Thursday 28 September 2017

Cool Fall Day

Hello!  I'd like to share with you about what to do on a cool fall day. 

How about a hot cup of tea with a spoon of honey.  Well, might as well make a whole pot and put it under the tea cozy so you can have more than one cup.

Then while you're baking bread for the day, save some dough and make apple cinnamon buns.

Mine are not from a recipe, and are never fancy.  I just flatten out my dough on the countertop, spread with butter, brown sugar, and apples.  Then roll it all up and slice.  

I like to use my glass pans with parchment paper in them. I find I make less of a mess for latter this way. ~smile~ 

Sometimes I put the cinnamon in the middle before rolling, or I just sprinkle some on top.  
I didn't get a picture of them fresh out of the oven, but it makes a lovely syrup with the juicy apple that my family loves.  I also add a bit of icing glaze to top them off.  

While the buns were rising, this day.  I decided to move my philodendron plant.  It was just sitting on the window sill and the vines were getting too big for this spot.  I had some onions hanging in the window and I thought it would be a great place to put the plant.  So out came the onions and in went the pot. :)  Simple. I have the onions in a bowl on the counter...they'll need a new home. 

I love the mesh hanger, and it's hung on a hook that is over the curtain rod (a pressure shower curtain rod) so it's able to hold the weight, and move from side to side as well depending on if I need more light or not.  

It's a cool fall here in the Yukon, and the temperature is rarely far from the freezing mark.  This day was rainy and cool, but today it's warmed up to about 10C with the sun shining.  

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

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Thursday 21 September 2017

A Little Pot of Cinnamon Honey

Hello!  Today I'd love to share with you a little find I made at the free store.  
It was a sweet little pot with a lid.  
It had a cinnamon label on it, but I already have something to hold my cinnamon.  
So....I thought I'd make some cinnamon honey.  
I just put in some cinnamon and added honey. Easy Peasy. 

Do you like cinnamon honey on your toast?  or in your tea?

With fall time here full on the leaves are collecting on my deck, and around my yard.  I love to watch them fluttering down, and blowing across the yard.
Soon I need to catch up with sweeping them off my deck.

There has been a lot of overcast skies, rain, and of course wind. Where would be be without wind in the fall time to blow the leaves off the trees, and out of the neatly raked piles we're working on. 

I love the beautiful colour changes that go on up the mountains as well.  There has been snow up there from time to time already.  

I hope you are enjoying the weather outside...and if it's a bit nippy, just bundle up some more.  

Praying you have a blessed day!
Thanks for dropping by!

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Sunday 17 September 2017

Musical Garden

Hello!  Today I'd love to share with you a bit about a Musical Garden. 

Our community centre has great outdoor spaces for the children, and one of those spaces is a Musical Garden.  In this garden there are homemade wind chimes and a hanging xylophone made of metal pipes.  On this day we decided to add a couple more wind chimes to the mix.  

I laid out all the things we brought to put together, and while I was doing this, my one son pulled out a book he had been given and started to read.  I love how my boys do this so spontaneously.

We drilled holes in the wood and then for this first one we laced plastic coated wire through the holes and attached these plastic whirly do things we found at the dump to it.  Then since they had these little holes in the bottom of them we attached a bell to each of them with fishing line.  

For the second one we used fishing line and tied it around wooden beads to hold things in place along the piece of wood.  
We attached bells, smaller pieces of driftwood and some wooden beads along the fishing line. 

The boys looked all around the musical garden and decided that they wanted to hang the new chimes on the climbing tree.  This tree has always been a favourite of my kids at the park.  Now someone has so amazingly built a bench around it and I can sit while they climb.  
Now, I can listen to the chimes as well.  

It is a fun place to be, and just relax.  

Do you have a special park that you like to go to?  

Thanks for dropping by!  

Hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy perhaps building something interesting for you or someone else.  

Today I'm sharing over at Raising Homemakers.

Monday 11 September 2017

Loving Our Fall Hikes

Hello!  I must say we are loving our fall hikes.  
So much colour and I love the smells. 

Above is one road we go along, and the mountain at the end just has sunshine on it in this picture...while the rest of the area was shrouded in cloud and rain.  That was then, and now there is dustings of snow up there!!! 

One part of our families homeschooling is time in the outdoors.  
A place to see God's beautiful creation, and to get some exercise. 

Beautiful foliage on trees and shrubs alike. 

Below was a tree that was rotting out and looked cool. 

Then we found a stump that reminded us of a toilet. :)  No, we didn't try it out. 

We walked down to a nice little pond/ marsh area.  Lots of muskeg around it so not too safe to get too close. 

