MORE SNOW!!

     Thursday night and all day yesterday it
snowed and snowed so instead of sitting down first thing this morning to write
this post I was outside, for the second day in a row, manning (I refuse to say
“personing”, ridiculous word) the shovel, yet again.

 End
of rant.

Let us back track to the beginning of the
week (which, I seem to remember, also started with SNOW) and do a bit of a
recap of the sunny Summer world of Day Camps!

      The Program Manual chapters have featured throughout
the week as emails, large and small, have flown back and forth with questions,
additions, deletions, etc.

       An unfortunate glitch occurred early on
when it was discovered that the person writing/editing the Scrambler Afternoon
Program (SAP) had misread my original email and had simply proofed the 2013
version instead of reviewing and rewriting the one from Follow the Leader 2008.
AGH!! Panic.  After contacting her, only
to discover she was in the middle of exams, the lot has now fallen to me to do
the rewrite, as the submission is now 6 weeks behind schedule. Sigh.

      
One major goal for the week was to do a restructuring of the Workshops,
which I lead at the Retreat Week. Some time has been spent on that project and
I guess about 1/3 of the SAP has been tackled but, of course, there is all the
day to day correspondence to keep up with, especially when that involves
potential Host Churches!

         We
are excited at the prospect of collaborating with an Edmonton
Church on an outreach project to a First Nations community in Saskatchewan. This week’s discussions
seem to indicate that the project has the green light. WooHoo!

       
Besides hours and hours of shovelling, there has been time for making a
quilted laptop cover as a birthday gift for a friend, finishing knitting a pair
of super-cosy legwarmers, casting on 2 more baby hats, and starting a patchwork
Monk’s Bag for myself.

       Today
I welcomed to lunch, Guylaine (my former CTM secretary) and her husband Matthew
who had driven down from Ottawa to help out tomorrow at the Montreal Families
Camp Fair, at which our 2 Residential Camps host a booth. So this morning ended
up being devoted to more shovelling as well as lunch preparation.

     Part
way through the morning I rashly mentioned Guylaine’s name to Wil, who rushed
to the front door and sat there for half an hour waiting for his friend!

    
After lunch, as we visited, I was able to prep the Children@St.
Stephen’s craft activities for tomorrow cut out patchwork blocks and do some
knitting, a lovely way to spend part of the afternoon.

    This
week has also brought the sad news of the death of Mr. Geoffrey Cane, father of
Brett Cane (the founder of Day Camps). Mr. Cane was very elderly but the death
of one’s father is never easy to deal with, at whatever age it occurs. Brett
has flown to Montreal from his current home in Bristol UK. The funeral will
take place next Saturday at St. George’s Church, where he was a long-time Rector.
(More on this in next Saturday’s Post.)

      Due
to today’s guests, I did my baking yesterday so this evening I plan to make a
quick supper of Spaghetti with Tuna & Caper Sauce.

For today’s recipe I’m sharing last night’s dinner which was a very tasty Clam Casserole using this bread.

                                            Clam Casserole

1/3 cup melted butter                            



3 cups Anise Cornbread cubes
1 can clams,drained,with juice reserved
3/4 cup heavy
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
pinch cayenne
1/2 cup fresh parsley,chopped 


Grease a 6 cup souffle dish and set aside.
In a large bowl, toss the bread cubes with the melted butte and parsley. In a small bowl combine the cream.reserved clam juice, cayenne and nutmeg. Whisk together.
Place 1/3 of the bread mixture in the souffle dish.Add a half the clams, and repeat ending with bread cubes. Pour the cream mixture over all.
Bake for 45minutes in a preheated 350F oven.
Serves 3, easily doubled.