Week of Dec.17– Dec. 23, 2006, Vol. 2, No. 10

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OpeningsOur time here is magic! It's the only space you have to realize whatever it is that is beautiful, whatever is true, whatever is great, whatever is potential, whatever is rare, whatever is unique, in. It's the only space.” - Ben Okri http://emeagwali.com/nigeria/biography/ben-okri-19jul92.html  If you know who did say it, please send us an e-mail.  Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

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Expanding Your Back Yard –A Christmas story - Dulce Domum, the Christmas chapter from The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2?id=GraWind.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=5&division=div1

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Christmas Linkshttp://artandcraftcooperative.blogspot.com/2006/12/christmas-card-tutorial.html

Christmas traditions - http://wilstar.com/xmas/xmassymb.htm

All things Christmas - http://www.allthingschristmas.com/traditions.html

Christmas traditions all over the world -http://www.christmascarnivals.com/tradition/

Why do we persist in perpetuating some traditions -http://www.mymerrychristmas.com/2005/christmastraditions.php

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      2007 - The 2007 National Community Economic Development Conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, April 18-21, 2007, and is being organized by the Canadian CED Network in partnership with local host Futures In Newfoundland and Labrador’s Youth - Bring It Home: Building Communities from a Rock Foundation. Conference organizers are inviting proposals specifically for four conference streams, as well as other topics of interest. The four streams are: Technology and CED, Youth and CED, Aboriginal CED, and Building Bridges.  The Canadian Co-operative Association is attempting to coordinate submissions on co-op topics and would appreciate knowing what is being submitted to the conference organizers. Please contact Lynne Markell, lynne.markell@coopsCanada.coop  if you are planning on submitting a co-op topic.

·      March 30-31, CUCNB Annual General Meeting, Hilton Hotel, Saint John, NB

·      2007 – May 28-June 1 -three organizations will come together for the first time in a joint conference. The International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research (ICA), the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC), and the Assocation for Cooperative Educators (ACE) will together host one unified conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This event will combine the approaches and audiences of the respective organizations and will be held in conjunction with the 2007 Congress of the Humanities and Social Scienceshttp://usaskstudies.coop/socialeconomy/Congress2007

·      April 26, 2007 – Annual General Meeting, Consumers Community Co-operative

·      April 27-28, 2007 – Annual General Meeting, Co-op Atlantic

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It’s Easy to Cook - On our way to Christmas dinner…This week, we share a family favourite for Graham Cracker Pie. We usually have lemon, apple, and/or pumpkin pie as well, but Christmas at our house means Graham Cracker Pie or the meal just isn’t  Christmas dinner.

Graham Cracker Pie

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup margarine  melted
1 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
2 cups whole milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 eggs, separated and yolks slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400° F. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, margarine , and ½ cup of the sugar in a bowl. Set aside ½ cup of the graham cracker mixture. Add the remaining mixture to a deep pie plate or pan and press into place using the back of a large spoon. Bake the crust for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Heat 1¾ cups of the milk in a medium saucepan until just boiling; lower heat to medium. In a small bowl, mix another ½ cup of the sugar with the cornstarch and the remaining milk. Gradually whisk the mixture into the hot milk and cook until creamy, about 2 minutes. Stir a small amount of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks; add this back into the mixture. Stir constantly for 1 to 2 minutes or until the custard has thickened. Remove from heat and let cool. While the custard is cooling, beat the egg whites then add with 1-tablespoon sugar and beat until stiff. Stir the vanilla into the cooled custard and pour into the graham cracker pie shell. Gently spread the egg-white mixture over the top of the custard. Sprinkle with the remaining graham cracker mixture and place in a 400° F oven for 2 minutes or until the meringue is slightly browned. Chill at least 4 hours before serving. Be sure you do this or the pie won’t cut properly.

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