Monday, September 3, 2018

Rambling into September..

Hello my lovely friends... 
So happy to have you visit the Blessed Hearth today.. 
The past weekend has been a long one here in New Brunswick as it is Labour Day today.. 
Time has passed and here we are once again on the brink of another school year.. 
Most everything will return to normal shall we say.. 
For us it is really not very different!  smile.. 
A bit though as the rest of the world gets back to normal then we find ourselves trying to get a schedule going and looking towards getting chores and projects back on the burner that were shoved to the back for the summer.. 
Terry will concentrate on making sure we have enough wood in the basement and getting our gardens tidied up ... 
I also have several other projects for him that he needs to put on the front of the stove once again!  grin... 
I am wanting to get my pickling and canning finished and start some old fashioned house cleaning... 
And of course there are lots of other ways to keep myself busy.. 
We retire from our jobs but not our lives and we can work until the Lord calls us home and not be caught up.. 
When we were younger I imagined that retiring would be a rocking chair for me and a lazy boy for him but of course that is not the way of it.. 
We certainly don't do as much perse but we are always busy.. 
It just takes us longer... much longer to accomplish half what we used to... 
Oh well.. 
Life is what you make it! 
You girls who read the blog often are probably rolling your eyes as this is my new motto since I heard it.. smile.. 
On with the show.. 
Spent some time at the farm of course.. 

The Scarlet Runner Beans have lots of blossoms and are just so pretty and there are lots of beans there now... 
I am a bit slow in getting them picked and done as Terry has a wonderful row that has produced so many... 

Lots and lots of parsley and I have used a lot of it.;..

My Basil has done well but not as good as last year as we were not there to water it a lot.. 
Enough for several batches of pesto though and that is what counts... 
Love pesto..
 Do you?  

 Lemon Verbena and it has done well too.. 

As you can see the Oregano got away on me but still lovely for hanging and potpourris.. 

I believe I will try making an Herbal Potpourri.. 
Sounds kind of nice, eh? 

Love Sunflowers.. 
Thanks to Bob and Carol who gave us seeds.. 
Terry has them planted here and there throughout the garden, too.. 

Cucumbers and Squash... 

And a little story to tell here.. 
Some of my friends heard me tell this one so just walk on by girls!  lol.. 
We bought this old farm from my sweet Aunt Eva and Uncle many years ago.. 
They went into a home and the place went up for sale.. 
We have always loved it up there and was so happy to be able to buy it.. 
We would just go up there for the day and have dinners as you long time readers recall... 
Well.. the first Spring after we bought it we drove into the back of the house and behold the garden plot was filled with poppies.. 
Gorgeous old fashioned poppies.  
You know me and flowers... 
I was ecstatic!
I couldn't wait to go visit Aunt Eva and Uncle Arnold at the Jordan and tell them about it.. 
When I told them about the poppies, Uncle Arnold said, "Yes, Papa planted them there in 1902."  
Well... That is what I did! 
Imagined his old parents (who I remember well as a child) planting those precious poppies out there way back when they only has a horse and carriage and lamps in the old original house. 
Can't you imagine that? 
So dear!  
Back to the story.. 
Terry ended up putting in a garden there the next year or so.. 
The poppies disappeared!  
They just vanished and I was heart broken.. 
Every Spring I would look in vain but they did not show themselves.. 
I was so mad at Terry... 
What had he done to them? 
Uncle Arnold had them and he had a garden every summer in the exact same place...
Funny, eh!  Not really! 
As you know this is our third summer for the farm with gardens and such.. 
We were there the first summer and the very next Spring lo and behold there were poppies back in the garden.. 
Poor Terry... 
He thought they were weeds until one managed to bloom and then he asked me what it was!  
Oh.. I was so excited!  
And to think he was pulling them out!.. 
Let's say that didn't happen again.. grin.. 
But there were several.. 

And again this Summer.. 
They just pop up here and there  
Isn't that just the sweetest thing? 
They are glad we are back doing the gardens and such.. grin.. 
Well .. 
That is my story and I am sticking to it.. 
God knows my love for those poppies and I count them as blessing.. 
I think I may have wrote about this before so please just humour me.. grin.. 

