Ya Just Gotta Laugh

23 Mar

So it’s been a full couple of days here in Michigan. Bre and I promptly rolled out of our beds on Tuesday morning to get ready for our first full day here in the Northwoods. We needed to start breakfast for about 40+ people and be at the morning leader’s meeting by 8:00 AM. It was a beautiful day and I was expecting it to be great! And it was a great day. Bre and I kept busy in the kitchen for most of the morning, afternoon, and evening. We spent some time talking, laughing, experimenting, and just doing our best. There were a few glitches in our day and some interesting experiences like……

1. Attempting to make a muffin recipe we’ve never tried before and let’s just say something went terribly wrong. After two miserable attempts, we just gave up and decided NO MUFFINS TODAY! 🙂

2. The ingredients that the kitchen was going to be stocked up on wasn’t. No biggie. We would just fudge around with our original menu. We took it all in stride. Instead of chocolate chip cookies, we decided to make sugar cookies. The cookies were already baking in the oven when I began making the frosting. It was time to add the powdered sugar but guess what?!  I opened the box and low and behold, there were dead flies in the box! That’s right – dead flies! Oh no! Now, what?! I searched high and low – could I found a new box?! Of course not. Thank the Lord, Bre came to the rescue! We found extra powdered sugar (sealed and fresh) and after having a slight panicked moment from my end – the cookies were pretty scrumptious and even got a few cheers! 🙂

3. Have you ever noticed that when you don’t have a certain ingredient every recipe calls for just that?! We needed brown sugar but didn’t have any. That’s okay. Molasses to the rescue and it worked! Homemade brown sugar = a scrumptious, tart cherry cobbler. (Thanks mom for the tip!)

4. One thing I quickly learned from being here the first day is that I don’t need to walk around the 3.7 mile lake to stay trim. HAHA!  I’ll just keep running back and forth between both kitchens grabbing ingredients, pots, and pans.

5. Accidentally peeling too many potatoes for dinner – like about 40 lbs! So now we have an overload of mashed potatoes – hmmm, maybe this calls for homemade potato pancakes tomorrow. Peeling and quartering so many potatoes made me feel like I was in the army on kitchen duty or something…haha!

The first evening we were here, a stomach virus just swept thru in a horrific way. About 25 girls caught it and it was a most miserable night and evening. Being in severe pain and discomfort, we were begging God to heal us quickly. Many of our families and friends brought us before the throne and I believe the Lord heard our cries and blessed us with a miracle. In less than 24 hours, we were much better. Today, our stomachs and bodies were a bit weak but everyone had a lighter touch to their step and a pleasant smile across their face. Praise God for His healing power!

There were a few other things that probably could have put a few grey hairs on this head of mine but it’s been a  good couple of days! Maybe the rest of this week will be a bit less dramatic but even if it’s not – hey, you just gotta laugh and roll with the punches sometimes! 🙂

P.S. I’ll have to upload pics at another time. The internet connection is a bit too slow.

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3 Responses to “Ya Just Gotta Laugh”

  1. Allen P. March 26, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    So, how about the “relaxed” part, eh? Actually, your cooking experiences don’t differ too much from our home kitchen… But at least we can just run out to Wal*Mart or Aldi!

  2. April Olivia March 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm #

    Sounds like you are having a ton of fun!!! It must be beautiful up there now, have you relaxed at all?!

  3. Rachel Patton April 8, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    Dear Sara,
    THANK YOU so much for coming up to the Northwoods to cook during the whole week to feed us all! We all appreciated it for sure! 🙂
    I enjoyed getting to meet you in person and letting you know that I am here watching you through the computer screen!
    I hope that you have a great time while you’re at home. Enjoy every minute, as I’m sure you will!
    Rachel (from the March Journey)

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