Sunday, 20 October 2019

Homemaking Mondays: Made for You


Hello!  
Don't you just love when there are things that are made just for you? 
That is one of the beauties of handmade things...
they can be tailor made.   
I was able to finish this blanket and then I added a sweet tag on it.


A dear friend of mine gave me a few of these tags and this is the 
first one that I've sewn on.  
They are nice and sturdy and will be good and durable.
Baby blankets often get lots of washing.


My husband bought me this wonderful thoughtful gift. 
It is a fan for our wood cookstove!!! 
It doesn't require electricity and it does work quite well to help 
disperse the heat from the stove to other parts of the room.


It really gets to going when the stove is hot.
I'm so glad that we have this!


As the stove was hot this week we slipped in a sheet of pumpkin seeds to roast.
I learned that if you wash them, boil them for a bit,
and then roast them they turn out much crispier. 
I tried it this year and yup...they are super crispy and delicious.  
They don't last long...too bad that there aren't more in the pumpkins.


Today I also pulled out my spices and mixed up some
Pumpkin Pie Spice. 
I roasted the pumpkin in my crockpot and it's all ready to go into 
a pumpkin pie.  
 I hope to get to that soon.
I like my crockpot for cooking the pumpkin for I can stick it in 
and then walk away for a bit. 
I thought all the spices layered in the jar were pretty...
and then I shook it up.


I also labeled it...very important!!!


Do you ever use odd things in the kitchen as serving bowls?  
I have come to like my pie plates to serve fruit and veggies in when needed. 
It's also kinda fun. 
Today we had peaches and apples with our snack.


Thanks for dropping by to see what I've been up to.  

Praying you have a beautiful day!

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Homemaking Mondays: Change of Seasons


Hello! 
Thanks for dropping by!  
Do you love the change of seasons?
We've had a beautiful fall here in the Yukon and it's been so nice to enjoy 
all the lovely frosty plants and flowers.


As well as the frost that covers the trees and trucks and buildings.
Now scraping frost off the windshield isn't my favourite thing to do, it does look beautiful!
 

The ice started to gradually form on the edges of the water and I thought 
maybe it'll freeze nice and smooth to build a skating rink?  
Well, that wasn't meant to be for....


 Then we had a huge blizzard and the deep slush froze across the water. 
We got about 8 inches of snow...which is a lot for us here
in the semi arid boreal forest.

Makes me think of the wonderous works of the Lord Jesus! 
Psalm 147: 16-18

"He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.    

He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?    

He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow."
 
I pulled all the winter things out of the closet and then put all the fall things in the closet.
Part of the change of seasons is the outerwear the family needs. 
Do you do this for your family or is it each for themselves?

As we were shovelling we would toss some onto the slush ice...
and it would giggle like jello. 
Made shoveling a bit more fun for the kids.
The start of the winter shoveling times...and I'm so very thankful for my 
strong children to help with it.


The temps were warm and the snow wet...we had quite a time of shoveling our drive close to our home.  Then the Lord provided a wonderful neighour to plow the rest our driveway for us. 
It's a longer driveway that we could never shovel it all by hand.


Now it feels like it's time to sit in my chair by the window and crochet something.  
There is a need for a couple baby blankets to be made so I've started this one.
It's a motif style with a variegated blue by Red Heart called True Blue. 
Just two alternating rows in the pattern but it comes out with such 
an elegant look to it.


Do you like to take the time in the cooler days to sit and crochet or knit?
My chair is in the dinning room and close to the kitchen stove...
so a lovely toasty warm place to be.


The weather isn't quite cold enough to keep all the snow and ice. 
The slush has melted all the fallen snow.


The patterns in the ice as it circles around the brush and trees is so pretty. 
It's been fun to watch little birds skitter about on the fresh ice.
So light they have no worries.
Although we had some swans come back to the lake,
walk around on the ice that was thin farther out and break through a spot
for them to feed and clean up. 
Most of the birds are gone now that were here...we see or hear them occasionally as they 
fly by on their way south.
It's been freezing and melting through the last few days.


As the snow melts off the roof it's sliding over the eves and comes crashing to the ground. 
Something new for us as this is the first place we've lived in that 
has a metal roof.


I never get tired of the view, or the way that the clouds move over the mountains.
The reflections in the melted lake capture the stillness of the moment.


