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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ten lovely ways to make your Winter home cozy....


Hello there dear hearts.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth today.. 

This is to be a special blog post because the homegoods company called Wayfair.ca invited me to participate in a little campaign they have going on.
 I am to write a post giving a few tips which will help create a cozy home during these last several weeks of Winter.

Here in Eastern Canada we have been hit with two huge back to back snow storms this past week and it is hard to imagine an end in sight.. 

So let's talk about a few ideas that might help us to revamp our homes into cozy retreats for the rest of the season.. 

1.  The first idea of course is to have a nice warm fire... 
Either in our fireplaces, stoves or such.. 
But if you don't have a fireplace or don't want to bother with the work of fire making then make a mock fireplace with candles.
Grouping candles of different sizes on a shelf,  a coffee table or at the base of a fireplace is a great way to add a cozy spark to your home.. 
2..Candles just naturally cheer up a space.. 

3..  Throws and Blankets..

Throws are lovely but sometimes it does add a sense of warmth and flair to go with faux fur. 
Adding blankets to chairs and couches injects a touch of warmth to any room... 

4.. Plants.. 
Any room can benefit from greenery not only in the decorative sense but they are wonderful for your health.. 
This past year I have been trying to grow plants and place them about..
I think they add coziness, don't you? 

Making coffee and glancing out of the kitchen window on a Winter's morning with the snow piled high is somehow cheerful with the colourful Geraniums peering outside, too! smile.. 

5..Speaking of kitchens ... Copper adds such a touch of warmth to this centre of our home.. 
The lovely copper colour reflects the light.. 
Whether it is a wintry sun shinning through the kitchen window or the reflection of a candle burning on the counter or hutch.. 
Copper is classic and so rich looking, I think.. 

6..  Wonderful home cooked meals and lovely set tables.. 
Sitting around the supper table with a delicious meal definitely  makes a big contribution towards a cozy home anytime of the year but especially during the long evenings of Winter.. 
Tablecloths and dinnerware can make the food taste better, eh?  smile.. 

7..  Books...
Taking time in the afternoon or evening to turn the pages of a book along with a lovely cuppa makes for a cozy spot in your day.. 
Books and plants are in the same catagory to me.. 
They just emanate the coziness  of home and especially during the winter months..
I can never have too many bookshelves, if you know what I mean.. 

8..Bread...
Yup... 
You have to agree that there is no other smell as cozy as homemade bread and it is so comforting... 
It is very easy to make now with the many no knead recipes that one can find on the internet.. 
Here is the link for this one here..
It will take only 5 minutes of your day.. 

9.  Fragrance.. 
Plug- ins, candles, sprays or even homemade potpourris can make a stale home smell delightful.. 
Spices and fruits mixed with water and simmered in a pot on the stove or in the oven smell glorious.. 
Or even wrap some up in cheesecloth and tie with a string.. 
Dip into a potpourri burner along with a bit of cider...
Don't you think that anything that makes your house smell delicious is money well spent?
Me, too.. 

10..  Make a few cozy corners for yourself.. 
They will give you a quiet spot during busy days or restful place at the end of one.. 
This is my favourite spot.. 
Our water bed... 
So warm and cozy.. 
A flannel covered down filled duvet, an open window, a smelly candle and the book.. 
Heavenly.. smile..

and this one.. 

An old lazy boy, a pile of books and the electric fireplace in our sun room is another cozy spot for me.. 
And my plants.. smile.. 
Well, my friends this about wraps it up.. 

I hope you will find something inspiring here to help you cope with the rest of our Winter season and make a bit of cozy for yourself.. 

Looking out of our Family Room window the other night at this beautiful sunset gives us hope of waking up to a sweet Spring morning very soon.. 

Thank you so much for visiting and I look forward to reading your sweet notes that you leave.. 

Also... 
 I would like to thank Wayfair.ca for this honour of allowing me this opportunity to represent them even in this small way..
There are several links above in the post to Wayfair.ca and their cozy products.. 

Take care and God bless.. 
xo 


Friday, February 17, 2017

Just Grateful....

my fave view

love love books..

I have some lace like this.. 

one of the farm animals I love.. 
also donkeys and chickens.. 


isn't this dining set interesting.. 

so pretty.... 

sweet!!

so homey, eh? 
I don't know what it is that I love about hanging teacups.. 
notice the dried fruit... oranges, I think... 

yes, there is a cat.. 
they always make a house look cozy... 
our old cottage by the sea.. 
comfy beds even if they are ancient.. smile.. 

Happy Friday Evening! 
So glad you dropped by this night.. 

Just posting a few images that I noticed on the web the past while.. 
Something about each of them captured my attention .. 
And a couple of my own... 
The horses are in my fave view near by and the bedroom is in our old cottage by the sea.. 

I love images that I can explore and perhaps learn some little tidbit that inspires or humors me in some way.. 
Are you like that?  

