Monthly Archives: October 2011

Thanksgiving and Hospitality

There are two times in the year when visiting extended family is considered important: Christmas and Thanksgiving.  We think of having our family over for such occasions as being hospitable.  But how many people do we have to have over to be hospitable?  Is 5 enough?  Or should it be twice as many people as you normally have at home?  Can it be immediate family, or must it be strangers?

What is real hospitality?  A good definition of hospitality is “cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and spiritual refreshment with those whom God brings into my life.”  So, whether we have 73 people over, or only a few, the important thing is sharing what you have with those whom God brings into our lives.

Set up for 72

We had 73 people over the Friday before Thanksgiving, and then had all the Sherbrooke Gideons and their wives (about 15 people) over for an honorary supper on Thanksgiving Day.

But what would it be to have company without there being some kind of disaster?  The one I remember best is the turkey disaster.

cleaning up the disaster

The turkey decided it was tired of sitting in a pan of boiling liquid, so when I pulled it part way out of the oven, it promptly released that liquid all over the oven door, the floor and my feet, which happened to be under me as I was removing the turkey.  I am very grateful for Elizabeth and Jonathan who willingly helped clean up the mess.  Overall, however, the preparation went very well, and we had the opportunity of meeting a few new people.

The room was full starting on the deserts

Although almost all the leaves have fallen now, we did had some beautiful autumn weather this year.  Thanksgiving Friday was one such day so, as I was outside waiting for people to arrive, I thought I would take advantage of it to take some pictures of what remained of the beautiful autumn foliage.

Fall leaves

colourful maple leaves

1 Peter 4:9-10 “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

Cookie Dough

   Chocolate chip, peanut butter, maple crunch, oatmeal…

      Big batches, little batches…

         Drop cookies, rolled cookies…

   What kind of cookie dough is your favourite?

   I can tell you what Sarah’s favourite kind was today, but it probably isn’t what you would expect.

   Mommy and I went out to get this cookie dough early this morning. I know, that sounds rather odd considering we are known for our homemade cookies and have been heard to condemn other cookies, but it was, nevertheless, the case this time. We are hoping for great sucess with this cookie dough.  We have never tried it before, but we have tried other things similar, so I think we can expect decent results.

   When we brought the box into the house, there was a general rush to the entry. Everyone wanted to have a look at this cookie dough. A lot of comments circulated quickly. Upon putting our “parcel” down, there was some discussion about keeping it out of the reach of Caramel (our cat) since he could potentially do some damage were we to leave it around. We think this cookie dough may last quite a while, so we have to find a good place to keep it.

   But now you want to know just what kind of cookie dough brought such excitement to our home today. Well, it is brown, but then most cookie doughs are, so that doesn’t tell you much. It doesn’t contain chocolate chips or even any cocoa. (I suspect I just lost a few interested boys.) It isn’t a highly uniform colour and would probably be described as slightly stripy, but it couldn’t be called swirly. There are no fruits or nuts in it; it is not an oatmeal cookie dough; it isn’t even made with flour.  In fact, I think I would dare to say that it is a rather unusual kind of cookie dough.

   Sarah, especially, was excited about this cookie dough, so perhaps I should put on a picture of her enjoying it…

enjoying Cookie Dough cute kitty playing with Cookie Dough

   So, in the end, the best place for “storing” this special kind of Cookie Dough is the barn. In fact, that is actually why Daddy allowed us to get him. With the soon to arrive cow, we expect an increase of the mouse population in the barn and hope Cookie Dough will help to exterminate these unwanted intruders.

   Here he is in his new bedroom…


enjoying playing in the straw pounce! mighty hunter

I'll get it yet!

Sweet Cookie Dough!