Sunday, February 5, 2023

A Bit of a Winter Ramble and Roll for you...

Hello there dear ones... 
I am back!!
A day late and a dollar short as my Dad used to say!  

So glad you dropped by and thank you so much for your sweet messages and comments..  
Isn't it nice to missed every once in awhile?
I have been thinking of that a bit lately... 
The older we get the more we realize that hey... this show is almost over.. 
When we rewind and see that the most of it is gone and the end is in sight then we say to ourselves... 
Let's slow this down a bit and enjoy it all! 

I have had that January experience as I call it.. 
The days are cold and long but it is cozy here inside but I get that missing you feeling... 
Especially for my kids and some dear ones gone on... 
I wrote about that feeling in a post awhile back.. 
The Welsh word that means missing people and times that are passed... 
I can't spell the word.. It starts with H... lol.. but I don't want to go look it up right now.. 
The answer to that situation is to enjoy the now..

But I did enjoy my January... 
We were busy.... 
And the weather was typical Winter.. 
Hope you all enjoyed your January!
And now it is a week into February... 

Well... let's get on with this bit of a ramble and roll..
Just some stuff that I spent time or thoughts on last month... 💖

My goal for January was to put a greater effort in putting the Lord first in my life.. 
The verse that I have been trying to apply to myself consistently is this.. 
Psalms 19:14
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer..

Did you pick out a special scripture or text to work on?
God is good, eh!  

I found a new thrift store on one of our town days in January... 
I had been there once long ago when it first opened and then just happened to drop in and found it right up my alley as they say...  
This darling sugar bowl... 
I had just cleaned these old silver teaspoons with kings on them and a set of butter knives that I had in my shop.. 
Thought this was a perfect container for them!

Then lots of January chores as everyone else has... 

I received five more place settings to my china for Christmas so I was excited to get my china cabinet cleaned out and put them all away... 
Oh my but I found so many treasures! 
Aunt Emily's antique goblets, candle holders for our plates, linens and gorgeous napkins... 😀 children will be forever grateful that their mother was such a ....... what is the word, I wonder... 😊
Do your children think you have way too much stuff!!??

Rollimg along....

I cleaned out my kitchen hutch because....... 
wait for it..... 😀
I found this gorgeous set of Irish pottery at the thrift store too.. 
Isn't it lovely?  
And it was only 16 dollars for all of it.. 
It does need 2 more cups to make a whole set of four.. 
I found them on Etsy but I have not bought on there before.. 
I need help but there are enough for the two of us.. 
The cups are for coffee or soup.. 

Then I bought a package of flour sacks from  Amazon to go with my unpaper towels. 
I really love the unpaper towels and thankful to JES for the idea.. 
She is on Instagram and a wonderful inspiring Christian homemaker.. 

Another fave on Instagram is Lisa.. 
This was her hair rinse recipe that I made up in the summer ... 

I showed the girls in Shonda's ladies group ... 

You fill a large jar as full of flowers such as roses, lavender and herbs and such then cover with vinegar for several months.. 
In January I got around to finishing it by straining out the flowers and putting it into jars.. 

I buy these plastic squeeze bottles from dollarama and use it in the shower to rinse my hair.. 
You just wash your hair and rinse well then squeeze in some of the rinse.. 
Wrap up in a towel and dry... 
I love it!  
I still have a half a gallon for refills.. 

Rambling along on this long post...

I ran out of my hot pickles so made up another batch.. 
Terry does not like them in which I am hardily glad for.. lol.. 

Some mornings in January and now we wake up to this out of our kitchen window.. 

But all is well!
Making and doing... 
And cooking of course.... 

Just the other day I found a wonderful old cookbook.. 
Like really great!  
They said a good cook knows to put a teaspoon or two of brown sugar sprinkled over their ham when they fry it... 
Yes!   It makes a difference.. 

Tuna Macaroni Salad
Jam Bars from Lisa... 
Peanut Butter Cookies... 
Chicken Soups... 

Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Our sweet son out in Alberta ordered us Bay of Fundy Scallops and had them delivered to us.. 
Such a treat! 
Thank you Dustin!  
On a Friday night too.. 
I always love to have something special on Friday nights.. 
Goes back to those old date nights down through the years.. smile.. 
Delicious Spanish Rice.. 
I could eat this almost everyday, I think.. 
Do you like it?
Let's roll along her.. 
A little recipe for you for your chicken.. 
So lovely...