Are you poor things bored yet? 
You will be as this is a long post... 

Did a bit of preserving up there last week.. 

My friend Carman's Romanian Soup Base.. 
Several of us girls from the Keepers meeting where she taught this to us would not do without it.. 
It is just tomatoes, peppers and parsley.. 
Lots of parsley as you can see.. 
Chop it all up and put in rock salt.. 
About 8 tomatoes, half of a sweet pepper, lots of chopped parsley and 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons of rock salt to this recipe.. 
I just keep doing this batch by batch into a large bowl.. 
Let it sit for awhile then push into sterilized jars and cover with the juice that has collected in the bottom of the bowl.. 

Can them for 35 minutes.. 
I use it in so many of my soups which I am starting to make again already.. 
Then we had a few fried zuke slices and green tomatoes for lunch.. 
They were ok.. 
I even added hot pepper flakes and basil but not to our taste.. 

It was a lovely day though but it was nice to come home to sleep.. 
Charlie is wondering what is taking that man so long.. grin... 

Canned lots and lots of green beans here at home.. 

They are just so delicous in a Winter's night supper... 
And more dill... 
And more dill... 

I posted a pic of the tomatoes that I was drying on Instagram and someone wanted me to post the recipe on my blog.. 

It is a very easy recipe.. 
Slice preferably plum tomatoes in half.. 
Take out the seeds and the stem.  
Lay them on a parchment sheet or good cookie tray.. 
Sprinkle sliced fresh garlic, sliced fresh basil and a bit of pickling salt over top.. 
Put your finger over the end of your oil jar and sprinkle a bit over top.. 
Place them in an oven at 175 to 200 degrees F. oven for at least 12 hours or overnight.. 
You can turn them if you like and take out the smaller ones as they dry.. 
Put into a jar and cover with oil... 
You can use olive oil or canola.. 
Store in the fridge.. 
They are lovely in soups, stews and any tomato base dish.. 
Also good in baked bean soups and such.. 
Try not to eat them all when you take them out as they are so good.. 
Martha Steward has lots of ideas about how to use dried tomatoes on her site... 

This weekend Terry and Trevor and grandson went to the races.. 
I should have wrote this blog post but was a bit lazy.. 

So I made this little herb lamp... 
It is an idea from Country Living UK.. 
Their's was prettier with wild flowers in it but I love growing peppermint from slips..
I just broke off a few slips of peppermint and pineapple sage and put them in the water.. 
Soon they will root and I will be able to repot and have peppermint plants all over the house for winter.. 
Good for breathing or some such thing.. 

You just hot glue a candle to the bottom of an old jar.. 
Let it sit till it is firm then fill three quarters up with water and add either blossoms or herbs.. 
I expect the candle will burn down so I probably won't use it too often.. 
I love it as part of my kitchen table centrepiece.. 
Skittles is gone.. sigh.. 
Hope to make a few more and add a wire to hang them with.. 

Today my hubby treated me to a nice long drive with a picnic lunch as summer is winding down.. 
I packed some homemade bread, ham, crab salad, pickles and chips.. 
Oh and some health cookies ... smile.. 
Bottled water and we bought coffees... 

Charlie was excited and wondered where we were going.. 
So did I but Terry wasn't sure.. grin.. 

We just started out and of course ended up in Albert County.. 
(is there any other?  grin)

It was one of our favourite drives that we take so often.. 

Went past the cemetery where my dear father lies.. 
Grandparents and so on... 

The dear little Baptist church that my grandma attended is being torn down.. 

So heart breaking.. 
But it happens... 
Just sad! 

Passed by my rose hip patch and they will soon be ready!


See that old black and white photo.. 
That is my dear dad and I when I was about three years old.. 
Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of my Dad's passing.. 
I still miss him.. 
Would love to have a wee chat and catch him up on all that has been going on since he left.. 
I was thinking today that as he was only 58 when he died that he would think I was an old lady now.. smile..

