Monday 28 March 2022

Homemaking Mondays: Fresh Bread and Spoon Butter


How are you this morning! 
The sun has been waring with the clouds
lately and it's been going back and forth 
from being overcast to being clear blue.

When the sun shines the icicles drip and 
when the clouds come there are light fluffy flakes 
floating down through the trees.
The air smells different and fresh. 

This week I pulled out my sourdough again after a break.
I tried a new recipe from Farmhouse on Boone.
It didn't turn out great for my first try...looks pretty but
inside isn't totally cooked and very dense.
I need to find a warmer place for it to rise I think. 
One factor is putting it in the fridge at night before cooking it.
It was nice to cut and made for a pretty design though. 

I put away the fresh eggs in their basket on the counter.
I love getting fresh eggs from a day
I dream of having our own chickens. 
Keeping them in a basket on the counter is still my 
favourite place to store them.
They look pretty and are handy.

This week I have been doing a bit of maintenance at home.
You know those little jobs that often get 
put off in the routines of life. 
One of them was conditioning my wooden tools in the kitchen.
I put together another batch of spoon butter 
that I learned from the Prairie Homestead Blog. 
It's also in her cookbook that I have.
I love it because it smells nice with the beeswax and also 
seems to last well on the wood. 

I got the spoons and cutting boards all 
conditioned and leave it overnight before using them. 
As you can see from the jar above I started to use it before it 
cooled completely so I used the soft part in the middle. 

I love cutting boards and use them all the time. 
Do you have a collection of them? 
I keep mine out on my counter for easy access
beside my stove and knives.
I also keep my one serving tray with them and tucked
behind it my tea cozies.

I was watching a couple videos from Inspired by Nikki
Lady of the House. 
She shared one video about re-arranging the house. 
I  personally like to do this but no so much my family. 
It's nice to change up little things 
though to just make things fresh and new.
Plus sometimes it is more functional as well. 
Do you like to re-arrange your home just for fun?

I hope you have a beautiful day
keeping your home!

Love and Prayers,

Monday 21 March 2022

Homemaking Mondays: Pesto Cheese Buns and Sunshine Inspirations



It's been a lovely week here and I have been 
enjoying the longer daylight and the fresh air. 
It's been warm enough to open up some windows and 
air the house out. 
The air has that smell of the early days of spring.

I got a post from a site I follow 
Farmhouse on Boone. 
She posted sourdough herb buns. 
Yeah...I had to make my own version of them. 
I added pesto and aged cheddar cheese to my buns today.
With the coconut oil in the pan and the olive oil from the pesto
the bottoms were so crispy and flaky!

Then of course there needed to be some loaves
for sandwiches and toast this week.

At the free store this past weekend I found this cute candle.
It's beeswax and it was super dirty from sitting a long time.
After being washed up some
I popped it in a jar I had on the counter. 
I added some rocks to the sides to hold it in place. 
It'll be nice to light up some evening.

I do love the honeycomb design! 
From the top or the sides.

With all the beautiful sunlight these days
the violet starters are growing quickly. 
I hope to separate them out in to their own pots soon.
Then to find homes for them all.

With the extra warmth and sunshine the icicles on the house have been 
growing and falling in repetition. 
One of those interesting things the Lord has created 
that brings me to a stand still to just watch.  

Also with this beautiful sunshine the lemon oregano
has been exploding.  
At one point I thought the plant wasn't going to make it and 
I started some cuttings.  
Now it's growing well again and I have to say
it's one of my favourite plants now.  
Just brush the leaves and the aroma is enough to 
cheer you! 

Oh and we have a very friendly squirrel that has been running 
along the side of the house and windowsills. 
This morning it stopped in the kitchen window to listen to 
my daughter and I chat with it.  

How has your week been? 
Have you been baking anything someone inspired you to bake?

I hope you have a beautiful day! 

Love and Prayers,

Monday 14 March 2022

Homemaking Mondays: Tiny Houses and Sunshine


It's another beautiful day.
The sunshine has been poking out here and there
and it's warmth is very welcome!

I wanted to share with you some pictures of the finished 
tiny houses my sons built. 
We talked about the importance of the structure build
and what goes into the real houses.  
They used hot glue because the wood glue took so long to dry.
The boys took these mini lights to illuminate the inside.
Then they also took rocks to build fireplaces/stoves.
My one son sewed some felt bedding for the bed.
They also both decided to paint the outsides
and one of them did the inside floor.  
They also put up some cardboard for the walls and roof to glue the
siding and shingles onto.  
Something fun and a bit informative to.

The tiny growing things are doing well 
and today I transplanted the tomatoes for the first time.

I have a big pot of bone broth on the stove boiling away for the day.
I'll can it up after a few more hours.  
For small batches of bone broth I use my Instantpot but to can it
I like to make enough to make using the canner worthwhile. 

My daughter is baking mincemeat cookies today 
and I'm looking forward to  eating some. 

Yesterday my children and I went to one of their friends birthday party.
It was an outdoor sliding party and it was super fun! 
The kids flew down the hill so fast as it was packed and warmed from the sunshine.
Thankfully no accidents happened! 

I hope you are having a beautiful day where you are as well! 

Love and Prayers,

Monday 7 March 2022

Homemaking Mondays: Seedlings and Canning Chickpeas


It's been a lovely week with some sunshine and a few snow flurries.
Last Monday my boys helped me with starting seeds. 
Now we have a whole bunch of little seedlings
sprouting and reaching for the light.  
Yes, some will be a tad spindly in the end
but they'll still be beautiful! 
My friend Judith gave me some pink lupins and I'm happy 
that some of those are starting to sprout as well. 
Last year our resident squirrels ate off the ones I planted out
so this year I started a bunch more and will put 
up some protective structure around them. 
I like the squirrels and sharing seeds with them...
but some things I won't share! 

This week I also canned up some chickpeas for the first time.  
I have lots of things I want to try in canning and this is one of them.
First time canning anything like this.  I'm going to be 
trying some black beans next. 
I didn't soak the peas overnight so used the quick method to re-hydrate them.
The bag of dry chickpeas I used filled 12 pints. 
I use chickpeas primarily for making hummus but am going to try 
adding them to soups as well. 
I did open up a jar of them and made some hummus right away. 
It made a great texture and it was smoother then some of the 
other canned chickpeas I've bought at the store. 

My violet is starting to flower again with the return of the sunshine and longer light.
Funny thing is I do really like the soft fuzzy leaves violets have. 

My tomato seedlings have come up and I always smile and remember
my friend Ingrid who taught me how to start them.  
Nothing better then a fresh tomato from the greenhouse she'd say! 
Makes all the work worth it with that bite of warm juicy goodness. :) 

My cosmos seedlings are super tall and so they'll need some 
extra special attention as they grow.  
One thing I do is brush my hand through the seedlings and that 
seems to help them toughen up as if they had light wind 
blowing on them at times.
I'll also be separating them out some so that they have more 
space to spread out their roots to.  
The spread of seedlings has begun and from now 
till planting out time the windows are going to be full. 
With gardening there needs to be balance between 
edible and beautiful. 

My boys are working on building small tiny houses today. 
March break in our house isn't going to be a break from all lessons.
For us the break is just going to be a change in what 
we are doing. 
So some fun projects are on the table. 

Hope you have a beautiful day! 

Love and Prayers,