Sunday, June 13, 2021

Farm Post number 3, 2021

Hello everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth this Sunday evening in June... 
Mid June already... 
I don't want the spring to be finished and summer at the door.. 
But that is time, eh? 
It passes and I am still trying to catch up.. 😙

This is farm post 3... 
It is actually a post of several days.. 
We were there most of the past week but came home in the evenings.. 
Hockey is on, you know... 😀
So several of these pics from a couple of weeks ago and such.. 
The apple tree and Aunt Eva's lilac tree have blossomed! 

And so have the Lupins and the lovely cows are out in the pasture.. 
all is well there as you can see... 

Usually, when we arrive at the farm I look around at the herb beds and pick a few for the day.. 

\And a little bouquet of johnny jump ups.... 
In a wee salt shaker... 

In the kitchen I unload my bag of goodies and light the incense.. 
I so love Sandalwood and Patchouli but one of you sweet readers mentioned you love Nag Champa and that it was a remnant of your hippie days... 😀
Well, I was enthralled shall we say and tried to find some.. As Terry has always called me a hippie-want-to-be I wanted to see if I would like it.. And thanks Sue, I love it... 
Terry appreciates it too.. 😃 

So on this particular day I headed for the pantry..

Such a gorgeous day out there but we were out of bread and I wanted it to be ready for lunch... 

Our farmer tills our gardens when it is time.. 
Much later then most of my readers but we still have a harvest even when it is late getting in.. 
Not late for us here in New Brunswick but the rest of the world.. lol.. 
I only made a loaf of no knead as we would eat it with our chowder.. 
I divided it in two loaves and made one chive.. 
I almost always make my own salad dressings as I have mentioned many times, I know... sorry.. 
Terry likes Kraft..  go figure!! 
One part lemon juice, 2 parts olive oil, dash of chili flakes, smashed garlic cloves and salt and pepper.. 
Add herbs of choice.. whisk.. soooo good!!
I was making myself an herb salad so didn't add any to the dressing.. 
He wouldn't like that one so I made him a tossed one.

We didn't have a lot in the fridge yet but the dressing was good.. 
You just mix up herbs that you love and add a bit of this and that.. 
I think I added cukes and onions, probably...
But mostly herbs.. 

then set the table.. 
I will confess... 
We don't eat every meal at the table.. 
We should and if we had children we would for sure.. 
But some evenings we have it on our tray.. smile.. 
Old age tricks, I guess.. 

I know what you are thinking.. grin.. 
That we eat a lot of fish chowders and you are right.. 
One of both of our favourite meals.. 

I bought these flowers as they look like violets.. 
Aren't they sweet?

Another day I pasted this little piece of border under that old cupboard.. 

There was just enough... 💗

More pics of the pantry... 
Sorry to have so many pantry pics but I was working in there quite a bit.. 
I still have an old cupboard to paint.. 
Hopefully this week, we shall see.. 

I always have time to read, though.. 

And pick some flowers and press them... smile.. 

This past Saturday I made Chili Dogs from my friend Marie who had the English Kitchen blog.. 

They were so good... 
Her pics were much better.. 
I do have chili there on top of the hot dog.. 😀

One day we had Greek Orzo Salad and on cheat day we almost always have Shrimp Pasta.. 

Oh dear... 
I see I have a food blog going on today... 
Pork Tenderloin on another day.. 
Someone was asking about the green fern vegetable on our plates.. 
They are Fiddlehead Ferns that we eat here like spinach.. 
Our son picks them beside the streams and rivers and cleans them really good... 
We eat them many ways but this is our favourite with butter and vinegar.. 
Just make sure you have the right fern... 
Some are poisonous!

I made some pickles with them this week and tried a few rhubarb ones  .. 
I love fermented rhubarb pickles and the fiddlehead ones but this is a new recipe for the rhubarb so we shall see... 

I love making Herbes de Provence from my own herbs..

a thrift store find..
from France   

And Garlic Scape Salt..

Here is a lovely way to use them when you want a snack or are entertaining... 
Our children took us to Gustos last year and this was one of the appetizers.. 
We tried to figure it out and this is pretty close.. smile.. 

Here is my Herbes de Provence recipe for you.. 
3 Tablespoons dried thyme
2 Tablespoons of dried Savory
1 Tablespoon of dried Oregano
3 Tsp. dried Rosemary
2 Tsp. dried Marjoram 
1 Tsp. dried Lavender.. 
Put in your mortar and pestle and smush it up.. 
Keep in a mason jar... 
For the salt I just blitzed up some herbes and garlic scape salt.. 
Cut up a banquette or whatever, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle a bit of the goodness on.. 

Don't tell Gustos... grin.. 

Well, time to go home again dear hearts.. 

Home is where the heart is... 

Just wanted to share my beautiful cactus blossoms.. 

These are here at home.. 
Thanks to Laura and Kathleen for giving me a piece of their antique cactus plant.. 
I love it so.. 

And a few more plants.. 

Love being home too.. 

But you know there is another home I am longing to see... 
My brother in law went there this past week.. 
A home way beyond the skies.. 
A home not prepared by mortal hands but by God, eternal in the heavens...
He has made a plan whereby we can prepare to go there when our journey is over.. 
We just have to place our lives in His hand  and follow the plan of salvation.. 
He made it so simple..
Then when our life is over we have a hope beyond the grave..

I love the verse in II Corinthians 5:1
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is when we die and leave this earthly body), we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.. 
Isn't that wonderful!! 
My sister lost her husband who she loved so dearly but she knows she will see him again some day.. 
Life is precious dear ones.. 
Live it to the fullest by living it for God.. 

