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Sunday, June 7, 2009

2009 Young Women's Camp

This past week, my daughter and I were privileged to be able to go to Young Women's camp with our church girls. I can't believe it, but my daughter is actually old enough to be one of the ADULT leaders! We had a great time. We were both in charge of crafts. We made all kinds of neat things--key chains, journals, and the girl's favorite--duct tape flowers.

Here is our home away from home. We spent 5 days and 4 nights in this tent. It was actually really nice sleeping outside. It did get a little chilly the last night, though, because we had gotten a HUGE rain storm the day before, which cooled things off--from the mid 90's to the low 60's at night!

Even though we had only 36 girls to show up, we still had a very spiritually strong group of girls. These girls were from South Eastern Arkansas, North Eastern Louisiana, and Western Mississippi. They were troopers! As mentioned above, we had a big storm that came through, and several of the tents were flooded, and it really never got to the girls, they just kept on going. My daughter and I were among the lucky ones, we did not get much water at all in our tent.

The theme of the camp was Luke 1:37 "For with God nothing shall be impossible." We had a Hawaiian theme, which the girls really enjoyed.

We stayed at a Boy Scout Camp in Southern Arkansas. It was a really beautiful place. On our hike, we hiked between two of the three lakes that are there.
There were all kinds of activities--hiking, archery, canoeing, swimming, crafts, etc.

Thyme In The Garden Recipes

Here's a few of the great recipes we had at Thyme in the Garden:

Crusty Herb Rolls

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 T wheat germ
1 T chopped fresh rosemary (I have also used Thyme and it was yummy too)
1 t paprika

In the frozen food section, you can purchase prepared dough rolls. Take the frozen dough rolls and roll each in olive oil and then in the rosemary combination. Put onto a greased cookie sheet, and cover and let rise till double in size. Bake rolls at 350 till lightly brown. Everyone will think you slaved over these. Of course, if you really want to, you can make your own rolls, I just like the easy way out....

Oriental Dill Salad

2 pkg Ramen Noodles any flavor (do NOT cook)
1 lb cabbage finely chopped
1/3 cup red onion finely chopped
1 sweet red pepper finely chopped
1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
2 T dried dill
2 T fresh parsley (chopped)

Break up noodles and place in a large resealable plastic bag.
Add remainder of ingredients. Close bag and refrigerate.
Just before serving, add the following dressing:
3/4 to 1 cup oil
1/2 cup mild vinegar (rice wine or white wine)
1/2 cup sugar
seasoning packet from both noodle packages
toss salad and dressing in the bag
serves 8

Pecan Fudge Pie With Raspberry Sauce
1/2 cup butter
2 one oz squares unsweetened chocolate
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 t vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup chopped pecans toasted

melt butter and chocolate in small sauce pan over low heat stirring constantly. remove from heat.
beat eggs at medium speed with electric mixer for two minutes. gradually add sugar. beat until well blended. gradually add chocolate mixture, flour, vanilla and salt. beating until well blended.
stir in pecans, pour mixture in a lightly greased 9" pie plate. bake at 350 for 25 mins until center is firm.

Raspberry Sauce
3 T pure maple syrup
2 T sugar
1, 16 oz pkg frozen raspberries (do not thaw)

cook syrup and sugar over med heat stirring constantly until sugar dissolves.
add raspberries and cook, stirring constantly, for ten mins or until thick.
pour mixture through a fine wire mesh strainer. press with back of spoon to squeeze our sauce. discard solids.
top with Devinshire cream which is a mixture of a little bit of sour cream and a little bit of powered sugar.

The brownie part is just as good without the raspberry sauce, and is a very quick and easy dessert to make.