Although this post is being composed early
Saturday afternoon the plan is to wait and publish  tomorrow since it would be
nice to include a few photos from tonight’s Harvest Team Gathering
The week (and the month of October!) began
with a pretty crazy Sunday that started with the Huyer family at breakfast, as
they had stayed overnight. That was followed by House Church, an early
afternoon tea party with the Irish family, a quick visit from Bishop Mary who
came to dig a bunch of Lily of the Valley plants  I had promised her and
that ended with a dinner party for Joanne and Chris, my boarder, Jillian’s
sister and brother-in-law! Whew, quite the Sabbath.
On Monday I began sending out a series of
reminders to Day Camp host communities who have not yet sent us their final Day
Camp payment. This is a tedious task that requires a lot of cross-checking of
invoices, deposits and receipts, since no one should receive and extra reminder
if they have already paid their bill
With that dull job out of the way another
chunk of “office” time has been spent beginning to write the Creative
Connection chapter for the 2018 Program Manual. So far I’ve only made it through
the introduction but am hoping to get into the “meat” of the project in the
week to come.
Since this is Thanksgiving Weekend in
Canada, this Monday will be a holiday so we  have a four-day workweek ahead.
This is the only National holiday until Christmas so most people  take
advantage of the long weekend to do special things with friends & family; I
am blessed that this evening will be spent with a number of Day Camp Team
Members! We decided to have a Taizé evening without a guest speaker and instead
will break into small groups for a short Bible Study/Discussion on Deuteronomy
26:1-11, a  fitting passage about  gifts of the Harvest.
It is currently raining outside but I was
able to spend 2 hours in the garden this morning cutting down plants in the
largest flower bed. We have had an extremely dry Autumn so far and many
perennials were looking very straggly so it seemed a good time to get started
on this big job. There are 4 other beds to tackle and unfortunately the
forecast is rain for the balance of the weekend  but I’m hoping there may be a couple of clear
breaks in which I can do a bit more. Of course the leaves are also beginning to
fall in earnest so “raking” has also been added to my list of daily chores.
This week I finished the baby gift I have
been working on  and am super happy with
the results so now it is full steam ahead on Christmas presents!!!
There is a long list of things to sew
including embroidered felt key rings for some special friends, a laptop case
for Jillian (special request!!) and fleece pullovers for 3 of my Godsons.
It always seems a shame to work indoors
while the weather is still warm and sunny but I guess afternoons on the porch
will not be a temptation for much longer!
Well I seem to be getting “the look” from
Wil who, despite the rain, thinks it is time for his afternoon walk. So before
we head off we need a recipe
Last Wednesday evening Jillian’s fiancé,
Victor, joined us for dinner so I made Harvest Quiche.
The original (smaller!) recipe comes from
this lovely cookbook, but since Wentworth (our CTM Director of Communications)
was also in the house on a conference call about Camp registration platforms I
knew we would need an extra-large pie to feed everyone so here is my larger
version of-
Harvest Quiche

Pastry for a 10” deep-dish pie plate
1 bunch each of Broccoli and CauliflowerRomanesco
½ lb. Italian sausage
9 eggs
1½ cups light cream
Black pepper, to taste

8oz. grated sharp Cheddar
1 large onion, diced
3 Tbsps. Olive Oil
Roll out the pastry and line the pie dish,
refrigerate until you are ready to assemble the quiche.
Break the broccoli and cauliflower heads
into 1” florettes and blanch for 4mins in boiling water. Rinse in cold water
and drain thoroughly.
Heat the oil in a skillet and cook the
onions over medium-low heat until they are caramelized, about 20 minutes.  Remove the casings from the sausages and
brown them in a small skillet, breaking up into small pieces.

Place the eggs and cream in a large bowl
with a pouring spout and whisk together, season with pepper.
To assemble the quiche:- Spread the onions
over the prepared crust. Layer on the broccoli and cauliflower, the sausage and
then ¾ of the cheese. Carefully pour the egg mixture over all and  sprinkle
with the rest of the cheese.

As a precaution, stand the pie dish on a
large rimmed baking sheet in case the filling boils over!
Bake in a preheated 350º oven for 50-60
minutes or until set. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 6 hungry people J

We had a super Team Gathering with 14
people attending. The music, led by Emmanuel, Kelvin, Donna, KC, Miriam and Miguel
was outstanding! Everyone very much enjoyed the Taizé Bible Study and
Discussion, plus the prayers, read aloud by Donna from small Taizé boards, just
like the larger ones we used at this year’s Retreat.

The evening was certainly a real blessing
to me and I trust also to all who were present! We shared, together in great
food, community fellowship and meaningful worship.