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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Here and There...


Hi everyone.. 
How are you doing? 

Posting a few pics of our comings and goings.. 

We were down to St. Martins to the cottage for a day.. 
The lawns had not been mowed yet as we had not been down and it was covered in forget-me-nots, lots of rhubarb and dandelions.. 

This is in front of the old carriage house that goes with the cottage and as you can see the grass needed mowed badly.. 

It was pretty though. smile.. 

We had intended to bring back a bit of furniture for the old farm house as we won't be using the cottage much again this year but it got very dark and looked like it would pour rain so we decided to wait for another day.. 

The tide was out and the Bay of Fundy looked as beautiful as always.. 

I wanted to show this pic of Charlie... 

He is pretty proud of his new collar.. 

He is a good dog... 

The first rose of summer.. 
How fleeting is the time.. 

Back on the farm we are putting in some garden stuff.. 

It started raining again... 

So I sat in the truck and waited it out.. 

Terry and our farmer just stood outside in it talking.. 
We had a strip ploughed for raspberry canes and hopefully next year a few strawberries.. 

The sun came out later in the day and the beds needed a bit more water.. 
The dear man made me two more raised beds.. 
One is my Salad Bowl and the other is going to be for just flowers.. 
Will share more pics when they get growing more.. 

We had a wonderful gift of some Maple Syrup.. 
The best in the land made right in Prosser Brook by the Beaman family... 

Decided to make a couple of loaves of no knead bread and see how it would turn out with maple syrup.. 


It is pretty good.. 

Here is the recipe for you... 

Maple No Knead Bread.. 
In a bowl place 3/4 cup of warm maple syrup, 1 1/4 cups of warm water and 1 T. maple sugar or white sugar.. Stir well and sprinkle 
2 1/2 tsp. of instant yeast.. 
Let stand for 10 minutes. 
Stir well and add 4 cups of flour.. One at a time.. Stir well after each one.. 
On the third cup add 1 1/2 tsp. of salt .. 
I also add 1/2 to 1 tsp. maple flavouring.. 

After all is stirred well cover with a damp tea towel and let rise until double.. 
Punch down and cut into two parts and put each one in a buttered bread tin.. (small ones) or make 1 large loaf.. 
Bake at 475 degrees F. for 35 minutes.. 
Butter crust with a bit of butter if desired... 

Thank you dear hearts for stopping by.. 
Sorry I am not posting very often.. 
We do not have internet at the farm and have been busy trying to get moved up there.. 
Should be soon.. 

Take care and God bless.. 



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Farm Journal 3..


Hello my dears.. 
How art thou? 

Wednesday is here once again and the days of Spring will soon be past and we will move into Summer.. 
Here in New Brunswick we are having a bit of a cool and wet season and waiting for it to warm up to get our garden in.. 
Lots of people have their's all planted but ours at the farm is still  wet so it is a waiting game.. 
And we always have a frost during the first full moon in June so we don't want to plant anything that will freeze.. 

We have been at the farm several times but I think you will find this a rather boring post farmwise.. 
I even hesitate to name it a farm journal.. smile..

Once we move there then hopefully it will be a bit more interesting but this is all I have for now.. 
We plan to be moved out sometime next week as our chicks will be here... 
These pics are just a bit of old farm house decor.. 

Not that this is farm house decor by any shade of my imagination but it is decor in an old farm house.. 
If you get my drift.. smile.. 
Every time we go I am still cleaning and changing around and trying to get rid of junk that has collected the last few years.. 


This is an old primitive cupboard that I had in my shop at the cottage and decided to bring it home for the farm kitchen.. 
I love cloth napkins and the first shelf has a wooden trug full of them.. 


A soup tureen from my Mom for one of our anniversaries.. 
And consomme soup cups and such..  



Lots of cookbooks and a couple of old crocks.. 


A yard sale find that I use for a flower vase.. 


The lamp parts were missing but it doesn't leak.. 
Lily of the Valleys.. 


Terry hung this pot rack for me over the stove.. 
We took our new to us propane stove to the farm but Terry won't get it hooked up till we get moved up there.. 


This sweet little kettle was another thrift find and a little bouquet.. 
The blue woodwork is being changed asap.. 
He hopes to paint the kitchen very soon..


So enjoy our fresh spring water that is pumped to the house.. 

Well sweet ladies that is all the farm stuff I have for now.. 
We are busy here at home the last few days but hope to get out there again on Friday.. 

Today I tried my hand at making some fabric covers for my dandelion jelly jars.. 


I picked some violets and hoped they would turn out for the violet salve I made but the white violets would not show up.. 


the dandelion ones are not too bad.. 
I am wondering if a bit of sharpie marker might make them a better.. 
Here is the link if you are interested.. 

And this is my next project as soon as I can buy the oils.. Here..    

Hope you are having a great week.. 
It is graduation month and we have two darling grandsons graduating this year.. 
Who can believe how fast the time has flown since they were born.. 
We will have only one grandson not in university.. 
Imagine! 

Wondering what projects you girls are doing.. 
Such a  busy time of year, eh?  

God bless you sweet friends.. 
xo

ps.. I forgot to mention that in the first pic with the shelf you will see 3 sheep and 1 donkey.. 
I found them at a yard sale in a plastic bag last year and have decided that even though it is my dream to have 3 real sheep and 1 donkey for many years now these toys are as close as I am apt to get.. 
Oh well.. grin.. 
Just sharing my burden.. lol.. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Night In June Album...


