02/09/17

September already! Oh my goodness the summer goes by SO fast. But around here is has turned unusually cold and thus suddenly sweaters a cosy quilts need to be pulled out of storage.
        Last weekend was spent in a whirl of “Changing the Decorations”, especially since, with Jillian living here now, I wanted to get all the work done before her Sunday evening return (she spends the weekends with her family). This time I had also decided to make a bunch of new cushion and pillow covers so most evenings this week I hauled out the sewing machine and worked through the pile of fabrics.
      Day Camps work is focused exclusively on completing the Feedback Forms that go to each of our 31 Host Communities. An added bonus of having Jillian around is that she is super savvy about computer stuff and volunteered to adjust the forms making them much easier to fill in. As this is a long weekend I’m hoping to spend time each afternoon on this job while things are pretty quiet on the home front 😊.
      We are also making plans for the upcoming Praise & Thanksgiving Gathering on September 17th.  The CTM Board will be meeting the same day plus our September Day Camp Committee meeting is on the 18th so I’ve been preparing agendas and a fresh “ committee job sheet” for 2018!!
     Once the Feedback forms have been completed a Feedback Package needs to be assembled that will include the 2018 Community Application Form and a flier with the basic info about our Program- “One of Us”. So as you can see, as soon as one season begins to wind down the next is already rushing towards us at top speed!!
     There is still a lot of clear up happening in NDG in the wake of the microburst, every day this week we would wake up and go to sleep to the sound of chainsaws cutting down so many once lovely trees. It is heart breaking to pass by the spots where favourite trees stood only to see the bare stumps left in the ground. This morning I got the ladder out and cleaned a number of windows which were still streaked with tiny bits of debris from the storm it is nice to be able to look at them now shining in the sunshine.
    Before lunch I also made a batch of plum jam from a bunch of local Mont Royal Plums it turned out a lovely deep Burgundy colour and yielded 8 jars of varying sizes. Yum😊.  Maybe I am really going to have to renew my quest for a toaster, after all what is jam without toast??
   One evening this week Syndi Belle joined us for dinner. She is Jillian’s closest friend and will be Maid of Honour at Jillian’s wedding. We feasted on Peaches and Cream Corn from my farm share, (picked that morning!) and for dessert we enjoyed a Pear Crostina
Pear Crostina
  • 5 pears, peeled, cored and sliced
  • Pastry for a single piecrust
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ tsp. each ground cinnamon & ginger
  • ¼ tsp. each ground allspice  & salt
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 Tbsp. cold butter, cut into small bits
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp. water
Roll out the pastry into a12” circle and place on a flat pizza pan, lined with parchment paper. Chill in the fridge. In a large bowl, combine the pears, sugar, cornstarch, spices, salt, lemon juice and orange zest and gently toss with a rubber spatula. Pile the filling on the pastry leaving 2” border. Fold the border up, pleating it around the edges of the filling. Dot the top of the crostina with the butter. Brush the edges of the pastry with the egg wash. Bake at 375º for 30-35 minutes.

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