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Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Middle of August at the farm...


Hello everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth blog on this lovely Sunday in the middle of August.. 

The days are a wee bit shorter then when I posted just a couple of weeks ago.  The raspberries have ripened, the Sampfire greens are at the market and the beautiful Queen Anne's Lace are flourishing on every roadside... 
Summer is winding down.. 
For some that is a happy dance sort of thing but for me it is more of a side of melancholy! 
I do love all the seasons but for some reason when Summer makes her debut I feel so uplifted but then it sets me down slowly.... 
I can see the signs everywhere that she is going to leave ... 
The flowers and leaves that were alive and beautiful are changing their colours, the gardens are ready for harvest, the garlics are hung, the nights are cooler and there is a nip in the air when you open the kitchen door in the mornings.. 
Fall is in the air even if it has not arrived yet.. 
It is coming and we will bid farewell to another Summer.. 
I really don't like to say good-bye to her.. 
So... 
I am going to enjoy every enchanting moment left in her company! I will drink coffee in the mornings without a fire on and sit on the deck and breath the evening air!  Terry and I will do the picnic thing a few more times and go to the beach again.. I will sit on my swing and thank God for all of his blessings..
How about you? How do you look at it?  
Just wondering... smile.. 

We stayed overnight at the farm finally and it was fine..
  
A beautiful place to wake up in...  




The cows have been visiting in the pasture by the house and we love that.. 
Terry worked in the gardens a lot and I am still doing my thing..

Making simple meals.. 
Lots of veggies are available now.. 
Made batches of pesto and made a few salads with the basil.. 
This is one of our favourites.. 
Tomatoes and onions chopped and lots of basil and garlic.. 
Squeeze on some fresh lemon juice and a bit of olive or canola oil.. 
Let it sit at room temp for an hour or so.. 
It is delicious with banquette or fresh bread or just as an added salad or with some pasta... 
Yeah!

So enjoying our garlic harvest.. 

Our gardens are doing great.. 
This is one you can see out of the pantry window..

Love our farmer's cows..

Aren't they lovely?  


We go for country drives quite often as always.. 
Terry is a darling and picks me any flowers I need.. 
Or wild medicines.. 
This is actually Milkweed... 
He was telling the grandsons that the negative thing about Grandma getting her cataracts removed was that she could see every flower in the ditch now!  lol... 
Yup... 
And the poor dear has to pick them.. 
I do offer but I think it is easier for him to pick them then to have to call a crane to get me out of the ditch... grin..

On with the story.. smile.. 
Last Monday he decided it was time to go to the woodlot and chop down more fire wood.. 
All by himself.. 
As he knows that is not going to happen ... 
I would not accomplish anything for wondering if he was all right.. 
So ... I pack up some coffee, hard boiled eggs and a cucumber salad and away we go.. 
I had a project I wanted to work on so along it came ...  
I had picked this up at the thrift store for a couple of dollars.. 
I just needed it and a pair of scissors and a glue stick.. 
It provided lots of tags that I can use for gifts.. 
Not just kids but ladies, too!  
I am not the only Beatrix Potter fan.. smile..

The wee cutouts will be stickers.. 
The larger will get a hole punched and a pretty string for a tag or just a bookmark or such..

And.. 
Several little envelopes that will hold a gift card or a bit of lavender or even some seeds.... 
I think I will distress ink on a few... 

My gift pantry is starting to come together again.. 
I built it up in the Spring but it does not last long.. 
What do you have in yours?  
I hope to make Queen Anne's Lace jelly this week.. 

Saturday morning we woke early and went to breakfast at the Big Stop and then did some yard sales in Salisbury.. 
It was yard sale day.. 
I was so excited as we bought a really good vacuum for the farm.. 
It works perfect.. 
A Filter Queen.. 
And a food processor!  
Both for only fifteen dollars with several really good books added in.. 
Then we headed for the farm and these were in the pasture in front of the house..  
Just enjoying the summer breezes... 
They are so friendly.. 
Terry laughs when I yell hello ladies!  
They moo right back.. lol....

I set to work in the living room.. 

The dear man had hung my shelf that I found at a yard sale for only five dollars.. 
I love it.. 
Terry has collected platters in the past and it was somewhere to display a few.. 
I took the lace panels down and washed them and hung them on the line... 
They blew out lovely like.. 
Hope to hang them back up next time up there.. 

I know I have lots of stuff..
Sorry to you minimalists!! 
My grandson was telling me about that this morning after church.. 
I think he still has hope for me.. grin.. 


Some everlastings drying.. 

And the Tansy is out.. 
Already.. 
That is what I mean by Summer passing us by... 
When the Tansy is blossoming then it is almost over.. 

Terry picked a ton of green beans.. 
Five pails full.. 
We gave 2 pails away but the rest I canned..
Or we ate.. smile.. 



These ones I cut in the french cut but I should have put them in litre bottles as they are jammed in there.. 
But.. they will taste the same.. 
I like these for a change.. 
Sometimes I make a Mennonite Salad with them.. 
Just drain and add chopped onion and make a dressing of sour cream and a speck of sugar, salt and pepper.. 

