Monday, 23 January 2023

Homemaking Mondays: What Have We Actually Accomplished

 


Hello! 
I hope you are having a cheerful day.
I would like to just share a bit of the little things
that have been happening this week. 
As with all of us
sometimes things just go along
in somewhat of a routine pattern and we find
that time goes by and we wonder 
what have we actually accomplished.
A few years ago I started to write in my planner 
what I wanted to accomplish but also
what I did actually get done that day.
Sometimes our to do lists get set aside for other
more pressing needs.
I used to get upset about not getting my lists done
but now I still see that I am still
filling my time with needful things.
Yes, even a nap every now and then is a needful thing.

This past week I was blessed to buy some more 
beeswax candles.
They are my favourite but I limit 
how many I buy due to the cost of them. 
I buy mine from a local greenhouse/garden centre.
They have a flower store there and also carry 
lots of wonderful gifts. 
They have this lovely line of soaps from Alberta
and it's nice to get one from time to time.

I was at the local yarn shop this week to purchase 
supplies for a crocheting class.
I of course found some lovely sock yarn that I got for me
and then they had these adorable sheets of stickers.
Not sure if the stickers will end up on a card
or on some other fun project.

Time spent outside with the boys this week
found us on the ski trails at our local community centre.
We've not been on them much yet but they are
groomed and easier to navigate then the skidoo trails.
Cross country skiing has quickly become one of my favourite
ways to navigate the forest trails.
It is like a full body workout but I like it because I can 
go further faster then walking.

Ham and split pea soup 
with onions and carrots that we dehydrated 
this past fall was on the menu today.
I love being able to shop the pantry
and come up with all sorts of meal ideas.
I have to say that I really love the flavour 
that the dehydrated carrots preserve.
I don't think I shall ever can carrots again. 
That may sound rash, but you do need to eat what you can.
It took a long time to eat through the carrots
I had canned before.

Well I've really gone on and on today.
Sorry not much for pictures. 
I hope you are enjoying your week.
Enjoying your homemaking efforts 
whether great or small.

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 16 January 2023

Homemaking Mondays: Chewy Pretzels and Meatballs

 


Hello! 
I have something delicious to share with you
on this lovely winter's day. 
This past week I decided I'd like to make some
soft pretzels.
I used a recipe I found at Modern Honey.
They were easy to make and their soft, chewy texture
and delicious butter/salty flavour 
made for a perfect snack.
The boys and I also had some for lunch.


This week I also decided to make some 
homemade meatballs. 
I've not done this in awhile and I really should more often.
They are easy and help the meat stretch further.
I know lots of people have lots of different 
ways to make meatballs.
I'm one of those cooks that just adds some of this and that
and then mixes it all together. ha! 
I add salt, pepper, diced onions, minced garlic,
parsley, soda crackers, and my favourite tarragon. 
I think that last herb adds just the perfect flavour to these.
I bake mine on a cookie sheet but I've also used a casserole dish.
They are delicious eaten with a sauce or just on their own. 


I wanted to try knitting a shoulder cowl...but I used the wrong
kind of yarn.  It wasn't big enough so it made 
just a regular sized cowl.  
I love the yarn and how the colours blend in this.
Another warm and cozy item in the entry way to use.
Our winter weather has settled out for the moment 
and it's been lovely to be outside.
The fog and the frost has added layers of white 
to the outside world.
Truly a winter wonderland.


This past weekend my boys and I took a Food Safe course
at our local community centre.  
It's a great course to take that helps to encourage good
practices in either your own home kitchen
or experience for a commercial one.

Seeing as we spend a good amount of time in our kitchens
it's always nice to encourage cleanliness and safety as well.

Thanks for dropping by to visit! 
I hope you have a beautiful week keeping your homes! 


Love and Prayers,
Jennifer



Monday, 9 January 2023

Homemaking Mondays: A Fresh Perspective

 


Hello! 
It's been so lovely here this past week.
The sun has been shining a bit more and the 
snow seems to just glisten and glow.
The sun doesn't get up very high in the sky...actually
where it is in the sky in the picture above is
about as high as it gets before coming back down.

I went for a lovely walk with my daughter on the lake yesterday 
and then up past 
a small glacier to where a creek passes across the trail. 
It's not far but a good ways to stretch our legs. 
Our dog loves to come with us and her 
enthusiasm is encouraging.

In the winter I at times have a hard time getting 
out of the house.
Then when I do, I don't want to go back in. 
Below our house is tucked back into the trees.
Nestled in the shade.


