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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Saturday and Keepers...


Good Evening my friends.. 
Here we are another Saturday evening and once again I am posting.. 
I do hope you are having a good weekend.. 

This week I prepared for our Keepers of the Home meeting which we had today.. 

We had a roll of Christmas paper and a roll of brown parcel paper to make a garland.. 
A bit of twin and homespun rags and some sparkle.. 


We also made a table runner and some labels ... 

Here we used napkins and such..
I will show you more next post as I forgot to take pics of the labels and runners.. sorry.. 

I also took this Schnitz or Farmers Fruit Cake to have for our lunch.. 

It is an Ontario Mennonite recipe and uses dried apples.. 
I had a bag left over from last Fall and wanted to use them up.. 


It made 2 big cakes and is simply delicious.. 
Or I think so as I love fruit type cakes.. 
The flavour is very unique ... 
I hope to run my dehydrators this week getting a new supply of dried apples for the Winter.. 

Here are the girls learning a ribbon broach and ribbon roses from Carman.. 


We only had coffee, tea and Tim Hortons muffins for breakfast as we were going to have soup for lunch.. 


I love paper crafts as they are so relaxing to do.. 
A bit of glue and paper and such and voila you have it finished. smile.. 

We had a sweet visitor all the way from Manitoba today.. 


Melissa... 
She won one of the ribbon broaches ! 
So happy to have her company... 

Remember the soup base that we learned about a few meetings ago?  
Well, Carman went out very early this morning to her farmer's market and bought an organic chicken.. 
She took it home and cut it in two and brought a half plus her new cooker to our meeting.. 
The chicken was cooked in 20 minutes.. 
She adjusted the recipe from her Romanian way to Canadian busy ladies method.. grin...


She placed the chicken pieces, a whole onion, a few parsnip, half a bunch of celery, 3 carrots and water into her new pressure cooker which does 7 different chores (like rice cooker, canner and such) and cooked it away while we did crafts.. 
She bought this wonder pot from Costco...

Then later she added only a third of the soup base.. 


And a bit of her homemade tomato juice and several potatoes chopped up.. 
It simmered away while we crafted and then at lunch time it was ready.. 

This was served over polenta along with fresh rolls..  
So good.. 
We usually just have a breakfast together but this was a once a year craft day for Christmas.. 
Twas fun !

Our little devotional was on Psalms 91 and a challenge to read it everyday for 30 days.. We will learn to really appreciate that Christ is our refuge and dwelling place no matter what goes on in this crazy world we live in.. 

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him,  for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.
 Thank you dear hearts for visiting and letting me know you dropped by.. 
I appreciate it.. 
Still busy trying to get things done around here.. 
We were to the cottage and Terry winterised it for the season but our cold room still needs done and so on and so on.. 
It is sort of discouraging when you know a lot of people are all trimmed and decorated for Christmas !! 

The only thing I have done in that direction is to start a new Pinterest Board with some ideas for this year.. 
I plan to go a new direction by just using fresh and simple decorations.. 
When the holidays are over all I will do is take it down and not have to pack it all away... 
I have been wanting to do experiment with this for a couple of years so we will see how it turns out.. 
Here is my pinterest link...

 https://www.pinterest.com/fayehenry/a-fresh-simple-christmas/

Let me know what you think?  I will use special keepsakes and ornaments, of course but mostly fresh greens and such.. 

Terry and Dustin are gathering me lots of greens, mosses, cones and rose hip branches, etc. and putting them on the deck.. I will work away every once in awhile on garlands, wreaths and whatever but keep them in the cold until a few weeks before Christmas.. They would dry out if I did them before that, eh? 

Anyway.. we shall see....

Tomorrow is the Lord's Day.. Have a blessed one.. 
Sending you hugs from Eastern Canada...









19 comments:

  1. What a lovely time today at Keepers! Thanks for all you do for us Faye-Henry :)

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  2. I enjoyed reading this. ( as always) . Oh how I love the banner!!!!

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  3. What great, fun ideas, and a wonderful meeting of ladies! Have you shared the story how Home Keepers began? Would you share it, if not? I'd love to know more.

