Friday, April 17, 2015

The Past Week and A Spring Drawing....


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 Homemade toast on the cookstove...
with a hot cup of tea, of course.
Mmmm!!

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Time with Papa.

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 A bit of cupboard rearranging.

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I re-upholstered our bench with burlap.
 
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Dehydrated zucchini and summer squash.

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Pumpkin patch biscuits. Simply delicious!
Recipe  

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I stenciled our entry...

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...and found more pewter on Ebay to add to our collection.

It's been a fun week, and a busy one. The snow has melted tremendously. I cannot believe just how quickly it has gone. Today it is raining a bit, so even more will go. 
There are lots of flood warnings in our area, as this is the time of year when the ice breaks up and causes problems. I do love spring though. The flowers, the smells, the GREEN! I didn't know how much I missed that color. It has been a LONG winter for everyone this year, but spring is here now. FINALLY! I think we all wondered if we would ever see it again. LOL! 

Well, you have seen what I have been up to. What about you? Has the snow melted quite a bit in your area? Is spring your favorite time of year? Leave me a comment, and your name will be entered into my spring drawing. I have a "special something" waiting for someone! 

I will announce a winner on May 1st.

Blessings, 
Julie

Friday, April 10, 2015

April Keeper's of the Home...


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 Yup! It's just that kind of day today... 
Sleet and freezing rain.

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Which for me, calls for footy pajamas! 
(Giggle)


Last night we had our monthly Keeper's of the Home meeting.
We had a wonderful time making homemade ricotta cheese and rosemary bread.
Both were delicious!

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 This is the kit we used for making the cheese. All you need to add is the milk. It's fun and easy...even if you have never made cheese before.

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 Jean made sure we stayed on track, by constantly checking the milk temps. VERY IMPORTANT!

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Time to drain the cheese curds, which is done using cheesecloth and a strainer.
 
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Just look at that yumminess!

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 You'll have to trust me when I tell you just how delicious this cheese really was. 
Everyone was happy to take home a little dish of ricotta.
 
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The bread recipe we used, is one I have used MANY times over. I have also made this recipe using sundried tomatoes and basil instead of the rosemary. It tastes like pizza bread. 
The bread recipe can be found on Faye Henry's blog...www.theblessedhearth.blogspot.com

You can find lots of great recipes on her blog, as well as daily inspiration. Please visit her and check them out.
 
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Oh the goodness!
 
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Let me give you a closer look...
Can you smell it?? Mmmm! 

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Go ahead, have a slice. You won't be disappointed!

Blessings, 
Julie