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Friday’s Blessing List

 

Welcome to PEI and a snowy Friday Fave 5!

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We’ve had quite a time on the Island lately –  four storms in nine days.

Even those of us who embrace winter are keeping quiet. There are too many people here who aren’t quite as fond of snow –  and they’re all armed with shovels. 😉

Although the storms were wild, none of them matched the big blizzard of 1982. Roger and I were living in Mass. that year, while he attended seminary at Gordon Conwell Theological School. I  remember hearing the reports from back home.

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1. The drifts aren’t as high as in that photo, but they’re high enough! I’m so thankful for a cheery shoveller!

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2. And he and I are both thankful for our neighbour who clears our driveway. I’m sure he, and all the snowplow operators on the Island, are getting  storm-weary. They go above and beyond the call of duty. I’ve heard some heart-warming tales of snow-plow operators driving health-care workers and other essential service people to work in the height of the storms.

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3. All that snow shovelling gives my beloved a good appetite. I made one of his favourite meals this week ~ fishcakes.

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Fishcakes are a traditional Maritime dish. They’re easy to make and taste delicious, especially with Nannie’s mustard pickles. Some Maritimers use salt pork to make their fishcakes, but my mother always made them with a can of Chicken Haddie.chicken haddieChicken Haddie is a boneless mixture of cod and haddock, along with hake and pollock. The recipe for fish cakes is simple – mix together about 2 cups of mashed potatoes, an egg, pepper, parsley and the whole can of chicken haddie. Form patties and fry in butter. Roger loves them.

4.. In between storms I was “out and about’ with my camera. I visited one of my favourite winter spots – historic Orwell Corner.

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It’s the place where we did Dorothy’s maternity shoot just over a year ago. Such a special day to remember!

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and now look – sweet little Oscar is 11 months old. (just a little Nannie digression – can’t help myself! 😉 )

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There aren’t many visitors to Orwell Corner in the winter so the horses were glad to see me.

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They trotted right over to the fence to say hello.

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Sorry boy, next time I’ll remember the sugar cubes!

Nearby is the road that leads to MacPhail Homestead. It’s a lovely country road for walking in every season, except early spring. (also known as mud season in these parts).  It’s so quiet – you can almost hear the snow falling.

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5. It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some of the sweetest blessings – the grands! Pictures all  shamelessly borrowed from facebook.

Here’s Josie, Isaiah and Oscar having fun in the snow.

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and  did you know this? You can play peek a boo, via facetime, with your grand-daughter who lives all the way across the ocean.  And oh, how she laughs!!

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Well that’s a happy way to end my FFF this week!

Thanks so much for visiting.

with love

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14 thoughts on “Friday’s Blessing List

  1. You really have been battling those storms the last couple of weeks. Hopefully that’s it now for the year. It does make for lovely pictures though! I’ve never heard of those canned fish before. Will that fish cake recipe taste good with tuna?

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  2. The pictures of your grandbabies are so sweet. That last one is priceless! I’ve never tried fishcakes, but am always looking for new ways to cook fish. It sounds really good.

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  3. So much snow…I’ve seen a ton of it lately on blogs and it looks pretty and just the way I like it, somewhere besides here. Your photos are gorgeous. Loved the horses and that darling little baby.

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  4. jerralea says:

    I had to smile at your declaration to keep thoughts of snow to oneself because “There are too many people here who aren’t quite as fond of snow – and they’re all armed with shovels.”

    Love your photos of the grands! I haven’t tried peek a boo via Skype yet!

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  5. Wow! That’s quite a lot of snow even for PEI! Glad there are people with snow plows willing to help out.

    Those fish cakes look and sound so good. I don’t know if we have chicken haddie here but I will look for it.

    What sweet photos of the grandbabies!

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  6. Debbie E. says:

    What a wonderful trip down memory lane – from being storm stayed at your place to visits to Orwell Corner and the McPhail Homestead. Loved the pictures – scenery was beautiful and the grandkids so precious! Never had the Fish Cakes though. From the sounds of it, we missed quite a delightful Island treat!!!

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  7. I think my Boston area born hubby would love fishcakes😄. yeah for Gordon! and I remember that 1982 blizzard….if it’s the one in early April you are referring to. I was a senior at Roberts Wesleyan College in western NY and my senior piano recital was the night of April 6 and my parents couldn’t travel out to see me as the entire NYS thruway was closed! I enjoyed all of these photos and those grandchildren are super cute! happy weekend

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  8. Oh Kathie, this post blessed my heart and brought tears to my eyes! I think that i shall have to visit PEI in every season. Thank you for your beautiful photos, and for sharing your grands. This grammy has been given a horsey ride via Skype on occasion. It’s difficult to play catch though — he’s two now. Your fishcakes sounds wonderful too, as does using Chicken Haddie. I remember my mother speaking of Finnan Haddie years ago. Enjoy your weekend. Hope you get a break from the storms. ~Joyce

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  9. I love Facetime especially when my 2 yo grand daughter is on the screen. How precious that because of this technology you can enjoy the simple pleasures of peek-a-boo and growing a relationship with this grand.
    I never heard of fish cakes before. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I don’t think I’ll be able to find Chicken Haddie in No California, but I might try salmon.

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  10. You have gotten a ton of snow there Kathie. It’s been a crazy 2 weeks of winter for us Maritimers. Your photos are beautiful and I love the horses and barns. Our youngest grandson is now 5 months and is starting to react to my coos and such via Facebook. How I love his big smiles. Your grands are so cute! Such a fun age too. At least there’s no snow in the forecast for a few days but it sure is cold. Enjoy!

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  11. Ellen says:

    A very happy ending for sure! I guess I’m starting at the end and going to the beginning now. How fun that the wee ones are enjoying the snow. Snow photos are always so wonderful. Those horses made me smile. Your part of the world certainly has gotten quite the snow piles! Have a lovely weekend.

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