I love apple strudel!Didn't know it would have its own day. It's also Flip-Flop Day. Really not flip-flop weather.At least not at the moment. It might get up to 67. It just hit 60. Although, I did know some people in college who would wear flip-flops or sandals in 35 degree weather.That's kind of crazy. Yesterday was Fudge Day, and the day before that was a total lunar eclipse.
These are more of that raccoon from the Japanese garden at Bloedel Reserve.
And, this is the start of a trail that's right after the Japanese garden.
Made this Tuesday night. It's Caldo de Albondigas, or Mexican Meatball Soup. Really flavorful and tasty. Last meatballs I made were a bit bland.So, it was interesting that most of the flavor in this one came from them. Used asparagus instead of zucchini. I hate zucchini.Also, used canned roasted red sweet bell peppers instead of pimiento. So good!I'll definitely have to make it again!Sorry that it's a bit blurry. But, at least you can see how colorful it was.
Our congregation had its annual meeting on Wednesday. Sounded like things are going pretty well. I like that we have 3 or 4 groups who rent the building. Helps with the congregation's finances. And, feels like we're helping others out as well.I think the only problem was membership, and trying to attract more people.
I thought about this a while ago, that I should look up fundraising/social event ideas that might help with money and bring new people. (And would be fun.) So, I did on Thursday. Really interesting stuff on the URJ (The Union for Reform Judaism) site. They have a huge search engine for events other temples have held.
One of the ideas I liked was a cafe Shabbat where they have bagels, coffee, and a choice of Shabbat-like activities before or after services. Those events were a drumming circle, yoga, Israeli dancing, Jewish food and cooking, discussions, etc. They provided newspapers, board games, and schmoozed. Another was a Jewish Heritage day. Another, a Havdalah craft workshop, where after they make the Havdalah stuff, families provide their own dinners. (Probably could do a potluck.) Then, the children hear stories and sing songs. The adults discuss Havdalah with the Rabbi, then they rejoin for a Havdalah service. Another big one was a pet blessing and Havdalah service. I doubt our congregation would be ok with it, but I think it would be nice. I might look a little more and run this by the president or somebody else on the board. They're just suggestions.
Just before the meeting, we sat down at one of the tables. Almost as soon as we did, 2 people we know well, got up and gave us a bunch of food. It was very nice. It was most likely because of Mom's condition. But, still sweet.After the meeting, I got into a fun and somewhat intense conversation about Japanese and anime with another member from the congregation. It's cool that he's into the same stuff.Although, it's kind of funny that he knows more of the really old anime shows, and I know much more about the new stuff. I mentioned Cowboy Bebop was one of the first anime shows I watched. Well, with knowing that it was anime. Speed Racer and Astro Boy were probably my firsts. I thought for a very long time that they were 'American'.So sad. Anyways, he knew about Cowboy Bebop and liked it too. He didn't know about Trigun, which I watched at the same time. (That one's older, I think.) Very interesting though. He wants to show me an old series at some point. Don't know if that will actually happen.
Dusted a lot yesterday. The only thing that creeps me out when I'm dusting, is if there's a spider in one of those areas.But, it wasn't too bad. Things look better in the kitchen, and are starting to look good in the dining room. Got about halfway through that.
Yesterday, I looked through both a chicken and a beef cookbook. There's like a million recipes for pot roast. Crazy!Here's some of the chicken recipes: scalloped chicken and potatoes, fruited chicken breasts, chicken dijon. Here's some of the beef ones: fresh brisket with kraut, Bavarian supper, applesauce-beef loaf, meatballs with biscuit topper. Sounds so good!I'll look at another cookbook today. Feels nice to get back into it.
I've decided that after I finish fixing Tzvi and post him, I won't work on/post Antonio. He looks pretty bad, and I think I can do better later on.I'll just have to start another sheet of ocs. That sounds good to me. I think I'm almost done drawing a full body of Max. I was messing with the folds of his clothes. I'm not used to doing that, so it was good practice.I think he came out ok.
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