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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Rambling Along with Recipes..

Hello everyone..
Another little Saturday Ramble Along for you.. 

You all know Charlie by now I think.. 
Terry and I took a drive up to the farm to get some spring water and of course, Charlie came along for the drive.. 
He is such a good dog.. 
He just sat there waiting for us to tell him he could get out.. 
The whole time he is just staring out the window wanting to get out and run to the house.. 
But Terry was getting on his snowshoes.. 
This takes a little longer then it used to .. 
Don't tell him I told you that.. grin.. 
Anyway, I took pity on Charles and told him to get out and away he went.. 

Which way should we go?  lol
Do note the windshield needed a wash.. 
Away they go.. 
Terry takes a sled so he can bring back about 8 bottles of water.. 
They are each 4 litre bottles.. 
The sled lets him bring back more.. 
I can't snowshoe so I am stuck in the truck.. 
Not that I mind as I read.. 
Of course.. 

When we came home I made this Impossible Pie..
 I did a post about this a long time ago.. 
You can find the recipe HERE.. 


Please note that I only added 3/4 cup of sugar this time and it was plenty for us.. 
Also, you can add 1 tsp. of baking powder with regular flour.. 
Some recipes just call for flour.. 
Also, I add 1/2 tsp. coconut flavouring and a pinch of nutmeg.. 
K?

Rambling along here.. 
I saw this wreath in one of my UK Country Living magazines.. 


I decided to give it a try.. 
It said to put wreath wire through the peanuts.. 
Well, the wire I had just kept bending so I just wrapped each peanut and tightened it... 

Not as pretty as theirs but the birds didn't see the magazine pic.. smile.. 
My rose hips were dried and also too hard.. sigh.. 
Nor did I have any cranberries as I used them all for making juice.. 
Oh well.. 
I tried.. 

Had a craving for WonTon Soup so made a bunch of wontons.. 
Please don't look at my inexpert wrapping.. 
They are delicious, though.. 
I used shrimp in half and ground pork in the other half.. 
There are all kinds of recipes on line.. 
This one is good.. 

Rambling along a bit more.. 
I was so excited this week to find an add in Kijiji for a Propane Kitchen Stove in good condition for sale.. 
The price was right so we called the guy and arranged to go and see it.. 


He told us to call him and he would meet us at the end of his lane.. 
When we got to the top in his jeep I was glad he brought us up.. 


It was a long way up that mountain but the view was spectacular as you can see.. 


This is the Hawkes Farm way down there in the valley.. 
We had such a great time chatting with him and we found we knew so many of the same people.. 
The stove was perfect so now I can't wait to get it in the old farm kitchen and make some bread.. smile.. 

When Terry and I had our first little home.. 
It had a beautiful yellow propane stove with a grill between the burners .. 
I so loved that stove and have always wanted another propane one.. 
So thankful to finally (47 years later) have a chance to use one again.. 
I love kitchen ranges and so wish that we could afford an Aga..
Here in Canada they are sooooo expensive but I am very happy with this one.. 
We were happy we could leave it with them until our driveway is cleared in a few weeks.. 

Another reason to look forward to summer at the farm. 
I think.. 
We still have not made up our minds whether to go there or to the cottage.. 
I told Terry he has until this weekend to make up his mind. 
He is never in a rush to make a decision.. sigh.. 
I am just the opposite, of course.. grin.. 

Made this cake also.. 


So simple but delicious.. 
For those times you just want a piece of white cake and a cup of tea.. 
Here is the recipe.. 
White Cake.. 
1/2 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs.. 
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix well.. 
Sift together and add 1 1/2 cups of flour,  2 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt.. 
1/2 cup of milk
Beat all up together and pour into a greased 9 inch round or square cake tin.. 
Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. 
I like using a round tin and cutting it like a pie.. 

Ice with a vanilla frosting and a bit of sprinkled coconut if desired.. 


We have had rain for the last couple of days so our snow is disappearing.. 

I am almost done my ramble and roll, I promise.. smile. 

Terry bought a couple of heads of cabbage .. 
We were wanting some sauerkraut ... 

Shredded up about 5 pounds of cabbage and 1 T. dill seed.. 
Tossed it with 3 T. coarse salt .. 
I had about 1/2 cup of whey from some cheese in the fridge and added that.. 
Let it sit for half an hour and then started pounding.. 


Covered with a big cabbage leaf and a jar of water to keep it weighted down.. 
Tied some cheesecloth on the top and 
set it on the counter for 3 days then store in the fridge.. 
So good for you as well as tasting good.. 

We passed the ski hill on the way home from buying our stove.. 

It was a lovely day for it.. 


Headed home.. 

Terry stopped at the grocers and bought a few beef roasts that were on special.. 
We had our first attempt at beef jerky.. 
He decided we should cut it thinner.. 
But the flavour is there and he has another batch on drying now that are look better.. 

Anyway, dear hearts I think I have rambled on a bit too long. 
We do other things then cooking although it doesn't look that way on this post, eh?  smile.. 

Thanks for visiting and as always I look forward to hearing from you again.. 
Have a blessed Sunday tomorrow!  

He is a great God!  

xo

15 comments:

  1. Linda Andrews SmithFebruary 25, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Another great post Faye! I would have enjoyed going on your trip to see the stove as that looked like a wonderful place to visit! Oh my all the good recipes!! I am going to have a try at a few of them. Loved all the pictures and your wreath I know I want to try. No matter what the one in the book looked like I like yours and I bet the birds do also. Have a blessed week ahead and can't wait to see a picture of that stove! ��

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  2. So enjoyed your post!
    I have loved that pie for years.
    I get it at church once in a blue moon.
    But rarely bake it here because I will eat it all!
    Going in there and make one now, 😋, but will give most away tomorrow.
    Yeah, right!
    That cake looks so good too. I love coconut!!
    You know, I'd love a farm out like that one on a mountain.
    Your Terry, pulling water on a sled, that is a delightful photo.
    It looks of a young boy with his dog on a w interns day!
    I need to make some sauerkraut.
    Keep thinking I will, but have not.
    Yours seems simple enough.
    The last batch I tried froze and broke the jar!
    I have made jerky with hamburger, but gave it up due to the sodium.
    That looks good.
    Thank you so much for the post.
    I have bread dough ready to come out of the bread machine.
    It is late but I plan on rolling it out, and braiding it, and filling it with pie filling.
    I will make a glaze milk and confectioners sugar to drizzle on it.
    I was asked to bring a dessert for a family funeral meal tomorrow.
    I like to do different things from the standard cakes I often take.
    It's cold here tonight, and baking will warm up the kitchen.
    Hugs Dear Faye!

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  3. Your pie and cake look delicious! Snow is pretty isn't it? But it's good when it's gone. glad you were able to find a stove in good condition for your farm house. I almost made an icing for my birthday cake with coconut frosting...ones used for german chocolate cake. But I didn't. Not had one in years but it was good anyway! Have a good weekend and blessings to you and Terry!

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  4. What a joy to visit and have a glimpse of all that beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Thrilled that you managed to find a stove that you had wanted for so long at the right price. The photo of the area you collected it from was a delight. Great recipes, I will certainly be trying some of them. Take care.

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  5. A lovely post Faye. I am going to write down the cake recipe and try it. We have been cutting out (mostly back) sweets this winter (still make cookies) but a small single layer cake would be so tasty for tea time so this will do the trick. The rain as ended here overnight and the fog lifted and it's cooler this Sunday morning. We lost a lot of snow which is fine by me. Have a blessed Sunday and week ahead. Pam

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  6. You never fail to bring a smile to my face, Faye. Thank you sweet friend...have a lovely week.

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  7. Evening Faye, loved to ramble along with you , what fun!!! Love the wreath, great idea, might make one too... Hugs Francine.

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  8. One of your better posts for sure. So nice to see Charlie and the recipes were wonderful. So want to make some sauerkraut. Hope in a later post we can see the stove. You have a wonderful life and it is nice to be let in and see glimpses of it!

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  9. Hi,
    Another wonderful post. I just love reading about your days.
    The cake recipe, yummy!! Thank You!
    Love, Carla

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  10. You have a beautiful setting for your farmhouse. Looks like Charlie loves visiting there. Nice that you found a new stove to help with your cooking. Spending time there sounds really enchanting.
    Wendy

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  11. Oh Faye you are such a dear! I love it when you post because I always come away feeling as though I've had the loveliest visit with a dear friend. I always learn something new about homemaking...whether it be decorating, a new recipe or some health remedy. The fermentation of food is something I've been checking out ever so slowly and what you have shared here about the sauerkraut fits right in. When I no longer have as many bags of carrots from last year's crop in my fridge I want to give this sauerkraut a try.

    I have made the impossible pie before but it never occurred to me to put a bit of coconut flavoring in it. I will do that the next time.

    Thank you for posting the recipe for the cake. We are big on having a cup of tea in the evenings and while I am trying to stay away from such deliciousness I know my hubby would enjoy a piece of the cake along with his tea.

    I had to chuckle when I read your comment at the end about you really do more than cooking at your house. Any time I share the link to my Pinterest boards I always tell folks to not judge me because of all the recipe boards I have! LOL

    xx
    Dianna

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  12. What a beautiful life you are living Faye! I enjoy your posts so much.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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  13. The pie and cake looks so good. Ive copied the recipes down. x

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  14. What a lovely post, I love your rambles... it feels like a sweet cozy visit with you :) I love old propane stoves too, and you will enjoy it at the farmhouse! Hmm... I wonder what Terry will decide to do this summer? Love that sweet dog Charlie.. and those wontons looked wonderful, I've never made them. I think I will check your recipe link out. And yes, to white cake and tea :) Hugs to you today dear friend :)

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