April Committee Meeting


     Last Monday’s meeting already seems ages ago but at least I can look back on the past week and see that a few more pieces have been added to this 1000+ piece puzzle!

         I think we have nailed both a Worship Director AND a Male Overnight Supervisor for the Retreat Week, I seem to have made progress towards a potential 3rd Training Parish Team Leader,I’ve heard of a second New Brunswick host Church and I’ve finished writing the EDP!!
        The Manual is almost ready to go to print and, once that is done, we can begin packaging up the copies and mailing them off. This year we also plan to offer out of town Communities the option of receiving the Manual electronically so they can print out certain sections for their helpers. Brenda has also finished recording the 2012 Song CD and I’m expecting  the folder via Dropbox.
        I am planning to put together a cooking schedule of all the advance food prep for the Retreat. This entails compiling VERY long grocery lists and trying to stay in budget as well as remaining true to my exclusively organic lifestyle.
     We also simply MUST do the Supply inventory. Jessica is now back from UofT so I’m going to try and set up a day to tackle that job. Saturday, the 5th of May, a group of Team people iscoming to make 2012 Program Craft samples so we absolutely have to sort out our Supplies prior to that event.
Ava’s Christening Dress

         On my personal “Crafts Front” I happily finished Ava’s Christening Dress and this past Wednesday and  Gwen picked it up. I am  delighted that it turned out so well and that the family was really pleased. Today is the Christening and they have promised to send some pictures. I took a couple…but the cell phone does not really do the best job. Fortunately my Boarder, Maria, also took some with her camera.

Whenever I think I’ve dealt with all my sewing commissions at hand, the phone rings or someone else turns up. On Friday it was Father Hannen at the door with a huge bag containing yards and yards of cream coloured raw silk. He needs new drapes making as the previous set I made for him ( 12 years ago!) have rotted and subsequently disintegrated the last time he washed them!! So, back to the sewing table for me in my spare time this coming week!

It’s rather gloomy and chilly today but I’ve spotted two brave fritilleria making a bold show in the garden.

           Off to Church now, more this afternoon, although I want to make Italian Chicken Meatball Soup too!!!…………
………Good teaching today onActs 19:1-22
Sunday afternoon:-
          I discovered I haven’t got all the soup ingredients so I’ve put that on hold and shall continue knitting “chirps” (small stuffed birdies) for yet another baby gift! 
        In my previous post, I mentioned that last Sunday I made and served the soup and bagels at Church. Several people asked for my bagel recipe. They are really “bagely” and not hard to make so here is the recipe:-
                   Homemade Bagels
    Makes 12
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 5 ½ cups unbelached all purpose flour (may use some Whole
    Wheat, up to 2 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 3 quarts water
  • 2 Tbsp. agave syrup
  • cornmeal
  • grains or seeds eg-sesame,rolled oats,flax,sunflower, poppy
In a large bowl combine 2 cups of water and 1tsp. sugar, sprinkle yeast on top and leave to proof for 5-10mins.Stir well, add flour(s) & salt. Stir, adding additional flour to form a fairly stiff dough.
 Turn out onto a board and knead until smooth.Place in a greased bowl, cover with a tea towel and let rise until doubled (about 1hr.) Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Form dough into 12
smooth balls. Punch a hole with your thumb in each ball and stretch a bit to form “bagel “ shape. Leave for 10 mins. (no more) Meanwhile bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add syrup and stir to combine. Drop two or 3 bagels into water, flip immediately and remove to a large, cornmeal covered cookie sheet, sprinkle with seeds if desired.
Repeat with all bagels. Do not crowd on sheet as they will expand in the oven too!
Place in a preheated 400 degree oven and bake for 25-30mins, or until browned.
They freeze well!
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