Friends and Happy Saturday! Who’s ready for the weekend? As you read
this, I am at the district Wesleyan Youth Winter Retreat slinging hash
for anywhere between 120 and 150 kids. This is my third year as the
cook, and I love filling their bellies with great food to prepare them
for days full of outdoor activities and evenings of worship. The sleep
deprivation? I don’t necessarily look forward to that very much, but
it’s one weekend a year and I can still manage it!
My dad sent me this astounding video of an amazing and totally extra+ordinary musical couple. I challenge you not to smile while watching this.
Have a look at this alpaca.
It looks like me when I wake up. Every time I caught a glimpse of
myself in the mirror this week I thought of this critter and grinned.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOG THIS WEEK:
- These Best Sourdough Soft Pretzels
are my soul food. Chewy but yielding sourdough soft pretzels,
generously brushed with butter, and topped with black and white sesame
seeds, and coarse pretzel salt, these things are the stuff of my dreams.
- This Cheeseburger Bombs Baked Bean Skillet
is admittedly a touch over the top, but in the best possible way. We’re
talking about deliciously fluffy rolls baked around tender meatballs
and melted Cheddar cheese surrounding a well of barbecue baked beans.
Like I said, too-too, but so good.
THINGS I LOVE:
This all-natural, no-weird-stuff, Stevia-sweetened Zero calorie ginger root beer: Guys.
I love fizzy drinks. I just do. I also know that most soda is perfectly
awful for me so I don’t usually drink it. But this Zevia Ginger Root
Beer scratches that itch quite nicely with none of the nasty side
effects. Bonus: it also lacks food colouring and artificial flavours.
This Kombucha starter kit: Speaking
of fizzy drinks, while Zevia is merely not bad for you, kombucha is
arguably GREAT for you. It’s a fizzy probiotic drink that I love and
drink daily. You may have seen it for $3.00 a bottle at the store which
makes it pretty cost prohibitive to purchase. Thankfully, you can make
it for about $3.00 a GALLON at home and it’s easy, if odd, to make. The
kit here is the one I used to start my kombucha project last year and
it’s still going strong. You’ll still need to get a jar to brew it in,
and bottles to do the second fermentation in, but otherwise it’s all
BOOKS ON MY NIGHTSTAND:
The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf: This
riveting tale came highly recommended by my two eldest sons. It tells a
wise old grandfather who has lived all his life in a house with a
visible anomaly. It takes one chilling turn after another, as the
grandfather tells it, with his audience listening horrified. Featuring a
cruelly overbearing lord of the manor, oppressed villagers, a spirited
young woman, a mysterious stranger, and, last but not least, the black
spider. Get this book!
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Did you ever go to camps or retreats as a kid? If you did, what’s your fondest memory of it?
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
-- Mark Twain