Christmas week is nearly over and it is
hard to believe that it I will soon no longer be writing “2017” at the top of
this blog!
Christmas Eve was a lovely mix of calm and
frenetic! After a peaceful, reflective morning church the Brady family came to
visit in the afternoon, my godson, Tighe was really happy when he opened his
Thneed and insisted on wearing it when they were leaving 😊
That night we had a ton of snow so it was
actually a good thing I had set my alarm for an early start  Christmas
morning because, after popping the Pear and Raspberry French Toast in the oven
I headed out and had the front path and driveway shovelled out by 8am!
At 830am Alexander and Sarah arrived for
Christmas Breakfast, Alexander carrying a shovel with which, after our leisurely
meal, he cleared the back path while Sarah and I washed the dishes. Then they
were off to other family events while I settled in for a day alternating
between rounds of shovelling and quiet times to sit cosily with my furries,
thankful for a warm home and kind friends.
By the Feast of St. Stephen Québec was in
the grip of an Arctic cold front that is STILL hanging on, meaning that, with
windchill, most days the temperature has been around -30º. Since that day I
have also been going each morning to feed a friends cats and even though it is
only a few blocks away Wil and I have been glad to spend a little time visiting
the kitties in order to thaw out before returning home. Thankfully my friend
came home last evening so at least our short walks can now just be to the
grocery store and back!
All week I’ve managed to fit in some bits of Day
Camp work, as I just miss that world too much if I totally ignore its
charms for more than a day or so 
 😊 
As is my annual custom I took time to make
the big Menu Chart for the Day Camp Team Retreat. And was able to feel just a
bit warmer while pondering dishes best suited to a hungry crowd of young people
on hot July days!
I also spent a couple of afternoons making
a birthday dress for Seren and am pleased with the result; I just hope she will like it too 
😊
Thursday afternoon Victoria drove down from
Ottawa with her three boys so I was able to give my other 3 Godsons their gifts
in person. Considering small boys are not usually too keen on receiving
clothing the older too were really pleased with the cosy hoodie and sweatshirt
I had made, immediately putting them on and wearing them home, while even 2
year old Andrew was eventually persuaded to open his gift, even though he
refused to wear it (sigh).
Today has been another “Bake & Blog” including an order for a pie for a friend’s family dinner, my weekly gluten-free
order for Sue and some cinnamon buns because I couldn’t let Christmas go by
without cinnamon buns!
The next couple of weeks are filled with a
host of different events, including next Saturday’s Epiphany Team Gathering, Jillian’s Wedding,on the13th of January and our thrice-yearly Praise & Thanksgiving Gathering on the14th!
 I’m really relishing these last couple of
days of peace and quiet 
 😊 and
will be sad to begin the Changing of the Decorations during the coming week.
Well the last of the baking is about to
come out of the oven but before I run we need a recipe.
Last evening I enjoyed a supper of Salmon
with Potatoes and Red Onions…
Salmon & Red Potatoes

4 salmon filets
2 red onions
1 Tbsp. olive oil
6 medium red potatoes
1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp. dried thyme
Peel and quarter the onions and cut the
potatoes into eighths. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and
brown the onions for 5 minutes. Add the potatoes, broth and half the thyme,
bring to the boil, cover and reduce the heat to a simmer for approx. 20 minutes,
or until the potatoes are just tender. Season the salmon pieces with pepper and
salt and nestle between the vegetables in the pan, sprinkle with the rest of
the thyme, cover and steam for about 8 minutes or until the fish is opaque.

Serves 4.