Sunday, January 21, 2018

Another week in January...

Good Evening my dears.. 
Hope you had a great weekend.. 

Another week has rolled past in January.. 
I think the days seem longer, don't you?  
I am so enjoying this month.. 
The storms have not been horrendous yet and I love the evenings.. 
During the summer my husband does not know enough to come inside.. He is out there until after dark most days working and it makes me feel guilty being inside and not accomplishing much.. 
The winter is different because we have supper and then just relax.. 
I can enjoy myself because there is no guilt.. lol... 

Anyway, during the day I do try to accomplish a few chores and January always means marmalade.. 

Clementine Marmalade.. 
It takes a bit of fussing but it is worth the effort.. 
The recipe is HERE..

Then the other day I did this fun thing.. 

When I had my shop I made up some lights with little homespun rags tied between them.. I found them and decided they would provide some extra light for reading when I go to bed.. 
Love them.. 

Then as always we have soup... 

Home made turkey stock and lots of veggies.. 
The summer savoury isn't added yet.. 
Soooo good!! 

We here in New Brunswick have had some beautiful days.. 

Lovely light white snow along with some lovely sunny days.. 
So pretty.. 

I finally finished my little owl bunting.. 

Just a little touch of homemade for the winter.. 
I know it is kind of simple but with the lights it is a nice change during the evenings.. 

This hangs on the edge of the mantel.. 

Another little owl.. 
I made this a year or two ago.. 

On with the show.. smile.. 
The last while I have been trying to perfect a few basic recipes.. 
This was this weeks project.. 
Let's say that I am getting there.. 
Just a few more tries... smile.. 
Sunday night supper.. 

We are so enjoying the canned green beans and mustard pickles.. 
Trying to make sure we are using up the food we put up for Winter.. 

And then there is Charlie.. 

Penny was asking about Charlie.. He is doing fine.. 
Thank you for asking, dear.. 
He goes with us where ever we go.. 
He seems to know we are going away before we do.. 
We go get ready and when we come into the Family Room he is prancing around waiting.. grin.. 
He's a good dog.. No, really!!  
Trevor was here with Joel yesterday.. 
They had been to the woodlot and dropped by.. 
Trev does everything he can to make friends with Charlie but no hope.. 
The dear lad just smiles when Charlie growls and chews at him and says he is a good dog!  
I think I would give up but he just keeps trying.. smile.. 

I had just taken a banana bread out of the oven and they had no breakfast or lunch.. 
So.. we fried up some eggs and instead of toast they had banana bread.. smile.. 
Love having the kids drop by.. 
Life is good..
And God is good.. 
All of the time..  

Take care my friends and thanks so much for your visit.. 
Oh here is the link for the banana bread.. 
So fast and so easy.. 
I posted about making the bread Here..

God bless.. xo

Sunday, January 14, 2018

January days...

Hello everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth today.. 
For the last while every Monday morning I post pics from the web to help start our week on a note of inspiration.. smile.. 

Today I am just doing a regular post.. 
When I started the blog I said that it would just be about the happenings in our daily lives.. 
Nothing marvellous... Just the ordinary... 
Boring a lot of the times but hopefully it will sometimes touch you in some way... 

So here we go with what we have been doing.. 
A few afternoons last week I sat at the kitchen table and did a bit of crafting.. 
I burnt my new Patchouli candle that our son sent me from out west and played my new CD ... 
I love Gospel music but sometimes I enjoy a bit of something else.. 
Norah Jones was introduced to me by my sweet friend and I really enjoy the two CDs I have of her.. I ordered it from Amazon and I think the name is... Feels like Home.. 
The wind was howling outside and I could see the trees swaying outside the window.. 
It was nice and cozy inside, though..  

This is not finished yet but hopefully this week it will get done.. 
It is an owl bunting.. 
Picture button eyes, embroidered nose and it all sewed together and hung on a rope.. smile.. 

I did get my new 2018 calendar seen to... 
Remember how I love the British Country Living calendars but feel like I don't want to pay so much for one.  So, I just cut out the pics from their magazines and make one of my own.. 
I posted about making it HERE..

Someday they are going to hear about my thrift and send me one.. grin.. 

As you know I love herbs and still grow them through the Winter.. 

I just love seeing them growing on the kitchen window sill and snip a piece of them here and there to use.. 

I have 5 herbs but didn't have matching pots.. 

I use a lot of copper here in the kitchen.. I found these hard plastic pots at the dollar store and Terry is going to spray them with copper paint this week, I hope.. 
Then I will replant them all... 
What are some things you do for projects through the Winter months? 

And of course I read... 

