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Monday, November 25, 2013

Mugs & Muffins :: Guest Post and Giveaway! - Faye Henry {The Blessed Hearth} :: Recipe ::

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Welcome, once more, to our next edition of Mugs & Muffins.  I am so glad to have you spend the morning here with me...and any other dear readers popping in.

As we enter our week of Thanksgiving, here in the states... I just want to say how thankful I am for each one of you.  Without you, there would not be much of a reason to write...really!  As much as I do enjoy it.
I am just glad you like to come by.  Makes me feel good!  So, thank you!!

I am super excited to have our guest host, Faye Henry, with us today.  Faye is my friend and teacher -as I like to say - because I learn so much from her. ;) She is from New Brunswick, Canada and writes daily at The Blessed Hearth. She has agreed to share our "encouragement" here, this morning, for which I'm so tickled.

View albumFaye has willingly opted to share a recipe with us today... but, you'll have to head over to her blog to read all about it, there. Smile! (I, personally, can't wait either!!) Perhaps, because, that might be a simple way to get you to go visit her blog, I don't know - but I do know you'll be glad you did.  For one, she makes you feel like you're sitting there right at her kitchen table, having a cup of tea or coffee - while she just fills you up with her insight and wisdom.  I kid you not.

Here is a photo of her Vanilla Bean Apple Honey - to give you a tease!  She says it goes perfectly atop muffins, bagels and toast, biscuits or even bananas..

And, Faye has provided (half of) the lovely GIVEAWAY for today, as well!  Made by her own loving hand..
Faye is very talented this way... I wanted you to know she owns her own seasonal Primitive/Gift shop called the House of Henry.  You can check that out on Facebook, if you would like.  I'm sure she wouldn't mind if you "liked" it, too! :)

Okay - grab your cup of coffee or your tea!  Don't forget your muffin...here.
Big Sky {Pumpkin} Muffin
Let's get started...here's Faye now.  Please make her feel welcome!!

Photo courtesy of The Blessed Hearth

Faye Weir HenryProverbs 24:3 ~  By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established..


 I hope that this will bless someone today..
There is something precious in our lives today that is worth some thought and that is the preservation of our families.. 
During the Fall season many of us spend hours creating and preserving the harvest. 
We realize that the Winter season is coming upon us and we are like the squirrels scurrying around preparing pickles, jams, jellies and such.
We are canning, fermenting and drying whatever comes our way..
 Although, we can go shopping at the market and buy most anything at any time of the year we have made the choice to preserve what God has provided for us in our gardens and local markets.
There are many ways of preserving and many different types of food that can be saved simply by using a method of preservation.
It is the same with our families.. 
We can take our time and abilities and make the choice to save this precious unit that God has blessed us with.. 
That is what preservation really is... 
The saving of something that is worth the time and effort.. 
Families are precious and so worth preserving.. 
I share with the Keepers of the Home in our meetings that once our child takes their first breath then it is not about us any longer.. 
Until the day the Lord calls us home then it is about the precious family that we have been gifted with.. 
Our hearts marvelously grow to love and wonder and care in a way we didn't know it could.. 
We make the choice to love and care not only for our child but for our marriages as well.. 
There are so many types of families today.. 
Perhaps it is just the two of us, single parent families or perhaps the grandparents live with us but we are all family. 
 Today the family is not being elevated the way God desires.. 
Everything in the media and such makes the grass look greener in yonder fields but that is not the reality.. 
We do not live in a fairy tale world and the same old will reappear in the next field..
By the time that this is discovered the children are sharing time with parents and the family has gone awry..
Having a heart and mind for our home will transform our house into a haven for our family and ourselves.. 
Not that it will be perfect or a spotless wonder but it will be the will of God for us..
It will be a place where love abides and Christ is centre.. 
When we make the effort to build a Christian home we are doing our best to preserve our family..
Let's pray that the Word of God be the salt that savors our family and that God's help and wisdom be the method of preservation that keeps our family together..
Down through the years may our hearts turn the pages of memories  with our families that have been blessed by God...

Thank you, so much Faye - for sharing your thoughts, from your heart, here today.  

I don't know about you, ladies, but I certainly feel so encouraged.  Are we consciously preserving our families the way God intended the Family Institution to be?

Can you think of one practical way - you might currently be working to preserve the blessing of family - in your home?
Share that with us, in the comments - will you?