One thing I've been thinking of this past week is perspective.
Sometimes things are all in how you look at it.
I've been thinking of homemaking and how many 
I've been coming across don't see the value in it anymore.
Home is more like a hotel then a haven.
Just a place you stay but don't live in.
Those thoughts always seem to bring me back to this 
one passage of the Bible in Titus.

Titus 2: 3-5 KJB
" The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour 
as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, 
teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands,
to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, 
keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, 
that the word of God be not blasphemed."
  


Some things in life take teaching.
Some things don't come naturally to us all.
Encouraging and teaching other women in the joy 
and blessings of homemaking 
can change the course of life at times.
It can create a joy in spending our time 
at home making it a place of blessings.
Good food, comfortable surroundings, cleanliness.
We want out homes to be inviting, a place that people want to 
spend time...not just our families.


Not all of this comes easy.
Sometimes creating this atmosphere is hard.
Sometimes it takes elbow grease and tears,
but....it's worth it! 
Some would like to focus on the negative...
to not have to deal with the unpleasant aspects.
Life has both...and we must learn to embrace 
both the blessings and the work.

I find this happens best with a good perspective.
Why am I going through all this trouble?
To care for those I love.

Can these tasks be pleasant? 
Of course! 
We must each find our own rhythm
of how we go about our homemaking.
No two homes are alike.
If things get a bit mundane,
try changing up things.
Try new recipes, or change up your decor.
Sometimes all the change you need is found in your home.
Just move things around for a fresh look.
Try a new fragrance in your cleaning products.
I love to use different essential oils.
Sometimes changing how you go about your routine
can help make things more interesting. 
Being flexible is important.


If you are struggling with homemaking,
I encourage you to find another woman...an older woman
who may have a different perspective.
Listen to them and their homemaking lives and perhaps 
that will be refreshing for you
and an encouragement to love your homemaking.
Sometimes the teaching and wisdom of older women 
can make all the difference in your life.

Thanks for dropping by!
I pray your homemaking day is blessed. 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer



Monday, 2 January 2023

Full of Possibilities

 

Hello! 

A new year like a new day 

is full of possibilities. 

Of new adventures and challenges to be met.

I thank the Lord that He is with me through them all.

I know people are planning and dreaming 

of what the new year will bring. 

Have you talked to the Lord about it? 

Are those things in accordance to His will?

Something to think about as we look at our new year.


I have a big stash of yarn 
that is full of possibilities for creating.
Something warm and beautiful.
I've already started to cast on for a possible
knitted shoulder shrug/cozy.
I have sewing aspirations bouncing around in my head to.
I'm in need of a fresh apron.

Then I wanted to share this fun fire that my son and I had.
It was a bit warmer then usual out and so we
headed outside to the forest to enjoy a campfire 
and roast some hot dogs.
We were not out there long...but the moments
spent were worth every bit of effort 
to pry ourselves from the cozy warm house
to enjoy nature and each other's company.
The grouse in the trees above 
showered snow down on us as we 
enjoyed the fire.


So as I think of the new year....
I hope that whatever my hands find to do
that I will do it as unto the Lord
and with a joy that only He can give
for even the most menial of tasks.
Not everything in life we do is grand or full of adventure.
Each and every day is a gift
spend it wisely.

Thank you for dropping by!
Love and Prayers,
Jennifer


Monday, 26 December 2022

Homemaking Mondays: Rise and Shine

 


Hello! 
How many of us rise and shine in the mornings?
I myself am not a morning person per say but I have learned
that a cheerful smile given in the morning 
is a wonderful gift. 
A gift for the person receiving it and the person giving it.
As a homemaker it matters very much
how we greet our family each day. 
I have been reading a bit about how we as mothers
help to set the tone of our homes.
For me to greet everyone with a smile 
and often a hug in the morning 
is an important part of my homemaking.

This past week I found these two treasures at the free store.
A lovely pitcher that is so cheerful and I'll
be using as a vase for the most part.
Then this little enamelled bowl.
I love the script on it and it now tops my 
grain grinder where I usually keep a much less
appealing bowl for catching the grain.
Cheerful accents in the middle of winter to grace the kitchen.


Then there is the smell of the kitchen.
Yesterday I started some sourdough dough to proofing
and this morning I woke 
and got it baking in the oven.
I think that wonderful smells from the kitchen also 
help to set a tone for the home. 
I know not everyone is a baker 
but any delicious smells from the kitchen 
I believe help those in the home feel cared for.