All different types of literature.. 
These came from Amazon along with my CD.. 
I hope to do a couple of the projects in the Homesteading book and Forsaking All Others is a second book in a series .. 
I loved the first one and found it so interesting.. I could not find the second at the store so ordered it on line.. 
And the other is A Lantern in Her Hand and is an old book but a lovely one.. 
What are you all reading?  
I love cookbooks, too and find them almost as fascinating as anything else.. 
We took a drive out to the farm on the rainy day as we thought we could get down the lane... 
The snow was almost gone and we got right up to the door.. 
I dug around in the cookbooks and brought home one on Wood Stove cooking.. 
We don't have a wood stove here but still great recipes.. 
We do have a wood furnace, though.. 

That night it just poured rain so when we got up Saturday morning we decided to go for a drive and see a bit of the flooding..
We bought our coffee first, of course.. smile..
This is the Petitcodiac River. 
Crazy, eh?  
It has flooded all over New Brunswick and then last night there was a flash freeze.. 
Normally, we would call this a January thaw as there is not a speck of snow left and it was so mild for a day but the damage it caused is a shame.. 
We are on high ground here and not near any body of water so we were fine.. 
Praying for all those people who had to leave their homes... 

Every winter I grow sprouts as you probably remember.. 

I think I post the same stuff every year.. 

But the sandwich is new.. grin.. 
Naan bread for sandwiches.. 
This one has Arugula,  Onion Sprouts, a slice of ham, shaved cucumbers and Aioli 
I love the Naan bread in the sandwich size.. 
Do you like Aioli?  
We love it and use it often on sandwiches.. 
Even Terry likes this ... 
Here is the recipe.. 

2 garlic cloves, pressed 
1/4 tsp. kosher salt.
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
2 T. olive oil or Canola
1 T. fresh lemon juice
freshly ground pepper
Mash garlic and salt in a small bowl until a paste forms. Whisk in mayo, oil, lemon juice and pepper.. 
Cover and chill.. 

I also brought this little copper lamp from the farm and put it on my kitchen hutch.. 
I find lamp light so cozy these long evenings so I am digging a few out and placing them here and there.. 

As I was taking a pic of my books I noticed this sitting on the table.. 

It is hard to tell what it is from the pic but there is a little story here that I will tell you.. (excuse my sentimental mind) smile.. 
About three years ago on Mother's Day our youngest son came to visit us.. 
He gave me a card and asked his Dad where the hammer was.. 
Then he went outside for a bit while I was cooking his favourite fried rice.. 
Later when he hugged me good bye he said I would find my Mother's Day gift later.. 
I just smiled and wondered what he meant.. 
Later on I went into our room and I heard a wind chime jangle.. 
Looking outside of our bedroom window I saw a hook with a wind chime hanging from it..  
He had hung it there for me to listen to when I am in bed.. 
How sweet is that, eh? 
I am a bit weird in that I do not like music chimes like everyone else but the clunky sound kind of ones.. 
It was perfect and every time I would go to our room and hear it I would smile .. 
Sometimes if I can't sleep I will ask the Lord if he would please send a little wind from his storehouse and then when I hear a little jangle I know He heard me...
No joke.. grin.. 
I know I am weird... 

This is it's third winter ... 
I mentioned to Terry the other day that I thought it might be broke or the wind took it.. 
That afternoon it was storming and I heard him go outside.. 
Then when he came in I heard a little bit of a jingle.. 
The dear man had gone out and brought what was left of it in.. 
Remember that it is the little things!! Right?  
Anyway, we have unwound it and hopefully can add a few bits and get it working again.. 
With Dustin away now it makes it a bit more precious.. 
Yes, I am one of those sentimental old fools.. grin.. 

Today we went to church and enjoyed the presence of the Lord in worship.. 
God is so faithful! 

Thank you so much for dropping by.. 
Loved having you and look forward to hearing from you either here or on Face Book.. 

God bless you all.. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

A Bit of January Monday Morning Inspiration for you..

Good Monday Morning all.. 
Hope you had a great weekend.. 
Just stopping by to post a few pics for you all that I found here and there on the web lately.. 
I don't take any credit for them and I find them all lovely.. 

This is really the first week for us after the holidays to get back to normal.. 
It has been very cold here in New Brunswick...
How is your weather?  

It is hard to believe that already one week of January has passed.. 
I have lots of chores and projects for the winter months and am looking forward to accomplishing many of them.. 
The main thing is to just stay home and work at it all.. 
I am pouring myself one last cuppa and then getting to it all.. 

Terry and I are like the Toadflax family today.. 
He has the fire going and the toast has been made but we will drink coffee instead.. smile.. 
And make plans for our day.. 

My main one is to get the rest of anything Christmas finally all put away until next time.. 
Also, I would like to craft a couple of hours each week.. 
And as always there are the laundry baskets and such to finish up.. 
What is on your agenda for today?  

Thanks dear hearts for dropping by and will chat again soon..
Love hearing from you...  
God bless... 

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”  Psalm 20:4

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A new years ramble...

