Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Preparing Supper for the Kiev Symphony Orchestra Concert

Yesterday I went out to the garden bright and early and cut Swiss Chard.

Kathy invited us to help make dinner for the Kiev Symphony Orchestra when they'll be putting on a concert in Chilliwack on September 9.

We decided to do the preparation of the Swiss Chard Rolls and the Apple Pies in advance which makes the day of the concert free to make buns and cut potatoes and bake the pies and the swiss chard rolls. 

There were onions to peel and chop.

Bowls and bowls of meat to mix up.

There was plenty of chatter and lots of happy encouragement all around.

Kathy is a fantastic organizer!!

We rolled up meat into those leaves lickety split and then stored them in the freezer.

Kathy will go and put them in freezer bags.

We mixed up large batches of pastry to make pies.

I doubled the flour but not the lard and yet we kept smiling and somehow made it all work out okay.
It happens!!
Lots of chatter... not enough concentration...
or something like that.

The apple peelers were busy getting the 25 pounds of apples peeled and cut up.

Do you all have apple peelers like this?
We all brought ours and those apples were ready for the pies in minutes.

 Easy peasy! 

We rolled out the pastry and the pies were crimped and glazed.

We started at 9:30 and by 12:30 we were at Kathy's enjoying a beautiful salad lunch!

It was a good day.

all for now...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

bring the colour party

There was a party on Sunday to catch up on the July birthday parties.

 At least part of the success was relying on the guests bringing their bright and beautiful imaginations with them.

 At least part of the success was relying on the guests bringing their bright and beautiful imaginations with them.

Lanterns...streamers and balloons...

and take home bags...
all white.

Even the dessert tray waited for white.

White  shirts and white canvases...

and then the colour brought it all alive.

Painters tape was applied first by adults while the little ones gave direction on where to tape off the canvas.

Some  painted in patterns .....
some with primary colours...

and some creating a watercolor effect.

After paint was applied...
there were stamping and other techniques  added and then the colour was left to dry.

Once the tape was removed...
their colour canvas was revealed and all were beautiful.

There was entertainment of course.

Walking on hands is always preferable.

Little brother learning from his big brother.

Lots of smiles and lots of fun!

After everyone had finished their artwork...
the white dessert was brought for a touch of colour.

Some sparklers...

and candles...
and the July birthday kids were ready to blow out candles.

Everyone got their chance to bring art to their cupcakes and then enjoyed eating their edible art.

We always enjoy the creativity of this mama.
Her beauty extended to others.

all for now...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Food Friends Fishing

We are home from a week and a half of enjoying rest and relaxation at Manning Park.
I've taken you there before and this time I didn't even bother much with photography except for a few phone photos I'll share with you.

We started last week with three great days with Scot and Kathy.

There is always sure to be an abundance of delicious food when we share the table with our friends.

Scot had his egg cooking up pulled pork.  We made pizza's together to put on the grill.  Marinated steak, beets and fettucini rounded out our dinners together.

I kept feeling we should do a proper hike but instead enjoyed daily walks around the beautiful lakes.

Once they left for the rest of their vacation...
he enjoyed a lot of fishing.

Most days...
he fried me up an appetizer before dinner.

Most evenings...
we enjoyed our dinner in the evening..
and then read until our eyes got heavy.

I'm not even going to pretend I did anything resourceful while he fished.
I would force myself to put down the kindle and go for a walk to see how the fishing was that day...
and then come back to the campsite and take up my books.

Our days were fully restful.
There is no cell service there and after a few days..
we begin to unwind.

Our mornings were lazy and breakfast leisurely and time spent together praying for the many people we love with no need to hurry was just wonderful.

I think I'm pretty much caught up on emails...
bills and what has happened in the world in the last nine days.

My washing machine is working hard and my garden needs some serious tending.

Thank you dear friends for stopping by.

all for now..