Chicken Rub or Marinade Recipe
2 tsp. paprika 
1 tsp. salt 
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper 
1 tsp. thyme
3/4 tsp. garlic powder..
I put mine in a mortar and pestle and rubbed it well.. 
Then rubbed it over the chicken.. 
Let it sit for an hour..
Placed an onion in the cavity and baked... 

The gravy was excellent too.. 

January is comfort food month here in the Henry household then in February reality sits back in.. lol.. 

Rambling along... 
Homemade Breads... 
Terry's all time favourite bread.. 
Cinnamon Raisin.. No knead.. 
It is here on the blog if you want the recipe.. 

And then before January was over I had to have one of my Momma's Date Squares... 
Actually, it was my sweet friend from 1971 recipe.. 
But when I gave it to Mom she just claimed it!  lol... 
What a case she was!  
We would laugh about it because my cousin sold them in her bake shop and called them Betty's Date Squares.
Shonda says that I don't make them as good as Gram and I agree.. 
But they are still good and remind me of my sweet mother.. 
How I miss her.. 

Rolling along.. 
this is a kind of a January post ..Right? 
 I can cry if I want to.. smile.. 
No.. I am fine... 💗

Now... where were we?

Some country drives and scenes... 


My cousin Glenys took this pic up where our parents are resting... 

Been doing a ton of reading.. 
Thrift book finds... 

Enjoying some sweet company here and there... 

Shonda and one of her dearest friends... 
We love her.. 
You all know Shonda.. 
On the left.. 💕

Well, my dears I guess this is all for today.
 another long post to try and make up for my slowness... 

Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving your sweet notes and comments.. 
So love hearing from you all.. 
Catch me on Instagram or comment on the Facebook page..
If you are so inclined.. smile.. 

Praying God blesses you all with good health and  joy... 
And a deeper closer walk with Him.. 
That is my prayer for you and our dear families.. 
We all need Jesus... 
God bless!  
Hugs from New Brunswick// 


  1. I do love reading your 'Ramble and roll' posts! I feel I've spent a little holiday in your home. What weather you have! We are watching Spring bulbs come up, daffodils and snowdrops.....but we might still have bad weather in March!

  2. I,m happy to read your post and always look forward to hearing about your happenings. It won,t be long and you,ll be making for your spring plans. Your new dishes are lovely and so you !! Thanks for your lovely post, much love to you cousin.

  3. Hope you and hubs extra cozy in the Arctic blast of last 2 days!

  4. Sounds like a cozy, comfy January for you!! Have you read any Lynn Austin or Julie Klassen books? I particularly enjoy theirs. Enjoy your February ❤️ God bless, Sue

  5. Hi Faye,
    I, too, have been doing some rewinding and finding that there is not as much left on the tape. One of my coworkers likened the length of our lives to a ruler - that shook me up. I have been thinking of my family and missing them. They live so far away, and now, we have our first grandbaby, born the end of December. I am working hard within myself to experience the now. Thank you for sharing your reflections.

  6. Hello my friend. I trust this February cold snap hasn't slowed you down. I do know that many have had frozen pipes and such. We have had the heat pump rolling but nothing beats the good ole wood fire! That stove sure has kept things cozy here.
    Blessings Faye!

  7. Sure enjoyed your ramble and roll Faye! You cook such lovely meals, comfort food at its finest! Sweet picture of you and Shonda and her friend. Your pickles look delicious! It's been a strange winter here also. We did get a lot of snow this winter too, but lately we've had a lot of warmer days with occasional cold arctic blasts. It's always nice to clean out the cabinets and find sweet little surprises! Have a blessed day!

  8. Dear Faye,
    Thank you for your wonderful post. Shonda is so beautiful! You are blessed my friend. Blessed to be a blessing as a former pastor taught us. Much love to you.

  9. Another wonderful post - a feast for the eyes as well as the soul. Blessings from Ringle, WI.

  10. Dear Faye, I had a lovely Aunt Faye who was always into some kind of project or craft or food, like you. Such a pretty picture of you with the girls. You are a lovely lady and I enjoy all of your posts. So full of inspiration and ideas, thank you for taking the time to share with us all. I cried too for you missing your mother, I miss mine too. Take care!

  11. this is a lovely homely post, all your home cooking looks wonderful. I like nice china, I must start looking out for a few pretty pieces as they are becoming sought after/expensive around here in the UK now in thrift shops. Your snow pictures are pretty.

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