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Friday, January 20, 2017

These January Days...








Good Evening dear hearts.. 
Just a little post for this Friday evening.. 
Hope you all have a great weekend.. 

We are having pretty good weather here in New Brunswick.. 
It is certainly my kind of winter.. 
Not a lot of snow thus far and many times it is rather mild with rain and wind.. 
I don't think it has even been really cold like it used to be when we were kids.. 
Or perhaps I just forget.. smile.. 

Anyway.. 
Terry and I may be heading for a day at the farm tomorrow.. 
Not sure yet.. 
We don't seem to make plans but just go with the flow.. 
Terry was up today and the driveway is clear. He made a fire and that will make it a bit easier to heat for tomorrow.. 
It will be just for the day but we will see... 

This post has some pics from our week.. 
Doing ordinary things like watering the plants.. 
Did you know that if you save the water that you use to wash your rice then use it for your plants that they thrive on it.. 
I read that somewhere and have been doing it and find the plants do like it.. They told me so.. grin.. 
It doesn't hurt them anyway.. 

Drying out a few more apples and limes slices... 
Making Mojo Sauce and Spaghetti... 
When we go shopping I try to find the bargain fruit and veggies and then dry them.. 

We went to town yesterday and did a bit of shopping.. 
The roads were a bit slick but not too bad.. 
It was a good day.. 
We usually take Charlie with us.. 
He has his blankets and loves just sleeping in the back.. 
We are not in one store for more then an hour and he just sleeps away... 
I visited the thrift store that had a fire and it is lovely and clean and tons of stuff... 
I found some books, a couple of lovely cups and a jean blazer.. smile.. 
Love thrift shopping!  Do you? 

This week has also been spent in our living room decluttering and I am so glad that I have actually finished.. 
Found some lovely treasures.. 
Drawers full of stuff but much less in them now.. 

Came across a picture of my great aunt and uncle whose dining room set I have.. 
They were married in 1934... 
I loved reading the newspaper clipping about their wedding and it was fun to find that I have inherited a few of their wedding gifts.. 
The blue and white china belonged to her.. 

The other beautiful water pitcher and glasses belonged to my maternal grandparents.. 
It was one of their wedding gifts and is over 100 years old.. 
My Mom just gave it to me and I love it.. 
Since my sister and I were wee girls we were told that it and a lovely pink glass basket were to be ours someday.. 
Nadine received the basket.. 
Mom is beginning to try to give us some of her precious things and we cherish them just as we do her.... 

I now have 3 boxes of stuff to give away!! 

Next week, Lord willing I will start another room.. smile.. 

Well, my dears I will go for now.. 
We have been watching the Inaugural proceedings.. 
We pray for the USA and hope that all will go well for them.. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to hearing from you sweet friends.. 
God bless... 

ps.. I will try to post the lemon dessert recipe next post... xo



Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday Night Ramble ...

Good Evening everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth this Saturday night.. 
We had a beautiful sunny day here in New Brunswick and had a few dear friends drop by this afternoon.. 
It was such a nice day for a drive.. 

I had just finished cleaning my pantry.. 
again !
 Perhaps, I am a messy sort.. smile.. 
A bit of painting on the little corner shelves and it will be nice and fresh for a bit.. 

Since it was so tidy I decided to make a lemon dessert.. 
It was a successful new recipe!
Terry didn't think they were lemony enough but I thought they were just right.. 
Not too sweet... 

I think this is going to turn into another Saturday night ramble.. 
Sorry.. 

I am trying to get a bit organised and decluttered this Winter..
It is quite a daunting task in this house which is so full... 
I find it a bit overwhelming so I am trying the strategy of the Fly Lady..(an organizing site) 
It is using a timer and working at two separate chores.. 
It turns out that the timer keeps me focused.. smile.

I am finding that it is taking me awhile to complete the Living Room, though as I am cleaning out each and every drawer, buffet and china cupboard.. 
Plus the Christmas had to be packed up and sorted, too.. 
I am also putting wee notes on special dishes and such so my children will know what is precious and what is not... smile.. 

So.. 
The living room gets a bit of time here and there.. 
Finding a few treasures in there... 
Edgar Guest is a favourite poet... 
Lots of old lace, tablecloths and such.. 
So hard to get rid of stuff when you really like it.. smile.. 
I am managing to do it, though.. 
A couple of big boxes for the thrift stores already... 
My children will be proud of me.. smile..  

Then when you are sure you have most of Christmas packed away....

You find a few more things... 
Hopefully, it will get finished next week.. 

