Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A week in October

Good Evening everyone.. 
Thanks for dropping by the Blessed Hearth today.. 
Hope you are all well.
We had our first snow today.  
Very messy!  Slush but it didn't last long!
  Thank heavens!

The wind has been blowing the last few days and nights.. 
Makes for very cozy sleeps.. 
The curtains billow and we snuggle under the duvet.. 
Just love those kind of nights.. 
I did put an extra thick old quilt on top of the duvet last night..  
Terry warned me it was going to be be freezing so I tried to be helpful...  
But the window stayed open.. grin... 

This is just a short post tonight.. 
I have been doing but have not been very vigilant with my camera.. 

I don't know if I mentioned on here that I was pressing leaves between waxed paper to make a table runner... 
I forget if it was here or on Instagram.. 
But here it is.. 

Terry and I went to Calais last week for the day.. 
I bought some lovely fabrics (they are so much cheaper in the States)
I have some dish cloths to make and such..  
And I had them cut me a long table runner of clear table topper to put over the leaves with a crochet runner on the bottom.. 

My friend Dawn shared her recipe for 2 ingredient Bagels.. 

We loved how they turned out..
You can find the recipe on Weight Watchers site.. 

We had Chinese one night.. 
Sweet and Sour Chicken and Chinese Pasta.. 
My Mom worked for years in a Chinese restaurant and this is a recipe the owners used to make for their family.. 
They didn't serve it in the restaurant but she used to make it for them and we like it every once in awhile.. 

Stir fry whatever veggies you like in a bit of oil and garlic.. 
Some onions, peppers, celery, mushrooms, onions and carrots in this one.. 
Add a bit of shredded fresh ginger and 5spice... 
Cook your pasta.. You can use spaghetti or even rice noodles.. 
Drain and add to veggies.. 
Add soy sauce to taste... 

Charlie seems to enjoy looking at the view.. 
We have deer come out often to feed on the apples... 
It is deer season here once again.. 

I bought a new cookbook on Saturday from our community.. 

It is a reprint of 1972... 
I loved looking through it and the recipes are lovely.. 
Well, except for those jellied salads.. 
Do you remember when they were served at every fancy dinner and not so fancy.. smile.. 
I just never took to them except for Tomato Aspic.. 
We learned to make that in Home Economics and I still like that one.. 

The food world has changed but one thing that hasn't is CAKE... 
It is still delicious.. 
Have you ever felt like a piece of cake and cup of tea would make everything better?  
Well, last night that is how I felt even though we have been trying not to eat sugar.. 
I noticed this recipe in the new cookbook and as it was so simple I thought I would give it a try.. 
It is lovely! 
We only ate one piece each but each bite was so good!  
Here is the recipe.. 
Very simple.. 

Nut Cake.. 
1 3/4 cup of flour
2 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup of shortening
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla 
2 eggs
1 c. milk 
1/2 cup chopped walnuts.. 
Mix all together and place in greased pan.. 
350 degrees F. for 35 minutes or more.. 
Till firm in the middle.. 
8 x 8 square or round pan..
I didn't bother to frost the cake.. 
It is just so moist..  

Well dear girls so happy to have you.. 
Hope your Fall is going well ..
Looking forward to the weekend as Shonda and I are taking a little shopping trip... 

Take care and God bless... 


  1. Thank you for the recipe, my husband loves walnuts (though I don't) and I'm going to make it for him.

  2. Love the table runner, such a lovely idea to add the leaves.

  3. Lovely post and photos as always Faye . I hear from the weather network that your way this weekend will be lots of snow falling YIKES ! No snow for us as of yet but I feel it inching its way closer in the air .Stay cozy warm and safe and have a good weekend !

  4. Your tablerunner is just beautiful, Faye! I love the crocheted piece under it. Just lovely.

    And the cake sounds very yummy. I'll be giving it a always. :)

  5. Nice leaf table runner. You've got some interesting ideas! I need to make cookies this weekend. Going to mix batter then bake put in fridge then bake them later. We got our first good rain Fri afternoon. It was nice to drive home work in the rain. Felt like Oregon again. Finally! Rain and cool weather into next week! Thank you Lord for the much needed rain! Tea and cake sounds delicious to me too! Hugs and blessings!

  6. The bagels look great :)

    What a lovely way to use the leaves and enjoy their Beauty inside x