Here we are zooming towards Holy Week. It seems that Ash Wednesday was
only a few days ago and now I’m rushing towards Easter trying to complete the
second dozen Pysanky and thinking about decorating some special containers to
hold them for gift giving.

   
The week began with Monday evening’s Day Camp Committee meeting, at
which we tackled a wide variety of subjects, from the progress of our awesome
new Slideshow, to plans for the April Team Gathering and the Spring
Coffeehouse. It is always so good to actually be able to consult with others,
as so much of the Day Camps work is just myself hunched over a laptop! These
monthly meetings and the enthusiasm and dedication of the committee are such a
blessing.

  Tuesday started out with consultations
regarding the possibility of postponing the CTM AGM, scheduled for Sunday March
22nd.This entailed texts, emails, and calls, local and long distance. There
were a number of reasons for doing this but first we needed to make sure if the
By-laws allowed it-they do! So once the final decision had been made there
ensued many emails try and make sure all potential attendees were informed.

  
With all that behind us it was time to get to the pile of follow-up
suggestions and ideas from Monday’s meeting and to respond to a stack of emails
from across Canada regarding host churches. There was even one joyous message,
Thursday, confirming the return of a Team Member, YAY!

  
Back and forth in conversations with Arnee, the final edits of the
Program Manual are also coming together. So suddenly it seems Day Camps 2015 is
really beginning to take shape. At night I try very hard not to lie awake thinking
of the gazillion bits and pieces still needed to make that a reality and instead to hark back to our December Committee meeting
devotion when Sarah reminded us to embrace and learn from the “process” on the
way towards the conclusion. The Lord does teach us so much in “process” and we
so easily overlook those important lessons.

 
Next week the work of creating the Team crosses will begin, and this
year they will be made of fimo clay after several years of using other media.

 
Meanwhile Alexander’s Birthday Crown has been packaged up in an Origami
box, folded out of magazine pages and on Thursday evening a friend kindly drove
me to Fabricville where we carried out an exhaustive search for rainbow printed
fabric from which I will be making 12 little cinch bags for his party. I
finally settled on a green print with dogs, each of whom has a rainbow collar
or coat! Now I just have to sew 12 bags-AGH!!! Fortunately his party will take
place in mid-April after the birth of his newest little sibling. His actual
birthday is next Thursday and with the postponing of the AGM I was troubled as
to how to get his crown to him on time, however I was delighted to discover
that my former secretary Guylaine will be in town to celebrate her Mum’s
birthday and she and her husband are willing to stop by the house tomorrow
afternoon for a cup of tea and will take the parcel back to Ottawa. Whew!

   My
winter quilt is also slowly coming together. The wool quilt batt was delivered
last week and now I am tying it using a black crochet cotton after which there
will be the binding to sew on, also by hand. It would be nice to get it
completed and stored away so that I can move forward with more Seasonal
projects!

 
Today is a bake and blog day and despite the official arrival of Spring,
it is SNOWING, yet again! Someone is looking at me with sad puppy eyes wanting
his morning walk so before typing up this week’s recipe I think we will venture
out into the Winter Wonderland. Sigh………

      Back from an hour long expedition, I think there
is just time to get this published before lunch, after which “Baking” begins- 4
loaves of Rosemary Ciabatta (as tomorrow is my turn to provide lunch at church)
Lemon Raisin Chocolate Chip cookies (some of the batter will be packed up and
also transported to church where the children and I are going to bake some
fresh cookies for the lunch, since tomorrow’s story is about Zaccheus inviting
Jesus home to his house and surely he provided fresh cookies!!!)

At the committee meeting everyone seemed to
really enjoy the Sloppy Joes and Spinach Salad so it was decided that I should
offer the recipe!

                                         Sloppy
Joes & Spinach Salad

Filling: –

3 Tbsps. olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 green pepper, diced

3 lbs. lean ground beef

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. cayenne

½ tsp. paprika

½ tsp. chilli powder

2 tsps. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. hot sauce

½ tsp. dried basil

1-cup corn kernels

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 ¼ cups ketchup

8 large soft rolls

In a large pot set over low heat, sweat the
onion, green pepper, and spices in the olive oil for 10minutes. Remove to a
bowl and add the beef to the pot, breaking up all the lumps. Cook for 10 minutes
or until completely browned. Return the vegetable mixture to the pot with all
the other ingredients and simmer for 20minutes, stirring frequently. Serve over
split rolls with Spinach Salad.

 

Salad: –

1-pound baby spinach well washed!

 1
small red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup cooked black beans, well drained

¼ cup grated sharp cheddar

1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms

Dressing: –

1-cup vegetable oil

2 Tbsps. soy sauce

2 Tbsps. lemon juice

½ tsp. ground pepper

Place spinach in a large shallow serving
bowl and top with the other ingredients. Whisk the dressing together in a jug
and serve on the side. Serves 8. Filling also freezes well.