We only ran the roads one day this week.. 
And that was to go once again to St. Martins..

This is the pic of our old cottage that I put on the last post... 
See the little cottage right down at the end with the red roof ... 
Well, on Wednesday our province was hit by a huge wind and rain storm... 
The waves were humongous !!

And my sweet friend's cottage took a beating.. 
Look at the size of that wave.. 
I borrowed this pic from Village of St. Martins Facebook page.. 

So on Thursday we went down to see the damage and I was very curious to see how far the water had actually come up.. 
You could see the line where the seaweed debris stopped and it was much further then usual.. 


This little cottage used to be the train station in St. Martins many years ago..
So sad... 
I hope they can rebuild..  

Met up with some old friends there.. 
It was amazing how much damage the waves did... 

Here is a link to a news broadcast that covers the storm.. 

I thought that some of my far away friends would like to see the video.. 

And another little recipe that I tried out for supper tonight.. 
We had them with filet of Salmon..


Vinaigrette Potatoes.. 
Peel and chop up 5 cups of potatoes.. 
Boil in salted water until tender.. 
While they are cooking make up the vinaigrette dressing.. 
Dressing.. 
1/4 cup of olive oil or canola
3 T. of white wine vinegar
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1/4 cup of chopped scallions
Salt and freshly ground pepper 
pinch of red pepper flakes
Whisk well.. 
Drain the potatoes and mash well.. 
Pour in the dressing and stir well..

These really go rather well with fish... 
Nice change, too.. 

Well, my dears this is all for tonight.. 
Tomorrow is the Lord's Day once again.. 
Looking forward to worshipping the God of the universe.. 

Take care and God bless.. 
xo



Monday, January 9, 2017

A Winter's Afternoon...


Hello dear hearts.. 
A lovely Winter's afternoon here .. 
Cold but the sun shone.. We had a snow storm over the weekend and everything is beautiful and fresh looking.. 
Nonetheless, I prefer the bare fields even if they are not as pretty.. smile.. 

So many things to do on these Winter afternoons, I find.. 
My to do list is long.. 
Not just household chores but creative things like remaking my country calendar, sewing bags for my scarves, tights and such, new recipes to try,  writing a new cook book, a list of redecorating I would like to attempt, taking care of plants and repotting a few and so on and so on..  
Believe me, I won't accomplish half of them but the ambition is still there.. 
You know what they say.. 
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.. grin.. 
Anyway.. 
Most winter lunches are soup around here..  

One of my faves but nothing new.. 
The recipe is Here..

Terry and I made a little trip down to St. Martins to check out the cottage on Friday.. 

We picked a great day as the waves were lovely.. 

Love windy wavy days... smile.. 
I told him we should stay overnight.. 
We may have been a bit cold as the heat is turned off.. 

The harbour.... 
The dear old cottage... 

And at the end of our street.. 
More lovely waves.. 

We made a wee trip up the road and filled some water bottles with some cold fresh Spring water.. 
It was a great day...
So blessed to be retired and still able to get around and enjoy ourselves.. 
On Saturday we spent the day with Shonda and Dave.. 
We went to East Side Marios for supper ... 
My most favourite spot to eat.. 
Pasta, of course.. And seafood... smile.. 

Still trying to use up our New Year's turkey... 

This was a recipe my friend Maxine gave me many years ago.. 
It is very good although I have made a few adjustments...

Terry had seconds... smile.. 
Here is my version of the recipe.. 

messy writing.. 

Hot Turkey Salad Casserole.. 
2 cups of diced turkey. 
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1/2 cup of chopped onion 
1/2 cup of chopped green pepper
1/2 cup of mayo
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of sliced mushrooms and liquid
1 cup of milk 
1 cup of raw rice , washed 
1 cup of chicken broth or water.. 
salt and pepper 
Fresh chopped parsley to taste.. 
1/2 cup of grated cheese.. 

Mix turkey, veggies, rice, mushrooms, parsley, salt and pepper and mayo in a greased 2 quart casserole dish.. 
In a separate bowl stir together the can of soup, milk, mushroom liquid and broth.. Whisk if necessary.. 
Pour over above in casserole dish and stir well.. 
Bake in a 350 degrees F. oven with cover for 45 minutes.. 
Add cheese on top and take off cover and cook for another 15 minutes until casserole has thickened up and cheese has melted.. 
Serve with fresh bread and a green salad..  

Hope you like this.. 

