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Sunday, September 18, 2022

A Little Kitchen Post


Good Afternoon everyone..
So nice to connect with you all once again!
It has been awhile but am happy to get back to you.. 
Hope all is going well where ever you dwell in this big wide world.. 
Thank you for visiting here in this wee bit of cyberspace... 

We have been busy as has everyone this time of year.. 
August was such a hot month here in New Brunswick and a bit of September too.. It seems as though the cool weather has arrived the last few days though.. 
It is funny how you think you don't want Summer to ever end and then you are hit with a heat wave and you are ready for Fall, eh?

Anyway... 
I thought I would do just a little kitchen post for today.. 
The Autumn Kitchen is a very busy and fragrant spot in our homes.. 

Not only are there so many veggies to ferment, can or pickle there are all kinds of herbs and wild forage to put by... 

The first photo is of Sunny Window Dills that I have made several times, Chive vinegar, alfalfa sprouts (because I refuse to pay four dollars for a wee box when I can do my own for cents), Nasturtium vinegar, green onions and a pot of Lavender fit on one side of our kitchen window.. 
Also Rose Oil which I make into a face oil and salve which I don't want to do without.. Basil and I love the Pregnant Onion in my window like they do at Kings Landing Heritage kitchens.. smile.. 

Terry has been picking our cucumbers... 
It looked as though we were not to get many but once they started there were a lot.... 


We eat pickles for every meal and they are a lovely to give as gifts so that is why I do so many.. 

I also made these Mennonite Salad Green Beans that I mentioned last post..


Also lots of chow chow and beets.. 

I actually froze some peas this year along with corn... 

This is a pic I snapped one evening when I noticed how the lamp light made the jellies glow. I put it on Instagram so you may have seen it. 
The large jar is a floral herb hair rinse that my friend Lisa from Instagram shared the recipe with me.. 

I visited with Shonda's ladies' group and showed them how to make it... 
Lisa says to gather roses, lavender, chamomile and other herbs and flowers and cover with white vinegar... Set aside for a couple of months and then strain.. 
Use half a cup to rinse your hair ... Rinse out... 
I added lavender essential oil to mine too.. 

We had a great harvest of garlic... 

Almost time to plant it again for next year.

I made a tray of garlic scape salt...

I use this all winter on meat and such..

Mustard Pickles


A sweet group of ladies gathered here in the kitchen yesterday and we made a batch of these mustard pickles of my Mother-in-law's.. 
Such a lovely day of sweet fellowship... 

The Hydrangea are blooming.. 

So Terry picked a big bunch from our bush and some green ones from a generous neighbor..
I stick them everywhere and they dry just as they are... 

One afternoon I made this old recipe.. 

It is delicious!  
I don't put the crumb topping on though... 
Just a sprinkle of sugar... 

The top of the hutch in the kitchen.. 


Homemade bread and sliced half green tomatoes and a bit of basil are ate almost daily here this time of year... 



A creamy squash soup with cumin... 
so good!  

We love a steak with mashed and mushrooms... 
and onions and gravy.. smile.. 

A little drive to Albert County and the Bay of Fundy... 



Then I spent a morning with Shonda and her ladies' group.... 
Such a wonderful time.. 

A little testimony of God's love and mercy.. 

So the last many months have passed with Terry being laid up and sick several times... 
He would go on antibotics and be all right until it would strike again... 
We just kept praying that all would be well but to be honest I was getting pretty desperate... 
Anyone who has walked that valley knows what I mean... 
But during the last 18 months of this going on we were
 so ever thankful that we have a God who is with us during the trials of life... 
He gives a strenght and peace that we cannot understand or even expect.. 
 He is ever faithful... 

A couple of weeks ago he took really sick again. 
We were blessed that he had been in to see the specialist the day before so when I called in to say that he was really sick the doctor called him right in for an emergency procedure.. 
It saved his life...
The infection had spread to his blood so bad that the doctor said he was almost septic but he got there just in time.. 
The doctor kept saying how lucky Terry was to get there when he did..
Another day and it might have been too late.  
But we know he was blessed by God... 
The Lord was in charge and he was on time... 
He is always an on time God... 

The doctor said this procedure will work and we are trusting God that it will...
He feels so much better and we are thankful to say the least.. 
Giving God honour, glory and thanks... 

I am sorry that once again I am talking about our health problems.. 
My knee is doing much better and with Terry back to feeling good we are just so happy... 

When the Lord does something wonderful for us we want to be a witness to everyone ... 

So thank you everyone for visiting and reading or scrolling through.. 
Love having you visit... 
And as always I love your lovely notes...

May God bless you and your sweet families today !

 

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Just Putting Away...

please excuse my messy kitchen
i make such a mess when i am pickling.. 



Good Afternoon dear hearts..
Just a wee post for you of my first few days of just putting away for the winter season... 
Terry  has been busy picking garden veggies. 
Green beans, swiss chard, beet greens and such.. 

I always can our green beans as we like the taste more than frozen ones and they are more shelf stable..

We bought fifty pounds of pickling cucumbers from a farmer as ours are not ready yet except for a few here and there.. 
I like to get them done up and over with..