Some other more less lovely aspects of caring for our homes
are doing maintenance.
Our kitchen drawers have been coming apart slowly and so
they need to be banged back into place and then secured
with some L clamps.
It's a simple task but I find that I do wait until I can't 
manage with just banging it back into place with my hands. 
I line the rough drawers with a special liner to keep from getting slivers. 


Thank you with dropping by! 
I hope you have a beautiful day
keeping your homes and caring for your families.

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 19 December 2022

Homemaking Mondays: For the Family to Enjoy

 


Hello! 
It's a fine frigid day here. 
Sitting at -44C at noon.
The sun came up over the mountain 
and the light filtered through the fog 
in beautiful golden rays. 
It's like it turns the winter world aglow.

I am enjoying the warmth of being inside.
A good hot cup of tea while working in the kitchen 
is always welcome on days like today.
There is something special about hot drinks on cold days.
They do more then just warm our insides,
they bring a touch of gentle comfort that sinks deeper still.


I had some baking to do today for my daughter.
We enjoyed her birthday today she was home from work.
So a day early but still special. 
Chocolate wacky cake with peppermint chocolate frosting.
Then some grated chocolate and sprinkles of course.


This past week I also did a fun rosemary bread
on one of my bread making days.
I love focaccia bread but I'm terrible at following recipes.
So I just added some rosemary to the last bit of dough
then some extra olive oil to the flattened out dough.
I let it rise in a cast iron skillet.  
Punched down the dough some and baked in the skillet
for a lovely crispy crust.


It's a nice side for a meal.
I served it up with some of our regular bread
for not all the family enjoys the rosemary.


One part of homemaking that can be a challenge
but also a joy 
is finding things for all the family to enjoy.
Food is only one of those aspects of our homemaking
that takes some creativity.
When it's super cold out I find that my mind turns to the kitchen
more then when it's warmer out. 
Perhaps it's the added warmth of the oven
or the fact that food helps our bodies keep warm.
On days like these I enjoy puttering about the kitchen
although it doesn't take much for me
to find myself gravitating to that room. 

I hope you are all staying warm and cozy in your homes.
Enjoying creating those special spaces.

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer



Monday, 12 December 2022

Homemaking Mondays: Sourdough and Sunshine

 


Hello! 
It's a lovely winter's day here.  
The sky is getting brighter and the blue grey hues
are lovely to watch as they change with the light.

As it's cold outside, it's warm inside,
especially in the kitchen.
This morning I baked some sourdough bread.
Just one loaf this time along with some crusty buns.
I baked two sourdough loaves yesterday.
Then there was just a touch of dough left so I made some 
cinnamon buns to munch on later today.
I like to do a big bake with sourdough and then tuck 
the starter back to bed in the fridge.


I also baked some buttery sourdough crackers. 
You can find the recipe over at Reformation Acres Blog.
They are a wonderful treat to munch on.
With or without cheese these crackers are delicious!
What do you like on your crackers?


This week I also wanted to have something 
different for supper. 
Do you get into ruts of making the same things over and over?
I do, so I looked at the store 
for something out of the ordinary.
I found some spring roll wrappers and thought
that could be interesting.  
I've made something with them in the past but it had been a long time.
I made a filling of rice, spinach, and then 
either diced chicken or ground pork.
I rolled them up and fried them in a bit of olive oil.
This way there were two options for the family to try.
I am pleased to say that they were enjoyed by all!


Along with the ups and downs of weather
we have gotten some heavy fog. 
Which I love...aside from the dangerous driving conditions.
It coats the trees and really any outside object with frost
including people and animals.
Even the spider webs on the railings get their fair share
of pretty frost to decorate them. 


The sun comes out but it doesn't go above the trees
where we are at. 
SO we get lovely slanted light through the trees.


Even on frosty days
our friendly squirrels come out
to raid the feeders for sunflower seeds.
They get all fluffed up like the birds to stay warm.


I made a plushy baby blanket 
for a sweet little boy this past week.
It was a Caron Cake yarn and it was "furry".
At first I was thinking it was kinda odd...but it turned
out to be so soft and warm. 
I did a granny square pattern as I find it easier to make
not knowing how far the yarn will go.
Plus I think the pattern is pretty.


I hope you are enjoying your day 
and your homemaking tasks. 
It is good to just 
take a few minutes each day to pause
and think about the simple pleasures the Lord 
has given us through homemaking.

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer