School started Monday, Sunday School resumes today, Rev. Barnes starts a new sermon series today, it’s a potluck Sunday… all that good Fall stuff is settling into place. Oh sure the weather still acts like Summer but I’m ok with that.
#4 loves his new school. The other boys in his class (there’s 5 of them) have kind of absorbed him right into the mix, and he remarked on how cool they all are…cool like him. There’s no beefy popular jock types, they’ve all moved on to the public schools where there’s extracurricular sports. He said there’s only one girl with an attitude (you know, that 6th grade “boys are scum” thing, all rolling eyes and derision), but she’s like that with everyone so he’s not bothered by it. He wants to have a pizza/gaming party (just boys) later in the Fall. Maybe now the game room will get used for the purpose it was intended. There’s been a couple of boys-only parties already, and even before school started he was invited…whatdayaknow!
We’ve not been attending Sunday School during the Summer. Either #4 was gone wih grandparents, or Terry was working an I hate going alone, or I was out of town…whatever. Maintaining continuity was too difficult. However, now it’s tme to get back into the swing of it. Of getting ready and going at 9:30, having the Bibles in a stack on the table, crockpot filled with White Trash Chicken for the potluck, all the ducks in a row…I love that feeling of being ready.
At the beginning of Summer, the Good Reverend wrapped up his 93 (Wot!?) part series on the book of Numbers…yeah, 93 part. That means for the past 93 weeks+/- (that works out to 2 years, people) he’d been preaching on Numbers which sometimes he had to really stretch to find a sermon in there and sometimes he’d kinda skip over some of the verses…y’know…the Zelophaseth begat Zerubabeth, Jehorsephor and Bilbo, who begat..blah de blah until he came to something he could expound on. Anyway Numbers is over. The last sermon he preached from there, he started it by saying “Y’know, you’re going to hear me read the verses, then when I start preaching you’re going to say ‘duh…I could tell you that’ so if I see you doodling on paper I am going to assume you’re deeply engaged in what I am saying and taking notes. It’s better for my self esteem that way.” But now it’s a new day and he’s going to spend the next (however long) series on a book of the New Testament. I don’t know which one. It might be Titus, and take a month, or it might be John, and take a year or more. Whichever, it will be interesting because if a man can take Numbers and make it interesting he can surely do it with Titus (or whatever).
AND it’s 4th Sunday! Which means Potluck Dinner! The church congregation is divided into 4 groups, with one meeting each sunday for a potluck dinner. It’s called CFM (Christian Fellowship Ministries) but everyone just calls it (whatever) Sunday. Now that the students are back in town, we have to cook a little more, because students are invited without the expectation that they’ll bring food. I’m making crockpot White Trash Chicken and #4 made a Dump Cake. Through the summer I just brought deviled eggs but now it’s time to step up to the plate and make some effort. I love the potluck dinners, because there’s something about eating with people that is *more* something. I don’t know what, but when you eat with someone there’s a step up in the relationship. Anyway, it’s a good thing.
Crockpot White Trash Chicken
4 cups chicken broth
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups rice (I like brown rice, but white is fine, too)
3 pounds chicken thighs, skinned, de-boned and cut into bite sized chunks
1 tablespoon dried tarragon (or oregano, or Italian Herb Blend…or whatever herbs you like)
The Night Before:
Mix together the chicken broth and cream of X soup in a big crock pot. Stir in the rice. Put the chicken on top (the liquid will cover it) and sprinkle the tarragon and black pepper on top of that. Set the crockpot on low, and let it cook through the night. The next morning, turn it down to ‘warm’ and then serve it after church…OR
you could make it in the morning, and have it for supper that night.
#4’s Dump Cake
1 can cherry pie filling
1 can crushed pineapple in juice
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter
1 cup chopped nuts
Grease a 9×13 pan
Dump the fruit into the pan and mix it together. Top with the cake mix, spread so it’s even. Cut the butter into bits and sprinkle evenly over the cake mix. Sprinkle the nuts on top of the butter/cake. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour, until golden brown and bubbly.
#4 says it’s better to make it the night before, because it actually tastes better if it sits for a while before serving it.