Despite a cold and blustery week, it
appears that spring has truly arrived and each day flowers and buds are popping
open all over the place!
     Last Monday I worked on the rectory garden
of the former Church of St. Columba, across the street from my house. The
rectory is up for sale and the Diocese asked if I could help to make it look a
bit more presentable!
    It
was cold work, even wearing a down jacket but it gave me a chance to mull over
the results of the previous afternoon’s AGM and be ready to dive into typing of
the Minutes, once I got home and thawed out.
     A
fair amount of time throughout the rest of the week has been spent following up
on the AGM since our new President, Nick Brotherwood, has needed various pieces of
information as he takes over the reins. It will be different to have my home
church pastor also my ”boss” but since Nick first came to Montreal as a
Travelling Team Member when Day Camps was in its infancy, and has been involved
with every Ministry of CTM at one time or another, he is certainly well
qualified to take on the job.
      A
couple more host church applications have arrived so that now we have 5 more
slots to fill on our schedule. This is a bit worrying but lots of people are
offering suggestions so each day I fire off more messages in the hopes of
finally getting positive results!
   Of
course there is also the pressing question of TEAM MEMBERS to address. One
young man has stepped forward who had loads of experience and will make a super
first time Team Leader, it was a happy day when that emailed hit my Inbox!
  And
so the pieces of the giant “jigsaw puzzle” slowly come together. Earlier this
afternoon when I checked the email Anna had sent along more photos from the
Signposts Slideshow, which she is creating. Here are some sneak peeks from the
“Healing of the Blind man” and the “Raising of Lazarus”, Days 3&4 of this
summer’s Program.


 During the coming week I shall be pulling
together some gigantic groceries lists and on Monday, May 9th, shall launch
into cooking and baking for our 2016 Retreat Week. Wow! It is coming
fast!!!


 
With touching up outdoor paint, gardening, and several meetings, there
has not been much time for crafting this week. I did spend one afternoon making
a quilted laptop cover as a birthday gift for a friend, and I finished
assembling and varnishing the earrings  for the Spring Coffeehouse,
which will be happening just one week from today!!!!!

   
 For that event I shall also need to do some
baking plus concoct three beverages, as the refreshments are my responsibility.
     Speaking of baking, one evening this week I made an unusual Middle
Eastern flatbread “pizza” for my dinner. It was quick to put together and tasty,
so I thought I’d close off with the recipe…
Flatbread “Pizza”

1 batch Naan Dough
8 oz. fresh baby spinach
1 cup Greek Yoghurt
½cup shredded unsweetened coconut
¼ cup sesame seeds
4 Tbsps. olive oil
Coarse salt and black pepper
In a small dry frying pan toast the sesame
seeds and coconut together until golden and fragrant, stir in salt and pepper
to taste. Set aside.
Divide the Naan dough into 4 pieces and
roll each one out to make a roughly shaped oval. Partially cook each piece in a
dry frying pan until the bottom is browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the
flatbreads to a large cookie sheet.
In a small bowl combine the Greek yoghurt
with 2 Tbsps. olive oil and a little salt. Spread evenly over the 4 flatbreads.
Top each with a generous handful of spinach, drizzle with olive oil and place
under a preheated broiler. Broil until the spinach is wilted and the top of the
bread is browned.
Sprinkle each pizza with 2-3 Tbsps. of the
coconut mixture and serve immediately.

Serves 4