February once again brings out the Pannekoeken at Calvin : )
Pannekoken - Defenition = A form of Dutch pancake, being thin and wide and optionally made with apples or a variety of other ingredients.
After a 2-year break thanks to COVID, we are BACK!
This year we raised funds for 7 of us going on a Spring Break Mission Trip (a.k.a Learning Opportunity)with Calvary CRC to Plymouth North Carolina, as well as to bolster our Refugee Fund as we are expecting them to arrive soon.
Those going on the Learning Opportunity from Calvin are:
So, this past Friday night we gathered together to prepare our fruit salad.
Lots of chopping.
Hi Ryne : )
The end result
And then some : )
This year I decided, hey, "why get up so early in the morning on Saturday to set up? Why not do it on the Friday night?" So that's what we did.
And before you knew it, it was Saturday morning.
We arrived at 6:45 a.m.
Lennea is hard at work filling the margarine containers and Jam containers for the tables.
The rest of the crew is in the kitchen.
It was interesting....I simply yelled, "smile" and Pastor Craig and his two boys instinctively looked at me. The others just ignored me. : )
Time to get the OJ ready to go.
They were frozen like bricks of ice : )
It took a while to thaw them out, but Megan and Rebecca did a fine job.
John once again headed up the kitchen crew.
Cute.... : )
Sam on batter preparation.
And we are pretty much ready to gooooo.
Oh, and I recruited the refugee committee members as well for this event, since funds were being raised for them.
Left to right: Eric, Mike and Rebecca.
The standard pic I get of John starting off the pannekoeken. This is bittersweet as John will be moving to Southern Ontario in May of this year.
He will be missed.
Mitchell handling the blueberry pancakes.
Lewis on Blueberry batter mix.
Now, this was funny.
This picture shows Ryne and Sam working hard on preparing the Whipped Cream.
But this was actually the first picture I took : )
Ryne just standing there wondering if Sam was ever gonna start whipping up the Whipped Cream. : )
The Table is set and ready for guests.
Once again, The tradition continues with Nathan and Margaret's family being the first to arrive..., minus Nathan and Margaret : )
Evert and Annet stood in : )
Ryne assumed THE MOST IMPORTANT task of the event. Making sure everyone had enough Whipped Cream for their pannekoeken.
He was a natural.
Our first seating was at 8 a.m.
About 49 people for that one. Below are some pics of those in attendance.
The food was good, as was the fellowship.
John taught Lennea how to perfect making pannekoeken. I think she did pretty good.
We use warmers to keep them warm until needed.
Next shift was at 9:15 a.m.
A bit of a changeover of plates, etc, and away we went.
More pics of this shift's participants.
About 65 for the second shift.
Had to set up another table even.
My family with Jonah and Miranda.
It was loud, but it was fun : )
Clean up time.
Mike did a masterful job. : )
John showing his new home to Eric : )
And these three just hanging out as we cleaned up around them : )
If you pay, you can stay as loooonnnngggg as you want :)
And this was cute.
Someone paid in coins.
We don't ask for a set amount, we just ask that you donate.
In the end we raised, before expenses a total of $4624.00
After Expenses = $4118.82
Of that 51.28 % went to our trip = $2112.00
and 48.72 % went to the refugee fund = $2006.82
THANK YOU to all who came out and donated, and enjoyed the morning.
It was AWESOME!!!