Give/share five things you are truly grateful for.  
Beings that this is the week of our Thanksgiving - my mind and heart are focused right now on this fact that I would like need to grow further in my gratitude.  Journaling my thanks is one way to do that..
To enter the giveaway - refer to above suggestions..  EACH COMMENT will earn you another entry.  Also - let me know (via comment) if you have chosen to follow Faye's blog - The Blessed Hearth. or liked her page on FB - House of Henry.
If you are entering anonymously (or you don't have your own blog) - please be sure to include an email address - so I can be sure to contact you.

Today's giveaway comes in two parts..but is one gift!
There is Faye's contribution and then there is mine.  Making it a nice little bundle.  A bundle of blessing!!  (Smile.)

Let me tell you what this giveaway includes..

-A Primitive Garland - with five different homespun fabric flags.
-Moisturizing Ointment (for dry skin) - which Faye recommends to use sparingly...as in "a little goes a long way", she says. It is made with the ingredients of: olive and almond oils which have been infused with the herbs: Compfrey, lavender, plantain and rose.  Also beeswax, and Vitamin E..

-A One Thousand Gifts Journal, by Ann Voskamp (I love mine and wanted to share one with you!)
-(6) scented votive candles, three of each scent:  spiced cider and ginger pumpkin

This giveaway is open to the US and Canada.  It will close on Wednesday evening at 10:00 pm, EST.  The winner will be notified on Friday - sometime.

:: Muffin Recipe ::  
Okay, I originally wasn't going to include a muffin recipe today  - but when I went back and reread the post, I missed not having one, included.  My reasoning was that I didn't have time to make any "fitting muffin" for Faye's Vanilla Bean Apple Honey...so, I can't be sure that this muffin recipe, today, will taste well with her recipe... but here you go.  A muffin recipe after all.  I found one from the archives.. (smile!)

Big Sky {Pumpkin} Muffins
If you don't have a jumbo muffin tin handy; this recipe can be made in a regular size muffin tin.  Follow the instructions below baking at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes, then cool for 5 minutes.

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup shortening
8 oz. (1 cup) of sour cream ** If you want to make these pumpkin - exchange a half cup of sour cream for canned pumpkin and through in some extra spices; cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.. to taste.
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup plus 2 T. sugar, divided
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
1 tsp. cinnamon

Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.  Cut in shortening until mixture is crumbly; set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together sour cream, milk, egg and 1/2 cup sugar.  Add to flour mixture and stir until just combined; set aside.  Mix remaining sugar. brown sugar, nuts and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Spoon half of  batter into 6 greased jumbo 3 1/2" muffin cups; sprinkle with half the sugar mixture.  Add remaining batter; sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture.  Bake at 350* for  about 25 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean.  Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes; serve warm.
Yield:  6 jumbo muffins.

I apologize, here too, for the wonky-ness of this post - at the end...  all this dead space.

Have yourself a wonderful, wonderful time with your family on Thanksgiving - and may God bless...each and every one.

See you next time..


  1. I am so thankful for my husband, Chris, my children, Isabelle, Savannah and Benjamin and my Savior, Jesus Christ!

    1. AMEN!! I'm thankful for each one of those you've listed - as well. And YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
      My sweet friend, from "so far away". Miss you much.

      Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!!

  2. Good Afternoon Bevy and Faye....
    Trying to get things all in before the snow hits tomorrow, I am thankful for the following...
    1. Jesus let me back into his fold
    2. my husband Ron
    3. my son Colton
    4. my daughter Kylie
    5. last but not least, my bloggy friends... wow how they inspire, uplift and get me thru the most hardest days...

  3. Bevy, I know you love Ann Voskamp... did you go to her site and watch Christmas at the Farm... with Liz Curtis Higgs... so enjoyable... and I ordered the book... read the first chapter as was so drawn in...
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving...

  4. forgot to say, the title of both books... are The greatest gifts by Ann Voskamp and The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs...

  5. To share one thing to Preserve Family this year is difficult for me...First year of doing things without my son... He is married now and she is controlling it all... and its all about her family... but I am trying to remain faithful to our family, to give Kylie the feeling that family is something that matters... I must say, I would gladly take suggestions on how to deal with it all... my heart as his mom is breaking and anger wow how do I let it all go... so I pray, pray for peace, direction and knowledge on how to come to terms that he has chosen to not be with us... I will say, he normally is a loving, caring and thoughtful son, but now he is short, has a horrible attitude, and ignores us alot... so I pray for him daily.. so if you could pray for him too.. and let him see that both families matter... not just hers... thanks for letting me share this...