We bought too many bananas!

But my sweet friend on Instagram.. 
Remembering the Old Ways had posted a delicious new banana bread recipe.. 


Banana Bread
3 large ripe bananas 
1 cup of sugar
1 egg 
1 1/2 cups flour
1/8 cup of melted butter
1 tsp. soda 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 cup walnuts  
Oven 350 degrees F. 
45 to 50 minutes .. 
You can make small ones or 1 big one.  
I tripled the recipe and there were 5 as you can see.. 
You just mix this up like always... 
It is a very good recipe.. I think she said it was Amish.. 


Well my dears I guess this is all for today.. 
So happy to have you visit.. 
Really enjoy your comments and notes.. 
Here or Face Book or on Instagram... 
Where ever you may be.. 


Just know that I appreciate you all and feel that you are my friends.. 
 and that God loves us so much that our mundane every day matters to Him... 
God bless.. 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

A Country Summer...


Good Evening everyone.. 
How are you?  
So happy to get back to chat with you all again.. 
It is a lovely day here in New Brunswick.. 
Quite hot, actually but another fresh breeze out amongst the apple trees.. 
I sit here with the door wide open and listening to it.. 
Terry has gone to the races with a friend so it is a great time for me to check in with you all.. 

Hope you are enjoying the summer as much as we...

Been out and about.. But still at home here and the farm, too.. 
This first part of the post will be farm pics.. 
Up above is a pic of some of my plants at the farm.. 
I have taken a lot of them out there because they grow so well.. 
I have learned from previous summers that the old house must be the perfect light because they seem to thrive so much better then here.  
Or perhaps it is the country air.. smile.. 

This is a pic of a new teepee for my Scarlet Runners that Terry made.. 
This pic was taken a week ago and we noticed yesterday that they are half way up the birch posts now.. 
We have had some very warm days and they are growing so quickly.. 


I am loving having to pick lavender each time we go.. 
And Chamomile... 
I just tie up the lavender in a bunch and hang it till next time out when it is dry.. 
And dry the Chamomile on a paper towel on the table in front of the window.. 
I am hoping to have quite a bit by the end of summer..

A meal we had there one day..  
Basic Steak and Mushrooms and chopped garlic scapes... 

A few books ...
These have  been grabbing my attention lately.. 

Some new to me baskets that I found at the Thrift store.. 

They are all great for gathering herbs or a bit of swiss chard and such.


And...
My dear sweet poppies came back at the farm.. 
They are here and there in the garden and are two hues this year instead of one.. 
A few even found their way into my Lavender bed... 
You girls who follow the blog probably remember my little poppy story from the other year.. smile.. 
They bring me such joy every summer now that they are back after being absent for so many years.. 

Another little pic that I put on Instagram one day. 

All in all the farm days are lovely but short.. 
We are late getting there and late coming home.. 
We have still to stay.. 

This past week I went to P. E. I. with my sweet friend Janelle.. 

We had a welcoming committee of one.. grin.. 

He belonged to this sweet shop in Victoria by the Sea...

Here are a few pics from our little trip.. 



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We visited Brackley Beach and the gardens and food were wonderful.. 
I, unfortunately had a return of Vertigo and had to return home a bit earlier then we planned but we had a couple of lovely days.. 
Janelle's daughter Hannah was so gracious to put her Momma and I up for a night.. She is such a dear girl.. 

But as always it is good to get home..


 I did up a bunch of strawberries the other week.. 


They did not seem as plentiful as other years due to a large amount of rain earlier, I think.. 
Was really happy to get some put in the freezer and such.. 

Well my luvs... 
This is all for this time.. 
Not much happening yet I guess.. 
Our beans are a couple of inches long so I will be canning next week, I imagine.. 
How is your summer going and what have you been busy doing? 
I notice on Instagram that you girls south of the border have been pickling and canning for weeks while we still are waiting on our gardens.. smile.. 
Oh well.. 
All in due time..  

So nice to chat with you all and I do look forward to hearing from you if you have the time..
Hugs..


Enjoy your Sabbath tomorrow.. 
xo

Monday, July 22, 2019

Summer Days on the Farm...

Happy Monday dear hearts!  
Here I am again finally!  
How are you all doing?  
We are getting along and enjoying our summer days for the most part.. 
I am really enjoying my swing on the little deck at the farm.. 
I think I mentioned Terry bought it for ten dollars at an auction.. 
It is a bit dilapidated but comfy non the less.. 
That is my view up above when I am sitting sideways.. grin.. 
And this is the view if I turn my head.. One of our raised beds... 
Just full of goodness.. 
Our gardens are finally starting to grow with some lovely hot weather we have been having.. 
It was really warm today but now has clouded up and I think it will rain.. 
We need that too.. 
This is another view of the barn.. 
An old birdhouse Terry made years and years ago when we were in the Craft Business... 
Can't say that I miss that though!  
There are many good things about retirement.. 
One being you only work at what you want to.. 
Or perhaps not at all.. grin.. 

We are spending several days a week at the farm but still not overnight.. 
I really thought we would be by now but am not minding coming home at nights at all.. 
Still accomplishing some stuff out there but not as much if we were staying .. We may yet!  Who knows?  smile.. 

Here is an Instagram post that I had on..
Just a casual table setting out there.. 

One of the meals out there at noon...  
Washed some Romaine lettuce.. 
Used one of my lettuce drying bags made from an absorbent tea towel.. I think I bought them at Costco.. 
Just sew up the sides and there you have it..
Put in the washed lettuces or greens and roll up and keep in fridge till you need them or use right away..  
I detest salad spinners but to each her own, eh!
Anyway... 
A few garlic fried shrimp and toast and there was our noon meal..
oh .. and Caesar Salad...  

Another little hint for you which you probably know.. 

But if you buy this kind of cheese... 
Terry's favourite!  
I like shaving it off a block but not him so we compromise.. 
I have mine and he has his.. grin.. 
The cover off the plastic jar fits onto a mason jar.. 

Now... Isn't that nicer?  smile.. 

I picked some Swiss Chard one day for lunch.. 
And made this soup... 
Oh my word.. 
It was delicious and soooo easy.. 


No recipe.. 
Enough for two people.. 
But I ate it all.. 
Terry of course did not want to try it.. sigh.. 
I had to make him something else.. 

Swiss Chard Soup
Put some water on to boil and cook 1/2 cup of Couscous according to directions.. 
Really it only takes about 10 minutes.. Drain.. 
In a pot with a bit of oil saute up some garlic cloves, minced or if you have garlic scapes which I did then
 chop a couple of them up.. Add chopped onion if you like.. Do this for a few minutes then add
 3 cups of chicken broth along with salt, pepper, chili flakes, and a big handful of Chard.. 
Simmer until chard is cooked and add drained couscous.. 
Add some shaved parm or shake in some from the above jar.. 
Serve... 
Oh.. I chopped up the chard and stems.. 

We don't spend all of our days at the farm and this was a special day.. 


Every Summer we spend a day together as Family Day.
We all went to church together first at Mission Point Church where Shonda, Dave and the boys attend.. 
It was fantastic.. 
So enjoyed seeing old friends, too.. 
Then we headed for the Irving Nature Park in West St. John.. 
What a lovely place.. 
Great places to have a picnic and BBQ.. 
The food of course was delicious and we had so much fun!  
Then the kids all took a hike but Terry and I sat on the beach.. 
I told them not to rush.. 
The wind was blowing and the waves were gorgeous!  
My new go-to place, I think... 
Wish it wasn't so far away.. 
But when we can we will be popping over there if only for an hour..

Then they all came and found us.. 
This is a special pic for me.. 
Our grandsons and me minus one.. 
Sweet Jared who is the oldest had to work.. 
Missed him and his uncle.. 
It times like this when we wish our youngest son lived near but this is how it is... 
Anyway... 
We just sat around there and gabbed then headed for the closest Tim Horton's and gabbed some more.. smile.. 
What a great day! 
So thankful for the blessing of family.. 
God has been good to us..

Now back to farm stuff..  
My first bunch of Lavender to dry.. 
I am so excited that all my plants survived the Winter.. 
Hanging them to dry as I pick them.. 
There will be several more bunches, I think.. 

Then one afternoon I made the bunting for outside.. 

And the dear man hung it for me.. 
From the lilac tree to the apple one.. 
We think of Charlie often when we are doing things like this outside..  
We do miss him...

And the bunting is up... 

Been collecting some Wild Medicine.. 
Yarrow... 
Cornflowers.. 

The dehydrator is running with roses at the moment.. 
I will need to get them out soon.. 
Hoping to make soap as well as medicine this Fall...

I found out something that you girls probably have known for years but I am a slow learner.. 

I was unpacking a few boxes of linens and lace from the cottage... 
I came across a few old old white pillowcases which had yellowed but the crochet on them was lovely... 
I washed them up and put them out there on the line.. 
I believe I showed a pic last post.. 
Anyway.. 
The rain came and so I just left them on the line and we didn't get back for a few days.. 
The sun had been out and it had been hot.. 
Well.. 
Those darling pillowcases are now as white as snow!!!  
So when you drive by here or out there you may see white blowing in the breeze.. 
I have lots of old linens and instead of tearing off the lace I will be able to use them.. 
Did you know that trick?  

Well it was lovely chatting with you all.. 
I make long posts because I don't get to it often enough.. 
So please bear with me.. 
Am so loving these bright summer days.. 
Hope they last for awhile yet, eh!  
Of course we have had wonderful weather.. 
Not too hot except for a few days here and there.. 
So I am enjoying them so much.. 

Take care my friends and I thank you for stopping by and your sweet comments here and on FB.. 
Love your comments on Instagram, too.. 

Here is a pic I put on Instagram today.. 
The comment I put on said.. 
Just when you want to bean him he brings you flowers.. 
The hash tags read.. 
my fave flowers
wild flowers
hubby sweetness
sometimes he is a pain though
thankful to God for him.. 

For some reason I see that Shonda commented with LOL symbols.. 
Yup... she knows.. LOL.. 

Bye for now luvies and I will be praying for you and you pray for me.. 
God is still on the Throne.. 
xo