Oh my goodness it has been SO HARD to livewithout WiFi for 10 days!!!!!
However help is on the way as the new modem was delivered at 930pm last evening and our Tech expert, Wentworth has promised to come at noon today (Friday) to install it. Yahoo!!
Fortunately, due to my recent upgrading to an iPhone, I have had access to email but was totally unable to deal with sending documents or typing long complicated messages on a weensy little screen. Thus two mornings this week I brewed a thermos of coffee, packed a large carrot for Wil, loaded my laptop in my pack basket and decamped over to the supply room in the basement of Isaiah 40 where I, mercifully, have access to the Internet. Each morning I was armed with a prodigious list of fifteen or more URGENT items to attend to and I stayed put over there until everything was ticked off. Wil took a dim view of being holed up there all morning but since he has a spare bed and was provided with his snack I did not feel too sorry for him.
    Tomorrow I expect to continue needing to play “WiFi Catch-up” and so am making a start today on the Blogpost. I shall also need to do extra baking in the morning since Bishop Mary has ordered 3 gluten-free baguettes, Sue needs her regular order of gluten-free bread and the SYC Staff are meeting here Sunday afternoon which means some sort of refreshments will need to be produced, so tomorrow looks like a big Blog and Bake day!!!
     It was also supposed to be a fundraising “Grocery Bagging” Day for CTM but sadly not enough volunteers were available to participate so the event has been postponed.
     Afternoons this weekly with milder weather and NO shovelling 😊 I have got a bit of work done on the birthday crowns for two of my Godsons. Alexander’s birthday is in late March and Andrew in early April so I decided to do both at the same time instead of dragging out all my felt supplies on
separate occasions…
…….Saturday afternoon
 Well Wentworth came and got the modem up although it seemed to take a very long time before he declared that all was “tested” to his satisfaction! Meanwhile Mae Anne joined me for a lunch meeting and we happily slurped red lentil soup while Wentworth was upstairs “testing”.
    So here it is Saturday and so far the day has largely consisted of the “Baking” component so as I wait for the Bishop to come and pick up her baguettes it seems like a good time to lay aside the Birthday Crown sewing and finish this post!
  My first batch of Lenten Hot Cross Buns is also cooling in the kitchen and with Ash Wednesday rapidly approaching plans are underway for the “Changing of the Decorations” in the coming few days. I would like to have everything completed before Wednesday so I did take a bit of time this morning and did some exchanging of seasonal clothes and tomorrow afternoon there should be an
opportunity for some more behind the scenes jobs so that on Monday the real work can begin in earnest……
(Interruption while the Bishop picked up her baguettes)
   Well now I guess the Hot Cross Buns should be packed into their freezer containers but before I rush off its time for a recipe.
In the previous post there was a photo of one of my dinner trays (you can check a whole bunch of those out over on Instagram (@sirwilfred2 #Tray for One) and a Blog reader asked if I could share the recipe so here goes.
   Hoisin Beef Stir-fry
  • 8oz.  Minute Steak (or similar thin cut)
  • 1 each red, green and yellow peppers, cut into strips
  • 1 medium onion, slivered
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 beef stock cube dissolved in ½ cup of hot water
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsps. each soy sauce and Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • Steamed rice for serving
Cut the steak into thin strips. Heat the olive oil and sesame oil in a wok and stir-fry the beef strips for 1 minute. Add the onion and garlic, fry for 2 or 3 more minutes then add the pepper strips. Stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes. In a small bowl whisk together the sauce ingredients and add to the wok. Continue stirring until the sauce is clear and thickened. Divide the steamed rice between two bowls, top with the meat and vegetables and garnish with toasted sesame seeds. Serves 2.

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