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  4. Hi Faye, I hope you end up doing all of the greens for your house!!! I have done it for years and I love it. of course, once in a while, I get out a few things the kids or grandkids have given us but mostly, rose hip, pine cone and sometimes hollyberry and greens...all kinds of greeans. I'm sure you will really like it. This year Jim wants to get out all of the Santas again so we will see. Keepers meeting sounds wonderful. I love home made soup! And I may copy you and make the garland....who knows. See how I am feeling. Bless you my dear friend!

    L...

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  5. I just love to read Psalm 91, so comforting and encouraging. Another lovely blog, with so much to see, The paper craft looks lovely (I've done my Christmas tags)so does the ribbon broach, will have to try and find some instructions on them.Yours keepers meeting looks fun and productive, your all so enthusiastic about everything, so lovely. Blessings on your week. Woo xx

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  6. Sounds such a fun meeting, sharing ideas and learning from each other. Loved the recipe for the cake and the paper crafts. Popped over to your pinboard, which I loved. All the greenery and ideas were so refreshing. Take care.

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  7. Hi Faye

    Looks like you had a lovely companionable and festive Keepers. Love the idea for the garlands looks lovely. Might be another way to recycle Christmas cards. My Nan always had fresh greenery in the house and log fires/woodburner fires at Christmas when I was small and the whole family used to congregate in her small bungalow/cottage including those who were going to be on their own and who used to spend the rest of the day with us. In the middle of the afternoon before tea time there was always a little show with the younger children doing a sketch i.e. sing a song, memorise a poem and recite it, dance, jokey sketches and then the singing when my Dad used to play the piano and the whole family used to join in (we were not singers but we enjoyed the opportunity to let rip in the comfort of my Nan's home). The days leading up to Christmas were also hectic at her home as she used to prepare everything. They were special days. I posted the recipes you asked for or the links on my blog. If it was snowing or had been snowing we used to go out and pick logs on the sled - they were not ready then for the fire but it used to get us out into the fresh air and give the adults a little piece and quiet and it kept us occupied. Take care. Pattypanxx

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  8. I wish you could see my smiles...thank you Faye. Have a lovely day, friend.

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  9. Hi Faye, Love the idea to use wrapping paper for the banner -- neat. I am wondering what the name of the "cooker" is that your friend was using at Keepers meeting? A Happy Pre-Christmas season to you and yours. Lori

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  10. Oh Faye...they are just lovely :0) mari

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  11. I just love your posts about the meetings. I feel like I am right along with. I would love to come to one someday, and really eat with you and make the craft.
    Love Carla

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  12. As always, I am inspired by your blog! Loved the gift tags you made and the cakes and soup. I do dehydrate peaches and I'm going to do some apples too and try your cake. I'm slowing down too on Christmas decorations as I have to bring them up out of the basement. I have already thought about going to simple greens of which I have plenty to cut from on our property. Love the smell too! Looks like you all had a wonderful time together. God bless.

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  13. Looks like a fun time for all of you at your meeting. The garland is very cute with that nice dusting of glitter ;) The fruit loaf sounds delicious! I love these old-fashioned loaves as well. I'm with you on the natural decorations for Christmas. I too have a Pinterest board with all kinds of 'rustic' ideas that I'd like to try this year. Christmas tends to bring me down, so I'm going to try minimize the decorations this year.
    Wendy

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  14. OOh that chicken cooked in the quick pot sounds delightful! How wonderful to have the soup cook while you crafted, there is no more delightful time as soup cooking, good fellowship, and Tim Horton munchies! Your green Christmas sounds lovely, simple is always best to me. I made a pine wreath last year, hope to make one again this year. Hugs to you dear Faye, always a special delight to visit with you :)

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  15. Would you share the "Soup Base" recipe? I'd love to make it. That soup looks so good. TIA

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  16. Those banners are wonderful! Why didn't I think of that, I have tons of Christmas paper and old greeting cards that I save. I'm gonna do this, thank you for the great idea! I'm so jealous about the Keeper's meeting, this looks like so much fun. I'd be on your doorstep for one of these if I wasn't so far south of you. I look at the photos and I can hear the happy laughter, smell the wonderful soup cooking. And thank you for posting the scripture verse, GOD most definitely is our refuge in these worrisome times. He is the solid rock! XOXO

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