It’s already the last Saturday in May. EEK! And next Saturday morning a group will be gathering  for the Montreal Region Kick Off Event. This year we will be holding the event at the CTM office (aka my home) and I’m sure hoping my VERY energetic puppy will be on his best behaviour 😊
        As mentioned in my last post, this past week included the “Changing of the Decorations”. Usually this activity corresponds with both Pentecost and the Victoria Day Holiday weekend (the unofficial start of summer here in Canada). With Easter 2019 having been particularly late, Pentecost Sunday will not be celebrated until June 9th but in the world of Day Camps it would be impossible for me to give up 2 or3 days in June to undertake the Changing of the Decorations, so I just had to accomplish this task over the recent holiday.
      Although it is still rather cold and wet around here the trees are all nearly in full leaf and pretty soon I will be dealing with the Herculean job of sweeping and raking up millions of maple seeds, another reason to at least have the house in order!
              After devoting the long weekend to the decorations I turned my attention on Tuesday to preparing for the monthly Day Camp committee meeting. Unfortunately Jessica could not be with us that evening but everyone else was on board and we covered a lot of territory since it is now crunch time for the work of this ministry. We also enjoyed dinner together before hand, especially the Angel Pie 😊 
          Thursday Jessica and Jillian both joined me for several hours as they worked on Team Binders, Music Binders and detailed plans for the upcoming Kick Off event. We also enjoyed lunch together and caught up on each other’s news.
    Yesterday afternoon Alexander and Sarah with their new baby, Serena, came for a cup of tea so that I could give them the little gift I had made to welcome Serena into the world 😊I made some individual Strawberry Shortcakes, which were tasty and summery even though it was a damp and dreary day.
  And so today is “Bake and Blog” with a break later this morning to interview a new Team Member, Melina, and to have her fill out her Police Check application. 
         Since tomorrow is my Boarder, Steven’s, birthday he has invited his friend Graham to join us for dinner so part of today’s baking includes his Birthday Dessert request of Black Forest Trifle. 
I need to make a start on baking prep before Melina arrives so we should wrap this up with a recipe.
     One evening this week for dinner we enjoyed some Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles. The recipe is super quick to pull together and makes a great weeknight supper!
  • 1 lb. linguine
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 ½ tsps. sesame oil
5 Tbsp. Tamari
2 tsp2. rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp. Sriracha
  • ¼ cup cashew or peanut butter
2 tbsp. honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green onion, minced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

  •  1 carrot, julienned
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
2 Tbsps. sesame seeds 

Bring a large pot water to boil. Add linguine and cook till al dente. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine the canola oil, sesame oil, Tamari, rice vinegar, 
Sriracha, cashew or peanut butter, honey, minced garlic and minced green onion. Whisk vigorously until smooth. 
Drain the noodles and return to the same large pot. Add the sauce, red bell pepper, carrot, cilantro, peanuts, red pepper flakes and sesame seeds. Toss until combined, serve and garnish as desired. Serves 3-4

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