Saturday, March 11, 2017

A very cold Saturday...

Good Evening everyone!
My word but it is cold here in New Brunswick on this Saturday and the wind is fierce! 

Come on in!!  

We were so happy to spend today with a couple of our grandsons who didn't mind the weather at all.. smile.. 

They put their order in for lunch... 

Their favourite.. 
Broccoli and Spaghetti with mushrooms and lemons.. 
Garlic bread and such..... 

They hooked Netflix up for their grandpa and then they all went to the woodlot for some target practice... 
None of them seemed to mind the cold and came back with big appetites for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Dills and all.. 
So love having them.. 

The March break is almost over for another year... 
How the years have come and gone!  

I wanted to show you a pic of the doll bottle I shared with you last post..  

I have them squeezed in there but still want to organize the lace bits some and I found a couple of old roses to put on the bottle also.. 
You are getting the drift, though, eh?  

Terry loves parsnips... 
He brought a bag up from the basement fridge and asked me to do them up... 

I guess he had a craving for them.. smile.. 
I think he was expecting a stew or such but I had noticed this recipe on the web one day ages ago and thought it was a good time to try it out.. 

Parsnip Cakes.. 
4 or 5 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
2 floury potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 
1 T. flour 
1/2 diced onion
1 clove minced garlic (opt.) 
chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper
3 T. oil for frying.. 
Cook parsnips and potatoes until tender and then mash well.. 
Mix in remaining ingredients and form into patties.. 
Fry until golden brown on each side.. 
Serve with a bit of sour cream and a salad on the side.. 
A lovely lunch.. 

We have been pottering around here the past week... 
I cleaned up some old silver spoons that I had ..

I think that is King George on them.. 
My Mom had one when we were growing up and I always loved that spoon.. 
She said when she was little she would cry to use it and when she married Gram gave it to her.. When I saw these ones at Value Village hanging up in a plastic bag for a couple of dollars I was so happy..  
We had her and my step-father over for supper last night and I showed them to her.. 
She was amazed at how pretty they were.. 
When I bought them they needed a cleaning rather badly and every once in awhile I will give them a rub and shine..  
Love cleaning silver.. 
Like finding buried treasure! smile.. 

Mom loves Won Ton soup... 
She worked in a Chinese restaurant for years!

I made some for supper.. 
Along with some Bubble and Squeak.
Everyone always wants to know what that is.. 
This is how I make it but it is not the real English stuff..   
Fried bacon, sliced potatoes and onions and lots of sliced cabbage.. 
Salt, pepper and lots of fresh parsley and lemons squeezed on.. 
I know that the soup doesn't go with Bubble and Squeak but it was what they like... 

Otherwise, everything is normal around here.. 
Buying and sorting seed stuff and thinking about our garden plans.

I certainly was a bit lackadaisical this week.. 
I hardly accomplished anything and feel like I am in a huge
Guess it is the Winter blaas...
I need to get my act together and get a few more Winter chores done.. 
Things like getting the woodwork painted and my linen closet a good do over.. Also, my lace cupboard need to be gone through..
And so on and so on... 

Anyway, dear hearts tomorrow is the Lord's Day.. 
The weather is to be fine so that is a good thing.. 

Take care of yourselves and your sweet families... 
God is good... 


  1. I love your blog!! It is time to plant your peppers!

  2. It certainly has been a bitterly cold day here in Atlantic Canada....and maybe in all of the country I guess. I'll be so glad when the temperature starts going above freezing won't you? Your mother is a beautiful lady with a kindly face. How fun to have your grands over for the day. They grow up so fast don't they. Have a blessed Sunday Faye. And stay warm.

  3. We have been a deep freeze too. I just keep reminding myself that spring is just around the corner! Your parsnip patties look yummy. Hubby doesn't care for parsnips (or vegetables in general!) so I'll have to try them when we have company for dinner.

  4. My husband loves parsnips, unlike me!, so I might have to try the patties for him.
    I'm not sure that there is a defining recipe for Bubble and Squeak, we just fry up mashed potato and whatever vegetables are left over. Add an egg and it is delicious!

  5. Sigh...winter has not loosened its grip here in western NY either....-1* and expecting a major storm. I always enjoy your lovely blog, Faye. smiles

  6. We love Parsnips here too, your cakes sound wonderful, thank you for the recipe.
    Flowers are coming up all over our tiny part of the world, I hope it warms up for you soon.
    Fondly Michelle

  7. Winter is supposed to be a time for resting and slowing down dear Faye ;D so don't feel to bad about not accomplishing much :D ... thank you so much for sharing. Here in the mountains, it is still quite cold and snow is visiting quite often! mari

  8. Lovely photos . It has turned cold here again and they are predicting a snow storm for much of southern Ontario here I hope it is light snow and melts on contact as the land is warmer now just need the air warmer now lol ! Our march break here for school kids is just starting . I am soo looking forward to spring in 8 days WOOHOO ! Thanks for sharing , have a good week !

  9. Hi,
    I just love when you share your grandson's with us. It has been fun watching them grow up. I enjoy the special relationship you and Terry have with them.

  10. Hello Faye, it is a cold 42 here in South Alabama and going to be in the low 20's this week a few nights, but nothing like you guys have been having. Brrrr...I am ready for Spring to stay. Everything is blooming out and I am afraid these cold nights will hurt our fruit trees. Going to cover them and pray for the best. Don't have that many anyway. Your Mom is a lovely lady and looks so sweet...just like you. So glad you got to enjoy your grandsons. It is a cold rainy Lords Day here today, but we had such a good service this morning and looking forward to another one tonight at church. Have a wonderful week ahead and stay warm. Blessings to you and Terry.

  11. I'm with Terry. I love parsnips. Your recipes looks delicious, Faye. I also love your doll jar. It looks like buried treasure you've just found and put out for everyone to wonder at.

    I hope you get warmer weather soon. I'm looking forward to your posts about driving around the countryside. :- )

  12. I have some silver tea spoons with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth commemorating their 1939 tour of Canada. They're a bit different from yours. That would have been a nice surprise for your mom :) The "pickled" dolls are kind of neat. I think your idea to add some lace and rose buds will make it really interesting. The parsnip cakes sound yummy! I hope springtime comes a little sooner than later for all of us! Have a great week,

  13. Hello Dear Faye and it has been so good to visit with you again and enjoy your warm welcome!
    Your grandsons are so grown up already and handsome young men!
    Love the silverware -treasures for sure!
    Have a blessed week!

  14. Faye, your posts are always like a salve to the soul. I've been so busy I haven't been able to visit my blog friends very much, but I do follow along. You are so lovely to make your Mom Wonton Soup. Sometimes we all need a bit of what we crave. Love, Mimi xxx

  15. Such a lovely post, as always.
    I love your sweet "doll bottle ".
    Blessings ❤

  16. Such a lovely post, as always.
    I love your sweet "doll bottle ".
    Blessings ❤

  17. I enjoyed my visit here! Such a cozy home and love!

  18. How wonderful to have your grandsons spend some fun time with you over the spring break! Our spring break here is not until the last week of March. I think you got a lot accomplished, love your doll bottle! And the parsnip cake recipe sounds really yummy, especially with the sauce! Your mother is just precious, how lovely that you made her wonton soup! I've never heard of bubble and squeak but it sure sounds delicious! Love those comfort food kind of dishes! Hugs to you today, hope your snow is melting, ours is! :)