I made Bread and Butter Pickles, Sweet Dills, Sandwich Dills, Farmer Pickles and my favourite Baba's Dill Pickles..
They are said to be the best pickle this side of the Vistabula River...  
I used oak leaves to keep them crisp and in the Sandwich dills I used black tea instead of pickle crisp...
Nor did I have any grape leaves which a lot of people use.   

I think there are 20 litres of green beans done up . 
I am also doing up Salad Beans.. 
They make delicious winter salads.. 
Our oldest son used to love that salad... 

Terry picked another pail yesterday.. 
I need to get them done soon but my knee is acting up.. 
Of all times!! 😟 
But... this too shall pass.. 
Tis amazing what can be accomplished sitting on a stool... 😊
I am resting it again today as I kind of messed it up again last night.. 
It is really nice day to rest though as it is pouring rain... 

Terry requests these cookies every once in a blue moon.... 

We call them Chocolate Macaroons... 
Everyone has a name for them but many are different.. 
What is your name for them?  

Here is my recipe in case you would like it... 

Chocolate Macaroons. 
In a saucepan put in 2 cups of white sugar, 1/2 cup of butter or margarine and 1/2 cup of milk. 
Bring to a good boil and boil for about one and half minutes.. 
Then add 3 cups of oatmeal, 1 cup of desiccated coconut and 1/2 cup of cocoa.. 
I always mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together before adding to sugar mixture... Have this ready first though.. 
Also have a piece of parchment ready too.. 
Stir well and spoon out onto parchment paper.. 

Well, this is it for today.. dearies!
So happy I was able to get back so soon.  
Will keep trying to do better.. smile.. 

What are you putting away?  
I actually love this time of year and all the pickling, canning and such.. 
Much better then spring cleaning... 😏

God bless you all today.... 
Looking forward to reading your sweet notes.. 

Sunday, August 14, 2022

August is here already!


Well, hello everyone!
Here I am finally! 
So sorry for being so long away from here... 
 I have many excuses but will only explain one... smile.. 
Our internet was kaput sort of and we needed an upgrade.  
After it was hooked up our old desk top that I always used for this was not connected.. 
It still isn't but I have dug out my chrome book and am trying to use it... 
Thank you to you dear hearts who have contacted me and wondering if we were all ok...
Yes, we are mostly..  A little bump in the road here and there but all is well... but thank you so much for your concern and prayers!! 

Our darling son was home and ended up a longer visit then we anticipated!  
It was just so wonderful to see him and hug him!  
 I miss him terribly this time for some reason... 
Guess this old mother is getting older... 
Anyway, it was a joy and we are truly thankful for those days... 

So, here are a few pics of the last month and a half... or so... 
I will just let you scroll through and meet you at the bottom.. 
Just till I get used to this computer.. K?  smile.. 


Brothers together again!! 
Having fun with helmets like their Dad used to wear at work for 31 years!















Love love this following pic....

The first Sunday that Dustin was home we were able to all be at our little church together!!
I so loved having all my children there... 
A couple of grands couldn't make it as it was short notice but all the rest were... 
Just to look across and see that dear face looking back at me made my heart glad.. 
I am like you other mothers who desire to see their children in church and living for Jesus!  
Material things are blessings but my heart's desire is that they each have a genuine daily relationship with the Lord... 
It is the most important thing in their lives... 
For eternity!  

And it was just so wonderful to all be there in that wee church together!  

Now, on with the rest of the story!  smile....


Shonda's facebook page...




So... 
Dustin has returned to Alberta and we have been spending time at the farm.
He came out for a day and helped his Dad do this and that... 
They hung our old St. Martin's wind chime to charm the deer.. grin!  

We all had dinner out after church that day!  
Our family has increased and that is lovely.. 

Dustin and I spent a day together going to St. Martins... 
Such a dear day filed away in my heart of memories... 
He spent so many summers there in our old cottage... 
His brother and sister were married and gone but we bought it when he was 12.. 
He had a great time seeing it all again after a few years of being away...
He is like me and has a great love for the Bay of Fundy and says he misses it a lot... 
And the fish,  of course... 
I think he got his fill though.. grin.. 

Made some more ordinary food for meals here.. 
pork chops and veggies
my fave... Pasta and Mussels
and homemade jams and S'mores cookies
and bread... smile.. 

a few pantry pics from the farm.. 
picking our garlic scapes and herbs.. 
making herb vinegars...

hanging out laundry..a simple country pleasure... 

My lavender came back in a wonderful way, thank you, Lord... 
Terry working away in the garden with his gifted tiller from our son in law.... 
He came home last night with two almost full 5 gallon pails of beans.  
oh, and I made a little victorian scarecrow.. smile.. 


Well, my sweet friends this is about all of it for now.. 
But this chrome book is easier to use then before because the internet is working all the time.. 
Perhaps I will start doing wee posts like on Instagram.. 
But better as we all know each other so well.. 
I will honestly try... K?

Such a busy time of year though..
Started pickling and putting away for the winter.. 
The season will soon be changing although I hope Autumn just slowly wanders in.. 
Thankful for all that the year brings us.. 
Such beautiful blessings and it has been a great summer!  

Please check in and see if I can manage a few little posts.. 
And I love your dear notes.. 
Thank you dear Karen for finding me on Instagram even though you were not on there before.. 
So sweet... 

God bless you all and your sweet families....