Ruby McBeth: Meet you at the seniors hall

On Monday, June 22, the seniors’ hall will have their first social day since early March. The doors open at 9 a.m. Bring your own lunch and your own mask. Coffee and water will be provided. Heather Bickford the secretary of the Seniors Association tells me there will be a general meeting that day. Bingo will start up on June 25. 

Heather, who is also secretary of the Seniors Games organization, has updated me on the sale of raffle tickets. We know, of course, that the games this year are cancelled; however, there are still tickets. Because of the COVID situation, the deadline for raffle sales is now early September. If you think you can help, please phone Heather at 250-785-4546. 

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Baking in COVID Times

As promised, here are my bread experiments. Most were from my trusty cook book The Bread Machine Magic Book of Helpful Hints by Linda Rehberg and Lois Conway.

One that has been a keeper is called Sweet Milk Bread. No eggs are required for this recipe. This is not a sweet bread, but rather an ordinary bread made with sweetened condensed milk. I had some of that on hand and did not know what to do with it. I adapted a raisin bread recipe using mincemeat instead of raisins and spices. That worked out well.

I also had rye flour that I didn’t use. This led to my trying the Applesauce Rye Bread from the same cook book. That was good for a change. I have a jar of Focaccia Bread Spices (Victorian Epicure), which I had only used as spices. I tried the bread recipe on the bottle and it worked well. This focaccia bread is quicker to make than other breads although it does not use the bread machine. No milk or eggs are required for the focaccia bread.

Jiggy Silent Place

Jiggy, an Irish band, has a great multicultural, multi-age, multitalented video for one of their songs.

This video takes you from Africa to Ireland to America; from cityscape to desert to chorus line to pub; and from oldsters to teens to a child. Enjoy!

Quote of the week

Frank Lloyd Wright, an architect who lived to the age of 91, once observed: “The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” Wright is not the only one to find this true. 

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