Happy Weekend everyone.. 
How are you all?  
Hope you are enjoying these first few days of June.. 
We are experiencing rain, rain and more rain.. 
We hardly recognize the sun when it comes out.. grin.. 

Anyway... 
I thought I would do a post of some pics I have taken during the month of June in the last few years.. 
Such reminders of the beauty that June gives to us here in Eastern Canada... 

The above one is of our daughter going to pick me a few violets..
 Which dry so lovely to make book marks and such.. 
Beautiful cows with a background of Dandelions in a pasture behind them.. 
My favourite herb... 
Lovage.. 
The stems are hollow and makes the tomato juice taste kind of like celery.. 
Yummm.. 
Looking for a few brook trout to fry.. smile.. 
Ducks looking for the brook.. smile.. 
Aunt Eva's Johnie Jump Ups.. 

Clotheslines and herbs .. 
Love both.. 
I think this shade of purple is so lovely.. 
Fields of sheep.. 


Chives... 
Purple Iris...
My hubby lovin' life.. 
Just give him some Spring weather and some chores to do and he is a happy man.. grin.. 

Rhubarb... 
A farmer's geese.. 
I think I am getting two as soon as we get to the farm.. 
Making herb salts and such..
Remember when Terry took this pic of a fawn up by the farm.. 
A couple of years ago.. 
It was not even afraid.. 
Sweet.. 

Had to end with a pic of food.. 
One that we love during the summer the most.. 
Fish Chowder... 


Well, dear hearts this is all for this Friday evening.. 

Thank you so much for visiting and welcome to the new Google followers and on the Face Book page.. 
So glad to have you.. 

Take care and God bless... 

Psalms 20:7
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, 
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.. 
    

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Farm Journal 2...

Hello everyone.. 
Finally getting around to doing another little journal post from the farm days.. 
We have been up several times but still not staying overnight.. 

Like everything else that is worth the bother there is lots of work to do.. 
I think there is a path through but that is about all.. 
We stripped the beds and brought it all home to wash.. 
Tomorrow is to be a bit of sun so hopefully it will all get washed and dried on the line..
We have had several meals there.. 
Just ordinary food.. 
Terry is very happy with meat and potatoes and we eat a lot of carrots.. 
That is the new zucchini relish that I made last summer and will definitely give it another try this year.. It used yellow long neck squash.. 

Then as the rhubarb is plentiful both here at home and at the farm I have been making Rhubarb Pineapple Jam..  
Here is the recipe.. 
This one does not have berries in it.. 

My Mom's Rhubarb Jam.. 
6 cups of chopped rhubarb. 
5 cups of sugar
1 can of drained pineapple (it doesn't matter which size you use)
2 small packages of strawberry jello.. 

In a glass vision ware pot or enamel one bring rhubarb, sugar and pineapple to a boil.. Lower heat a bit and simmer away for 25 minutes .. 
Add the jello and stir well and simmer for another 5 minutes or so.. 
Pour into sterilized jars and seal.. 
I do what they do in Europe and turn my jars upside down for about 10 minutes to help seal them better..
 
You can water bath them if you like.. 
Totally up to you.. 

I also wanted to share this Granola recipe with you.. 
It has lots of dried apples in it and I am loving having it for breakfast over my Greek yogurt (which I do not like on it's own) 
Here is the recipe for it which is a very healthy recipe with no added refined sugar.. 

Dried Apple Granola.. 
2 T. coconut oil (melted) 
2 cups of rolled oats (old fashioned) 
1/2 cup of raw nuts
1/2 cup of seeds such as sesame, pumpkin or sunflower.. 
3/4 cup of dried apples cut up
1/4 cup of chopped up dates, raisins or dried fruit of choice.. 
2 T. honey
pinch of salt.. 

Mix everything together in large bowl.. 
Use your hands to evenly distribute the oil and honey.. 
Place on a parchment lined  cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F. for 10 - 15 minutes until toasty.. 
Store in a glass jar and enjoy... 
A great way to use up your dried apple stash.. 
You can replace any of the dried fruits to ones of your taste.. 
Oh yes, I doubled this recipe as it will last for at least 2 weeks.. 

See what was in our field at the farm last week.. 
Last year we saw two down by our brook and then this year look what we saw.. 
Two more!  
I was so excited!  
They say they will come back every year so we were happy to see them.. 

Then there is one apple tree by the house that is not wild.. 
My aunt Eva loved the apples off of this tree and my Mom tells me they were wonderful apples.. 
See it down there to the left... 
Such beautiful and fragrant flowers.. 
Love sniffing them.. 
I remember when I did craft shows many years ago there was a lady from the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia who sold Apple Blossom soap.. 
I always would buy some from her but she quit the shows after several years and I have not seen any since.. 
How I would love to have a bar.. smile.. 

One day at the farm we had a stir fry..  
I forgot to take a pic of the finished lunch.. sorry.. 
It was a frugal one.. 
I only used one steak.. 

Then for two days out there I have been canning Fiddleheads ...
28 pints.. 
Thanks to our dear son, Trevor for picking them for us.. 
We Maritimers love our Fiddlehead greens.. 

Well, dear hearts this is all for this lovely Sunday evening.. 
We had a wonderful worship service and Sunday School today and then went out for lunch with some sweet friends.. 
Then ended the day at the farm but now we are home.. 

Hope you had a great weekend and thanks again for dropping by.. 

Welcome to the new followers of the blog from Face Book.. 
I thought I would invite a few friends and they were so kind as to like the page.. 
Thank you and I look forward to your sweet comments.. 
God bless... 

Luke 1: 46-47
And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,