Many
thanks to those of you who have commented on the new blog format. I’m hoping to
improve the banner photo placement in the near future as I’ve invited a
computer guru to visit next week, we’ll see if she can help 😊
 
Business is looking up in the Day Camp world. Several communities have
contacted the office about bookings and slowly the schedule is beginning to be
filled in. Over the next week couple of weeks another round of messages will go
out to host locations, reminding them to send in forms ASAP since it is SO
difficult to put together a plan for each Team until we have some idea which
areas of the country we will be visiting this summer!
 
Meanwhile I’m moving ahead with all the Day Camp related things that are
in my control- like menus for the Training Retreat Week & Supply Lists for
Teams and host Communities (not finished yet because the Scrambler content for
the Program Manual has not yet been submitted, Sigh 😔
). Ideas for Team medallions (or crosses) are also floating around
in my head, but nothing has really come together yet.

We also now have a FINAL version of the
2017 Logo, YAY!! And Jillian is busy creating a promotional bookmark for
handing out at publicity visits to churches and youth groups.
  Yesterday
the CTM Communications director came over to transfer my phone from a rather
elderly Android to an iPhone, which was given to me   several months ago by a generous friend. I
still haven’t figured out exactly how to send a text message but I’m sure some
helpful teenager can instruct me Sunday evening when we meet for Crossroads!
This is shaping up to be a busy CTM weekend-today I’m baking refreshments for
the Board meeting, taking place tomorrow afternoon and also making a cake for
dessert at the Day Camp Committee Meeting coming up on Monday. In between, as
mentioned, there is also Crossroads on Sunday evening, very busy, but a good
kind of busy!
 
Afternoons have been filled with lots of small projects like mending
jobs for a couple of friends, some beading of a necklace and bracelet (the kit
was a recent gift) and very enjoyable knitting on a wool and silk cowl I’m
making for a good friend’s February birthday. I even was asked to paint a
watercolour of a figurine belonging to the granddaughter of a friend. Quite a
varied week!
 
Well before I start mixing various doughs and batters it is time for a
new recipe!
On a recent evening I made a pot of Thai
Chicken Soup, good winter fare. Enjoy!
Thai Chicken Soup

1 boneless chicken breast

1 onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves minced garlic
1 red pepper, chopped
1 tsp. olive oil
½ tsp. each dried chillies and ground
ginger
1 tin coconut milk
1 litre chicken broth
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsps. Thai Fish Sauce
1 fresh lime
8oz. Udon or Rice Stick Noodles, cooked
In a large pot, sauté the onion, garlic, red
pepper, chillies and ginger in the oil, just until softened, add the chicken
stock and coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Cut the chicken into bite-sized
cubes and add to the pot. Cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Add the fish
sauce and limejuice. Remove from the heat and garnish with cilantro.
Place a helping of cooked noodles in each
bowl and fill with soup.

Serves 4