The Blessed Hearth

The Blessed Hearth


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Making and Doing Spring stuff...

Good Evening dear hearts.. 
Here we are mid week once again.. The Spring is flying by and soon we will be into Summer.. 
Such a lovely time of the year.. 

I woke this morning and put the dog outside and saw these beautiful Forget-Me-Nots nodding to the first rays of the sun.. 

Another Spring flower that I love.. Along with Lily of the Valley and Violets.. 
When I was in Grade 5 and 6 we had a wonderful teacher by the name of Mrs. Elliott and she had a Wild Flower Contest each of those years.. I am sure I have shared (bragged) about this before but it was a little high light of my Elementary years in that I won each time.. My sweet Dad would wade in ponds for Water Lilies and my Mom knew the names of every flower.. No wonder I have such a love for them as does my sister.. smile.. 

We had a Keepers meeting last week and we had a great time.. 

The most delicious breakfast cooked by Chef Carmen.. grin.. 

European Crapes stuffed with homemade Kefir Cheese and honey and such.. Soooo good.. 

Or just spread with homemade jam... 

Then she made each of us an Omelette on order.. 
Whatever kind we desired.. 

Our Pastor's wife gave a little devotional on Sisterhood and it was so true.. 
We need our sweet friends to help us along life's road.. 
The Lord has blessed us with such dear ones..

Then we tried our hand at Pansy Pots and Wreaths with bottles to hold fresh flowers.. 

I think this wreath is being used as a frame.. smile.. 
One of the ladies made a bunch of homemade wreaths for us from a vine that grew along her fence.. 
Thank you, dear June.. 
And we had a couple of visitors and hope they will come again... 

Terry and I were on our way up to the farm and I spied this picture.. 

A sweet old cemetery with a patch of wild violets.. 

Just what I had been watching for each time we have been out driving somewhere.. 
I only needed two cups of flowers and leaves so it did not make a dent in the patch .... 
I love them growing around the stone.. 
I wonder if they liked violets.. 

I made some Violet Salve with them.. 

This is excellent for burns, eczema and skin irritations.. 
I will be selling these.. 
The recipe is HERE..

The Rhubarb is ready to be doing up.. 

Made these Fermented ones.. 
I tasted them today and am going to love them.. 
I seem to be the only one here who eats fermented veggies but they are so good for us.. 
This recipe was so simple.. 

Fermented Rhubarb.. 
5 stalks of rhubarb cut up into 1 inch pieces. 
2 tsp. mustard seed
1 bay leaf
1 clove of garlic
Place this in a quart jar or whatever. 
Then make a brine.. 
Brine is 1 T. salt to 2 cups of cool water.. 
Stir to dissolve salt and add to jar.. 
Push rhubarb down and put a weight on top to keep pieces under the brine.. I used a small glass bowl but you can put water in a zip lock bag to use also.. 
Cover with a piece of cheesecloth and a tie.. 
Keep at room temp for about a week if they last that long.. 
Let me know if you try them.. 

Terry picked me a bag of Dandelion heads.. 

Made some Dandelion Jelly .. 

Recipe HERE..

Hoping to get my jams and jellies and such somewhere to sell for the Summer.. 
Not sure where or when yet... 

We went to town as we call it yesterday.. 

Thought I would post a photo of our nearest city.. 
The best city in New Brunswick.. 
I might be a bit biased.. grin.. 

Anyway, this is all for today.. 
I do have a bit more but will hopefully do it later in the week.. 
Perhaps we will get to the farm tomorrow so will work on another farm journal post.. 

You sweet friends have a great week and take care... 
God bless... 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Farm Journal 1

Hello there.. 
Thanks for dropping by today..
Hope all is well in your part of the world.. 
Summer is on it's way here and  we have decided to spend our second summer at our old farm up in the Kent Hills.. 

The dear old cottage in St. Martins will only be visited occasionally as we are again going to raise a few animals and have a bit more garden then last summer.. 

When I blogged about the farm stay last year,  I called it Farm Diaries so this year I am changing it up a bit and calling it Farm Journal... 

Here is my first farm journal for 2017.. 

The pic above was taken on the way to the farm .. 
Spring has arrived here in Eastern Canada and it makes us all so happy.. 
One of the first sweet sign is of these flowers.. 
Some call them Dog Tooth Violets but my Mom called them Adder's Tongues .. 
Love them whatever they are called.. 

Then a little hall decked out in Choke Cherry Blossoms.. 

As I posted last time my first day at the farm consisted of washing cupboards and dishes ... 

Well, this day I only had a few more to do and then we had lunch..

Tried out this new salad dressing and it was excellent.. 
You could change up the vinegar and oils to suit your taste.. 
I used cider vinegar and canola oil.. 
Very simple and very easy.. 