    1. Hey Connie - as usual, I love when you visit here. I am grateful that you are one of my bloggy friends..because you are always such an encouragement to me.
      I love your list (your family) and yes! I did get to see the Christmas at the Farm with Anna and Liz (in between kids crying, on my lap or what-have-you.)

      You know, Connie, I pray for you and think of you often - as you continue to share your heart with me/us (other bloggy friends) and I know that you know this.. Preserving the family is a gift we can give but it can only be given wrapped in the bow of HIS grace.

      Keep smiling, spreading - the warmth of Jesus!!
      Love you, friend.

    2. Oh Bevy, how you have touched me today,,, Its Thanksgiving Day, and I am Thankful but Thankful with a heavy heart... Didnt get to see my boy, and he was just 10 minutes away... and Hubby got bad news about his dad... (Kidney Cancer) ... But its all in God's Hands but our hearts are heavy for sure... You said, wrapped in the bow of His grace... could you share some insight when you have time... you dont have to blog it, maybe email me on your thoughts on this... GRACE is something I get stuck on... I am always trying to figure things out and I am failing all the time it seems... especially with this new life my son has... anyway... it sure has taken a toll on me this season... thanks for being a wonderful friend, .....

  6. Lovely blog . I am a fan of Faye's blog and also am a fellow Canadian . This feature you did of her is just wonderful like Faye is . Family is important to us here to at Our Country Cove Crew it's just a lot of us are empty nesters now it Papa , myself and our fur babies , our kiddos are off living their lives and have other family members to see as well but all in all we keep in touch , via phone , face book or e-mail when we cant get together . Thanks for sharing and feature our lovely Faye at The Blessed Hearth ! Have a great week !

    1. You're welcome! It is/was a privilege to share and feature Faye.

      I guess your Thanksgiving is over (beings your Canadian) but loving on your family however you can is still a blessing. Amen?
      Thanks for coming by..

  7. Most of my family is already in Heaven, but I have cousins and dear sweet friends, too, who are like a second family to me. I am thankful to have had the parents I had, and the grandparents, too. I just love sweet Faye and her blog, it is like coming home, I wish I could visit her shop one day. Lovely giveaway as well, please count me in. Happy Thanksgiving. xo

    1. Oh Barbara - you're in!!
      Thanks for coming by.. and I agree - Faye's blog is like "coming home". I too, wish I could visit her shop... who knows, maybe one day.

      In the meantime. Continue to love on the friends and family that you are still blessed to be a blessing to. :)

  8. I am visiting via Faye's blog. I have been a follower of hers for awhile. She is a sweetie! perserving the family.. YES!!! I am determined to have meals together...We just moved closer to our youngest daughter so meals together with them at least once a week. Taking my Grandson to church with me.. reading the Word to him... Listening to Christian music...so many things... sending my Grands who are away encouraging cards... Prayer... YES, a must.. Love your blog. I am going to follow you too. Stop by and visit with me... Blessings!

    1. Hello Patty - You sound like a wonderful person - all around. I love your list! and the way that you are consciously making effort to PRESERVE your family. God bless you!!

      I see you follow here, now too! I hope you can come and go - feeling blessed.
      PS: I will certainly pay you a visit - I'm sure.

  9. Hi there, It's been fun to visit here at your blog, Bevy. I met Faye at a craft show years ago before we both started blogging and we chat back and forth a lot now by email. What a great woman of God she is! We both live in New Brunswick but haven't had the opportunity to meet of late. She lives in the village where my mother was born. Small world! I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday. Blessings, Pamela

    1. So nice to have you come by Pamela.. I love hearing more about Faye's friends... I sure wish I could have the opportunity to actually meet her. How wonderful the connection you have there living so close.

