Although tomorrow is Christ the King Sunday and we still have one more week left in the old Liturgical Year before the start of Advent it seems fitting to publish this post under the new Advent/Christmas Banner, purists, please excuse this faux pas…

   Well it turns out that the “Changing of the
Decorations” is (just!!) done and also that my Godmotherly assistance is
required again tomorrow afternoon so I’m trying to at least make a start on
this post even though it is 5pm on Saturday afternoon and the oven is full of
Stöllen loaves and dinner still needs to be cooked. AGH!!!
But truly the work of changing the
decorations went pretty smoothly. For one thing Jillian’s school was holding
parent/teacher interviews this week and so Thursday she took both a packed
lunch and dinner and yesterday she did  manage to make it home for lunch but was off to a staff party for dinner. All this to say I have had a couple of
long days in which to get the job done and today required only a few last minute
details so I’ve had time to bake as well.
Last evening Matthew Brotherwood joined me
for dinner as he was on his own while his mum and dad enjoyed an early
anniversary get away at their cabin but I was able to pull together a quick
supper of fishcakes and salad, which we both enjoyed.
I’ve just found out that Victoria, the 3
boys and Guylaine will all be with me for supper tomorrow so it is a VERY good
thing that the house is all in order. I had planned to make a big pot of leek and potato soup tomorrow for my own dinner so, with some extra cheeses and crackers, I think that will be great for the 6 of us 😊
One of my favourite Advent Carols is
“People Look East” and as I dashed around today I was remind of the line
about “trim the hearth and set the table” most appropriate around here
There has been plenty of morning time this
week to get on with the work of Day Camps and Monday evening was our monthly
committee meeting at which we made more good progress on plans for the 2018
The kind committee members have been
inundating me with more albums to listen to as I continue the quest for the
perfect Liturgical 
Dance music. I still have not found it but
I’m sure listening to LOT of Advent and Christmas music, both traditional and
The photos of the house are not the best
since it has been pitch dark and rainy all day today. I had hoped for better as the forecast was “scattered showers” thus Wil and I got pretty wet on our
morning walk as I had not dressed for the deluge to which we were treated while
still far from home. 😧
I think this post will need to be heavy on
pictures and light on content since the timer is already ringing to say the
loaves are baked but before I move on to tackling dinner prep we still need a
recipe. I’ll go with something super simple. I made a batch of this yesterday
and it is very yummy makes good Christmas gifts too!
Peppermint Chocolate Bark
200grams bittersweet chocolate
2 cups chocolate puffed quinoa cereal
6 oz. crushed peppermint candy canes
Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and
melt over simmering water. Line a 9×12 cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using
a hammer or rolling pin, crush the candy canes into small bits between two
sheets of parchment paper.
Once the chocolate is melted, stir in the
puffed quinoa. Using a wide spatula spread the chocolate mixture in the
prepared pan making a thin layer approx. 1/8”” thick. Sprinkle the
crushed candy evenly over the top. Lay a sheet of parchment over the bark and
gently press the candy into the surface.

Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes or until
firm then break into pieces. Keeps for 1 week in an airtight container at room
temperature, or can be frozen.