But... he is with the One he wanted to see .. 
The One he put first in his life and taught us girls that when we stand at the gate of eternity that there will only be one thing that matters.. 
Our walk with God.. 

And he taught us that Jesus is the answer..
To all of our needs and all of our problems..  
Now and always... 

Still holding onto His hand, Dad... 

Our sweet girl had a birthday this past week, too..
Just the picture of her Daddy.. 

Well sweet friends this is all for tonight.. 

I posted this pic on Instagram and mentioned that I am still loving the summer sun shining through the windows.. 

It's not over till it's over so please don't offer me any pumpkin lateas or any other pumpkin whatever for another few days.. 
I am squeezing every bit of summer I can in the next bit.. 

I do like the cooler weather though.. 
Just sayin'   .. lol... 

Thanks so much for stopping by and putting up with all these words.. 
I won't be offended if you just look at the pics.. grin.. 

Love hearing from you all.. 
May God bless and keep you and your families.. 

My Instagram link.. 


  1. I enjoyed your post Faye. I don't know when you have time to sleep what with all the bottling, canning, cooking and preserving you're doing. The weather has been so nice and I hope it continues. It's been a really great summer. I managed to write 2 blog posts this weekend if you want to pop over. Take care and enjoy the lovely days we have.

  2. Faye, what a lovely post. I have been a bit too lazy to write a blog post too so should get motivated I guess. Instagram is so much easier :-) Spring has begun here in Australia and we are still in drought so hopefully some rain is just around the corner as our farmers are really suffering.

  3. Wonderful to pop by and catch up with all your doings. You put me to shame with all your canning and preserving. Love the candle idea. It was a joy to join you on your little tour.

  4. Full of colour, life and things to ponder.
    Thank you x

    1. forgot to mention it's
      sad about the Church.
      If only things could stay the same.

  5. Another lovely wander in your interesting life Faye, I so enjoy reading about all you do....and marvelling at your energy too!
    How sad that the little church is being torn down.

  6. As usual, I enjoyed spending some time with you while having my morning coffee. The herbal lamp is something I might try as I think it is really pretty but I love, love the scenery on your ride in Albert County. My husbands ancestors came in through Wellington County, Ontario, Canada and lived in that area for many years before younger generations moved down to Chicago, Illinois for jobs. Some day we hope to visit that area as we haven't ever been up that way. Like you, I am loving summer and wanting to hold on to every little warm breeze and flower. I have been drying peaches to make fried peach pies with in the winter.

  7. What a good looking woman Shonda is - a beautiful photo. I love the pictures of the landscape, flowers and of course dear old Charlie! The herb lamp is a sweet and easy idea - I think I'll give this a go.
    Thanks for a super post.

  8. My great aunt could not figure why her daffodils never returned for another year until my great uncle died and her daffodils returned just as they should. He hated daffodils so we all assume he was digging up the bulbs every year and throwing them out. He was not a mean person so we were all amused.

  9. As always Faye A fantastic post and photos . Poor Terry pulling out the Poppies , I am glad they are growing again now that he knows what they are . My mum planted a poppy garden on our farm as my dad was a British solder in the second world war and she planted it as a memorial to all those who fought in it , I still remember it to this day ! Happy belated B day to Shonda . Papa and I love going for drives around our country roads and area
    to . My you are a busy lady with all your crafts and canning and all so lovely to . I hear you on the phrase life is what you make it again something my mum always said and as do I Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

  10. I loved the post and all the pictures. Sorry to hear about Skittles. God bless.

  11. A sweet post, Faye. Thank you for sharing with us.
    I love the poppy story! Poor Terry...*smile*.
    You've given me an idea to save a bit of my spearmint growing. I shall put a start in the window today, before it gets too cold and dies back for the winter.
    Enjoy these last summer days.


  12. I love your posts, Faye! You've been busy, as usual, and everything looks wonderful. I love the idea of the candle and herbs in a jar with water. I'll have to give that a try.

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