I have been trying to get all the Christmas decor put away.. 
What a job.. 
Much easier just putting it up, I think.. smile.. 
Anyway, it is done but we have to clean a space on the shelves as I am trying to reorganise it all.. 

We were on the roads all last week almost so this week it is home sweet home.. 

We have a new sofa set coming on Wednesday.. 
Terry and Dustin took our old set up to the farm and what a chore that was.. 
I can't remember it being such a trial to get it in the house as it was getting it out but all is well that ends well.. 
It is up there in the living room... 
The delivery men will deal with getting the new one in so that is all good.. 

Well, this has probably gone on long enough for this time.. 
I hope you are enjoying your winter season.. 
Oh .. 
I wanted to add this that I posted on my Face Book page.. 

Love Does..
I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It’s the invitation to actually live life, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day.  Turning down this invitation comes in lots of flavors. It looks like numbing yourself or distracting yourself or seeing something really beautiful as just normal. It can also look like refusing to forgive or not being grateful or getting wrapped around the axle with fear or envy. I think every day God sends us an invitation to live and sometimes we forget to show up or get head-faked into thinking we haven’t really been invited. but you see, we have been invited – every day, all over again.
— Love Does // Bob Goff

It was written by Bob Goff and I loved it ..

Have a great week sweet friends and thanks so much for dropping by and leaving your wonderful notes and emails.. 
God bless.. 

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Blessings..

Happy New Year everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth this evening.. 
I am so glad you dropped by.. 

I am sorry that I have not posted very much lately.. 
Time just seems to slip by and another day is over and I have not put the effort necessary into posting.. 
I just told Terry that starting tomorrow if the Lord wills I shall strive to do better.. 

I did buy a book from Chapters that has inspired me for the Winter and I will share it with you all. 
It is just about being home and making an effort to get some simple special touches for our homes and our lives... 

We had a lovely Christmas and our New Year's family time was wonderful... 


The grandsons and Shonda , Dave and Dustin were all here for New Year's eve and overnight to the next day.. 
They had fun times playing the game Catan.. 
Or I think that is what it is called.. 
A very serious game, though.. smile.. 
We had a Chinese supper later in the evening ...

Chinese.. 
Egg Rolls and Plum Sauce 
Chinese Soup and a Chinese Salad
Fried Rice with Bacon
Apricot Chicken 
Desserts... 

We had been without hydro the day before so I had double the work before everyone arrived so I was zonked, shall we say.. I went to bed before midnight.. 
This old gal isn't what she used to be but our dear daughter was such a help and it was all good.. 

The next day I arose (smile) at 6 am to put one of our turkeys we raised this summer into the oven... 
And on with the day.. 
Everyone arrived.. 
Trevor and Tammy had a night out alone and arrived on New Year's Day with Tim Hortons coffees for everyone..  
There were 14 of us..

My dear Mom... 
She loves all the kids and her and Gerald have a great time with them all.. 

They sure are growing... 
Such special young men.. 
Not because they are ours but just because they are.. 
I am so glad they walk with the Lord and are carrying the torch forward... 

Their grandparents sure do love them.. 
Just like you do yours, eh! 

Shonda and I had some time together while the guys played the game ....

There are a lot more pics but I won't bore you with them all and will get back to normal posts next time.. 

This is a Chinese salad we like.. 


Chinese Salad.. 
2 or 3 cups of cooked raw rice, cooled.. 
Chopped veggies to suit.. 
Mushrooms, green onions, red or green peppers. celery, parsley and then a handful of roasted peanuts or whatever kind you like..
You can also add a couple of cups of spinach if desired or even some fresh beansprouts.. 

The dressing.. 
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon soy sauce 
1 garlic clove minced
 1/2 tsp. sugar
6 Tablespoons olive oil 
salt and pepper to taste

Mix with salad at least a half hour before eating.. 

Anyway, dear hearts this is all for tonight.. 
So blessed in the past year and looking forward with joy to this new one.. 
God has been faithful and I am glad He is holding my hand.. 
God bless sweet friends.. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

So this was Christmas.... 2016

Seasons Greetings dear friends.. 
Well, this was Christmas this year of 2016... 
And a lovely one it is turning out to be.. 

Our Christmas lasts all week this year !  
A bit one day and a bit more the next.. 


Our oldest son and his family could not be here for Christmas day because of work schedules so we are having a Family Day on New Year's Day.. 
Grandpa and Grandma are pretty excited as all 5 grandsons will be arriving on New Years eve and having a sleep over with us.. 
Perhaps their parents will be here, too or so we hope..
So nice to have all of our children under one roof once again.. smile.. 

