Sunday, March 14, 2021

A March Ramble and Roll Post..

Good afternoon my dears.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth blog today.. 
So happy to sit down here at the computer and chat with you for awhile.. 
I think this is going to be a rather disjointed kind of post! 
More like a newsy kind of phone conversation.. 
Do you remember those? 
I still love them and probably always will... 
Thankfully, I still have a few friends who feel the same! 
I remember the first time a sweet much younger mother told me she would rather have a needle inserted in her eye then chat on the phone...
 I was so shocked!  
I didn't realize there were actually ladies  who would much rather text or message then use the phone.. 
That was several years ago and now I realize that it is a new lifestyle practice for the younger generation.. 
They can just take their thumbs and type a message in a heartbeat... 
Oh well.. I digress! 

Back to the same song but second verse.. grin.. 
The pics on here are in no kind of order.. 
It takes much shorter amount of time to just copy them on here then not have to copy and paste them into order.. 
So we will give this a try for once.. 

This pic and the one above is of a new cake I made for us last week.. 

It is excellent!  
We both loved it and as we just sliced it thinly it lasted several days.. 
Here is the recipe..
Lemon Yogurt Cake..
1 1/2 cups of flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt 
1 cup of plain yogurt
1 cup of sugar
3 extra large eggs
1/2 cup of oil 
1/2 tsp vanilla 
Mix wet ingredients and add whisked dry ingredients.. 
Place in a parchment lined 81/2 x 41/2 x 21/2 inch loaf pan. 
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35 minutes or until baked through..
Mix up in a small bowl 1/3 cup of lemon juice and 1/3 cup of sugar.. 
Let your baked cake sit and cool for 10 minutes.
Place cake on a rack over a sheet pan and while still warm  pour glaze over top and let it sink in.. 

I have been trying to make a habit of setting the table and putting a bit of effort into it for our meals this winter.. 

It is so easy when you are retired to just sit in your fave chair with a tray meal on your lap... 
Not a good way of taking our meals.. 
Once in awhile is fine but we were doing it way too much.. 
I actually look forward to sitting after the meal is over with my pot of tea and just enjoying our time..

A beautiful drive we took on a sunny winter day.. 

We still have snow here in Maritime Canada although not as much as lots of years.. 

I am trying to recycle some of my lace into projects.. 

Gave it a good wash with Gain (my favourite lace and linen soap) and hung it out on the line for the day and a frosty night.. 
It turned out lovely! 

My first project is to turn the tablecloth into a lined bed runner.. 
We shall see... 
I was looking at the thrift shops for a linen sheet but could not find one but I did find a nice heavy cotton that will do, I hope.. 
It is all in my head so may not turn out.. 
Will keep you updated.. 

I have been felting.. 
A few cushions covers for Spring.
I love rabbit crafts... and cat crafts and... lol... 
I have finished three of these.. 
For some reason I forgot to put the other pic on here .. 
Terry told me to do something rather then rabbits so 
I have another in mind... 
I have to sew these together and finish them first though.. 

We have had a few storms.. 
Not much mind you but enough to know that we can't count on winter leaving quite yet.. 

We also had a few fun times.. 

Met Shonda and Dave for a meal in a restaurant... 
It was lovely.. 
Our son-in-law gifted me with the beautiful napkins and soap in the pic above.. 
Way back before he and Shonda married he would sometimes bring me a package of lovely napkins.. 
I so love it when he still does all these years later.. 
Thank you, Dave... 

One of our lunches.. 

Quesadillas and Garden Salad with Chive Vinaigrette   

I didn't realize I was going to share this recipe with you or I would have looked up the proper spelling.. lol... 

I made a batch of homemade sausage the other day.. 
Terry loves these and always asks did I actually make them myself.. lol .. 

Here is the recipe.. 
So simple and easy..

18 ounces (0.526 kg) of lean ground pork
1/5 large onion and 1 clove garlic finely chopped
heaping tablespoon of bacon fat
1 tsp salt
1 tsp summer savory
1/2 tsp sage or Italian seasoning 
pinch of allspice and pinch of cloves.. 
Mix all together with your hands and make 6 patties.. 
I freeze these in packs of two and voila 3 breakfast meals.. 

Also trying to get through some pantry preserves and freezer foods.. 

Preserving batches of strawberry jam along with rhubarb and raspberries.. 
Do you preserve in the winter.. 
I still have a pumpkin to do this week.. 

Mornings are getting so beautiful, eh? 

