It's been a while since I've been around blogs and in fact have been neglecting my own! I guess I've not had much to talk about that I thought would be of interest to anyone, and with the garden dwindling, and no trips out anywhere, things have been a bit ... hmmm ... slow here.
This past weekend was our Canadian Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not what it used to be in my family, and although there was no huge gathering of 25 people like there used to be (and I don't want to get all melancholy here), we did have a big dinner for my own family on Sunday. My daughter came home from university for the weekend, so we were all together again. My son has enjoyed helping me with these big meals the last couple of years, and this year he was again willing. It's just a lot more fun when someone is in the kitchen helping out, and we had some laughs as we threw things together. We cooked a nice big 15-pound turkey, homemade sausage stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, candied yams, scalloped potatoes and this year a pot of baked brown beans. I also made a pumpkin pie for dessert to round it all off. It was epic I tell you!
|Morning glories taking over the back corner ... Heavenly Blue|
My Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner don't vary much. I kind of like it that way because it's easy to prepare all the dishes in a very streamlined way, since I prepare everything the day of (which is probably not the easiest way to get it done). A while ago, I picked up a very nice bean pot at the thrift store, and I decided that this year I would add some old-fashioned baked brown beans to the Thanksgiving dinner. I used a recipe that my mom used for years. I don't believe she followed the recipe after a while ... really, it's so simple, it's barely even a recipe! But I thought I would share it with you now, because it worked out really well.
Here's my mom's original recipe card:
Bean Pot Beans
2 cups navy beans
1/4 lb bacon*
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 cup dark molasses
1/2 c chili sauce
1 tbsp. vinegar
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cups hot bean liquor
Cover beans with water* and soak overnight. Add bacon** to the beans, cover and simmer (do not boil) until just tender (about 1 hour). Drain, reserve liquor. Remove bacon and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Pour beans into 2 quart bean pot or casserole. Bury bacon cubes in beans. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and bake in slow oven (300'F) 6 hours. If necessary, add bean liquor or hot water. Serves 8
*NOTE: A notation on the back suggests 3 cups water/1 cup beans.
**NOTE: I used a small package of "pork bellies" and I felt it was safer to cut the bacon up into cubes & fry it up a bit first before adding to the beans. I added it to the beans once they were well into a hot simmer.
So there you have it ... a very traditional Canadian winter's meal :)
|Zinnias still out in bloom ... what a great flower this has been!|
But that's not all I have to share with you today. I also wanted to show my completed refinishing projects that I started a while ago. I have the rocking basket all finished and with a lining that I already had made for it:
Once the second coat got on it, I was much happier with the results. The first coat always seems to look dreadful doesn't it?
Next on the list was the wooden breadbox that I sanded down and painted:
It just seems sort of dull painted all white, but I can't decide what else to do with it. Maybe just paint that front bar a different colour? Not sure. I sanded the entire interior as well, but didn't paint the interior. I'm not using it as a bread box, just for storage.
I also finished up the little wooden stool that my great-grandfather made:
This will go back into my bathroom, but I realized afterwards that my bathroom's trim is all off-white (including the cupboard doors), so I think I have to now paint the trim & cupboards. They're due for a bit of touching up anyway, so I don't mind doing that. I think the stool needs a bit of a cushion on the top, and I like the look of something quilted ... what do you think? I need a quick & easy sewing project ... I've been far too long away from my sewing machine.
The smoking table is still in the works as I haven't had time to sand down the fussy little corners yet. My husband suggested I take the door off to sand it down quicker, but I'm afraid that if I take out all those screws, it won't go back together as snug as it is now. These are the little indecisions that stall me for ages. But I've got these three above projects completed, so I'm confident I'll get this last table finished up soon (at least before Christmas!!).
And while I was waiting for paint to dry, I decided to sand down yet another little piece ...
A small magazine holder.
I think I might do this one in colour. I'm not 100% sure I like the white painted things now that they're complete, but I'm not going to do them over again (at the moment anyway). I'm more of a colour person, as you can probably tell by my putting bursts of colour on the pieces I painted white! So something more to ponder. I also have two major (for me) redecorating things I have lined up and waiting. I'll reveal more on that when I get my final ideas sorted.
Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful fall weather in my area. We've had about three weeks of sunny bright days with temperatures in the high teens. Not your typical fall days! I've still got all my windows opened during the day and the soft breeze is blowing through the house ... so very nice! I've spent many days out on the patio soaking in the sunshine as the winter tends to drag on a bit longer here once it starts.
Thanks for stopping by, it's always so nice to hear from you!
|The grasses around the pond are looking so pretty!|
|Some plants have been brought in now for winter.|