Christmas greetings from Quebec

by theclosetnarnian

{This is Meredith’s letter from Monday, Dec 22 — before Christmas!  She called us from Quebec on Christmas day via Skype–note the earphones in the screenshot–and she is doing well!skype2}

What a week! It was busy, which was such a blessing. Monday  (Dec 15th) was our P-Day, and after emailing and trying to buy boots I introduced Soeur Brimhall to Thai food. She was not too enthused, so I felt a little bad, but at least she can say she tried it!

Tuesday we had splits with the Sister Training Leaders. I went to Longeuil with Soeur Kinghorn and watched her teach some lessons. She is a really time-efficient missionary, and I have always struggled with that, so it was great to catch some tips as we drove from appointment to appointment. We have really similar music tastes, so in discussing that I felt a profound nostalgia for my screeching Norwegian folk bands and soft rock from my study playlists. Ah well. While before my mission I used to put my headphones on and zone in order to relieve stress, I have felt that I have received the same relief from stress in the mission field through study and even just staring at snow fall. Soeur Kinghorn introduced me to the wonders of Tim Horton’s hot chocolate as well, which probably contains a whole can of sweetened condensed milk. Yes.

Wednesday was district meeting. Soeur Blanc, a missionary from Haiti always makes us the most amazing lunch (wow. I must be really hungry right now since the highlights of the week are appearing as meals). We sang to some ward members on Thursday, and we got a referral for a family in Brossard!

Friday we taught a man named Mario the second half of the Plan of Salvation. He had taken notes on the reading that the sisters assigned from before and had a lot of questions (yes!). We also taught an older couple named Louis and Clarisse. Saturday was the Christmas Party. There was tons of food, games, and dancing. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a ward activity with dancing, but I loved it! A lot of members invited friends too, so it was fun to get to know them.

Quebec is amazing, and I love the people here so much! Merry Christmas to every one!!

Here’s the recipe for Meredith’s favorite cupcakes to make.  She requested that we send it to hercupcake this week.

brown sugar poundcakes with brown butter glaze

adapted from Martha Stewart’s cupcakes, makes 12 cupcakes

for the cakes:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1 cup + 2 tablespoons dark or light brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
6 tablespoons buttermilk

for the glaze:
1/2 stick butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk

  1. preheat the oven to 325F and line muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. add eggs, one a time, until incorporated.
  3. mix in baking powder and salt. alternate adding flour and buttermilk until everything is incorporated.
  4. fill muffin tins 3/4 full. bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then remove. cool completely before glazing.
  6. while waiting for the cupcakes to cool, make the glaze. start by melting the butter over medium heat in a pan that is not nonstick. cook until the butter turns a nutty amber color, 6-10 minutes. pour off the browned butter (try not to get all the black sediment – it just tastes burnt) into a glass or heat proof bowl. add the sugar, vanilla, and milk. mix until smooth.
  7. when the cupcakes are cool, glaze them. turn the cupcake upside down and dip into the glaze. swirl the cupcake as you pull it up and out of the glaze (to get the relatively flat top). eat immediately or let sit out for an hour or so for the glaze to dry.