Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Saturday Post..

Good Saturday Evening everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth tonight.. 
It is just after supper here in Maritime Canada and a wet and wonderful day it has been.. 
Every weekend we have wind and rain lately.. 
Not that this windy weather junkie is complaining but I know most folks love a beautiful sunny days at the weeks end.. 
Nothing new here on the home front .. 

Get up in the am and start my coffee... 

Have a little time with my Lord, make my lists for the day and call my Mom and a friend and on with the daily tasks.. 

It was bread making day.. 

I am sure you know by now all about my lazy no knead recipe that I make for Terry and I.. 
The link is here just in case.. 

I also made a soup as it was such a dreary day... 

Made with Leeks that we grew in our garden this summer.. 
I love leeks and this soup is great.. 
It was in a new cook book I bought but Julia Childs has one also that I have made many times.. 

Leek and Potato Soup

For the soup:
4 Tbsp. butter
6 leeks, sliced very thin
1 chopped onion 
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups of  potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups milk
2 tsp. salt
Freshly ground pepper
For the garnish:
chopped chives.. 

Melt the butter in a large pot and add the leeks and onion and 1 tsp. salt. Cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring often. Stir in  the broth, cover, and cook 10 minutes more.
Add the potatoes and the other tsp of salt and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in the milk  and cook until the potatoes are just tender.. .Add pepper..
When it’s finished, I sometimes puree the soup using an immersion blender or just leave as is ..Keep warm until serving.
Scatter a few chopped chives over top.. 

I forgot to take a pic of the finished product but it looks like leek and potato soup.. grin.. 

Our neighbor's turkeys up by the farm.. 
Aren't they just lovely.. 
I think they look like an old couple just strolling along.. 
Deep in conversation..

"What are you saying, Tilly?"
"Just thinking that missing the roasting pan the other weekend sure  makes a body thankful, eh dear?" 
"Well, they do have another holiday coming up soon!! Let's not count our chickens, shall we !"   

Yes, I have an active imagination.. 
Seems to be the only thing not slowing down on me.. grin.. 

Sorry, let's get on with it... smile.. 

This has been a busy week trying to get the house back in order.. 
Changing from lighter to heavier clothing, cleaning closets and the pantry.. 
Things like that but we still eat and you know me ,,,

Using the no knead bread recipe I made up a few pizzas.. 

Some for Terry with meat and me with just veggies.. 
They freeze well, too.. 
He loves hot dogs on his pizza... ugh... 

Our neighbor's hen... 

I love chickens... 
We only had meat kings this year but Lord willing next year we will get a few laying hens.. 

I purchased a few books lately.. 
Getting ready for my Winter Reading..

I love to read cookbooks, do you? 
The bottom book was lovely.. 
I read it already and loved the first author... 
All about making a home.. 
The middle one is a project I shared with the Keepers of the Home last time.. 
A layered journal... 
Here are a few examples of the pages inside the journal.. 

You just get yourself a journal of some kind and using a glue stick you paste on layers of papers.. 
Pages from old books then a pic from a magazine then perhaps a recipe or a poem you love or stickers or music papers or scrap booking papers.. 
Just whatever turns your crank and write a bit of journaling in some places.. 
Do you get my drift?  grin.. 
I find it so creative and fun and relaxing.. 
Some of the girls are going to set up card tables or find a special spot just for doing this... 
You can find some ideas on Pinterest for it, also.. 

Now for a little catch up of recipes from the last post.. 
So glad you were interested and thanks so much for your notes.. 
As you know, I love to hear from you and know you are out there and appreciate each and every word.. 
If I forget to answer a question or not leave a recipe then please just get after me.. 
I forget sometimes.. (a lot)  sorry.. 
Now the pumpkin preserves recipe is HERE..

And this is a pic of the Tomato Soup Base that Carman from Keepers showed us.. 
They are the two jars with tomatoes in them.. 

All she did was to chop up about 7 tomatoes (Roma) just as they are and 1 red pepper chopped up and a whole lot of chopped parsley and 1 T. rock salt.. 
She mixed it up together and let it sit for a bit to get some juice.. 
This filled one jar..

So I just multiplied the amount of tomatoes and pepper for about 6 jars and let it all sit for a few hours or overnight.. 
Fill the jars and squash down to cover with juice.. 
I used different coloured peppers.. Whatever I had.. 
Then she canned them for 35 minutes... 

I have opened a few jars already as the soup is sooooo good.. 
All you do is put the base in a pot and add some tomato juice or broth and a few veggies like carrot, parsnip and potato or perhaps some chicken or whatever and make your soup.. 
She serves hers over polenta... Yummm...

Don't add any extra salt.. 
You may want to cut back on the salt a bit ... 
I only used a couple of Tablespoons for my whole batch as we try to cut back on our salt content.. 
But you have to add some.. 
And be sure to use lots of chopped up parsley...

Have a blessed weekend my dears.. 
Tomorrow is the Lord's Day !

God bless.. 


  1. Sounds great!! I LOVE, love, LOVE posts like this... from you!!

  2. Great post, nice to read on this Saturday evening (sunny and bright still here at 6pm). We're having baked spaghetti for supper, laundry is put away, ds feels better from a sore throat. Life is pretty good!

  3. Linda Andrews SmithOctober 29, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Oh Faye you had me laughing out husband wanted to know what was so funny so I had to let him see the picture of the Turkeys and read your conversation between them!!! Loved the whole post....full of good pictures great sounding recipe's and your good sense of dialogue!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! Blessings Linda.

  4. hi faye lovely you are back. out of curiosity when you say can - do you mean with the heavy duty pressure canner or with hot water bathing - in England we call this oottling - hot water bath method only. I do not have a canner at the moment but I do have a hot water kettle where I can get about 16 jars in one shot. The tomato and pepper recipe I would find very useful if I was just able to hot water bottle it. love the journal idea also. your kitchen looks so cosy first thing. take care. pattypanxx

    1. Hi Pattypan... The internet tells you to use a pressure canner but I used a hot water canner.. She said to put them in cold and let it come to a boil for 35 minutes and then just leave them in the canner overnight but I just put the cover on and boiled it for 50 minutes and then took them out and they are great.. Hope you find this helpful.. xo

    2. Thank you Faye that is lovely. Going to give that a try xx

  5. Hi Faye... What a fulfilling and lovely post....all the things I am intereted in. As I read, I thought...... and Faye says she is not that busy?
    She said
    she has nothing to tell? Well, Faye you put me to shame. But it is so nice to read and get so much inspiration from your blog. You give me a lift and then on I go with lots of ideas from you. I can imagine how you are missing the farm. I miss my Dad's farm so much........ even many years later!Say hello to Terry and enjoy your days ahead!


  6. I always look forward to reading your blog! The turkey conversation was wonderful!! I scrapbook but I loved the journal idea!!!!!!

  7. I enjoyed hose turkeys talking. :)

    Thank you for the soup base recipe!

  8. The turkey conversation had me smiling. Loved the sound of the pumpkin preserve I have never come across this before so will be giving it a go, thank you so much for sharing. I was very impressed with the layered journal, such a creative and relaxing thing to do I may give that a go.

  9. Enjoyed this so much!
    Just like a visit home.
    Including those turkeys and their gab :)
    Loved your journal!
    And the recipes!
    Would love some of that bread and soup!
    I always water bath my tomatoes, but haven't tried it with rock salt.
    I leave out salt totally, but put in a spoonful of lemon juice to every jar.
    They turn out well, having lost only a few jars through years of doing it.
    I use the ones the next day,if they don't seal well.

  10. Thank you for your lovely Saturday evening blog, and especially for the pumpkin preserve recipe. Like you I do like that wild wet and windy weather, I always feel the Lord is showing us who is in control. Blessing on your Sunday. Woo xx

  11. Home made bread and soup really are so delicious aren't they!

  12. Faye, you are such a lovely person and I do so enjoy your blog. Your layered journal is so awesome. I think I may do one myself! Thank you for sharing your sweet corner of the world. I may not comment often, but I do read every post you publish.

  13. Hi Faye,
    Thank you for posting your pumpkin recipe. I do love your blog, it always makes me smile. I also read cookbooks. :-)
    Have a great week,

  14. Lovely and funny post, I love reading cookbooks. One on my wish list is "At home with Audrey" It is full of stories of her life and recipes from her mom. (Audrey Hepburn)

    Blessings Teresa

  15. Beautiful post! I love your journal. I have started doing that, so many times, and then put it aside only to forget about it! I think I will dig them out and play around with some pictures that I found. Thanks for the recipes!

    Grace & Peace,

  16. The kitchen looks so cozy and inviting ♥

  17. Back before Pinterest my friend and I started that kind of journal. I tore favourite pictures and ideas of out country magazines and pasted them in the books. I must dig them out and have a look see. :) Have a lovely week Faye.

  18. This post made me hungry and wanting to make some bread! Have a great week!

  19. I always love pictures of your journals. Mine never turn out quite so nice. Good to see you blogging more often!

  20. Faye, you are the most interesting person I know. and the many ideas and recipes and photos you share are the BEST!!! xo

  21. I made your "no knead" rosemary bread this weekend. It was wonderful. Thank you for the recipe. I had made beef and noodles and remembered your post about the bread so looked it up. I also made a carrot cake from another blog that I read which turned out well. So it was a successful day in the kitchen.