Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Soup and Biscuits for a Cold Day

Hello!  Do you like to make soup and biscuits for your family on a cold day?

I do, and we eat a variety of soup.  The favourite being chicken noodle.
I make my soups from scratch other than tomato soup...and I buy cans of it.  

This time I made a cream of potato soup.  It's so easy and filling. 
I just dice up a bunch of potatoes and add to a mostly full pot of water.  
Then I add diced carrots.  Onions/ leeks from the freezer (from our garden). 
A few diced pieces of celery from the garden to.  
Then I add a couple organic bullion cubes (chicken flavour) and let it simmer until the vegetables are almost cooked.  Then I fill a big measuring cup up to the 1 cup mark (or so) with flour.  
I fill the rest of the measuring cup up with whipping cream (about a cup) and stir until the flour is combined with the cream.  Then I slowly whisk it into the hot soup.  At this point I add the salt and pepper.  I stir until the soup is hot, bubbly and thickened.  

Now it's ready to pull the biscuits from the oven. 
Spread with butter and a slice of cheese to go along with the soup. 

All this is great on a cold day!  
This day it was ~ -30C and the sun was shining so brightly!  
The birds outside were fluffed up into balls as they fluttered about between the feeders and the shelter of the trees.  

We were all wrapped up inside warmed by our wood stove.  

What a blessing a cozy home and good food is!  God is good! 

Praying you have a wonderful day! 

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Care for Some Apple Pie?

Hello!  I just thought I'd post about some pie that I have made a bit ago.  
There is something comforting about apple pie.  

I made these pies with fresh apples (through most of the year I use homemade applesauce).  
I just cut up lots of apples, tossed them in a bowl with some cinnamon and arrowroot powder and filled the pie shells.  No, I don't add sugar.  

The pie shell is just a basic recipe. 

I measure out "some" flour, add a generous pinch of salt, then add in cold butter until it's nice and crumbly and the butter is in little pea sized balls (or smaller).  
 I use a pastry cutter to do the butter part.  
Then I add enough cold water to make a ball and then let it sit a few minutes to "rest".  
I don't put it in the fridge...but I know it's better that way.  I just don't like to wait that long.  

Then I roll it out on a floured counter and fill the pie dishes.  
I was blessed with some lovely ceramic ones with coloured bottoms.

One of my favourite parts of making pies is adding designs on the top. :)  
How about you?

I sometimes have to place a sheet under the pies as they ooze sweetness. 
We often eat one pie warm after it's out of the oven, and then the other one cool.  

My husband loves his pie with fresh whipped cream and I must say that it's delicious that way.  
Do you make your own whipped cream?  I never used to, until I found out how easy it is.  
Just put some cream in a bowl, add "some"vanilla, and "some icing sugar" and mix on high until it forms stiff peaks.  
Plus another wonderful thing I learned is that if you freeze the leftover whipped cream it makes great ice cream!....just saying.  

Oh, and I'd love to share with you a wonderful find made at the local free store.  There was this tea pot...all dirty and stained from use.  I brought it home and cleaned it up and now it's my daughter's.  

I have a light blue one just like it, and they sit above our stove together awaiting someones desire for tea.  

Thank you so much for dropping by!  
I pray you have a wonderful day! 

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Time to Refresh

Hello!  This past little while I've been feeling the need to refresh my crafty cubby/ sewing area. 
It had become cluttered and uninviting.  Not to mention not that nice to look at since it is in one of the main areas of the house.  

So as of late, the process has begun.  
I had a sweet little shelf that I had used for the farmer's market to display jam...but no where to store it. SO, I took a hoop organizer off the one non-marking hook, and this fit on perfectly and securely.  

Then it was time to find things to put up there.  It didn't take long as I actually had lots of things piled up on the sewing desk that needed homes.  

I had these fun spools of burlap ribbon and lace.  
A fun wooden friends sign,
and some fun spools of twine. 

Here is a picture of the hook.  

Above the spools I added my little button jars that are somewhat organized as to colour.  The middle which is really reflective is filled with metal, silver, and black buttons.  
I also had one little doily that needed a home. 

On top I added a sweet lavender box that was a gift from a sweet lady.  It's full of fun ribbons.
Then some more spools of lace, and a big clothes pin that I found at the free store! 

Now those items have a home.  
Next was to find homes for the hoop organizers.  I bought some more of the non marking hangers and  hung them off set behind the sewing machine and sewing baskets. 

It's so nice to have these kinds of things on hand when in the middle of a project. 

Now the desk is cleared.  My sewing machine is finally finish the one quilt that I've been wanting to finish for quite some time now.  

I cleaned out the drawers, and the sewing baskets so they are all tidy again.

I pulled this board organizer off the wall, and needed to re-do the backing as the old tape was coming off.  I use some extra double backed tape from putting plastic on the windows. :)  

I took off all the extra cards that had been on there for a long time and put them in my keepsake box.  
All but one.  It's a sweet card with mice and strawberries.  It was given me by a couple of dear friends when we moved who passed away since then. 

A scripture verse: 

Matthew 6:33
 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; 
and all these things shall be added unto you."

It's so easy to at times get caught up in the world of creating and forget for what purpose we ought to be doing things.  
A good verse for me to remember what is most important. 
To have a purpose behind the things I create, and not just to be there in that spot for no reason. 
To create cards for specific people for their encouragement and correspondence. 
To sew things that are needed for others, or for mending clothes for my dear family.  

Do you know where you're going?  I have had this pin for so many years, I don't remember where it came from.  It has often caused me to think about the direction my life has been going.  

Are my eyes on the Lord?  Am I seeking to glorify Him in all that I say and do?  

Now that my crafty spot is cleaned up,  I can be more efficient with my time.  
Plus all the others that use this my daughter who jumped in as soon as it was cleared! 
Just in time for her need to create something.  

Thank you so much for dropping by!  Praying you have a blessed day.

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A Winter's Day

A Winter's Day!

Sometimes one just has to go for a walk on a winter's day.  
The soft light of the lowering sun, the glitter of snow diamonds all around and the sound of the gurgling river draw you out to adventure.  

My boys leading the way down to the river from our place. 
The girls and our dog Sophie following after. 

The river is slowly freezing, adding layer upon layer of overflow as it extends up and over the banks in places.  The beautiful green colour vibrant against the white snow and dark green of the evergreens. 

With the overflow come beautiful little bits of frost over the slushy parts.

Beautiful ripples have formed and decorate the iced over parts where the snow has yet to fall. 

I love the frost that covered much of the vegetation around the rivers edge as the moisture rising causes fog and frost to gather. 
Kind of like little fluffy coats. 

I love all the patterns the frost makes, and the wonderful little delicate crystals that God has created!  
What an amazing God he is to create so many details for us to enjoy! 
Many say this is just science..but oh no!  This does not come about just by chance.  
There is a creator, and I praise Him for His wondrous works! 

Thank you for dropping by!  Perhaps you will also go on a winter's walk on a cold winter's day.  
Enjoy the details and take a moment to thank the Lord for His goodness!

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Love to Organize!

Hello!  Do  you love to organize?  I do!  

A dear friend of mine knows that and so she gifted me with some lovely organizing things.  
Above is a wonderful tool organizer for crochet and knitting...but could be used for many other things. Below you can see how I've added my "tools" to it.  I love that they are all in the same place. 
Well all but my very long knitting needles. Of which I don't use that much.  
Plus the material is so bright and cheerful!  Makes one want to create when they look at it. 

Then also a whole set of crochet needles in their own little case!  
Perfect for tucking in a bag to go somewhere. 
Just even around the house as my projects travel with me all over. 

Then there were these little cosmetics bags.  I have  allotted one to hold these precious shells from the ocean.  It would be a dream to go to the ocean again someday.  I have been to the Pacific Ocean once, and the Atlantic ocean once.  Both times in my childhood.  
I love the selection of colours shapes and sizes of the shells.  Fun to pull out and meander through.  

Do you have fun ways to organize your things?  
Do share! 

Thank you for dropping by!  I hope you have a wonderful day. 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Delightful Tea Cup Exchange

Hello!  Today I have some lovely things to share with you.  

Stephanie over at The Enchanting Rose has organized a delightful Tea Cup Exchange of which I  participated in for the second time.  

You get to send a fun package to someone you've never met before, and then receive a package from someone else that you've never met before.  
It's a nice way too meet new people!

Above is a picture of the things I included in the package that I sent to a lady in Prince Edward Island.  
Linda Shurki has a lovely blog:  Tintenfleck Studio

Above is a picture of the tea cup I found for Linda, and below is the back of the one foil package.  
It's actually a postcard full of tea.  

I made her a card to go along with her package and tried to find colours/papers to match her tea cup. 

Now I received a delightful package from a Susan Houle who is from Alberta.
She loves the winter holiday and put together a package with that theme. 
I don't observe christmas, but do enjoy winter!  

This tea cup she sent me is an old one, that has a few signs of being used.  I love that...something that has a history behind it. 
It is a Queen Anne bone china tea cup/ saucer from England.
It has a wonderful shape to the top of the tea cup and is nice to drink from!  

She sent along a couple hot chocolate packages! So nice to try flavours I've never had before. 

She sent this cute little pouch filled with a box of ice wine tea.  
Never have had that either. 

Then there is this beautiful fun tea towel.  
I have it hanging in my kitchen now for only use with my tea cups. 

Here is a picture of it all laid out with all the delightful teapots and teacups on it. 

OH, and not to be forgotten, this package of blueberry tea.  
I've never had this one before either and it's delicious!  

Thank you for dropping by!  I pray you have a lovely day and perhaps some time to enjoy dropping by a few more places on the link up reveal you can find at: 

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Friends Warm The Heart

Hello!  Today I'd love to share with you a sweet little tea set that a very dear friend gave to me.   

Friendship is one of the most precious gifts from the Lord Jesus.  
Whether you are far away from each other or right next door, these relationships bring something special and "warming" to our hearts. 

This sweet tea pot has a well for tea and it fits a lot so that you can keep adding hot water for many cups of tea!  Or if you just like yours super strong.

I love the floral top to the tea pot! 

Here is a shot of the first tea that I put in the well.  Organic peppermint leaves and dried chamomile flowers from my garden. 

A nice gentle soothing tea.

For isn't friendship like that.  A safe place where we can be ourselves and just relax in each other's company.  To laugh, or cry, or just share our lives together.

Here is a shot of the set before I started to enjoy my fresh steeped tea.
I love the reflection of the lace curtain in the tea.  

When I think of friends, these verses come to mind.

In it all the Lord Jesus is the closest friend that we could ever have.  

What a great treasure it is when the Lord brings people into our lives that we can have true deep friendships with.  

For the friends in my life I am blessed! God is good! 

Thank you for dropping by! 
Praying the Lord has blessed you with true dear friends.

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