I hope everyone had a marvellous weekend - I certainly did! Today is Victoria Day in Canada, a statutory holiday, and I also had Friday off so got to enjoy a much appreciated four day weekend - woohoo!
I hadn't made any plans for my day off yet, when I found out there were to be two funeral services at my church that day. So I went along and sang with choir for both. The second funeral was very hard, it was for a man my age who'd died suddenly in a tragic motorcycle accident. My own eyes filled a couple times watching the raw grief on his family's faces (the choir loft faces the congregation and of course, the family was in the front pews so were right in front of us). As always though, I was honoured to offer my voice and share in the choir's gift of music for this funeral. The morning funeral, however, was...well, fun! It was for an older man who'd lived several years beyond what the doctor's had given him (cancer) and the service truly was a celebration of his life. The singing was exuberant and the stories were joyful. His nephew did the story telling and he literally had everyone in stitches, including the man's widow. Valerie's reflections were also amusing and her prayers uplifting. It felt like everyone left with a light heart. In between the two funerals, I went up to my Mom's for lunch and had a wonderful visit with her.
Valerie and I took the girls shopping and then to a movie in the afternoon. M & K decided they wanted to see Ghosts of Girlfriends Past but Valerie and I were on a mission to see Star Trek!! ♥ And Star Trek did not disappoint. In Valerie's words, this latest movie "did the name Star Trek proud"! The casting was brilliant. Especially Chris Pine aka James Tiberius Kirk. I was skeptical at first, but his Kirk portrayal won me over! It was interesting to watch him grow into the character as the movie progressed, and acquiring the familiar Kirk mannerisms by the end. Karl Urban had Dr. McCoy nailed from start to finish. Really all the actors were fantastic and very successfully evoked the original characters. The movie was very well done, Valerie and I both thoroughly enjoyed it. No doubt the DVD will be out in time for Christmas (hint hint to my family...)
The weather gods had been messing with our heads all week. We were all planning to hang out for the day at Valerie's camper, if the weather cooperated, but things weren't looking good. I checked the forecast one more time Sunday morning and...ugh, still calling for rain. I immediately cut the weather gods out of my will and headed off to church, fully expecting Valerie to cancel our plans since her invitation had been for us to come down if the weather's decent. I would have gone anyway, but her camper, her call, I guess! Fortunately she came to her senses and said (basically) "to hell with the weather, come down anyway".
The girls and I zipped home after church to change into jeans, have lunch and gather up Dave. Plus I quickly made a cheesecake to bring along (which turned out way better than expected, considering how fast I threw it together, and the fact that I had to make a couple substitutions.)
Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
Basic crumb crust made from vanilla wafers [didn't have any, so I ground up some almonds, mixed with couple tbsps of butter and sugar and went with that]
5 oz semi-sweet chocolate [used a 100 g Lindt bitter chocolate bar, plus 2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate and a little extra sugar]
3 pkgs cream cheese
3/4 cup white sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 275F [or, in my case, cool down from 400F re pre-baking the crust]
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler
Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until smooth and light. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the melted chocolate and sour cream and blend well.
Pour into cooled crust and bake for 1 hour, 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the cake to cool in the oven. Chill. [Didn't have time to let cool in the oven or chill...hauled it out, put it in a box and it cooled in the car on the drive!]
Turned out remarkable well, all things considered...had a rather deep crack in the middle from improper cooling but hey, my cheesecakes never look good anyway, so nothing new with this one. It's all about the taste anyway, right?!
Here's our day in photos:
Two beautiful friends:
Our men-folk (beer and a campfire, life is good!)
Our daughters...part I:
Our daughters...part II:
M & K getting ready to go fishing:
What nice dads to bait the hooks:
Goofing around after fishing:
Cooking ribs over the fire...(no, we didn't just have meat, there were veggies too!)
Valerie's experiment gone awry when the wind blew up (of course I should have been passing the duct tape instead of pointing and laughing, but who could pass up this photo op?!):
No problem, umbrellas to the rescue (actually we only had one very short shower):
Sara disappearing into Valerie's coat:
Another stealth photo of Dave:
Oh look, it's Cigar-totin' Super-Priest!!:
Ok, supper's digested, time to roast some hotdogs:
No clue what Mark's staring at so intently (maybe he's having a vision?!):
The girls curled up in the camper, where it was warm and dry, because they had gotten soaked to the bone while fishing (M literally poured water out of her boots!):
The end of an awesome day ♥: