Children

Before the Rush

As soon as the weather softens, and the days lengthen, one of them will ask: “Mama, can we go to the village?”

Hours and hours of walking, running, exploring are no more than a twinkling when you have such beautiful surroundings.  The buds haven’t broken yet, the blossoms are still waiting to break forth in all their frothy glory.  Even at its barest, still so lovely.

Quiet until the season takes hold, we are almost alone, excepting a few small school groups.  Perfect for finding inspiration in details overlooked in a bustle. And there was much to inspire.  And much good use to put that inspiration to.  In just a few short days more.

Come along::

Child's Bedroom at the Fitch House

 

Back Entrance to the Salem Towne House

Parlour at the Towne House

 

 

More of the Parlour

 

Dining Room at the Towne House.

 

I love the light in this room. So warm and gentle.

 

Upstairs Bedroom in the Towne House. Such a beautiful quilt on the bed.

 

Bonnets and clothing left out in the large muraled bedroom.

 

This Masonic symbol is painted on the ceiling of the large upstairs room.

 

I love the canopy on this bed. Doesn't every girl dream of such a cozy place to slumber and dream?

 

We close on our farm Monday, 25th April.  The day I commence my 5th decade. Momentous, thrilling.  We’re so looking forward to sharing that adventure with you.

{this moment} red letter duck

 

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ at SouleMama for all to find and see.

Comfort and Joy

Mother Nature played quite a joke on us today.  She sent us several inches of new snow.  While the children were out taking advantage of what (we hope) will be the last snow of the season, I made a nice, big pan of macaroni cheese and worked on my crocheted cowl.

It nearly always takes a while for spring to warm up here in Massachusetts.  So I figured I would get a lot of wear – possibly 9 whole months – out of knitted and crocheted cowls.  They’ll be especially handy for early morning and evening milkings.  I really don’t like my neck to be cold.  And I have an awful lot of extra skeins hanging about just waiting to be used up.  This one is a soy/wool blend in a colour called “African Violets”, which I frogged from a nearly completed sleep sack.  Somehow, it got buried at the bottom of one of my workbaskets and little Jo outgrew it before it could be used…

Just look at these happy faces::

Joséphine - 5 months old tomorrow

Sophie

James

Louis

All rosy from making snowballs outside, and ready to partake in one of our favourite Lenten Friday meals.  I share the recipe with you, below.  I hope you’ll love it, too::

Macaroni and Cheese

4T butter

2T oil

2 shallots, minced

1 tsp garlic, minced

4T flour

1 tsp dried ground mustard seed

4 c. warm milk

2 c. white cheddar, shredded (reserve ½ c)

8 oz. cream cheese, cubed

½ c. Swiss cheese, shredded

½ c. light cream

2 lb macaroni, cooked

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Sauté shallot and garlic in butter.  Combine flour, salt pepper, and mustard, and add to pan.  Cook for approximately 2 minutes.  Slowly add warm milk while stirring constantly.  When the sauce begins to thicken, add cheeses, one at a time, stirring until completely melted.  Finish sauce by adding light cream.  Sauce should be very liquid.

Stir sauce into macaroni and let sit 5 minutes.  Pour into a large casserole that has been oiled.  Top with remaining cheese or bread crumbs.  Bake for 30 minutes.

Serves a family of 10.

James recommends an accompaniment of salade mixte. But perhaps you would prefer yours on a separate plate…

{this moment} sleepyhead

James in the early spring morning light.

 

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ at SouleMama for all to find and see.

 

Saint Brigid’s Blessing

Barmbrack in the oven and candles being made can only mean that it is the Feast of St. Brigid.

Long-time readers will remember how special she is to our family.  She is my spiritual midwife; and she watches over our babes with her prayerful attention.  She has been my constant companion through sleepless nights with new babes, children who are ill, and worrisome moments during my pregnancies.

This blessing sums up what I wish for my children.

St. Brigid’s Blessing

St. Brigid doll available from CatholicFolkToys.com

Through her holy intercession
With our Father in Heaven,
May St. Brigid bless you and make you
Generous in your giving,
Pleasant in your greeting,
Honest in your speaking,
Loyal in your loving,
Clear in your thinking,
Strong in your working,
And joyful in your living
And when it’s time
For your homecoming,
May there be peace in
Your passing and a warm
Welcome in heaven.

~Amen


Blessed Feast to you and yours!

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