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 evening 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
J
We are also making plans for the upcoming Prise
& 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
J 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 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
Pastry for a single piecrust

5 pears, peeled, cored and sliced
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.