We try sometimes to eat our bigger meal at lunch and then just a light supper.. 
So as Terry had left chicken in the fridge I decided to coat the legs with a Montreal Chicken Spice and a few oven fries baked in the oven all at the same time.. 

And lemon juice.. 
T'was good.. 

Terry decided he had to do his start of the season ritual by scaring me to death.. (as usual).. 
I went out on the stoop to call on the Lord to please protect him one more time.. 

Charlie kept me company... 

Terry was sure he had a belt there at the farm for climbing the flag pole but forgot he had brought it home to cut down the pine tree.. 
Remember?  sigh.. 

Well, even though he did not have one.. 
Up he went.. 
No belt and the old flag stuck on the metal pole .. 
So he is up there yanking and trying to get it off.. 
Letting go of the pole and trying to get this long metal pole down and it spiralling way out..
It is a long way up there as you can tell by the barn roof..  
Oh Lord!  
I was so scared! 
Why anyone needs a flag pole this tall is beyond me.. 

And our kids wonder why Mom is so nervous!! 
I know you girls who have been reading here for awhile understand why I am!.. grin.. 

I have this huge fear of heights so even looking up at him makes the back of my knees go weak.. Really... 
I find it hard to believe that a man so smart at times can be so ------ at other times.. You can guess what I am trying to say.. 

Well, at the end of about half an hour he somehow got it all unstuck and the flag hung although not to his liking and he says he will finish it the next time when he finds his belt... 
God love him!!

Thank you, Lord.. 
I was so weak I had to go in and make a cup of tea.... 
Some of you understand, eh?  grin.. 

Our garden this year is 3 times as large as last... 
We had one here at home but this time we are only going to do the one there... 
I have a few plans for new herb and flower beds .. 
Was so excited today to see that lavender seeds are up and growing in the sun room... 
Hopefully they will grow quickly for the next month.. 

See my thrift store find.. 

Six beautiful Chowder bowls for only two dollars each.. 
We love fish chowder during the summer, do you? 

I have to do the pantry next... 
Trevor gave me a nice large set of old fashioned Snow White dishes that they had and weren't using anymore..
I love them..  

So much to do before we can move up there but hopefully by the middle of June... 

Some of the herbs that came up again are.. 
Lovage, Comfrey, Chives, Sage, Oregano, Catnip, Yarrow and Tarragon... 
I have Parsley and Basil in pots growing here to take out.. 
Still have a few to buy, though.. 

I also have some flowers growing from seed.. 

Well, dear hearts thanks for dropping by.. 
So glad to hear from you and thank you for your sweet comments here on the blog or on the Face Book page.. 

Have a great weekend and God bless.. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Going to bed...


Don't you simply love going to bed.. To curl up warmly in a nice warm bed, in the lovely darkness, that is so restful and then gradually drift away into sleep ----C. S. Lewis

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saturday night Rundown..

Hello there dear hearts.. 
Thank you so much for dropping by the Blessed Hearth tonight.. 
It is Mother's Day weekend here.. 
The above pic is of my Mom when she was only about 16 or so I think.. 
Wasn't she sweet and so young.. 

I love this pic of her.. 

You can almost see her personality here.. 
Bright and cheery.. 
Very thankful for my Mom and so blessed to still have her in our lives.. 
She scares us a lot, though.. 
Today she had to go to emergency because she cut her leg on a chair and needed 6 stitches.. 
She is fine though.. 

Here is a little rundown of the last few days.. 
Spring time chores that we love.. 
Getting those towels out on the line and then smelling their sweet fragrance when we use them.. 

Trying something new that I was inspired by my friend, Anne to make.. 

Zuke Noodles.. 
With Chunky Tomato Sauce. 

These noodles were good but they are not pasta but a wonderful substitute if you are so prone to be healthy which I need to do much more often.. 
I have cut my pasta intake to only a couple of times a week but it is very difficult... 
Just sayin' !.. lol.. 

I took a pic of some books lying on my end table beside my chair.. 
Yes, I read every old Beatrix Potter book I come across.. 

Another favourite author is Louis L'Amour.. 
I had a huge stash of these that was in a big plastic bag and taken to the basement.. 
I can read some books a few times but do you think I could find them.. 
I thought I had lost them somehow by being thrown out by mistake by you know who ... grin.. 
Blamed him in my mind for a couple of years and then the other day I was looking through a big bookcase he had built in the basement a several years ago and lo and behold there they were..
Someone (probably me) took them out and I didn't know or remember.. Whatever.. But the lost is found..  
Thank you, Lord.. smile.. 
And then there is my Promise Book that I use so often.. 

This is what hubby loves to do.. 
News, news, news and more news.. 