When I read books I am the same way.. 
Reading and trying to remember.. 
Not as easy as it used to be.. smile.. 

We have had such a stormy week here in New Brunswick that the weekend with no storms in view is very welcome!  
There were around 100 cm. in many places and Terry said we had that much with the drifting... 
Anyway.. 
You know we Canadians can talk about the weather till we bore everyone else silly.. Sorry.. 

I hope you have a great weekend where ever you have a spot in this big old world of ours... 
 And I am sending you hugs to where ever that may be.. 
And let's be grateful... smile.. 
God is sooo good!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

It is all about Love...


Hello everyone.. 
Happy Valentine's Day to you from us...

It has been an exciting few days here .. 
The Maritime provinces of Canada has been hit with a huge 
snow blizzard.. 
One of the wildest I can remember seeing for a long time.. 
We collected anywhere from  50 to 80 centimetres of snow depending where you are and the winds were wild.. 
We have gone from bare fields to huge banks of snow.. 
Everything closed down from stores, schools to most of our roads... 
But all is well that ends well and we are all digging out the best we can..

We had our little party the other night and it was fun!  
I took a couple of pics and then when everyone arrived I forgot all about my camera.. 
So sorry but we had a good turnout and the food that everyone brought was great.. 
We love the fellowship with our friends...

And Valentine's Day is here.. 
Heart Day.. 
So thankful for all the love in my life.. 
Especially, the love of my Lord!  

We love so many ..... 
Our family, friends and you, dear readers.. 
Praying you all have a day filled with love

Thanks for dropping by and leaving me your little love notes.. smile.. xo

God bless.. 

Here is a link to a post that I did awhile ago.. 
It is called Old Love.. 

Click  HERE




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A wee posting..


Hello dear hearts.. 
Just wanted to say hello and let you know that I have responded to each blog comment last post... 
That is now on my agenda to do so but you know me and how consistent I am not.. smile.. 

Found the pics on the web and as I am 
  a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan I thought I would share them with you this afternoon.. 

I have just scrubbed my kitchen floor and thought I would do this and as I am using my new desktop computer I only had a few pics downloaded and chose these.. 

Hope you lovelies are having a great week.. 

We are preparing for a Valentine Supper here for the Keepers and friends on Saturday nite so this old house is getting a few corners cleaned and cobwebs torn down.. grin.. 

We have Bible Study tonight and Pastor is teaching on the Book of James.
 Excellent.. 

Thanks for visiting and leaving your dear notes.. 
God bless.. 
Very wise words.. xo


Friday, February 3, 2017

Usual Winter Pottering..


Hello my dears... 
Just a short post here tonight.. 
We here in the south of the province are pretty well over the ice storm we had last week but people to the north are still without hydro ... 
The poor dears.. 

We have just been doing the usual Winter things around here.. 

Morning rituals are still the same.. 


Tomato on Toast with Avocado is still a favourite... 

Looking after my plants..  


I almost lost this Sage plant but thankfully it is coming back.. 
Most of my plants are in the Sun Room... 
As is an old china cabinet that belonged to Terry's grandfather... 


I cleaned it out this week and discarded some of the stuff... 
Still sorting and such.. 

Went through the book shelves again... 



Giving away another big bag.. 
Terry says I won't be long replacing them... smile.. 

Oh I did want to share this incredible Apple Crumble recipe with you.. 
Remember I have been wanting one.. 


Well, I came across this old cook book while going through them and found the recipe in it... 

Fruit Crumble
4 cups of sliced peeled apples ( I used 5)
2 T. sugar (opt)
cinnamon and or nutmeg to taste.. 
Place in a shallow pan.. 
Crumble together 
1/2 cup of whole oatmeal 
1/2 cup of flour
2/3 cup of brown sugar 
1 x 8 ounce cream cheese 
Spread over apples and bake in 350 degrees F. oven for 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crumble golden brown.. 
Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.. 

We did not have ice cream with it and it was still delicious! 
Hope you like it... 

My Mom gave me some of my grandmother's handkerchiefs so I have been do up an album to display them.. 

This is the album which she gave me several years ago.. 
They are mostly lovely but a couple are worn out and rather ragtag.. 
So sweet to think of her using them so much.. 

Really enjoying my fermented veggies and canned green beans.. 

We are starting to think about the garden this year if we go back to the farm for the summer and I certainly will try to do a lot more of these.. 

We had 3 bags of cranberries still in the fridge after the holidays (if you can imagine) and they were still fine so I made a big batch of cranberry juice.. 
I added orange, lemon and anise to the mixture.. 
Very tasty.. 

I want to apologise for not posting the Lemon Dessert recipe but I can not find it..
I must have stuck it in another box or something.. 
It will show up eventually I am sure then I will post it for you.. 

Hope you all have a great weekend... 
Looking forward to hearing from you and thanks for stopping by.. 
I did respond to a few of your comments last post and will try again this time.. 

Take care and God bless..
 xoxo


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