Out my kitchen window before the time changed. 
Last night.. smile.. 
I am an early riser most days.. 
I love it when you get up and it is daylight, though.. 

A few pics here are from my Instagram account.. 

just showing some plant love here in our front hall.. 

bread making ... 

I made fish stew one evening.. 

An old recipe I have had for about 30 years.. 
It was my dear father-in-law's favourite meal that I would make them.. 

And finally in this food expose.. grin.. 

Potato pancake.... 

A new recipe from the same link as I gave last post on the breakfast sandwich.. 
This was excellent and so nice for a brunch meal.. 

And another Instagram post.. 

Made a kitchen table centrepiece from a bouquet of my Mother's old tulips.. 
Bought the sweet container from Michael's for half price almost.. 

You know Spring is almost here when Terry brings home a bunch of smelts.. 

So tasty... 

Anyway dear girls, I am almost done.. 
sorry about all the food posts.. 
I didn't realize there were so many until I started typing.. 

It is time to make supper... 

I wonder what time the sun will go down tonight.. 

So glad you all dropped by.. 
I hope all is well in your part of the world.. 
This new way takes a bit of adjustment, eh? 
Some are back to normal they say but I personally don't think it will be back to normal for a long time if ever.. 
Removing a mask does not put things back to normal.. 
It kind of feels like we are in a boat with heavier weather ... 
all the time.. 
We know the Master of the wind... 
He is also the pilot of the boat and all is well.. 
We just keep on hanging on.. 
Doing our thing and trusting in Him..

Blogger is not cooperating so I need to say goodnight for now! 
Please leave me one of  your sweet notes here or facebook or intasgram if you don't mind! 

God bless till next time! 


  1. always look forward to your posts but makes me a bit lonesome for you,xo Stay safe dear cousin and I look forward to being able to see you.

  2. All the food certainly looks delicious and hearty. I plan to try your chive dressing soon, as well as the sausage patties. :) So thank you for sharing!

  3. always a pleasure ---sights and scents!

  4. I would love to try the sausage & the cake! We'd love that sausage for breakfast, commercial meat is often just so greasy. Such sweet pictures to gaze on and wish I were there. I loved the tulips and the container, so pretty to look at and think of your Mom. Mine would have been 102 this week were she still with us. I got my love of old dishes from her. She got her love of old vintage jewlery & driving around back roads from me. I have good memories of that. She would have loved your tulips too! Blessings Sweet Faye. Hugs.

  5. I loved, loved, loved those felt rabbits. Absolutely loved them. So adorable! Am I the only one who noticed a perfect heart on that slice of lemon cake? Can't say as I have ever tried fish stew, but it sure looked good. Thanks for your post.

  6. The texting thing .... yes, I won't say another word...ahahah. Your food looks as yummy as always. Your felting is so cute.

  7. Hello Faye;

    So nice to hear from you, I always enjoy the visit! I love your bunnies and felting. I also have a love of bunnies and cats. My daughter is currently fostering a bunny who is soft splotches of beige and cream and rust on white - his colour is so unusual

    My husband have taken to eating our meal at the kitchen island. The table is full of my sewing machine and bits of fabric. Oh well, what's a creative person to do.

    Thank you for sharing your pictures and days, I always enjoy them;


  8. I always enjoy these posts ♥️ and will have to try your chive vinegrette ...

  9. It's always so nice catching up with you! Have a great week!

  10. What a fun, newsy post! I just discovered your blog and I'm glad I did. I never thought to add chives to a dressing but I see mine are peeking up so I'll be able to try the recipe very soon. (Chives taste like spring to me!)

    Those felted rabbits!!! <3

  11. Hello Faye - may I send you a private email? :)

    1. Hi! Yes you may! xo

  12. Your food looks delicious Faye. Felted bunnies are nice as I enjoy bunnies. I got a recipe off internet to use for pork steak. Sounds delicious. Last time I did it was not like the recipe I printed out. We had an ice storm in Feb and were out of power 9 days. Whole town out of power for 3-4 days. We need to have a birch tree removed soon as all the branches are broken way up high. Thankful no roof nor window were messed up. I like to talk with people instead of text them. Take care and stay warm. :-)

  13. Ah what a full and wonderful life you are living!
    God bless,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  14. Dear Faye,
    Remembering you as you continue to ponder your dear Mother's homegoing...
    Love that your rabbits are getting properly stitched. How sweet! Perhaps some day I'll delve into that genre? And your plants? How happy they are inside and cozy as we gently edge into spring. Would you substitute my new blog for the old on your BlogList on the side column? Off to bake something...D.