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November thanks

 

I’m late – I’m late – for a very important date . . . Friday’s Faves! 🙂

(but never too late to count blessings)

  1. Sunshine

We anticipate dark and moody days in November so every bright sunlit day is a gift.

2. Warmth

Our unseasonably warm fall has vanished. The days are chilly and the nights are below freezing, so the warmth of the woodstove is especially appreciated. The comfortable old chairs, the singing kettle, the lamplight in the evening and the piles of books make this the coziest spot in the cold weather.

3. Home-made goodness

There’s nothing like sitting down to a bowl of hearty home-made soup on a cold day. There was no recipe for this soup – just whatever vegetables were in the fridge or the cold cellar, thrown in with a little hamburger and a can of tomato sauce and paste. Spices, a few bay leaves, and then simmer all day. Delicious. Enough for home and some to share with a good friend who was under the weather this week.

And you can’t have soup without biscuits – not on PEI anyway! This poor old recipe has seen better days. It comes from the PEI Women’s Institute Cookbook, which I received for a wedding shower gift over 41 years ago. As you can tell, it’s a well-loved recipe. You can substitute butter for the shortening – or use half of each. Also, you can use part whole wheat flour. They won’t be quite as light, but they’ll still be very tasty.

The trick with these biscuits is don’t handle them much. It will be a sticky dough. That’s why I cut them in squares – there’s less handling. Let me know if you try them! They’re so good spread with butter and molasses. (a Maritime tradition!)

4. My happy place

I started dabbling in watercolours a couple of years ago. I like to make birthday cards for the family. It saves a little money and supports my habit hobby! 😉 The giving of the birthday cards has become a sweet tradition. They all seem to look forward to see what I’ll create just for them. I painted this woodland birthday teaparty for Ivy and Ezra’s first birthday. It makes me smile to look at it.

5. And speaking of the twins’ birthday party.

A bottle of champagne was popped and we toasted the twins, Robbie, Dorothy and all who helped get the babies through their first year. It was an amazing team effort, with the lion’s share done by Dorothy and Robbie, of course. We’re so proud of them and their sweet little family!

And there’s my Five – albeit, not on a Friday 🙂

Thanks for joining me!

with love,

For more blessings lists visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story
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15 thoughts on “November thanks

  1. I sure do admire your many creative gifts! And congratulations on making it through the first year of your sweet twins! I can only imagine the thoughts of how it will get easier. We all love the idea of twins but it sure takes a lot of energy for all involved, especially mom and dad. Thankful with you!

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  2. And I’m super late with the comment. 😀

    What fun celebration photos. Your fireplace looks so cozy and warm. We, unfortunately cheat with an electric wall fireplace but it will do in a pinch.

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  3. Ellen says:

    That is quite the accomplishment to make it through the first year with twins with smiles on everyone’s face! God bless them dearly. Lovely photos and thankfuls for you and your family.

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  4. Debbie Z. says:

    Your biscuit recipe looks a lot like the pages of the Betty Crocker cookbook my mother cooked from when I was young and she has now handed it down to me. I come from a long line of good cooks whose recipes become well-worn! I am going to try your recipe! I have never had molasses on biscuits, but I am a molasses lover so I am guessing I will like it. The twins are adorable. Grandchildren are a blessing for sure!

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    • I inherited a Purity cookbook from my mom. It even has our vaccination dates written on the back page 🙂 Try the molasses on biscuits – it’s a winning combination!

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  5. Karen says:

    Your artwork is beautiful, Kathie. And those babies couldn’t be sweeter! This is the first house in 33 years that we’ve lived in without a fireplace. We have plans to put one in and I’ve thought of a wood burning stove. It just makes a home so cozy, doesn’t it?

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    • Thank you Karen! We have 2 stoves and a fireplace. The stoves are for regular heating and the fireplace is just for enjoyment although it gives off quite a bit of heat. We enjoy the crackle and you’re right – it makes everything cosy!

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  6. I love your artwork Kathie! What a wonderful talent you have for it. The twins are adorable and I’m sure it has been a very busy year for their parents and family pitching in as well. Have a wonderful and blessed week ahead.

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  7. It doesn’t matter if you post on Friday or Saturday or Sunday. Blessings are blessings, right?
    Those birthday celebration photos are adorable!
    I am veryveryvery sloowly learning about watercolors. My sil and one of my daughters are pushing me along.
    I noticed your hurricane lamp and then you mentioned ‘lamplight’. Do you use the lamp in the photo or is it for ‘show’?

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    • We use it all the time Willow. We have another little one on the shelf and use it as well.It’s such a lovely light and so cozy. Have you heard of the watercolorist Angela Fehr? I really enjoy her tutorials.You can find her on youtube if you’re interested.

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