes, changing curtains and bedspreads, making home made talcum powders and vinegars are chores she still loves to do.. 
It is fun sharing these ideas with her... 

She always brings a little gift for me.. 

A few pieces of embroidery and such.. 
Love love linens and lace.. 
Do you? 

Well, the bars are done and we had to sample them.. 

So pretty, eh? 
Terry loved them but Mom was not sure if she did.. lol.. 
I only had a taste but I liked them, too.. 


The bread was ready for supper... 


Along with the partridge stew.. 
This is one of Mom's favorite soups.. 
Thanks to Trevor our oldest son for his hunting skills... smile.. 

Mom and Gerald had to leave quite quickly as they still attend an auction each week... smile.. 

It was a lovely day.... 
My sweet aunt Eleanor had given me this photo of my grandmother many years ago.. 
I finally put it in a frame.. 
My Gram was not so beautiful in features but she sure was beautiful inside where it counts.. 


She had a great sense of humour and her children loved her.. 
She was 73 when she passed and she hardly had a grey hair.. 
She loved embroidery as do I... 
I can still see her sitting in the rocking chair with a piece of cloth in her hands that she had drawn a picture on and then embroidered it. 

She would set the table for breakfast after supper was over.. She would place the cups and bowls upside down and it would all  be ready in the morning.. 
Sweet little housekeeping ways.. smile.. 

I thought she would like that her picture is back to Albert County where she was born and died.. 
The old farmhouse belonged to her daughter, Eva who was my Dad's sister... 
I think my aunt would like that her mama's photo is hanging in her living room, too.. smile.. 

Another day is drawing to a close and it is time to go home.. 


So blessed ... 
God is good.. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving your lovely comments either here or on the Face Book page.. 
I appreciate it very much.. 

Sending hugs your way... 

and



18 comments:

  1. Linda Andrews SmithFebruary 24, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Good evening Faye...such a nice interesting post. So nice your mom is still interested in pieces of embroidery (and that she shares with you :) ) and quilts and pillows for her bed. I too love linens and lace and have several pieces from my mom. Your bread and partridge stew and the bars looked good as usual. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice warm night.

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  2. Isn't it wonderful to see the sun shining in earlier in the morning and later at suppertime? I love it. Although I now have to close curtains and blinds, which I don't really like to do. All your food looks so delicious. Our daughter-in-law shot a partridge last fall and they enjoyed it for supper. I haven't eaten partridge in over 40 years. It is freezing rain here the past few hours and will continue for most of the night before it changes to rain. Not good to be out in it for sure. I hope you have a cozy evening Faye.
    Pam

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  3. Mrs. Faye,

    Your bread sounds and looks wonderful. I am for sure will mark to try this. This post was so cozy, beautiful, and a breath of fresh air. Have a wonderful rest of your week. Hugs and Blessings.

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  4. Faye....you sure do have a homemaking heart; the joy in everyday things is something sadly lacking today for a lot of younger people. your recipes/pictures always look so good! I love that you are able to get to your farmhouse this winter; always favorite pictures for me. My grandmother always set the table for breakfast in the evening too. Another thing that is rare today - families actually sitting down to breakfast together. Spring is just around the corner.....altho I dont think ol' man winter is ready to give up just yet. Lovely post as usual, have a good week.
    Cheryl from F'ton

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  5. Love the photos. Your grandmother sure enjoyed homemaking! I am happy you inherited that.
    xo
    Lynn

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  6. Hi Faye,
    Thank you for sharing your life with us. I am a soon to be Grandma, and I love to see how you mentor the younger ladies. You have given me some good ideas. I love to stay inspired! Thank you from the other side of our beautiful country ( Victoria, B.C)! ~Marney

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  7. Hello dear Faye, Your grandmother sounds like a wonderful woman who was interested in many things .......just like you!!!!! It is good to have so many ideas and interests!! I have never had partridge stew. It looks so good. Glad to think your mother is doing so well. Bless your heart and say hello to Terry.

    L...
    S...

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  8. Your day sounded so relaxing and then I think about it and you did a lot during the day however your attitude of enjoyment made it a memorable one. Bread sounds so delicious. Love all the linens. You are blessed to have your mom to enjoy the partridge stew with. Lots of love. Pam

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  9. {{{Big, Big Smiles}}}} Thank you Faye, you sure can brighten any day. Blessings

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  10. When I read your posts I feel that I have been there in your home, enjoying all the things you describe! I'm going to try the bread recipe.

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  11. What a wonderful pretty and YUMMY post . I do so love your posts Faye ! You are so blessed to have your mum and be able to do things with her . My mum may she RIP ! loved to sew , knit , embroider , crochet , cook and bake and was good at it all to much like you are . I think it is wonderful your mum and the young age of 82 can still do all that . Thanks for sharing lovely photos . Have a wonderful day !

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  12. Oh Faye, that fresh baked bread had my mouth watering... How sweet your mom is, such a blessing to still have, I enjoy my mama so...Blessings Francine.

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  13. Sweet Faye, your post is so full of love for family and home. How I love visiting you, dear friend.

    Your mom is simply precious and how sweet that she still enjoys making her home a place of beauty and peace. And your Gram...what a beautiful woman inside and out! You've had such lovely ladie in your life.

    Your food looks incredibly delicious and those bars...yes, please! :)

    Thank you for joining Roses of Inspiration this week. Thinking of you! Hugs!

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  14. What a lovely story about your Grandmother. Thanks for the bread recipe, too.

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  15. What a friendly, beautiful post. Your grandmother must have been so pretty when she smiled. A smile is really what makes most of us pretty.
    Be blessed!
    Please drop by and say hello!
    ஐღLauraღஐ
    Harvest Lane Cottage
    ...doing what I can with what I've got where I am
    on a short shoestring budget!
    ~~~~~

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  16. I see that you've had another busy and full week, dear Faye. It is nice to hear about your grandmother and your mother's embroidery is so so lovely.
    Amalia
    xo

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  17. Such a lovely post; and the food looks wonderful. So very nice that your sweet gram's photo is in the house; seems most fitting. I have wonderful memories of my gram that will always be dear to me. And how wonderful that your mother is still with you. My sweet mother died 3 years ago just shy of her 82nd birthday. I miss her everyday. Daddy has been gone since 1990. But the dear memories remain. And one day we will all be together again! Praise God for that.

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  18. A cozy special post indeed, dear Faye... as all of yours are, I think! I'm inspired to go whip up some of your no knead bread right now! And your pinterest recipe looked really awesome! I love how you helped your mom with a special project to spruce up her home. What a blessed and lovely day you had, and the beautiful ray of sunshine just says it all... a ray of sunshine blessed your day, and this post :)

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