I shot more site photos today. First thing in the morning I went to the Peter Whitmer Farm, Fayette Township, New York, and photographed a few items. I ran in to the crew from the Church History Department again. (The same people I’m taking these pictures for.)
On my way there I stopped at Wegman’s to buy some “rustic” looking bread. The idea is to make it look like the first sacrament meeting in 1830.
First Sacrament Concept
Sauder’s – Best Sandwich
When I finished there, I was off to Sauder’s for some shopping. I bought some healthy snack alternatives. Then, I had lunch there.
It was, by far, the best sandwich I ever had. The girl behind the counter really piled it on. It was a feast.
Sauder’s Mega Roast Beef
Part of the secret to its goodness was I had her put onions on BEFORE she toasted it. The onions melted in to the cheese were delicious. Part II of the secret is horseradish AND italian dressing.
Sauder’s has these veggie snacks. I’m not sure if they are freeze dried, or how they get them like this, but they are almost like potato chips (only thicker). My favorites are carrots and string beans. I’m switching out salty snacks for these.
I had never heard of the movie the Three Idiots before. Our friend Nita told us about the movie and that she has it on DVD. So, we invited Nita for dinner and watched the Three Idiots.
It is a lengthy movie that has some interesting messages about education. I won’t spoil the plot, but it also is an eye opener to the Indian culture regarding education. It now makes sense why so many Indians immigrate to the U.S.A. to go to school and work.
It also made me realize how inspired the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Perpetual Education Fund is. The idea is to provide people in under-developed countries funds for education, but they must return to their country to work. Thus, it betters their country. That was one of the complaints brought out in the Three Idiots – people from India get an education and leave India.
Two nights in a row now we prepared food storage meals for our guests. There is something satisfying about making a meal from food storage and having it taste good.
Our arrival in Jerusalem was after the start of the Shabbat. Even McDonalds is closed on the Shabbat (Sabbath) here. Luckily for us, the hostel was hosting a Shabbat Dinner for a reasonable price. We signed up.
It consisted of a short service starting with a song, followed by a blessing on the wine, then the bread, and then the meal. (All in Hebrew. And, I didn’t drink my wine. When the lady sitting next to me wasn’t looking, I dumped mine into her glass.)
We had a delightful time talking to the lady next to me. She is from Lebanon, but now a U.S. citizen working as a psychologist for the U.S. Veterans Administration.
After dinner, we took a sightseeing drive to look at the city at night.
Tomorrow is the Sabbath here and so we are going to church at the BYU Jerusalem Center. Church starts at 10am so that will take up all of our morning and into the afternoon. Our plan after church is to visit the Orson Hyde Gardens and Gethsemane. There is so much to see and do here, we’ll just take things one day at a time.
I’ve got the workshop all ironed out, and I’ve been working on getting things in order. It never fails, comes time for class to start and I’ll discover I forgot something.
I made some homemade bread. It’s been a while since I’ve done that. I just wasn’t in the mood to go to the store and figured, if we need bread, I’ll make it. So, there.
Tonight Elizabethe and I are going to a presentation at the Book of Mormon Publication Site (aka the E.B. Grandin Building). I’m going in my capacity as a CSM (Church Service Missionary) to photograph the presentation.
Speaking of which, here’s a darling photo I took last week as part of my calling…
Kids Watch as Sister Missionary Tells Them About 1830 Printing
Most of my day was spent working on my web site redesign (http://www.dbwalton.com/galleries) and client retouching work. The web redesign required a lot of waiting while files Ftp’d to my host, and so retouching was interspersed.
It also rained on and off all day. I did manage to pick a huge basket of bell peppers. Elizabethe then chopped and made sweet pickle relish. We had never tried the recipe, but it turned out like a jam if was so thick. It will go good with cream cheese and bagels or crackers.
Came evening, I was in the mood for some zucchini bread. We didn’t have any zucchini, but we had several delacata squashes. I shredded one of those and made two loaves. I added pecans and raisins and I’m glad I did. That bread tastes wonderful.
Elizabethe’s cousin Jody and his wife, Nancy, were traveling through and called late last night and asked if they could stay the night. This morning, they stayed and visited all morning.
Nancy was telling me she teaches drawing classes and was showing some of her work. I think if they lived closer, I’d join her class.
I went to the new Trader Joe’s today. Here’s an excellent example of why competition is good. In fact, one man in the store commented, “About time Wegman’s had some stiff competition”. Because T.J. prices are lower on produce and cheese, this will most likely result in Wegman’s lowering their prices. The result is good for the consumer. (It is also why government interference with business is bad. When government interferes, it stops the consumer friendly price wars.)
The local Trader Joe’s carries San Francisco Sour Dough Bread!!!!! This is may not seem like a big deal, but the sour dough culture used in the bread only grows in the San Francisco Bay Area. It gives the bread a very unique sour taste that cannot be achieved elsewhere.
They also had wild rice for $4.99 a pound. (That’s a great price, and you can mix it with other rices to get a nice nutty flavor to your rice pilaf.)
I still like Wegman’s, but Trader Joe’s is a welcome addition to the Rochester Area. Their produce and cheese prices, as well as their prices on nuts, chocolate and other items will undoubtedly create some competition as well as helping bring prices down on certain items at both stores. It’s definitely going to be a monthly shopping stop.
Nothing smells as good as home-baked bread. I baked a loaf today that I put several types of flour in it. I put rye, buckwheat, whole wheat, amaranth, ground almonds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and it turned out great. To top it off, the house smelled like bread.
I spent my morning substituting for Gary Morse at the temple. Saturdays are still quite busy at the temple. Things will slow a little comes November 1st. Also, comes November we’ll have a new temple presidency. There was some talk and discussion about that today and last night.
I picked several tomatoes and Elizabethe canned them. We’ve had a pretty good year with our garden. It has produced mostly tomatoes, cucumbers and squash, as well as a few odds and ends.