Wedding Week

           It is fast becoming apparent that I need to rethink this whole “Saturday Post” thing and start publishing my main posts on Fridays, but having just welcomed to the Blog our new periodic “Family Fridays” posts series I am loathe to do so.
         Thus, this week. I am once again choosing to sneakily write the post today and to click the “publish” button at some point tomorrow- the day of The Wedding!
        Who’s wedding? Sarah and Alexander, two very dear friends and long-time Day Camp groupies, both of whom came up through the ranks as Campers, Parish Helpers, Travelling Team Members, Leaders, Training Leaders and Committee Members! Whew!! Sarah is still a committee member and Alexander now sits on the Board of CTM as Director of Development and is also very actively involved on the Staff of SYC.
       So this is a VERY Crosstalk Ministries wedding and that means the Huyer family will be arriving this afternoon as the rehearsal is this evening and the two boys are both in the wedding party. I am also honoured to have been asked to administer the chalice, and may or may not attend the rehearsal dependant on my childcare duties with baby Andrew.
       It has been a full week, with two meetings about the upcoming Coffeehouse, one of which will be taking place over lunch today, as I connect with Amanda who has agreed to organise the Crafts Table.
      Yesterday I met with Angela, who will be coordinating the event, and Mae Anne, her understudy, who we are grooming to take over as Coordinator next Spring.
       A fair bit of time has also been spent working on the Creative Connection for the 2016 Program Manual. Most of the draft chapter is completed except for the need to decide on a song for the Liturgical Dance. Despite listening to a lot of music there has not yet been an “AHA!” moment, so the search continues.
One happy afternoon was spent crafting Fimo clay earrings for the Coffeehouse crafts table. Some of the Team Members had encouraged me to make vegetable-shaped earrings after admiring the pumpkin ones I wore at last Saturday’s Team Gathering. So out came the clay and a dozen pairs have been created!
     Most of the week the weather has been cool but sunny so I harvested more herbs and began the annual raking marathon, although the trees on our property are not really dropping leaves yet.
 Wednesday afternoon saw a baking marathon in preparation of 4 extra mouths to feed over the next couple of days. Tonight we are going to have my homemade Bagels

We will have them traditional Montreal “Deli” style with cream cheese, sliced red onions, fresh tomatoes and I’m
breaking out the Smoked BC salmon, gifted me by some neighbours who travelled out to the West Coast last Summer. Yum!

And since we are on the topic of food today I’m sharing my Spicy Eggplant recipe, which I will be serving to Amanda at our lunch meeting, she being a big eggplant fancier!  As noted earlier, this post will be published tomorrow but I plan to report on the Wedding as part of Sunday Reflections.
  Thanksgiving Weekend, bring it on… I’m ready!!!  
Spicy Eggplant
  • 3 baby eggplants, diced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 small hot pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp.Sugar
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 2 Tbsps. apple chutney
  • 2 Tbsps. canola oil
  • 8 oz. Udon or Soba noodles
Heat the oil in a large wok and fry eggplant, garlic and onions for 5 minutes stirring frequently. Add the sugar, scallions and chutney, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the eggplant is just tender. Meanwhile cook the noodles, drain and divide between 2 large bowls.
Top with the vegetables and serve immediately. Serves 2.

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