Tuesday, November 1, 2016

SHAKER SEWING BOX KITS

I finished up some more of my Olde Crow Shaker sewing box kits. I sell out of these shortly after they are in stock. They are made from wood, mustard over black, and lined on the bottom with black felt. Included is a pair of primitive scissors and a handmade pin cushion. I just love these. www.oldecrowprimitives.ca
Blessings,
~Janet


Monday, October 31, 2016

RELAXING BY THE FIRE

Stan, Kit and I are spending an evening relaxing in front of a nice fire. We love our new fireplace.
I hope you are all staying warm on this Halloween night.
Blessings,
~Janet

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

HARVEST

The 2016 harvest is well underway. My husband has been busy this week combining corn. Hopefully he will finish up this week. I just love harvest time. I made a huge pot of home made Chicken Vegetable soup with home baked corn bread and had it ready for dinner last night when he came in for the evening.



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

ROOFING

I've been helping my husband with roofing on the drive shed. We started putting up the 26.5 ft sheets of steel yesterday and we just finished. Thank goodness. We are glad it is done. Now to finish the sides. Won't be a hard as the roof though. This is a picture of the second last piece getting screwed down.

Blessings,
~Janet

Monday, October 10, 2016

FROST ON THE PUMPKINS

Woke up this morning to a hard frost here in Ontario. Brrrrrr the flannel sheets are going on the bed today. Hope you all had a great weekend.
Blessings,
Janet

Saturday, October 8, 2016

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

This weekend is THANKSGIVING weekend in Canada. Wishing all of my Canadian friends a Happy Thanksgiving. We do have a lot to be thankful for.
Blessings,
~Janet

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A GREAT DAY!!

A great day today spent at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. My sister and brother in law were visiting this weekend. Great weather and not too busy there. We had a great time. Took some pictures of the day.
Hope you all had a great weekend.
Blessings,
~Janet







Head chopper


Quilt

General Store

Pigs

Husband with antique Fordson tractor


Storefront at the General Store


Blacksmith shop



Our Brother in law Brian



Ducks

Cabin

Woodburning Cookstove

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

HARVEST SQUASH AND APPLE SOUP

I just love this time of year and all the bounty that goes with it. The apples and squash are ripe and I am making a pot of my squash and apple soup. Thought I would share the recipe. It is delicious. I make this every year. It is a recipe from Foodland Ontario.
I don't add the pumpkin seeds as it makes my Colitis flare up.



Ingredients:

2 Ontario Onions, chopped 
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter 
1 large Ontario Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed (about 5 cups/1.25 L)
2 Ontario Apples, peeled, cored and cubed 
2 cloves Ontario Garlic 
4 cups (1 L) sodium-reduced chicken or vegetable broth 
1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh Ontario Thyme Leaves 
1 tsp (5 mL) salt 
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper 
3 tbsp (45 mL) Ontario Maple Syrup 
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground nutmeg 
Pumpkin seeds 

Preparation:

In large pot, cook onions in butter over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add squash, apples, garlic, broth, 1 cup (250 mL) of water, thyme, salt and pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until squash is tender. Let cool slightly. In batches, purée soup in blender until smooth. Return to pot and stir in maple syrup and nutmeg. Reheat soup until hot. Serve garnished with pumpkin seeds.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

OUR PORCH

Just got this new (old) table for my porch. Just love it!!! I have it all decorated for fall.
It's looking a lot like fall around here now. Looking forward to having my sister and brother in law visit in a few days.
Hope you all had a great weekend.
Blessings,
~Janet

Friday, September 23, 2016

MOVING FURNITURE

Today I decided to move my Possum Belly bakers' table from in front of the kitchen window to the other side of the table in front of the sink. Didn't know how I would like it, but I really do, so it is staying. Didn't think my husband would like it, but he does. Here is a couple of pictures. 
Hope you all have a great weekend.
Blessings,
~Janet




Tuesday, September 20, 2016

TOMATO SAUCE

My tomatoes are ripening with a vengeance so I am making more tomato sauce for the freezer today.
A beautiful day here in Southern Ontario.
~Janet

Sunday, September 18, 2016

FREEZING KALE

Good Sunday morning!! Seeing the horse show I was supposed to judge today was cancelled due to all that rain we got yesterday, I have decided to spend the day freezing my Kale.
I can enjoy it in smoothies all winter long. I have a ton of it!!
Have a great Sunday everyone!!
~Janet

Saturday, September 17, 2016

AUTUMN CENTREPIECE

I have my centrepiece for fall. Some pumpkins squash and gourds. Love this time of year. I wish it could last longer than it does. I got some beautiful flowers from the Farmers' Market this morning and put them in my kitchen. 
I hope you are all enjoying this great weekend.
Blessings
~Janet
Pumpkins, squash and gourds.


Beautiful flowers from the Farmers' Market

Thursday, September 15, 2016

VISIT THE SHOP

Shop is open on Fridays 9am to 5pm. Lots of primitive wools, candles, signs, greeting cards, textiles and much more. Tin can candles on sale this week. Great scents for Autumn!
Hope to see you soon!! 
www.oldecrowprimitives.ca

~Janet
100 percent wool in great Primitive colors.
Gorgeous wool for hooking or applique'
Sold by the quarter yard 18x30

Tin can candles on sale this week.
Large Turkeys

Small Turkeys

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

HARVEST

Harvest time is here. Spent last night making tomato sauce for the freezer to be enjoyed all winter long. The squash is ripening so that will be next on my list. Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of Autumn.
Blessings
~Janet

Friday, September 2, 2016

COUNTRY REGISTER

Having received so many emails from different followers, I have decided to continue with my Blog. I didn't realize so many people enjoyed reading it. I have just been so busy this year, but I guess I can find time to do a post every few days. Thanks everyone who contacted me to keep going.
~Blessings,
Janet

So last year I was asked to design the Fall cover for the Country Register of Maine for this Fall and I agreed, so here is the cover I designed for them and the Bio that has been published.

Janet McClure ~ Our Cover Artist
I have been artistic ever since I can remember, creating with my hands since I was a young girl. I love to quilt, rug hook and design graphics. I was so pleased when I was asked to design a cover for the Country Register. After losing my job in 2009 when the company I worked for closed, I went back to College and studied graphic design and loved it. It was something I had always been interest in. I graduated with honors at the age of 55. My husband and I reside in a small town in Canada with our 2 horses, 2 dogs, 9 chickens and 12 cats. We enjoy living on our farm and growing all of our own vegetables. I make all of our bread by hand and enjoy canning our harvest from our garden. My husband and I fixed up an old granary on our farm last year and I have turned it into a small shop where I sell signs and quilted items that I make and also offer for sale candles, greeting cards and seasonal goods. I love to go antiquing with my friends and decorate my 1854 farmhouse with my latest finds. For the last 26 years I have spent most weekends travelling throughout Canada and the U.S. judging Equestrian events which I truly love.