Last night I was thinking about what to do for breakfast the next day.
I thought pancakes would be nice....and then thought
buttermilk pancakes would be just the thing.
I didn't have any buttermilk in the fridge so I made some 
with the buttermilk starter that I received free when I got Jill Winger's new cookbook. 
The instructions went with my father who I shared some of the starter with, 
but in the book there were instructions for me to follow. 
Simple...take a quart of milk, add the starter and then wait a few hours.
The pancakes tasted so good with the fresh buttermilk!
I didn't have anything fancy to cover it with.
I just took a piece of an old sheet and a jar ring...worked perfectly.


 So how are things going with you during this change of seasons?
I think that each has it's own beauty that the Lord intentionally created.
There is a freshness and excitement to each new change...like another adventure beginning.

We have plans for snowshoe trails and putting up our bird feeders. 
(Which we do after the bears are asleep...and that's not quite yet)
There are some winter birds coming around. 
My daughter made friends with a chickadee and its family group at the last place we lived just a couple kilometers away. It  has discovered that she has moved, but not far away.  
It was fun for her to see it again and I hope it comes to visit her often.

How do things in your home change with the seasons? 

Thanks for dropping by!

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer



Thursday, 3 October 2019

My Organized Greenhouse


Getting ready for the winter here. 
We all moved the greenhouse to a more stable spot. 
Put some new plastic over the roof so it won't leak anymore.
Then my husband gave me a couple shelf units to help me organize 
all the things that were stashed in there. 

Below I used my water barrel in the back to hold shovels and rakes.
Then I also have another blue barrel with a locking lid.
This is important, for it holds the birdseed and needs to keep 
the squirrels  and mice out.


I took the one shelf unit apart and made a longer unit instead of a taller one. 
This holds most of my pots and containers...and some odd things.
The tomato cages, bamboo stakes, and wire hoops in the corner.


I used the second tall shelf to put up my frost blankets, watering cans,
hand tools/ working things, and my bird/ bee houses. 
I put my soil up on a bench just to keep it from freezing to the ground. 
So if...I need to move it I can. 
In the top right corner you can see some plastic missing...I found it
in the pile of things and it's now back in place. 


It is now a joy to walk in and get what we need instead of wading through the clutter.  

Thanks for dropping by! 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 30 September 2019

Homemaking Mondays: Out My Window


Hello!
What do you see out your window? 
The Lord has made so much beauty all around us that often gets overlooked. 
Do you sometimes get stopped in your tracks to just gaze at what you see out the window?

I just wanted to share with you some of the views from my windows. 
Above is a picture of some swans and ducks that I actually took 
through a pair of binoculars. 
We live in a swampy/marshy area and there are lots of birds.
Especially at this time of year there are many varieties.  
My daughter has made note of about 40 different varieties of birds
that she's seen around our home this past summer/fall.  

Sometimes we just see them from our window...
and sometimes we go out to get closer and take pictures. 
In the picture below my girls canoed out 
a bit closer and were able to see them closer and watch them as they took flight.


I often love to just sit with a cup of tea and watch out the window. 
It is good to have times were we are just still. 
Where we can enjoy all that God has created, and to meditate on His Word.


As I sit in my chair by the window I can also  look about the main part of my home.
There are also some lovely blossoms on my spider plant at the moment.
I love tNhe intricate detail that God spoke into existence. 


I've also been enjoying this sweet lemon oregano plant.
I don't know much about it...but it grows fast, and has the loveliest 
smell when you brush against it. 


It is fall and the colours are almost gone.  
There are still little stands of trees here and there, but most have lost their leaves
and the colours are fading as they mulch down to protect the forest floor from the cold.


There are still beautiful moments of God's promises to out our windows.
I love the comfort in God's promise not to flood the whole earth again.
He keeps His promises!


Thank you for taking the time to stop in to visit me! 
Praying you have a lovely day and stop and take a thoughtful gander 
out your window to see 
what the Lord has created around you! 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 16 September 2019

Homemaking Mondays: Blessing of Family and Being Together


Hello!
The past few days I've truly enjoyed the blessing of family.
My parents were able to visit with us for almost three weeks.
When you don't see each other for long periods of time...each day is precious! 