Anyway all is well and we have been enjoying getting ready and having a few wonderful few days already.. 

Just sharing some pics of our doings.. 
Decorated the front step and trimmed our lovely Christmas tree..
That is a story in itself.. lol.. 
I guess I will tell you it as it is rather funny.. 

Last year we had a very pretty tree and I was kind of excited about it because trimming a tree just is not my forte... smile.. 
We had bought it at a tree lot and the kids all said it was the nicest tree we had for a while.. 

This year I kept bugging Terry to go buy our tree.. 
Then on Friday when we drove by all they had were a couple of small ones and I was a bit dismayed .. 
Not to worry says the dear man.. 
He will just go out to his woodlot and cut one down.. 
No problem.. 
He got right to it and a couple of hours later I look out the window and there he stands as proud as a peacock holding onto a rather tall fir tree.. 
Smiling he says he only needs to cut the bottom off and it will be great!  
Sure..... 
He sees the look on my face and gets all defensive so I just go along for the ride and say ok.............

I was talking to Shonda on the phone and she says that perhaps he felt bad because he had spent all that time trying to please me.. 
Yup... So I feel guilty and think I may as well do the best I can with it..  
To make a long story short he brings it in and cuts off the bottom and it is still too high so I say to cut the top off so that it will fit.. 
Oh dear lord.. 
We had the middle of a very sparse tree.. 
On go the lights and I spend all the afternoon trying to fill in the spaces... I even put on icicles.. Remember them?

Let's just say that I was not very successful.. 
When I went to the end of the living room and looked back I thought it looked like a drunken sailor with two arms outstretched trying to stand straight.. 
Moving over the the other side it looked like a cross in the middle of the tree.. 
I called Shonda and told her and she said well everyone will just think that you are religious, Mom.. 
Brother!! 
To end this sad story I will tell you that it is coming down tomorrow before someone sees it and won't let me forget about it for the next few years.. 
A tree has not ever been that important to me anyway as we don't even put it up till Christmas eve usually.. 
Oh and when Dustin came home he wanted to know if we got the tree for half price since it was only half there.. grin.. 
I just cannot stand to hear all the lovely comments from the rest of them so it is coming down.. lol...

Oh, I did take some pics so I could prove to our daughter just how bad it really was.. grin.. 

On with the story.. 
Prepared a few care packages.. 


Sprayed the bells copper... 

Made some shortbreads, white sugar cookies, coconut macaroons and a few pans of squares and fruit cake.. 

Making soups as usual...
Writing out cards... 

The fireplace mantel in the living room.. 

The little lighted houses are vintage and used to belong to a dear Pastor's wife who I loved.. 
Her name was Sister McNair... 
It is a lot prettier than the picture shows.. smile.. 

My old Santa that I remade a few years ago... 

Another care package for some very special people in our lives..
The mantel in the family room Christmas morning.. 
Dustin and Charlie ...

Then on Boxing Day we went to our daughter's home for dinner.. 

Some of her decor.. 
An old santa I made for her on our homespun Christmas a few years ago.. 


Her beautiful huge poinsettia.. 

Gramp teasing Carter.. 


The men just hanging out.. 


A little pose of Shonda and Dave.. 
Note the wonderful roses that David gave Shonda to celebrate their 25th anniversary last week.. 


Aren't they sweet?? 

I wonder who Matt is texting.. smile.. 
When is dinner ready??? 


It was delicious!! 
I forgot to take a pic of the food but it was wonderful turkey and ham dinner.. 
And the best apple pie that I have had since last Christmas.. 
Shonda is known for her wonderful apple pie.. 
Just like her Grandmothers... 

Today, Terry and I went Boxing Day shopping.. 
I did not buy anything... 
Just too much for me so we went and had our annual Christmas Chinese dinner... 

Then we dropped by my Mom's and had a lovely visit with her and Gerald... 
She gave me some lovely gifts but the one I loved the most was an old chocolate box filled with old handkerchiefs that belonged to my grandmother.. She thought the box was well over 50 years old.. 
I am going to go and make a cup of tea and just sit and go through the box and savour and smell each one of them.. 
So blessed to still have my mama with us... 

So dear hearts this is all for another time.. 


This is a pic of the moon out of our kitchen window yesterday morning... 
Tomorrow, Lord willing I will start getting ready to have everything ready for the weekend.. 
Hope you sweet things had a great Christmas day and enjoy this final week before we go into 2017.. 
Just imagine !! 

Take care my dears and God bless.. 
He is so faithful !!

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