      Hopefully you can rekindle that friendship - in person - soon!! Blessings, right back at you!! ~Bevy

  10. Hi Bevy and Faye, It sure was a great post today!! So appropriate for this week of Thanksgiving. My five things that I am truly grateful for are... the love,grace and mercy that God has given to me, my family, my home, your blogs and a few others I have connected with through yours...it's like visiting friends, and last but not least...health. It has been a tough year with a lot of health issues with family so when health is good you are really thankful. It has also been a challenging year with a lot of ups and downs but it is such a blessing to know that God is with you through it all. It always helps to count your blessings each and every day!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!! Melanie mpoe@ccsites.com

  11. Thanks for the great recipes. I can't wait to try them. How do we preserve the family unit in our home? Lots and lots of family dinners together!! I wanted you to know I actually had been reading Faye's blog which I have been blessed by from seeing it listed on yours. I have been making her no knead bread recipe and we all love it. It has been served with many of our dinners. Thank you for the giveaway...it sure is a great one!! Melanie mpoe@ccsites.com

    1. Hey Melanie - It is so good to hear from you again. Having you pop in from time to time is such a treat! I mean that.

      I love that you say you make Faye's bread. I do too! LOVE IT! in fact - I had my mom over for dinner last evening and I whipped up a loaf or two to go with our meal. So, so yummy.

  12. Thanks for the post Faye and Bevy! Great reminders. I CANNOT wait to try that Apple honey... it looks amazing and seems like it would be a great gift! :)
    One way I am trying to preserve our family is enjoying the young stage. (Ages 4, 2 and 1) I have thought a lot about when I am older and how I DON'T want to me one of the ladies that says "I wish I would have rocked my babies more..." I hold and snuggle my kids OFTEN and try to make time to sit and play or read with them every day. I want to enjoy this stage and not just wish for the next!
    Happy Thanksgiving! We have MUCH to be thankful for. :)

    1. Oh Amanda..
      I know you do this. I see it! nearly every day - as next-door neighbors. You are a beautiful mama.

      Let me know if you try that Apple Honey. :) It does look amazing..

  13. Hi , I have been visiting your blog through Faye's. I discovered hers about a year ago and then discovered that my husband went to school with hers. Such a small world. I am very thankful for my husband, my five sons, their wives and all 7 of my grandchildren. We have so much to be thankful for so sometimes it helps to be reminded of it.
    Happy Thanksgiving,

    1. Nice to have you come by, Mary!
      That's too funny - your husbands knowing each other before you ladies ever met. I love stories like that.

      Amen - on the fact that we have so much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  14. I liked "House of Henry" on FB! Interesting name, by the way, since I live in a "House of Henry's"!! :D

    1. That's true!! and I have thought of that.. so yes! I think of you, Twila, every now and then when I read Faye's (blog) name.

      Could this be another piece to a very small world...? ha.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  15. MY top 5 things I am thankful for this year....
    That God died for MY salvation, and that He doesn't stop working on me!!
    So thankful for a rich Christian heritage that my parents handed down to me!
    I am blessed more than I deserve by being married to Dan!! I am so thankful for him!
    I am thankful that God allowed me to have two kids....a boy and a girl, so that I got to experience what it was like to have a Son and a Daughter!! :)
    And I am very thankful for friends who encourage me along the path of life!! :) :) :)

  16. I have not had much time to read your blog Bev as these two little boys and 3 big kiddos keep me very busy. I was so encouraged by the post today. My life is truly not my own and at times I can wallow in self pity when I see this person doing this or that or going here or there,and I'm sitting at home yet again caring for little ones and big ones, BUT at the end of the day my family is my greatest blessing in all the world.

    The five things I am thankful for today
    1. my husband who is out there tiressly working to provide for our family.
    2.my five treasures who teach me so much
    3. Food, clothing and shelter
    4. girlfriends
    5.good health and energy

    Thanks Bev for your encouraging Blog and your thoughts and feelings you share with us on a regular basis. Always uplifting.

    Blessed Thanksgiving!

  17. I think I have missed the deadline, but here goes anyways.
    1. I am thankful that I can know God and be filled with His beautiful spirit.
    2. I am thankful for my sweet pastor and hubby.
    3. For my children and grandchildren
    4. For the friends that I have met and for the ones that I have met through blogging.
    5. For the chance to live in Canada!

  18. I am a follower of your blog and of Fayes, who is a favourite blogging friend.

  19. What a lovely post.
    I have so enjoyed visiting your blog and
    I will be adding you to my side-bar for others to find your great blog!
    We know Mrs. Henry...what a joy she is! ♥

    I am coming on as your new follower!

  20. I've been following Faye for a long time a nd love her blog,she's all you say about her. I'm glad she sent me your way...love your blog, will be dropping by time to time.Take care.

  21. What a good,good post!

    the preservation of our family is the greatest yes. I've never looked at it in that sense, so i have something new to think about today.

    I missed a good give-away too!


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