The evenings are getting so much longer.. 
So happy about that.. 
Don't you love the Spring?  
Our house is filled with plants.. 
Did a big bucket of herbs for my Mom today for her gift along with a wreath.. 

On Friday we went to the farm for my first farm day this year.. 
I can't believe it has taken so long for me to actually get there and stay for the day.. It has been so damp but now it is lovely.. 
Terry worked at stuff and I started the cleaning.. 
Dishpans full of dishes and cupboards and counters and such all have to be washed.. 
We had a few winter borders but now they are kaput.. smile.. 

Later in the afternoon we visited some dear friends in Hillsborough.. 
I so love going there.. 
They own this adorable cat... 
We should have had him visit the farm this winter.. grin.. 
Oh well.. 
That is what you expect in an old country house.. So long as they are gone ... 

This is our friend's stairwell.. 
Isn't that beautiful! 
Love the bookcase and the staircase is gorgeous.. 
What a beautiful old home.. 

Here are some of their plants.. 
They have a Cactus that belonged to their grandmother.. 
Can you imagine!  
They are my age so it has been a few years.. 

Another little gathering on their buffet.. 
Such lovely antiques.. 
I am always in my glory when we visit.. 
Terry laughs and says that it makes me happy and it does.. 
Don't you love it when you visit kindred spirits.. 
Tea and homemade blueberry muffins and a visit to the piano room.. 
They have cows.. 

So nice!
Thank you Laura and Kathleen! 

Then this morning I headed for the farm as Terry wanted to go to an auction in Sussex.. 
I still have so much cleaning to do so away I went.. 
Picked up a Tim's coffee and went to work.. 
Accomplished quite a lot.. 
(still so much to do)  It took me 1 1/2 days just to clean the cupboards and everything in them.. I am so slow... 
We do not expect to move up for a few more weeks so hopefully I will be finished.. 
The dear man decides to come up too and walks in with a bag of these for my Mother's Day gift.. 

We sat down and ate them right away.. 

He also brought me a bag of Spring garlic that will be ready in the Fall.. 
He said I would like what was in the paper bag better then the lobster.. lol.. He was right!  
Love lobster but I was so disappointed that the garlic we planted in the Fall all froze.. 
We needed to cover them and I had not done my research.. 
But now I will have them anyway... 
Next time we will mulch or whatever one does.. 

Here is my new farm journal... 
Found it at the Thrift store.. 

Terry had to take all of the leftover wood on the stoop back to the wood pile.. 
Several loads.. Poor guy.. 
The boards there are for my hen houses and such.. 

Well my friends this is all for this evening.. 

Spring has arrived and our lawn is green again!  
Dandelion jelly, Rhubarb Jam and Fiddleheads in the works for next week... 

Do you make any of these?  

So glad to chat with you again! 
As always, I love your notes... 
Have a blessed lovely Mother's Day!  

God bless.

Psalms 139:13
For you created my inmost being,
you knit me together in my mother's womb.. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Spring in Rural New Brunswick, Ca...

Good Evening my dears.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth tonight.. 

Spring is such a glorious month and there is no place I would rather be then right here in good old New Brunswick.. 
You all know me.. 
I am not a traveller.. smile 

Today we were on our way to a Home Going service of a wonderful sister in the Lord and it was a beautiful drive so I thought I would take a few pics.. 

The lovely Belleisle Bay which has flooded due to the heavy rains over the weekend... 

Spied the sweet chickens...
Not very clear but they are there.. White ones.. 

Such a gorgeous bay of water.. 

Flooding as you can see but the roads were fine.. 

Grass is greener on the other side perhaps?  smile.. 

Next winter's wood.. 
I don't even want to think about it.. grin.. 

.Plenty of spring chores to do on these farms.. 

My favourite farm animal.. 

Love love sheep.. 

I am hoping one of my kids will read this and plan to put all of their money together and buy me one for Mother's Day.. 
I told Terry and he said ... no.... 

Oh well... 
I can dream.. smile.. 

He is lucky that I don't want one of these... 
Right?  grin.. 

Look at the horns on that thing.. 
Elk... I think.. 
There is a farm of them near Sussex.. 

A simply beautiful farm... 

I wonder what he is looking at... 

Dreams of yesterday... 
So sad when these old barns fall down... 
But still lovely... 

Back to Sussex... 
The Dairy town of New Brunswick... 

Do you spy the Canadian flag there? 

Hope you all enjoyed this.. 

Thank you so much for dropping by ... 
I do look forward to hearing from you.. I am sorry I have not been very faithful blogging lately but like everyone else we have been busy with stuff.. 
Will post a bit of our doings next time, Lord willing.. 
Take care and God bless.. 

This is one of my favourite verses.. 
2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.

So thankful for the hope we have in Christ.. 
Some glad day...