I found this prickly rose bush in a myriad of fall colour.

We found an old tree has fallen partly across one of our beloved trails..but we can still get by and won't saw it yet.  

We found this cool nesting cavity in it and wondered if a bird would still use it so close to the ground.  

Love this sandy beach along the riverside.  As you walked across it you could feel the air pockets under the top layer giving out.  

We have found lots of cranberries that are now ripe for picking...and eating along the trail in our case.  We'll go out picking another day. 

We also found lots of beautifully coloured blueberry bushes and a few berries here and there.  We never got to have a good picking this year as there were hardly any berries to be had.  

I love the rocks along the river beaches, so many colours and shapes.  We collected driftwood to make into a wind chime. 

It was interesting to see areas of the evident high water that we've had especially this year.  Now that the water is low there are pockets of bushes wrapped in driftwood and debris. 

It's fun to see animal tracks.  This one below from a moose. It's hard to see from the picture, but it's actually very big.

Another little alcove beach along the riverside.  This one we walked all over in bare feet.  

Here my kids are off into the trees again.  Bushwhacking a trail back to the road.

Along the way we found a fallen tree caught by the other trees around it.  I'm thankful my boys didn't decide to climb this one. 

A little sunlit patch in the forest. 

My son found this big chunk of amber tree sap and brought it home. 

Do you love to walk in the woods?  Do you find treasures that you bring home?  

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

Love Makes A House A Home

Hello!  It's a beautiful fall day here in the Yukon and I just wanted to share a little bit that has been on my heart as of late.  

Three years my family was blessed to move into this home.  It is a dream and I thank the Lord every day that He has placed us here.  Below are a couple pictures that a photography friend of ours took when we moved in.  

It is a beautiful house, but it wasn't a home until we entered and added our lives to it.  We brought in our things, not just stuff, but items of both need and want.  

Simple touches like homemade bedding, plants, lace curtains to adorn the windows.  A braided rug for in front of the kitchen sink.  A lace screen above the kitchen sink to keep the bugs out while enjoying fresh air. 

There are so many special touches that make a house a home, but the greatest is that of love.  

It's the moments shared amongst the inhabitants of the walls of a house that make a home.  The love of God in His word being shared and set out for all to read.  

This doesn't come about by accident...or by chance.  It is intentional.  

A woman's role as a homemaker is to cultivate these things.  Creating a place where needs are met, healthy food, clean spaces, and areas inviting for people to come gather.  Family, friend, or stranger.

Proverbs 31:27

This is a skill, a career, a calling that women have.  It needs to be taught, to be encouraged, to be cherished, and protected.  

In today's society, it's not.  Let us follow the Lord, and not the world.

Acts 20:34-35
"Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."

God is still calling the older women to teach the younger women to be keepers at home. 
In our home, it's the main teaching my girls receive.  Yes, they get their academics, but all in light of what God calls women to be.  

"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,

A few years ago I found this book, and thought it was a great addition to what we were studying.  
There are many encouraging resources available for homemaking, but one must look for them. 

It's a textbook for Homemaking from the Department of Education in British Columbia. 
I remember Home Economics in school...what a great resource it is to encourage these skills.  
Of course with Homeschooling it happens naturally in our home.  I think it should happen in every home, skills that are not only necessary but greatly needed. I know young women who at the year they have graduated still are unknowing how to make their beds properly, wash dishes, or scrub a bathroom.  Older women, teach the younger women!  Mothers teach your daughters!    

It is an interesting book full of information on the basic things on keeping a, furniture, cleaning, mending, etc...  But through it all, it made the importance of how these things were done that made a huge amount of difference.  Anyone can throw food on the table or toss laundry in the wash or put furniture in a room.  But it's the special touches, that attention to details and how it's done that create homeyness, or a welcoming restful environment.  Our homes need to be the safe, protected places where the inhabitants can be nurtured and rejuvenated.  

As women we are called to the role of homemaker, by none other than the Lord God himself.  
It's a blessing, it's where we thrive, where we are meant to be.  It's our ministry.
All the skills that we can acquire can be used in the bounds of this role/career. 

It is not the kind of home (physical place or type of structure) that is important, any space can be made into a home.  I know of a lady whose mother made them a very comfortable home out of a garage for a few years.  She said they didn't have much, but her mother made it into a special place none the less.  Clean and inviting.  

In all of these thoughts, I look around my home and thank the Lord for all that He has blessed me with.  It spurs me to do more at home, to cherish this role that I have, and to train my girls to do the same.  

Thank you for dropping by and reading my thoughts.  
Praying the Lord blesses you in your home today!