Wednesday, December 28, 2022

A Christmas Post for 2022

Hello there my dear hearts! 
Merry belated Christmas and everything else I have missed in the last two months!  

No excuses just I am sorry! 
I just seemed to need a break from the internet but didn't really realize it until time actually passed.   

Here I am and happy to be here!  

I am doing all this on my tablet so it is not as composed as it should be. Sorry!  

Usually I explain under the pics but for today I will just chat with you as though we were having a phone catchup or you dropped by.    Ok? 

The last time we were on here was after our Thanksgiving...
Then during November we were busy doing stuff, I guess!  Smile    
Time sure flew by! 

Most of the pics above are of our family Christmas Day which was actually on Boxing Day! 

A few pics are of some of the homemade doings..
Not many as I kept forgetting to take pics..

I really enjoyed making the felted tags for all of them.. 
I tied them on Kraft bags of their little homemade gifts I did for them.   No pics!  😑
Embroidered teatowels, homemade spice mixes, fudge, nougat, salted caramel peanut brittle.   
I did a few essential oil things like inhalers, lotion bars and such.   
You know me! I am in my happy place when I am making and doing!  

One day Shonda and Dave came home and we all went out gathering boughs and such! 
We had a blast! 
Shonda is very much like her mother at times! Lol! 

Then we had the shopping and all to do! 
Cleaning cupboards, closets and drawers for Christmas... 
Such an incentive! 🙂
Decorating and wrapping.   
Attending Christmas celebrations and doing up cards.

Such a busy time of year! 
Love it all and thankful we are still able to enjoy it all! 

Oh, I had a huge birthday! 
If my Momma had still been here she would have said she couldn't believe how old I am!  
And that the year I was born it was a green Christmas!  They brought me home the day before Christmas although my birthday was the 15th! 
Grammy and Dad went to town and bought me a wee white dress and a high chair!!! 
She would tell me the same thing every birthday! 
The dear thing!  

She has been gone 2 years on the14th...
I still miss her so! 
Guess I always will! ❤
The first pic is the little dress...
Which I still have! Thanks to my mother!
And the high chair... 

There are a couple pics of the tables ready for the meal .  
The grandsons have always sat out here in the kitchen and the grown ups in the dining room.   
This year there were  four Mrs. Henry's here! 
Isn't that amazing? Grin!
And there are four of them in our dear church....

Oh the little boxes on their plates are a wee box with one big Hersey Kiss! Smile! 

I keep going back to check what I am posting and I see the Maple Fudge Cones I made..  
They take a bit of practice but they are tasty.  
I sent some to Alberta to our precious boy but forgot to give the other ones out . 
And there is the cutest pic of our son in law hiding in the living room and playing with Joel's dog! Lol! 

We received beautiful gifts from our kids.  
They are all so good to us and they all appreciate every little thing we do! 
We thank God everyday for them as I am sure you do yours! 

God gave us such a blessing in our families! 
It is our responsibly to guide them and guard them every day with our prayers.  
It doesn't matter how much material goods we give them if we  disregard giving them the most important gift of all! 
The leading and guiding them to the Savior of the world! Our children are the only thing we can take with us to eternity! We need to share that precious hope with them...
Teach them that the Bible is the true Word of God that leads and guides and makes enjoy life worth living... 
And it is our guide which prepares our hearts to meet the  Lord...

Well dear friends...... this is all for this year! 

Imagine! 2023 coming up! 
I want to go into it with a heart full of hope and faith and trust in my Lord and my God! 
To choose Joy because He is my Joy!!! 

God bless you each and every one and I hope you still love me after my big absence....

I will strive to do better next year! 
I am looking forward to reading your sweet notes.
Thank you for all your emails and messages! 
When you leave a comment if you would just add your first name so I know it is the same one who commented last time    PLEASE!!❤
Thank you! 
Ok ... will see you here, Facebook or Instagram.

God Bless!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2022

The End of these October Days.....

Good day to you all!
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth blog on this lovely day of October!  
I can't believe it is over a month since I have posted..  
So sorry about that but life just sometimes gets away on

And here we are at the end of these October days of 2022!
  I pray you have all been keeping well and enjoying this glorious autumn.. 
Perhaps it is not as glorious in your part of the world but here in Maritime Canada the Autumn is counted as blessing from our Lord.  

But God has been so good to us... 
Just to let you know since my last post that Terry has had all good news.. 
After two years all the infections of the past are over and no damage has been done.. 

He is back!!
On the roof, up the ladders, cutting wood, driving faster 😏, smiling more, sleeping better, fixing whatever and even drinking coffee again..  
So so thankful!!! 
Our God is a faithful and on time God... 
When we go through the trial, He is there and He knows.. 
So many times when my head was bowed and I didn't know what to do.. 
I knew that He knew and all would be well.. 
However it turned out, He would be with us!  
and He was...

You who have followed my blog the last 12 years know that when it comes to Jesus, I am compelled to tell you of His goodness!  

Now .. 

Seeing as it has been awhile since we have all been here and having a chat I think I will start out with the little farm doings..  
We actually did not get there much in the last few months.. 
Just like the last two years but we did some.. 
These pics are of our day last week... 

We could see the cows were out front.. 
I love that.... 

They are such wonderful cows... 
They always come to the fence and say hello... smile.. 

Terry had a lot of chores and as he had been there several times without me.. 
I had a few too... 

While I waited for the hot water tank to heat up so I could do a bit of cleaning, I worked on lunch as we were late.... as usual.. grin.. 
Steak with Mashed, gravy and carrots... 
A few pickles as always.... 

Then he went out to have a little nap and I drank my tea... 

With a wee piece of zucchini pie and a book I found up there.. 
the recipe for the pie is on the blog here ... 
Just type in zucchini pie on google for the blessed hearth.. 

This book is good..  

I love this type of reading.. 
Especially old books like this.. 
I am a Louis L'Amour fan... grin... 

I went out to sit on the swing or something and the cows were meandering down to the brook for their drink.... so peaceful... 
It is almost wrapped up there but Terry will continue to go through the winter.. 
Make a fire and shell some beans... grin... 

We had a horrendous hurricane here but thankfully our section of the province were spared.. 
Felt so bad for everyone in other areas.... 
It is still a cleanup going on... 
It is going to take awhile.. 

Terry cut down a big maple in front of our house before the hurricane... 
And our dear neighbour used his tractor to help make sure it didn't go through our roof... 
We have the best neighbours.. 
They help us out and give Terry wood for the fires and such..
And give me hydrangeas..  
Thankful for them all... 

This was our lunch today after church... 

Homemade Chili, baked potato, cheese, avocado, sour cream and I forgot the salsa.... smile.. 

We had Thanksgiving and since our oldest son worked we went to Shonda and Dave's.. 

We had a wonderful time seeing them and the boys but of course we missed the rest of the family..  
Christmas is coming!!  

And I am trying to get it all together.. 
Making and doing and planning and listing... lol... 

Made a wreath for me... That is a start.. grin.. 
Tried this new cleaner... 
It is lovely... 
Here is the recipe.. 
2 cups of filtered water
1/2 cup of vinegar
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
Essential oils of choice... 
Like lavender, citrus, teatree and such... 
You need a microfibre cloth and it says you only need to do it once a month..  
I wouldn't bet on that.. 
You put it in a spray bottle and spray on your cloth and go to town dusting.... 

Drying Apples... Yum!!

Felting some wool... 

An old wool sweater from the thrift shop for my needle felting.. 

Like this candle cozy from last fall.. 
I found that gorgeous runner at a thrift store, too.. 
Love it.. 

Made some homemade saltine crackers... 

Oh my but they are a winner.. 
They are from the Lost Kitchen recipes.. 
I am going to try another this week and just see if it is better but these will definably be on my agenda as the box of crackers cost almost as much as a bag of flour now!  😏 

We had some green tomatoes and I made this delicious jam..

It is excellent.. 
Tastes just like Raspberry and looks like it too... 

Just a few country scenes ..

Then a bit of cooking here at home...

Love love this wee pan of bread.. 
It is the smallest pan in a set of three fruitcake tins.. 
If you live near me and you don't use yours, I will buy them.. grin.. 
Perfect size to give away to a single person along with a jar of jam.. 
The middle size is perfect for us and the largest one is perfect for our pastor..  lol.. 
He has 6 lovely children... 
Just sayin'   !    smile.. 

Breakfast on the homestead...
Here at home, I mean... 

A lunch of fried rice... 
I eat mine with olives.. 

Yup, it runs in the family!  grin.. 

The famous no knead bread.. love it.. 

Terry's request now and then... 
Mac and Cheese.. 

I only had Mozza... Oh well.. it was good enough.. 

Potato Scallop, Meatloaf and Broccoli Salad and pickles, of course.

And Betty Crocker's Apple Crisp... 
For supper one night.. 

Don't you love the cozy evenings?
I do because it means Terry finally comes in and 

just us....

Well, I think the leaves are almost done dancing for this year.. 
Winter will be here but that is fine.. 

I do have to make my peace with it each year but with the Lord's help I get to enjoy the winter days... 
lots of projects...

Looking so forward to Christmas.. 
We really have so much to celebrate ... 
We all do.. 
Life is what you make it and with life almost normal we can once again celebrate our Lord with our families.. 

Thank you sweet hearts for stopping by.. 
I so love your notes and such.. 
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Take care and God bless... 
Will be back soon... 
Sending love and prayers from this wee corner of New Brunswick, Canada....