Well hello there dear hearts.. 
Happy New Year to you all.. 

It has been awhile since I have put on a regular post but here I am..

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas season!  
But here we are in another new year and wondering where the last one went to.. 
Time just seems to fly the older we get.. 
The last year had a few trials but really there is not a thing to complain about.. 
An old chorus we sing sometimes says it just the way it is.. 
There is a roof up above me
Got a fine place to sleep.. 
Food on my table..
 Shoes on my feet.. 
You gave me your love, Lord and a fine family... 
Thank you, Lord for your blessings on me.. 

So thankful for all the past year brought our way and looking forward to a new year and all the surprises that await us.. 
Knowing who holds our hand really gives us peace in a world that seems to have lost it's way, eh? 
I have proved it over and over that God is faithful and just trusting Him for the year 2018... 

Now on with what has been happening here the last few weeks.. 
Today I started putting away the Christmas decor.. 
Decided to leave out the snowmen things for another month, though.. 
Made a lovely Lentil Soup for lunch.. 
The recipe is here in one of my old posts.. 
Click HERE
Christmas is such a busy season.. 
Lots of activities and such..  
This year I joined my friends in a gift exchange.. 
This is one of the things I included in the basket I gave.. 
Little snowmen made from salt shakers.. 
Enjoyed the time we had together ... 
Eating lunch and gabbing with friends made for a lovely afternoon.. 

I did find a purchase at the Thrift shop..
Yes, I did decide not to buy anything but books at thrift shops this fall but couldn't turn this one down.. 
All this for only five dollars..
I found out with the help of my friend Bev that these are Peruvian pottery.. 
Called Corn Bowls..
So in the next bit I want to try them out.. 
Do any of you have any suggestions for recipes using the dishes.. 
Maybe you have a Peruvian recipe that you could share with me..
I plan to do a bit of research and see what I can find. 

While I was making the snow girls for my friends I made a few extra for Shonda, Tammy and my Mom.. 

I love using all the little bits of jewellery and such that I had collected in my craft supplies.. 
Terry said I sounded like a hen scratching as I pushed the pieces around on the kitchen table.. 
He was very relieved when I finished them and finally cleaned the table off ..
I don't know why I don't craft somewhere else but just love working at the kitchen table.. smile.. 

Had this for my birthday dinner.. 
My Mom and Step-Father were here for supper and I made something I love.. German Meatballs..

We also had a Scottish dish called Clapshot.. 

They brought the cake.. 
So sweet as it was a cold day for them to get out but Mom just wanted me to have my gift... So dear!!... 
Your kid is always your kid even if they are now a senior.. grin..

I also enjoyed a Christmas House Tour and a tea with some friends and a trip to an old Railway Station house dressed for the season.. Then the Christmas concert and Christmas Eve service was lovely..
Lots of stuff going on.. 

We had to wait a whole week to celebrate with our family here as our daughter and her family were away.. 
Our oldest son had to work and our youngest was away also.. 
We did get to have a Christmas dinner at Shonda's after they returned home.. 

But on New Year's Eve look who showed up and spent the night.. 

Our five lovely grandsons.. 
Made Grandpa's and Gram's Year.. 
Old and New.. smile.. 
Next day their parents came early and we had a Turkey Ham dinner..  
We all opened our gifts and then played the Yankee Swap game.. 
Shonda and Dave had it all prepared and even brought all the wrapped gifts!
A few jokey ones gave us a few laughs.. 
Thank you sweeties.. 

There just is nothing like family.. 
I am so grateful for ours.. 
Each one is different but so precious to this momma.. 

We found this Christmas tugging at our hearts more as our youngest son wasn't with us.. 
It was the very first Christmas he was not here on Christmas day... 
He is happy and doing well and I know he is in God's hands.. 
We received a nice big box of gifts from him and they were so lovely.. He has a talent for picking presents that click if you know what I mean.. 
Parents love their children and miss them when they are away.. 
That is just how it is.. 
You raise them and love them and then you let them fly.. 
But they are always in our heart... Always.... 

Anyway, all is well here in the Henry house.. 
Tomorrow a very large storm is to hit the Maritimes.. 
They are calling it a beast of a storm.. 
We will see... 
Our children will call and want to know if I have done my storm list.. 
Make a big soup and salad.. 
Have a couple thermoses full of coffee and tea.. 
Fill the washer and tubs with water for flushing .. 
Fill a few jugs with water for drinking.. 
So tomorrow morning I have a turkey carcass that will make a good soup before the storm hits.. 
I hope the hydro doesn't go off but they are forecasting big winds.. 

What do you do to prepare for a storm?  

I know this is one long post my friends and if you don't read it all I understand.. smile.. 

Hope you are enjoying your days.... 
This year I want to keep my family close and keep God first in my life.. 

How about you?  

Looking forward to hearing from you as always and God bless..