Friday, October 12, 2018

The week of Thanksgiving..

Good Evening Everyone.. 
So happy to have you visiting.. 
Hope you are all having a great fall season.. 
It certainly is gorgeous here in New Brunswick .. 
Eastern Canada is well known for the beautiful fall foliage and this year Mother Nature has outdone herself... 
Just going to keep you up with our doings the last few days here in the post tonight.. 

Terry was a dear and collected some Sumac leaves for me.. 
These bushes just crown the countryside in their glory.. 

Lovely, eh! 

Everywhere you look there are pumpkins.. 
and more pumpkins.. 
This is a market over in Salisbury.. 
They have lots of fresh veggies, homemade crafts and antiques.. 
All kinds of stuff but in the fall they have a corn maize .. 
It is hard to believe how many people show up there on the weekends.. 
Amaizing!!  lol..

Did you have a happy Thanksgiving?  
We had a lovely one.. 

Headed down to our daughter's this year... 
The drive was beautiful... 
She always decorates so sweet... 

Makes almost all of her own decor.. 
And the table is so beautifully set... 
Everyone has a great time catching up and then the food was delicious!

The grand finale is her famous apple pie.. 
There were other desserts of course but this one holds a place in my heart... smile.. 

Grandpa is always the star of the show... 
Those boys love to tease him.. 
Believe me they get it right back.. grin.. 

We had an extra reason to be thankful on this Monday of Thanksgiving... 
This dear guy (our oldest son) Trevor works at the Irving Oil Refinery.. 
He worked all night and left his shift and went home.. 
At around 10 am there was a horrific explosion there.. 
What a terrible experience for the Irvings and their employees and the city of St. John.. 
It has been deemed a complete miracle that there were not even one major injury.. 
Not one... 
The God we serve was once again faithful... 
I honestly believe that with all the prayers that go up daily for so many people working there by their families that God has angels round about that vast refinery.. 
The largest in Canada.. 

So we are so thankful! 
Thank you dear Lord.. 

We had a blessed day with our precious family!  
Missed our youngest son, Dustin though.. 
Not there in body but in spirit I am sure.. 
So glad he is doing well out west, though.. 
This mama misses him at times terribly but I know he is God's hand... 
Trusting in that.... 
Anyway we had fun with everyone.. 
Mom and Gerald drove down and Dave's mom, Vivian and his niece Victoria were there along with a couple of sweet girls... 

Later on in the day we left them to it and went for a long way around drive back home.. 
Took a country ferry across the St. John River and drove through the Kingston Peninsula ...
Beautiful art work by the Master's hand... 

Hope you all enjoyed the weekend.. 
The weather here was awesome and all is well.. 

If you can believe it ... I am still doing tomatoes.. 

Oven dried those above and made a delicious soup today... 

Out of the Three Ingredient Cookbook.. 

Cabbage and Barley Soup... 
Here is the recipe although it is my version.. 
Chop up an onion and a head of cabbage and a minced clove of garlic... 
Put in a large pot along with 2 T. olive oil.. 
Cook this on low for several minutes until the cabbage wilts.. 
Add a can of tomato juice and 1/2 cup of pearl barley.. 
A large can .. 48 ounces..
Let this simmer away and add vegetable stock (I save this from our supper veggies) or you can add chicken or whatever stock you have on hand.. 
Just a cup at a time...
After awhile add another just so it does not get too thick.. 
I also added a large tablespoon of powdered chicken broth stuff, salt and pepper, hot chili flakes and a large tablespoon of my soup base that we made last fall.. 
Just add the herbs and seasonings to your taste...
I have read many times that the best soup is one that simmers a long time.. 
I just put it on and left it for a couple of hours except for adding broth now and then.. 
Sprinkle some chopped bacon or parsley on top to serve...
This made enough for a couple of meals easily... 

Here are a few vinegars that I flavoured.. 

Well dear hearts this is all for today... 
Sorry I have such long times in between.. 
This computer is a pain so I kind of put off posting at times... 
Praying for you all and thanks so much for visiting and I love your dear notes.. 
Before I go I want to share a bit of scripture that has blessed my heart so much this week.. 
I am memorizing  it... 
It so gives me joy... 

Remember that old old hymn of the church.. 
When the Redeemed of the Lord come gathering in.....

Isaiah 35: 9-10

But only the redeemed will walk there,
10     and those the Lord has ransomed will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
    everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
    and sorrow and sighing will flee away.



  1. It looks like you had a most wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. Your photos are lovely and I have to say that your soup looks delicious!

  2. Even though I don't leave a comment on each post, I thoroughly enjoy each & every one of them. I loved the pics of your family gathering...making memories together. Our foliage here in eastern PA is not yet at the point that yours is, but I love this season & how I feel it reminds us that even in dying there can be glory.

    I also love all your recipes & tips on making the wonderful dishes you seem to put together with ease. That reminds me of my mother...a natural cook, which I am not. God bless you & each one of your family.

    Anita ~ the cabin on the creek
    ...all is grace!

  3. What a lovely time! Gorgeous.

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  5. The scripture was enjoyed by me and Jim. Thanks, Faye! thought of you and your family so much during your Thanksgiving.

  6. Faye it looks like you had a wonderfully blessed time with family, it's always nice to gather together isn't it?
    It is spring down under so we have lovely new life all around, even amongst all the cool days and threatening snow:)

  7. What a joy for you to all meet up, spend quality time and create so many wonderful memories to treasure. The soup looks delicious. I have just made some raspberry vinegar and some herb oil.

  8. I love seeing other people's pretty table settings - a beautifully laid and decorated table brings me joy. Such a small thing - my family tease me because I like the table to look ' just so '. I won't be changing my ways now!
    Shondas apple pie looks scrummy. Love the pictures of your grandsons and their Grandpa - happy family times.
    Thanks for the beautiful autumn photos.

  9. What a delightful family time you had.

  10. Beautiful, Faye. That explosion reached our news here in Western NY. So thankful no one was hurt.

    Hope you have a lovely day friend.

  11. Your blog Is beautiful. Thank you for your comment on my page. To answer your question . I am a Canadian. Proud of it. I and hubby live in a senior building in a wee town but if I drive like 2o minutes or less I am in the country.

  12. The scenery is gorgeous! I do miss the fall color. Texas doesn't get color like that! Now, the mountains of Tennessee...look just like your photos! So glad you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The food looks delicious, especially that apple of my very favorites! Love the scripture!! Have a great one!

  13. Looks like you all had a lovely time together. What a miracle that your son and the other workers at the refinery are all safe!
    As always, I enjoy my visits to your blog. Filled with a thankful attitude, beautiful pictures, sweet thoughts, delicious recipes, etc..

    Have a lovely rest of your week.