This has been the “in between” Week.


           The week began, with the final Day Camps Sunday Closing taking place in Moncton and with Teams arriving home on Sunday Monday and Tuesday, our 2012 Season has officially come to an end.

       And as it draws to a close, we see the start of our 2 Residential Youth Camps, Junior Youth Camp( JYC)-ages 8-12, and Senior Youth Camp( SYC)-ages 13-18.

     

 From Sunday to Thursday I was happy to billet Desirae and Josiah, from Edmonton. When Josiah arrived he presented me with this lovely bouquet, which is still flourishing and which I hope to paint before it fades. 

   


Monday I had a wonderful treat when mu dear friend Michelle ( a
former Team Member,Leader and Committee Member) came to visit with her 3
little ones. We ate muffins and drank juice and tea, I painted the
girls’ toenails and the hats I made ALL fitted

and seemed really
popular. 

Oh! it was a blessing to see all of them and to meet 2 year old
Alban for the first time! 


     

              Tuesday the Team Leaders’ Evaluation Meeting took place here from 3pm-6pm followed by dinner ( for 12!) and then a short Committee Meeting.

     It was unfortunate that only 2 of the Team Leaders were available to attend the whole meeting but 2 others came for most of it, and I was happy to present the Annual Chicken Awards to each Leader! 

         We all enjoyed a dinner of Fruited Chicken!!Salad followed by Chocolate Mousse with Whipped Cream and Raspberries.

          It is great that, as Emma steps down from the Committee to attend Bishop’s University 
( we will miss you Emma), 2 other former Team Leaders (Jan1ce and Jessica) join us!- Welcome J&J!!
         At our Committee meeting we had an excellent discussion about new ways to recruit Team Members and to advertise to host Churches. We also had a brief conversation around the 2013 Theme “Luke Street”.
        Jessica has offered to join me this coming Wednesday to unpack and reorganize the Team Supplies and “deconstruct” all the Leaders’ Binders.
     
         I shall also be spending much time this  week writing the Evaluation for each Team Member so that I can deliver as many as possible when I visit SYC to lead my Workshop, Friday,on Homemade Organic Peppermint Lip Balm. ( you can find the Recipe here

          Thursday  the Huyers (Directors of SYC) and Andrew, one of our Team Leaders who is staying on as Staff at SYC all arrived to stay the night.
       That evening we attended the Prayer and Praise Service. It was a wonderful evening of just that—Prayer&Praise!
      The Team Members offered the Day Camp Liturgical Dance for one last time, we sang our 2012 Theme Song, for one last time and Jessica had put together and amazing Slide Show which was appreciated  by all. Watch out as it will soon be appearing in the side bar of this Blog.
     We also heard reports and prayed for both SYC and JYC as well as Focus Weekend, which will be taking place over Labour Day Weekend.
         Yesterday and today I have been COOKING and serving all the meals for the SYC Staff Retreat. All those baked goods which were displayed on last week’s Post are now a thing of the past as nearly every crumb was gobbled up by the 23 hungry staff people!
It was great to have some kitchen help,today, as our SYC Speaker brought along her 2 daughters who will be Campers and Alison volunteered to give me a hand  with food prep which was  super!

       Wil had a very
good time hanging out with everyone at the Staff Retreat and sampling
all the crumbs and leftovers that came his way!!

     It was also lovely to spend a bit of time caring for my Godson William and to learn that I will also have the honour of being Godmother to his little brother Alexander Anthony.
 The Christening will take place in Ottawa at the end of September.
  Hmm, must start thinking about a cool Christening Gift????

           So as the week draws to a close, I’m able to sit quietly on this rainy Saturday Evening and give hearty thanks for a week full of so many blessings. 
        Tomorrow morning I shall be off to church with Michael and then, after lunch, he will be getting a lift to  Camp with the Hendersons. 
       Weather permitting, I’m hoping to tackle the rather long grass on the lawns and also to make a start on those 14 Team Evaluations!!!
         
I’ve had requests  for several recipes  served during the past week
but thought I would skip back to the Team Leaders’ Evaluation Dinner and
include the one for the Fruited Chicken Salad. (sorry, no photo, they descended upon it too fast!!)

So here is …….
                                           Fruited Chicken Salad
1/2 cup toasted almonds, halved
6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 small  head of Summer Cabbage  or Bokchoy, shredded
2 bananas
2 oranges
1/4 cup plain yoghurt
1/4cup mayonnaise or veganaise

1/4 snipped chives

Section the oragnes over a large bowl, reserving the juices. Slice bananas, diagonally, and add to the bowl with oranges and juice. Add yoghurt and mayonnaise and toss, gently.Add chicken nd bacon and toss again.
Make a bed of cabbage on a serving platter, arrange salad on top and sprinkle with chives and almonds.
Chill for 1-2 hours before serving.
Serves 4-6