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.





Friday, August 26, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

REMEMBERING DAD

It was 4 years ago today that my Dad went to Heaven. I am missing him very much. Remembering what a great man and father he was.





Friday, June 3, 2016

GARDENING

I love this time of year. It is great to get out in the gardens. So busy..........my gardens are flourishing.
I've been busy quilting, judging and gardening and trying to get the renovations finished on my shop.
Hope your are all enjoying this nice weather.
Have a great weekend.
Blessings,
~Janet


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A WONDERFUL BUSINESS

I just can't say enough good things about Lucan Architectural. The have been a blessing for getting display pieces for my shop. The prices are great, made of solid pine and Amish made. They will custom build anything for you and there isn't much wait time. Just ordered another piece for my shop. The granary has been re-done. My husband and I spent 2 days this past weekend putting pine on the inside and it looks great. Here is a link to their site.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016

A GREAT WEEKEND

Just spent a great weekend judging a two day horse show in Syracuse New York. Some great horses and a big show. It was very chilly there this weekend.
Hope you all had a great weekend.
~Janet

Sunday, April 17, 2016

GREAT SHOW

A great show coming. Can't wait!!


Friday, April 15, 2016

A BIT OF THIS AND A BIT OF THAT

Up early this morning. I have already cleaned out the horses stalls, done a little raking in the garden around my shop and hopefully a little sewing. I want to get working in my shop and get ready for the spring opening. The girls are out and about eating bugs and I have already gathered their eggs. I have been working on my 9 patch from the "Prairie Women's" sewing group I am in at work. I'm almost finished piecing it, then to figure out how to quilt it. I'm hoping to get lots done this weekend cleaning up the gardens and doing laundry and hanging it out on the line to dry. It is supposed to be a nice weekend in Southern Ontario.
Have a great day!
Blessings,
~Janet

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A SNOWY WEEKEND

What a snowy weekend and it is still coming down. We had a lovely walk to the cabin this morning and it was just so calm back there. The snow really does absorb all the sounds. I could have spent the day, but I had some sewing to finish up. I hope you all had a great weekend. I cooked a chicken today and we just finished a delicious dinner of chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, turnip and gravy and a glass of red wine. I have the carcass simmering on the stove to make stock for home made chicken soup.
Blessings
~Janet