Sending hugs your way.. 
We will hopefully give you some garden pics or something different next time.. 
God bless..  


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Farm Post number 2-2021

Good Evening everyone!  
So happy to have you drop by the Blessed Hearth Blog tonight.. 
We have not been out to the farm a whole lot the last bit due to so much going on and the weather is not very warm here yet.. 
Terry has been out and working the gardens some but I have only been there to stay once.. 
This was on a lovely day and we arrived early... 
I love getting there early as I am my best in the mornings.. 😉
As the afternoons wear on I tend to slow down... 
Before we left home I made sure to get a lovely big bouquet of 
Forget Me Nots...

The most beautiful part of Spring are all the gorgeous blooms .. 
I set them in a jar and lit one of my homemade candles.. 
Made from my own Lavender... smile.. 
And by the way my Lavender once again this year.. 
Thank you dear Lord.. 
My main goal this day was to clean the old back porch.. 
That is where Terry has resided each day he went out all winter... 
Oh my! 
He shelled beans there and put all his tools and such.. 
He says it is his room and wants hats and fishing rods and such hanging everywhere.. 
What am I to do but make the best of it.. 😏
We opened the door to air it all out.. 
But what a gorgeous view.. 
So many shades of green... (my fave colour)  
He painted it last year but he has to replace a piece of sheetrock in the ceiling and other stuff.. 
I decided to just clean it and hang a few pics and such to brighten it up.. 

I found this hoop at a thrift store but have to put a bit of stuffing in the geese.. 
So old fashioned but it goes with this old house.. 

These were thrift store finds also. 
I believe I will paint the frames to go with the hoop.. 
Then this old book shelf needs a paint job too.. 
All good projects for me to work on once we are there for the summer.. 
No internet so I need to have lots of projects to work on.. 

After awhile I went into the kitchen to start lunch.. 

This is the old cupboard we brought up from the cottage.. 
Terry put some legs on it and painted it for me.. 

I decided to change it up a bit on top.. 
As this post is a bit boring and short I took a few pics of the old dishes I have in the cupboard.. 😊

An old mason jar molasses dish.. 
And a mason jar water pitcher..  

Then it was time to get lunch and set the table.. 

We didn't have anything fancy..

A spring like Maritime Canada meal..
Hake Fish Hash and Fiddleheads and a Cucumber Salad.. 

If you would like to make the Fish Hash it is really simple.. 
First you peel and boil a few potatoes... (how many you need)
You can use any white filleted fish you like.. 
It is best with cod but all I had out there was Hake.. 
Saute up a chopped onion or two with oil, butter or bacon fat in a large frying pan. Mash your potatoes and add.. Then add your fillet which you can cut up smaller.. 
Add salt and pepper and some herbs of choice.. 
Just put it on medium heat and stir every little bit.. 
Terry likes the crispy bits.. smile.. 
When the fish is cooked through throw on some fresh parsley or dill and serve..  

It makes a nice lunch.. 
My Gram used to do the same thing but instead of fish she would add pieces of stale homemade bread and summer savoury for the herb.. 
And I believe she cooked it in bacon fat.. 
My Aunt Eleanor shared that recipe with me.. smile.. 

Last year we planted violets out by the spring.. 

Terry had picked me a bunch along the road but it is so nice that these ones came back.. 
I am making violet oil and  salve with them... 

Terry was working outside so after awhile I had a cup of tea and read for awhile.. 

My newest book that arrived from Amazon.. 
See who the author is.. 
I also read Let the Hurricane Roar..
I could download it on my Kindle. 
It was excellent!
I had to buy this book as it is not on there.. 
I know I will enjoy this one, too.. 

Here is one I loved also..
Passing this one on to my sister... smile..  
Well, we had a good day but was happy to get back home here.. 

I will enjoy it more when it warms up and it will.  

This is a project I would love to do out at the farm.. 

I have been looking for this wallpaper for a few years now.. 
I wish I could find something similar but thus far no luck.. 
If you have any or know where I can buy some please let me know.. 
Just email or message me please.. 
I have been collecting wallpaper borders which are all different and think I will do that if I can't get the roses.. 

This is a sweet pic of our daughter that was taken yesterday.. 
I so loved it and thought you might like to see it too.. 
I know some of you have followed this blog for over ten years and have known Shonda through the blog that long.. smile.. 
Don't we mommas love our children.. 
We look at a pic of them even when they are grown and smile.. 
They are as dear to us now as they were when they were in their cribs with their little arms outstretched to us.. eh?
So thankful to the Lord for the sweet blessings of our families.. 
No wonder the Lord created the family first.. right? 

I pray that wherever you live in this world that all is well with you and that you have hope.. 
That you know the peace giver and that you know Him by Name.. 
His Name is Jesus... 

Thank you so much for dropping by.. 
I downloaded a bunch of other pics of stuff I have been doing but will do another post on it later.. 
Have made some dandelion jelly, salves, lotion bars and such.. 
 The rhubarb is being made into jams and jellies and such.. 
What have you been busy doing.. 
Our gardens are not all ready to plant yet but soon..
The nice thing about raised bed are they are ready sooner.. 
I hope to hear from you either here or on Face Book.. 
I am called blessed hearth on Instagram if you would like to join me there.. 
I love your comments here and was wondering if you leave one on Anonymous if you would just leave your first name so I know when you comment again.. 
Thanks dearies.. 
May God bless you this week..