They came for the time of year that we could pick cranberries. 
We went for a drive to see the scenery...
then got caught up when we found an amazing cranberry patch. 
First we started picking using our hats to hold the berries..
then my dad found a clean pail that we almost filled up with berries!  
We made some lovely cranberry sauce and juice with them. 
My mom has a steamer/juicer and wow...it's so handy!  
Then we put the berries through her strainer and it was great to see the 
pulp come out one end and the peels out the other.  
Saved so much time... and quickly we had jars of jam with lids pinging.


I love this picture of my kids with their grandparents on one of our stops. 


It was so nice to be able to do odd jobs and preserving together.
Working together makes things more fun.
 We moved my greenhouse to a new location and they helped us put some new plastic on the roof. 
They helped us waterproof the roof of our woodshed...that was an important job. 
We had some new wires run for our phone line...in a trench and we got that all filled in 
once the line was in place. 
Then we had found some wonderful orchard run apples and made some delicious applesauce. 
Some with a touch of sugar and others with just some cinnamon. 

Today I opened up our first quart of applesauce to make an apple crisp. 
Yes....we had whipped cream on top. :) 

Of course our time wasn't all work.  
We had some lovely visits, canoe paddles, bike rides, walks and games around the kitchen table. 
Tea times and many many laughs.  
Great memories!


Earlier I shared some of these lovely flowers with you...as it's been in the window 
the flowers have exploded and they are so cheerful!  
I'm so very thankful my mom prompted me to bring them inside.


I also bought this lovely windchime for 75% off from a store that was closing out. 
I used some of my birthday money from my parents. 
So thanks Mom and Dad for the sweet wind-chime music we get to hear now.


Thanks for dropping by! 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 9 September 2019

Homemaking Mondays: Sourdough Bread and Ice Flowers


 Hello!
I'd love to share with you some amazing sourdough bread. 
I found this recipe off the internet ages ago and I'm not sure where from. 
It's just 2 cups sourdough starter, 2 cups warm water, & 2 liters of flower. 
Mix up well and knead until smooth and elastic.
Bake 320F for 50-60 minutes. 

I was given this amazing new dutch oven for my birthday, 
and I thought sourdough bread was a great way to kick off it's life in our family.
The bread was so nice and soft with a chewy crust.


I also have been enjoying these amazing ice flowers inside. 
I had them planted in a pot outside, but sadly the cold weather had them 
thinking they shouldn't grow anymore.  

My mom said to bring them in, so I did. 
The very next day the buds started to come out and then wow....
these amazing blossoms burst forth! 
They just keep coming and coming and the burst of colour is 
so cheerful! 


One treasure from our summer garden was these teenie tiny  melons. 
The larger of the two was only about 4 inches across.
I sliced it up thin and we all got to enjoy a little slice. 
The taste was so very delicious...too bad we couldn't grow them bigger.


There have also been some wonderful peaceful mornings here at our home.
The sun just coming up and the mist on the lake gently wafting upwards.
The ducks diving or going bottoms up to find their breakfast.
My Bible on my lap as I read from God's precious word. 
Food for my soul. 


It has been a fantastic week.  
Cranberry picking....outings at our community centre. 
Stacking wood in preparation for winter. 
I have been blessed to have my parents visiting for the past couple weeks.
Soon they will be going back to their home and we'll miss them terribly. 

The Lord is good in all the details.
In all the time he gives us with those we love.
May your day be blessed.

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer
 

Monday, 2 September 2019

Homemaking Mondays: A Taste of History


Hello!
Do you like things with a bit of history behind them? 
Above is a rocking chair that I was just given by my parents.  
It's had five generations sit and rock in it. 
It's not pristine...but well loved and it tells stories of 
those that have taken the time to use it.  

It now sits in my living room where I can sit and rock wrapped in my woolen blanket.
More stories to come in that sweet old rocking chair.


These are some sweet little flowers that cheer me when I go outside.  
Not sure what they're called, but they never cease to make me smile. 
It's colder outside but they still seem to keep flowering.


This past week my parents have been visiting with us.
They brought the fixings to make green tomato mincemeat.
It's my grandmother's recipe and it tastes oh so good! 
Our favourite way to eat this is in cookies! 
You can find the recipe HERE!


This week there was a little birdie that flew into one of our windows.  
Then it flew over and sat on the railing until it was feeling well enough
to fly off.  
Sweet little thing.


Thanks for dropping by! 
What homemaking have you been doing this week? 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer