Happy Monday everyone!
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth!
So glad you dropped by..
I am once again apologizing for taking so long to get back here..
I am thankful to you girls who leave me wee notes reminding me that you are patiently waiting.. smile..
We are all fine and feel so blessed to live in this dear province of New Brunswick..
Thus far the virus has been low in our part of Canada and restrictions are going to slowly lifted as long as we all behave ourselves and take care to do the precautions...
Life will be different from now on I am thinking but perhaps we have all learned some valuable lessons and will appreciate life so much more..
Our hearts go out to all who are suffering in other parts of our world..
Especially to our neighbours to the south of us..
U. S. A. has been in our prayers each day...
Also our sister province of Nova Scotia are in deep mourning for their slain loved ones...
Such a tragedy!
Our minds can scarcely comprehend the loss!
Praying for God's peace and comfort for them...
Well, I am on a mission today to get this blog accomplished so I best be getting to it...
A ramble and roll it shall be.. smile..
We will start in the kitchen with the peanut butter cookies...
My friend Faye gave me her recipe..
She is a baker extraordinaire!
She used to own a Bakery and these cookies are excellent..
Peanut Butter Cookies..
1 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
1 c. peanut butter
3 cups of flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Mix up as for cookies
375 degrees F.
12 - 15 minutes..
Terry loved these..
I made big ones like my friend Barb makes..
I think they look so professional! grin.
Then I packed them in bags of 4 and put them right in the freezer..
A quick treat to take on a drive or when we are watching a movie or some such thing..
Then as I am trying to eat healthy most of the time..
I found this delicious and awesome salad on You Tube..
It does take some work getting the veggies all sliced..
But so worth the bother..
It makes a gallon bottle full of salad..
This lasted us a whole week and I gave a jar to my Mom...
She loved it too..
I actually liked it for a snack...
It does have sugar in it but when you think of how much salad you get then I don't think it amounts to much sugar per serving..
This is the recipe on the You Tube..
Here is the link.. HERE
I found this one there too..
This is so good...
Not good for you probably but satisfying and frugal..
It was something they served during the depression era when times were tough and not much money..
But they had potatoes and hot dogs were cheap..
I can't wait to serve this to our grandsons.. grin..
As you can see my cooking is not exactly what it should be at the moment! But this too shall pass and we will get eating more normal soon, I hope..
I honestly did not have any of these but Terry bugged me for a couple of weeks and I finally caved in.. grin..
We called them chocolate macaroons when I was a kid...
My sister and I made them often...
These go in the freezer also and really they are good frozen too..
Ask Terry! grin..
And like the rest of the world I am baking bread...
The no knead bread I have been preaching about for years..
Now I bake it mostly in cast iron...
Rolling along here..
Have been doing sprouts all along..
Our lettuce supply has not been great the last month...
But sprouts are a very cheap and most nutritional substitute..
I love them on my hippie sandwiches that my friend Dawn taught me many years ago...
I also love them on my Junkee Soup...
I just tried to write the recipe for you but it is literally a pinch of this and a spoon of that..
I will try to put the recipe to paper this week when I make it..
It is a broth, chicken or shrimp, rice noodle, green onions and ginger kind of soup with sprouts on top..
Just rambling along sharing our days with you as usual..
Terry is trying to get wood out for the next winter or two..
I will not let him go alone and be there with the power saw so I go and sit in the truck and do my thing..
I know I have shared this on here before ..
But that is what we do some days..
Only for a few hours and I find it easy to while away the time..
Some days I make a wee type of craft, do a small Bible Study, crochet or read.. (my fave),,,
I read this book for the second time and loved loved it..
It was so fitting for the last month of staying home which I love anyway and doing the homemaking thing kind of 1800s style..
Homemade bread, candles and soup on the stove..
I actually ordered the next two that she wrote from Amazon and am looking forward to reading them..
Have you found any extra time to read..
I know a lot of you girls are homeschooling but if you are like me you find time to read somewhere in your day... eh!
We had Easter too since I posted last..
It was just the two of us and we had a large organic chicken instead of ham as we did not want to go into the supermarket..
I love ham but it was a good dinner..
Just so different from years past but hopefully next year...
I have been trying my best to clean corners and closets and such..
Took me ages..
Lots of stuff!
Tried to weed some of it out but honestly I still love it all!
A lot of it has been given to me from generations past..
And I cherish that fact!
When I look at old silver and Flow Blue dishes then I think of my Great Aunt Emily...
Old china Tea pots and lovely old dishes from sweet Julia..
The sofa table and dear things from Terry's cousin Marilyn..
How I miss these dear souls!
Lovely treasures from my Mother and so on..
I choose to decorate our home with heritage...
I have read where the things we surround ourselves with tell our story.... smile..
I saw a beautiful idea on the web..
It was a gorgeous garland of roses...
I bought a bundle of the best I could find..
And tried to do my thing with them..
It just didn't come up to the standard that I had seen..
I had redone the Dining Room table (from Aunt Emily) with an old tea set and linens...
But just felt it needed something else..
Wasn't sure what...
I was kind of tired of the previous flowers and such...
But this did the trick..
For now anyway!
We all have different tastes...
This is mine for now...
Me and old dishes! sheesh! grin..
Rambling along.. Almost finished..
We of course go to the farm..
We are allowed!
No one there except the stray cat and a ground hog... grin..
There is still snow on the Kent Hills..
As of yesterday...
We hope things will be good enough so we will feel like we can stay at the farm this summer.. Some days there and some here perhaps..
We shall see....
I went upstairs to see what the bedrooms needed doing..
Brought home bags of bedding and laundered it and put it out on the line one of our lovely windy days..
All washed and ready...
Packed and taken back till whenever...
Lots of old stuff there, too! grin..
Had a couple of country drives, of course..
Mostly in Albert County..
Always a few of those dreaded mud roads... sigh!
He just can't help himself... seriously!
Have also been trying to do some crafting..
Made this for a special girl...
Dug around in the basement and found a pretty old craft from my bye gone era days..
fixed it up a bit and hung her outside the door.. smile..
While cleaning the living room I came across an album full of my grandmother's handkerchiefs..
I wondered if my first cousins would like one and got in touch with them..
Most of them did so packaged them off and sent them in the mail..
So love my cousins!
Just a little memory of our Gram...
Well dear friends this is my ramble and roll for April....
Slow but sure! grin..
I do want to share some good news..
A lot of you girls have been with me for so long and probably feel you know our dear grandsons..
This is Matthew ...
Our second oldest grandson and Shonda and Dave's oldest...
He has just finished his Electrical Engineering years at UNB...
Was accepted into Dalhousie School of Medicine!
We will hopefully have a doctor in the house! smile..
God is just so good!
We are so proud of all of our grandsons and celebrate all their accomplishments and hard work...
And thankful! So thankful!
Love them all so much...
So for now, lovies...
I will say goodnight..
Keep safe and I pray all goes well in your world..
Where ever you may be..
Thank you for visiting and I look forward to your notes you leave me..
Here or on Face Book and so love that you are following my Instagram...
Hugs from New Brunswick, Canada...