Whoosh, another manic week has flown by with high heat warnings until Thursday when things finally cooled down, which was a big relief!!
      Over the past few days one of my main goals was to revamp all the Evaluation forms used by Team Members and Leaders. This meant looking at 5 different forms, including the Feedback Form that goes to host communities, so that the progression of questions matches up on all of them and so that the questions are clear and likely to elicit useful responses  😊 I’m hoping that this work will help in the amassing of important information when the forms are all collated at the end of the next Day Camp season!
There is zero time to do this sort of job during the spring or summer but in early fall, with the Camps just behind us it is a good time to look at ways to make things more efficient next time  😊
    Meanwhile I have been sending out the previous version of the ”One of Us” Manual to those people who have agreed to work on writing and editing of each chapter. So far I am happy to say that no one we have approached has declined the challenge! It is great to hear that these creative and gifted Day Camp Alumni are already “excited” about the new Program.  Soon I shall begin to plan the Creative Connection Chapter, my contribution to the production of the Manual.
    This week 2018 Applications were also sent to about 6 new communities, with whom I had made contact last spring and who had expressed interest in applying for next summer, we will see if those
“feelers” bear any fruit!

Early yesterday I had a text from Steven who is  on a sort of world tour. He was in Malaysia and, knowing of  John William, who lives in Malacca, asked me if I could send him John William’s contact info. This morning I received 2 photos of their visit! This is totally mind-blowing since the connection, spanning both several decades and continents is all part of the CTM family and, of course the worldwide community in Christ- pretty awesome 😊
Afternoons, this week, have included a ridiculous amount of baking (given the aforesaid heat wave!), sewing some super-cute leggings for a soon to be born baby, starting work on a number of Christmas projects, and on Thursday evening, hosting our monthly pot-trust supper and House Eucharist.
In just an hour or so my 3 Godsons are about to arrive. Their parents are off to the SYC Staff Evaluation meeting, starting at 2pm so I shall be in charge of the boys for the afternoon. The Huyers will be staying the night so tomorrow is shaping up to be pretty interesting as, once they have departed for home after breakfast, there will be Church, an early afternoon visit from the Irish’s and then dinner with Joanne and Chris (Jillian’s eldest sister and her husband). Jillian herself, usually has
Sunday dinner at her parents’ home but she will be coming back early to be one of the party!
      I got any early start this morning baking some individual pecan tarts, leaf-shaped ginger cookies and a granola ”pie”, the last in anticipation of tomorrow’s breakfast for six  😊.
  Jillian and I have enjoyed granola pie for the last two mornings. It is simple to prepare so I thought I would share the recipe as it makes a great breakfast or brunch treat!
 Granola Pie
  • 1 ¾ cups rolled oats
  • 1/3cup wheat bran
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  •  2 eggs
  • 1 medium apple, grated
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 cups Greek yoghurt
  • 2 Tbsps. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups blueberries
Line the bottom of a 9” pie tine with parchments paper. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, bran, pecans, hemp, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, beat the eggs and fold in the grated apple and oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and turn into the pie plate. Press down until it is flat and evenly spread. Bake in a preheated 350º for 30 minutes. Cool thoroughly.
Stir together the yoghurt, syrup and vanilla. Serve the pie with the yoghurt and blueberries. Serves 6-8

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